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 …

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 …

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 …

September 23, 2019

Every year all over the country, teachers are creating meaningful lessons that engage students in learning so that students master the basic standards outlined by state departments of education.  These standards are pretty consistent state to state. The standards represent skills that are deemed necessary for all students to learn in order to master the curriculum in each content area.    …

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 …

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 …

August 19, 2019

I want to thank the students, staff, parents and community members for the recent support demonstrated at the August 7 Groundbreaking Ceremony. Despite some rainfall prior to the event, we had an outstanding turnout. It was an enjoyable afternoon of celebrating this historic event for the future of St. James R-I School District and the students who will benefit because …

August 12, 2019

As we enter into a new school year, I am excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead. We continue to build a strong foundation based on great teachers and staff, a supportive Board, and an engaged community. The week before students arrive, our educational staff participates in professional development days to learn, share their expertise, and collaborate with each …