Gates Chili Middle School

  • The continual development of students’ character is one of our highest priorities at Gates Chili Middle School.  In order to be successful in school and in life, students must not only have the academic skills to meet the demands of the 21st century, they must also have the social skills and moral fabric to contribute to the advancement of our society.   The values of the Spartan Way outline the behaviors and attitudes which this community embraces as positive ways of life.  At Gates Chili Middle School, we teach and model the Spartan Way on a daily basis.  Our Code of Conduct and Character establishes the standards of behavior for both the students and staff that make up our school community.  

    We have developed a Behavior Matrix that provides examples of how to demonstrate the Spartan Way in a classroom, hallway, cafeteria, bathroom, on a bus, and at a field trip/assembly.

    Respect, responsibility, compassion, and hard work comprise our core values.

    Respect    A person of character values all persons, lives by the golden rule, respects the dignity, privacy, and freedom of others, is courteous and polite to all, and is tolerant and accepting of differences.

    Golden Rule:

    • Do:  Treat others the way you want to be treated; respect the dignity, privacy and freedom of all individuals.  Value and honor all people for themselves, not for what they can do for you.

    • Don’t:  Use or manipulate others.  Avoid abusing, demeaning or mistreating anyone.


    Tolerance and acceptance:

    • Do: Judge others on their character, abilities, and conduct, not on such matters as race, religion, gender, where they live, how they dress, or the amount of money they have.



    • Do:  Resolve disagreements; respond to insults and deal with anger peacefully and without violence.

    • Don’t:  Use threats to get what you want.



    • Do:  Use good manners; be courteous, polite, and civil to everyone.

    • Don’t:  Use put-downs, insults, yelling, or ridicule to embarrass or hurt another.


    ResponsibilityA person of character meets the demands of duty, is accountable, pursues excellence, and exercises self-control.



    • Do:  Accept responsibility for the consequences of your choices, not only what you do but also what you don’t do.  Think about consequences for yourself and others before you act. Think long-term!

    • Don’t:  Look the other way when you can make a difference.



    • Do:  Take charge of your own life.  Keep a positive outlook. Be prudent and self-disciplined with your health, emotions, time, and studies.  Be rational…act out of reason, not out of anger, revenge, or fear.


    Pursue Excellence:

    • Do:  Your best…persevere…be prepared…be diligent.

    • Don’t:  Quit.



    • Do: Know and do your duty.  Acknowledge and meet your academic obligations.


    CompassionA person of character is caring, compassionate, kind, considerate, and charitable.


    Concern for Others:

    • Do:  Be compassionate and empathetic. Be kind, caring, and considerate.

    • Don’t:  Be mean, cruel, or insensitive.



    • Do:  Be charitable and unselfish; give time, support, and comfort just for the sake of making someone’s life better.  Help people in need.



    Hard WorkA person of character does his/her share, helps the community, and is a good school citizen.


    Do Your Share:

    • Do:  Care about and pursue the common good.  Be a volunteer; help your school and community be better, cleaner, and safer.



    • Do:  Honor your word and commitments.  Be dependable and keep your promises.



    • Do: Follow the rules and obey parents, teachers, coaches, and others who have been given authority.