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Love Handbells Make Beautiful Music

The lovely sound of bells rings throughout Love Elementary School third and fourth grade classrooms thanks to wonderful instruction of music teacher Jennie Cross. Beginning in December, students are using handbells to learn skills such as: how to follow and read notes on a page, how to be ...

Little Library is A Gift For The Season

Love Elementary School community members will spot a new “building” in front of the school thanks to School Social Worker, Cassie Farrell, who works for the Family Service of the Chautauqua Region. The “little” library is for neighborhood families to receive books and pantry items. ...

Fourth-Graders Learn About Other Holidays

Love Elementary School fourth graders had an opportunity to learn more about how other cultures celebrate the holidays through an English Language unit. “Learning about how other cultures celebrate holiday traditions gives them an idea of how different, but yet similar, other parts of the ...

Students Show Empathy During December

Love Elementary School emphasizes a different character-building word each month and teaches and reinforces that trait in a number of ways. When “empathy” became the word for December, Love students helped to show that they cared by creating cards especially for elderly residents in the ...

Dress Fancy

Love Elementary School recently celebrated a Spirit Week to encourage school spirit, which included fun, theme days such as: Dress Like a Snowman, Pajama Day, Holiday Headwear Day and, as UPK students in Beth Stong’s class show off, “Dress Fancy for 2021 New Year Day.” Pictured are: ...

Jefferson Band Helps Community

Jefferson Middle School band program has had to move away from its normal, large-group performances this year but members have directed their energy towards different ways to positively impact their school and city through personal performances and developing projects for community outreach. ...

Elf On The Shelf, Ralph Tells About His Antics

Jefferson Middle School students in Rebecca Rupolo’s class are enjoying the holiday season with their classroom Elf on the Shelf, Ralph. Ms. Rupolo’s special needs students love following Ralph’s antics in their classroom, while promoting good behavior. Ms. Rupolo’s paraprofessionals, ...

Fifth-Graders Honor Area Veterans

In a world that is very different, Jefferson Middle School fifth-graders from Gina Hess and Priscilla Menzies’ classroom kept a 19-year-old tradition alive by holding their Veterans’ Gathering by Zoom. The students entertained the veterans with songs, poems and stories to thank them for ...

Art Students Develop Lifelong Habits

Jefferson Middle School art teacher Lisa Corey and her students are using this school year’s changes and obstacles as an opportunity for growth. Mrs. Corey enjoys thinking up new lesson ideas and has been incorporating more “choice” projects, which increases student engagement by ...

YMCA LINC Students Donate To Community

Lincoln Elementary School students in the YMCA LINC after school program are helping out their community by collecting non-perishable food items for St. Susan’s Center. “The kids decided who they wanted their food drive to go to and St. Susan’s Center was the winner because they wanted ...

PTA Provides Music For Every Child In The School

Jamestown schools know how lucky we are to have the support of such wonderful PTAs, and Lincoln Elementary School’s PTA is no exception. The Lincoln PTA bought supplies to provide an individual music kit for every child in the school. “Due to the restrictions that state you must be 12 ...

Teachers Find Virtual Parent Conferences Successful

Even with all the challenges due to the pandemic, sometimes change can have a silver lining. Lincoln Elementary School teachers, who conducted parent-teacher conferences virtually this year, found that they had a higher rate of participation and engagement. “We realized with the virtual ...

Lincoln Distance Learning Teachers Help Students

“This is the word right here. Did you say ‘tot?’” asked Lincoln Elementary School teacher Karen Sykes as she pointed to the word on her sound mat while Zooming with her kindergartners. “I heard you Jamie, I see it Aviana. Did anyone push in the sounds and then write them? Did you use ...

Friday Formula

“The mother is a schnauzer and the father is a Pomeranian. What would you name your dog?” A schnaupomer!” said Ring Elementary School third grade teacher, Kim Austin. Mrs. Austin’s class participated in a “Science Friday” by learning more about animal habitats and how animals ...

Students At JHS Get Choice Of Several AP/College Courses

“You are going to have to find the time it takes to hit the ground,” said JHS AP Physics teacher Steve Propheter. “So, think about some of the talks we had about human error. Use physics whenever you can to come up with numbers. And also, you are launching horizontally and you need your ...

What Happens When A JPS Student Or Staff Member Tests Positive COVID-19?

Jamestown Public Schools would like to remind families and the community of the steps taken when a JPS student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. “We are so appreciative of our student, families and community who are doing such a fantastic job following the health and safety ...

Virtual Experiments

Jefferson Middle School AT Science students in Jess Muscaro’s class are using a new technology tool to help them with their virtual science learning called Inq-ITS. It is an on-line science platform with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned simulations across science content areas ...

Keeping Students Healthy Is Mission Of Physical Education Department

Jamestown Public Schools’ physical education teachers are working hard to keep kids healthy and active both in person and virtually. The physical education teachers attended summer sessions that focused on keeping students safe, and helping them teach in the new normal. “We wanted to ...

Digital Transmission

“When you are sitting in my room, in my rocking chair, you can easily hold the book up so everyone can see it. But when you get into a Zoom situation, what do you need to do? Yes, Megan, what are you doing with the book?” asked JHS Public Speaking teacher, Barbi Price. Megan showed her ...

District Technology Is Supported

JPS Technology Integration Specialists, Jason Kathman and Jeff Kresge, have created a tech support page at jspny.org/techsupport for students and families to go if they have questions or need help. There is information on Internet assistance and video tutorials for families. Video tutorials ...