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Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School offers these fine programs to our students a brief description of some of the programs are listed below.
Ventures -Director: Chad Fitzsimmons
  Machias School's Gifted and talented Program is in its second year of implementation. The program consists of several components which are designed to meet the needs of our highest achieving students, as well as challenge and enrich the total school population.
  Differentiation Teachers use strategies to adjust the classroom environment, curriculum content, process by which they teach, and required products, in order to meet the varied academic needs, interests and learning styles of our students.
Enrichment Enrichment opportunities are provided for all students, groups of students with common interests, and individual gifted and talented students with the goal of extending their knowledge outside of the classroom by exposing them to "real world" opportunities, and allowing them to act as practitioners in areas of interest.
 Continuum of Services Ventures student's specific needs are met through a variety of services. Individualized learning plans may include participation in academically based clubs and competitions, mentorship, apprenticeship, and within and across grade pull out programs. Students may benefit from opportunities to work with advanced learners, volunteerism, independent study, acceleration, admission to advanced, AP, and Early College Courses, and guidance and support for course planning and affective issues.
JMG Jobs for Maine Graduates- Specialist: Ree Anna Bridges
  Middle School Programs

JMG offers core and customized middle school programs across the
state. While each program is tailored to fit the needs of students and
our school partners, all share common factors of competency- and
experiential-based curriculum delivered by a student-centered JMG
Specialist, who tracks the outcomes of their program.

Middle School Core Program

The middle school core program helps students develop communication,
team-building, leadership, and problem-solving skills through project
work and adventure-based activities. It includes a hands-on community
service component, teaching students about the importance of giving
back. The middle school program is unique because it is the only
program targeted to this age group that acknowledges and provides
continued support for students as they transition from middle school
into high school.

A full-time JMG Specialist is trained, supported, and employed by JMG.
As a guest of the host school, the JMG Specialist delivers
competency-based model curricula to 40 to 50 students per core
program, allowing for smaller class sizes. Each partnering school
establishes a JMG Advisory Board, including participation from
teachers, guidance counselors, and administration.

Critical to the success of JMG program is the relationship established
between the student and the JMG Specialist. Through classroom
instruction and a student-centered personalized learning approach, JMG
Specialists help students reach their fullest potential through
academic support and building skills to ensure students are successful
beyond middle school. Students have the opportunity to learn critical
skills in leadership, teamwork, written communications, public
speaking, time management, personal finance, work habits, and career
development. The JMG model also includes community service and
philanthropic components, teaching students about the importance of
good citizenship and giving back.

All students participate in the JMG Council, a student-led
organization that offers additional opportunities to create a sense of
belonging and to put skills into action. Council members elect
officers and all students serve on committees. There are four areas of
concentration: leadership development; civic awareness; social
awareness; and career exploration.

JMG’s model utilizes experiential-based education through extended
learning opportunities, including statewide student enrichment
activities, participation in student shadow days at the Maine State
Legislature, and onsite company tours. JMG’s extensive connections to
Maine’s employers and community leaders are an important part of
achieving successful results on behalf of our students. By visiting
our classrooms and volunteering at student enrichment events, JMG's
more than 200 business partners and community leaders help to expose
students to Maine’s diverse network of employers and career

As a results-driven organization, JMG vigilantly tracks and responds
to the outcomes of our programs, always keeping students at the center
of the educational process. JMG has a best-in-class outcome data
information system. These outcomes, such as graduation rate, continued
education rate, retention rate, and GPA, allow us to evaluate the
effectiveness of the program.

A unique service of JMG that distinguishes our program from others, is
our commitment to formal follow-up support of students. Through
follow-up, JMG Specialists continue to serve students for a minimum of
12 months after completing middle school. During this period,
Specialists provide guidance and mentoring to ensure a smooth
transition into high school.

Middle School Customized Programs

In addition to our core program, JMG collaborates with our middle
school partners to offer programming focused on career preparation and
financial literacy. These unique programming opportunities can be
adapted to meet the needs of the students and the partner school.

  Our 2014 JMG participants Closing Ceremony

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