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The Garfield Re-2 School District will host the first Community Connected Fair on July 31, 2024 at Coal Ridge High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Garfield Re-2 is bringing over 20 community organizations together under one roof for families to learn about, and sign up for educational and athletic programs. Organizations include local city recreation programs, youth football, youth wrestling, One Door, Boy Scouts, youth cheerleading, R.I.D.E and many more.  Families can go to the Garfield Re-2 website ( for a complete list of organizations.

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Garfield Re-2 Meal Monkey rolls out free meals to children 18-and-under

Garfield Re-2 School District is offering free meals to children 18-years and younger Monday - Thursday, June 3 through July 26, 202. This is a program through the USDA Summer Nutrition Program. In addition to lunch, students are able to receive a bagged cold breakfast for the following morning. Federal rules require children to eat lunch on site and children can participate in a variety of activities on most days at the meal locations. Meals can be picked up at the locations and times below Monday through Thursday. All sites will be closed on July 4.

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Riverside Middle School eighth graders began their journey to become money management magicians through a program that introduces financial literacy to elementary and middle school students across the Garfield Re-2 School District. From decoding the mysteries of taxes to unlocking the secrets of paying for college and even mastering the art of reading a pay stub, this program is like a treasure map for young learners. The Carbondale-based non-profit Youthentity partners with Garfield Re-2 to equip future leaders with the financial smarts they need in the future.

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Garfield Re-2 school calendar

The Garfield Re-2 Board of Education approved the academic calendar for the 2024-25 school year during its March 13, 2024 meeting. The two-year adoption is similar to the current calendar.

School will begin for students in Garfield Re-2 schools—serving Rifle, Silt, and New Castle—on August 12. All staff will return on August 5, and new staff will report on July 29. Winter break will begin on December 23 and last until January 6, 2025. 

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Garfield Re-2 School District student enrollment continues to increase, despite the State seeing the lowest overall PK-12 enrollment levels since 2013.

The District added 124 students or 2.66% over last year, continuing a steady increase in students following the 2020-21 low of 4,526 as the nation emerged from COVID restrictions and online learning. According to the Colorado Department of Education, Garfield Re-2 is one of 65 Districts reporting flat or increased student enrollment.

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See what our families are saying about Riverside Middle School!

I feel that their communication is top-notch!

From communicating regarding your child's status in the class and concerns to the weekly phone call and email update. It's nice to always know what's going on. The staff is amazing!

Our child at Riverside has special needs and...

the special ed department has been amazing in the RE 2 school district. We have been very impressed with how all the teachers and students seem to have rallied around our child and taken her under their wing.

Great teachers...

great communication!

I think that the communication at Riverside is great...

I feel like my son has been challenged and placed in classes that keep him engaged and he has had great teachers thus far.