On behalf of the faculty and staff of Daniell Middle School, thank you for an outstanding year! Have a wonderful summer!

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Come explore what Daniell has to offer by joining us for a personalized tour from the counselors, Lauren McAfee and Cayce Pope, followed by a Q & A session with Principal David Nelson and some of our students.  We hope to see you on one of our upcoming tours! We will post tour dates this summer. Registration for tours will available to be made online.

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Purple Heart Awarded to Former Daniell Student, Lance Cpl. Skip Wells

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, a private ceremony was held at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga to honor the families of the four Marines killed on July 16. Former Daniell student, Skip Wells, was one of the four Marines who passed. Skip's mother is a Daniell Middle School bus driver. Purple Hearts were awarded to the families of these soldiers. Principal Nelson attended the ceremony and visited the memorial site.

Project Lead the Way Grant Received

J. J. Daniell, with the assistance of our Engineering teacher, Becky Forbes, received a $40,000 grant from an amazing program, Project Lead The Way.  In addition to all students grades 6-8 learning the widely used industry software SolidWorks for 3-D design, now students are learning AutoDesk, part of the AutoCad family, Vex Robots, and RobotC programming.  SolidWorks and AutoDesk are used by industry leading corporations world-wide.  With such an enormous demand for engineering skills, we are already preparing our students for this field.

CCSD Board Member Speaks to Engineering Classes at Daniell

Our very own Post 4 Cobb County Board of Education member, David Chastain, came to speak about his career during Career Month in Ms. Becky Forbes’ engineering classes.  Mr. Chastain spoke with the students about his major at the University of Georgia actually being in Real Estate, but as the need for careers in engineering exploded, Mr. Chastain evolved into working for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., one of the largest producers of jets.  He grabbed the attention of students and became a wealth of information for our engineering students.  He stressed the importance of learning 3D design software and need for programming and robotics as well as we currently are learning SolidWorks, AutoDesk, Vex Robots, and RobotC programming.

Emory University Teacher Visits Daniell Band Students

The Daniell Band was honored to have Gary Paulo, D’Addario Reserve Method Artist and Saxophone Teacher at Emory University, at school working with our 6th and 7th Grade Clarinet and Saxophone players on Wednesday, April 30. Gary shared a lot of valuable information and advice with our students and they really enjoyed having him work with them.

Thanks, Nick, for representing Daniell at the State Geography Bee Competition! We are proud of you!

Parents Construct Greenhouse for STEAM Program

Our STEAM program is Growing. Our very own 6 grade STEAM Innovation Academy worked diligently Saturday to build a school greenhouse.  We are so thankful for the grant that Mrs. Engkaninan wrote that allowed Daniell Middle School to have an additional opportunity to take learning outside the classroom. The greenhouse is located between the ANNEX and the Fine Arts building.  After Spring Break, 6 grade STEAM students will be growing various items that will eventually be donated to a women’s and children’s shelter.  Special thanks to our parents who volunteered to build the greenhouse. It could not have happened without you!

Orchestra Students Bringing It Home from LGPE

The Daniell 7 Grade Concert Orchestra scored straight SUPERIOR ratings on all of their level III pieces and sight reading at LGPE!  They will be honored with a display plaque on the orchestra room wall. The Daniell 8 Grade Philharmonic Orchestra scored straight SUPERIOR ratings on all of their level III pieces and sight reading at LGPE!  They will be honored with a display plaque on the orchestra room wall.  

Daniell hosted the 2016 string jamboree on March 22nd.  Over 200 sixth graders from Daniell, McClesky MS and Palmer MS joined together to present one awesome concert!  

Daniell 7th grader Caleb S. performed a symphony concert on cello with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra alongside Ms.Saenz, DMS orchestra director.  He is the youngest member to perform with the professional symphony orchestra! He did a fantastic job and earned many compliments from seasoned players. Congratulations, Caleb!

Band Fundraiser Concludes and Students Win

The Daniell Band Daily Fundraiser has concluded. Mrs. Holbrook and Mr. Baxley would like to thank all families who participated and helped raise money to support the band program.Congrats to: 8th Grade Student Joey B.  for winning a 43in flat screen for being the top seller in the fundraiser and 6th Grader Saketh T. who won a $100 Visa gift card for being the 2nd top seller. Grade level top sellers were Teddy P, Chaeli C & Cameron R. They each won a $25 Visa Gift Card.

