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Focus On Schools

Persell Middle School Loves The Kiwanis Terrific Kids Program

Persell Middle School has a monthly visitor who brings joy to students’ faces – Kiwanis Club of Jamestown member, Larry Brown, who has delivered the Kiwanis Terrific Kids news every single month (at every Jamestown middle school) since 1998. ”Mr. Brown has been a fixture at our middle ...

7th Graders Welcome Namibia Pen Pals Using Technology

“Hi my name is Kaitlyn and I want to know what kind of sports you have at your school?’ asked Persell Middle School seventh grader Kaitlyn Kennedy to a classroom in Namibia, Africa. “We have net ball and soccer.” “What is net ball?” “It is a sport for females almost like ...

Love School Takes the Kindness Challenge

“I smiled at a bunch of people, held the door open for people and wrote thank you notes to teachers,” said Love Elementary School fourth grader George Bodardus. “I did the Kindness Challenge because I wanted to be kind to others and it was really easy.” George, along with his fellow ...

Classes Benefit From College Connection

“What is mimicry?” asked St. Bonaventure student, Olivia Dwaileebe to Love Elementary School fourth graders in Chris Yocum’s class. “Is it when one animal looks like another animal, or when animals are brother and sister or when an animal become extinct? Enter your answer in your iPad. ...

Family Services Social Worker Helps Students

A familiar and friendly face is spending more time helping kids everyday at Love Elementary School. Cassie Farrell, Family Services LMSW, is full-time at Love School this year helping kids and their families. Ms. Farrell (referred to as Miss Cassie at Love) was part-time last year collaborates ...

Technology Academy Courses Offer Real-World Classes

“I enjoy working on projects with my hands and learn easier when it is a visual experience,” said Jamestown High School junior, Caleb Mattson, who is taking Digital Electronics from Chris Jewell. He has already taken Electricity and Electronics as a prerequisite course. “I like welding ...

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 ...