On Friday, February 1, 2019, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the Annual Performance Report (APR) for all Missouri school districts for the prior school year, 2017-18. The APR release date is normally in October, but was delayed this year due to changes at the state level in establishing scoring criteria.
Meramec Valley R-III School District (MVR-III) is proud to announce the district’s overall score on the APR has increased for the fifth year in a row, with a score of 89.9%. This is an increase of 2.8% over the prior year. The standard set by DESE for full accreditation is 70%. Thus, MVR-III performed well above the minimum accreditation standard.
In addition to the overall growth, MVR-III outperformed the state average in 11 of the 15 measured areas. In the other four areas, MVR-III performed near the state average.
Superintendent of MVR-III, Dr. John Mulford, commented on the district’s performance: “We are extremely proud of the students, faculty, and staff in our district and their commitment to making MVR-III one of the best districts in the greater St. Louis area. Five years of steady growth is a testament to their hard work and efforts toward providing an effective learning environment.” Dr. Mulford went on to say, “While we are glad to see our APR score increase, we also recognize that a once-per-year summative score does not define our students, teachers, or school district. The APR is a score that is often misunderstood by the public and I caution the public on making assumptions about any school district based solely on the APR score. So much data is used to develop this score that it is critical to drill down into the supporting data for a true glimpse of how a district is performing. In addition, MVR-III uses other formative evaluation metrics throughout the year, which research shows is more impactful to student growth.”
Looking to the future, MVR-III is committed to offering learning opportunities that develop the whole child. We believe that our students are more than a test score, a grade, or an annual APR score. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Carrie Schwierjohn added, “The growth and steady improvements we are seeing reflected in our APR, affirms the great work our MVR-III staff is doing to expand our programs and provide more innovation and engagement for all students in the classroom.” MVR-III will continue to focus on core learning standards necessary for success in life, but we will also work toward expanding career exploration, internships, the arts, and individual student development. Together, we can make a difference by doing what’s best for kids!
The Meramec Valley R-III School District is located just west of St. Louis along I-44 and serves approximately 3,000 students in grades K-12. To access the full Annual Performance Report for Meramec Valley and all other Missouri school districts, go to https://apps.dese.mo.gov/MCDS/home.aspx
If your student will be a future MVR-III student, please call or stop by your neighborhood school to get them enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year. We are registering students and making appointments for future dates to have your student screened. We are focusing on Kindergarten Readiness and want to answer as many questions as possible so you are ready for this big transition. We are so excited to get your student enrolled and prepared for the 2019-2020 school year!
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To view registration forms online, please visit the building webpage where your child will be attending.
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.