MVR-III District News

September 2020

The Board of Education meets on the third Wednesday of each month. To view the September 2020 board agenda and all supporting documents use the attached link.

Tentative Bond Issue – April 2021

Over the past year, the school district has been working with the MVR-III District architect to develop a Master Facility Plan. We engaged staff, parents, and high school age students from each building to conduct walkthroughs and identify needs within each building. All of that information was compiled and can be found in the draft Master Plan attached to agenda item #16 in the September board packet. During the summer board workshop, the board discussed going to our voters in April of 2021 to ask for a “no-tax-increase” bond approval. At the September board meeting, this topic was revisited with general feedback from the board to proceed with an April 2021 bond issue. The projects to be targeted are listed as “Priority 1” in the Master Plan. The school board will consider ballot language at their regular October meeting. More information will be shared once the School Board finalizes plans for this bond issue.
School Merchandise Link

Online merchandise store built for every school. Order your t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and masks here. The store closes on Sunday, Sept. 27th.

Pacific High School

PHS Welcomes New Staff

This year PHS welcomed several new staff members and one returning staff member. Please join us in welcoming them to our school and our district.

Cody Bradfisch spent his first five years teaching at Warrensburg High School. He grew up in Grafton, Illinois and has a younger sister who is also a teacher. Mr. Bradfisch has joined our Social Studies Department and said, “The first couple weeks have been good, even with everything going on. Our students and I are all trying to adjust to this new atmosphere of education and doing the best we can to learn together.”

Paul Day joins the Physical Education Department, coming out of 1 year of retirement for his 28th year in teaching. Previous to his retirement he taught at Vianney. Mr. Day has been married for 31 years to Jennifer. They have three children, Joe (30), Jessica (28) and Tanner (26) as well as two grandchildren, Lucy (2) and Ethan (5 months). Mr. Day and his wife love to travel in their free time.

Dana Imler joins us for her 15th year of teaching. She originally hails from Wisconsin and started teaching in northeast Iowa. Her family moved to Missouri 10 years ago. She previously taught science at Lonedell R-14 and then Lafayette High School. She is married with 2 daughters Ellie (10) and Elsa (7) who was born 6 months before Frozen the movie. Her husband is also a teacher.

Aaron Leggett joined the Science Department this year. Mr. Leggett comes to us from the Wentzville School District and is in his second year of teaching. He is engaged to Stephanie and they have a dog named Sunni and are expecting a daughter in October.

Russ Rowbottom is not new to the district but we do want to include him in our ‘new staff’ this year. We were in need of 1 more science teacher this year and Mr. Rowbottom agreed to come out of retirement to teach at the high school once again. He spent 32 of his 33 years in education in the MVR-III District, including teaching at PHS and Principal at Meramec Valley Middle School. He is married to high school teacher Cindy Rowbottom. They have five children and four grandchildren. He enjoys reading, movies, and traveling all over the US and Canada watching his kids play hockey.

Blair Thompson accepted the position of Activities Director at PHS. He has been in education and coaching for 19 years. Mr. Thompson spent the last 9 years at Jefferson City High School where he was the Head Basketball Coach and taught Drivers Education. He and Sarah have been married for 15 years and have a son Colt (9) and a daughter Stevi (7). He and his family enjoy playing and watching various sports. Mr. Thompson said, “We are excited to be a part of the MVR3 community and all it represents.”

Riverbend Middle School

Great things are happening at Riverbend Middle School. Students are training in style in their new weight room. The focus of the class is to build strength both through weight training and cardio exercises. The new equipment has allowed the school to expand the courses offered and offer additional students the opportunity to experience intense physical training with Coach Hillhouse and Coach Reed.

Pacific Intermediate

Sixth grade students in Mrs. Todahl’s science class have been learning about the scientific method. They have completed the second step of the scientific method; making observations. Students enjoy making daily observations and watching the caterpillars grow and change. In the student observation logs this week, seven chrysalises and four caterpillars were ready to make their chrysalis. The students have observed butterflies hatch and are preparing for a Monarch butterfly launch.

Coleman Elementary

Reading Sponsors Needed

Teachers know how important it is for students to read and have a book in their hands. Do you remember as a child getting your Scholastic order form? There are times when money may be tight and a family can't afford to purchase a book. Scholastic is trying to make it easier to get books in the hands of children.

