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Principals Message


Principal Layton


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Garey High School, “Home of the Vikings.”  The staff and I are excited about our return and look forward to serving the students and families of Garey High School. As a proud Pomona Unified School District Alumni, it is a great honor to return to Garey in my 27th year working for PUSD.


As a former student of PUSD, a parent of PUSD alumni, and currently a grandfather of a PUSD student, my family is three generations PUSD. My wife Edna (PUSD alumni and 22 year employee of PUSD) and I truly enjoy saying, “Proud to be PUSD.” In my career I have taught at the elementary, middle school and high school level. In my years I have had many roles to prepare for Garey High School. The two most important roles were as a student and parent. I also have served as a Resource Teacher, Intervention Teacher, Head Coach, Athletic Director, Dean, Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal, prior to happily accepting the position of principal at Garey.


As the principal it is my goal to have an open door to students, parents, and staff. Working as a team we will continue to celebrate our greatness while also finding ways to improve. Cognizance of the Achievement Gap before 2020, and the Learning Gap from 2020-2021, one of our focuses this year is to “Mind the Gap.”  Our approach this year will focus on Academics as well the Social Emotional Well-Being of our students, staff, and families. We will continue our work and focus on literacy.  We will use Achieve 3000 to engage students in reading more expository text at their independent reading levels. Students were assessed in the first month of school and will receive a Lexile score. During our Viking Connect students will learn about the importance of their Lexile and the relationship to college and career readiness. Our community is very proud of our award winning music program and athletic teams and we encourage our students to join a program, club, team, and/or band.


To be a true collaborative community we will need your support. We will need you to join our committees, come to the coffee with the principal meetings, volunteer on campus, and learn about the 21st century skills to help us support your student’s learning. We will continue with our parent workshops and we will work to increase school home communication. Also, you can access the school website for information.


Attendance counts! Attendance is the greatest predictor of grade point average and graduation. Please make sure that your student is in school every day on time. We want to make every moment of their high school years memorable.


As always, teachers, parents, community members, students and administration will collaborate to promote a positive and safe environment, focus on continuous learning, and to support and assure that all students are obtaining the skills needed for college and careers in the future.


We are looking forward to a positive year of learning!


Roddy Layton


Garey High School