Academic success is a student's primary responsibility. At Gifford Middle School, students are expected to follow the GMS F.I.N.S Expectations:

Follow Directions, Interact Safely, Negotiate Conflict and Show Respect.

Students who follow GMS's F.I.N.S Expectations earn privileges such as Positive Referrals, Lunch Speed Passes and Eating Lunch with a friend outside amongst other privileges.


Participation in any after school activity is a privilege. Participation includes being a spectator at an event. Students earn their privileges by:

  1. Maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average in the previous nine week grading period.
  2. Failing no more than one class in that grading period.
  3. Maintaining appropriate conduct. Two or more office referrals resulting in Time-Out or Suspension would result in loss of privileges.
  4. Any student who has been determined responsible for unlawful acts will lose eligibility for 120 school days.

Petitions for reinstatement of privileges will be available in the office 45 school days after the incident. Students are allowed only one (1) appeal per year. Students who do not meet these criteria lose their privileges until such time as their grades and conduct improve. The earliest that privileges will be returned is at the mid-term of the affected grading period.


Student Use of Wireless Communication Devices

Student possession of a wireless communication device (WCD) is a privilege. To promote positive behavior and protection of students, all WCD users are expected to follow procedures and to sign a Network and Internet Responsible Use and Safety Agreement. The student is solely responsible for any equipment that she/he brings to school.

The principal has the authority to allow or discontinue WCD use; therefore, all procedures are subject to principal approval. Use/Misuse of Cell Phones/Electronic Devices: An electronic device or cell phone used during school hours, to include, but not limited to: placing a call, receiving a call, texting, taking pictures, or any other active use of the phone without authorization. Only the Principal may authorize the use of electronic devices as defined above during non-instructional time, before school and during lunch. Disciplinary actions include confiscation so that parents may retrieve phone or device after school.**Students may not use WCDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school. Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of their WCDs. The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, support, maintenance, damage, or vandalism to WCDs brought onto its property, or the unauthorized use of such devices.

Students may use their cellphones after the 2:45 dismissal bell, outside in the common areas. Cell phones and electronics are not allowed before school while students are waiting for the 7:50 bell to ring. **Students' cell phones will be confiscated and logged into Student Services Secretary near the Assistant Principal's office. Parents will be asked to sign a log book to show that they received their child's cell phone back at the end of the day.


Students are allowed to use ONE regular sized book bag to transport all materials needed for school. ONE Book bag per student is allowed in the classrooms, but must be stored in areas designated by the teacher. No rolling book bags are allowed. All items including purses, string back packs or lunch sacks, must be put in backpack or locker.


Students are not allowed to chew gum, eat candy or have other contraband items.