January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that championing transformation requires time, dedication, and persistent action. We should all let his words encourage us during these tempestuous times. Not since the War of 1812, when British forces set fire to the Capitol, have the halls of power in Washington D.C. been overtaken by violent intruders as they were on January 6. As …

January 11, 2021

It was great to see our students and staff back in all of our buildings last week as we experienced a successful start to the new year. There are many things to look forward to as we begin this semester, and I will have more communication to you about those items over the next several weeks. One significant notification from …

January 4, 2021

Construction at John F. Hodge High School is quickly approaching completion. It is incredibly exciting to see the old high school building and new atrium area progressing in tangible ways almost every day. Over the holiday break, contractors and district staff accomplished many important projects and we are starting to realistically visualize the full completion of the high school classrooms, …

December 28, 2020

The year 2020 will not be forgotten for a long time and as the year moves closer to ending this Friday, we must all realize this year has been unique, but has also proven how resilient we are when faced with adversity. I remain hopeful that 2021 will bring all of us better times and the chance to move forward …

December 21, 2020

During this time of the year, school districts, service groups and local businesses are working together to provide food and gifts to families who need some extra support. Year after year, I am amazed by the outpouring of love and compassion from our community to make sure our families can put food on the table, meet their family’s basic needs …

December 14, 2020

Throughout the first semester, St. James R-I School District has remained flexible to do our very best for students in this ever-changing COVID​ environment. We started the school year with the majority of our students learning on site; with about 10% learning virtually. Although we have adapted to many of the challenges during this pandemic, consistent and stable learning environments …

December 7, 2020

Throughout this calendar year, we have gained a deeper appreciation for what it means to make sacrifices to keep each other safe. We have watched as healthcare and other essential workers have continued to fulfill their duties so we may maintain some degree of normalcy. Coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday, I am continually reminded of the work that all …

November 30, 2020

As we navigate through the 2020-2021 school year, I continue to hear remarks about the number of communications sent out most days reporting district positive cases of COVID-19. Over the past few weeks our positive cases and quarantine numbers have steadily increased. Since the beginning of the school year we have had approximately 800 students and 100 staff members in …

November 23, 2020

When some people hear the words “Alternative School” they envision an environment with behavior problems, bad attitudes, and lots of discipline. Another group of people hear the same words and remember a second chance and an opportunity to make up lost time and credits to follow an alternative path toward graduation. This group is the parents and students who have …

November 9, 2020

The St. James R-I School District recently partnered with Compass Health to bring a School-Based Therapist into the district. Compass Health is a nonprofit health care organization with a vision of full, productive, healthy lives for everyone. Their health care model focuses on treating the whole person and is a collaboration of care involving the individual customer, personal providers and, …