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I Was a Member of the Mentally Gifted Minors Program Mgm

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    In The Mgm Program From 1963-1973

    It was an amazing time, and a frustrating one as well. I was born in a decidedly blue-collar town, with the requisite attitudes of the times. At age 7, I was led out of the classroom for a "special test" -- which I later learned was an IQ test. Shortly after that day, I met some...
    grokv grokv 51-55 Dec 11, 2010

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    1of The Perks Of Being In The Mgm Program

          I remember going to Jordan Sr. High School in Long Beach for summer school and taking computer science classes-DOS back then.I remember how much the instructor was amazed by our intellect and creativity when it came to writing our own...
    baelin18 baelin18 46-50, F Oct 31, 2009

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    Mysterious Mgm

    My hard-working single parent mom got a call from the high school that we both had to come in - when we showed up, she was told that I needed to be put into the MGM program and that it would provide beneficial experiences beyond what the regular school programs offered. I was...
    kmemole kmemole 56-60 1 Response Aug 16, 2010

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    Lifting The Fog Of Memory

    I can't remember much, but I do remember being bused to another elementary school for several years, probably starting in first grade - 1975 - and continuing until 4th or 5th. One day a week, running mice through mazes, visiting college LASER laboratories, and playing board games...
    thehump thehump 41-45 Feb 6, 2012

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    Haskell Elementary 1969

    I remember being in a room with a man taking this test when i was 7. Then I started leaving regular class every now and then and going to the library to do games and activities. School was generally easy and boring, so I didn't mind the diversion... But it was weird feeling...
    SoCalMGM SoCalMGM 51-55, F Apr 28, 2013

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    Where Are All of the Mgm'ers

    My brother and I were MGM'ers at Perris Junior High School in California between 1979-1981. Any other PJHS MGM'ers out there? I wonder why there aren't more people in this social network. What gives?
    perrisjr perrisjr 41-45 Jul 31, 2009

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    I Was In Mgm At Lincoln Elementry School, Paramount, California 1973 - 1978

    I was tested for MGM in Kindergarden by Mrs. Vera Trovarelli.  She was the MGM teacher from start to finish.  She was the most fantastic Teacher/woman I have ever met!  Always perfectly dressed in a business suit & heels, spoke more languages than I could count and had this...
    kndkcook kndkcook 41-45 1 Response Apr 23, 2011

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    I was tested in kindergarten,

    both my brother and sister were in Mgm before me so I was allowed to go to some field trips with them and when I got into first grade joined them on the bus to the high school where all the Mgmer's would take their lessons. I remember being worried that I wouldn't make it into...
    Jmsan Jmsan 46-50, F Jan 27

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    MGM At Roosevelt Elementary, Clearwater Intermediate, And Paramount High

    I have four siblings and all but one of us were classified as gifted in the early 70's and placed in the MGM program. The program format varied at different grade levels. Initially, when I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade at Roosevelt Elementary School, it was a pullout program...
    elsabethjane elsabethjane 46-50, F 1 Response May 9, 2013

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    Ben Franklin Elem, 5th Grade

    Believe it was Ms Long and Mr Padgett. We had 5 in the carpool, with our parents sharing taking us all the way across Anaheim. Math was patterns, matrices and such...serves me well in the data age. Believe english was where i encountered the wonderful world of Tolkien via "The...
    Datafarmer Datafarmer 51-55, M Jan 29, 2013

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    I was a member of this program in the early 70s

    in Mountain View, CA. (Silicon Valley, near Moffett Field) Later on the program became G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) and more people seemed to be involved with it then. As far as MGM goes, I remember being pulled out of class in elementary school for tests and...
    Cristabelle Cristabelle 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    Mr. Norris At Sierra Vista

    Hi, I was trying to recall details about what we jokingly called the Mentally Gifted Monkeys program, which I participated in. This was at Sierra Vista School in La Habra, in the early 70's, and once a week we were entertained by Mr. Norris, who had a fascinating waxed mustache...
    fourfelines fourfelines 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 4, 2009

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    A Walk Down Memory Lane.

    My intro was less then stellar I'm certain. I was skipped from 2-3rd grade, this didn't sit well with me, so I started cutting class. I almost made it a week before getting caught, oops mom had friday off. Because we were taught and treated as adults I was given the choice, to...
    ComaPatient7 ComaPatient7 41-45, M Nov 18, 2012

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    MGM Program Memories

    I remember being in the program starting in the 4th grade or so through Jr. High. I was going to Aeolian Elementary in Los Angeles school district. Then went to Los Nietos Jr. High with most of the same kids from elementary. I enjoyed it immensely and remember taking college...
    jodaddyo5 jodaddyo5 46-50 1 Response Feb 11, 2013

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    I remember being tested at Lincoln Elementary

    in Redwood City Ca in the Mod 60's. My experience was the lack of focus on the program in High School and becoming bored with public school. Lost faith in education system and be manipulated by big brother
    meshell2u meshell2u 51-55, F Jan 8

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    The Mgm Program Slowed Me Down And Caused Me To Develop A Bad Attitude Toward School

    I was attending 3rd grade at ElRancho elementary in Chino,CA and was bussed once a week to Gird elementary for MGM studies.   The entire experience was awful... My regular teacher made me sit in the back of our classroom facing the rearwall not the class or blackboard.  My...
    zerooff zerooff 36-40 Jan 11, 2011