All students who sold 5 or more items will have their name entered into a drawing to win $100 cash. This winner will be announced before Spring Break.

Looking Ahead: High School Coming Our Way

The transition from middle to high school can be challenging for all students. So that 8th graders can look forward to “movin’ on up” to Sprayberry stress-free, Sprayberry and Daniell faculty have planned activities to answer as many questions as possible before they enter 9 grade.  On Tuesday, February 23 a group of SHS students came to visit Daniell Middle School 8 grade classrooms.  The students, under the supervision of Dr. Kerri McDougal (AP, SHS), were able to speak to our students about high school life and to answer many of the questions that the 8 graders had.  On February 29, Daniell students will visit Sprayberry as part of our transition activities to high school. Additionally, there is a parent night scheduled for March 15 at Sprayberry. 

Future Business Leaders of America Students Bring Home Awards after State Competition

Thank you so much for your support of these amazing kids. Competition was tough!  Out of the entire state of Georgia, the following students placed in the top 20  at this year's FBLA State Competition held in Perry, Georgia.

 Invention Convention: Samiyah G., Kourtney L., Rachel L.  10th

Business Computations: Joshua L. 11th

 Business Spelling: Nyla W. 7th  & Jett F. 16th

Computer Slide Show Presentation: Evan L. & Nevin G. 7th

 Employability Skills:  Joey B. 11th, Galaye S. 13th, Taylor M. 12th, Ryder M.  12th

Public Speaking: Raph S. 11th

 Keybaording Skills: Catalina A. 5th

 Impromptu Speaking: Catalina A. 2nd

Sprayberry Lady Junior Jackets Take Home Championship

Congrats to the 6th grade Sprayberry Lady Jr. Jackets for their Regional Championship win. It was an extremely challenging game, with the final score being 44-42.  8 out of 10 team members attend J.J Daniell. They represented the school & Sprayberry organization with respect, courage & dignity. In addition, Jae J., won Regional MVP Player and will play in the All Star game. Thanks to all those who came out to support the team. Also, thanks to Director of the Jr. Jackets and the Varsity Lady Jackets Coach for your support.


Hoops for Heart Raises $3,000

Daniell Middle School Students participated in the American Heart Association’s “Hoops for Heart” on Friday, February 5th. As to date, the event has raised $3,000 as well as raising an awareness for the prevention and relief of heart disease. Congratulations to Will W. for being our top donator! He donated an amazing $500! Way to go Will!

County Commissioners Present Proclamation in Honor of 50th Anniversary

At the Cobb County Commissioner meeting on January 26, 2016 the Commissioners recognized JJ Daniel with a proclamation for our 50th year anniversary. A student assembly was held at the school on January 28, 2016 to celebrate the school’s anniversary. During the assembly Commissioner Birrell presented the Proclamation to the school’s student body president. A community celebration will be held at the school on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm.


Pictured above, left to right:

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, Joe Daniell - Vinings Bank, Chris Ragsdale-CCSD Superintendent, David Banks, School Board Post 5, David Chastain, School Board Post 4, Principal David Nelson, JJ Daniell, Teacher Mary Jane Shaw, Student Body President Janae A., Frank Wigington- 1st 8th grade class member at JJ Daniell, Robin Lattizori- CCSD area superintendent.

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Got SWAG? We do! Students Working to Achieve Greatness (SWAG) is a new program at Daniell initiated by our student leaders. Be sure to visit with your child about their opportunities to qualify for the next SWAG celebration.

Daniell Students ROCK at Cobb Science Fair

Please congratulate the 12 students who were in the Cobb Science Fair on Saturday.  The two first place winners get to go to Athens for the state competition! 

Erica D.

Behavioral and Social Science

Does Peppermint Affect Your Brains Reaction Time?



Ravenna P.

Energy Physical

Physical Energy



Rachel L.

Behavioral and Social Science

How Color Affects Taste


Get to compete in Athens in March.

Bianca K.

Biomedical and Health Sciences

Tooth Decay



Joseph N. and

Ethan N.

Engineering Mechanics

Drowning in Circuits



Zoe H. and Allison H.

