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November 4, 2019

The winter season is quickly approaching. I wanted to send out this message before we are faced with our first wintry weather decision for the school year. Our district staff understands that the decision to open or close our school in bad weather has a significant impact on families. We also understand our students are better served—both academically and socially—by …

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October 28, 2019

Student safety and well-being is a top priority at St. James R-I School District. We are committed to informing you and sharing the most current information on important topics and trends, so we can better protect each and every student. There are many issues we cannot tackle alone. We need the help of our parents and community for the safety …

October 21, 2019

Cup of Joe with Dr. J Each year, Fall marks the transition from summer to winter. It is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, perfect sweater weather, bonfires, the color change of the leaves, pumpkins, trick-or-treating, Friday night football, and outings with the family. Fall also marks the midpoint of the first semester of school. First quarter ended last Thursday, …

October 14, 2019

We are nearing the end of the first quarter, which will be this Friday, October 18. Report cards will be available in time for Parent/Teacher conferences, which will be Tuesday November 5 (3:30-7pm) and Thursday, November 7 (1-7pm). We look forward to this time to interact with parents in the best interest of our students. These conferences were intentionally scheduled …

MEDIA RELEASE – Oct 7th, 2019

The St. James R-I School District is aware of an incident that occurred shortly after school dismissal on the corner of Parker and Washington. After leaving the high school campus, a St. James High School student was struck by a motor vehicle. The St. James police, ambulance, and fire department were immediately on the scene. We will update you on …

October 7, 2019

The past few weeks I provided information about many of the outstanding programs within the district. I continue to be amazed and proud of our staff for creating so many exceptional learning experiences for the students of St. James. The start of our school year has been a great one so far. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, the prevailing storyline …

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September 30, 2019

Each year brings new ideas and strategies for teachers to implement, while still preparing lessons, grading papers, and keeping their classrooms in some semblance of order. Amid all of these challenges, a call to change grading policies can seem particularly unrealistic. One grading practice that is gaining popularity is Standards Based Grading (SBG), which involves measuring students’ proficiency on well-defined …