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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 ...

School Partners With Prevention Works To Implement PAX Techniques

Love Elementary School students zipped around the gym when their teacher, Amanda Tuggle, blew once on the harmonica. Instantly every child froze, held up their hand and put a quiet finger to their mouth. Tuggle was using the research-based PAX (Peace, Productivity, Health and Happiness) Quiet ...

‘Magical Room’

Ring Elementary School English as a New Language (ENL) teacher Durrin See, handed a rock to a first grade student while co-teaching with Kim Ognibene’s class to drop in a box of flour and dry hot chocolate to demonstrate the surface of the moon. The rock created a “crater” to the ...

Teachers Work Together To Create Real-Life Scientists

Ring Elementary School second grade teachers, Allen Thomas and Chris Collins, are using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) experiments to create problem-solving and deep thinking scientists. The teachers teamed their classes up to teach experiments like a recent one called, ...

Book Exchange Going Strong

Ring Elementary School first graders, William Carlson and Emily Holland, show off the books they chose from the school’s Book Exchange. The book exchange started last year with the goal of assuring that every student has an opportunity to choose a book to take home and read. The Family & ...

Meaningful Connection

Young poets filled the auditorium at Lincoln Elementary School on a chilly November night, ready to recite their original poems to their families as part of the fourth grader’s Poetry Jam Night. The night was a culmination of their “What Inspires a Poet to Write Poetry” English Language ...

Paraprofessionals Essential To School Team

Lincoln Elementary School is fortunate to have 11 paraprofessionals who, as a team, work to make staff and student’s school day a happy and safe one. Paraprofessional is a fancy word to describe amazing educational workers who surround and help children every day in many different ways. ...

Students Are Given Tools To Succeed In School And Life

“We have always cared for the social and emotional needs of our kids,” said Katie Russo, Lincoln Elementary School principal. “We know the importance of instilling, at a young age, the self-belief in children that they can succeed and give them the tools to do so for academic success, but ...

Express Yourself

“What is disrespect?” asked Washington Middle School fifth grade teacher Deb Rein to her class who sat in a circle in her classroom. “We are going to go around the room and everyone will have a chance to tell me what they think disrespect is.” “It is acting like no one else is in ...