PCR3 Open House

Photo by Shari Harris     
One highlight of Thursday night’s Open House was the remodel of the school library.

Photo by Shari Harris  
Students and parents gather at PCR3 Thursday to meet the teachers and for Junior High students to get their schedules.

By Shari Harris


Thursday, August 15, Phelps County R-III Elementary School hosted their open house to welcome new and returning students to a new year of school, beginning Tue., August 20. Principal/Superintendent John Fluhrer greeted parents and students in the gymnasium.
Supt. Fluhrer announced one new teacher for this year. Ms. Katie Moore, who has worked for the school as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional, will be the new Junior High Science Teacher. Moore attended Phelps County R-III also, and has an eighth grader and a preschooler enrolled there as well, so she has a vested interest in providing a quality education for her students and is excited to begin her career as a full time teacher at her alma mater.
One other new staff member has joined the school. Ms. Logann Reese is the new school nurse. Reese has been a nurse for two years and prior to this was working at Phelps Health Hospital. In October, students will have to get used to a new name in the nurse’s office. Mrs. Cardin will replace Ms. Reese (in name only). Reese will be getting married so her name will be changing.
Other changes at Phelps Co. R-III this year include moving the kindergarten and first grade classrooms to the main hallway, with the art and special needs classrooms moving to their prior locations. The library was updated over the summer, and computer workstations are lined up against the wall, with a large, open area where desks had filled the space. Painting also took place in the library and in other places throughout the building. A new water fountain is in place beside Mrs. Hagen’s room, with a water bottle filling station included. Students will be allowed to fill their water bottles and have them in their rooms this year.
Students and parents had the opportunity to meet the teachers, Student Resource Officer Debbie Davis, and Title 1 Teacher/Coordinator Jamie Medareis. Bus drivers were located in the cafeteria for parents to determine pickup times. A meeting with bus drivers and their riders was scheduled to be held prior to leaving school on the first day.  Office staff and others, all vital in making the school a success, were available to meet with parents and students.
The PTO table was set up near the main entrance, and raffle tickets were being sold for a hog. A fully processed hog was donated to the PTO by The Bank of Missouri, and will be raffled on September 13 at a home basketball game. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the school, through PTO members, and at numerous businesses including The Bank of Missouri, The Licking News, Los Cazadores, Rolla Rental, Doolittle Diesel Repair and Tire and Cowtown Carwash in the Hobby Lobby parking lot. The PTO holds several fundraisers throughout the year and through last year’s efforts were able to purchase all the students’ supplies for this school year. Parents were only responsible for backpacks, lunch boxes, and gym shoes. Parents interested in joining the PTO should call the school at 573-435-6293, or Amanda Busque at 573-578-3111 for more information.
Supt. Fluhrer reported enrollment this year is at approximately 180 students, which is similar to recent years. The staff is ready; the building is ready and the students who were in attendance at Open House appeared ready to begin a new school year. May this be a successful year for all.



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