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On The Ballot

The Jamestown Public Schools’ Board of Education has two seats up for election this year, each for a three-year term. The 2019-20 Budget Vote & Board of Education Election are on Tuesday, May 21 from noon to 9 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School and Washington ...

Message From JPS Superintendent On Proposed Budget

There are exciting things happening in Jamestown schools for the 2019-20 school year. In preparing the 2019-20 school proposed budget, we focused on three district initiatives to help all of our students succeed: -Realigning student programming to better align with the requirements of ...

Take A LEAP

JPS LEAP (Learning Enrichment & Academic Progress) is ready to welcome students to this summer’s program from July 1 to August 23. So far, 400 Jamestown students, who will be entering first through fourth graders in September 2019, have enrolled in the summer literacy and enrichment ...

Bush Students Receive Hair Care

“I’m getting a ‘fauxhawk.’ My hair was a little long and I thought it would be fun,” said Bush Elementary School second grader Matthew Mobley. “I had one before and I thought it would be cool. My dad will be surprised but my mom said it was okay to do it!” Matthew was enjoying ...

The Success Academy Prepares To Open Its Doors In September

Dr. Mike McElrath, incoming JPS Success Academy Principal, recently welcomed the first round of teacher hires for a tour of the building located at the former Rogers Elementary School building. The district provided Jamestown teachers the opportunity to move to the Success Academy and become a ...

‘Dream Come True’

Fletcher and Love Elementary School third and fourth graders were recently crowned Young Playwright winners at Chautauqua Institution. The students were participating in The Young Playwrights Project that also includes: Chautauqua Lake, Westfield and Panama Elementary Schools. Fletcher ...

Students And WRFA Partner To Produce Youth Hispanic Radio Show

Jamestown High School senior John Rosario and junior Gabriella Rosario recently worked on editing their questions for their interview with Solimar Vazquez, from The Chautauqua Center, for their radio show, Hispanic Youth Radio, in the WRFA-LP 107.9FM studios. The student-run radio show is a ...

Teachers Combine Classic Book, Technology To Engage Classes

Jamestown High School English 9 students in Aaron Jessey’s and Sarah Davis’ class are using the newest district technology to engage with a classic book, Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. With the help of JPS Social Studies Instructional Coach Jeff Kresge and JPS Instructional Coach Jayme ...

Students Learn About Their Ancestors Through Library Project

Persell Middle School seventh and eighth graders discovered more about their ancestors through a unique project with Library Media Specialist Becky Luhman. The three-month project involved: a family tree of four generations (student, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents), two family ...

Persell Middle School Loves The Kiwanis Terrific Kids Program

Persell Middle School has a monthly visitor who brings joy to students’ faces – Kiwanis Club of Jamestown member, Larry Brown, who has delivered the Kiwanis Terrific Kids news every single month (at every Jamestown middle school) since 1998. ”Mr. Brown has been a fixture at our middle ...

7th Graders Welcome Namibia Pen Pals Using Technology

“Hi my name is Kaitlyn and I want to know what kind of sports you have at your school?’ asked Persell Middle School seventh grader Kaitlyn Kennedy to a classroom in Namibia, Africa. “We have net ball and soccer.” “What is net ball?” “It is a sport for females almost like ...

Love School Takes the Kindness Challenge

“I smiled at a bunch of people, held the door open for people and wrote thank you notes to teachers,” said Love Elementary School fourth grader George Bodardus. “I did the Kindness Challenge because I wanted to be kind to others and it was really easy.” George, along with his fellow ...

Classes Benefit From College Connection

“What is mimicry?” asked St. Bonaventure student, Olivia Dwaileebe to Love Elementary School fourth graders in Chris Yocum’s class. “Is it when one animal looks like another animal, or when animals are brother and sister or when an animal become extinct? Enter your answer in your iPad. ...

Family Services Social Worker Helps Students

A familiar and friendly face is spending more time helping kids everyday at Love Elementary School. Cassie Farrell, Family Services LMSW, is full-time at Love School this year helping kids and their families. Ms. Farrell (referred to as Miss Cassie at Love) was part-time last year collaborates ...

Technology Academy Courses Offer Real-World Classes

“I enjoy working on projects with my hands and learn easier when it is a visual experience,” said Jamestown High School junior, Caleb Mattson, who is taking Digital Electronics from Chris Jewell. He has already taken Electricity and Electronics as a prerequisite course. “I like welding ...

Home/School Coordinator Arrick Davis Builds Community at JPS

Jamestown Public Schools’ Home/School Coordinator Arrick Davis’ is using his unique set of skills learned as a coach, mentor and advocate to help serve both the district’s students and families by connecting them with the resources they need to help their children succeed. Mr. Davis is in ...

Apex Classroom Offers Pathway to Success

The Jamestown High School Technology Academy offers a unique program, Apex Learning Digital Curriculum, to help students have a chance to recover course credits they may need in addition to providing personalized learning based on students’ specific needs. The flexibility offered by Apex ...

Teachers Have A Heroic Amount Of Work

“I want you to find a partner, move to a desk next to each other, pick a pencil to share. Partner A will solve the problem first by talking through it with Partner B helping them, checking work and praising. Then, the roles switch with Partner B solving the problem while partner A checks and ...

Planning Center Proves Proactive

Washington Middle School has a caring place for students to have a listening ear and the help of a compassionate adult – their planning center, which has been operational for three years. Paraprofessional Kim Rizzo works with Washington students in the planning center, which is a proactive ...

Music Teachers Retiring After 62 Years Of Service

Washington Middle School’s Band Director, Andy Coccagnia, and Music Teacher and Choral Director, Mark Alpaugh, will retire at the end of this school year after a combined total of over 62 years of service. “From the moment I stepped into Washington 12 years ago, I was amazed by the ...