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Enhancing The Classroom

Have you ever heard of elephant toothpaste? Neither had Bush Elementary School second graders in the Bush Advantage After School Program until they created it through a “Mad Scientist” STEM activity. Students learned that each tiny foam bubble is filled with oxygen and created a reaction ...

Bush Works To Create An Environment Of Learning

“What did you notice as you went through the Gallery Walk today and looked at your friend’s work?” asked Bush Elementary School teacher Jill Smith. “I saw one that had good writing and a lot of details and really good pictures,” said a student. “That’s wonderful, so having a ...

‘Popcorn Machine’ Encourages Attendance

Bush Elementary School students Oscar Allen, Nevaeh Warren, Jaziah Warrior and Sofia Avila-Melendez show off the school’s “Popcorn Machine,” which was created to engage the entire school in promoting attendance. Each grade level receives a popcorn ball for each school day with 95% or ...

Recorder Used For Music Education

“I need you to remind me, what is the title of the piece?” asked Bush Elementary School music teacher, Kathy Brunco, to her third grade class they looked at a new song on the projector. “B is for Butterfly,” said a student. “What is the tempo? asked Brunco. “112 clicks per ...

PTO Members Dedicated To Helping Their School Community

On a recent Friday night at Bush Elementary School, you might have seen ghosts, dinosaurs, Mary Poppins, the entire cast of the Wizard of Oz or candy men roaming the parking lot handing out, or looking for treats. Thanks to the Bush PTO, children and their families enjoyed a “Trunk or ...

Honoring Heritage

“My family is important to me because they show me my beautiful culture and the food, dance, music and animals – what we celebrate,” said Jefferson Middle School seventh grader, Elianelys Gascot Cruz. “And I love that I can speak two languages.” “I am from Puerto Rico,” said ...

‘Create A Spark’

“We want to create a ‘spark’ in our students early on to become involved in extracurricular activities,” said Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Bret Apthorpe. “It is a goal of the district to have every student in our schools involved in, at the very least, one extracurricular ...

Teachers Use Nearpod App To Enhance Student Learning

Jefferson Middle School Social Studies students are experiencing the battlegrounds of Gettysburg and a Mayan Temple, not by traveling there, but through a cool app teacher, Darren Bonafede, is using in his classes called Nearpod. As one feature in the app, students can take a virtual reality ...

Changing The Status Quo

The Jamestown Board of Education and JPS Superintendent Bret Apthorpe are passionate about taking bold actions to change the status quo. The Board of Education and Apthorpe worked together to create, and adopt, six district goals for the 2019-20 school year: alignment of student programming, ...

After School Programs Provide Enrichment

Jamestown Public Schools is lucky to have after school programming at all elementary schools and at Jefferson and Washington Middle Schools. “The after school programs help our youth tremendously,” said Sierra Cross, Love Terrific Kids After School Coordinator. “Within my program, I ...

JPS Excited To Welcome New Administrators

Jamestown Public Schools welcomes a few new faces to its family. New principals, assistant principals, and director and coordinator of student support services, are all excited to start the new school year to help students achieve their goals. With 75% of Jamestown Public School students in ...

Summer Literacy Program Declared Resounding Success

JPS LEAP (Learning Enrichment & Academic Progress) had an amazing summer with 396 Jamestown students entering the first though fourth grades this school year enjoying literacy learning and enrichment activities with three main partners, Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of ...

JPS Sends Thanks To Local Funders Of LEAP

Without the support of our local funders, the JPS LEAP Program would not be possible. Jamestown Public Schools would like to give a big thank you to: the Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, The Cummins Foundation, United Way of Southern ...

Community Partners Provide Enrichment Activities

“We had an amazing summer at our LEAP programs at Ring and Love Elementary Schools,” said Gina Bloomquist, YMCA School Age & Family director. “We are so proud to be a part of the goal to minimize the summer slide, not only in literacy but also in math. We had so many amazing partners ...

Jamestown High School Class Of 2019 Top 5%

Congratulations to the JHS Class of 2019 Top 5%. These well-rounded, academically-talented students represent the best of Jamestown High School. We wish all of our 2019 graduates good luck in their future endeavors. Photos by Rob Sigler of Click Photo Studios

Critical Thinking

Ring Elementary School students are learning valuable life lessons and also having fun during their new Board Game Club with advisor and teacher, Christopher Collins. Students aren’t using the typical board games like Clue or Monopoly, but educational, mostly European-style board games ...

Tower Garden Project Used To Teach Students

Ring Elementary School second graders in Samantha Hasbrouck’s class are learning a bit more about healthy foods with their Tower Garden provided by the Chautauqua County Health Network. The Tower Garden is a vertical, aeroponic growing system, allowing students to grow up to 20 vegetables, ...