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 …

January 6, 2020

As we turn the page on the 2019 calendar, it is time for us at St. James R-I School District to begin preparing for our academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The state legislators voted this past session to require the school start date to be no earlier than 14 days prior to the first Monday in September. This …

December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!!! As we begin another year, I am filled with positivity and enthusiasm for what 2020 has in store for St. James R-I Schools! We greet this new year with reflections of the past, anticipation of the future, and resolutions to be better people, to accomplish our goals and to make a difference. We may want to be …

December 16, 2019

According to recent research, there are huge advantages of Early Childhood Education. High-quality early childhood development programs can deliver an annual return of 13% per child on upfront costs through better outcomes in education, health, employment and social behavior. Investing in the continuum of learning during the early years strengthens our country’s workforce today and prepares future generations to be …

December 2, 2019

The St. James R-I School District and the James Foundation have shared a strong relationship for many years. The James Foundation has always placed an emphasis on supporting many throughout the St. James area, including the St. James R-I School District. This strong relationship is evident by the very name of our elementary school. Lucy Wortham James dedicated her life …

November 25, 2019

The first part of the 2019-2020 school year has gone by quickly, and it has been both exciting and productive thus far. We have already completed the first quarter and are well into our second. Winter sports are upon us and we are excited about the potential for each of these seasons.   As we reflect on the many things for …