September 23, 2019

Every year all over the country, teachers are creating meaningful lessons that engage students in learning so that students master the basic standards outlined by state departments of education.  These standards are pretty consistent state to state. The standards represent skills that are deemed necessary for all students to learn in order to master the curriculum in each content area.    …

September 16, 2019

Pursuant to Section 161.1050, RSMo, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) established the Trauma Informed Schools Initiative. This initiative provides schools with information about trauma-informed practices, training opportunities, and guidelines. It also connects schools and parents to a website with trauma-informed resources. According to DESE a trauma-informed school is a school that: realizes the widespread impact of …

September 9, 2019

This year’s academic calendar allows the educational staff to focus on student achievement each Friday afternoon. The question I continue to hear is, “Why are we dismissing an hour early every Friday?” To some who do not understand the need for this time, it may seem a little superfluous or unnecessary. In this article, I will share the reasons for …

September 3, 2019

Our school year is well under way, and as we review our student numbers so far we have observed decreases at the elementary and middle school buildings and a significant increase at the high school building. The elementary is down 30 students, going from 813 to 783. The middle school is down 13 students, going from 437-424. The high school …

Work on District Mission and Vision is nearing completion!

After some great input from staff last spring and the community this summer, we have come up with the following: St. James Recommended Mission: The mission of the St. James R-I School District is to empower students through caring relationships, academic excellence, and community partnerships to encourage leadership in the global community. St. James Recommended Vision: Graduating 100% of students to …