Gilbert Paterson School Handbook
GPMS is "Tiger Territory''. We believe all our students are “TIGERS”; we want all of our students to feel part of our school community. We include our grade five “Tiger Cubs” as part of our school community. Our mascot "Snag", the tiger, is a proud, intelligent animal with a good sense of humour! Our school colours are gold and black and our school motto is "Conquer Thyself, Conquer the World". Watch for information on how to order “Tiger Gear” to show off your Tiger Pride!
"Gilbert Paterson Middle School provides a learning experience that promotes the development of academic, social and emotional, physical, and artistic attributes unique to early adolescence. We are committed to a secure, positive, challenging and exploratory approach in cooperation with parents and community." We believe:
Gilbert Paterson Middle School was built in 1955 and serves a population of approximately 650 students. GPMS is a grade six to grade eight school and is unique in a number of ways;
All GPMS students are under the jurisdiction of the Alberta Government. The School Act governs schools in the province. In accordance with the School Act a student shall conduct him/herself so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS AND BEHAVIOUR – Les attentes et le comportement
- Home and school share the responsibility for teaching appropriate, acceptable behavior. By working together, we can ensure positive student conduct. Discipline is essential in building accountability, responsibility and respect for others.
- Students must understand they are responsible for their own behavior. Students must recognize disruptive and distractive behavior is unacceptable. Any behavior that encroaches upon the rights of others is unacceptable. Students are expected to follow reasonable rules established for the benefit of all students and the community. During school hours, conduct should be governed accordingly.
- The staff at GPMS adopted a school-wide discipline program, based on the above philosophy. This program is based on a set of expectations and consequences both in the classrooms and school-wide.
- Students are to be polite to other students and the staff.
- Students are to go to class prepared to work.
- Students are to hand in assignments on time except under exceptional circumstances.
- Students are to respect the school’s property and the property of their classmates.
- Students are to follow all other “school rules” as adopted by the staff or individual teacher.
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES - Présences et absences
Regular attendance is the responsibility of the student and parent. Students are expected to be punctual for school every day, unless they are ill, celebrating a religious holiday, or are absent for some other unavoidable cause. Students are responsible for learning concepts and completing assignments when they are absent. Class assignments are posted on the GPMS website. Due to the the nature of differentiated and collaborative instruction, teachers are not always able to provide homework packages for students. If the student becomes ill during the school day, the student should seek permission from the classroom teacher to report to the office. Poor attendance has a direct, negative effect on achievement. Regular attendance is required, by law, until the age of 16. A student may be referred to alternative programming if the student has poor attendance.
CONTACTING YOUR ADOLESCENT AT SCHOOL- le contact de votre etudiant pendant les heures scolaries
In order to deliver the message that obtaining education is valuable, we ask that you not call or text your child during instructional hours. Contacting your adolescent not only interferes with their learning, but potentially the learning of other students. If a phone call or text message is necessary, please understand we are teaching digital etiquette and will ask students to check their voice mails and text messages at appropriate times.
LATES - Retards
LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS BEFORE DISMISSAL - Départ sans permission
DRESS CODE GUIDELINES – Guide de la tenue vestimentaire
Good social judgment includes knowing what is appropriate to wear based upon the situation. Gilbert Paterson Middle School dress code is modeled on what is appropriate to wear in the future workplace. Students’ dress should be clean, neat and modest.
- Clothing designated as underwear must be kept unseen and undercover
- Clothing must cover midriff and cleavage
- Spaghetti straps, if worn with a cover-up, are acceptable
- Tank tops, with shoulders wide enough to cover bra straps, are acceptable
- Shorts and skirts must be a modest length; mid-thigh is acceptable
- Appropriate non-scuffing shoes are encouraged in all areas of the school
- Shoes with high heels are discouraged for safety reasons
- Slogans on clothing are positive and appropriate for the school setting
- No hats or hoods in the school; head covers may be worn for medical or religious reasons
NOON HOUR- LUNCH FACILITIES - Dîner à l'école - Commodités
TIGERS’ DEN CONCESSION - Cantine
Our Tigers’ Den offers a variety of healthy alternatives for purchase over the noon hour. Hot lunch program is provided for purchase on Tuesday and Wednesdays. These times are subject to change. Please see our website for updated times and menu items.
- Using district electronic communication for educational reasons
- Being polite
- Using appropriate language. Refraining from swearing, the use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language.
- Refraining from illegal activities. Such activities are strictly forbidden and will be reported to the appropriate authority
- Refraining from the release of personal information (address, phone number or other information) that may allow you or others to be identified.
