Richard L. Graves Middle School

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Principal's Message

I want to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year and to our Graves Middle
School website. We were recognized as an AVID National Demonstration School
(less than 3% of AVID schools earn this prestigious distinction), a
California Gold Ribbon School and a Title I Academic Achievement School, so
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 all students. We are on a 90 minute rotating
block schedule and we offer a lot of support for our underachieving
students. Also, we are diligent about maintaining a safe and orderly
campus where students feel secure and respected.

GM S 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 advanced and
EL students. We offer Honors classes and field trips and activities to help
our students meet their personal and academic potential. We offer 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 strong band program. Our band 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 is one of the best in the United States. Additionally, we
use the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum in our STEM program. Every
student has a one-to-one take home device (mostly Chromebooks-but some have
iPads), we have four computer labs, we have four iPad carts, we are using
Google Classroom, and we have digital components in all of our content
areas, including Amplify language arts and Amplify science. This gives our
kids the opportunity to use a ton of technology.

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 dances and
other fun activities for our students to enjoy and to build positive school
spirit. Our drama program allows 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!
Dr. Matt Fraijo