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Daniell Students Exceed State and District Scores on the CCRPI

Scores for Daniell Middle School on the 2014 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) surpassed both state and district middle school scores. The Georgia Department of Education recently released the third year of ratings under the statewide accountability system. The CCRPI measurement is on a 100-point scale rating the academic achievement and progress of individual schools and their school systems. Daniell scored an 81.1. The district average for middle schools was 73.9. The state average for middle schools was 73.2. Click here to see how Daniell did compared to any other middle school in Cobb.

NJHS Sock Drive Results Posted

During the month of December, the National Junior Honor Society completed a Sock Drive service project for MUST ministries.  They were assigned to homeroom classes and served as motivators to drive the school’s participation in the collection of socks.  After two weeks, the students were able to collect 502 pairs of socks, with the winning homeroom bringing in 115 pairs alone.  Way to go Ms. Weaver’s homeroom!  Thanks for all of the hard work, as I am sure many individuals will have warm toes thanks to your generosity.

Performing Arts Gives Holiday Concert to Student Body

On Friday, December 12, the 8 Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra, Jazz Band and Woodwind Ensemble presented a Holiday Prism Concert for the whole school. There will over 200 performers involved in this annual event that helps ring in the spirit of the season. The performance included traditional Christmas and Hanukkah selections and concluded with a school sing a long.

2015-2016 School Choice Information

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year.  Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website.  For more information, please see our 2015-16 School Choice webpage.

Robotics Team Competing at Super Regionals

Saturday, January 10, Daniell Robotics Team 15027 will be competing at the Super Regional event at Clark Creek Elementary school. This is the next step to possibly competing at the state level.  This team worked over the  winter break to program their robot for multiple missions and they also worked on and developed a new presentation. They will be competing at a higher level this time as of the teams have more experience. Team leader Poojan M. will be working with fellow team members Anish, Parth,  Roshan, Varshith, and Dawson to try and bring us home another trophy and possibly the chance to move forward.

This will  be an exciting event!

Seventh Grade Band Goes Out for Fun

On Saturday, December 13, 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, Brazilian influenced music,  and concluded with a sing a long.

Caught in the Act Awards

Each month our PTSA accepts names of students who were caught in the act of doing something good for others. Caught in Act is a PTSA sponsored and faculty endorsed program to help increase positive behavior choices at Daniell.

September Awards

Daeshawn J.

Amaya J.

October Awards

Alesandra A.

Nathaniel W.

November Awards

Luka A. (8th grade)

December Awards

Anndnea R. (8th grade)

Mr. Kendall Brings Students Hour of Code

In December Mr. Kendall’s 7 grade Career Discovery and 8 grade Introduction to Business & Technology classes participated in Hour of Code, as part of Computer Science Education Week.  The 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.

Natasha Dobson, Founder and CEO of WebbyKids, helped organize this event. Ms. Dobson met with Mr. Kendall’s classes and got them started on learning how to write our own code. The students had a blast! At the completion of each session, students received a Certificate of Completion. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on

Daniell Performs at Atlanta Hawks Game

41 Daniell chorus members presented a wonderful rendition of our national anthem at the Hawks vs. 76er’s basketball game on Wednesday night (Dec. 10). After the successful performance students were able to enjoy the game and spend some time with great friends. Great job Daniell Chorus!

Honor Band Results

In December 17 Band students auditioned for Honor Band and All State Band. Tarik I. and Nassim J. made the Honor Band on clarinet. Nate P. was named Principal Snare Drum in the Honor Band, and oboist Veronica N. made the Honor Band and also advanced to the Final Round of the All State Band auditions. Andy T., clarinet and Garrett R., tenor sax were named as alternates for the Honor Band.  Honor Band members will participate in Honor Band Weekend at Lovinggood Middle School on February 6-8, 2015.

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.

Congrats to Robotics Team

In December Daniell's Robotics Team brought home two awards: Team Work and Programming. Mr. Hawlk is the team's sponsor.

2014 FBLA Competitions Begin!

J. J. Daniell Middle School’s Future Business Leaders of America (F.B.L.A.) is starting off with a vengeance!  Eighteen students, two parents, and Adviser Becky Forbes attended the Fall Motivational Rally in Perry, GA.  Students were definitely motivated!  They saw an amazing Las Vegas juggler with a powerful message, took a variety of practice online competitions, and got to wrap it up with attending the Perry State Fair.

