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
Click this link to view or download the calendar at-a-glance for the 2023-24 school year. This calendar will also be mailed home as part of the budget issue of the district newsletter.
Check out news and information for March, including updates from the Eclipse Ambassadors, information about construction on the main GC campus, how to watch music performances all month long and more!
NYSED is working to highlight the range of ways in which school districts across New York State are elevating student voice in leadership roles to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Check out Session 1 at this link, which features GC students and staff.
Show Me the Money! Gates Chili High School students mark the launch of the Paychex Junior Achievement Program as its inaugural participants.
Disney Dragons embarked on a journey through science and technology thanks to GC alumnus and current Google employee.
Gates Chili athletic teams and individual student-athletes recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
The board approved Hammel and Braid, who have been serving interim roles since the start of the 2023-24 school year.