The Weekly SharkBeat!

SJHS Weekly Parent Newsletter - 1/22/2023

2nd Semester

Congratulations again to our January graduates. It was an exciting day celebrating our 23 students who walked across the stage and received their high school diploma. To our seniors, this is your last high school second semester- countdown is on. We look forward to the spring when we can celebrate the entire Class of 2023.

I enjoyed meeting with all of our classes this past week. We look forward to a great 2nd semester. Please see below important information regarding the class meetings.

Have a great evening, and as always, Go Sharks!

Ryan Poston

Principal, SJHS

Information from Class Meetings

This past week the St. James High School administrative team held grade level class meetings. During these meetings, we reviewed areas of strength from our 1st Semester and discussed areas we hope to improve in during our 2nd Semester.

I am very proud of the school spirit displayed during the 1st Semester, as well as, the student participation in events such as the Homecoming Parade, Dance, Pep Rallys, Concerts, Musicals, and other competitions. Students have done an outstanding job with several service projects including Toys for Tots and our Winter Hoodie Drive. Finally, I am very proud of our students' performance on the State End-of-Course exams.

As we begin 2nd Semester, there are a few areas in which I believe we can improve. I reminded students of our goal to remain in class as much as possible and to have a pass when not in class. I also reviewed the dress code with students, specifically hats and midriffs, which we have seen a rise in. Finally, I stressed the importance of everyone taking ownership in maintaining a safe and clean school. We must all do our part to help. Students were encouraged to talk to a staff member if they see things that make them feel uncomfortable.

In my opinion, there is no better school than St. James High School. I am honored to get to work with our students and staff each day. I encourage you to speak with your child about the information we reviewed this week and reach out if you have any questions. Thank you for all that you do to support your child and the faculty and staff of SJHS! Keep swimming forward, and Go SHARKS!

Ryan Poston



Upcoming Dates

There will be a player/parent meeting for any young man wanting to play golf this Spring. The meeting will be held Tuesday at 5:30 in B184.

The SJHS School Improvement Council will meet at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 24th. All parents, students, and teachers are invited to attend.

Talent Show Auditions will be Wednesday at 3:30 in the auditorium.

Rising 9th grade parent meeting will be Thursday from 6:00-7:00 in the auditorium.

Senior Yearbook Page

The deadline to buy senior ad pages in the yearbook is Jan. 31. They are available to purchase and design at The school code is 10312. E-mail with questions.

Information from Guidance

We have completed a few days into the second semester and we hope that things have started off good for everyone. Please stay on top of your attendance and grades from the beginning. Make sure to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Are you ready to select classes for next school year?

Underclassmen IGP conferences have started and we are enjoying getting to talk with everyone. In these meetings we will talk about our academic plans for the next school year and plans for after high school. We will be offering these in person, Google meets, or phone calls. We look forward to working with you during these conferences.

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Attendance Make Up

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Technical Scholars Welding Program for Juniors

The Technical Scholars Welding Program is for high school seniors who are on track to graduate and meet requirements within the parameters of the program ( 2 high school courses allowed each semester) and admissions requirements for HGTC. The program will give students the opportunity to earn high school credit and college credit within the welding discipline.

12 semester hours in the fall and spring

HCS will cover the tuition for those two semesters

*students who wish to continue with the program and receive Advanced Welding Technologies Certificate from HGTC will finish 10 semester hours during summer session (will not count as high credit and HCS does not cover tuition)

If they are interested in this program, please email Mrs. Tubbs in Guidance for more information about the program.

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Emergency Protocol

If the school is conducting a drill, is placed "on hold", or there is an emergency of any kind, our staff, along with students, must follow protocol, including our receptionist. Phones are placed on hold and staff must cover along with students. The front doors are locked with no entry during these times. Students are in their respective safe zones, with the halls clear. Unfortunately, we cannot release students during an emergency or a drill. Once the emergency is over and students are safe, parents will be contacted by a phone call and email with information from our administration.

Thank you for your understanding. Should you have questions or comments, please contact one of our administrators.

Spring Sports

Students wanting to play a spring sport must have an updated physical on file and approved by our Sports Trainer. See a coach or checkout SJH website for details.
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