Focus On Schools

Rewarding Excellent Students, Teachers

Jamestown High School ninth grader, Donovan Gomez, recently used his cell phone to nominate a teacher as part of the school’s Raider Pride campaign. The campaign allows students and teachers to use a QR Code to download a form nominating a teacher or a student who has gone “above & ...

Students Learn Anatomy And Physiology

“They are all used to image the body but they are all done in different ways,” said Amanda Bender, UPMC School of Radiology’s Lead Clinical Instructor. “Ultrasound doesn’t use any radiation at all, it uses sound waves. MRI uses a magnet, so every way can look at the body differently. ...

JHS Students Learn Valuable Experiences Through Credit Union Internships

Jamestown High School students are being given not only the unique opportunity to learn more about financial responsibilities, but to also complete internships with the help of Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union (SCFCU) and their JHS branch in the school library. There are six JHS student ...

JHS Astronomy Club Fills Students Love Of Space

“I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and the stars and constellations are a big part of it. So, it was natural for me to get involved in the Astronomy Club,” said Jamestown High School senior Hannah Hornyak who has been involved in the club for four years. “Space is so ...

Tune Of Success

Jefferson Middle School eighth graders, Jordan Braymiller, trumpet, Liam Conroe, tenor saxophone, Evan Corey, front ensemble percussion, Caleb Micciche, baritone saxophone, and Matthew Ramirez, tuba, had the thrill of a lifetime as members of the Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band ...

Students Learn More About Spanish Culture

Jefferson Middle School seventh graders in Katrina Freay’s Spanish class discovered more about Spanish culture through a “Day of the Dead” unit. DiaÌa de Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the central and south regions, and by people of Mexican heritage ...

Health Classes Create Body Organs

Middle School fifth and sixth graders in Jennifer Restivo’s health classes used their creativity and knowledge of body systems to create an organ from unique materials. The student’s out-of-the-box thinking made for a fantastic display in the Jefferson library. “I created the kidneys ...

Fifth-Graders Honor Veterans At Gathering

Jefferson Middle School fifth-graders from Gina Hess’s classroom held a gathering on Nov. 9 to honor local veterans for Veterans Day. Students served veterans breakfast and beverages. In addition, they entertained them with songs, poems and stories, to thank them for their service to our ...

JMS PBIS Rewards Kids For Great Behavior

Painting pumpkins, and enjoying cider, doughnuts, pies and hot cocoa are just some of the ways that Jefferson Middle School’s PBIS Tier I team are rewarding kids who do the right thing at school on a daily basis. Each month, different teachers, such as homeroom or ELA, are asked nominate two ...

Fletcher Decisions

“What is a decision booster?” asked CASAC (Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council) Prevention Educator, Leslie Bianco, to Fletcher Elementary School fourth graders. “It’s someone who says you can do it,” said a student. “Yes, it’s someone who supports and encourages ...

JCC Interns Extend Student Learning In Elementary Classrooms

“I am learning a lot about how to run a classroom through my internship,” said Jamestown Community College early childhood education student Hannah Ekstrom, who plans to become a kindergarten teacher. “It gives you an opportunity to see if being a teacher is really what you want to do. ...

JCLC Programs Benefit School Families

Christine Hilyer and Barbara Gossman are the PACERS (Parents Activating Children’s Education Results into Success) home/school liaisons at Fletcher Elementary School. PACERS provide early learning experiences for children that are fun and developmentally appropriate through the evidence-based ...

Academic Instructional Coaches Are Well-Blended Team To Help Teachers

“Instructional coaching benefits not only teachers but students too,” said Fletcher Elementary School Instructional Coach Andrea Marsh. “We make a big impact on teachers who then make a big impact on student learning. We have noticed tremendous gains in student engagement in the ...

Hands On

Cummins Inc. recently flew Jamestown Public School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown High School Principal Mike McElrath, JHS Assistant Principal Leslie Melquist, Chief Academics Officer Michelle McDowell and JHS Technology teacher Daryl Damcott to their headquarters in Indiana. During ...

The Loving Way Has Kids Think About Their Future

Doctors, veterinarians, firefighters and police officers are just some of the photographs lining the walls at Love Elementary School – but they aren’t adults, they are kids showing off their future careers. The photographs are part of the “Future Walls” project that the Love PBIS ...

Pathways To Graduation Considers All Students’ Needs

“The new pathways for graduation have started to align the high school diploma with contemporary needs in the labor market by offering various pathways to graduation,” said Jamestown Public Schools Chief of Academics Michelle McDowell. “The offer options for all students to receive a ...

Writers’ Retreat

It’s September now, but Jamestown High School seniors, Beck Anderson, Micaela Cleveland, Ellen Cross, Elyse Jones and Matthew Roehmholdt, still fondly recall their all-expense paid Chautauqua experience in July as participants of the Young Writers Institute at Chautauqua Institution. JHS ...

Kids With A Cause Honored By CLN

Last summer, members of Kids With a Cause (KWAC) were honored as the Chautauqua Leadership Network’s Student Leader of the Year Award winners. KWAC members, Ayrianna Brady, Abby Brunenavs, Siena DeAngelo, Madeline DeJoy, Cecelia (CeCe) Eklum, Bradley Galeazzo, Alexandra Gren, Cecelia Johnson, ...

JCC Students Teach Ring Elementary School Students Backpack Safety

“I’m going to show you how to pack a backpack properly,” said Jamestown Community College Occupational Therapy student, John Earing, to third graders in Beth Johnson’s class. “If you have a lot of file and papers, what’s the best way to pack them? You want to gather them all ...

New JPS Teachers Learn Mental Health First Aid

New Jamestown Public Schools teachers had the opportunity to take Youth Mental Health First Aid during New Teacher Orientation. Karan Foti, a clinician through Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene and Victoria Patti, Community Engagement Coordinator & Training Specialist for Chautauqua County ...