Welcome to the

Middle School
Dean of Students

Jennifer DeBenedetti
Dean of Middle School Students
The MS Dean of Students strives to:
  • Serve as a member of the middle school administrative team and assist with the daily operation of the middle school; focuses include setting a positive MS community tone by developing programs and activities, supporting students, faculty, and families to ensure student academic success and social emotional well-being.

  • Work closely with teachers, advisors, and the school counselor, providing programming and practices that embrace and incorporate the guiding principles of the 6 Cs (critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, compassion, communication, and community).

  • Help to create a culture of care for students, their families, faculty, and staff.
  • Promote student development to enhance The Gregory School student experience.

Student Handbook Reminders

Middle School Phones & Digital Devices

Cell phone use for students in grades 5 – 8 is for safety purposes only. For that reason, students are permitted to have their cell phones out and available for use prior to the start of the school day and after the school day ends. From 8:50 am – 3:30 pm, students may not have their cell phones out (unless they have the express permission from their teacher). This also includes lunch and advisory times.

In addition, students may not take pictures or video unless under supervision by a teacher, or post work or images from school onto their personal social network accounts.

Laptop use in the classroom during class time is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Consequences for using a cell phone without permission during the school day are:

  • 1st offense: Your device will be confiscated and kept in the MS office. You may pick it up at the end of the day.
  • 2nd offense: Your device will be confiscated and your parent or guardian will have to pick it up.
  • 3rd offense: You could lose all personal phone/device privileges while on the TGS campus.

Middle School Dress Standards

Students, faculty, and staff at The Gregory School are expected to dress in a way that is reflective of the school’s academic and professional atmosphere. The school expects students, faculty, and staff to maintain a standard of dress and appearance that is appropriate to an academic setting and to The Gregory School mission but also allows for the expression of individual tastes.

For the 2021-2022 school year, school dress standards are:

Appropriate Dress:

  • Clothing must cover the chest, buttocks and midriff
  • Shoes must be worn at all times (may include flip-flops)
  • Ripped clothing must not expose any undergarments

Inappropriate Dress:

  • Sheer, net, or transparent fabrics that expose undergarments
  • Logos or pictures that represent implicit or explicit references to sex, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, or illegal activity, or hate speech/derogatory language
  • Hats, hoods, and sunglasses worn inside, with exception of religious or cultural regalia

Consequences for dress code violations:

Students will be reminded to dress appropriately to reflect the student’s academic and professional atmosphere. Repeated violations will warrant communication to parents. Blatant disregard of dress code policies will be addressed with Head of School.

MS Event 

These reminders are created specifically for MS families to make it easy to preview upcoming events. To view full event details please see our News & Events page and our School Calendar.

Jennifer DeBenedetti,
Dean of Middle School Students
Robotics and Engineering Teacher

Mid-week reminders
I hope you all are settling into school routines as we head into the back half of our second week. I wanted to reach out to you all with a few mid-week reminders.
Student Drop Off

Supervision on campus starts at 8:30am. Safety is a priority, so please do not drop off your child prior to this. You are more than welcome to wait in your vehicle with your child until 8:30am. If you need to drop your child off any earlier than 8:30am, please contact Mary Babbitt  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about signing up for before-school care.

Student Handbook

The student handbook is posted on The Gregory School website in the Family Portal.  For your convenience, you will also find it attached to this email.  We have asked students to return the signature page to their Advisors by this Friday, August 27.  

Friday Exploration Schedule

Our first round of Friday Explorations will be this Friday! Please encourage your child to check their classes so they know where to go. They can do this by logging into Grades and Attendance on the Family Portal, and selecting "Friday Schedule" from the side navigation.

You also can email your questions or make appointments. We do our best to reply to your email queries within 48 hours during our regular weekday business hours. If you need immediate assistance, call or visit our counseling office.

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3231 N. Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: (520) 327-6395
Fax: (520) 327-8276
The Gregory School is an independent, private,
non-profit 501(C)(3), coed day school for grades 5-12.