- Cell phones should be turned to silent mode during class time to avoid distracting others.
- Texting is NOT appropriate during class. If a student is sick or needs to contact home immediately, to demonstrate courtesy we recommend informing the teacher prior to contacting home.
- Cell phones may be used before classes begin, at lunch and after school. We discourage cell phones to be used between classes; we believe being punctual for class is a priority
- Assignment Completion- completes assignments on time
- Attendance- Attends school regularly and punctually
- Respect- Demonstrates appropriate behavior in his/her interactions with others
- Work Ethic- Is prepared and diligent in pursuing their school work. Is working toward reaching their potential
- *IPP- Program with Accommodations (student is working on grade level outcomes with accommodations) Percentage
- *IPP- Program with Modifications (student is not working on grade level outcomes) No percentage.
- *ESL- Student is working on grade level outcomes with ESL accommodations. Percentage.
- *ESL- Student is not working on grade level outcomes. No percentage. Please see ESL benchmarks. PROGRAMS AND COURSE CHANGES- Programmes et changements de cours
- All students are required to take the following academic programs: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education. In addition, option courses are offered at each grade level. Option course choices should be made carefully. Generally, students are expected to remain in the classes chosen. Changes will be considered in extenuating circumstances, only after the parent or guardian requests a change (in writing) providing reasons for the change. Following receipt of requests, grade level teachers and administrators will consider and rule on these requests.
- All students are to wear shorts (no cut-offs), a t-shirt, sweat socks and non-marking shoes.
- The student's name is to be written on all components of the gym strip.
- Gym clothing should be taken home and laundered, at least once a week.
Here at Gilbert Paterson we embrace, “Athletics for All” philosophy. We believe being part of team is important to the development of the early adolescent. The way we accomplish that is by offering levelled teams and clubs based on the abilities of our students. In addition to these programs, we offer intramurals at lunch and students will get experience in the below sports through their Physical Education classes. Our school is a member of the Lethbridge Schools Athletic Association (LSAA). We offer 5 sports at Gilbert Paterson Middle School:
- Track & Field
Volleyball – All students participate in the sport of volleyball through Physical Education classes. Tryouts are held for our volleyball teams.
For each gender we offer the following teams:
Basketball - All students participate in the sport of basketball through Physical Education classes. Tryouts are held for our basketball teams. For each gender we offer the following teams:
Badminton – All students participate in the sport of badminton through Physical Education classes. Tryouts are held for our badminton teams. We offer a badminton team that consists of 8 players only, as outlined by LSAA Badminton Policy, for each grade level and gender. Due to the fact that we are limited by the number of students who play on a badminton team we also offer a badminton club for all students wanting to participate in badminton after school.
Track and Field – All students participate in Track and Field through Physical Education classes. We select students through Physical Education classes to compete in the Gilbert Paterson Track and Field Meet. Further, we select the Track and Field team that will represent Gilbert Paterson at the LSAA Track and Field meet from the results of our School Track and Field meet.
FINE ARTS PROGRAM- Les arts
A rich history of fine arts and performing arts exists at Gilbert Paterson. We believe The Arts promote creativity and humanity in the learning environment and in life. Participation in The Arts improves self-esteem and fosters positive relationships. The Arts develop innovative thinkers in demand for the 21st century.
There are many ways in which students can become involved in the arts at our school. We offer instrumental music (band), handbells, choir and dramatic arts as well as a visual arts program.
Band 6, 7 and 8: At Paterson, students have the opportunity to experience instrumental music in a challenging environment. The band program maintains a high performance standard always. In the program, the band director strives for musical excellence through an early development of the love of the art of music making.
Our department has a strong tradition of fine choral music in Lethbridge and within the province. We strive for an overall perception of the performer, the listener, the evaluator and the composer while developing musical skills and knowledge. Choral music allows one to express his/her inner self. Blend, harmony, intonation, vowel formation and theory are some of the skills students will develop through the year. Sharing music with others will be accomplished through performances held in our local community and in the province.
Students are offered between 2-3 dances per year. Dances are scheduled for afternoons only from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Dances are open to GPMS students only.
All lost articles are placed in the Lost and Found bin located across from the choir room. Students should check these containers as well as contact the office for all lost articles.
SAIC (STUDENT ACADEMIC INTERVENTION CENTRE) - Centre d' intervention académique pour l’étudiant
NEWSLETTER - Bulletin d' information
A bi-weekly newsletter will be available online at www.gp.lethsd.ab.ca. A calendar of upcoming events will be included in each newsletter. An email will be sent out as a reminder when the newsletter has been updated.