JHS VideoWorks, at Jamestown High School, is a hands-on, three year program in English Language Arts course and is a hands-on media workshop for students in grades 9, 10, and 11.  Students share their views and experiences by producing video programs and in-depth writings.

JHS VideoWorks is a learner-centered, inquiry-based media driven curriculum that addresses all four New York State English language Arts Learning Standards as well as technology and art standards by actively involving students in every aspect of producing video programs.  Through this process students become competent researchers, writers, interviewers, videographers, editors and media analysts.  They also learn to solve problems creatively and work in teams.  Students receive academic credit for both English and Technology Education.

VideoWorks received the honor of being recognized as an exemplar program in English Language Arts by the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning.

VideoWorks is a partnership between Jamestown Public Schools and the Arts Council for Chautauqua County.  This curriculum is one of a very limited number of projects funded by the Empire State Partnership (ESP), a joint initiative of the State Education Department and the New York State Council on the Arts.  The ESP aims to strengthen collaborations between cultural organizations and schools in an effort to facilitate student achievement.


Eric Anderson  ELA

Betsy Rowe-Baehr   ELA

Sam Qadri       Technology

Ed Tomassini   Media Specialist

Contact information:


Jamestown Public Schools

Phone: (716) 483-4493