Focus On Schools

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 ...

Cultured Minds

Lectures, art exhibits, acting troops and poetry were just some of the amazing experiences that twenty Jamestown High School students in Betsy Rowe-Baehr’s and Barbi Price’s English 9 classes had the opportunity to experience this summer at Chautauqua Institution. JHS students visited ...

JPS Builds Excitement For College And Careers

Jamestown Public Schools is trying something new with their fourth and fifth grade students this year: fourth graders will visit SUNY Fredonia to experience college firsthand and fifth graders will tour Cummins Engine to learn about the working world and local job opportunities. The idea is ...

UPK Students Explore Creative Curriculum

Jamestown Public School’s Universal Prekindergarten teachers recently explored a “study” of trees in their summer training for a new creative curriculum. The teachers were told their study would be about apple trees, which are found locally. The teachers were given an apple and asked to ...

Trading Out Tunes

“Being a musician has changed me profoundly as a person,” said Jamestown High School senior Asha DeHarder who is a member of the JHS Concert Band, A Cappella and the student representative on the Jamestown PROMISE Fund Advisory Board. Asha plays French horn, which she started in the fifth ...

JPS Summer Lit Camp Helps Close Reading Gap

Jamestown Public Schools Summer Lit Camp “counselor,” Jen Conti from the YWCA, gathered her third grade students around the opening “campfire” with a quick writing activity and an introduction to key academic vocabulary that will be used throughout the day. The “opening campfire” ...

Frewsburg Students Experience ‘Civil War Days’

In May, seventh-graders at Frewsburg Central School participated in the school’s first ever “Civil War Day.” The purpose of this all-day event was to give students a hands-on, interactive, in-depth opportunity to experience the history of our nation’s most devastating war. Frewsburg ...

Chautauqua Lake Names Students Of The Month

Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for May achievements are Thomas Gurga, Hannah Roush, Madison Kramer, Lucy Adams, Abigail Parker and Alexandra Reyda. The student recognition program honors students in grades seven through 12 whose classroom performance, attitude ...