May 3, 2021

Published: May 3, 2021
Superintendent Reports

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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 our students. This school year, our teachers bravely maneuvered through the uncharted waters of school closures, quarantines, and virtual learning brought on by COVID-19. 

Despite the many challenges this past year, our teachers never wavered to provide the high-quality instruction and support our students need to graduate ready for college and career. St. James R-I teachers deliver exceptional teaching and learning designed to keep our students engaged and on track. We all know teachers do so much more. In partnership with administrators and staff, teachers serve as mentors and a vital part of the support system to meet the needs of the whole child. They collaborate with parents and caregivers to keep families informed and contribute to a school climate that makes our students feel safe and valued.

This school year, our teachers have gone above and beyond to quickly learn and adapt to the realities of educating children during a pandemic. We thank our teachers for the ingenuity, resilience, passion, and strength displayed every single day through all of the unprecedented challenges this past year. Their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. We can all look back and remember a great teacher who touched our lives. With that in mind, please be sure to thank our teachers and celebrate them this week and beyond. We encourage everyone in the St. James community to thank an educator during Teacher Appreciation Week. Together, we can partner to successfully ensure the academic, emotional and social success of our students. #STJTigerPride#TeacherAppreciationWeek#ThankATeacher