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 and staff all summer and participated in numerous trainings as they prepared for the start of the new year. Teachers have been coming in for weeks outside their contracted time preparing their rooms for the first day with students. It’s been fun watching everyone return with new ideas and energy from a fruitful summer vacation. There is so much positivity and excitement in the air. We are so fortunate to have so many awesome people influencing our children!

We are extremely proud of our schools and our continued commitment to high academic standards and improved student achievement. Our district has a comprehensive instructional program with opportunities for every student at every ability level. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, services for gifted children, and many other academic and student support programs.

Year after year, our students excel in every arena: in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the performing arts, and through extracurricular activities. Our highly qualified employees care deeply about the success of students, and our parents and community/business partners offer tremendous support to our schools.

As we begin a new school year, we invite you to visit the district website (www.stjschools.org) for the latest information, news and announcements. Parents who have questions or concerns during the year are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or the school principal.

The Board of Education joins me in extending best wishes to you for a productive school year filled with many opportunities. Working together, we will inspire success and a lifetime of learning at St. James R-I Schools.