Family Handbook

  • Dear Gates Chili Middle School Families,

    This Family Handbook outlines many important topics. Please use it as a reference throughout the school year.

    The Gates Chili Middle School (GCMS) community has created an atmosphere where we teach and inspire excellence for all learners. This atmosphere flourishes because of the dedicated and accomplished staff, thoughtful and involved families, and positive and responsible students.  It takes a commitment from all stakeholders to help reinforce the district's core values of respect, responsibility, compassion, and hard work.

    As in prior years, Middle and High School students will be provided a district-issued laptop to use both at school and at home to extend their learning opportunities. Most of our students kept their devices over the summer. If you did not or you are new to the district, one will be provided. The laptops connect our students to rich resources, creative tools, expert access, and authentic audiences available through the Internet. We want students to experience, connect, and interact with the world in ways that traditional textbooks and curriculum alone cannot provide.

    There are many ways to stay in contact with our school. Consider some of the forums below:

    • Families with an active e-mail address in SchoolTool will receive the daily electronic GCMS school newsletter titled, The Spartan Happenings
    • Schooltool Parent Portal allows you access to your student’s grades, schedule, discipline history, class assignments, etc. If you do not already have an account, once the school year starts an e-mail will be sent with directions and a link to set one up.
    • Follow Gates Chili Middle School on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for important reminders and a "behind-the-scenes" look at what's happening inside our classrooms. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office at 585-247-5050. We look forward to a wonderful year with you and your student.


  • Family Handbook (pdf version)