Gates Chili Middle School

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Gates Chili Middle School

  • Welcome to Gates Chili Middle School

     Lisa Buckshaw, Middle School Principal

    Welcome to Gates Chili Middle School! We are proud of our school and invite you to travel "inside GCMS" to learn more about the quality of our instructional programs, staff commitment, and community partnership. Gates Chili Middle School enjoys a proud tradition of academic excellence. We are an innovative school with an educational program that is challenging, integrated, and standards-based. Our instruction and support is focused specifically on the needs and characteristics of young adolescents. The single mid-level building within the Gates Chili School District, GCMS enrolls 900 students in grades six through eight.

    GCMS establishes smaller learning communities by dividing a large school into three separate, small communities (6 – 8). The communities are designated a specific hallway in which the students attend their core, academic classes. For exploratory classes, the students have an opportunity to travel to different parts of the building and mix with other students.

    Each community has an administrator, faculty, and 6th - 8th-grade students and teachers, with a student assignment process that ensures equitable distribution of students by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status (SES), language, gender, prior educational achievement, and ability/disability.  The grade levels within each community are effectively teamed, creating a small personalized learning environment in which interdisciplinary teams share the same students.   The three communities are named: Amerks, Red Wings, and Rhinos. The Assistant Principals are:

    • Mrs. Kim Doty - Redwings Community
    • Ms. Kenyala Rollins - Amerks  Community
    • Mr. Costa Tavelaris - Rhinos Community

    Our staff is dedicated to the service of children and their families. Together we teach and inspire excellence for all learners.


    Dr. Lisa C. Buckshaw, Principal


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Spotlight News

  • Enrollment Change form open until Dec. 11 at noon

    Any families of students in grades K-12 requesting a change must complete the Enrollment Change Form to confirm their choice of learning model for the second semester. If you are not requesting a change of instruction model but do wish to make a change to your child’s transportation arrangements, please complete the form. If you do not need to make any changes, you do not need to complete the form.

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  • Track positive cases with the NYS COVID-19 Report Card

    COVID-19 positive data reported on this site includes students and staff in the district. These cases have been validated by Monroe County Health Department.

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  • Complete a consent form for student COVID-19 testing

    In the event of a move to the orange or red zones, the district must test 100% of in-person learners to be able to reopen to in-person instruction. Without this consent, we cannot test and therefore, would be required to remain fully remote if in the orange or red zones. We ask families to complete a consent form for each in-person learner in their household.

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  • GCCSD under NYS Micro-Cluster Yellow Zone Designation, must begin testing students and staff

    Gates Chili is one many districts in Monroe County, that must begin to randomly test 20% of all hybrid in-person staff and students in order to continue in-person instruction. We estimate the district will need to test approximately 500 staff and students each week while we are under the yellow zone designation.

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  • WANTED: Budget Ambassadors for 2021-22 school budget

    Ambassadors will review the preliminary 2021-22 budget as developed by the administration within parameters established by the Board of Education, and recommend to the BOE any modifications they would like to see.

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  • Seniors break for the most important meal of the day

    With face masks and costume masks galore, the annual event moved outdoors to the GCHS parking lot on Oct. 29. Dozens of seniors arrived as early as 6:15 a.m. to show off epic costumes for a costume contest, eat breakfast served on the Spartan Eats bus, stay warm by fire pits and make memories as a class. It was the first time this year they've been able to gather as a class.

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  • Keeping remote learners engaged

    For these 22 classes of fully-remote students in grades K-5, learning goes beyond the computer screen. Students are also having the chance to take part in hands-on learning.

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