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Persell Teacher, Daughter Make Several Masks

Persell Middle School teacher, Annika Putney, and her daughter, Britta, are helping their community, and other communities around the country, by making masks under the name, “Pink Polka Dots and Paisley.” Approximately 10 years ago, Mrs. Putney started a wreath-making business, which ...

Lincoln 3rd Graders Dream Up Their Own Neverland

Lincoln Elementary School third graders in Cassie Stronz’s class became their own Peter Pans by creating their individual, special Neverlands as part of an ELA unit. Neverland is a fictional island where Peter Pan lives. It is best known because its residents refuse to grow up. “My ...

Ring Artists Create Their Own Dr. Seuss Characters

Ring Elementary School artists had the unique opportunity to become Dr. Seuss illustrators – creating their own characters based on their passions – with the help of art teacher, Becky Whitman. “My character wipes out COVID. I created it so if you have COVID it heals you and if you ...

Persell 7th Graders Discover Namibia Pen Pals

Persell Middle School seventh graders in Grace Johnson’s classes have the amazing opportunity to talk to fellow students in Namibia, Africa through traditional letter writing and on-screen technology. The collaboration is thanks to an innovative grant called “Building Cultural Bridges’’ ...

Middle School Art Club Provides Online Creativity, Fun

The opportunity of participating in the Persell Middle School Art Club may look and feel a bit different this year, but students would agree that it’s still a lot of fun. “I like Art Club because we get to make different types of crafts and it’s a lot of fun,” said Persell fifth ...

Helping Students Learn How To Cook — Virtually

“What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?” asked Persell Middle School Family & Consumer Science teacher, Marcy Miller, to her virtual class. “One has acid and one doesn’t,” said a student. “Yes, baking powder has acid and soda doesn’t. We will be ...

Working On Math Problems

Persell Middle School sixth grade teacher, Sarah Olson, works with her students on math problems through Zoom.

Pupils Give Back to Their Community With Help From The KINF And JOANN

Bush Elementary School students are learning an important lesson in giving back to their community with the help of the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) and JOANN Stores. Students created blankets for residents of the Lutheran Home and thank you cards for UPMC Chautauqua healthcare workers with ...

‘Freaky Frogs’ Help Third Graders With ELA Skills

Frogs that hold water, look like glass, have horns and are poisonous are helping Bush Elementary School third graders learn important English language arts skills, and also get a bit of science and fun. Students studied five “freaky” frogs: Water-holding Frog, Glass Frog, Amazon Horned ...

Students Empowered To Take Responsibility

People might be used to the traditional way of disciplining students - a “timeout” process such as a 30-minute detention after school, or maybe three days out of school, or they miss lunch with their friends and eat by themselves – all ways that have students doing nothing but waiting out ...

UPMC Healthcare Workers’ Day Is Brightened By Visit

“What a lovely gesture! Thank you!” “I have to say that little poem is so darn cute! Beyond words!” “They are adorable. Thank you for thinking of us.” These are some of the thank you notes from UPMC Chautauqua healthcare workers after they received a touching gift from ...

Washington MS Welcomes New Assistant Principal

There is a new face at Washington Middle School, assistant principal Andrea Marsh. Mrs. Marsh might be new to Washington but she is a familiar face within the Jamestown Public Schools. Mrs. Marsh took over the position from former assistant principal, Kate Benson, who became Bush Elementary ...

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 ...