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Principal's Message

As Principal of Gatesville Junior High School, I would like to welcome you! At Gatesville Junior High School, our staff sets high academic standards for our students and works diligently to ensure that each child is working to his or her maximum ability. Gatesville Junior High School, the Gatesville Independent School District and our Gatesville community have a common goal “to do what is best for kids!”

The handbook contains information that is important and useful. I urge you to read it thoroughly and thoughtfully. These guidelines are written in order to create an environment conducive to learning and a school where all feel safe and secure. The expectations for behavior written in our GISD School Board adopted Code of Conduct are based on the essential value of respecting the rights and dignity of each other. Our school can continue to be an outstanding community when all adults treat all students with respect, when all students treat all adults with respect, and when all students treat each other with respectful and responsible behavior. When all of us work together with each individual doing his or her part, we can truly make a difference. I will always encourage you to accept the challenge to be a model of respectful behavior.

The Junior High School years provide students with the wonderful opportunity to discover their unique talents and gifts. One way to learn is through the variety of clubs, organizations and teams that exist at Gatesville Junior High School. There are outstanding athletic teams, musical programs, clubs, drama and UIL academic groups that will help students to learn more about themselves and to develop friendships that last a lifetime.

Students, I challenge you to take a chance by getting involved and trying something new. Junior High School is unlike any other time in your life. Study hard, challenge yourself, set high goals and enjoy yourself. We are very fortunate to have a great school with great students and staff. Make this time some of the most important and productive years of your life.

The adults who work here will offer you help along the journey. Please ask for our assistance. We want to be a part of your success. Along with the faculty and staff, I wish you an exciting and successful school year.


Suzy Penrod

Prnicipal, Gatesville Junior High School