Welcome to Dodgen M.S.

2009 GA School of Excellence

Dr. Loralee Hill, Principal
Tia Bryller, Assistant Principal
Karen Davis, Assistant Principal

School Choice information is posted below. CCSD Writing Fair info posted on Parent/Student Page under "All Grades".  Save the Date:  Dodgen's 40th celebration is March 24th!  8th Grade Dance is February 11th until 6 p.m.  Please read the letter from Dr. Hill below. Georgia Milestones Information is listed below.  Please take the Georgia Parent Climate Survey below.  See the Dodgen Link for more information.    Please browse the videos posted below for important information before you call the school.    Dodgen is  BYOD. (Bring Your Own Device.)


News & Announcements

2015-16 School Choice
The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251and SB10) transfers for the 2016-2017 school year. Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2016 on the District website. For more information, please see our
2016-17 School Choice webpage.

The web address for the link is: http://www.cobbk12.org/generalinfo/transfers/schoolchoice.aspx

 

                    Dodgen has
             “Aged To Perfection”
                      40 Years!

 

 Who: East Cobb Community

 What: Please join us as we celebrate Dodgen’s 40th Anniversary

 When: Thursday, March 24th at 6:00pm

 Where: Dodgen Middle School Theater

 

We welcome the community to take a walk back in time as we relive highlights of the past. All will also have the opportunity to take a tour with our student leaders, enjoy an interactive museum walk in our new Learning Commons, and participate in many other fun activities planned for the evening. Cake will be served immediately following the ceremony.

 

Any questions, email us at, Dodgenis40@gmail.com

  

Directional Map for 8th Grade Dance February 11th until 6 p.m.

dancemap

From Dr. Hill:

December 9, 2015

 Dear Parents,

 I am very pleased with our End of Grade (EOG) Milestones scores for our school. With a new standardized assessment, which required writing in all subject areas for the first time, our students once again outperformed those from several schools throughout the district and within the State of Georgia. Dodgen has a rich tradition of excellence, and this has continued with the results of the Spring 2015 EOG standardized tests.

Individual Score Reports will be sent home via your student this afternoon, and you will notice that these score reports have a new look and contain a wealth of new information. One of the biggest changes you will notice are results reported in achievement levels:

Level 1 – Beginning Learner;

Level 2 – Developing Learner;

Level 3 – Proficient Learner;

Level 4 – Distinguished Learner.

Another area of change on the score report is detailed information regarding how your child scored on each domain area of each subject test. There are three levels for this, and this provides information as to where your child was in terms of their learning. Please keep in mind that these tests were given 8 months ago, and we have multiple data sources that accurately gauge their current levels of learning.

While it may be tempting, please refrain from comparing your child’s previous CRCT score with EOG results. These are two very different tests that simply cannot be compared.

We will offer EOG Parent Information Sessions after the break, so please check our Dodgen Webpage for dates and times. There will be three offerings (AM, during school, and PM) to accommodate your daily schedules. In the interim, please contact your child’s teacher with general questions and specific information as to how they are progressing.

We know that these score reports will generate many questions, and it is our intent to make sure that we adequately answer your questions and concerns in a timely manner. Our EOG Parent Information Sessions will be one of several opportunities for you to learn more about the EOG’s. Please check out all of the resources found right here on our Dodgen website which will allow you to access and navigate the resources offered by Cobb County School District and the Georgia Department of Education to learn more.

Our goal is student success, and increasing student growth will allow our school to continue to be recognized as one of the best in the State of Georgia. In summary, Dodgen scored extremely well, and know that our teachers are working diligently on academic gaps of our students and areas of concern which will allow our students to grow academically.

 Sincerely,

 Dr. Loralee Hill

 

Information on the Georgia Milestones

The Georgia Milestones are state assessments that were given for the first time during the 2014 – 2015 school year. This page is a collection of information to help you better understand and use the results of these new assessments.

 

Georgia Parent Climate Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey collects data that will be used as a part of the calculation of Dodgen’s school climate star rating.  The star rating is used in our final CCRPI score.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  You can use our computer lab or any personal device to complete this survey.  We appreciate your assistance!

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

Coats for Cobb runs through November 20.

October Testing Information

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8th grade students only will be administered the PSAT.  On this day, 6th grade students will eat first and their Connections periods will be moved to the middle of the day rather than at the end of the day.  8th grade students will be testing until approximately 12:30 on that day. 

More information on the PSAT is posted here.

Tiko Jones, Education and Community Relations Specialist for Cobb EMC, presented a gift card to Stacie Murrell, Teacher of the Year, and Shannon Petrucci, Certified Employee of the Year. Cobb EMC provided a wonderful Waffle House breakfast for all teachers on their first day back to school. Dodgen appreciates everything Cobb EMC does for our school and community.

