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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. ...

JHS Students Learn Valuable Experiences Through Credit Union Internships

Jamestown High School students are being given not only the unique opportunity to learn more about financial responsibilities, but to also complete internships with the help of Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union (SCFCU) and their JHS branch in the school library. There are six JHS student ...

JHS Astronomy Club Fills Students Love Of Space

“I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and the stars and constellations are a big part of it. So, it was natural for me to get involved in the Astronomy Club,” said Jamestown High School senior Hannah Hornyak who has been involved in the club for four years. “Space is so ...

Tune Of Success

Jefferson Middle School eighth graders, Jordan Braymiller, trumpet, Liam Conroe, tenor saxophone, Evan Corey, front ensemble percussion, Caleb Micciche, baritone saxophone, and Matthew Ramirez, tuba, had the thrill of a lifetime as members of the Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band ...

Students Learn More About Spanish Culture

Jefferson Middle School seventh graders in Katrina Freay’s Spanish class discovered more about Spanish culture through a “Day of the Dead” unit. DiaÌa de Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the central and south regions, and by people of Mexican heritage ...

Health Classes Create Body Organs

Middle School fifth and sixth graders in Jennifer Restivo’s health classes used their creativity and knowledge of body systems to create an organ from unique materials. The student’s out-of-the-box thinking made for a fantastic display in the Jefferson library. “I created the kidneys ...

Fifth-Graders Honor Veterans At Gathering

Jefferson Middle School fifth-graders from Gina Hess’s classroom held a gathering on Nov. 9 to honor local veterans for Veterans Day. Students served veterans breakfast and beverages. In addition, they entertained them with songs, poems and stories, to thank them for their service to our ...

JMS PBIS Rewards Kids For Great Behavior

Painting pumpkins, and enjoying cider, doughnuts, pies and hot cocoa are just some of the ways that Jefferson Middle School’s PBIS Tier I team are rewarding kids who do the right thing at school on a daily basis. Each month, different teachers, such as homeroom or ELA, are asked nominate two ...

Fletcher Decisions

“What is a decision booster?” asked CASAC (Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council) Prevention Educator, Leslie Bianco, to Fletcher Elementary School fourth graders. “It’s someone who says you can do it,” said a student. “Yes, it’s someone who supports and encourages ...

JCC Interns Extend Student Learning In Elementary Classrooms

“I am learning a lot about how to run a classroom through my internship,” said Jamestown Community College early childhood education student Hannah Ekstrom, who plans to become a kindergarten teacher. “It gives you an opportunity to see if being a teacher is really what you want to do. ...

JCLC Programs Benefit School Families

Christine Hilyer and Barbara Gossman are the PACERS (Parents Activating Children’s Education Results into Success) home/school liaisons at Fletcher Elementary School. PACERS provide early learning experiences for children that are fun and developmentally appropriate through the evidence-based ...

Academic Instructional Coaches Are Well-Blended Team To Help Teachers

“Instructional coaching benefits not only teachers but students too,” said Fletcher Elementary School Instructional Coach Andrea Marsh. “We make a big impact on teachers who then make a big impact on student learning. We have noticed tremendous gains in student engagement in the ...

Hands On

Cummins Inc. recently flew Jamestown Public School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown High School Principal Mike McElrath, JHS Assistant Principal Leslie Melquist, Chief Academics Officer Michelle McDowell and JHS Technology teacher Daryl Damcott to their headquarters in Indiana. During ...

The Loving Way Has Kids Think About Their Future

Doctors, veterinarians, firefighters and police officers are just some of the photographs lining the walls at Love Elementary School – but they aren’t adults, they are kids showing off their future careers. The photographs are part of the “Future Walls” project that the Love PBIS ...

Pathways To Graduation Considers All Students’ Needs

“The new pathways for graduation have started to align the high school diploma with contemporary needs in the labor market by offering various pathways to graduation,” said Jamestown Public Schools Chief of Academics Michelle McDowell. “The offer options for all students to receive a ...