Blog: Happenings in Garfield Public Schools

Respect Week Activities

posted Oct 10, 2017, 8:09 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 9:15 AM ]

What an incredible week! All the schools in the district were doing some various activities to observe Respect Week, which is mandated by the State to observe. There were Respect Parades, Respect Band/Chorus Presentations, Anti-Bullying Music Concert, We are all same, yet Perfectly Different Assembly, Omega Man (being a Hero) and so many other amazing events and activities that our students and staff participated in.  We want to thank the Garfield Juvenile Police Department provided all elementary 4th graders with an outstanding presentation. It was wonderful hearing others explain to the students on how we should be treating each other. The students were pumped about all of the activities that occurred. It couldn't have been a better week. The week ended with wearing yellow for respect as a district. Please check out our Garfield Spirit Day tab to view pictures from the schools of students wearing yellow.  Let's remember to keep the messages we learned with us throughout the school year. It just doesn't end after a week, it is on-going. 

Check out some photos of activities happening around the schools.

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Color Run!

posted Sep 25, 2017, 8:29 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 8:37 AM ]

On Saturday, September 23rd, we held our first Color Run and what a success! We had over 450 people come out to run and support. It was such a wonderful day! We cannot thank everyone enough for all your support because this event would have never been so successful without all our runners! Check out some pictures from the event in our slide show!

Friendship Bench

posted May 19, 2017, 8:31 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated May 19, 2017, 10:26 AM ]

On May 18th, James Madison School 10 had their unveiling ceremony for their Friendship Bench. A friendship bench is also known as a buddy bench, is a special place in a school playground where a child can go when they want someone to talk to or feel lonely.  The school has dedicated the bench in honor of Kathy Grillo who helped the school on their journey in building a positive school climate. It was such an honor to have Erin, Jackie, Mike and Nicole Grillo attend the ceremony.

"Real Friends Treat You Like Family" that is exactly what Kathy Grillo did, she treated school 10 like her own family. Click below to check out some pictures from the event.

Happenings Across Garfield Schools

posted Apr 26, 2017, 8:57 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 10:33 AM ]

There has been various events going on throughout the District. The High School and Middle School will be having a Steered Straight program coming in May and there will be a parent piece to it as well. This was given to the Garfield School District from the Steered Straight Program because they received a Grant from the NJ State Police.  The Parent Night: Steered Straight Program will be held May 24th at the High School. Doors open at 6:00pm and program begins at 6:30pm. All are welcome and the program is incredible, so you do not want to miss out! 

The High School recently had Veronica Kole come in and do a Self Positivity Assembly. This program has been held a the HS for a few years and the feedback from the students is amazing.

Schools have been taking the PARCC Test over the past month and it will continue into May as well. 

The Anti-Bullying Program had a Jean Day fundraiser to raise money to help our schools with their Anti-Bullying Programs. The schools brought in a lot of money and we continue to work on having various fundraisers to help build our fund to provide more events, assemblies and school wide programs for our students.

School 8 & 10 recently had a Family Movie Night! Such a great turnouts. The Middle School had their Ziti Family Night! The Family Nights that the schools host are such an incredible piece to our District/School Climate. It is a great way of bringing everyone together with their families.

The Elementary Schools celebrated Dr. Seuss.

The Garfield Community is hosting Your First Mud Run. Those running for a team donate to the VFW and to their cause whether it is their school, sports team or even the Anti-Bullying Programs in their schools or district. That is being held on Saturday, May 27th. Click here for more information: Garfield Community: Your First Mud Run

Every school has been doing various programs and fundraisers. We want to thank everyone for all your support.
We are working on getting more space to post more pictures of the events happening in our schools, so please bare with us. 

School 5: Student authors celebrate the beauty of their Differences

posted Mar 21, 2017, 10:13 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 10:17 AM ]

This second grade class wrote and published a book this year using the District's theme Perfectly Different. Each student wrote an entry in the book of why they are different. It was such a pleasure to be a part of this presentation. All the students did an amazing job. Check out the article written about them.
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School 7: October Events

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:44 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 11:01 AM ]

At School 7, during the month of October, each grade level focused on a different Pillar of Character. Then, the teachers displayed their pillar activities to show what the students have learned. They had a kick off theme "The Golden Rule." 

Community Outreach

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:16 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Dec 21, 2016, 7:47 AM ]

School 10's 4th grade teacher Heather Cyrwus reached out to her husband, Trooper Greg Cyrwus about bringing in the State Trooper Helicopter division to do a presentation for the students about their branch of law enforcement. The principal, Sally Bulger arranged the morning event with Heather Cyrwus and invited some students from School 7 to join. It provided Garfield students to see our Town Officers with our State Troopers, joining forces to educate our students and bring the community together. The students were so EXCITED when they saw the helicopter coming, landing and leaving. Everyone was very attentive during the presentation and they even got to take a tour around the helicopter. Sgt. Lesica, Det. Koptyra, Chief Kovach, Lt. Marsh, Cap. Sucorowski, Cap. Polonkay, and Officer Pikul came out to be a part of today's event. We appreciate everyone's support in bringing our community together.

School Climate Approach

posted Nov 3, 2016, 9:50 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 9:51 AM ]

Students have four levels that they have to achieve. School 10 utilizes the Pokemon Game concept to motivate students into this new school climate approach. To get to level 1 and receive your level 1 bracelet, students must demonstrate empathy for other students, pride in school work and demonstrate pride in the school environment. Once they get all four pokemon balls, the students receive their level 1 bracelet and than another list of things they need to do to get to level 2 and so on. This type of program that has various levels is an ongoing approach so students keep continuing to work on positive social skills through the entire year, instead of receiving just one bracelet and no true continuation. 

High School Respect Posters

posted Nov 3, 2016, 9:07 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 9:10 AM ]

High School Students got very creative for the week of Respect. Check out their posters.

Souper Bowl of Caring: School 10 Activity

posted Nov 3, 2016, 8:57 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 8:57 AM ]

School 10's Philanthropy Committee was a part of the Souper Bowl of Caring team. This group's mission is to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need. School 10 students collected cans to help out this group and learned about helping their community in the process. Check out the pictures below.

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