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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, ...

On The Ballot

The Jamestown Public Schools’ Board of Education has two seats up for election this year, each for a three-year term. The 2019-20 Budget Vote & Board of Education Election are on Tuesday, May 21 from noon to 9 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School and Washington ...

Message From JPS Superintendent On Proposed Budget

There are exciting things happening in Jamestown schools for the 2019-20 school year. In preparing the 2019-20 school proposed budget, we focused on three district initiatives to help all of our students succeed: -Realigning student programming to better align with the requirements of ...

Take A LEAP

JPS LEAP (Learning Enrichment & Academic Progress) is ready to welcome students to this summer’s program from July 1 to August 23. So far, 400 Jamestown students, who will be entering first through fourth graders in September 2019, have enrolled in the summer literacy and enrichment ...

Bush Students Receive Hair Care

“I’m getting a ‘fauxhawk.’ My hair was a little long and I thought it would be fun,” said Bush Elementary School second grader Matthew Mobley. “I had one before and I thought it would be cool. My dad will be surprised but my mom said it was okay to do it!” Matthew was enjoying ...

The Success Academy Prepares To Open Its Doors In September

Dr. Mike McElrath, incoming JPS Success Academy Principal, recently welcomed the first round of teacher hires for a tour of the building located at the former Rogers Elementary School building. The district provided Jamestown teachers the opportunity to move to the Success Academy and become a ...

‘Dream Come True’

Fletcher and Love Elementary School third and fourth graders were recently crowned Young Playwright winners at Chautauqua Institution. The students were participating in The Young Playwrights Project that also includes: Chautauqua Lake, Westfield and Panama Elementary Schools. Fletcher ...

Students And WRFA Partner To Produce Youth Hispanic Radio Show

Jamestown High School senior John Rosario and junior Gabriella Rosario recently worked on editing their questions for their interview with Solimar Vazquez, from The Chautauqua Center, for their radio show, Hispanic Youth Radio, in the WRFA-LP 107.9FM studios. The student-run radio show is a ...

Teachers Combine Classic Book, Technology To Engage Classes

Jamestown High School English 9 students in Aaron Jessey’s and Sarah Davis’ class are using the newest district technology to engage with a classic book, Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. With the help of JPS Social Studies Instructional Coach Jeff Kresge and JPS Instructional Coach Jayme ...

Students Learn About Their Ancestors Through Library Project

Persell Middle School seventh and eighth graders discovered more about their ancestors through a unique project with Library Media Specialist Becky Luhman. The three-month project involved: a family tree of four generations (student, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents), two family ...