Maine needs all parents and caregivers to take action this school year––by taking the time to complete the confidential Meal Benefit Application through your local school, even though school meals are already free for all students. Families, schools, communities, and our state can greatly benefit from the data that is gathered from the application, and this application is important for a number of reasons.
6th grade orchestra students from JSMS, under the direction of Rose Underkofler, perform their Spring 2021 concert. This is the first day these students have played all together, in person this entire year.
7th and 8th grade orchestra students from JSMS, under the direction of Rose Underkofler, perform their Spring 2021 concert. Like the 6th graders, this is also the first day these students have played all together, in person this entire year.
The primary goal of JSMS is to provide students with the academic skills and personal habits necessary to ensure success at the secondary level.
Social and emotional skills are key to building individual character and positive relationships within a greater community, and critical to the success of adolescents as learners. It is important that:
Students and staff model respect, patience, and kindness. Students and staff practice acceptance, courage, and compassion. Staff members communicate effectively with parents to cultivate a partnership. Students are involved in the process of developing class expectations with their teachers. Staff members use intentional strategies to help students build the resiliency needed for healthy decision making. Students use these strategies to accept and build individuality and the resiliency needed to overcome personal obstacles.
We will continue to create a learning environment that promotes self-motivation, student engagement, and achievement. Motivation and engagement increase with and are more likely to occur when:
Students can articulate what they should know and be able to do in order to achieve proficiency. Students use a well defined process to track their own progress toward attaining individual goals. Students are motivated to meet learning targets and take opportunities for work revision. Students can articulate how an assignment or activity connects to standards and learning targets. Students receive frequent, relevant, formative feedback. Learning takes place using various types of instruction, which allows for student voice and choice. Instruction is based on students’ needs and interests. Staff and students understand that mistakes are inherent to the learning process. Staff and students focus on individual growth based on increasingly complex thinking: