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E2CCB Class Helps Parents Learn English

“Mrs. Sampson is a great teacher,” said Love Elementary School grandparent, Dalcia Pina, who spoke very little English when she came to Jamestown but is now a Foster Grandparent helping in Patrick Cunningham’s classroom with her grandchild thanks to an English as a Second Language class ...

School Partners With Prevention Works To Implement PAX Techniques

Love Elementary School students zipped around the gym when their teacher, Amanda Tuggle, blew once on the harmonica. Instantly every child froze, held up their hand and put a quiet finger to their mouth. Tuggle was using the research-based PAX (Peace, Productivity, Health and Happiness) Quiet ...

‘Magical Room’

Ring Elementary School English as a New Language (ENL) teacher Durrin See, handed a rock to a first grade student while co-teaching with Kim Ognibene’s class to drop in a box of flour and dry hot chocolate to demonstrate the surface of the moon. The rock created a “crater” to the ...

Teachers Work Together To Create Real-Life Scientists

Ring Elementary School second grade teachers, Allen Thomas and Chris Collins, are using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) experiments to create problem-solving and deep thinking scientists. The teachers teamed their classes up to teach experiments like a recent one called, ...

Book Exchange Going Strong

Ring Elementary School first graders, William Carlson and Emily Holland, show off the books they chose from the school’s Book Exchange. The book exchange started last year with the goal of assuring that every student has an opportunity to choose a book to take home and read. The Family & ...

Meaningful Connection

Young poets filled the auditorium at Lincoln Elementary School on a chilly November night, ready to recite their original poems to their families as part of the fourth grader’s Poetry Jam Night. The night was a culmination of their “What Inspires a Poet to Write Poetry” English Language ...

Paraprofessionals Essential To School Team

Lincoln Elementary School is fortunate to have 11 paraprofessionals who, as a team, work to make staff and student’s school day a happy and safe one. Paraprofessional is a fancy word to describe amazing educational workers who surround and help children every day in many different ways. ...

Students Are Given Tools To Succeed In School And Life

“We have always cared for the social and emotional needs of our kids,” said Katie Russo, Lincoln Elementary School principal. “We know the importance of instilling, at a young age, the self-belief in children that they can succeed and give them the tools to do so for academic success, but ...

Express Yourself

“What is disrespect?” asked Washington Middle School fifth grade teacher Deb Rein to her class who sat in a circle in her classroom. “We are going to go around the room and everyone will have a chance to tell me what they think disrespect is.” “It is acting like no one else is in ...

SUNY Fredonia Hosts Family Math, Science Night

Washington Middle School recently held a very successful Family Math & Science Night with the help of 14 senior SUNY Fredonia Department of Mathematics Education students. Over 100 people attended having a great time combing math, science and fun activities such as Leaf it to Me, Candy Corn ...

Guided Teaching Structure Is Used To Improve Mathematical Proficiency

“I want you to learn the math skills but I also want you to be able to solve your own problem as a team,” said Washington Middle School math teacher, Rachel Frisbee. “How can we do that without asking me for help?” “You could ask one of the other groups how they are doing the ...

Students Learn To Understand Their Choices

Washington Middle School students are learning a new way to deal with behavior challenges with the help of Assistant Principal Kate Benson. Students who find themselves having challenges are working after school through Google Classroom to complete an individualized assignment created by ...

Enhancing The Classroom

Have you ever heard of elephant toothpaste? Neither had Bush Elementary School second graders in the Bush Advantage After School Program until they created it through a “Mad Scientist” STEM activity. Students learned that each tiny foam bubble is filled with oxygen and created a reaction ...

Bush Works To Create An Environment Of Learning

“What did you notice as you went through the Gallery Walk today and looked at your friend’s work?” asked Bush Elementary School teacher Jill Smith. “I saw one that had good writing and a lot of details and really good pictures,” said a student. “That’s wonderful, so having a ...

‘Popcorn Machine’ Encourages Attendance

Bush Elementary School students Oscar Allen, Nevaeh Warren, Jaziah Warrior and Sofia Avila-Melendez show off the school’s “Popcorn Machine,” which was created to engage the entire school in promoting attendance. Each grade level receives a popcorn ball for each school day with 95% or ...

Recorder Used For Music Education

“I need you to remind me, what is the title of the piece?” asked Bush Elementary School music teacher, Kathy Brunco, to her third grade class they looked at a new song on the projector. “B is for Butterfly,” said a student. “What is the tempo? asked Brunco. “112 clicks per ...

PTO Members Dedicated To Helping Their School Community

On a recent Friday night at Bush Elementary School, you might have seen ghosts, dinosaurs, Mary Poppins, the entire cast of the Wizard of Oz or candy men roaming the parking lot handing out, or looking for treats. Thanks to the Bush PTO, children and their families enjoyed a “Trunk or ...

Honoring Heritage

“My family is important to me because they show me my beautiful culture and the food, dance, music and animals – what we celebrate,” said Jefferson Middle School seventh grader, Elianelys Gascot Cruz. “And I love that I can speak two languages.” “I am from Puerto Rico,” said ...

‘Create A Spark’

“We want to create a ‘spark’ in our students early on to become involved in extracurricular activities,” said Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Bret Apthorpe. “It is a goal of the district to have every student in our schools involved in, at the very least, one extracurricular ...