Welcome to Garfield Middle School

10/7/19 ATTENTION PARENTS: Hello this is Garfield Middle School principal Richard Rigolioso. Garfield Middle School will be distributing laptops to all students in the Middle School grades. On Tuesday we will start with homerooms in 8th grade and work towards the 6th grade homerooms.

In order for students to receive their laptop, you MUST have your parent 
portal questions answered, and your laptop agreement form filled out.

This process should take a few weeks , please be patient if your son or daughter hadn't received their laptop.

Any questions or concerns please call the middle school. Thank you and have a good evening. Thank you.


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!


Richard “Riggs” Rigoglioso

 GMS Principal

Recent News & Upcoming Events

October 17, 2019 Graduation and Fall Sports Picture Day
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October 24, 2019 Halloween Dance
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November 12, 2019 End of marking Period
Mark your calendars. It's the end of the first marking period at Garfield Middle School! Here's to a successful second marking period!
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November 13, 2019
Save the date! Don't miss out on the 8th Grade class ring! Get measured on November 13th for your special keepsake from GMS! Please see the 8th Grade Ring flyer under 8th Grade ONLY page. Must have payment with you on 11/13/19.
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November 19, 2019
Attention 8th Grade students don't miss out on this trip! Come sail away with your friends on this amazing NYC cruise. Good time, great photos lots of fun memories!!!
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12/2/19 McDonald's Night GMS Fundraiser
After a big weekend who can't use a BIG MAC! Get your dinner your way right away! Don't miss out supporting our students! Support GMS at eat some meat at Mc Donalds December 2, 2019 between 5-8pm! Proceeds go to the GMS school wide events!
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December 7, 2019 Breakfast with Santa
Celebrate the Holdiay season with the Garfield Middle School Breakfast with Santa celebration!
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Quick Links

District Antibullying Coordinator

Jessica Ribaudo
34 Outwater Lane, Garfield
973.340.5000 ext. 2320

Anti-bullying Specialists for GMS
Mr. David Gray, GMS Vice Principal

 Nadia Kotsev-Azzolino
GMS Anti-bullying Specialist

Garfield Middle School
175 Lanza Avenue

Garfield, NJ 07026

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