Focus On Schools

A Love Of Cats Leads Jefferson Middle Schooler To Help CCHS

Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader Chad Peterson loves cats. So much so, that he and his mom, Chris, foster litters of kittens for the Chautauqua County Humane Society. “My grandma inspired me to foster kittens. She always fostered and we both love cats a lot,” Chad said. “I loved ...

Bush Elementary First-Grader Spreads Joy With Jamestown Rocks

Bush Elementary School first grader, Madelyn Wilkins, is spreading happiness around her school and community with her hand-painted rocks. Madelyn’s mom found out about “JamestownNYRocks” through a friend and thought it would be a great project for she and Madelyn. The group’s goal in ...

JHS Freshman On His Way To Becoming The Next Spielberg

Jamestown High School freshman, Sean Shoobridge, has a passion for filmmaking. Sean, who attended Fletcher Elementary School and Persell Middle School has been interested in film for as long as he can remember. “I have been watching films for a long time and have always been very ...

JHS Senior’s Natural Interests Lead Him Toward Technology

Jamestown High School senior, Zach Schweiger, knew even as a young kid that his interests would lead him to his life’s work. “I’ve just always had a natural interest in the areas of electricity and engineering, “ Zach said. “I also have always liked computers and networking so even ...

It Takes A Village

Helping Jamestown High School students discover more about the banking industry is part of a unique collaboration between the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union and JHS’ Academy of Business, Management, Marketing and Technology to open a satellite office in the JHS library. The office ...

Looking To Get Involved In School Activities? Here Are A Few Ideas

Join PTA As an active PTA member, you join forces with those devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. You become part of a dedicated network of families, educators, businesses and community leaders who are working to ensure all ...

Back To School

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. My name is Bret Apthorpe and I am the new Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent. I have deep personal and professional roots in Chautauqua County, making this an especially exciting place to be. I am eager to partner with our community to provide ...

JPS Strives To Partner With Families And The Community

“When our schools, parents and families, and community groups build trusting, collaborative relationships and also align their efforts around student achievement, our students will succeed,” said JPS Director of Schools Tina Sandstrom. “We know that the college, career, and lifelong ...

Students Of Southwestern

On May 19, close to 100 Southwestern students and staff experienced a small dose of what many LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual) experience every day. They chose to be silent for the National Day of Silence. Participation in this event was a ...

Seniors Write Thank You Letters To Troops Overseas

WEST ELLICOTT — When the local Blue Star Moms ask for community support, Southwestern seniors are happy to answer the call to action — something that our servicemen and women do on a regular basis. Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides ...

A New Reality For Southwestern’s Yearbook

The staff members of the Southwestern High School Centralian yearbook added an exciting new aspect to their publication this year— video. Through the augmented reality program Aurasma, the Centralian extended the meaning of this year’s theme, “IM IN” by allowing the readers to relive ...

Southwestern Holds Third Annual Trojan Triathlon

First of all, I love alliteration, so the Trojan Triathlon was a no brainer. Seeing this event grow in the three-year time frame from our Frist Annual Trojan Tri in 2015 to now, makes me even more proud to be a Trojan. Initially, we (The High School PE Department) started the event as an ...

They’ve Got Talent

Singers, dancers, violin-players, math whizzes, ukulele-players, pianists and comedians were just some of the talents that Bush Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students showcased during their 13th Annual Talent Show. The show, created and directed by teacher Nichole Mason, was a way ...

Bush Elementary School FaCE Committee Engages Parents To Help Their Children

Bush Elementary School’s Family And Community Engagement committee’s goal is to welcome families into the school to partner with them to help benefit their child’s education. Bush Elementary School’s FaCE committee meets once a month. They plan upcoming activities, review school data, ...

Bush School Students Use Their Reading Superpowers

Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman were just some of the superhero readers seen at Bush Elementary School’s Family Literacy Night, which was an idea from the school’s Family And Community Engagement Committee. The night included five literacy stations with a “how-to follow directions” ...

Bush Elementary School Paraprofessionals Support Teachers, School

Bush Elementary School has seven paraprofessionals in its building: Anna Berry, Sharon Casselman, Elizabeth Wilfong, Sally Teater, Denise Pavlock, Tracy Salemme and Lorri Papaserge, whose goal is to support student’s education. Every paraprofessional is assigned work in the classroom at ...

Investment In JPS Supports Broad, Continued Success

At Jamestown Public Schools, high-quality, well-rounded education is top priority. “We have such a great opportunity to take so many AP and college-level courses, which will help us both in college and our careers, says JHS Senior Kaitlin Healy. “Students can get a head start on college ...

Jamestown Voters To Elect Three For Board Of Education

On Tuesday, from noon-9 p.m., Jamestown voters will elect three Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education members to serve three-year terms. There are five candidates on the ballot. Paul Abbott, an incumbent, is seeking his fourth term, having started on the board in July 2008. Mr. ...

Dollars And Sense

On Tuesday, May 16, Jamestown Public School residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed 2017-18 Budget totaling $84,948,220. As 78 percent of the budget is funded by New York state aid, a projected $2.2 million increase in Foundation Aid will fund the proposed budget without an ...

JPS Awarded 5-Year 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Chautauqua Striders’ Lead Tutor, Bruce Larson, recently read from Charlotte’s Web during Love Elementary School’s Terrific Kids After School Program. Mr. Larson is expanding the students’ school day by working on literacy during the after school hours. He created a “Word Wall” with ...