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 …

Temporary Bus Lane Changes

Dear Parents/Patrons, The St. James R-I School District is preparing to temporarily move our bus loading and unloading locations starting next Tuesday, September 3. In an effort to expedite work on the new bus lane behind the elementary and simultaneously work on the foundation of the new early childhood building, construction workers are needing to take possession of our present …

August 26, 2019

The start of the school year has been relatively smooth considering we have been working around a myriad of construction scenarios since the arrival of our students. Many of our extracurricular activities are preparing to start their seasons and activities as we head into the fall schedule. Our first home football game is this Friday vs. Salem. I hope to …

EL Bus Drive Prep

More work is being done to prepare to add the foundation of the new Tiger Cubs building and new Bus Drive.