• TJ Blackwell


    Dear Panther families,


    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!  I look forward to supporting staff and students as we continue on our educational mission of providing a quality education to all students.  My goal is to team with school staff, students, and families to make the upcoming school year the best year yet.   


    As your principal, I understand that our school mission cannot be achieved without the support and collaboration of our families and community.  Growing student success happens when teachers and families work together.  By working together, we can create the most beneficial learning experience for our students.  I welcome your input and encourage you to be a regular visitor and volunteer in our building so you can see firsthand all the great things that are happening at UpRiver!  


    We encourage families to stay connected and informed by following our district website for important updates and information.  Also, please join our Facebook pages to stay up to date– UpRiver School, UpRiver PTO, and St. Maries Joint School District No. 41.  Monthly newsletters/calendars will continue to be sent home with students as well.  Our school district website can be found at www.sd41.org.  


    The first day of school for students is September 6.  There are some important changes to note regarding school hours.  Each Monday, students will be released early to allow our teachers important collaboration time.  There will be no late starts this school year.  As the school year approaches, please look for an Open House date.  Students and their families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet their teachers.  


    I have been very grateful for the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you and am excited about continuing our partnership in the new school year.   


    T.J. Blackwell, Principal, UpRiver School
    Phone:  (208) 245-3650
    Fax:  (208) 245-3066
    Email: tblackwell@sd41.org