Welcome to Roberts Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year. My name is Kris Gaijer and I am the principal of this fantastic school. As I enter my second year here at Roberts and 12th year in Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, I look forward to continuing the work that was started last school year including the creation of more flexible classroom space, ensuring a study hall or tutoring period for each student, and becoming a 1:1 school building. In addition to this work, we will continue to expand our student led opportunities to service our community through our Interact Club, National Junior Honor Society, Builders’ Club, Gay Straight Alliance, STAND, and TigerVoice.
For those who are new to our community, we are a small school of roughly 450 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 tucked away just behind Route 8 in a quiet cul-de-sac. Our students are drawn from our local communities including Peninsula, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, and Akron. We are very proud of our students and their love for our school. In my time working with these students, parents, and staff it has become clear that we truly are a Black Tiger family!
At Roberts, we try to use our time as effectively as possible. Our school day begins at 8:00am with doors opening at 7:55am and the final bell ringing at 2:50. We ask that car riders be dropped off in the rear parking lot. We ask that the front lot of the building remain free of traffic between 7:30-8:00am and 2:30-3:15pm so that buses can drop off and pick up on time. Early Release Wednesday allows for students to leave at 1:55pm so teachers can then have an hour of professional development each week. Our class periods are 45 minutes long (36 on Wednesday), with 3 minutes of travel time in between classes.
Roberts Middle School is an active place of learning where we address the needs of every student. Our continued goal is to help our students become independent and thoughtful participants in their own education. We focus on pushing our students to excel while teaching them to persevere when things get hard. With the commitment of the Cuyahoga Falls City School District Board of Education to the integration of technology into our curriculum and classrooms, the Roberts staff has established an education model that utilizes technology in ways that foster this independence and ownership of student work on a daily basis.
As members of the Suburban League Conference, in collaboration with Bolich Middle School, our students participate in football, girls and boys cross country, volleyball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, and track. We also have intramural sports throughout the school year. Our students also participate in a variety of academic clubs including our Art Club, Robotics Club and The Reading and Writing Festival. Our middle school bands and choirs perform concerts throughout the year for our Black Tiger Community!
I welcome you to Roberts Middle School where we work hard everyday to maximize our Black Tiger Pride!
Let’s get to work!
~ Mr. Kris J Gaijer