The iJAG Middle School Model is in two communities: Council Bluffs Woodrow Wilson Middle School, and Dubuque Jefferson Middle School.The primary mission of the Middle School Program is to help 7th to 8th graders to transition more successfully from middle to high school.
- Experiential-based learning is used to energize classroom sessions, anchor key learning, discover best practices and demonstrate the power of activity-based and adventure-based learning.
- Community-based learning activities are designed to encourage involvement and attachment to the community to emphasize citizenship and responsibility using the following techniques—service learning projects, volunteerism, fundraising, job shadowing, etc.
- Students are automatically members of the JAG Career Association, a student-led chapter designed to develop, practice and refine critical skills delivered in the classroom. Chapter members elect officers, serve on committees, develop and execute a plan of work, participate in skills-based competitions and seek recognition for chapter projects and accomplishments.
- Students participate in activities to enhance their transition, including: visits to their high school; high school shadowing days; guests speakers from the high school; high school scavenger hunt; sporting events and musical events.
- Specialists maintain contact with students transitioning into the 9th grade for the entire school year. Specialists are held accountable for their students to be connected and engaged in high school.
- Specialists are expected to track 35 to 45 students served, services delivered and outcomes achieved using the Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS) and update the data base on a daily basis during the In-School and Follow-up Phases of the JAG Model.
- The current JAG Middle School Curriculum is based on seven (7) modules in the 7th grade and six (6) modules in the 8th grade. The 7th grade curriculum includes the following modules: Self-Understanding; Communication; Organizational Skills; Study Skills; Decision-Making; Character Development; and Team Building. The 8th grade curriculum modules include: Dreamwork; Lifestyles; Negotiations; Career-based Learning; Leadership Development; and High School Transition. Additional modules are available for implementation: Healthy Choices; Career Builder; and Independent Living.
- The Middle School Program is committed to increasing the potential for success in high school by preparing middle school students for a successful transition into high school. Middle School students participate in the following:
- Visits to their respective high school
- High school shadowing days
- Guest speakers from the high school, i.e., counselors, administrators, teachers, High School Scavenger Hunt
- Sporting events and Concerts
- Middle School specialists maintain contact with students that transition into the 9th grade for the entire school year. Specialists are held accountable for their students to be connected and engaged in high school studies and activities. Methods used to achieve the follow-up goals include:
- Face-to-face contact with students
- Telephone contact with students
- Parental contactHigh school source contact
- Attendance clerk contact and/or review of daily attendance report
- Registrar contact and/or review of academic transcript