Principal's Page

Welcome to the Gates Middle School website! It is our hope that you find all the information you need about our academic and extracurricular programs, as well as helpful details about how to become involved in the Gates Community. Please also follow us on Twitter (@gates_middle) and Facebook (@GatesMiddle). 


At Gates, we live by our core values: Generate academic excellence; Appreciate each unique spirit; Think, create, collaborate; Empower each other; and Stand up for a safe, positive learning environment. Gates is a supportive and productive place where staff, students, parents, and caregivers work together to create and maintain an environment that allows each student to learn and grow. 


Our highly-skilled educators design authentic and challenging learning experiences for students to promote their academic growth. There are six academic teams at Gates: Teams A and B support our sixth graders, Teams C and D support our seventh graders, and Teams E and F support our eighth graders. Students at Gates participate in World Language in each grade level, and our offerings include French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. Throughout their time at Gates, students also take exploratory courses in Art, Computer Science, Drama, Engineering, Manufacturing, Modeling, Music, Physical Education, Research and Media, Robotics, and Wellness. We believe that students learn best and are engaged most when they are doing authentic tasks. Teachers collaborate with one another to design units of study aligned to the MA Curriculum Standards with engaging essential questions and lessons that build upon one another to target mastery of content and acquisition of skills. In addition to traditional forms of assessment, teachers at Gates incorporate performance-based assessments into each unit, and students engage in interdisciplinary learning experiences that reflect the core principles of Project-based Learning.   


The Gates community is committed to supporting students’ social, emotional, and personal development. We provide opportunities for students to become connected and to develop strong relationships with the various stakeholders in the Gates community. In our advisory program, small groups of students work with a staff member who expresses care, challenges growth, provides support, shares power, and expands possibilities. In our Interest Based Clubs, students are matched with a staff member with a common interest and provided with time during the school day to engage in their passions. Students are also invited to get involved in our extracurricular program, which includes a variety of clubs, intramural athletics, and fine and performing arts opportunities.     


We value and depend on the important role parents and caregivers play in supporting our students’ success. The Gates Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a highly-active group that supports our various programs through volunteering, fundraising, and coordinating school events. The Gates PTO welcomes all parents and caregivers to become involved and to participate in the many ways they enhance the experiences for staff, students, and families at Gates Middle School. 


We thank you for visiting our website and look forward to working with you and your student in the years to come. 


Ryan M. Beattie, Gates Middle School Principal


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