Dear Parents/Guardians and Families:
As we embark on the new school year at Jamestown School District, I want to welcome you and let you know we are glad you are part of our district and are honored to be able to serve you.
For those returning to our district, I know you noticed many changes last year from different leadership to new teachers to a wide variety of activities for parents and families to come to school together. Positive student-led activities, focusing on our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) initiative, were a hallmark of the year! And, I hope you are enjoying the new sidewalks on Willow, 9th, and Seco installed by the County.
You will notice many changes as we move into the new school year. Most significantly, our Board of Trustees has approved several new programs. We are offering the first Dual Immersion Program in Tuolumne County. Students will be taught 50% of their subjects in English and 50% of their subjects in Spanish. It is opening at Jamestown School for kindergarten and first graders and will expand one grade level each year. At Chinese Camp School we are opening a Science Academy for 2nd -5th graders. This program will explore all subjects through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and be project-based. The final new program will be an infant/toddler center, developed in partnership with ATCAA Early Head Start, which will open in January of 2016 and will serve families with children from birth to 3 years old.
We are especially pleased to have the enhanced safety of a flashing light and lighted crosswalk at 5th and Willow where our children cross the street to enter the school. There is a new floor in the gym/multi-purpose room and a newly developed plaza area for our 6th-8th graders. Across the street at 5th and Willow, the parking lot has been paved and new fencing installed.
Changes in our staff have also happened. We welcome new teachers, Ms. Kayla Gracia, teaching primary, Mrs. Andrea Shakespeare, teaching music, and our new bilingual teacher, Ms. Hutchins. We are looking forward to the new energy and new ideas they bring to our district. Stop in to meet them if you have a chance.
Looking ahead, we have collaborated with the County on a new grant to provide sidewalks and drains on 7th Avenue and sidewalks on 5thAvenue all the way to Highway 108. We are putting in new fencing in front of the kindergarten yard and have plans that will enhance the front of the school.
We are continuously looking for ways to improve our programs and our services. We invite you to join us on our journey to transform our district into a model of excellence. Please share you ideas and dreams for your children with us and help us make those dreams come true!
Dr. Brenda Chapman, Superintendent