There's a lot happening at Garrison Forest School! The Communications Office strives to share the news of our campus and community in a variety of ways.
Search the Frequently Asked Questions about how to share news, etc. below or contact the Communications Office for more information. We look forward to sharing YOUR news.
A: Our goal is to post a variety of what happens at Garrison Forest. Together, every news item tells the full story of GFS’s mission and culture, be it:
- A field trip and/or guest speaker
- A class project, lesson, lab, etc., especially one that is cross-disciplinary, around a theme, inspired by a current event, etc.
- A service project on or off campus
- A video made by students or faculty
- Student and faculty accolades (humility is a virtue, yes, but we want to be sure we share your accomplishments with the GFS community.)
- A concert, play, and exhibit, both to promote and report on post-event.
- A new sport or team accomplishment, be it a winning season or lessons learned.
- A GFS event you have planned
Q: Where is news posted?
News also is shared across the website as appropriate. The Communications Office decides what news items are on Homepage News, the GFS App, Facebook and Twitter in an effort to reflect the range of divisions and programs at GFS.
Q: But I put my news on Moodle? Can’t you get it from there?
Q: How do I get my news to the Communications Office?
Q: I have news that I think would be great for local media. How do I inform reporters?
Q: What about taking photographs for my news item?
Q: How do I get my photos to the Communications Office?
- PREFERRED: Copy all photos as jpegs to P:/Website Photos & Images. Look for the folder marked for the CURRENT academic year. Each academic year has subfolders by division and departments (Athletics, Alumnae, etc.). Preschool through Lower School classes have a sub-folder for each class. For Middle and Upper School, just make a new folder for the event, such as “Architectural Expo” or “Snoball.” Using shared drives and not email to share photos saves storage space on the GFS servers. IMPORTANT: Please let us know that you’ve placed photos on the P:/Drive.
- Copy all photos to a disk or thumb drive and give it to us.
- Bring your camera card or your phone with a USB cord to our office. We have card readers and can download them directly from the card.
- You can also email photos to us, though this does take up valuable storage space on the GFS servers.
- NOTE: We are unable to download photos from online galleries, such as Kodak, Picasa, Shutterfly, etc.
A: We love video, voice threads, etc.! Copy all media using one of the options above. IMPORTANT: Any student in the video should be addressed by first name only; for Upper School students, use your discretion. Copy any video onto P:/Website Photos & Images/Video and let us know that it is there.
Q: I have a Twitter feed, blog, etc. for my class. Is that helpful to share with you?
Q: Do I need to clear any curricular social media use with Communications?
Q: Do I need to brand my class’s blog, etc. as Garrison Forest School?
A: Any GFS web presence is a reflection of Garrison Forest School overall, and any outside viewer will assume that your blog, etc. is an official GFS website. Please keep this in mind when creating content and the look of your site. For example, any description on a post should refer to “Garrison Forest School” and not “GFS” for clarity to a viewer who may not be familiar with us. Though not required, the Communications Office is happy to work with you if you have questions. It is the Office’s responsibility to ensure that the Garrison Forest image across social media is consistent. Please contact us for the most up-to-date GFS, link to our website, etc.
Q: I stay connected to my former students. What if I hear news from them of an award they’ve received, etc.?
Please follow the link below to access official GFS logos and the GFS Powerpoint template. Before using the GFS logo, please contact the Communications Office.
Find logos and the Powerpoint template here.
Please refer to the Style Guide for all written and digital communication. Questions? Contact the Communications Office.
A note about the GFS Style Guide: Guidelines were created to provide uniformity in school communications. They have evolved (and continue to evolve) as more and more communication goes online.