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 …

April 27, 2020

We are presently in the midst of our fifth full week of the COVID-19 Closure. We’re hopeful Governor Parson’s gradual loosening of the stay-at-home order will allow many of our local businesses to reopen in the coming weeks. We also hope this gradual reopening will allow people to go back to work without further complications. This reopening will be a …

April 20, 2020

The doors at St. James R-I Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 situation. There is sometimes a misconception that summer break has started early and everyone is kicked back sipping iced tea and playing parcheesi. I can assure you that the staff at St. James R-I is working harder than …

April 13, 2020

Last week, Governor Parson announced that all Missouri schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. According to the St. James R-I 2019-2020 academic calendar, our last day of school will be Friday, May 15. All extracurricular practices and other after school activities during this time are canceled as well. All school buildings will remain closed …

April 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has closed school doors all across the country and beyond. The staff at St. James R-I School District continues to adapt as we learn more about our new world of caring for and teaching our students from a distance. Nobody signed up for this situation and it is no one’s fault; not a politician’s fault, not a …