October 21, 2019

Published: October 21, 2019
Superintendent Reports


Cup of Joe with Dr. J

Each year, Fall marks the transition from summer to winter. It is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, perfect sweater weather, bonfires, the color change of the leaves, pumpkins, trick-or-treating, Friday night football, and outings with the family. Fall also marks the midpoint of the first semester of school. First quarter ended last Thursday, October 18. Report cards will be available in time for Parent/Teacher conferences, which will be Tuesday, November 5, (3:30-7pm) and Thursday, November 7, (1-7pm). We look forward to this time to interact with parents in the best interest of our students. 

This year at St. James R-I Schools there will be another transition. We will soon be entering our fourth month of construction on the high school and elementary campuses. So far, we have mostly seen dirt work, concrete work, and demolition. We are anticipating an uptick in progress during the weeks prior to Christmas Break. Steel has been ordered and should be onsite soon. We are hopeful to see structures start going up on the practice gymnasium and early childhood locations in the coming weeks. The high school renovation project will gain momentum once we are able to vacate classrooms at the end of the first semester. If you are interested in learning more about the project updates, you have a few options. You can: 1) come in and talk to me in person or give me a call at 265-2300, 2) follow us on the “St. James R-I School District” Facebook page for the monthly walking tour videos, 3) go to “Construction Updates” on our district website at www.stjschools.org, or 4) meet me this Saturday (10/26) morning for a “Cup of Joe with Dr. J” at Country Bob’s starting at 6:45am. If there’s an open spot at the renowned round table, that’s where you will be able to find me. I will stay as long as the conversation and questions are helpful to you. And, for those of you who know the founding fathers of the Country Bob’s Round Table Association, you may contact one of them to learn more about the breakfast menu and/or dress code. See you there!!!