Principal's Welcome 2021-2022

Greetings Garfield Middle School families, 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. We are glad that you are joining us, as we embark on an exciting year of teaching and learning at GMS. To the Class of 2024 welcome to Garfield Middle School. We look forward to seeing your academic and personal growth over the next 3 years. 

After the last year of functioning in a fully virtual, and then hybrid setting we are excited to return to five full days of in-person instruction in the building. Even though we are still faced with the spread of COVID 19 and other variants we will continue to provide our staff and students with the necessary safety and health protocols as outlined by our local State Health Department(s) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This will include, but is not limited to; the requirement for all students to wear masks while indoors and on the buses, the social distancing of at least 3-feet between students where practicable, and regular hand washing and/or access to hand sanitizers. All visitors to our school will also be required to wear masks. We will continue to implement changes as our Superintendent determines there is a need to ensure that our staff and students' safety and well-being are prioritized. 

The staff and I look forward to welcoming the students for another year focused on academic progress and achievement. We also look forward to building a partnership with parents where we can work together to ensure the best academic outcomes for our students to excel at GMS. This will be achieved by keeping the lines of communication open, attending parent-teacher conferences, engaging in school events and assemblies, volunteering (as safety guidelines permit), volunteering for the Home and School Association, and promoting the school throughout and within our community. 

One of the goals, as there are many for our students, is to ensure they are safe and can thrive in a school environment focused on academic achievement and behavioral success, as well as provide our students with the best Middle School experience possible. 

All of us at Garfield Middle School are eager and excited to begin the 2021-22 school year! Please find with this letter, the 2021-22 School Year Calendar, Supply List, Uniform Dress Code, Student Behavior and School Guidelines, and other important forms of information. 

The Middle School doors will be always open for you to visit. I look forward to building relationships with all families and again encourage you to become active members of your child's school. It is going to be an amazing year. 

Sincerely, 
Richard "Riggs" Rigoglioso 
Garfield Middle School Principal 
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