Behavioral and Social Science

When live gives you lemonade . . . we make lemonade



Jahnvi B.

Behavioral and Social Science

Did you Remember That?



Eryn M.

Biomedical and Health

Taste – Dominant or Recessive?



Sumaya C.

Behavioral and Social Science

Livestock’s Environmental Impact



Matthew J.


Biomedical and Health

Cleaning Up Your Mouth


Get to compete in Athens in March.

Community Supports Daniell Career Day

On Friday, January 29 Daniell welcomed 23  community members onto our campus to speak with our 8 graders on Career Day. The morning stared with an honorary breakfast for our speakers and from there the speakers were escorted by students to their classrooms to begin their sessions. 8 graders rotated through 3 different sessions where they heard from speakers that were of interest to them. Some of the speakers included Cobb County Police, firefighter, United States Marine, paramedic, gemologist, Cobb County DA lawyer, TV producer, chef, hair stylists, and pilot just to name a few. Our 8 graders enjoyed hearing the different career experiences of our speakers and Daniell is eternally grateful for all the support from our local community!

Geography Bee Champion Announced

Congratulations go out to Nick M., our new Daniell Geography Bee champion.  Nick prevailed over some of the best social studies students in our school on Wednesday, narrowly defeating Jahnvi B. in the final round by correctly identifying Vancouver as the site of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and British Columbia’s largest city.

Some noteworthy achievements:

·    The game went all the way through Round 6 before any competitor was eliminated.  This is the strongest start during the nine year that I have been sponsoring the bee.

·    Nick swept all of the questions in the championship round.

·    Jahnvi B. only missed one answer during the entire competition. Unfortunately for her, that was during the championship round.

Nick will have a chance to competing in the Georgia State Geography Bee on April 1st.

Seats Are Limited at Daniell: 2015-2016 School Choice Information Now Available

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251and SB10) transfers for the 2016-2017 school year. Individual schoolcapacity information and applications will be available beginningFebruary 1, 2016 on the District website. For more information, pleasesee our 2016-17 School Choice webpage.

Band Parent Fundraiser Reminder


Please be aware that order forms and payments for the Daily Bread Fundraiser are due no later than Monday, February 8. Payment should be in the form of cash or money orders only.


The MANDATORY fundraiser pickup day is Thursday, February 25 from 5-7:30 pm in the theatre. All families who participated in the fundraiser should make arrangements to pick up the items sold on this date as there are no facilities at school to store the fundraiser items that need to remain frozen/refrigerated until used.

Honor Orchestra Results

Daniell orchestra was proud to have 13 students audition for Cobb County Honor Orchestra on Thursday, Jan 21st.  8th grader Shaelin and 7th graders Juana , Joseph, Lexi and Caleb were accepted to participate in the event taking place at McEachern High School on Feb 26-27.  The students will present a concert on the 27th at 3pm.  We would love to see you there!


Congratulations to all Daniell orchestra students who participated in the audition process. Auditioning has improved your musicianship and pushed your playing to the next level! 

Seventh Grade Band Celebrates an Evening in Town

On Saturday, December 12, members of the 7 Grade Band spent an evening out on the town together. First, students enjoyed dinner at The Varsity at Town Center, and then they attended the Cobb Wind Symphony Holiday Concert at The Lassiter Concert Hall. The students really enjoyed spending the evening together.  The wind symphony’s performance included traditional and contemporary Christmas and Hanukkah selections, serious concert band literature, and concluded with a sing a long.

Night of the Arts

On December 10, 2015, the Music Department presented the 6 Grade Night of the Arts. The evening featured the 6 Grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra and involved 300 performers who presented solos, ensembles, and large group performances of music ranging from folk songs, to holiday music, to popular music. The gym was jam packed with friends, family, relatives and teachers.  The 6 graders presented a wonderful “first concert.” Ms. Holbrook, Mr. Baxley, Ms. Madison, and Ms. Saenz are very proud of their students.

Honor Band

On December 5 at Dodgen Middle School, 16 Band students auditioned for Honor Band and All State Band. 8 graders Riley Colaiacovo, Jett Flentje and Max Williams, and 7 grader Diego Diaz-Hernandez were  named as members of the Honor Band. Max Williams also advanced to the Final Round of the All State Band auditions. Honor Band members will participate in Honor Band Weekend at Lovinggood Middle School on February 5-7, 2016.

