School Updates & Information

Updated May 29, 2020

Food Staff Providing Meals Through June 23

The Richards' food service staff will continue to provide meals through this closure from 2 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in front of the school. Packages will include breakfast & lunch for five days. If this is an option your child will participate in please call the school at 417-256-5239 to reserve meals.
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DESE Commissioner, Dr. Vandeven - School Update

Missouri Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. Margie Vandeven. Interview with Fox News regarding plans for the 2020-21 school year.

Dear Missouri Students and Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and safe summer. I hope you have lots of fun, but let’s not let important skills slip away.

Research shows that students can lose 2.6 months’ worth of math skills over the summer. Students will have the opportunity to keep their math skills sharp by participating in the Missouri Summer Math Challenge. They can earn badges for mastering math concepts and earn a certificate to celebrate their accomplishments. I hope that students and parents across our state will work together on the challenge. Parents, you can register your child by going to and following the instructions.

The Missouri Summer Math Challenge can help prevent summer math slump. Help us make sure students begin school in the fall ready to take on the next level of math. Thank you for supporting public education in Missouri and for your commitment to helping make sure that every student in our state has a chance to succeed in school and in life.

Dr. Margie Vandeven
Commissioner, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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ESE Task Force for Learning Acceleration

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has formed a Task Force for Learning Acceleration to support recovery of student learning after extended school closures due to COVID-19. The group held its kick-off meeting earlier this week. Members of the task force will provide advice and recommendations to DESE in three key areas: assessment of learning loss, acceleration of learning and reaching all students. The group’s discussions will include: developing and using formative assessment tools; identifying essential learning standards; addressing equity in learning acceleration; meeting the needs of Missouri’s most vulnerable and economically challenged students; and responding to the social-emotional needs of students and educators. DESE reached out to educator and stakeholder organizations across the state for nominations to the task force.

Student Belongings & School Returns

Any items not picked up after May 6th will be available for pick up at the beginning of next school year.

Coronavirus Updates & Important Information

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