Savings Makes Sense

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School Committee

The governing body of the Northampton Public Schools, comprised of elected representatives from each ward and at-large.  Meetings are held at 7:15 PM on the second Thursday of each month in the Mark E. Warner Community Room at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence.   

School Council

A representative group of parents, staff and community members who meet monthly with Ms. Agna to discuss issues in the budget, curriculum and general climate, workings and culture of the school.

School Sprouts

This is a garden education program that comes to JSS.  All grade levels receive several sessions of School Sprouts visits each fall and spring.

Science Night

This is a annual event supported by PTO where community members and students bring in hands-on science experiments to inspire young learners about Science.

See Hear Feel Film

An educational program through Amherst Cinema that helps third graders develop the visual and written literacy skills needed to think critically about the images they see every day.

Sign Up Genius

the JSS PTO uses this web-based sign-up system to reach out to volunteers for school events.

(SOS) Book Fund

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All JSS students typically attend a “Special” each day:  Art, Music, Library and Physical Education (2 x per week).  The schedule varies by grade.


Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)  advises the district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities. SEPAC members meet regularly with school officials to participate in planning, development and evaluation of the school district's special education programs. 

Spring Concert

This annual event, usually in mid-March, is a wonderful showcase of all JSS students singing, under the direction of music teacher Kim O’Connell.  All families are invited.

Stop & Shop

Families who shop at Stop & Shop can link their store card to JSS – there is no cost to you, and a portion of your purchases will be donated to JSS.

Student Teachers

We are fortunate to have a number of student teachers each year, from Smith College and other local colleges, who work in our classrooms, helping teachers and students alike.

Swing into Spring

This annual silent auction and celebration, typically held the last Friday in March at the Garden House at Look Park, is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  With a great array of donated items and services available for silent and live auction, delicious snacks, music and a cash bar, it is a great night of fun for parents and faculty, and raises valuable funds for JSS.  Planning for this event begins several months before, and volunteers are greatly appreciated.