Gates Chili Middle School

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Gates Chili Middle School

  • Welcome to Gates Chili Middle School

     Lisa Buckshaw, Middle School Principal

    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:

    • Ms. Zalika Gomes - Rhinos Community
    • Mrs. Michelle Dossier - Amerks Community
    • Ms. Kenyala Rollins - Redwings Community

    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



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