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:
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
Per privacy guidelines, no additional personally-identifying information can be shared about this individual. Please continue to wear face masks, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
These meals are free to all students whether they are in school or learning remotely from home. We encourage families to apply for Free and Reduced Price meals, if they have not done so already, as the free meals program may end at any time.
Thank you to all the Gates Chili community members who submitted questions via email and our live forum on Monday. All questions and answers have been added to our FAQ.
You may recall, in accordance with current NYSED and NYSDOH guidelines, Gates Chili cannot open fully in person. This means that we will move forward with our hybrid and remote instruction models when we begin school on Sept. 14.
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