Award Year: 2016

Gayle H. Gray Middle School

10400 US Highway 42
Union, KY, 41091-0000

(859) 384-5333

Mr. Todd Novak, Principal at time of Nomination

Boone County

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Provide a safe, respectful, responsible environment in order for students to movetoward learning the skills and content necessary for college, career, and life readiness.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
8th Grade Science--learning about Kinetic Energy through the designing of a roller coaster

8th Grade Science--learning about Kinetic Energy through the designing of a roller coaster

As they enter Gray Middle School, students understand that high expectations abound. Class activities, homework, and projects are relevant and rigorous; critical thinking and application take precedence over lower level activities and rote memorization, and students are expected to demonstrate high levels of accountability and responsibility in the classroom and beyond. The school culture is one in which authentic learning opportunities lead students to high academic achievement and an ingrained respect for the institution of learning. For those who struggle, a system of targeted interventions is in place to address individual needs so that no student "falls through the cracks". Faculty and staff at GMS believe in teaching each student and moving each individual forward.

As a school that values and expects high-level learning and success in the classroom and beyond, GMS has learned that the best teachers are ones who are truly passionate about their work, understand the minds and hearts of middle schoolers, love their students, and are dedicated to continued growth. Teachers are recruited based on these desirable dispositions, and are encouraged to maintain the mindset of continuous improvement every year.

Our teachers meet regularly in PLC groups, working collaboratively to develop meaningful instructional practices and to find ways to meet the ever-changing and unique needs of middle schoolers. It is the mindset of continuous improvement that makes our school great--we never stop looking in the mirror and reflecting upon how we might do something better to improve the education of a child.