Principal Archives

September 2019- From Mr. Rigoglioso:

Welcome Garfield Middle School Families! We hope that everyone enjoyed a fun filled and relaxing summer! It is with great pleasure to welcome you back for another great school year.  I hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities while making wonderful memories.  Now that summer vacation has concluded, our thoughts turn to preparing for the start of a new school year.  This is one of my favorite times of the year! There is nothing better than hearing about the great summer stories and memories our students have developed over their summer vacation.  I’m thrilled to be part of a team comprised of teachers, staff, parents and students who want to achieve great things! Our faculty, staff and administration are looking forward to a new school year and we are working hard to see that your child’s learning experience at Garfield Middle school is a successful and a memorable one.

Your support is key to ensuring that we can take full advantage of each student’s educational and personal development.  To that end, we encourage a positive home-school relationship based on the mutual goal of providing the best learning experience possible for all our students.  Our talented faculty brings a diverse set of approaches to instruction in order to address a variety of student learning styles.  You will have the opportunity to meet the faculty at our Back-To-School on September 25 at 6:00 p.m.  You will have the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom, and begin to form a relationship with the classroom teacher.

We look forward to a very positive and productive year together!  We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  We value your involvement and support in your child’s education!  Your active participation is key to the success of your your child’s middle school years.

We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to “stay in the know” about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.

 Again, we welcome you to Garfield Middle School and to our wonderful learning community.  Our school is a place alive with energyenthusiasm, and a high standard of excellence!  It is, indeed, a place where opportunities are there for the taking.  Here’s to an AWESOME new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 9732727020 or contact me by email at:  rrigoglioso@gboeorg

We wish you the best for a successful and rewarding school year!

Sincerely,

Richard “Riggs” Rigoglioso

 GMS Principal



March 2019- From Mr. Rigoglioso to Parents:

DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF STUDENT CELL PHONE USAGE DURING CLASS, IN HALLWAYS AND THE LUNCH ROOM, GARFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL STRICTLY ENFORCE THE DISTRICT CELL PHONE POLICY. ALL STUDENT PHONES ARE TO BE PUT IN THEIR LOCKER ACCORDING TO DISTRICT POLICY.
IF A STUDENT IS CAUGHT CARRYING THEIR PHONE, THE TEACHER WILL ASK THE STUDENT TO PUT THE PHONE IN THEIR LOCKER. IF THE STUDENT REFUSES, CONSEQUENCES WILL BE GIVEN FROM ADMINISTRATION. THE PHONE MAY BE GIVEN TO ADMINISTRATION WHERE THE STUDENT MAY PICK IT UP AT THE END OF THE DAY. AFTER THE THIRD OFFENSE, PARENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP THE PHONE FROM ADMINISTRATION. 
 

PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT GARFIELD’S DISTRICT CELL PHONE POLICY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT MR. RIGOGOSO. 

 



December 2018  
Principal Rigoglioso Holiday Message

I have the great pleasure and opportunity to wish all of Garfield Middle School students and families a safe and joyous Christmas and Holiday Season and I do so on behalf of myself, Vice-principals Mrs. Mazzola and Mr. Gray

This past year has presented our school with challenges and rewards as we collectively strive to move Garfield Middle School forward. We all look forward to the new year working with and for our new Garfield School District superintendent Mrs. Sciacca (who was our Garfield Middle School principal last year), and our new Business Administrator Dr. Cusumano.  It will be an exciting year ahead for Garfield with our new administration and new vision, we will get to witnessed substantial progress in our in the Garfield School District.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support. Our school is truly a community school with many gifted and talented students and it is at this time of the year when the closeness of friendship shines in our students faces. The new-year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges and new fun. I look forward to what lies ahead for us as a school community in 2019.

So, as we head off in our different direction (or even just stay close to home). I want to wish you all a wonderful Holiday season. Whatever your beliefs or tradition are, I hope that you can spend some quality time with your love ones. The Garfield Middle School students and staff have work very hard right up to the last day and all deserve some time to relax. Before you know it, we will hit the ground running after the break and it will be as if we never left! Have a safe and healthy Christmas and Holiday season. We will see you in 2019.  

Garfield Middle School Principal

Richard “Riggs” Rigoglioso


10/18/18 
Mr. Rigoglioso,

Please check your parent portal under Correspondence Food Service to see if we are missing your application. Please be aware that as of Monday 10/22/18 if no application is on file for this year your child will become full paid. Also if your child owes more than $50.00 on their lunch account they will not be fed in school on Monday. If you have any question please call the lunch department and contact Heather Leuzzi at 973-340-5000 ext. 2308

9/4/18. PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE 2018-2019:  Welcome to Garfield Middle School. Every year approximately 1000 students from sixth grade through eighth grade begin a new school year. Our goal is to create a learning and social community that is committed to engaging and challenging every student in every classroom every day. Our students, staff and families work together to create an environment where children are intellectually challenged in ways appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and experiences. 

We believe that our parents play a critical role in the success of our students. Parents, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You know your child better than anyone else and we invite you to work in partnership with your child’s classroom teachers. You have rich insight into your child’s unique needs, talents and interests. Please feel free to share any information that you believe will help us increase your child’s success. Teachers, however, have a unique perspective on your child. They will see your child as a member of the class and watch as they interact with peers, face the challenge of new learning, ask questions, and solve problems. Parent and teacher perspectives, working in partnership, are critical to ensure that your child’s time at Garfield Middle School is exciting and rewarding. 

On behalf of everyone at GMS, welcome to another exciting year of learning.  Thank you for your involvement, support, and cooperation. Working together, we are confident that your family will have a positive educational experience at Garfield Middle School.  

Sincerely,

Richard "Riggs" Rigoglioso, Principal, Garfield Middle School
973-272-7020, rrigoglioso@gboe.org

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