JPS to Expand Summer Learning Opportunities for Students


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Jamestown Public Schools

Jamestown Public Schools are encouraging parents and students to take advantage of expanded summer learning opportunities for current kindergarten through eighth grades this summer. Kindergarten through fifth grade students can participate in the JPS LEAP (Learning Enrichment Academic Progress) program, sixth and seventh grade students can get a JUMP on the 2021-22 school year by working on project-based learning and eighth graders can join BRIDGE, a summer program to support the transition to JHS. The summer programs, at no cost to families, have expanded the number of students who can participate this summer, but spaces are limited.

Chief Academic Officer Michelle McDowell exclaimed, “We are so thrilled to be able to offer summer programming to more students at each and every school building this summer! With the pandemic and interruption to traditional schooling, this programming is even more important to help our students close not only academic, but also social emotional gaps. We will again partner with our community agencies the YMCA, YWCA and the Boys & Girls Club to offer our very successful and fun Summer LEAP program. Along with these agencies, we also could not make this possible without the support of Cummins, The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Sheldon Foundation, Lenna Foundation, and the United Way. What an exciting summer this will be!”

JPS LEAP has been offered in the district since 2019 with great success at all five elementary schools. This year, LEAP will be expanded to include students entering Grades 5 and 6 who will join the program at either Ring or Fletcher Elementary Schools. LEAP is an extended summer learning day camp offered Monday through Friday from July 6th to August 20th. The program will provide breakfast, lunch, reading intervention, virtual field trips and engaging activities such as: the exploration of nature, art and craft projects, and games to provide a fun, learning environment for kindergarten through sixth graders.

JPS JUMP, for students entering grades 7 and 8, is a summer learning day camp offered Monday through Thursday from July 6th to August 20th at all 3 middle schools. JUMP will provide breakfast, lunch, reading and math intervention, while students work on project-based learning. Each project will have students gain knowledge and skills by working to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

JHS BRIDGE, for students entering grade 9, is a summer transition program offered Monday through Wednesday weekly from July 12th to August 14th. BRIDGE will provide students with sessions that support their academic, social and emotional transition to JHS. During the one week program, students will have the opportunity to not only tour JHS and explore extracurricular activities, but also work with teachers on study habits and skills that are necessary as they transition to the rigor of high school.

If a parent/guardian is interested in any of these summer programs, please contact your child’s principal for more information.