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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school-year! It is my distinct pleasure to introduce myself as the new Principal at Graves Middle School (GMS). Over the past 20 years, I have had the honor and privilege to serve in various capacities supporting students, families, and communities and am continuously inspired by the resilience, persistence, and tenacity I have witnessed at all my schools. I am prepared to respond to the unique challenges at Graves Middle School and will seize all opportunities to cultivate a culture that inspires students to reach their full potential. 


As a prior Special Education Teacher and Coordinator at Hollenbeck Middle School, I am excited to return to the middle school setting and work alongside you all to provide our students with the best middle school experience possible. Together, we will also ensure that our students leave GMS fully prepared to excel in high school. In addition to working at Hollenbeck Middle School, I have served as a Counselor and Assistant Principal at Garfield High School and Assistant Principal at Nogales High School. All of these experiences have prepared me for the critical role of Principal at GMS. 


I am excited to lead our staff and students into a successful 2022-2023 school year and look forward to meeting our students, parents, and the community of the South Whittier District. 


J. Carlo Marquez


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