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JHS photographers, Donald Karr III, Jayden Schultz and Y’Monie Miller worked in the JHS portrait studio during Digital Photography.

Teaching Palette: Differentiated Instruction In Middle School Art

Jamestown Public Schools has one uniform focus for the district this year, Differentiated Instruction. Middle School art teachers have found that Differentiated Instruction is a practice that has naturally been part of their art classes, but are now learning and focusing on getting better at ...

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JHS Sports Build Strong Students And Community Members

“It is so important for Jamestown Schools to have a strong athletic program as it gives students the opportunity to express themselves and find what they are passionate about,” said Jamestown High School senior, Olivia Reinhardt, who plays basketball, runs track and has applied to ...

Middle School Sports Program Prepares Students For JHS

Jamestown Public Schools is committed to helping our middle school students find, and try, a sport that they may be interested in pursing in high school or in some cases as a lifelong physical activity. At the middle school level, students can choose from 30 modified sports teams:  baseball, ...

The Smiling Rabbit In The Moon (A Mexican Folktale)

Once upon time, Juan Carlos and his wife, Yesenia, lived in a small coastal town in Mexico. They were very poor and owned almost nothing. But they had a pet rabbit they called Juanito. The couple loved their rabbit, and the rabbit loved them. But as time passed, they grew poorer and poorer. ...

Adrianna Genco, Scarlett Hepler (Jayla Johnson’s Aunt), Caryn Hepler (Jayla’s grandmother), Jayla Johnson and Siena Loomis participated in a Thanksgiving close reading activity in Corey Brown’s third grade classroom.

Fletcher School Focuses On Family Engagement

Local author and illustrator, James Vincent, recently read aloud from his book, “Not For Now, But Soon,” to the delight of a large group of Fletcher Elementary School families during the school’s recent Family Literacy Night.  Mr. Vincent, who has been a substitute teacher at Fletcher ...

Fletcher Elementary School third graders, Giovanni Parasiliti and Maleea Haight, talk about the details they discovered about bullfrogs through their visually-orientated project.

Fletcher School Third-Graders Learn About Frogs In Different Ways

“How many details did you gather about bullfrogs?” asked Fletcher Elementary School third-grade teacher, Vicky Volpe. “We found four details,” said the group. “Tell your classmates one you discovered,” “Frogs have sticky tongues to help eat their prey,” said the group as ...

Local author, James Vincent, reads from his book, “Not For Now, But So” with his wife, Susan. Mr. and Mrs. Vincent visited Fletcher School for its Family Literacy Night to hold a group read aloud.

Third-Grade Families Learn More About Close Reading With Thanksgiving Theme

Families in Corey Brown’s and Maryellen Reynold’s third-grade classrooms visited for Thanksgiving but instead of turkey and stuffing, parents received a Close Reading lesson by using an informational passage about how the history of cranberries began in the Thanksgiving tradition. The ...

Fletcher Elementary School first grader, Briar Cercone, shows her class how she used a number line to solve a word problem.  The students on the rug are showing her a thumbs up if they agree with her strategy, a thumbs down if they disagree and raising their hand if they would like to add on to her thinking as part of a Math Talk.

Fletcher First-Graders Use Math, Number Talks To Solve Problems

“What are some ways to solve word problems?” asked Fletcher Elementary School first grade teacher, Ashley Calla. “Mental math! Fingers! Math drawings! Making a number bond! Drawing a number line!” “Yes, those are all great strategies. First, we are going to solve the math problem ...

Ring Elementary School Peer Coach, Brandi Meacham, works with fellow teacher Kim Ognibene.

JPS Coaches Increase Peer-To-Peer Conversations

Jamestown High School teachers, Donnelle Conti and Lisa Holt, are embarking on a new experience this year by serving as peer coaches. They know the importance of supporting all teachers in their building, as they had previously been mentor teachers. As peer coaches, Mrs. Holt and Mrs. Conti are ...

Picture at left: JPS Social Studies Curriculum Coach Jeff Kresge works with Washington Middle School sixth grade teacher Joel Sopak.

Curriculum Coaches Infuse Social Studies, Science Into Other Subject Areas

“In third grade, we are looking at place value and problem-solving with place measurements,” said Ring Elementary School Teacher and Peer Coach, Kim Austin to Doug Foster, JPS science curriculum coach. “Using balances to measure would be a great way to tie-in science to their math ...

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Come Join Jefferson’s After School Program

Jefferson Middle School Advantage After School Program students, Joshua Rollinger, Camden Austin and Jaidan Lutgen recently learned more about concepts such as energy, force, and motion and also scientific and engineering practices such as analyzing and interpreting data, all while having fun ...

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Jefferson School’s Brown Bag Lunch, Where Families Are The Agenda

Jefferson Middle School is holding monthly Brown Bag Lunches to give families the chance to visit with school representatives and learn what is happening in the school. The first Brown Bag Lunch was with Principal Chad Bongiovanni. Brown Bag Lunches have been done across the country in schools. ...

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Teachers Using Remind App To Stay Connected to Parents

“Making sure that we are engaging our parents in what is happening in the classroom led me to try the Remind app,” said Jefferson Middle School teacher, Tambra Hallett. “It has been so exciting to see how much parents are enjoying the app and I am thrilled that I have 100 percent ...

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Jefferson Students Become Archeologists With Help From The British Museum

Jefferson Middle School sixth grade students discovered a bit more about archeology through a distance learning experience with the British Museum in London, England. Jefferson students, along with Washington Middle School students and a school in the United Kingdom, had the unique opportunity ...

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Fundraiser For Field Trips

Jefferson Middle School sixth grade teachers, Erin Knapp, Paul Baker, Tambra Hallett, David Digilaramo and Lisa Offhaus recently offered an educational fundraiser to help raise money for future field trips. The teachers created a 100-question quiz using the on-line program, Kahoot! Each teacher ...

Members of Club Persell with advisor Principal Phil Cammarata.
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Club Persell Highlights Physical Activity And Healthy Eating

“Who would like to learn how to make homemade pasta?” asked Persell Middle School Principal Phil Cammarata. Every hand in Club Persell shoots up. “Okay, let’s make it in the next few weeks. You know homemade pasta only has a few, fresh ingredients, right? We can create our own pasta ...

Persell Middle School seventh grader, Nicole McGrath, worked on her family tree for her Family History Project.

Students Learn More About Their Family History

Persell Middle School seventh and eighth graders have embarked on a journey to discover more about their family history while at the same time, learning more about research and databases during their time with Library Media Specialist, Becky Luhman. “I was looking for a project that ...

Persell Middle School families visited the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Village booth during a recent Open House. Seventeen local organizations and businesses gave out information in the school’s gym.
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Middle School Offers Family Engagement Open House

Learning to set academic goals was just one activity that Persell Middle School families and their children participated in together during the school’s recent Open House. Homeroom teachers shared individual student literacy data from the fall administration of the MAP assessments, which are ...