Officers Morgan M. and Kevin P. traveled with Ms. Forbes to Athens for the Fall Leadership Conference.  There were over 2,000 students state-wide in attendance.  They attended a variety of inspiring leadership workshops.

As you can see from the link below, Joey B.  knocked it out of the park in his official FBLA attire reciting the Creed for his Region competition.  Yohanna M., Nykyla R., Naty K., and Catalina A. completed their Employability Skills Competition for mailing.  They had a make believe corporation they prepared a letter of application, resume, and two-page application for.

Dec. 11 other students will be taking a variety of online competitions to include:  business spelling, business computations, marketing, career exploration, computer concepts, and personal finance.

Enjoy this amazing private viewing performance:

Girls on Track Celebrates with 5k Race

On Sunday, November 9 the Girls on Track team at Daniell Middle School ran their Fall 5k race at Atlantic Station. Girls on Track is an international program that teaches life skills through dynamic lessons and physical activity. The culmination of the program is a celebratory 5k.

After 12 weeks and 24 practices full of lessons and running, 13 girls from Daniell successfully completed the 5k race with their “running buddy.” Running buddies were either a Girl’s on Track coach or an adult friend/family member that was there to encourage the girls along the way. The race events consisted of fun pre-race activities such as color hair spraying and face painting and warm-up Zumba. The race course started at the Dillard’s at Atlantic station and continued up Howell Mill Road to the finish line back at Atlantic Station. The Girls on Track coaches and the Daniell staff members are so proud of all these girls have accomplished!

Superior Ratings Earned at Solo and Ensemble

On Saturday, November 8, 28 Band students participated in the Georgia Music Educators District 12 Solo & Ensemble Festival at Barber Middle School.

Eight students performed solos and all eight earned Superior ratings. Additionally, there were eight different ensembles that performed at the event. Seven of the ensembles earned Superior ratings and one ensemble earned an Excellent rating. Mrs. Holbrook and Mr. Baxley congratulate these students on their successful performances at this event.

PTSA Begins Plans for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Daniell PTSA will be electing a Nominating Committee in December. This committee is charged with the task of finding a slate of candidates to serve as PTSA officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The nominating committee will be made up of five members and two alternates. Committee members must be members of the Daniell PTSA. If you are interested in serving on this committee or are interested in being an officer, please contact Susan McCullough at or at 770/429-0797.

Teachers Take Students to Georgia Educational Technology Conference

On November 5 and 6 Mr. Rick Parker and Mrs. Leslie Keith took a small group of students to the Georgia Educational Technology Conference to present the cool things the students have been doing with DaniellPedia for the last several years.

Around 200 educators from the state stopped by the showcase to watch students demonstrate a variety of great tools and techniques. Daniell students dazzled them with their technical competence, confident communication skills and easy teaching style.

· Mallory and Jordan taught people about Google Docs and provided play by play of a live feed of seventh grade students working on a collaborative project in the Learning Commons back at school.

· Poojan and Ishan provided technical support and demonstrated screencasting and GoAnimate.

· Khushi gave visitors a highly detailed demo of Google Classroom.

· Hannah and Catie gave lessons on creating video using PowerPoint.

Junior Jackets Take First Place

Congratulations to the Junior Jackets sixth grade girls and seventh grade boys basketball teams for coming in first place at the Allatoona Basketball Tournament held on Saturday, November 1.

Band Performs at Bells Ferry Fall Festival

On Saturday, October 25, the Woodwind Ensemble performed at the Bells Ferry Elementary Fall Festival. Students entertained their audience at the festival by performing a Bach Minuet, The Imperial March from Star Wars, and the James Bond Theme.  It was a beautiful day to perform and the ensemble member enjoyed performing at the festival.

CCSD Updates Enrollment Protocol

The health and safety of our students and school staffs is our highest priority. National and international health authorities are currently working to manage an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in several countries in West Africa. The Cobb County School District has released an update to the Enrollment Protocol as well a letter to parents informing them of the changes. Please see the links below. 

Download the Enrollment Protocol Memo

Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol

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8th Grade Band Night

On Friday, October 17, 2014, almost 70 members of the Daniell Middle School 8 Grade Band and over 45 of their family members attended the Sprayberry Band of Gold’s Annual 8 Grade Night. This event offers 8 Grade Band students the opportunity to attend a football game, spend the evening with the marching band, perform in the stands, socialize with the marching band members, and enjoy an ice cream social to conclude the evening. Daniell Band members had a great introduction to marching band and really enjoyed their time at Sprayberry. Special thanks to Sprayberry Band Directors Andy Esserwein and Terrace Ellis, Middle School Liaison Carla Harper and the many Band Of Gold Boosters that helped make this evening a tremendous success.

