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 …

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 …