Welcome to the 2017/2018 school year at Robert O. Gibson Middle School! While our summer may have been a bit shorter than usual, we are certainly looking forward to seeing all our new and returning students! As part of “Team Gibson,” we want you to remember that you are an important member of our school community, and we ask that you take some time to reflect on how your individual efforts not only contribute to your own personal growth and success, but also impact those around you. Remember, working together enhances our individual strengths and allows us to accomplish more than we ever could individually.
As a community, we have worked hard to develop school-wide expectations for all members of Team Gibson, and during the 2016/2017 school year, we rolled out our “Gibson’s Great 8.” These eight rules established guidelines for behavior that focus on manners and respect, and each and every person on our campus is tasked with modeling the Great 8 every day. These rules require that students, staff, and community members address each other respectfully, use exemplary manners, take pride in our school, and “own our journey.” Through the consistent implementation of the Great 8 rules last school year, we saw our campus transform into a more positive environment, and we can’t wait to see this transformation continue with our incoming sixth graders. During the first few weeks of school, we will be reviewing each of the eight rules, and we expect all our returning Scots to lead the way by modeling the Great 8 for our new students.
Last school year, we also implemented our Gibson House Reward System. Every student and staff member was sorted into one of four houses: Amizade, the House of Friendship; Ispirato, the House of Creativity; Sahasa, the House of Courage; and Ubuntu, the House of Selflessness. Students were awarded points for exhibiting Gibson’s Great 8, embodying the values of their house, or demonstrating academic excellence, and we awarded over 30,000 house points! It was truly amazing to see students and staff come together to support their houses and to celebrate the positive contributions of our students! All the houses worked hard, and each was recognized throughout the school year, culminating in the crowning of Robert O. Gibson Middle School’s first ever house champion, AMIZADE HOUSE! The incorporation of this reward system has helped us build a family environment here on campus, where every student feels safe and valued…an important member of Team Gibson! On September 5th of this school year, our incoming sixth graders will be sorted into their houses, and the point challenge will commence for the 2017/2018 school year!
Students, the administration, teachers, and support staff can’t wait to welcome you! We believe that Gibson students are special. We believe that you each hold unique talents and abilities, and all you have to do is believe in yourself! The staff and I will work every day to see that you meet and even exceed your personal potential!
Parents and students, I wish you a very successful school year and remind you that we care about you. You are always welcome in the Principal’s Office, and I look forward to working with each of you.