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JCC College Connections Benefit JHS Students

Jamestown High School and Jamestown Community College have forged a partnership benefiting students by offering College Connections courses, which are a convenient and affordable way to earn concurrent high school and college credit. JHS offers a total of 23 College Connections courses. ...

CDOS Offers New Path Toward Graduation

Jamestown High School is putting students to work — in a unique way. Through the three-year New State Education CDOS (Career Development and Occupational Studies) grant the district received last year JHS students have been offered an alternative pathway to graduation. The grant helps provide ...

Junior Achievement Program At Jamestown High School A Success

The Junior Achievement (JA) pilot program at Jamestown High School is a resounding success. Volunteers from 23 local businesses and organizations delivered JA once a month to the vast majority of ninth graders at Jamestown High School during the first semester. The volunteers used JA ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...