Principal's Message

Dear Garfield Students, Parents & Community,
We are looking forward to a wonderful 2018-2019 school year at Garfield Elementary.  This year we are joining the prestigious Turnaround Arts program.  We are one of 27 schools in the state of California selected to participate in this wonderful opportunity.  The goal of this program is to provide an array of arts education services and resources designed to increase opportunities for success, build an extended community and raise the visibility of achievements of all of our students.  Every Garfield student (K-8) will participate in weekly music instruction from a certificated music teacher.  Additionally, our teachers will be participating in professional development focused upon the integration of arts across the curriculum.  Every student will have the opportunity to develop his/her artistic talents through visual arts, music, theater or dance.  
In addition to our focus on the arts, we will continue to develop our focus on Balanced Literacy.  During Writer's Workshop, students will develop their skills in the craft of writing as they create individual pieces in the genres of narrative, opinion and expository.  During Reader's Workshop, students will have the opportunity to improve their reading skills with the use of leveled libraries and reading of texts at their individual levels.
During 2018-2019 we will continue our implementation of the NGSS standards.  Students will have multiple opportunities to develop inquiry questions, research and experiment across a variety of science topics.  Everyone will participate in hands-on interactive science opportunities within their classroom.
We are excited for the new year, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, August 10th!
Dr. Richardson