Focus On Schools

Jamestown High School student, Geoffrey Tota, talks with Steven Olson with the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit union who has partnered with JHS’ Academy of Business, Management, Marketing & Technology to open a satellite branch in the JHS library to serve as an internship site for JHS students to experience real-world job opportunities in the banking industry.

It Takes A Village

Helping Jamestown High School students discover more about the banking industry is part of a unique collaboration between the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union and JHS’ Academy of Business, Management, Marketing and Technology to open a satellite office in the JHS library. The office ...

Cast and crew of last year’s Jamestown Highs School musical, Seussical. The amazing musical productions require many school and community volunteer. So, if you love the theater and are handy and creative you can donate your time to work on costumes or set design and production.

Looking To Get Involved In School Activities? Here Are A Few Ideas

Join PTA As an active PTA member, you join forces with those devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. You become part of a dedicated network of families, educators, businesses and community leaders who are working to ensure all ...

JHS Red Raider, Andrew Dix, cleared a hurdle during a track meet. 
Photo by Chad Ecklof Photo Art

Back To School

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. My name is Bret Apthorpe and I am the new Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent. I have deep personal and professional roots in Chautauqua County, making this an especially exciting place to be. I am eager to partner with our community to provide ...

Lincoln Elementary School student, Abigail Brandow and her dad, Mike, read Nila Webster's book "The Magic of Moonlight" as part of a family engagement event. Mrs. Webster donated books to every first grader in the Jamestown Schools to take home. Lincoln School used the donation to also ask families for "wish list" items for the Chautauqua County Humane Society in honor of the main character in the book, which is a dog.

JPS Strives To Partner With Families And The Community

“When our schools, parents and families, and community groups build trusting, collaborative relationships and also align their efforts around student achievement, our students will succeed,” said JPS Director of Schools Tina Sandstrom. “We know that the college, career, and lifelong ...

Senior Miranda “Zakk” Bull holds up her Day of Silence certificate detailing her reason—helping people understand trans people— for participating in the event.

Students Of Southwestern

On May 19, close to 100 Southwestern students and staff experienced a small dose of what many LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual) experience every day. They chose to be silent for the National Day of Silence. Participation in this event was a ...

With letters in hand, pictured from left, are: Miranda Bull, Sierra Wells, Lake Sivak, Michael Houser, Amelia Thorp, Michael Hinsdale, Seth Gibson, Ryan Pascarella, Casey Williams, Tjitze Kranzo, Wyatt Perry, Reid Gustafson, Clayton Hanson, Mrs. Eimiller, Druex Seeley, Sebastian Diaz, Devin Ardnt and Carolyn Ruby.

Seniors Write Thank You Letters To Troops Overseas

WEST ELLICOTT — When the local Blue Star Moms ask for community support, Southwestern seniors are happy to answer the call to action — something that our servicemen and women do on a regular basis. Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides ...

Pictured, left, are Junie Eimiller, adviser; Faith Williams; Tjitze Kranzo; Taylor Dewey; Jordyn Romaniuk; Adrianna Bell; Janie Adam; Bailee Dent; and Mark Kirsch, adviser. Missing from photo are Alyssa Kalfas, Cara Orr and Becca Feldman.

A New Reality For Southwestern’s Yearbook

The staff members of the Southwestern High School Centralian yearbook added an exciting new aspect to their publication this year— video. Through the augmented reality program Aurasma, the Centralian extended the meaning of this year’s theme, “IM IN” by allowing the readers to relive ...

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Southwestern Holds Third Annual Trojan Triathlon

First of all, I love alliteration, so the Trojan Triathlon was a no brainer. Seeing this event grow in the three-year time frame from our Frist Annual Trojan Tri in 2015 to now, makes me even more proud to be a Trojan. Initially, we (The High School PE Department) started the event as an ...

Thirty students showcased their amazing talents in the 13th Annual Bush Elementary School Talent Show.

They’ve Got Talent

Singers, dancers, violin-players, math whizzes, ukulele-players, pianists and comedians were just some of the talents that Bush Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students showcased during their 13th Annual Talent Show. The show, created and directed by teacher Nichole Mason, was a way ...

Bush Elementary School dad Wayne Snyder watches as Bush students Corry Seeking, Bionca Clifton, Clair DeVilieger and Myamee Seekings work with Bush Elementary School teachers Eileen Healy and Carrie Blitz to create duct tape pencil pouches during the school’s recent Family Literacy Night.

