Our school mission is to:

Provide students with a supportive environment, which includes parents and the community, as they make the transition from elementary school to high school

Prepare students academically, personally, and socially for success in high school

Prepare students for independent and life-long learning, for setting individual goals, and for making positive choices.

We believe:

All students can learn.

Students learn best when they are engaged in challenging and appropriate learning focused on the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies integrated with physical education and the fine arts.

Quality teachers are the single greatest predictor of student success.

The diversity and uniqueness of each student should be respected.

Students learn best when families value education, and teach their children to accept increasing responsibility for their own learning.

Quality education improves the quality of life for students, their families, and the community now and in the future.

I want to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year and to our Graves Middle School website. We take great pride in our school and our students. At GMS we strive to prepare our students for high school and then college or a career track. In doing so, we have a great balance of strong core classes alongside fun and exciting elective classes and programs. We offer additional periods of math and language arts classes for those students who need extra academic support. We are diligent about maintaining a safe and orderly campus where students feel secure and respected.

GMS is a campus where students and adults get along and enjoy learning together. There is a pervasive feel of love and respect for students and for the learning process at GMS. Our 7th and 8th grade teachers serve to transition students from the elementary school model of one teacher to a “single subject” high school model that will effectively prepare them for high school and beyond. We also offer a strong program for our GATE and EL students. We offer Honors/Academy classes and fieldtrips and activities to help our students meet their personal and academic potential. We are offering AVID Excel classes for our English Learners and will continue to support all of our English Learners so they can achieve academic success. We also have an outstanding special ed. program that serves the needs of all students in a fair and caring manner.

Furthermore, we have a band program that has been growing, as we added two orchestra classes this year. Our band and orchestra students are taught to read musical notes so our musicians are truly being prepared to shine at the high school level and beyond. Moreover, we have strong AVID and STEM programs that are preparing our students for high school and college. Our AVID program received excellent Site Certification and we use the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum in our STEM program. All 7th graders are taking a technology class this year, we have three awesome computer labs, we have an iPad cart, and some students are piloting an iPad 1-1 program!

We are also proud of our intramural sports program at GMS. We offer co-ed football and volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and co-ed track and field. Our students find that these are wonderful outlets for their athletic endeavors and for some social interaction as well. Our ASB (student body government) conducts many dances and other fun activities for our students to enjoy and to build positive school spirit. Our drama program allows for our kids to act on their creative side. From the moment you walk on our campus you will feel the difference at Graves Middle School. The TEAM at Graves is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure success for every student. We invite you to come to GMS and experience the difference!

Graves is a Gold Ribbon School!
It’s official, Graves Middle School is a California Gold Ribbon School!
Graves Received a Nomination for the Gold RIbbon Award!
It is with great pride that we announce that Graves Middle School has been recommended to receive a Gold Ribbon School Award.
The In-n-Out truck visits Graves!
We celebrated our kids’ 2nd trimester academic success with the In ‘N’ Out truck. Congrats to our kids, as nearly 80% of them did not get a “D” or an “F”. Thanks to our PTSA parents for donating the chips and helping out. We have a great team!
Trimester 2 Academic Awards Ceremony
Students without a "D" or "F" were able to enjoy the awards assembly. As part of the assembly, Pioneer High School's dance teams performed for our students.
Another Successful Band Concert
Congrats to our band kids, they packed the house with joyful families. The 5th grade recorder students also performed. Great job Mr. Shiffermiller and kids! Continue working hard.
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