Congratulations to all Daniell Band students who participated in the audition process. By doing so, you advanced your proficiency on your instrument to another level.

Hour of Code in Business Education Classes

Introduction to Business and Technology classes recently celebrated Computer Science Education Week by participating in Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, in which students have a chance to explore computer science and learn how to write code for a program.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. To learn more about Hour of Code or to try it for yourself, visit https://hourofcode.com/us.

Daniell News Network Grant

This year you can tune into our new daily web-based Daniell news.  Our Project Lead the Way teacher, Becky Forbes, applied for a $30,000 grant sponsored by Governor Deal and ESE Networks.  The grant provides broadcasting education opportunities to middle and high schools that feed into each other.  She got it!  We now have two HD cameras with tri-pods, portable microphones, wireless keyboard, wireless monitor, wireless mouse, and our own broadcast server.  To watch the Daniell News Network, simply click on this link and the date you’d like to watch.  Career Tech…real courses for real life!

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Magnet School Information

Cobb County Magnet High School applications (with the exception of Pebblebrook High School) are due this Monday, December 7 by midnight. Students will not be able to access their magnet application after the deadline. If you have an issues with the application or any questions please contact Mr. Dan Penick @ Daniel.penick@cobbk12.org or any other magnet coordinator.

The magnet coordinators will download your child’s grades and test scores. You do not need to send them to the school you are applying to. Decisions will be posted in the application system on February 19 at 4:30 PM, and another round of Open House events will take place in early March for those who have been accepted. 

Band Solo and Ensemble

On November 14 at Hightower Trail Middle School, 25 Band students took part in Solo and Ensemble Performance Evaluation. For this event, student organized into their own ensembles or chose to play solos for a judge who then rated them on their performance. All preparation for this event took part outside of normal band classes.

Congratulations to all Daniell Band students who participated in this event.Soloists, Riley C and Daniella M, received superior ratings and Xavier S and Diego L received excellent ratings. Four Daniell ensembles involving 12 students received superior ratings and one ensemble involving 3 students received an excellent rating.

Mrs. Holbrook and Mr. Baxley are very proud of these students in their preparation leading to the event and their performance at the event.

Heart and Sole Students Participate in 5K


19 of our students participated in the Girls on the Run 5k @ Turner Field! These girls have been worked hard for 12 weeks to build up to this day. They all successfully completed the race!

PTSA Georgia Milestones Parent Night Handouts

Five Things About Milestones

Sample Student Report

Home and School

Sources of Strength

This October 14 Daniell Middle School 7 and 8 grade students were trained on the Sources of Strength program. Sources of Strength (S.O.S) is a peer-mediated program that strives to help students understand and utilize their “Sources of Strength” (i.e. Family, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, etc.) in a time of crisis. Being able to rely on these strengths will increase student’s ability to handle life’s challenges. Also, S.O.S. encourages students to identify a “trusted adult” in the building who will help them in a time of need. Our goal through the S.O.S. program is to increase school safety and create a more positive and trusting school environment. Activities throughout the year will include: Identifying a trusted adult, S.O.S. week, positive post-it days, delete day, and many more activities.

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Musical Theater Club Formed

The Daniell Middle School Choral Department is pleased to announce its Musical Theater Club which is an after-school club open to students of all grades currently enrolled in the performing arts here at Daniell. This club already had it’s first meeting which was 50 students strong. These amazing students will be responsible for all performing and production aspects of this years spring musical which is Guys and Dolls Jr. 

Please wish us “Break-a-Leg” as we prepare to present this wonderful show for you and our community in March, and get ready to come out and support the arts. We guarantee you will be utterly and simply amazed.

Veteran's Day Assembly Preparation

On Friday, November 6 during 4 and 5 period the 8 Grade Band and Chorus came together to rehearse for the annual Veteran’s Day Assembly. Approximately 180 eighth graders will be performing in the upcoming assembly on Wednesday, November 11 to honor past and present service members and their families.

Band Spirit Night

Tuesday, October 27 was Band Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby’s on Barrett Parkway. Many Daniell Band families came out to enjoy dinner with fellow band families and help raise money for the program. Mrs. Holbrook and Mr. Baxley appreciate all who came out for the event! The next night out is scheduled for Monday, November 16 from 5-8 pm at the Panda Express – 741 Townpark Ln off Chastain.

