Principal's Message



Garwood Families, 

I hope your summer is fun and rejuvenating! The summer break is a wonderful time to step back, rest and reflect. Though I’m new to the school, Garwood already feels like home. I’m so grateful to have the chance to serve this wonderful community.

This school year will bring with it many unknowns; Still, a great deal of what you have come to expect at Garwood Elementary will be the same. Most of all, we are thrilled to greet all of our kids with smiling faces and ready hearts. Whether that is in person or on a screen, behind a mask or from six feet away, our care for our students is the same. We are confident that we can continue to serve the Garwood community through these strange times. 

At Garwood, the environment matters. This should be a place where students can connect to their school “family” and be valued by other members of the family. All students have value and meaningful contributions to our school. This remains our attitude going forward and we believe that it is especially important for us to mindfully set the tone for this upcoming school year. We see this as an opportunity to demonstrate to students that we can do difficult things and we can treat others with respect and kindness through it all. 


Students will have new, wonderful experiences this year, as well as some challenges. We know that with the right support and attitude, it is often through the challenges that we can grow the most. We have high expectations for ourselves and we are grateful for the chance to continue to serve our students and community! 


We value you as a partner in your child’s education and need your help in setting a positive tone for the school year. If you have not done so already, please check out our parent survey here.  You can also read through the Fall Reopening Plan Timeline by following this link or navigating to the district website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at



Jake Massey