JPS Receives Community Schools Grant for Fletcher Elementary School

Jamestown Public Schools was awarded a competitive 3-year Community Schools Grant from New York State in the amount of $455,465 to implement a community school model at Fletcher Elementary School. Community Schools are public schools in high-needs districts that emphasize family engagement and are characterized by strong community partnerships and additional supports for students and families designed to counter environmental factors that impede student achievement.

“The Community Schools Grant is a wonderful opportunity for our students and their families to access additional resources through our school that would address the comprehensive needs of our students and support them in their academic success here at Fletcher,” said Principal Maria DeJoy. “With our students expected to engage in a more rigorous Common Core Standards based curriculum, many experience difficulty because they sometimes are met with social and emotional challenges that get in the way of learning. By having the Community School Program at Fletcher, we are able to offer additional students the opportunity to access these resources. As a result our discipline referrals have decreased from last year and our students are gaining skills and strategies to help them be successful in the classroom and within our school community.”

Jamestown Schools will partner with a variety of local service providers to serve the unique needs of students at Fletcher Elementary School. Partnering organizations were selected for their expertise in delivering services that will address the identified academic, social-emotional, and health needs of Fletcher Elementary School.  Chautauqua Opportunities, Chautauqua Striders, Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Jamestown Community Learning Council and YWCA of Jamestown will join forces with JPS to provide linkages to community services and supports, group mentoring and tutoring, student and family advocacy, parent education, and after school enrichment to the Fletcher School Community. 

In order to boost student academic performance, an additional and very important focus of the Community School grant is to involve teachers and community partners in providing parents with a deeper understanding of the Common Core, how data is used to measure performance, and ways that parents can help their child at home. Fletcher Elementary School has made a commitment to promote family engagement and encourage parents to be involved in their children’s education by providing opportunities for communication and interaction with the school.

“We are excited to have won the Community Schools grant for Fletcher Elementary School. As a Community School, Fletcher will soon be a resource-rich hub from which children and their families can access a suite of comprehensive services and supports, said Julie Poppleton, JPS Director of Family and Community Engagement. “Research has shown that the Community Schools approach maximizes resource and leads to improved educational and other outcomes.”

posted on 02/06/2015 - filed under: Academics, Common Core, Community, Elementary School, Parents, Spotlight, Staff, Students