Focus On Schools

Home/School Coordinator Arrick Davis Builds Community at JPS

Jamestown Public Schools’ Home/School Coordinator Arrick Davis’ is using his unique set of skills learned as a coach, mentor and advocate to help serve both the district’s students and families by connecting them with the resources they need to help their children succeed. Mr. Davis is in ...

Apex Classroom Offers Pathway to Success

The Jamestown High School Technology Academy offers a unique program, Apex Learning Digital Curriculum, to help students have a chance to recover course credits they may need in addition to providing personalized learning based on students’ specific needs. The flexibility offered by Apex ...

Teachers Have A Heroic Amount Of Work

“I want you to find a partner, move to a desk next to each other, pick a pencil to share. Partner A will solve the problem first by talking through it with Partner B helping them, checking work and praising. Then, the roles switch with Partner B solving the problem while partner A checks and ...

Planning Center Proves Proactive

Washington Middle School has a caring place for students to have a listening ear and the help of a compassionate adult – their planning center, which has been operational for three years. Paraprofessional Kim Rizzo works with Washington students in the planning center, which is a proactive ...

Music Teachers Retiring After 62 Years Of Service

Washington Middle School’s Band Director, Andy Coccagnia, and Music Teacher and Choral Director, Mark Alpaugh, will retire at the end of this school year after a combined total of over 62 years of service. “From the moment I stepped into Washington 12 years ago, I was amazed by the ...

The Importance Of Families

Lincoln Elementary Schools welcomes their families into their building and classrooms every day but is focusing this year on creating events at each grade level that involve families in fun, learning activities. “At the beginning of the school year, we sent out a parent survey to find out ...

Foster Grandparents Are Role Models

Jane Hughan, or Grandma Jane as the kids know her, worked with UPK students in Kim Knight’s class on writing their letters. She explains what they will be doing, but just as importantly, she encourages them to draw the letter “a.” Grandma Jane, along with Grandma Bonnie Johnson who ...

Meetings Strengthen Connections

“How do you show empathy? “First think, what is empathy?” asked Lincoln Elementary School first grade teacher Erin Mank. “Knowing how other people feel,” said a student. “Yes, knowing how they feel and also recognizing how they feel. Let’s think about how we have used ...

Kids Choose To Give Back To The Community

Lincoln Elementary School students recently handed out care packages to the Jamestown Fire Department including treats such as mints and gum with notes saying “Thanks for sticking to your job to help us.” The students choose this project over regular “prize” rewards for the school’s ...

Chautauqua Striders’ Mentors Guide, Support, Give Confidence

“Having a mentor helped me out in so many ways,” said 2018 Jamestown High School graduate, Victoria VanGuilder, who was part of the Chautauqua Striders Mentoring Program for six years. Victoria is now at Jamestown Business College studying marketing and management hoping to open a hair ...

Taking A LEAP

JPS LEAP (Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress) will help propel Jamestown students forward this summer by improving reading and comprehension skills and, offering enrichment activities during the summertime when traditionally students hit a “summer slide.” JPS LEAP, a new initiative ...

Bush Students Learn STEAM With Lego Robotics

“So, we are going to follow instructions in the book to build our Lego car,” said Bush Elementary School teacher Tiffany MacCullum to kindergartners in the After School Robotics Club. “We don’t want to guess, we want to open the book and follow the directions.” Mrs. MacCallum ...

Bush School Health, Attendance Clerk Retires

Deb Nevinger has spent her whole educational career — 21 years — at Bush Elementary School. For 14 years, she has been a fixture in the Bush School main office as the Health and Attendance Clerk. Mrs. Nevinger is retiring this year and the Bush School family will miss her smiling face ...

Bush Elementary School Data Teams Review Information

Bush Elementary School teachers are collaborating with the school’s reading teachers, JoAnne Galbier, Carrie Blitz, and Jackie Daigler, as well as the special education teachers Katie Cieslewicz (K-2) and Maura Domagola (3-4) to target instruction to best benefit each child at Bush School. ...

Student Ambassadors Give Manners Reminders

Bush Elementary School started a new student ambassador program this year to get students involved more directly in their character education program. The student ambassador idea came about in partnership with the school’s character education program and with the goal to focus teaching and ...

Bush Elementary School’s Youngest Students Benefit From Improved Classrooms

As part of the recent capital improvements at Bush Elementary School, two classrooms, one UPK and one kindergarten, have been expanded to give more space to provide learning opportunities for students. The district used three smaller rooms to create the two larger classrooms. Bush Elementary ...

Rewarding Excellent Students, Teachers

Jamestown High School ninth grader, Donovan Gomez, recently used his cell phone to nominate a teacher as part of the school’s Raider Pride campaign. The campaign allows students and teachers to use a QR Code to download a form nominating a teacher or a student who has gone “above & ...

Students Learn Anatomy And Physiology

“They are all used to image the body but they are all done in different ways,” said Amanda Bender, UPMC School of Radiology’s Lead Clinical Instructor. “Ultrasound doesn’t use any radiation at all, it uses sound waves. MRI uses a magnet, so every way can look at the body differently. ...