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JPS Aims To Keep Families Informed During Virus Closure

Editor’s Note: The following column is a release from Jamestown Public Schools officials. It is important for the Jamestown Public Schools to keep our community informed on what is happening in the district during this unprecedented time. We are very proud of the efforts of every JPS staff ...

‘We Care For Them’

Jamestown Public Schools has taken a proactive approach in preparing for the government shut down of all New York State Schools. While classes are canceled at the Jamestown Public Schools, we will provide a variety of resources to support your child’s continued learning at home. This ...

Food Service Provides Breakfast And Lunch Meals

In just three days, the Jamestown Public School Food Service Department prepared more than 8,000 meals for distribution to families that are affected by the extended cancellation of classes in the district. As part of the “new normal,” the district is helping students who need breakfast ...

Childcare Is In Place For Working Families

“In light of all of the disruptions that we are currently experiencing as a country, it’s nice to know our community can come together and help one another. I was extremely worried and stressed out when I found out that the Jamestown School District was closing all of their schools until ...

Family Fun

A roomful of pre-kindergartners with candy could be a lot of work but not when their parents and families join the fun, and learn a bit more about what their children are doing in class. A recent family engagement activity in Lisa Certo-Card’s room had students and their families deposit a ...

Planning Center, Paraprofessionals Provide Multitude Of Benefits

“What is okay to do in the classroom?” asked Fletcher Elementary School Planning Center Paraprofessional, Lynette Mujica Nieves, to a small group of students. “Be respectful,” said one student. “What is a second thing we can do?” asked Mujica Nieves. “Listen?” “Yes, ...

Learning Lab Promotes New Skills

“Your job was to determine if Mrs. Marsh was a loyalist or a patriot,” said JPS Social Studies Instructional Coach Jeff Kresge to fourth graders in the Fletcher Elementary School Learning Lab. “Raise your hand if you think if she was a loyalist. We can’t just have an opinion without ...

Art And Library Students Are Offered Choice-Based Learning

Fletcher Elementary School art and library students enjoy choice-based learning with their art teacher Darryl Mallanda and Library Media Specialist Carrie Lyon. Choice-based learning gives students a greater sense of control over the way their interest, preferences and backgrounds work together ...

Keeping Community

“What are you guys doing in class?” asked Jefferson Middle School sixth grader Julian Hultin, from his hospital room at Oishei Children’s Hospital to his class via online technology. “We are subtracting and adding integers,” said one student. “Have you guys been having fun?” ...

Good Attendance, Behavior Lead To Exciting Experiences With Local Businesses

Bowling at Jamestown Bowling Company, ice skating at Northwest Arena, going to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts to see a movie, roller skating at the Russell Roller Rink and bingo parties are just a few of the rewards Jefferson Middle School students receive when they show good behavior and ...

Science Classroom Explores Realities Of Climate Change

Climate change is a hot topic right now. Jefferson Middle School seventh graders are learning what climate change is, interpreting facts from trusted sources about the impacts of climate change, and encouraging and empowering their peers to make one change that would lessen their carbon ...

Eighth Graders Discover Another Culture

Jefferson Middle School eighth graders in Casey Leender’s class have the amazing opportunity to talk to fellow students in Namibia, Africa, through traditional letter writing and on-screen technology thanks to an innovative grant called “Building Cultural Bridges” through the non-profit, ...

A Creative Toolbox

“Today, we are going to learn how to bring your drawings into the AR Maker app,” said JPS Technology Integration Specialist Jason Kathman as he displayed a picture of a mountain he drew on the class screen. “If I transfer this picture into AR Maker what would be the ...

JPS Esports Committee Shares Findings

When people think of video gaming, they often think of children sitting in their room at home, alone, playing for hours on end. Many schools and colleges have taken video gaming to a new level through Esports — organized competition between two teams, governed by a strict set of rules and ...

‘Armadillos Jump’

Persell Middle School fifth graders in Annika Putney’s class learned more about their rainforest study through a visit from Roger Tory Peterson Institute President Twan Leenders whose son, Jason, is in Putney’s class. Leenders came in to share knowledge about the rainforest with the class ...

Green Screen Tools Give New Life To Social Studies Projects

Most people know green screens are used to create some of the coolest movies you see in a theater but Persell Middle School eighth graders in Jayme Genco’s class are using the same technology to learn more about social studies. Students love using technology to reenact history, make their ...

Attendance Incentive Program Helps Motivate Students

In collaboration with Jamestown Public School’s goal to reduce the district’s chronic absenteeism rate, this year Persell Middle School implemented a new incentive program to get students excited about going to school, and to reward their efforts to be present daily. Each month, ...

Afternoon Of Fun

The Jamestown Rebels hockey team is taking time out of their busy schedule to visit Love Elementary School this year. Recently, the team spent an afternoon of fun as a reward for good student behavior. To be eligible to participate, students learned about fairness, the monthly character trait, ...

Love Exposes Kids To Quality, Play-Based Program

“Make sure you let her know that the needle is coming through! Tell her to pull the thread,” said Love Elementary School UPK teacher, Brianna Rodriguez to two students working in the “sewing” station during center time. Rodriguez draped burlap over a table so one student can sit on one ...

E2CCB Class Helps Parents Learn English

“Mrs. Sampson is a great teacher,” said Love Elementary School grandparent, Dalcia Pina, who spoke very little English when she came to Jamestown but is now a Foster Grandparent helping in Patrick Cunningham’s classroom with her grandchild thanks to an English as a Second Language class ...