Looking Back: Milestones & Celebrations

The conclusion of the calendar year is an excellent time to reflect on your district’s journey and the accomplishments of students and staff. As the days pass and challenges surface throughout the year, celebrations and accomplishments can easily fade from memory. This post is dedicated to providing one last look at some of the milestones and celebrations that occurred in the life of the St. Joseph School District in 2017.

Music Education: Benefits & Opportunities

The following article was shared last month with the readers of the Excelsior Springs Standard.

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 acknowledges art and music as part of a “well-rounded” education. Beyond the joy of making music, what is it that makes music education such a worthy pursuit? The National Association for Music Education has compiled a list of known benefits whenever a student participates in music education. Expected benefits include the development of language and reasoning, improved memory and coordination, improved engagement at school, emotional development, pattern recognition, higher SAT scores, fine-tuned auditory skills, intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, spatial intelligence, teamwork, greater self-confidence, and a sense of achievement.


Quarterly Achievement Update

The text below was shared Monday evening during our quarterly school board update about student achievement and action steps by staff at Excelsior Springs Middle School. Data was shared with the school board prior to this presentation that focused on pre and post test data in English language arts and math. This update was shared on Tuesday night at our November PTO meeting. Click here to see our first quarter data update.