August 12, 2019

As we enter into a new school year, I am excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead. We continue to build a strong foundation based on great teachers and staff, a supportive Board, and an engaged community. The week before students arrive, our educational staff participates in professional development days to learn, share their expertise, and collaborate with each other to improve their teaching skills. They also participate in other trainings, including student safety preparedness and strategies to recognize and address the many challenges our students face. All of this great work takes place to provide improved academic opportunities for all of our students. What makes our staff so special is their ability to keep the focus on providing exceptional learning events for our students amid a flurry of distractions, including our present construction hurdles. With the strong foundation built the past few years, we continue to shape our District to exemplify excellence in all we do, every day. Our overarching theme, an attitude of excellence, is exhibited daily in the endeavors of our teachers, staff, administration, and students. I know St. James R-I Schools will continue to build on this excellence in the coming year!

As we look ahead to the 2019-2020 school year, we stay committed to preparing our students for the potential challenges they may face in their academic journey. To assist them in meeting these challenges, we depend on our excellent teaching staff to continue to raise the bar in their classrooms and build on our District’s strong foundation. I am proud of our many accomplishments across our District and I look forward to creating more opportunities for our students to be successful.

I am especially proud of our District for being recognized as a National Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase District, proving that great school systems are built with great people. This is just one of the many accolades our staff has accomplished and we strive for our patrons to be proud of the level of professionalism and dedication we provide our students and community. With our outstanding staff, each bringing their attitude of excellence every day, we can continue to provide a great education that leads to tremendous opportunities for all of our students. I am honored to be a member of the District and community, and I look forward to the many successes that this school year will bring.