Principal's Message

Principal's Message

A Message from the Principal - Mr. Michael Fording

The Garfield Heights Middle School staff would like to thank parents and community partners for helping to keep the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year aligned with the district’s strategic plan. As we continue to navigate this new normal of educating in person during the pandemic environment, the GHMS commends the students for remaining focused and diligent with their school work. 
Please continue to encourage your students to Stay in the Game, and attend school whenever possible. While in this COVID-climate, we encourage students to stay home if they are feeling under the weather, if and when possible we ask them to be in school. We know that in-person learning is optimal and maintaining positive teacher-student one-on-one time enhances the learning process. Thank you for your support with this matter. 

I have some exciting news to share. Beginning with the 2nd quarter, the Middle School has become a part of the Caring School Community. The Caring School Community is a research-based social and emotional learning program that builds school-wide community, develops students' social skills, and social-emotional learning competencies. The program promotes positive behavior through direct teaching of responsibility, empathy, and cooperation, creating settings where students feel heard, known, and cared for. Our entire school is involved in the Caring School Community. This will help create a school where students are motivated to contribute productively to a community they feel invested in, and where they know they matter. Parents and Guardians, please ask your child about our Caring School Community because it takes all of us being a part of the process to help our students and children grow.

As the weather turns cold, please make sure your son or daughter is dressed for temperatures. This means keeping them appropriately clothed in gloves, hats, and warm coats. Thank you for your support as we collaboratively make strides into the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the school year.

Mike Fording
Garfield Heights Middle School
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