Greetings, and welcome to St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 where we are “Committed to Quality Education.”
In case of an emergency school closure due to weather, power, or water failure, the announcement will come from the District Office to area radio and television stations via the educational Service District 101 Alert System for Media Notification Services. Parents should listen to Spokane television and radio stations or visit the District Web site if they have reason to suspect any school closure. School closures will also be announced locally on KOFE Radio.
St. Maries School District No. 41 Mission Statement and Strategic Plan
St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 is dedicated to providing an educational culture that will continually assess the knowledge, changing needs, and challenges of our students and adapt our practices to prepare them to become successful citizens.
St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 Goals for Continuous Improvement:
- St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 staff will measure and improve communication between all stakeholders in our District during the 2018-2019 school year.
- St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 staff will increase student proficiency in English Language Arts and Math by providing high quality instruction in a safe learning environment as measured by Idaho Reading Indicator, Idaho Standards Achievement Test, End of Course Assessments, and graduation rates by the spring of 2019.
- St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 Board of Trustees will create a plant facilities team during the 2017-2018 school year to identify improvements that are needed in existing structures and grounds, the need for additional or replacement structures as well as the possibility of providing the learning facilities needed for college and career ready pathways.
- St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 Board of Trustees will meet annually to evaluate programming to ensure that program offerings are meeting the needs of the District.
A Message From Special Education:
To: Parent/Guardian of a child who received Special Education services or Adult Student who received Special Education services
Please be advised that the St. Maries Joint School District No. 41 Special Education Department will be taking steps to follow District Board policy related to the destruction of student special education records. Therefore, in compliance with Board policy, records will be destroyed six years after special education services were discontinued. If your child/you received Special Education services in the St. Maries School District and the records are currently six years old or older, they will be destroyed on July 15, 2020. Destruction of these records is the best protection against improper and unauthorized disclosure.
Please be aware that these special education records may be needed for social security benefits or for other purposes in the future. If you wish to review or acquire the file now for your own reference, please make your request in writing to the district administration office at the address above by July 10, 2020. Please include your name, student’s name, address, and telephone number.
The destruction of these Special Education records is separate and apart from permanent school records.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jenifer Miller, Special Education Coordinator, at (208) 245-2579.
May 21, 2020 Patron Update:
I would like to begin by thanking you once again for partnering with St. Maries School District during this unusual time in the education of your child. As we wrote District goals for the 2019-2020 school year, none of us had any idea that the end of the school year would be vastly different than any other school year before. We had no idea that we would be providing Remote Learning Packets and parents would become the teachers. We recognize that parents are often teaching more than one child, with multiple learning styles, and parents are using skills that they have not had to use in many years. For many of you, all of this is on top of working full time and/or worrying about supporting your families financially and mentally through COVID-19. We appreciate you for all that you have done and continue to do. It hasn’t been easy. This process is not alike in any two homes, but the common thread is that you have put your child’s needs first. We applaud you for that.
After reviewing the survey results, we would like to provide you with additional information that you might find helpful.
June 3 – Final Remote Learning Packet delivery
June 10 – Final Remote Learning Packet collection
June 10 – Kindergarten through fifth grade report cards delivery
June 12 – Last day to turn in late/missing work
June 16 – Last day for the Federally Funded Grab and Go Meal delivery
June 17 – Sixth through twelfth grade report cards mailed
Additionally, from the surveys, we have discovered that some of you are concerned about transitions. For students going from Heyburn to St. Maries Middle School, UpRiver to St. Maries Middle School, and St. Maries Middle School to St. Maries High School please be assured that we are planning for these transition activities. The transition events that are typically held in the spring will likely take place in the fall prior to the beginning of the school year. The schools will use Skylert and social media to contact families when the plans have been finalized. We recognize that moving from one school to another is a big change in a student’s life and we want to support students in their transition.
We are also aware that you are concerned that your child may be behind in the fall. District staff have been meeting to align academic curriculum and plan for ways to identify and fill the possible gaps when your child returns to school. The staff will also be attending training this spring that will help them support the blended learning that may be necessary in the fall. Children across our nation missed out on the fourth quarter of their 2019-2020 school year. Working to fill the gap is the priority of every educator across the U.S.A.
Finally, what will school look like in the fall? I would love to tell you that school will resume as usual. In fact, it is my biggest hope that we will be able to get back to the work of educating students in the manner that has made many generations of Lumberjacks proud. Unfortunately, I cannot make that promise. We just don’t know what the summer will bring and what state and federal regulations will be in place. I can assure you that the administration and Trustees will work through the summer to develop a plan that will meet the limitations places on the schools by the State and Federal government. I will make every effort to keep you informed as plans are finalized.
Once again, thank you for your cooperation and support as we travel this unknown road together. Please know that our plans are tempered with the constant mantra of doing what is best for children. Your partnership in our efforts will help us achieve our goal.
Alica M. Holthaus, Superintendent
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