Mrs. Faber 6th grade- Pennies for Peace fundraiser

Spring is in the air! Do you know what that means for 10th grade students attending a public high school in MN? It means it is time for the MCA-III Reading Test!

St. James High School has scheduled the test to be taken in two sessions beginning at 8:25 A.M. on April 29th and April 30th.
It is very important that your child is in school on these dates. Be sure your child is well rested and has a good breakfast before testing.
What are the MCAs?
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are state tests in mathematics, reading and science. They are given every year to measure student performance against the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do.
Why do we give these tests?
The purpose of Minnesota assessments is to evaluate Minnesota students’ achievement measured against the Minnesota Academic Standards. Assessment results can be used to inform curriculum decisions at the district and school level, inform instruction at the classroom level and demonstrate student academic progress from year to year.
How can students prepare for the tests?
Several 10th graders are not currently enrolled in a Language Arts course. Therefore, Ms. Otte will be holding a large group meeting during school for all 10th graders. She will be providing all students with test preparation materials including practice tests, review of key terms, and other important information pertaining to the MCA-III. Please encourage students to look over the materials and contact Ms. Otte with any questions.  Please help students to do their best and remind them that we believe in them!
For other testing information for parents, visit the MN Department of Education website at:
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Simple yet powerful!” ~Zeenat Merchant Syal


St. James School District 840 invites interested parties to participate in a focus group tour and discussion on our facility needs.  This commitment will include a tour of the three schools and an opportunity to weigh in on thoughts on addressing these needs.  The time involved will be about an hour and a half. The activity is planned for the afternoon of the April 28th.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Becky Cselovszki at or 507-375-5974.  This preliminary input gathering will be followed up with a community meeting on the same topic.  That meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:00 at the Armstrong Auditorium.  We appreciate your input and look forward to working with our community to make our schools a place that we can be proud of now and into the future.



Saturday, May 3
High School Gym- Grand March 8:00pm

CHALK TALK w/ Principal Beck
Wednesday, May 7
Community Building

NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
Monday, May 26

Sunday, June 1
2:00pm- High School Gym


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