January Rapp Up

As many of you know, our current strategic plan runs through 2024. This plan was created with the help of an outside consulting company organizing input from community-wide surveys and listening sessions. With guidance from students, parents, teachers, alumni, our...

December Rapp Up

“[John the Baptist] will go before [Jesus] in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord,” (Luke, 1:17).  This is a letter to the fathers...

November Rapp Up

Each November brings familiar joys. Some are work-related; the talents of our students and staff in the musical (this year’s rendition of All Shook Up was incredible), the school spirit and sheer fun experienced during Turkey Bowl, feeling new energy and excitement...

October Rapp Up

I remember the first time I heard someone say they wanted to be a saint. It was early in my sophomore year of college, and as we stood in the lobby of the boys’ dorm in Atchison, surrounded by the smells of old cups-of-soup and unwashed laundry, my Residence Director...

September Rapp Up

This Rapp Up is about my beef with Peter Jackson.  That may seem like a strange topic to write about at the end of Homecoming week, two months into a school year where we have construction happening on campus, new academic programming in place, high hopes for fall...

Homecoming Letter 2023

Dear St. James Academy Parents: St. James Academy’s Homecoming is coming up the week of October 2-7, and we are so excited to celebrate this event with our students!  The Homecoming Dance will be held at St. James Academy on Saturday, October 7, from 8-11 p.m. in the...

August Rapp Up

This time of year, the question I get asked the most is, “How is the school year going?”  My one word answer is, “Full!”  Our enrollment is full, and that is a great gift for a Catholic school in this day and age. It is a testament to the momentum that has been...

June/July Rapp Up

As summer winds down, the first day of the 18th school year for St. James Academy lingers just over the horizon! I write this on July 25th, the feast of St. James the Greater, and I wanted to share some thoughts related to our patron as we prepare our minds and hearts...
Dr. Helen Harrelson Blue KC Sporting Samaritan Award

Dr. Helen Harrelson Blue KC Sporting Samaritan Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. James Academy Band Director and Orchestra Teacher, Dr. Helen Harrelson Blue KC Sporting Samaritan Award Lenexa, KS – St. James Academy is excited to announce that Dr. Helen Harrelson, our esteemed band director, and orchestra teacher,...