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    Mysterious Mgm

    My hard-working single parent mom got a call from the high school that we both had to come in - when we showed up, she was told that I needed to be put into the MGM program and that it would provide beneficial experiences beyond what the regular school programs offered. I was...
    kmemole kmemole 56-60 1 Response Aug 16, 2010

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    Lincoln Elementary In Garden Grove, Ca

    I started MGM at Lincoln in 4th grade in 1970. It was a great experience that year. Mrs. Stanley was a fantastic and caring educator. I do not, in retrospect, believe the program was designed as well in the Garden Grove School district to support students at the Junior High...
    MCrayton MCrayton 46-50 Aug 24, 2012

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    Patterson Elementary

    I loved the program. It changed my life. Would love to chat with anyone who was in the those classes at Patterson Elementary
    Vstu Vstu 46-50 Mar 26, 2011

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    Glenmore Elementary Mgm 73-75

    I am taking yet another Master's program, this time it is in Mental Health counseling. We have an assignment regarding Bronfenbrenner's level of development using our own experiences.  I am actually researching a recitable source to describe the program... and here I am...
    MMARKUS MMARKUS 41-45, M Mar 1, 2010

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    I Don't Believe I'm Different From Others

    I think certain kids are made members based on their IQ scores. I was. Frankly, I think all kids belonged in this group. I'm not the smartest kid on the block. I think they put me in the group based on my eccentricity as well. I wrote plays in elementary school, mainly...
    RubyTewes RubyTewes 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 14, 2009

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    Mgm Clearwater Intermediate, Paramount California

    It reminds me of those old 60's-70's history films they showed back in those days..... "blah blah blah.... And YOU Are There!" Just remember all of the IQ testing leading up to it. Remember them trying to really push the ESP ideas upon us ("that would be "what is Extra Sensory...
    thorax thorax 51-55 Oct 4, 2012

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    San Ramon, Ca

    I was tested while at California High School in San Ramon, CA and supposedly accepted into the program then it all fell by the wayside and nothing more was ever discussed about it.  I wonder what ever became of the information.
    bmitchell462 bmitchell462 46-50 1 Response May 24, 2010

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    From Elc (extended Learning Classes) To Mgm

    I started in Manhattan Beach, CA  from 1st to 7th grades. I was the only person from my school picked up with a bus, one day a week, to attend what was then ELC (can't find any local info on it now - anyone know anything?) Happily, a couple of friends joined me in 2nd and 3rd...
    privacypleas privacypleas 46-50 Jan 5, 2012

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    It Was Pretty Amazing

    I was a member of this program from 1973-1975 (4th and 5th grade) at Gilbert Elementary in Garden Grove, California.  My fourth grade instructor was Mr. Doleshall (and my 5th grade instructor was Ms. Stanley).  I still remember the names of quite a few of my classmates...
    Acme11 Acme11 41-45 10 Responses Jul 27, 2009

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    Santiago Elementary

    That program screwed up my life. I just wanted to be a normal kid. Yes I got to do things and learn things most others did not. But there is a price. Opportunity sometimes does not result in a better outcome.
    charles1682 charles1682 51-55 Mar 3, 2013

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    I Was In Mgm In The Early 70s

    My memory of MGM is that I was pulled out of class very often to be tested. I remember once being instructed to sit at a study corral, place headphones on my ears and procede to take a test. The test wasy easy even though the headphones were blaring city noises (i.e horns honking...
    1rallycap 1rallycap 41-45, F Nov 7, 2010

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    Mgm At Marina, Ca

    I can't remember the name of the school but Marina was so small at that time that I'm sure there was only one elementary school.    It was about 1974-75.  Both my sister and I were in the program.  I don't remember being pulled out so much, but we did stay after school and...
    jcmkinney jcmkinney 46-50 1 Response May 27, 2011

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    MGM @ Fernangeles Elementary, Sun Valley, CA 1971-77

    I was a member of the LAUSD mentally gifted minors group @ Fernangeles Elementary School from 1971 to 1977.  I don't have a lot of memories of this time.  I remember enjoying the special classes, but also wondering why all of the kids didn't get to go whale watching or make...
    teammartyn teammartyn 41-45, F Jun 9, 2011

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    I Was A Mentally Gifted Midget, As They Called Me...

    it was either that or Mentally Gifted Moron. At first I didn't want to be in the program. None of my friends had been invited. The few of us who were chosen didn't know each other, as we were from different classes or even other schools and got bussed all together to a special...
    persymphony persymphony 36-40 2 Responses Jul 18, 2010

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    Chino, Walnut Elem

    I absolutely loved Mrs. Erickson. She was a wonderful teacher and even better human being. I would not trade my experiences in MGM for anything.
    Chinowithouthills Chinowithouthills 41-45 Jun 11, 2013

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    Mgm Whittier

     I, too, was a student in the MGM program at Laurel Elementary in Whittier, CA.  I can remember writing haiku, tending to a terrarium, and reading through books like crazy. Not sure why I was placed in the program, other than (possibly) the school administrators were...
    MGMBrian MGMBrian 36-40, M Jan 2, 2010

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