Dear Gowanda Middle School Community,

I want to extend to you and your family a very warm welcome to Gowanda Middle School. The middle years are an exciting time when children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. Each year will provide important transitions and the acquisition of new skills that will enhance each student’s ability to apply learning in many ways. Gowanda Middle School is committed to providing an individualized challenging and rigorous curriculum that helps each student progress at a developmentally appropriate rate and provides a safe environment for all students.

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

In her quote, Mother Teresa very powerfully captures important wisdom about how to approach life (and schooling) to make it more fulfilling and significant. Teaching and learning offers us all numerous opportunities to focus on a number of “small things” that culminate over time to produce students that are prepared to do the “great things” in life. With this in mind, ultimately as a school community we are judged by the actions of our students and the way new student learning connects and impacts the world beyond our school. Our district’s vision statement reflects this commitment:

“To create a student centered, collaborative environment that prepares all students for the 21st century through an engaging and goal oriented learning environment.”

As a former elementary and middle school teacher, I value the social and emotional development of each child as they transition from their primary years through early adolescence. I value life-long learning and aim to make your child’s learning experience at Gowanda Middle School engaging and exciting.

As the Principal of Gowanda Middle School, I believe that it is my responsibility to maintain and to continue to build a supportive and collaborative spirit at our school. Together as a school community, we will build on the traditions of the past and meet the challenges of the future in innovative and exciting ways.

Sincerely,

Mr. Miklas

Traits of the Month

September 

Responsibility & Cooperation– being reliable, dependable, accountable for your own actions, using good judgement and using self control.

October

Empathy & Acceptance– Try to understand someone else’s feelings without having to be in the same situation. Accept other’s differences.

November

Gratitude– Showing appreciation for what you have and recognizing what others have done for you.

December

Kindness– the quality of being friendly , generous and considerate

January

Integrity– doing the right thing when no one is looking, following through on your plan, doing what you say you will do.

February

Respect– for yourself and others, treating others with courtesy, dignity and being sensitive to the needs of others.

March

Perseverance– staying with a task and not giving up, showing commitment, pride, and a positive attitude when completing tasks

April

Honesty– truthful, sincere, straightforward; don’t lie, cheat, steal, or mislead others

May

Self-Control– think before acting, taking responsibility for your reactions to frustration/stressful events, find positive ways to express your feelings

June

Citizenship– Doing your share of the work to make your school, community and world a better place, obeying the law, taking care of the environment, being responsible with technology and social media

Todd Miklas

Principal Grades 5-8
(716) 532-3325 ext. 5001
(716) 995-2127
mrmiklas@gcslearn.org

David Smith

Assistant Principal Grades 7-12
(716) 532-3325 ext. 5004/6003
(716) 995-2127
mrdsmith@gcslearn.org

Joan Goodemote

Keyboard Specialist II
(716) 532-3325 ext. 5002
(716) 995-2127
msgoodemote@gcslearn.org

Heather Fort

Keyboard Specialist 
(716) 532-3325 ext. 5003
(716) 995-2127
msfort@gcslearn.org