Redistricting of Elementary Attendance Boundaries - For several years, the district has explored the feasibility of adjusting the boundaries for the elementary attendance areas to better utilize available space and meet the enrollment needs of the district. The administration has engaged the community through multiple informational sessions, including the most recent meeting on January 7, 2019, for which families of current students who would be impacted by a boundary change received a direct invitation to attend and to participate in a survey. Approximately 140 current students from 100 households will be impacted by the redistricting proposal. The general feedback from families who will be impacted was support for redistricting effective for the 2019-20 school year, but with a strong desire for the board to establish grandfathering provisions that allow students to remain enrolled in their current school. As such, the school board approved the following boundary adjustments as presented by the administration for the 2019-20 school year and subsequent years with the following grandfather provisions:
For Zitzman & Nike Elementary School, move Nike Elementary attendance boundary lines North and West on Highway N (Bend Road) to the Meramec River Bridge, and on Highway F North and East to the Highway F Meramec River Bridge. The Cattails subdivision, Autumn Lakes subdivision, Lake Tekawitha, McNamee School Road and Hwy N/Old Bend Road will be included in the Nike attendance area.
For Coleman & Robertsville Elementary, move Robertsville Elementary attendance boundary line west along and including Highway O and everything South from the Highway AT intersection. Also, Highway AM, St. Mary’s Loop, Woods Road, and Red Barn will be included in the Robertsville attendance area.
Grandfather Provisions: Students currently enrolled at Coleman and Zitzman Elementary will be allowed to maintain enrollment at that elementary school under the following guidelines:
1. Transportation will become the responsibility of the parent/guardian for a student that is allowed to continue enrollment at an elementary school outside of the board designated attendance boundary. MVR-III will only provide transportation to and from the elementary school assigned to a boundary area, unless otherwise provided in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
2. Immediate siblings of students who qualify for this grandfather provision who are not currently enrolled in school will also be grandfathered as long as continuous enrollment occurs. Continuous enrollment means that more than one child is attending the elementary school at the same time. This provision is designed to avoid an unnecessary hardship on the family. If there is a break in continuous enrollment, all siblings will be required to attend the school designated for their attendance area.
3. A Notice of Intent to enroll under this grandfather provision must be submitted to the current building principal or the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Mr. Tom Sauvage, by Friday, March 1, 2019. All families impacted by the change in boundaries will receive direct
notification along with a Notice of Intent Form no later than January 31, 2019. This notification will be sent to the mailing address on file for each student. Families who do not submit the Notice of Intent by March 1, 2019, will not be able to utilize this grandfather provision.
4. Students who do not qualify under these grandfather provisions can be considered for attendance outside their boundary area under the district transfer policy, policy JCB.
5. The school board reserves the right to amend or eliminate these grandfather provisions as needed should the district face unexpected changes in enrollment, funding, or other unforeseen hardships.
Restructuring of Grade Configurations:
The decision to adjust these boundary lines comes after the December school board approval of a proposal to reconfigure grade assignments of existing K-8 buildings for the 2019-20 school year. Starting next year, the five elementary schools will serve grades K-4, the current Meramec Valley Middle School campus will serve all 5th and 6th grade students, and the Riverbend School campus will serve all 7th and 8th grade students.
MVR-III superintendent, Dr. John Mulford, shared, “First and foremost, the decision to restructure grade configurations along with the adjustment of the elementary attendance lines will give us the ability to make some adjustments, which are good for kids, in our overall programming. We will gain some efficiencies in staffing, we will be able to better utilize all spaces across the district more efficiently, and these changes will allow us to expand exploratory programming at the middle grades.”
In the near future, parents/guardians of current 4-6 grade students will be receiving a letter that provides additional information about grade reconfiguration for next school year, 2019-20. In addition, the district administration will be planning some open house events later this spring to give parents and students an opportunity to tour the facility they will attend next year.
Parents/Guardians who have questions should feel free to contact their current building principal.
The Grand Opening Ceremony for the Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center was held on January 2, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Early Learning Center is the new home for all Pre-K students in the district, consolidating the Meramec Valley Community School and Meramec Valley Early Childhood Center programs under one roof. Many attended the ceremony and open house, including past and present employees, board members, members of the Hoffman family, and of course students and families from MVCS and MVECC. The first day of attendance at Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center was Thursday, January 3rd.
To view the live stream of the ribbon cutting, click below:
The Zitzman Galaxy Girls Lego Team built a robot named Milo and learned how to successfully program him to move, change colors, and make noises! Click on the picture below to view the video; make sure you view with sound on… it is amazing to hear their excitement for learning, their curiosity, and they do it all so fearlessly!
This was just the first step for our team. We have decided to spend the rest of our time researching “Should the United States dedicate more resources to the space program, or are those resources more valuable being used in another way?” Once we start collecting information we will then decide on how to represent our research with a Lego model and program it to move! Stay tuned…
U.S. Department of Education Announces 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools
Click the link below to view the Blue Ribbon Schools Presentation at Washington D.C.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
The Meramec Valley R-III School District (MVR-III) is proud to announce that Nike Elementary School is one of the 349 schools in the nation, and only eight in Missouri, to earn the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education.
“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
MVR-III school board president, Matt Trower, commented: “The MVR-III Board of Education is extremely proud of the hard work our dedicated leaders, staff, and students have put into achieving the National Blue Ribbon award at Nike Elementary. We realize the National Blue Ribbon award is one of the most prestigious and difficult awards to achieve in the country, and our entire district should be filled with pride. Prior to 2018’s award winners, only 78 of Missouri’s more than 500 school districts have had the honor of achieving the award in its 35-year history. To say this is a rare and difficult accomplishment would be an understatement. However, we are continuously reminded that no accomplishment is impossible for our amazing staff and students. Congratulations Nike Elementary, you have made us all proud!”
Nike Principal, David Quanz, credits this success to its outstanding teachers, students, and families. Nike Elementary School has an enrollment of approximately 125 students, which provides educators opportunities to build authentic relationships with kids and families alike. The staff believes these positive relationships are key to the success in supporting students academically, socially, and emotionally.
Dr. Jonathan Mulford, Superintendent of schools stated, “The Meramec Valley School District is truly honored and humbled to have Nike Elementary designated as a National Blue Ribbon School. This recognition is a testament to both current and past faculty and staff who pour their heart and soul into the teaching profession. It also reflects upon both the previous administration and the School Board’s support of continuous improvement. Looking ahead, MVR-III will continue to build upon the foundation that has been laid as we continue to provide new and exciting opportunities for our students.”
Nike Elementary is also the proud recipient of the Missouri Gold Star School recognition in 2006 and 2018. All National Blue Ribbon schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2018. In addition, the school district will host a reception in honor of Nike Elementary students, faculty, and staff on November 20, 2018.
Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.
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