Posted Date: 01/04/2017
Saint Jo ISD’s first day of school was one of excitement and positive energy. Saint Jo was proud to see a growth of student enrollment, beginning the new school year with approximately 270 students. Superintendent Curtis Eldridge noted, “We have an increased enrollment from last year of approximately 10%. Our students excelled both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities last year, paving the way for an awesome year. Preliminary Academic Accountability reports indicated excellent scores. We are blessed with an exceptional faculty, along with a supportive community and school board, dedicated to student learning.”
Preliminary academic ratings released by the Texas Education Agency awarded Saint Jo ISD the highest rating possible, known as Met Standard. Saint Jo Elementary Principal Denise Thurman stated, “We have a long standing tradition of academic success, and we were excited to begin the new school year. Our teachers have worked hard to prepare a challenging and engaging learning environment for each student.” The Texas Education Agency named Saint Jo Elementary a High-Progress Reward School both in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Recently, Saint Jo Elementary was named a 2015-2016 High-Performing Reward School. Saint Jo Elementary has led the county in Distinction Designations awarded within the current academic accountability system.
New TEA-approved innovative courses have been added to the curriculum, such as Student Leadership and Cyber Citizenship. Additionally, more science and fine arts courses have been added to the schedule. Saint Jo High School Principal Katie Morman commented, “Our dual credit program continues to grow in student enrollment and has a high success rate. Students are graduating with a solid foundation of college credit.” Saint Jo ISD is proud to partner with NCTC for dual credit services.
In extracurricular programs, the new agriculture science facility has been completed. High School Principal Katie Morman stated, “The new facility is a tremendous investment in our growing student involvement in Career and Technical Education programs. We currently have 100% participation in junior high and approximately 90% participation among high school students.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility was held on September 19th.
Athletic Director Chad Tallon stated, “We had the most students in athletics the first day of school that I have seen in my eight year career at Saint Jo. Over 50 students, grades 6-8, indicated they wanted to be in athletics!”
“We have entered what is going to be another wonderful school year. Seeing the students smiling and feeling the excitement of education at Saint Jo is incredible. The future is bright at Saint Jo.”- Curtis Eldridge, Superintendent.