The art of joyful learning can be hard to articulate in a simple how-to guide or checklist. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” Frequently at St. James’, we see joyful learning modeled in the engaging behavior and curious character of our teachers and staff. We strive to create a collaborative environment where our passionate teachers are enabled to be lifelong learners through ongoing professional development and research. When they make connections in their classrooms, we watch as their enthusiasm and energy spreads across our campus.
The Student Leadership Program at St. James’ fosters and develops a deep sense of citizenship and responsibility for community among our 4-6th graders. Here we see Mr. Reinke assisting our young leaders with a prioritization project - small groups had to rank the most important items to them in a dire ship-at-sea scenario. Through reasoning and logic, students came to a consensus on how best to handle this hypothetical dilemma.
For our 50th anniversary, we are “illuminating our future with the bright beacons of our past.” Here you can see a glimpse of Mr. David Falconer (1958-1998), the music teacher who preceded Mr. James Casey. “Our work is never finished, it is always an evolving process. I may never see all the results from our work but I see little germs from time to time and that makes me happy,” Mr. Falconer said about his teaching practice. The organ in St. James’ Church was dedicated to Mr. Falconer in 1998.(see full video here).