Rising Ninth Grade Parent Night Held

Thanks for attending the rising 9 grade night.  Approximately 75-80 individuals were here for a presentation from Mr. Joe Sharpe, Principal of Sprayberry, and Dr. Kerri MacDougal, Assistant Principal at Sprayberry, as well as a Magnet Presentation from Mr. Dan Penick, IB Magnet Coordinator from Campbell High School. 

In case you were not able to come to this event and are still interested in magnet schools, they are in the process of hosting their Open Houses now.  Just look at the school’s website to see when the Open House is or click here.  If you have missed it or are not able to attend, Mr. Penick said parents should contact the Magnet Coordinator via phone or email. 

STEM Lessons Continue in New Research and Reading Skills Classes

For the past two weeks, students in sixth grade Research and Reading Skills classes have integrated Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science standards in a "River Research" project. Students researched a specific river in the United States. Students created maps of their rivers with political and physical features, to scale. They also produced a script to read as they gave their "guests" a guided river tour. This script included environmental, historical, and recreational information. They created a Power Point of pictures of the river, to provide a visual of the river and engage the audience. Students used "EasyBib" to generate a Bibliography of the sources they used for their research.

In addition, students completed an "All Star River Explorers" web quest. Students found information about rivers and the explorers that discovered them. They wrote a pamphlet entitled, "Everything You Need to know about Rivers" to distribute to their "guests" on their guided river tours. Mrs. Engkaninan and Mrs. Mohrmann are the sixth grade Reading and Research Skills teachers.

Mrs. Hallmark Starts FCCLA at Daniell

Say hello to Daniell Middle Schools first ever FCCLA organization! FCCLA stands for Family, Career, Community leaders of America! Our organization provides a focus on personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students. We will be involved in many different school and community service projects throughout the year! FCCLA has a national membership of young men and women in nearly 6,500 chapters. There are 53 state associations including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth! If you would like to learn more, please visit http://fcclainc.org/.

Band Performs at Sprayberry Football Halftime

It was a privilege for approximately 60 of our 8th Grade Band Students to be a part of the 9/11 Halftime Show at Sprayberry High School. Our students were honored to perform with the Sprayberry Band of Gold and the Woodland High School Marching Band as we paid tribute to first responders, all members, past and present, of our Armed Forces, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you to Sprayberry Directors Andy Esserwein, Terrace Ellis, and Woodland Directors Eric Willoughby and Wesley Brooks for allowing us to join your bands in performance for this memorable show.

Finding Kind Assembly a Success

On Friday, September 18 Daniell school counselors hosted a Finding Kind Assembly for all girls in grades 6 - 8. The assembly consisted of viewing the documentary Finding Kind and participating in a group activity following the movie. Girls discussed the effects of girl-against-girl bullying, how they can work together to change this behavior, and took the KIND pledge.  

In Finding Kind, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson set out in a cross country journey of discovery and education. Interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences, Parsekian and Thompson find, among all of the unique personal stories, some universal truths about growing up as girls. Finding Kind is a document of that journey, and of the filmmakers’ quest to take these experiences and find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect.

Bringing Gems into the Classroom

The 6th grade Reading and Research classes are "Rocking and Rolling."  Students are demonstrating their knowledge on minerals by researching their birthstone and using technology to prepare a brochure or pamphlet on their stone. Websites are given to help them research the information needed.  During this project, Mrs. Mohrmann, had a certified Gemologist visit with the students as discuss classifications of rocks and minerals. 

Sixth Graders Test Drive Instruments for Band and Orchestra

On Saturday, August 8 between 10 am – 2 pm, approximately 150 6 grade students along with parents and other family members attended the Daniell Band and Orchestra Instrument Test Drive. This event is hosted annually and gives 6 grade students the opportunity to test drive the instruments to determine what instrument they are interested in learning to play when they join the band or orchestra. Numerous music educators assisted Mrs. Holbrook, Mr. Baxley and Ms. Saenz in making this day a huge success. Special thanks to current Daniell Band students and alumni who assisted in a variety of roles.  It was a great day to come up to school and learn more about the Band and Orchestra at Daniell.

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