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 ever before. We are all learning new innovative ways to connect with our students and co-workers to provide the very best learning opportunities for everyone. If you have a child or grandchild in our school system, you are more than aware of the great efforts provided by our staff. Students and staff continue to learn and teach through a variety of virtual and other communicative connections. We are staying busier than ever with virtual meetings, ending out this year, planning for next year, and trying to solve new problems in a virtual manner. 

We are all reframing our perceptions to meet our new normal. It is so important to reframe by focusing on the positives and turning obstacles into new learning opportunities for everyone. The staff at St. James R-I is presently looking at our new remote teaching and learning world and shifting our thinking to find solutions to navigate through the many unknowns. I continue to be amazed as I watch our students, teachers, and parents come up with cutting-edge ideas to meet our present needs. We are responding to an unpalatable situation by creating uplifting and encouraging opportunities in ways we would have never thought we were capable. We are truly surrounded by a sea of amazing people throughout the community of St. James and beyond. 

We are all working harder than ever and missing the connectivity of being near our friends, families, and co-workers. We are all in this together as we take on the responsibility of teaching and loving our students and each other… remotely. I encourage everyone to embrace the unknowns, enjoy the unique experiences we are able to have with our families, and know that everything will work out sooner than we can imagine. It remains an honor to be in the position to serve the district and community of St. James.