• MAJ Francis
    Name: James X. Francis 
    BA, MA, EdD.
    Room Number: 128
    Subject(s): American Government, American History and Technology Liaison
    Virtual Office Hours: 1:15-2:15 Monday.
    Online Phone:‪(636) 686-0108
    Open House Link: Open House
    Microsoft Teams Link:
    Teacher Message: 

    Important Memo Re: Assessments

    Dear SLPS Families,

    The Saint Louis Public School District strongly encourages all students to participate in standardized testing. One of the best ways we can ensure we are serving the academic needs of your child is through regular assessments. 

    Each year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) determines which tests will be given by school districts and how the results will be counted or interpreted. 

    As you may recall, last year, DESE canceled Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing due to the pandemic. Consequently, the most recent MAP assessment data we have for your student is now two years old.

    This year, DESE is requiring in-person testing for all students, MAP grade-level assessments (GLA) for grades 3-8 and MAP End of Course (EOC) exams for high school and advanced mathematics middle school students.

    Scores from these tests will not negatively impact student grades or district accreditation, however the assessments will provide a clear picture of where students are academically—information that is critically important to our district and the state. Federal and state funding for districts that predominately serve students who qualify for free and reduced lunch is also determined based on these results.

    Even if your student has been enrolled in virtual learning all year, we are required by DESE to administer the tests at school with a proctor. All safety protocols established by SLPS at the beginning of the pandemic will be followed, including health/temperature screening, social distancing, frequent sanitizing of work spaces and mandatory mask wearing by students and staff. We encourage you to reach out to your school principal for additional school-specific information, as needed.

    The End-of-Course Exam Windows are as follows:

    Government: April 5 - 8

    English 2: April 12 - 15

    Biology: April 19 - 22

    Algebra: April 26 - May 5

    Make-ups: May 11 - 19   ***By Appointment 


    The EOCs are administered in person. Every student is required to wear a mask or face covering while in the building and during the entire exam. If you have any questions please email Tiffanni.Durham@slps.org and/or Brittney.Schaffer@slps.org.

    Thank you for your attention to this information. Again, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal for any clarification regarding this memo, or for questions related to COVID-19 protocol.


    Cheryl VanNoy, Deputy Superintendent
    Dr. Bertha Doar, Director of Assessment
    Office of Accountability, Research, Evaluation and Assessment
    Saint Louis Public Schools  




    If any parents wish to meet with me individually during the week of 3/15 to 3/18, I will be available from 1:30 to 3:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Please send me an email at least two hours prior to the time you wish to meet.  (James.francis@slps.org)  If a particular time is already assigned I will contact you and set up another time we can meet.
    Since Saint Louis Public Schools has made the last two weeks of October "Parent Teacher Conferences" I will be making appointments through email for the Juniors.   Freshman parents will be with the "Freshman team."  Any Junior parent who wants to meet with me send me an email at james.francis@slps.org.  Freshman parents can side up with the following link:   Freshman signup.
    Hello everyone . . . I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.  I'm sure you are wondering about what we will be doing as we are dealing with the COVID-19 situation.  Of course this year we'll be starting virtually.  We'll be doing Blended learning which means we'll meet online through Microsoft TEAMS for 45 minutes to discuss and learn.  Then you will have work to do on your own.  Don't worry, you can always reach out to me during the school day to get help if you get stuck.
    Right now, stay safe and continue to learn. 
    Biography: Welcome.  My name is Major Francis and I teach American History and American Government.  I have a Doctorate in Education Administration, a Masters in History and have been teaching at Cleveland since 2004. My expetise is in World History as I have travelled to over 20 countries and lived in three continents. In addition I have served in the National Guard for 20 years, including a tour in Afghanistan (2006-2007), served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, and have taught English in Slovakia.
    I enjoy travelling and seeing the places I used to teach about. In addition, I read histories extensively to further my understanding of the past.
    Intro:  Click the picture to see the video