MAP/EOC Testing

Graphic MAP Testing with young academic font

Please mark your calendars for the following testing dates. It is important that students arrive on time and are present for every testing day. Please make sure that your students get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast every morning. Our students and teachers have worked hard this year and know that our students can compete against any school in our state.

  • April 16-18: Grades 5/8 Science MAP/HS Biology EOC
  • April 19: Workkeys Test
  • April 23-25: 3-8 MATH MAP/HS Algebra I EOC
  • April 25: HS Government EOC
  • April 30-May 2: 3-8 ELA MAP/HS English II EOC


KIndergarten & Preschool Screening

Couch R-1 Preschool and Kindergarten Screening is this Fri., April 5, 2024 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call the Elementary office to make your child's appointment ahead of time. Screening secures their spot for the 24-25 school year.

Requirements for Screenings

Preschool students enrolling must be 3 or 4 years old on or before July 31, 2024. Kindergarten students enrolling must be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2024.

Preschool students currently attending Couch R-I Preschool will need to sign up for screening.

Required Documents
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Current Proof of Immunizations
  • Proof of Residence


Alumni Basketball and Fish Dinner

Make plans to attend the alumni game and fish dinner at Couch, March 22nd. We are limiting the teams to 20 men and 20 women. It is first come, first serve. To sign up to play please email or You must be Couch alumni to play in the game.


Easter Egg Hunt

We are egg-cited to have our annual Easter Egg Hunt🐰 This Group Connection will be held on Friday, 03/22/24. This year we will have 1,200 eggs to hunt! 👏 But we need your help! We are currently accepting candy donations to fill these eggs until March 21st. If you would like to donate, please send candy with your student, drop off at one of Couch School's offices, or contact, PAT Parent Educator, Kalie Clayton, for more information. Thank you! We hope to see you there!❤️🐰


Announcement: Changes in School Cell Phone Policy

The Board of Education has approved a policy change for cell phone usage. This was not done lightly and is for the safety of our students. We have had repeated incidents of students going around our filtering and using their phones when they are not permitted during class times. While we can enforce consequences when this happens, we want to prevent it from happening. We have taken a few more precautions to limit access to the internet for all students. All wireless devices will only be able to access approved sites. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram will be blocked. Cell phones will not be permitted throughout the day, from 7:15 a.m. untill the end of school. All cell phones will need to remain in their backpacks. If it is seen or heard, it will be taken to the office and the student may pick it up after school the first time. The second time will require a parent to pick up. Yes, we know it is inconvenient, but we hope you will support us. We are in school to learn and phones are inhibiting this. If you need to reach your student for an emergency, please contact the office at 417-938-4212. If a student needs to reach you, they may use the office phone to call in between classes. This is not new, as of 19-20 it was reported that 76% of schools restricted cell phone use. This number is still growing as Willow Springs has joined the ranks this year too.

Related Article: "Cellphone Bans Can Ease Students’ Stress and Anxiety, Educators Say"


Students: Learn About Potential Hospital Careers

Learn what it takes to be a health care hero.

This statewide, virtual event will take students inside Missouri hospitals to learn about the hottest careers in health care and engage in real world learning. All grade levels are invited to join the free event Fri., Feb. 23, 2024.

Health Care Career Day was developed by the Missouri Chamber Foundation in partnership with the MIssouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. Visit or scan the QR code below to register.


Thanksgiving Break! November 13-24


Public Announcement

Good Afternoon,

We had a report this morning that a student was threatening harm to other students. The schools were put into a soft lock down, the police were contacted and the student was taken into custody. No one was injured and the school is handling the situation based on our student handbook. Please rest assured that the school district, administration and all staff have the safety of all our students as a top priority. Together we make our schools safe.

Educationally Yours,
Jean P. Meyer
Superintendent-Couch R-I


Free and Reduced Meals for 2023-2024

July 1, 2023 PUBLIC RELEASE: Attachment F

The Schools in Oregon County, including Couch R-I, Thayer R-II, Oregon-Howell R-III, and Alton R-IV announced its revised free and reduced price policy for school children unable to pay the full price of meals served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

Local education officials have adopted the following family-size income criteria for determining eligibility:

Household Size Maximum Household Income Eligible for Free Meals Maximum Household Income Eligible for Reduced Price Meals
Annually Monthly Weekly Annually Monthly Weekly
1 $18,954 $1,580 $365 $26,973 $2,248 $519
2 25,636 2,137 493 36,482 3,041 702
3 32,318 2,694 622 45,991 3,833 885
4 39,000 3,250 750 55,500 4,625 1,068
5 45,682 3,807 879 65,009 5,418 1,251
6 52,364 4,364 1,007 74,518 6,210 1,434
7 59,046 4,921 1,136 84,027 7,003 1,616
8 65,728 5,478 1,264 93,536 7,795 1,799
Each add’l member +6,682 +557 +129 +9,509 +793 +183

Children from families whose current income is at or below those shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Applications are available at the school office. To apply, fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application and return it to the school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. A complete application is required as a condition of eligibility. A complete application includes: (1) household income from all sources or Food Stamp/TANF case number, (2) names of all household members, and (3) the signature and last four digits of social security number or indication of no social security number of adult household member signing the application. School officials may verify current income or other information provided on the application at any time during the school year.

Foster children may be eligible regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Households with children who are eligible under the foster, Head Start, homeless, migrant, or runaway programs should contact the school for assistance in receiving meal benefits. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Children who are members of households currently certified as receiving Food Stamps, TANF or FDPIR are eligible for free meals. To complete an application, the household must provide the names of the children, a statement that the household receives the qualifying benefits, the Food Stamps/TANF/FDPIR case number, and the signature of the adult household member making application. When known by the school that members of a household are receiving assistance from Food Stamps, TANF or FDPIR, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free school meals. If any children in the household were not listed on the eligibility notice or not listed on the application, the household should contact the school to have benefits extended to all children in the household.

If a family member becomes unemployed or if family size changes, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for these benefits.

Under the provisions of the policy, the [Title of Determining Official] will review the applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official, they may wish to discuss the decision with the hearing official on an informal basis or he/she may make a request either orally or in writing to the [Title of Hearing Official]. Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the central office where any interested party may review it.

USDA Non-discrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue
    SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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