Gifford Middle School. My son is now finishing 8th grade (I hope) and I will be so glad when he's done. There are some GREAT teachers, but I believe their hands are tied. The problem is in the administration. The bullying problem is paramount to anything else they have there; it needs to be dealt with firmly. It has been a VERY rough year for my son (and I, trying to keep him safe).
I used to be a student at gifford middle school (I was well known) the locker stealing is a major problem and the if u chew gum in class you will get a detention rule (thats a stupid rule) other things should be top priority than giving detention to the students for chewing gum (and if students want to dye their hair light red and brown and or blonde or black (let them ) that rule is stupid too (like I said other things TOP PRIORITY other than suspending students for dying their hair or not letting them back at school until they cut their dyed hair off) gifford middle needs to have more TOP PRIORITIES (than disciplining students for stupid stuff)
Again I used to be a student at gifford middle (6th 7th , 8th and I got held back in 8th grade ) the school changing now , they are putting a buzzer gate up (wow gifford has over 60 security cameras ) and the bullying needs to end ( gifford needs to seriously focus on the bullying ) when I was going to gifford for the 4 years that I went it was insanley bad . That school had so many problems it wasnt even funny, I am very disappointed in GMS (and always will be disappointed in GMS) Don't even get me started on the hands off policy (you couldnt even hold hands with a boyfriend or high five a friend) tell me how stupid is that? And Rebound oh my god rebound is like jail for innocent kids (the teachers dont know how to teach now a days they just give out papers and sit at their desks and grade papers. The teachers are lazy now. My experience at gifford was not an excellent one (the fights are way extreme) , kids belittling others (kids are afraid to go back to school because of how they arw treated by bullies and teachers ) its crazy) the schools have gone completely NUTS , kids will DROP OUT of gifford middle school (dont go to gifford (get your GED) LIKE I AM .
There is to much smoking in the bathrooms and the bullying and fighting is terrible. We need some control in these areas.
Good school not challenging at all i wish those teachers could challeng me a bit more and the bathroom is disgusting as well as the bullying
GMS is a great school, academically. There are great teachers and i cant imagine going anywhere else for middle school. I do think they should focus a little more on the bullying issues and the locker stealing issues than the fact of chewing gum or something stupid like that though. But, besides that, great school!
I am an eighth grader currently attening Gifford Middle School. GMS is a great school for learning, but not a great school to escape from the bullying problem. The teachers are strict when it comes to fights and the hands off policy. Especially the principal, Mr. David Kramek. But not so much when it comes to people lowering your self esteem. People belittle others so much. Its quite stupid. Some students get belittled so much they are afraid to come to school because of it. The problem with that is, the students that are the worst are the ones that act like perfect angels. As a student, I'm being pretty hypocritical, but the students that never get in trouble are the ones that are the worst when it comes to belittling others. I see it everyday. Don't you agree with me?
OK, so this is my first year at GMS and so far, I love it! All of the teachers are so nice, you just have to behave.If you dont, than your done! The only things i disagree with are the hand-off policy. If yiu give someone a high five you get in trouble! Also, the bathrooms are absoluteky disguisting! I mean honestly, can we please get a janitor in there! **Yuck**
Giifford Middle has HUGE Bullying problems and i as a 7th grade student know what has been going on for the past two years. The Bathrooms are disgusting the locker small and us not being able to carry backpacks and have lockers whats up with that? This School needs to change for the better. Our school is full [of mean people.
I think this school should concentrate more on the bullying factor and less on the dress code. Too many kids are being messed with. Not cool...
I think Gifford middle school is a great school and my daughter is learning very well. She also loves it and would rather go there then any other local public school!
I do agree that some of the teachers are harsh,at times, but I still think its a good school.
I was a student at Gifford Middle School last year, and I disapprove with some of their policies. The student population was way above what the teachers could handle. Over 1,300 students went in the 2006-2007 year alone. The rules sounded very harsh to an innocent student. the school had a hands-off policy in which you can't even high-five somebody or give a pat on the back. But the teachers never handled the rules correctly. I was disappointed in the way kids were punished. Many of them were given a warning when they punched somebody! Also, the education was not challenging in most classes because they had some children in advanced classes who needed extra time to understand the activity. I joined advanced classes for just the opposite. Over all, don't go to Gifford.
There are some teachers that do not do a good job of teaching. For a bright child this is not the school of choice.
After reading the statistics from Greatschools.org regarding the lack of experience and advanced education of teachers at Gifford MS, I feel a need to comment. My son is in his second year and doing well, in spite of having ADD. His teachers have made school interesting and fun, while managing to give him a good education. School spirit is very high among students. Perhaps it is the youth and vitality of these teachers that they inspire and contribute so much. My son has found role models and a quest for learning at GMS. Mr. Srigley's band concerts have been awesome
My daughter has been there for three years and the school is excellent. The quality of the teachers is outstanding. They are all very interested in the students as well as their career in teaching.
Both of my children are enrolled at GMS, and both are receiving an excellent education. They are happy and feel secure in their academic environment, and I believe both are truly becoming self confident and growing as individuals.
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