From the Desk of the Principal
The goal for Gervais Middle School staff is that our students are proficient and prepared for high school and beyond. In order to accomplish this goal, we need to work closely with our parents, our community and our students. The rigor of school has increased significantly over the last few years; it is our job to prepare our students to meet the higher standards in all subjects.
We use a proficiency model that shares the responsibility for learning between teachers and students. Our students receive instruction on prioritized standards in all content areas and are expected to demonstrate they mastered the content standards. We refer to this demonstration of knowledge as being proficient. If our students are not able to demonstrate proficiency on a particular standard, they will continue to receive instruction and be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate they have mastered the standard. We believe this process of student-focused learning will best prepare our students for success in high school and beyond.
Similar to how we teach academic concepts, positive behavior and character are also a critical part of our instruction. At GMS, we emphasize the importance of making positive choices and doing the right thing. We use the 24 Character Strengths outlined in Values in Action as a framework for our character instruction. In addition, our school uses Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports to promote a positive school climate. Our students learn the expectations and routines and are given timely feedback.
If you would like to visit Gervais Middle School, please contact me and I can arrange a tour. I look forward to showing off our school and students.
Principal and Special Education Director
E-mail Mrs. O’Connell
or call at 503-792-3803 x2010