Janmarie Nugent

Welcome to our web page for Garibaldi Grade School (GGS), “Home of the Wolves”.   We are located on the hillside in Garibaldi overlooking the marina and Tillamook Bay just off of Highway 101. A common landmark known to many is the “G” at the top of the hill as you drive through town.  Garibaldi Grade School currently serves approximately 130 students in grades PreK-5 with an average class size of 20.

We are a Title I school, which benefits all students by providing extra instructional assistant support in the classroom for instruction.  We are fortunate to have a full-time Counselor and part-time Literacy Coach on staff.  Students receive 30 minutes of PE a day (K-5) and Music for an hour a week provided by specialists as well as have access to Art Literacy through the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology monthly. Our students and families also have access to a full time Family Resource Coordinator.

All of our K-5 classrooms all have a 1-to-1 ratio of Chromebooks to students.  Each classroom is equipped with  document cameras, and touchscreen tv’s.   The purpose of our technology is to enhance students’ learning throughout the day.

We are a PBIS School (Positive Behavioral Interventions Support). The three school rules are ‘BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, and BE RESPONSIBLE’.  Here at Garibaldi, we try and support our students in their behavior by learning about making good choices as well as working on self-regulation skills to help them in life.

The staff members are committed to improving their teaching skills and methods of instruction. They are a dedicated and caring group who support each other through collaboration and planning for instruction.  Our teachers have built “Teacher Teams” with whom they plan and meet weekly with and to support all of our students and staff alike.   We have a strong focus on reading and math and have a built in reading intervention block into our daily schedule.  

Garibaldi Grade School does have a Parent Group that is involved in various school activities.  They are always looking for more members and support for our students at Garibaldi.  Please do not hesitate to call the school to get involved!

Garibaldi Grade School is a wonderful place to learn and grow. The staff and I look forward to working with you and providing a wonderful learning experience to your children.

Janmarie Nugent, Principal

Elementary Counselors

The Neah-Kah-Nie elementary counselors implement a comprehensive school guidance program designed to provide all students with resources and services to achieve success in their academic, career and personal/social domains. The counseling program is a systematic, collaborative, developmental and preventative approach that is integrated into the school’s mission and philosophy.

Nurses Information

Denise Weiss joined the NKN School District in 2021 as the first full-time District Nurse. 

Denise has worked most of her life in healthcare in a variety of roles such as medical assistant, clerical/registration, and LPN before becoming a Registered Nurse. She has been a Registered Nurse for 13 years, with a love for community based nursing. 

Denise worked in Washington and Idaho in a variety of settings such as Home Health and Hospice, RN Care Coordinator, Triage Nurse, Telephonic Nursing and various hospital floors such as the ER, Long term care, Labor and Delivery and other Medical floors. 

When she moved to Oregon in 2016, Denise worked as an RN Care Coordinator at the Rinehart Clinic. At the Rinehart Clinic, Denise spent five and a half years, most recently as the Quality Director, working on projects such as team-based care, opioid reduction, and alternative payment models.

Denise has been a member of the Clinical Advisory Panel for the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). She also has presented at various conferences such as the Northwest Regional Primary Care Conferences, Oregon Pain Guidance, and Columbia Pacific CCO. 

Currently, Denise is an ECHO faculty member of OHSU on Team Based Diabetes Management. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses and the Oregon School Nurse Association.

Denise has two children in the NKN schools, and lives in Nehalem with her spouse, kids and puppy. “Spending time outdoors” is their family’s favorite activity.

“As a parent involved in the schools, I have always been impressed with the staff and their commitment to students and families. I am excited to be a part of the school community, bringing healthcare support through nursing services in the schools.”