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Focus On Schools

Custodians, Maintenance Workers, Bus Mechanics, Drivers Are Unsung Heroes

During these difficult times, Jamestown Public School’s 50-member custodial staff, 12 maintenance employees, two bus mechanics and 12 bus drivers are reporting daily to work as essential workers in the district. “I would like to take a moment to recognize our maintenance department, bus ...

Information Services Staff Member Donates to Mask Makers

Jamestown Public Schools’ Information Services Database Programmer/ Analyst, Dan Anderson, was looking for a way to help out his community using his 3-D printing hobby. He found a great use for that skill for a very good cause — creating ear protectors for face masks for the people on the ...

Principals Create Unique, Fun Activities

“Hello, Lincoln family and friends! I’m here to tell you about our school’s next weekly challenge!” said Lincoln Elementary School Principal Katie Russo on Facebook as she walked into the cafeteria. “This is a place that is usually filled with lots of friends. Mrs. Russo misses ...

Staying Connected

Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools, students, parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to a new normal. This includes trying to keep children occupied, feeling safe, and ...

Families Adjust From Home

Creating a pizza, visiting a local park, giving back to their community through charity work, planting gardens and scavenger hunts are just some of the ways Jamestown Public Schools’ families are incorporating learning at home during the school closure. Learning through experience enables ...

School Counselors Help Guide Through Closure Process

“Hi Bush School friends! I miss you so much! I wanted to do something together so it would be like we are in my office having lunch together,” said Bush School Counselor Alexandra Peterson on the Bush School Facebook page. “We are going to talk about happy thoughts. With all the crazy ...

Learning At Home

Jamestown Public Schools is incredibly proud of our staff, students and their families who, in an unprecedented situation, have supported students to learn at home in a variety of ways. From packets of materials to on-line learning teachers are trying new ways to educate students while ...

JPS Partners With Community To Provide Childcare

While classes are canceled for Jamestown Public School students, we understand the importance of childcare for families of essential workers and our healthcare and first responders. We have worked with our community partners who can provide childcare for students whose parents cannot be excused ...

Food Services Workers Are ‘Lunch Heroes’ During School Closure

Jamestown Public Schools knows there are a lot of heroic people during the coronavirus crisis — health care workers, first responders, truck drivers, childcare workers and grocery store clerks to name just a few. But, we have our own heroes here at JPS. One such group is our food service ...

JPS Aims To Keep Families Informed During Virus Closure

Editor’s Note: The following column is a release from Jamestown Public Schools officials. It is important for the Jamestown Public Schools to keep our community informed on what is happening in the district during this unprecedented time. We are very proud of the efforts of every JPS staff ...

‘We Care For Them’

Jamestown Public Schools has taken a proactive approach in preparing for the government shut down of all New York State Schools. While classes are canceled at the Jamestown Public Schools, we will provide a variety of resources to support your child’s continued learning at home. This ...

Food Service Provides Breakfast And Lunch Meals

In just three days, the Jamestown Public School Food Service Department prepared more than 8,000 meals for distribution to families that are affected by the extended cancellation of classes in the district. As part of the “new normal,” the district is helping students who need breakfast ...

Childcare Is In Place For Working Families

“In light of all of the disruptions that we are currently experiencing as a country, it’s nice to know our community can come together and help one another. I was extremely worried and stressed out when I found out that the Jamestown School District was closing all of their schools until ...

Family Fun

A roomful of pre-kindergartners with candy could be a lot of work but not when their parents and families join the fun, and learn a bit more about what their children are doing in class. A recent family engagement activity in Lisa Certo-Card’s room had students and their families deposit a ...

Planning Center, Paraprofessionals Provide Multitude Of Benefits

“What is okay to do in the classroom?” asked Fletcher Elementary School Planning Center Paraprofessional, Lynette Mujica Nieves, to a small group of students. “Be respectful,” said one student. “What is a second thing we can do?” asked Mujica Nieves. “Listen?” “Yes, ...

Learning Lab Promotes New Skills

“Your job was to determine if Mrs. Marsh was a loyalist or a patriot,” said JPS Social Studies Instructional Coach Jeff Kresge to fourth graders in the Fletcher Elementary School Learning Lab. “Raise your hand if you think if she was a loyalist. We can’t just have an opinion without ...

Art And Library Students Are Offered Choice-Based Learning

Fletcher Elementary School art and library students enjoy choice-based learning with their art teacher Darryl Mallanda and Library Media Specialist Carrie Lyon. Choice-based learning gives students a greater sense of control over the way their interest, preferences and backgrounds work together ...

Keeping Community

“What are you guys doing in class?” asked Jefferson Middle School sixth grader Julian Hultin, from his hospital room at Oishei Children’s Hospital to his class via online technology. “We are subtracting and adding integers,” said one student. “Have you guys been having fun?” ...

Good Attendance, Behavior Lead To Exciting Experiences With Local Businesses

Bowling at Jamestown Bowling Company, ice skating at Northwest Arena, going to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts to see a movie, roller skating at the Russell Roller Rink and bingo parties are just a few of the rewards Jefferson Middle School students receive when they show good behavior and ...

Science Classroom Explores Realities Of Climate Change

Climate change is a hot topic right now. Jefferson Middle School seventh graders are learning what climate change is, interpreting facts from trusted sources about the impacts of climate change, and encouraging and empowering their peers to make one change that would lessen their carbon ...