Bush Elementary School FaCE Committee Engages Parents To Help Their Children

Bush Elementary School’s Family And Community Engagement committee’s goal is to welcome families into the school to partner with them to help benefit their child’s education. Bush Elementary School’s FaCE committee meets once a month. They plan upcoming activities, review school data, ...

Bush Elementary School music teacher Kathy Brunco works on “how-to draw a superhero” with Bush student Alexandria Braymiller and her mom, Michelle, during the school’s recent Family Literacy Night.

Bush School Students Use Their Reading Superpowers

Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman were just some of the superhero readers seen at Bush Elementary School’s Family Literacy Night, which was an idea from the school’s Family And Community Engagement Committee. The night included five literacy stations with a “how-to follow directions” ...

Bush Elementary School paraprofessional Lorri Papaserge works with third-grader Josiah Senear on two-step math word problems that involved two different operations during a small group session.

Bush Elementary School Paraprofessionals Support Teachers, School

Bush Elementary School has seven paraprofessionals in its building: Anna Berry, Sharon Casselman, Elizabeth Wilfong, Sally Teater, Denise Pavlock, Tracy Salemme and Lorri Papaserge, whose goal is to support student’s education. Every paraprofessional is assigned work in the classroom at ...

Jamestown High School senior, Spencer Higbee, works on a problem during Chris Maggio’s Elementary Statistics class. Elementary Statistics is one of the many JCC College Connections courses offered to JHS students to help them receive college credit while still attending high school.

Investment In JPS Supports Broad, Continued Success

At Jamestown Public Schools, high-quality, well-rounded education is top priority. “We have such a great opportunity to take so many AP and college-level courses, which will help us both in college and our careers, says JHS Senior Kaitlin Healy. “Students can get a head start on college ...

Paul Abbott

Jamestown Voters To Elect Three For Board Of Education

On Tuesday, from noon-9 p.m., Jamestown voters will elect three Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education members to serve three-year terms. There are five candidates on the ballot. Paul Abbott, an incumbent, is seeking his fourth term, having started on the board in July 2008. Mr. ...

JHS Class Officers celebrate after receiving their diplomas at the 2016 JHS Commencement Ceremony. Pictured, front row, are Abigail Todaro, Sydney Deppas, Emily Isaacson and Karighan Alicea-Walker. In back are Allison Boskat, Luci Ellis, Cameron Hurst, Kate Tucker, Matt Elia & Maddie Dineen

Dollars And Sense

On Tuesday, May 16, Jamestown Public School residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed 2017-18 Budget totaling $84,948,220. As 78 percent of the budget is funded by New York state aid, a projected $2.2 million increase in Foundation Aid will fund the proposed budget without an ...

Chateau Striders Lead Tutor, Bruce Larson, reads Charlotte’s Web to students during the Love Elementary School’s Terrific Kids After School Program.

JPS Awarded 5-Year 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Chautauqua Striders’ Lead Tutor, Bruce Larson, recently read from Charlotte’s Web during Love Elementary School’s Terrific Kids After School Program. Mr. Larson is expanding the students’ school day by working on literacy during the after school hours. He created a “Word Wall” with ...

Jefferson Middle School students exit the bus to go to school in the morning.

Bus Proposition Maintains A Top-Notch Fleet

Although Jamestown Public Schools is considered a “walking school district,” the district transports more than 700 students each day. The district is required by education law to transport special needs students, students who live outside of the city boundaries, and students who must cross ...

Lincoln Elementary School Principal Katie Russo congratulates "Spotlight Student" Annika Ricker.

Lincoln Elementary School Shines The ‘Spotlight’ On Students

“You know if you are the Spotlight Student that I call your parents to tell them about the award. I know your mom has already heard about it. Is there someone else you’d like me to call?” asked Lincoln Elementary School Principal Katie Russo to second-grader Annika Ricker while pinning a ...

Lincoln Elementary School students, Raegan Karash, Zander Tibbetts and Maria Stone enjoy reading with Cornell Cooperative Extension volunteer Pat Martonis.

Lincoln Students Learn More About Grapes Through ELA, Music And Math

Lincoln Elementary School kindergarteners through second-graders discovered more about grapes through a unique collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lincoln Library Media Specialist Jennie Vaughn and Lincoln Music teacher Cathy South. Each year, Cornell Cooperative Extension ...

Lincoln Elementary School third grader, Trayce Eggleston, and his brother first grader, Trysten, try out the photo booth at the school's recent Literacy Night.

Lincoln School Engages Families In Literacy

Dr. Seuss was certainly “on the loose” at Lincoln Elementary School during their recent Family Literacy Night in March. The school’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Committee created the night from their summer family engagement workshop with consultant Teneh Weller. At the ...