Focus On Schools

Persell Middle School Benefits From JCC’s Liberty Partnership Grant

“What did you learn from reading Wonder?” asked Lindsey Rensel during a recent Book Club. “That just because you are different, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have something really meaningful to add to life. That we shouldn’t judge people by the outside, but what’s inside,” ...

Persell Uses Restorative Justice And Circles To Heal The Whole Child

“I was very impressed by your honesty about how you feel about things and what is going on at school,” said Persell Middle School teacher Linda Campbell to her class. “We’ll each pass the ball around and say what we learned yesterday. What I learned is that as a teacher I need to do ...

Persell Middle School Students Enhance Studies With iPads

In Michela Tehan’s art class, Persell Middle School eighth-graders recently used their iPads to research and find a landscape photograph to use as their inspiration for a painting. In addition, Mrs. Tehan’s students also take photos of their artwork on a daily basis to show their progress ...

Persell Middle School Holds Family Interactive Dinner Theater

Persell Middle School and Fellowship at the Cross with Acts of Faith Drama recently hosted a “Family Camp” Interactive Dinner Theater in the school’s gymnasium. Over 300 people attended and the school raised over $1,000 for “Water for Southern Sudan” through the theater and additional ...

Fletcher School Kindergarteners Benefit From Book Donation

“We have a special surprise for you today,” said Fletcher Elementary School kindergarten teacher Everett Nelson to his class. “There is a church in Jamestown who decided that children in our school needed books that you can keep and take home. You get to choose the book that you are ...

Fletcher School Fourth-Graders Become Olympians

Fletcher Elementary School fourth graders “Olympians” paraded into the gymnasium holding banners announcing their “country” as part of the Opening Ceremonies for their Olympic Games. Physical Education teachers, Greg Jackson and Ardelle Rambacher, partnered with Library Media ...

Fletcher UPK’s Encourages Literacy Through Family Engagement

“Do you see the fish on the front of the book?” asked Fletcher Elementary School 3-year-old UPK teacher, Mary Moran, to her class pointing to the book, The Rainbow Fish. “What do you see?” “Lots of colors! Lips! Fins!” said the students. “Yes, let’s take a picture walk. What ...

Fletcher Elementary Holds ‘HERO’ Campaign

Fletcher Elementary School recently held a “Helping Everyone Respect Others” or HERO campaign. Students were recognized during their PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) assembly for exemplary behavior and they became HERO ambassadors at Fletcher. The students had a fun ...

A New Chapter

Editor’s Note: Over the next year, look for this monthly column about the Prendergast Library, to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes, and to understand how the library is evolving to meet the diverse needs of our community. If you visit Prendergast Library in the morning, you ...

New Genealogy Resources Available At Prendergast Library

Due to increased interest in the community, the Prendergast Library is offering expanded resources for patrons looking to learn more about their ancestry or local history. Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., patrons are welcome to stop by for our weekly Genealogy Lab. This program allows patrons ...

Mike Randall To Perform As Mark Twain For Fundraiser

Popular local performer Mike Randall will return to the Spire Theater for his one-man show, “Mark Twain Live!” Randall, who has been performing as Twain for over 40 years, will bring his signature blend of commanding performance and authentic costume to bring Twain to life on stage. In ...

JHS Students Raise Awareness With Anti-Bullying Club

“I want everyone to write a bad thing that someone has said to you on your paper heart,” said JHS sophomore Alyce Johnson to the members of the JHS Anti-Bullying Club. “Write as many as you can think of.” Once the JHS students are finished writing their words, Alyce, who revitalized ...

JHS Student Learn About Mental Health Awareness

A select group of tenth and eleventh grade Jamestown High School students are learning more about mental health to help their peers who may need a shoulder to lean on or a listening ear in times of struggle. The group is taking “Youth Leadership in Mental Health Awareness,” an informal ...

Chautauqua Striders’ Bilingual Educator Teaches Life Skills

“Mrs. Cosme is a supporter. She’s the type of person that I can trust and go to,” said JHS junior Yomairis Morales. “She’s not just a teacher, but a support for us at JHS.” Yomairis was talking about Elizabeth Cosme, who is a Chautauqua Striders Bilingual Life Skills Educator at ...

Frewsburg Defeats Southwestern In Bowl Match

Frewsburg Central School defeated Southwestern High School 64-20 in a recent Media One High School Bowl match at Jamestown Community College. Austin Anderson and Bryce Gibbons of Frewsburg earned Player of the Match honors. The Southwestern team included Jordan Smith, Ryan Shafer, Christine ...

Turning A New Page

Over the next year, look for this monthly column about the Prendergast Library, to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes, and to understand how the library is evolving to meet the diverse needs of our community. What exactly goes on in the library’s new Makerspace? Read here to ...

Washington Middle School Teachers Collaborate For ELA Success

“Who do you think wrote the better speech, Atticus Finch or Martin Luther King, Jr.?” asked Washington Middle School English as a New Language (ENL) teacher Sarah Stewart. “Once you decide who wrote the better speech, we need you to produce at least three pieces of evidence. How can ...

Washington Middle School Fifth-Graders Use Paperless Classroom To Learn

Washington Middle School fifth-graders in Deb Rein’s class use Google Classroom and www.newsela.com daily to read articles on their iPads about current events, or a subject they are studying in class. The articles, which are at student’s individual reading levels, give additional ...

Washington Middle School Sixth-Graders Become Published Authors

“I’m so excited to publish my book on iBooks so my family members can see it,” said Washington Middle School sixth grader, Gabriella Zampogna. “My grandmother lives in Virginia so I don’t get to see her all the time, but she will be able to read my book on the ...