Principal "Riggs"

Mr. Richard Rigoglioso


GMS Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

It is with immense pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the  Principal of Garfield Middle School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-one years. I have been a Garfield Middle school teacher, disciplinarian and for the last six years the vice-principal. I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Garfield Middle School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success. 

Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by Garfield Middle School’s former principal and now Assistant Superintendent Ms. Sciacca, by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, Common Core skills, the use of data to drive instruction, and to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all the students' achievement. 

As a parent of three girls and three boys ages 18 and under, I recognize the importance of a strong home and school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional and academic needs are met. With that in mind you will always be invited to be an active participant in Garfield Middle School. Research on school clearly demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with a greater likelihood of success in school. All of us at Garfield Middle School are eager and excited to begin what promises to be an exciting second half of the year. The second half year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making realworld connections. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors, teachers, students and parents/guardian, are excited to be here! 

This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. My is door is always open, and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Garfield Middle School meet their goals and have a successful school year!


Richard Rigoglioso
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