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Small Group Instruction Lets Students Take The Lead

Multiplying fractions. To some students, the thought of this fifth-grade math concept might present some challenges. But to a group of fifth graders at Washington Middle School, a brief part of their school day not only gives them a chance to dive deeper into this concept, but also lead it. ...

Drama Club Receives Williams Grant Ahead Of School Musical

There’s something cosmic about working at Washington Middle School for music teacher Marie Karbacka. “I’m filling big, big shoes — and I’m so fortunate for that,” she said. The daughter of the school’s retired longtime orchestra teacher, Nina, and a former student of each of ...

Two Students To Represent JHS At Youth Leadership Institute

Thanks to an opportunity made possible from the New York State Department of Education, two Jamestown High School students have been given the opportunity to make their voices — and their cultures — heard. Senior Madeline DeJoy and junior Hermione Santiago Cruz will represent Jamestown ...

Retired Professors Keep Wives’ Memories Alive

There’s a smile that shines through Mike Kelly’s voice when he talks about his beloved late wife Cathleen. Much of that has to do with the fact that they spent their lives together creating: music on his end; visual art on hers. “I gave her the name ‘starving artist by choice,’ ...

Spin Class, Playlist Help Students Learn About Literature Classics

It’s an age-old challenge for English teachers across the country — how do you emphasize a novel written a century ago and make it relevant for students in today’s day and age? For Jamestown High School English teacher Lora Pirrello, the equation is simple: meet students where they are ...

English Classes For Love Families A ‘Blessing’

Each week, a group of eight ladies make their way into the Love Elementary School conference room. They come from different backgrounds and cultures. They are mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. And they are truly grateful — and motivated — by the opportunity that’s available to them. ...