September 22, 2020

The St. James R-I School District has an excellent tradition of long-range, comprehensive planning that is rooted in a focus on continuous improvement and the processes and systems that support that effort. Over the past few months, a group of approximately 30 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) team members participated in updating the district’s strategic plan. The primary purpose of …

September 14, 2020

Our first three weeks of school have been a success considering the many challenges we have encountered thus far. If the planning and preparations of the health and safety concerns of COVID were not enough, we have also navigated through the additional challenges associated with the high school roof situation and the completion of all building projects. When this article …

September 7, 2020

Amid the distractions associated with COVID-19, the educational staff at St. James R-I Schools will continue to keep the education of all students as the number one priority. In today’s blended instructional world, collaboration among the staff becomes even more critical as we make endless modifications to appropriately adapt to meet both the seated and virtual students’ needs. As we …

August 25, 2020

Happy First Day of School!!! The success of our return to school plan is due to the efforts of many people throughout St. James. Whether you are a teacher, staff member, parent, student, business partner, or any other valued member of our community – we successfully opened our school doors for in-person students, and we connected with virtual students online. …

August 18, 2020

The challenging summer of 2020 is drawing to a close and we are ready to reopen our schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. The faculty and staff have demonstrated great resilience since last Spring and throughout the entire summer. This week our educational staff will be participating in back to school professional development and training for the school year. Much …

August 10, 2020

St. James R-I students are scheduled to return to school in less than two weeks. According to our latest registration numbers, the majority of our students will be returning in-person on Tuesday, August 25. Approximately 10% of our students will be connecting virtually. There remain many questions about what school will look like when we return and what the instructional …

August 3, 2020

It’s already August and our first day with students is rapidly approaching. Over the past few months, District leadership has spent countless hours and resources in planning for school to re-open as scheduled on August 25. We have monitored available resources including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Phelps/Maries County …

July 27, 2020

Last week we released our return to school plans for the upcoming school year. The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 25. During the enrollment process, students will be able to choose between traditional-seated instruction or online virtual instruction. We have developed our own districtwide virtual format, known as STJ Virtual, which will be taught by St. James …

July 21, 2020

As we continue planning for the 2020-2021 academic year, our district faces many new challenges. The practical decisions that need to be made regarding the safety of students, staff, faculty and our community are innumerable. However, it’s important that as we consider the physical and logistical precautions and protocols for school re-entry, we remain cognizant of the social and emotional …

July 13, 2020

Adapting to the realities of the various health precautions related to COVID have changed the focus for all school leaders this summer. School districts across the United States are presently working diligently to communicate safe and appropriate “return to school” plans. At St. James R-I Schools, we continue to lean on the Phelps/Maries County Health Department and the Department of …