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Important dates and need-to-know info for WP R-7 students


The West Plains R-7 School District will begin the 2023-2024 school year Aug. 21 with a full day of classes.

The 2023-2024 district calendar can be found at www.zizzers.org by hovering over the “For Parents” link at the top of the page and clicking on “2023-2024 District Calendar.”

Important Dates

West Plains High School new student enrollment is underway. Enroll students at the District Enrollment Office, 305 Valley View Drive. 

Visit www.zizzers.org/domain/1033 for new student enrollment information. 

Existing student registration is ongoing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday at West Plains High School.

South Fork Elementary’s preschool and kindergarten open house will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday. First through sixth grade open houses will be held by appointment between noon and 7 p.m. Thursday.

Each classroom teacher will schedule 10- to 15-minute conferences with each student and parent/guardian. 

West Plains Elementary will hold A Day In K from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Kindergarten teachers will call families to make an appointment this week. 

A walk-in open house will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday for students with a last name initial from A through K, and during the same hours Aug. 17 for students with a last name initial from L through Z.

West Plains Middle School will host a walk-in open house for sixth through eighth grades from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Students and families may pick up schedules on between noon and 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 17.

Fifth grade orientation at West Plains Middle School will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with presentations and tours. The event will focus on helping students make a successful transition from the elementary to the middle school environment. The school will introduce fifth grade teachers, review school policies and procedures, and tour the building and classrooms. Students will be mailed a letter this week with an invitation and more details about the orientation.

Freshman Zizzer Day at West Plains High School for incoming ninth graders will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16. Students will participate in activities that better prepare them for the transition into high school. Incoming freshman students will have the opportunity to go through a mini-schedule, learn about various clubs and activities at the activity fair, have lunch and become familiar with the building, including finding their lockers. School faculty and staff will provide parents with insight to help students and their families prepare for high school. 

A walk-In open house for all high school grades will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17.

Other Back-to-School Information

School supply lists for elementary and middle school students can be accessed on the landing page at zizzers.org.  

High school students will find out what supplies they need on the first day of classes.

Questions regarding bus service should be directed to the Transportation Department at 417-256-6150.

The 2023-2024 application for free and reduced-price school meals can be accessed online at zizzers.org by clicking the link for the Back to School Guide on the home page.