March 31, 2020

For the last few weeks, the entire public school community has been working through the many changes and adjustments brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have all been learning, cases in Missouri continue to grow exponentially every day. This has caused us to reconsider our original plan of returning to school on April 6. Based on current information …

March 23, 2020

The St. James R-I School District is recognizing our scheduled spring break this week (March 23-27). It may seem we have been on break already because of the COVID-19 Closure. This perception is far from the truth. Our educational staff prepared in advance and forged ahead with exceptional virtual learning opportunities for our students. We are still learning much about …

March 9, 2020

I wanted to provide you with an update regarding our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors in regards to the flu season which has hit us in recent weeks, and provide information as well on the new virus known as the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Before we address what we are doing at St. James …

March 2, 2020

It is March! During this month, we will enter the last quarter of the school year. That means kids are excited about their next step: new grade, new building, post-secondary work, college or military. Our Tigers are ready to do great things!  March also represents the introduction of spring-like weather and our spring sports. It’s hard to believe we are …

February 24, 2020

Since my family’s arrival to St. James, I have had the privilege of meeting some outstanding people, and I continue to be amazed as I watch so many of those hard working and caring individuals and organizations give back so much to the community. Although we are located on a busy interstate and fairly close to city life, the long …

February 17, 2020

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel Barker  The above quote is our charge as a district as we embark on a mission to update our short and long term district goals. If we practice the philosophy of continuous improvement, our district will get a …

February 10, 2020

St. James R-I School District is making consistent communication a top priority for 2020. One of the best ways to build and maintain good relationships is to form and maintain open communication. In the St. James R-I School District, we are choosing to make consistent engagement with all stakeholders — students, staff, parents, and the community — a top priority.  …

February 3, 2020

I recently had the privilege to speak to our very own Forest City Homemakers Club. This group of homemakers includes several retired St. James R-I staff and other involved community members from various backgrounds. The majority of the members are from the St. James area, but there are a few from our neighboring communities. The club started in 1973 and …

January 20, 2020

Family and Consumer Science (FACS), formerly known as Home Economics, is making a strong comeback at John F. Hodge High School. Introductory FACS courses are being offered this year to high school students in grades 9-12. The core curricular components of FACS emphasizes the four pillars of: child development, personal development, sewing, and nutrition.  Mrs. A.J. Prawitz has been instrumental …

January 13, 2020

If the first three weeks of 2020 is an indicator of what is in store at St. James R-I Schools, high academic achievement, athletic success, and expeditious building project progress will be three of our primary themes. Student academic accomplishments are abound in the areas of Band, Choir, and Scholar Bowl. Recently, thirteen St. James students were selected to the …