March 18, 2019

Technology has forever changed the world in which we live. The majority of the people in the world are online, in one way or another, all day long. Our phones and devices have become reflections of our personalities, our interests, and our identities. They hold much that is important to us. In the school setting, we cannot ignore the importance …

March 11, 2019

It is March! During this month, we will enter the last quarter of the school year. That means kids are excited about their next step: new grade, new building, post-secondary work, college or military. Our Tigers are ready to do great things! March also represents the introduction of spring-like weather and our spring sports. It’s hard to believe we are …

March 4, 2019

Since my family’s arrival to St. James, I have had the privilege of meeting some awesome people, and I continue to be amazed as I watch so many of those hard working and caring individuals and organizations give back so much to the community. Although we are located on a busy interstate and fairly close to city life, the long …

February 25, 2019

“The best things come to those who wait” was a slogan used in an advertising campaign launched by the H.J. Heinz Company in the 1980s to promote its Heinz brand of tomato ketchup. The central concept of the campaign was that even people in a hurry would wait for Heinz ketchup to trickle from its glass bottle. Although it is …

February 11, 2019

February 10-16, 2019 is School Board Appreciation Week in Missouri. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community. St. James R-I School District is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Week and honor local board members for their commitment to …

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!!! As we begin another year, I am filled with positivity and enthusiasm for what 2019 has in store for St. James R-I Schools! We greet this new year with reflections of the past, anticipation of the future, and resolutions to be better people, to accomplish our goals and to make a difference. We may want to be …

November 19, 2018

The first half of the 2018-2019 school year is nearing an end. We have joined in celebrating many awesome student centered accomplishments so far this year and are hopeful to continue more great things as we move into 2019. Our fall activities concluded in strong fashion and we are now preparing, with much anticipation, for our winter academics, sports, and …

October 8, 2018

The day after the April 2 bond issue vote, I received a phone call from an excited patron asking when the construction projects were going to get started. He was perplexed when I explained the process of additional planning, design development, and selecting a construction manager. I continued to hear several variations of this same question throughout the summer and …

September 10, 2018

Our school year is well under way, and we continue to grow and thrive. We were up by 18 students to 1,771 Pk-12 students at the beginning of the school year.  The largest growth was in the middle school grades, where our 8th grade has increased to 143 students! I’m often asked how one can get involved to support kids. …

August 13, 2018

The 2018-2019 school year has arrived and we are so excited to welcome our students and staff back for another great year at St. James R-I Schools. The maintenance and custodial team did a tremendous job completing an array of projects this summer making our facilities and campuses cleaner, safer, and better than ever. Our school nutrition team served students …