Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,
I want to be the first to extend a welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Garfield Middle School. As your new principal, I am looking forward to working with you to ensure we have a successful school year. My excitement and enthusiasm to be the Garfield principal comes from my belief in our city and our district.
I was born and raised in Hamilton, and I have spent my entire career with the district, starting as a teacher at the Hamilton Freshman Building and most recently as an assistant principal at Hamilton High School. Student-centered growth, relationships, school safety, and empowerment are all a part of what I believe to be the source of who I am as an educator, and what ultimately produces a successful school culture.
Sharing in this belief, I am pleased to have Mrs. Paige Patton-Radel and Mr. Jesse Funston joining the Garfield administrative team. Both bring exceptional knowledge of our district and will be a continued part of the growth of Garfield.
The staff at GMS is thoroughly excited for your return, and our custodial staff has been hard at work preparing the building for a great school year! This packet is filled with your schedule and information that will help answer many of your questions to start the year.
I hope you join me in being proud to say, “Yeah, I’m a Griffin!” Please know, my door is always open and I encourage you to visit!
Matt Schermer, Principal