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 950 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
Like you, our hearts are heavy each time there is a story in the news like the one this week about George Floyd. These acts of violence continue to create a massive rift in our society. It is my top priority as superintendent to provide a safe, caring environment for learning for all Gates Chili students.
As this school year winds down and we begin to plan for next school year, New York State wants to engage families in a virtual conversation to ensure all voices are heard. You are invited to participate, read and rate other participants' responses. The deadline to submit is this Friday, May 29.
Meet the candidates running for Board of Education in our Virtual Meet the Candidate Night video. Three candidates will be elected to the board at the annual district vote on June 9, 2020. Each will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Mitchell Ball gives a detailed presentation of the proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. Vote by absentee ballot by June 9 at 5 p.m.
This newsletter contains information about the 2020-21 budget on pages 6-9, along with many highlights that make up our collective GC Pride.