Pioneer Ridge Middle School

Assistant Principals

7th Grade  Assistant Principal –  Mr. Bobby McCutcheon 

8th Grade Assistant Principal - Mrs. Gwenn Tauveli (

Box Tops

Pioneer Ridge Middle School is a collection location for Box Tops. Please drop them off in the main office area at any time.


Pioneer Ridge Middle School has incorporated Homeroom into the first part of the school day.  Homeroom activities include academic enrichment activities and Sustained Silent Reading.  SSR takes place 3 times each week.

Upcoming Events


  • 3/10/14- Spring Pictures
  • 3/12/14- Early Dismissal
  • 3/14/14- End of Quarter 3
  • 3/19/14- Grade Cards sent home with students
  • 3/28/14 thru 3/31/14 (date changed)- Spring Break
  • 4/9/14- Cookie Dough Pick-up (2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.)
  • 4/9/14- Middle School Transition Open House (6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.)
  • 4/10/14- 6th/7th/8th grade Mixer (3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • 4/18/14- No School (Good Friday)
  • 4/24/14- Grade Cards go home 7th hour
  • 5/9/14- 8th Grade Dance
  • 5/23/14- Last Day of School
Character+ Traits
  • January~ RESPECT- to show consideration or thoughtfullness to self and others
  • February~ COOPERATION- to respectfully play and work with others
  • March~INITIATIVE- to act and make decisions on your own
  • April~PERSEVERANCE- to continue trying in spite of difficultiies
  • May~ SELF CONTROL- to express your feelings and actions in an appropriate manner
  • June~ COURAGE- to remain strong when faced with difficulty
  • July~ LOYALTY- to be faithful to a person, a team or an idea
  • August~AMBITION- to have strong determination to accomplish challenging goals
  • September~ RESPONSIBILITY- to be accoubtable for your actions
  • October~ INTEGRITY- to do the right thing
  • November~ CITIZENSHIP- to be a productive, responsible member of society
  • December~ COMPASSION- to understand the challenges of others and to want to do something about it

MAP Testing- May 6th through May 20th

How can I help my child to perform well on the MAP assessment?

Tip #1:  Read, Read, Read!

Reading takes skill and practice.  One of the best and simplest steps to improve the reading ability for children is to provide sustained periods of time for children to read.

Tip #2:  Help your child to read like a writer.

Even in the early grades, children can begin to "get into the head" of the author.  Reading improves a child's writing, and writing improves a child's reading.

Tip #3:  Read a variety of books and magazines.

MAP English Language Arts test contains short stories, poems, dialogues, magazine articles, charts and tables.  Children need to be able to read a wide variety of texts ranging from road signs to restaurant menus, comic books to classics, and from tennis shoe ads to computer manuals.

Tip #4:  Build your child's reading stamina.

To build reading stamina, you may wish to encourage your child to increase gradually the amount of time she reads at one sitting.  Include short breaks, such as stretching or closing her eyes for a minute.  Set individual reading goals based upon doing the "best that she can."

Tip #5:  Teach your child that visuals are part of the text.

Students are often required to gather information from photos, captions, drawings, charts, and graphs.  You can help by teaching your child to look at all of these materials as part of the total text.

Tip #6:  Help your child know how to use text-based support in written responses.

Most of the constructed-response items on the MAP assessments have two parts or require children to explain or show how they arrived at their answers.  Children will receive only partial credit for answers to questions that are not supported with specific details or that do not contain an explanation.

Tip #7: Teach your child to preview the test before starting.

Planning the test time will allow your child to pace himself while he is working and decrease stress.

Tip #8:  Teach your child to identify all parts of a question.

Teach your child to identify exactly what each question is asking.  Some questions have multiple parts, which are often combined into a single sentence with a single question mark at the end.  The child should underline each question word (who, what, when, where, why, how and any other word or phrase that indicates a question).  By doing so, she can see if a question has multiple parts.  Not answering all parts of a multi-part question is a common error.

Tip #9:  Teach your child to paraphrase test items, turning questions into statements.

Teach your child to turn questions into statements. The child may underline the question words as described above, and then turn each part of the item into a statement.  For example, the question, "Why did the main character play with the ball?" could be rephrased as "The main character played with the ball because ..."  This practice allows the child to phrase the question in a way that makes the most sense to him.  He is then ready to read the passage and look for answers.

Tip #10:  What can a parent or guardian do to ensure successful assessment for their student?

  • Be aware of the testing schedule.
  • Be certain that your child has had adequate rest (this may mean getting them used to an earlier bed time before the week of testing).
  • Be on time for school.
  • Avoid scheduling appointments that can be done at a later date.
  • Dress your child in layered clothing.  This way, the child may add clothing to get warmer or remove some clothing to be cooler.
  • If your school allows it, make sure your child has a book to read when the testing session is complete.
  • Be certain that your child has two or more number two pencils (not mechanical).
  • Have a positive attitude.
Summer School


Summer School Applications available now!

Online registration is preferred, but if you do not have access to a computer, you can call 521-5599, ext. 10038.  Students who will be in Kindergarten-8th grades next year and register by April 11th will be eligible for a gift card for good attendance, so sign up soon.

If you have any questions about Summer Sucess call 521-5599, ext. 10038. 


      Click here for information and to apply.



School Information

1656 S Speck Rd
Independence MO 64057

Start: 8:04am
Dismiss: 3:06pm

Early Dismissal
Dismiss: 1:06pm

About Pioneer Ridge

Pioneer Ridge opened in the fall of 2000 and houses grades 6-8.  Divided into five separate areas, or communities, the 129,000 square foot building includes 66 classrooms, 2 gymnasiums, a commons area, administrative offices, and a science center. The name of the school was selected because it reflects the many pioneers who have been a part of Independence history and for those who will be part of the new century.

Mission Statement

The Pioneer Ridge community will create a supportive environment that embraces involvement of all stakeholders in the educational development of every student. Our success oriented atmosphere focuses on mutual respect and cooperation with the goal of assisting all students in becoming positive, productive, and contributing members of Pioneer Ridge Middle School and society.

Lunch Prices


Meal Prices
Elementary Students
Breakfast $1.60
Lunch $2.30
Extra Milk $0.45


Middle and High School Students
Breakfast $1.70
Lunch $2.45
Extra Milk $0.45


Adults and District Staff
Breakfast $2.00
Lunch $2.90



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Last Update: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:15:05