John I. Meister Elementary


Our mission is to ensure that all students have the skills
necessary to reach high levels of academic achievement, respect self and others, and become lifelong learners.
We give our best improve our tomorrows!
Welcome, ! Today is Saturday, February 28, 2015
 You've Got a Friend in Me
This Year's Theme
Each year a new theme is carefully selected. The theme works hand-in-hand with our Character Ed. focus which is the backbone of our school.  Our daily use of lifeskills and lifelong guidelines are the basis of this program. We celebrate these lifeskills every other Friday at what we call our P.R.I.D.E. Day. This stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. Making the right decision and doing the right thing is not always easy but these celebrations are a reminder that it is up to each child to try their personal best.

Meister ISTEP+ Scores Soar Again: Coordinated Efforts

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Meister School is a happy place to be; student-centered teachers, caring parents, and respectful students both feed off of and add to the positive state of mind that permeates the walls into each and every classroom.  When you feel good it shows in everything you do, so, it’s no surprise to those “in the know” that on the 2014 ISTEP+ tests, Meister scored it’s highest marks in the history of the school – this comes on the tail of Meister setting the all-time high mark just last year!         

The percentage passing (all tested grades E/LA and Math)
2014                            88.8% (+8.8%)
2013                            80.% (+7.4%)
2012                            72.6% (-4.5%)
2011                            77.1%
*All-time high 2014       88.8%
*10-year low 2007        57.3%                                             

Additionally, Meister earned a perfect “A” in regards to Indiana’s grading system – it is perfect in the sense that Meister earned an overall 6.0 out of a possible 6.0 in both math and reading.  Not only do we find ourselves in a positive upward, trend, but we are in uncharted territory and it is the direct result of effort above and beyond from staff, students, and the community.  But what exactly is effort above and beyond?

Besides the positive effort put forth in the classroom during the regular school day, Meister teachers routinely work with kids on their own time (after school tutoring, before school tutoring, recess help) and they keep communication lines open with parents.   Also, we have a wonderful Title 1 and ELL program that supports the efforts of the classroom teachers.

There is no substitute for practice of the essential, basic skills in reading and math; they are the foundation for all other learning and they are what we concentrate on first here at Meister.  Practice is supported by 20 minutes of reading a night and work on math facts and skills at the child’s individual pace – parents, this is why we ask you to help out and monitor efforts.  Additionally, our strong focus on Lifeskills keeps both our kids and staff members focused on positives – this clearly defines who we are.  But, there is one thing that Meister does better than any school I have ever seen and I believe it is the key to our success, here . . .

All staff members who work with academics have set up their classes or groups to be guided by student data.   Where this should be occurring in all schools, the staff here at Meister takes this one step further by having students focus on their academic progress by charting, actively discussing, and by making attempts to get students to understand what  they are learning and why they are learning it.  THEN teachers work with students to formulate goals.   

It is very apparent that at Meister, there is an environment where dedicated individuals are determined to make a difference – and they are making one in a big way.  If you would like to get involved with the great things that are happening at Meister School, please feel free to contact Mr. Trezak or your child’s teacher at 962-1103.


It is the policy of River Forest Community School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap in its programs as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C. 22-9.1), Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX (Educational Amendments), and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973).


Ella es la política de River Forest Community School Corporation no a discriminar sobre la base de raza, color, religión, sexo, origen nacional, edad o minusvalía en sus programas como lo exige la ley Indiana sobre derechos civiles (I.C. 22-9.1), título VI y VII (Ley de derechos civiles de 1964, título IX (enmiendas de la educación), y Sección 504 (Ley de rehabilitación de 1973).