Thank you, Dodgen PTSA, for all you did to make the 2015-2016 school opening great! The teacher appreciation welcome back lunch was delicious; your help in organizing Panther Day was a success; and the lunch on Panther Day was scrumptious! Dodgen’s school year is off to a great start thanks to our wonderful PTSA!

Dr. Loralee Hill, Stacie Murrell and Tiko Jones, Education and Community Relations Specialist for Cobb EMC


Dr. Loralee Hill, Shannon Petrucci, and Tiko Jones, Education and Community  Relations Specialist for Cobb EMC

 

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Dodgen Cafe has been selected as a Golden Achievement winner for the 2014-2015 school year.  The Golden Achievement award recognizes the top 25% of schools in the district for going above and beyond.  The award criteria include financial accountability, nutrition education promotions, wellness, safety and sanitation.  Congratulations to manager Ross Tazzetta and the Dodgen cafeteria crew!

Congratulations to Stacie Stoller Murrell

Dodgen's Teacher of the year!

Congratulations to Shannon Petrucci
Dodgen's Classified Employee of the year!

 

Congratulations to Dodgen's State Champion Science Olympic Team!

They placed 19th overall in the National Championships held in Nebraska.  Read more here.

 

Dodgen's Learning Commons is coming!

Lots of great things are happening in the Dodgen media center. What is a Learning Commons you ask?  See this and this for more information...and this and this for recent changes. And stay tuned for more to come!

 

 

Georgia Milestones Assessment System
Informational powerpoint is linked here.
Dodgen Milestone Math Information is linked here.

 

2015-16 School Choice

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.

 

Georgia DOE statement on CCRPI scores

When the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) announced the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores on December 8, district administrators noticed that specific information for calculating a portion of the score was not included in the released score for each middle school.  Therefore, the middle school CCRPI scores showed an inaccurate drop across the district.  The issue was immediately addressed on December 9 by the district with the GaDOE Accountability and Assessment Department and is currently being resolved. 

 

Once the new data is incorporated into the recalculation, correct scores for CCSD middle schools will be released and published by the GaDOE at the end of January.  Based on internal preliminary calculations by district administrators, the results show that the CCRPI score at every middle school, as well as the overall district score, will increase.  The corrected scores will be issued by the State within the next 45 days.

 

Georgia School Climate Survey for Parents

The Georgia School Personnel Survey (GSPS) is an anonymous, statewide survey instrument, that identifies school climate issues that have a negative impact on student achievement.  The questions mirror the school climate questions in the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0.  Data from the GSPS will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) to determine a correlation between the student responses on the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 and school personnel responses on the GSPS.  

The survey contains 24 questions and parents can complete the survey using a computer, smartphone, or iPad. Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

Parents can use the link below to complete the survey. Thank you, in advance, for participating and helping Dodgen reach a Star Rating.

Georgia Parent Survey Link: http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

See the District Direction for Continuous Improvement here.

Updated enrollment protocol posted here.

We are excited to launch the Dodgen Foundation. Please visit the website at  www.DodgenFoundation.com. Donations can be placed here. We have achieved 90% of our goal.  Please help put us over the top! Thank you so much for your support.

 

Ongoing Dodgen Events

New Door Buzz-in System
Letter regarding the new door buzz-in system is linked here.
Informational video is linked here.

Informational Videos
Informational video for Cobb Digital Library is linked here.

Edmodo
Informational video for parent access to Edmodo is linked here.

Synergy for Parents and Students
Informational video for parent access to Synergy is linked here.
Informational video for student access to Synergy is linked here.

Lexile Search Informational video on how to search for a book by
lexile level in Destiny Quest is here.


B.Y.O.D. at Dodgen:
If your student will take advantage of the "Bring Your Own Device" technology at school, please review the following Cobb County School District policies regarding Student Internet Usage and Safety.
  
CCSD Rule IFBGE – Internet Safety
   CCSD RuleIFBG-R – Internet Acceptable Use
   Parental Permission Form


Letter about the new CCGP Standards (click to view)


Vision Statement:
All children will receive the respect, encouragement and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a global society.

Mission Statement:
Dodgen Middle School's mission is to promote academic excellence, individual responsibility, resourcefulness, creativity, mutual respect, and self-esteem in a healthy, nurturing environment.

Beliefs:
We believe our role is to:

  • Challenge students in academics, fine arts, foreign language, physical education and health
  • Prepare students to be life-long learners
  • Use differentiated instruction to address the individual needs of all learners
  • Provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment that promotes academic growth, leadership opportunities and exploration of interests and talents
  • Incorporate technology into the learning environment
  • Partner with families and community members to enhance student achievement
  • Empower students to reach their full potential
  • Encourage responsibility and self-reliance
  • Promote a culture of excellence and mutual respect
  • Embrace the diversity of our population
  • Foster enthusiasm and a love for learning

 

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