Blog: Happenings in Garfield Public Schools

HS & Aux School: March 14th Walk Out

posted Mar 19, 2018, 11:04 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 11:05 AM ]

The Garfield students wanted to do something on March 14th which was named National Walk Out Day by Parkland Students. The students got together with some staff members and shared their ideas for the day. If a student did not want to be involved they would not be forced to walk out or participate in the activity. Students made signs for the day. On March 13th they had class meetings to discuss why there was a planned Walk Out to ensure that everyone understood the purpose and a chance to ask questions as well. On March 14th, the day would start out with students coming to the auditorium or gym where other students gave a presentation and read the names of the lives that were lost. At 9:50am the students would start walking out of the auditorium and gym. They had a specified route that was discussed with the Garfield Police and School Security who were assisting. During the walk, in front of the school were 17 chairs. 3 chairs had coaches shirts on them and 14 chairs had school uniforms on them. This was to represent the victims that lost their lives on February 14th. On each chair their was a plaque with the individual victim's picture and some quotes and information about each one. The students were not just remembering the victims, but they put together a visual that was personal to each victim so each of the victims were recognized and remembered.  The Walk Out was wonderful. Many staff members reported that you could hear a pin drop and the students all understood and took this remembrance seriously. During their meetings it was discussed they didn't just want one day, but should do other activities throughout the year to help others such as Meet a New Friend, Breakfast with Police and other on-going activities. 
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School 10: What Makes A School Safe?

posted Mar 19, 2018, 6:20 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 10:44 AM ]

School 10 students did a tribute to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Teachers put up a sign that said What makes a School Safe? The students walked out of their classrooms and into the gym.  The students wrote on a post-it note, what makes them feel safe at school. When they finished writing their response the students posted them onto the wall. The teachers of the upper grades spoke to the students sharing a little bit more why the school was participating in this activity. Check out the slideshow with pictures.

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Garfield Fire Department's Jr. Firefighter Program

posted Mar 8, 2018, 9:38 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 9:39 AM ]

On March 1st the High School had an assembly to help educate and possibly recruit candidates for the Garfield Fire Department's Jr. Firefighter Program. The students learned about many things such as the different fire companies and the function of the various pieces of equipment. The rules and regulations of being a Junior Firefighter and the benefit of serving their community were touched upon as well. The presenter also shared how this program could benefit them in their future careers. It was an excellent program and the students really enjoyed it.

Drug Prevention

posted Jan 25, 2018, 7:13 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 7:14 AM ]

On January 12th the Auxiliary School and High School Freshman attended an assembly called  A Pathway to Addiction. The presenters were two detectives and a former addict. Each provided information on what they have come across over the years. They started out providing the students with statistics and discussed the opioid crisis right here in Bergen County. It is the deadliest crisis in American history and we need to take it serious. The students learned how kids start using and become addicted, which is from prescription drugs.The detectives even shared that some of the people they have had to arrest/come across told them they became addicted when they were 11 years old. They shared that many times the drugs are not not mixed purely and many people don't know what they are putting into their body. The detectives put up pictures of people they have arrested

The former addict shared his story of being and addict and recovering. How is life was and the things that he did when he is addicted to drugs. The message he wanted the students to take home was; 1. Remember there are options, seek help. 2. See a friend using in a bad situation, it is Better to be a Snitch than find them dead one day. He talked about many people don't want to "rat" out their friends, but wouldn't you want your friend to be safe and alive? Sometimes in the beginning some of you may not realize how bad a friend really is, but know if start using drugs it is only time that they will become addicted. 

The students and faculty/staff were very attentive and got a lot out of the program. It was very well received. We hope that the students take this information provided to them to heart and apply what they learned to their lives and in helping others as well.

School 8: Kindness Adventure

posted Nov 20, 2017, 6:47 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 7:18 AM ]

On October 31st School 8 participated in NED's Kindness Adventure. The purpose of the free assembly is to inspire your child to be kind-hearted and caring through storytelling, music and an interactive video of NED's Trip to Kenya. The students learned that in Kenya, most children do not have clean water and it is brown. Something simple we take for granted and NED's Kindness Adventure raises money through purchases of items to help build wells so they can get fresh clean water. This is one of the many things that NED's Kindness Adventure does. It is called a pay forward type of program. The students were all excited to purchase hand-crafted items. The program says you are not obligated to sell anything however the students were so touched by the program and many were coming down to purchase items to help those in need out. School 8 has the theme of Kindness this year and this is one of many things that they are doing in there school. The presentation was really good as well.

Keep Up the Kindness School 8! 

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School Activities

posted Oct 25, 2017, 10:42 AM by Jessica Ribaudo   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

Besides our Respect and Violence Awareness Weeks, there have been other activities happening around our district. Check out our mini slide show to see pictures of some elementary students in a district Math Challenge and some High School students going into third grade classes at School 6 to teach them about Bullying/Diversity.  Garfield likes to have all our students connect with each other. Keep up the good work everyone! 

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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. 

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