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 …

July 6, 2020

I would like to thank all who participated in our recent parent feedback “Return to School” survey. The 978 survey responses are contributing to our planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Our desire is to open our schools this fall while providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all St. James R-I students.   What did we learn? Over 90% …

June 22, 2020

As the summer progresses, we continue to work to communicate the most up-to-date district related information. Below is information about graduation, summer school, and the return to school in the Fall:  Graduation The 2019-2020 academic school year will officially come to a close at the senior graduation ceremony this Friday. We look forward to seeing all invited guests on the …

June 15, 2020

Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the outcry of anger and grief over several tragic situations across our nation. As a school community we see the pain Americans across our country are experiencing. Recent events underscore that we as a society have much work left to do to ensure all people can thrive in a world without fear …

June 8, 2020

This summer has been moving fast so far. We have been busy learning about the trends associated with COVID-19 and how it will impact several school issues. Due to State social distancing guidelines and recommendations from local health authorities, we decided to postpone seated summer school until later in the summer. Virtual summer school for high school students started last …

June 2, 2020

The 2019-2020 school year has finally come to a close. The end of the school year, which will always be remembered as the “coronavirus closure year”, left many school personnel feeling disconcerted. The most common sentiment is almost a question: “The school year is over?” We all know that even in “normal” times, the end of the school year is …

May 25, 2020

Driving past the Missouri Veteran’s Home and seeing an American flag placed on each tombstone is a reminder that Memorial Day is one of the greatest American holidays; a day in which we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It’s also a three-day weekend that officially kicks off the summer season, traditionally including …

May 18, 2020

Last Friday was our official final day of the 2019-2020 school year. I would like to thank all students, parents, and staff for working so well together through the school closure. Our students and parents quickly responded to the closure by displaying a willingness to learn in a very new way. Our educational staff displayed much diligence in reaching out …

May 11, 2020

The Missouri Legislature finalized the FY21 budget last Friday, just hours before the constitutional deadline. In past years, we would offer thanks to the Legislature for having added tens of millions of dollars to fully fund the foundation formula and for having added millions to the school transportation categorical. Obviously, with all that has taken place in recent weeks/months, additional …

May 4, 2020

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. On behalf of the Board of Education and administration at St. James R-I Schools, I would like to express my deep gratitude to our educators for the work they do each day to ensure the success of all of our students. Our teachers provide the high-quality instruction and support our students need to graduate …