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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.  


Richard "Riggs" Rigoglioso, Principal, Garfield Middle School

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