Band Facts

Did you know that 39% of the students at Daniell Middle School are in the Band? 6 grade students meet on a daily basis in beginning band classes,  and the 7 and 8 grade students are enrolled in either concert or symphonic band classes.  Additionally, 7 and 8 grade band students have many opportunities for enrichment. For example, 38 students are preparing music for Solo and Ensemble which takes place on November 8, and 32 students are preparing for the Honor Band/All State audition which takes place on December 6. 7 and 8grade band students can also participate in extracurricular ensembles. The Daniell Percussion Ensemble has 8 members who rehearse after school on Wednesdays, the Daniell Woodwind Ensemble has 13 members who rehearse before school on Fridays, and the first rehearsal for the Daniell Jazz Band is coming up on October 6. We’re expecting a big turnout for that rehearsal and these students will meet every Monday before school to learn about  and how to perform jazz and related styles of music. These ensembles will prepare for performances at school and for community functions.

We are also pleased to announce that the Daniell Band recently completed a fully funded DonorsChoose project. Two iPads for students use are in the process of being shipped to Daniell. We hope to pursue additional projects in the future.

If you have the opportunity to come hear us perform this year, we hope you’ll join us! If you’re not attending Daniell yet, we hope that you’ll make the choice that so many have done before you – be a part of the band! There’s a place for everyone in the Daniell Band.

Students Experience the Performing Arts at Daniell

All students will have the opportunity to see the production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe during their Connections classes on Monday, November 17, 2014. It is dramatized by Le Clanche Du Rand, based on the story by C.S. Lewis, and directed by GET Educaton Director Laurel Crowe. During the production, four actors will portray Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan in their thrilling adventures in Narnia.

Courage comes to Daniell Friday, October 17, 2014!

An experience tailor-made for middle school students, Courage collides the contemporary experience of today with Stephen Crane’s classic tale, The Red Badge of Courage. Courage re-examines the classic story through the lens of the courageous tales of grown-up challenges facing young people in contemporary Atlanta. Fall into the imagination of characters who explore themes of isolation, respect, duty, and courage through homework, video games, and long waits at the bus stop.

Media Center Transforms to Support Digital Learning Experiences for Students

The Daniell Media Center is converting into a Learning Commons.Collaboration We are a Cobb County pilot school for this new program. The goal of a Learning Commons is to “provide a centralized go-to location for all users seeking help with teaching, researching, and being a global citizen.” A library organized in this way fosters collaborative work and social interaction among users during research and learning. Our goal is to create a bustling place where students’ needs are met and where they want to be. This is a huge shift from the quiet place to just check out books, and we are excited about it.

We are not getting rid of all of the books! We have been weeding out the old dated books that are not being used by our students so that they can see the great relevant books that are available. We have removed several shelves and made room for new technologies. As online resources are often more up to date, we find our students getting more of their factual information from the Internet, so we are focusing on more digital resources for most types of research. As always, we will have a book budget and will continue to purchase new books. We will continue to focus on supporting both the curriculum and our student’s pleasure reading needs in print and digital form. Our e-book collection is off to a great start on the Mackin Via page, which houses the Cobb Digital library, and will continue to grow there.

In terms of physical space, we have ordered new tables and chairs which will arrive in September. These are on wheels so1045 that they can be rearranged for collaboration according to each student’s needs, Crossview Baptist Church has sent volunteers to help us apply a clean coat of paint to the walls, and we are trying to make a more open uncluttered space for moving furniture around and allowing for collaboration and flexibility. We will be providing creative spaces with accessibility to things like scissors, markers, and glue sticks as well as moving my desk out of the office and turning that area into a quiet studio area for students who are doing digital projects that require recording narration or who need a silent place to work.

This transformation is a work in progress and will be continuing throughout the school year. Come by and see the difference!

Hawkins Starts Visual Arts Comprehensive Course

Visual Art Comprehensive, the required high school class for all subsequent visual arts classes, is now being offered to Daniell students. We are excited to offer this year long class to our 8 grade students for the first time. With the support of Mr. Nelson and our administration and the leadership of Mrs. Cara Hawkins, Daniell Fine Arts Instructor, the art department has grown tremendously over the last five years. Some middle schools in the county are offering this class to a few or a class of 8 grade students but we have two very full classes of students who will leave Daniell with this high school credit under their belt.

