Curriculum & Instruction
Jamestown School Department is committed to providing a rigorous, standards based curriculum with a balanced literacy program, real-world mathematics, hands-on science and civics education preparing students for 21st century learning. Our schools have adopted computer science, coding and science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) based opportunities as key components of the curriculum. Currently both schools in the district have a fully furnished makerspace lab with 3-d printers, green screens and Edison robots. The teachers in the schools have embraced the makerspace lab as another place where STEAM based lessons and design thinking come to life. In addition to these opportunities, our school community rejuvenated our greenhouse in 2017. The greenhouse is a separate structure located behind the Melrose Elementary School which can be used by all teachers and students on our 21-acre campus.The Jamestown School Department focuses on interdisciplinary, project-based learning centered on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.
Early literacy is a focus in preschool through second grade. Students in preschool through second grade receive instruction in phonics through the Wilson Fundations Early Literacy program. A strong foundation begins with phonics but is also deepened through instruction in vocabulary and comprehension. All grades k-8 use a combination of the reader’s workshop model and the Great Books program to reinforce vocabulary instruction, comprehension and deep, meaningful conversations about text. The Being a Writer program is used in k through 5th grade while integrating reading and writing is a complementary process in 6th through 8th grade through EL Education curriculum.
Literacy Continuum k-8
Grade 1 Scope Grade 2 Scope Grade 3 Scope Grade 4 Scope Grade 5 Scope Sixth-Eighth Grade Scope
Ready Math Pacing Guides for each Grade Level