One Coleman Elementary teacher, Mrs. McElwain, took to her social media to challenge parents and friends to be Reading Sponsors. How does it work? You volunteer to sponsor one child for the school year to get one, $1 book per month during the school year. Yes, only $1 a month to give a child the gift of reading! So, for a full school year it costs you only $9 for a child to have a new book every month. When the teacher places the order, she will pick from the list of $1 books that Scholastic offers every month.

With the overwhelming amount of support, and many people sponsoring this wonderful challenge, every student in Mrs. McElwain's class will receive several new books each month!

This is an amazing program and if you would like to help sponsor a student at Coleman Elementary, reach out to the school's library assistant to sign up to sponsor a student with the gift of reading. Email Anda Reidt at to sponsor a student for the $1 a month Scholastic Reading program.

Nike Elementary

Staff and students are adjusting to a new learning atmosphere. Water bottle fillers have been installed in the building, markings have been added to the floor, along with lunch tables to ensure social distancing, and students are able to take advantage of nice days by eating lunch outside. Third graders even do work outdoors when possible. Our students are becoming experts at this new school atmosphere.

Robertsville Elementary

Third grade students in Mrs. Artinger's class were engaged in some hands-on learning during their science hour. Students used the scientific method to determine which materials were best for launching a parachute. The following steps were completed prior to the launch of their parachutes.

  1. State the Question
  2. Collect Information
  3. Form a Hypothesis
  4. Test the Hypothesis

The students demonstrated a great deal of enthusiasm during their scientific method lesson.

Truman Elementary

Students at Truman Elementary have taken the first few weeks of school to focus on the MVR-III School District's 8 Pillars of Success. Students may earn Tribe Tokens throughout the week for exhibiting one of the pillars. On Friday of each week, Tribe Tokens are drawn to select student winners to "Spin the Wheel". The wheel has all sorts of special prizes listed. For example; craft time, lunch bunch with the counselor, and extra gym time are a few incentives listed on the board. Tribe Tokens help students learn the 8 pillar language and begin to build positive habits based on the pillars.

Dr. Jenna Sladek boasts about her staff's implementation of the 8 Pillars of Success and how Truman students exhibit those pillars in the hallways. Students interact with one another in kind ways. Truman Elementary is a place where all students feel loved, respected, and encouraged to develop to their fullest potential academically and emotionally reports Dr. Sladek.

Zitzman Elementary

Students are seeing some new faces in Zitzman' breakfast and lunch serving line. Three new team members have joined the Chartwell Dining Services to support students and staff. Eva Phillips is taking on the new role as Kitchen Manager and looks forward to meeting all the kids and staff. Cindy DeBold and Cathy Wise join the team as a new cooks, both excited about serving meals to kids.

Did you know that MVR-III School District participates in the Federal Meal Assistance Program? Apply today to see if your child(ren) qualify for free or reduced meals for the school year. Use the following link for the application or call the school office to get a paper copy of the application form.

If at any time you are not sure what to do next, please contact Michelle Dawson at 636-271-1428 or for assistance with the meal application process.

Doris Hoffman Early Childhood Center

Doris Hoffman students kicked off the start of the school year with Color Days! Staff and students wore their favorite color outfit to match the colored themed days. Students created colorful art projects and activities to match the colored themed for that date. Yummy snacks were even coordinated to match the theme.

District Activity Spectator Guidelines

The Four Rivers Conference as a whole has made the following guidelines and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that all 8 schools will follow regarding athletics for the 2020 Fall Sports season.


  • Practices/Scrimmages/Jamborees are closed to general public.
  • Masks are required for all athletes and coaches or as determined by sport specific guidelines.
  • Spectators are asked to sit in family/household clusters and keep 6 feet distance from any other groups.
  • The wearing of masks by spectators is highly recommended at outdoor sports, especially in times when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
  • We ask for cooperation in maintaining social distancing of 6 feet.
  • Face coverings will be required by spectators indoors at MVR-III.
  • Students 8th grade and under will not be admitted without being accompanied by a parent.
  • Spectators are asked not to attend events if they have any of the following:
    • New or worsening cough
    • New or worsening sore throat
    • New or worsening loss of taste and or smell
    • Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees

Read the full plan by using the following link:

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Upcoming Events:

September 27th- Online District Store Closes

September 28th through October 2nd - Spirit Week

October 4th through October 10 - Fire Prevention Week

October 16th - End of First Quarter

October 19th through October 23rd - Bus Safety Week

October 21st - Bus Driver Appreciation Day

October 27th through November 1st - PHS Fall Musical: Elf the Musical

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