Taught by Mrs. Cara Hawkins, it is a rigorous art class with great demands on the students where maturity, creativity and responsibility each play a big part. Each student will create their own art website where they will submit assignments electronically. In addition, students will participate in 4 Common Core performance tasks (1 per 9 week quarter). These tasks will be submitted online and be assessed at the county-level. Take a look at the Daniell Art website at where you can see the syllabus, and student websites. You can follow Mrs. Hawkins” blog which can be accessed on the Daniell website under faculty and staff. We are looking forward to a great year of watching these artists blossom.

Forbes Offers Robotics Class to Advance STEM

 Mrs. Becky Forbes, teacher in Technology & Engineering, will have the pleasure of exposing over our J. J. Daniell students to our phenomenal trend setting curricula in her Technology class.  In addition to students learning our new Solid Works engineering 3D software and printing designs on our new Stratasys 3D printer,  students are now learning how to integrate math, physics, physical science, and many technology skills utilizing our new Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots.

Please encourage your students to sign up for the Technology course and Mr. Hawlk’s robotics team each year.  There are only 8 of 24 middle schools thus far able to provide this type of education in Cobb County.

Mr. Parker Named CCSD Middle Level Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015

Congratulations to Mr. Rick Parker who has been named Cobb County School District's Middle Level Teacher of the Year! Superintendent Ragsdale came to the Faculty and Staff 2014-2015 Kick-Off Meeting at Daniell Monday morning to make the announcement.  

Pictured above: David Nelson (Principal), Rick Parker (CCSD Middle Level Teacher of the Year), Chris Ragsdale (Superintendent)

Click here to read the good news in the Marietta Daily Journal!

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Daniell Students Break Records on the 2014 CRCT

The 2014 CRCT results have been released. Daniell students performed above the state mean score for 6, 7, and 8 grades in reading, language arts, science, and social studies. Click here to learn more.

Coordinate Algebra / Analytic Geometry Students Make a Home Run

Once again, 100% of the Daniell students in the super advanced math class, Coordinate Algebra/Analytic Geometry have meet and exceeded standards on their End-of-Course-Test (EOCT). 18 of 34 students who took the EOCT exceeded. One student even made a perfect score.

Congratulations to Daniell's 2014 Teacher Retirees

This past week, four Daniell teachers were recognized for their service and contribution to the students of Cobb County and Daniell Middle School. From left to right, Mrs. Janes Sanders, Mrs. Rebecca Tidwell, Principal Nelson, Mrs. Dutch Kral, and Mrs. Margaret Lile. During their service at Daniell, the student achievement scores have never been so high. Their service has been invaluable in helping ensure students are prepared to high school success.

Please join us in celebrating the careers of these individuals and their commitment to students.

CCSD Direction for Continuous Improvement







Discover Daniell!

Tacky Day Celebrated by Staff during Red Ribbon Week

New STEM pathways coming

Stay tuned for more information.

2014 9th District Georgia Model PTA
2014 9th District Georgia PTA Best Ideas Award

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We are..

One of the highest performing, most diverse middle schools in Cobb County.


For 2015, we have 42 countries represented on our campus and have 15 languages spoken.

33% of our students are enrolled in advanced content courses.

Over 600 students are cecognized for honor roll each quarter.

Did You Know?

92.5% of Our Parents Believe the School's Rules, Policies, and Procedures Are Clearly Articulated

94.3% of Our Parents Believe Our Campus Is Maintained and Up-to-Date

95.4% of Our Parents and Community Members Felt They Are Welcomed onto the Daniell Campus

95.8% of Our Parents Believe the School's Administration Demonstrates the Role of Lead Learners

91% of Our Parents Believe Our School Culture Supports Academic Acheivement of the Students

Proud to be a 100% Feeder School to Sprayberry High School Ranked Among the Best High Schools by US News and Work Report in 2013Academic Excellence


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During advisement, students meet with their teacher advisor to set academic goals for the year and monitor and chart their progress to achieving their goals.


September 26th 1st 6 Week Progress Report

November 7th 2nd 6 Week Progress Report

February 25th 4th 6 Week Progress Report

April 16th 5th 6 Week Progress Report


January 9th 1st Semester Report Card

May 29th 2nd Semester Report Card mailed

Teacher of the Year

Mr. Rick Parker

Classified Employee of the Year

Mrs. Caroline Jenkins