Focus On Schools

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

PBIS Links Good Behavior With Academics

Persell’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) Universal Team is in its third year implementing a Good Credits Reward Program that rewards students for not only good behavior, but for attendance as well as being successful academically. Data is collected for all students ...

Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund Helps Students And Programs

"Did the curriculum that we helped purchase for the JPS Summer LitCamp seem worthwhile?" asked Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Lillian Ney. "I know the day that I visited LitCamp, students seemed engaged and were really having fun learning about literacy.""We had such ...

Why Does Jamestown Schools Need The PROMISE Fund?

Last year, Jamestown Public Schools made a promise to invest in the people and programs of the school district by creating the Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund. Local community members and school district staff formed the Advisory Board to assist in financing people, projects and programs not ...

Effective Family And Community Engagement, A Priority At JPS

"Our main focus at Bush Elementary School is to have family engagement rather than just involvement," said Bush Elementary School fourth grade teacher and Family & Community Engagement team member, Amy Vezina. "We have great families at Bush School and have always had good involvement ...

JPS Staff Learns How Family Engagement Is Different From Family Involvement

"The biggest takeaway from the Family and Community Engagement summer workshops is that there is a difference between engagement and involvement," Persell Middle School teacher, Lisa Stahlman-Colby, explained to the school's Family & Community Engagement (FaCE) Team. "In the past we ...

JPS Asking Parents For Input On Family Engagement

Hanover Research will soon be assisting with the district's parent engagement efforts by conducting in-depth interviews with JPS parents over the phone. The goal of the interviews is to gain insight into parents' perceptions of, attitudes towards, and experiences with the district and the ...

JPS Commits To Differentiated Learning Professional Development

A television interview show, posters, letters and a rap song are just some of the ways members of the Jamestown Public Schools' Leadership Team used to describe what differentiated instruction is, and what it is not, to their peers during a recent professional development session. By using ...

What Is Differentiated Instruction?

We know all students learn differently. The best teachers have always found ways to reach individual students - this is nothing new. Jamestown Public Schools stresses these differences in its Strategic Plan, Goal 1: "ensuring academic excellence and equity for every student." Differentiated ...

Why Implement Differentiated Instruction?

"We know that even though all children might be at same grade level; brain development differs. Students also have different needs, come from different educational backgrounds, have different attention spans and interests, have different language abilities and have different cultural ...

Reaching High

Congratulations to the Top 5 Percent of the Jamestown High School Class of 2016. These well-rounded, academically talented students represent the best of Jamestown High School. We wish all of our 2016 graduates good luck in their future endeavors. Photos by Rob Sigler of Click Photo ...

Persell Project Benefits From Community Support

Persell Middle School's Community Garden is well on its way to providing an outdoor, hands-on experience to deliver life-long learning and enrichment in students' lives thanks to the generosity of the local community. The Persell Garden Club recently received a $3,000 Lowe's Toolbox for ...

Putting IPads In Students’ Hands Enhances Education

"Once you have solved the multi-step equation with pencil and paper and I have checked that it is correct, then, I want you to use your iPads to create a video on the Doceri app, creating a video that explains step-by step how you got your answer," said Persell Middle School Math teacher, ...

Persell Fifth-Graders Learn About Rainforest Through Non-Fiction

The Gapon Viper, Howler Monkey, Leaf Cutter Ant and the Happy Face Spider are just a few of the animals profiled by Persell Middle School fifth graders as part of their English Language Arts unit called, "Biodiversity in Rainforests of the Western Hemisphere," which also incorporates science ...