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!

Amazing Band Concert!
Congrats to our band kids, orchestra kids, 4th grade recorder kids and our conductor, Mr. Shiffermiller, for the awesome concert last week. It was standing room only and our parents were ecstatic with the kids’ performance. Great job kids!
GMS for Africa-Give Life a Success!
Thank you for joining the GMS staff and students as we raised funds to build Caregiver Kits for sick people in Africa who are battling HIV/AIDS. Our staff, students, families, PTSA, THINK Together, district administrators, and school principals all contributed to our success, as we surpassed our goal of 50 Caregiver Kits ($1100) and raised $1320 for 60 kits (that is 120% of our goal)! Our next step is to pack the Caregiver Kits and celebrate. GMS for Africa-Give Life!
GMS for Africa: Give Life!
Our ASB is sponsoring our first annual GMS for Africa Campaign. We are having a school-wide fundraiser so we can create and donate Caregiver Kits for people in Africa who are HIV/AIDS positive. We want our kids to do something bigger than themselves, bigger than Graves Middle School, we want them to give life!
Free Greg's Gourmet Cookies to all for our Olweus Kickoff
All of our Panthers will be receiving a free cookie from Greg's Gourmet Cookies to kick off our Olweus anti-bullying program. We are also giving info to our parents for our Sprigeo website to anonymously report bullying online. Thanks to Greg's for partnering with, please see the link to Greg's website.
GMS Participates in Whittier Area Resource Fair
The GMS band sounded wonderful during their performance at the Whittier Area Resource Fair. The fair is put on by Think Together and South Whittier School District to bring resources and wellness to the community, while highlighting the school district.
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