1725 Bill Murdock Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Office: 770-578-2726
Fax: 770-578-2728

Welcome to Dodgen Middle School

Home of the Panthers

2017 National Blue Ribbon School
For Exemplary High Performance

Congratulations to Dodgen's Teacher of the Year, Janie Smalley!  And to the Classified Employee of the Year, Sara Khosravi!  Thank you so much for supporting the Dodgen Foundation!  We have exceeded our goal.        Congratulations to Dodgen PTSA, one of 3 schools recognized as a National PTSA School of Excellence.  Congratulations to Dodgen, the #1 Middle School in Cobb County on niche.com. See more information below as well as on the Parent and Student resource page.   Congratulations to Dodgen Middle School--a National Blue Ribbon School!   School Choice information is posted below.    Panther Pride!     Please browse the videos posted below for important information before you call the school.    Dodgen is  BYOD. (Bring Your Own Device.)


Summer Reading has begun! 

Please click on the link   https://www.cobbsummerreading.com/reading-resources.html    for  more information.

Everything that has been read beginning May 13th counts toward the summer reading goal.  The Goal is 20 minutes per day or 1500 total minutes.  This should be easy-peasy for Dodgen’s multiple state-award-winning readers! 

Students logon with their already familiar lunch number and password.  Biblionasium can be reached by using Destiny or Mackin Via.


6th Grade Dodgen Space Camp Trip

 click here for the flyer

Continue to learn during the Summer with Cobb's Summer Link

Cobb’s Summer Link incorporates both digital and print resources to extend learning opportunities to families of K-12th grade students through the summer.

Please visit the link below to learn more about Cobb's learning resources for the summer.





Welcome! New Student Registration at Dodgen Middle School is by appointment only.

 Spring Registration is Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday, May 15th

To schedule an appointment, please click on the sign-up link below:


All required enrollment documents can be found at http://www.cobbk12.org/aboutccsd/enrollment/

The registration packet must be completed and presented by a parent/legal guardian at the registration appointment.  We are unable to accept “mail-in” registration forms.

We look forward to meeting our new families!

Understanding and Managing Anxiety Presentation presented by Karen Schwartz on February 26.

Publix Partners is turning groceries into education!!

Please help our school by signing up for Publix Partners. Over the years, Publix Partners has contributed more than $30million to over 4,500 schools in 5 states!

It’s easy to give:

·        register for a Publix.com account

·        sign up for the program

·        select your school


Every time you shop at Publix, just enter your phone number on the PIN pad during check-out.

Publix will make a quarterly donation towards our school, based on the accumulated eligible sales.

 International Night 2019 – Call for Participants

 Where:  Dodgen Cafeteria

When:  Tuesday, March 5 (set up @ 6, open 6:30 – 7:30)

Who:  You – we need all students interested in making and hosting a display, making food, or performing to complete this Interest Form as soon as you can.

Spring Pictures  March 7th      

Please welcome our newest Partner in Education.

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6th Grade Transition Activities

For Students Only

              When:  Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 9:15 -11:00 AM

              Where: Dodgen Middle School

              What:   Learn about our academic program, music and connections programs, meet the teachers and administrators, and tour the school!


For Parents Only

              When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 6:00 – 7:00 PM

              Where: Dodgen Middle School Theater

              What:   Learn about our academic program, music and connections programs, DMS Foundation and PTSA!

Students will be completing the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0. The Student Health Survey helps Dodgen to receive our School Climate Star Rating on our CCRPI.  


Save the date!  In January, PTSA will send out a signup for volunteers to help during school hours for a fun STEM day event.  Please save 1/17 to volunteer for a few hours. Time slots will likely be 9-11:00, 11-1:30 and 1:30-4:00. If it is cancelled due to inclement weather or such, it will be held 1/24. Sign up will come out in early January


The Science Fair will be held on 1/16 with a reward ceremony on 1/17. This year our winners will be going to the County Science Fair and have the opportunity for State and National entry. Students interested in participating need to click here to sign up. To get started click here for a rubric.


Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real life heroes. Entry forms can be found on the Dodgen PTSA website and also attached here. Completed entries are due 1/25 and can be submitted to homeroom teachers or to the front office. If you have any questions, please email Dana Wood.


Ask them, "what are in JUULs?"  In addition to nicotine, which is derived from tobacco, the Surgeon General reports that there are many harmful elements in e-cigarettes. The aerosol can contain heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and cancer causing agents like acrolein. In addition, e-cigarettes can be used to deliver illicit substances like marijuana.   

It is with great pride that share Dodgen’s 2018 CCRPI Score of 91.8. Our students excelled in the areas of Content Mastery and Readiness under the newly redesigned CCRPI calculations. This score reiterates our focus on Engaging and Empowering Excellence, and the hard work of our students, staff, and parents. This score is the result of the unwavering support we receive from our entire Dodgen Community.
 As indicated by The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the 2018 CCRPI Scores CANNOT be compared to previous scores due to drastic changes in the calculation components, indicators, and weights.

Office 365 Helps:

How Students can view Office 365 Usernames via StudentVue:
How Parents can view Office 365 Usernames via ParentVue: 


The Dodgen School Council is looking for some additional members for the 2018-2019 school year.

The school council is intended to bring the community and school closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems, improve academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators, and bring parents into the school-based decision-making process.

If this is an opportunity you would like to explore, please fill out the School Council Nomination Form and apply no later than October 19th. The nomination forms should be returned to the Dodgen Front Office.

Thank you for your consideration.

New building entrance procedure

Beginning after Fall Break, Dodgen will implement new procedures to enter our facility. When you need to enter into the building, beginning Monday, October 1, 2018 and thereafter, you will need to:


·       Push the buzzer as normal.


·       You will be asked your full name and the reason you need to enter the building, with the student’s name and/or staff member associated with your visit.

 Ex: My name is Susan Jones and I’m here to drop off lunch for my 7th grader, Ben Jones

Ex: My name is Joe Dillon and I’m here for a scheduled meeting with 8th grade teachers regarding my son Noah.

Ex: My name is Tracy Lopez and I have a 2:00 appt with Dr. Hill

Ex: My name is Anne Jackson and I’m here to pick up my 6th grade daughter Julie for an appt.


·       To communicate with the front office personnel, you will need to speak clearly and directly into the speaker box.


·       You will be asked to place a picture ID in front of the camera for identification purposes. The camera is located directly above the buzzer, so you will need to remain standing in front of the buzzer/camera.


After our front office confirms the need for you to enter the building, you will be buzzed in. You then will check in at the front desk as you traditionally have done to conduct your business. If you have business that necessitates you staying in the building, you will receive a visitor’s pass. Upon leaving, you will be required to sign out at the front office.


This is a new process, which we know will take some time to become adjusted to. Please plan accordingly, as it may take a little longer when checking out your child, entering for a meeting, etc. As we typically have multiple people entering campus at the same time, you will need to form a line and wait patiently. You will be buzzed in one at a time.


Thank you for following our new procedures in an effort to increase our safety and security practices.

View the video demonstration of the procedure here.

Scholastic Book Fair   Oct. 8 - 12th


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming: October 8th - 12th!  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Save the date and be on the lookout for flyers coming home this week.  There is a new "Wallet" feature which enables you to add money to your child's online account you set up, and they can shop from this money. You are able to pre-load the money now. 

Click on this link to connect you with the Wallet Feature.
Click link to shop our ONLINE FAIR through Oct. 19th https://tinyurl.com/yczdw2sz

Click link to see our website showing all the details.  https://tinyurl.com/y7zwepr8
Click link to view the interactive flyer.  https://tinyurl.com/yalr7ow2

If you are interested in volunteering, please click this link.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49a9ac29a5f94-dodgen3

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Deak.



Summer Reading final statistics:

  • Biblionasium was launched as our new digital summer reading platform. Biblionasium is also available to students year-round to support their reading.

  • Cobb County School District students logged 3,518,280 minutes in the summer of 2018.

  • Elementary students logged 2,307,878 minutes.

  • Middle school students logged 1,210,402 minutes.

 Top middle schools:

  1. Dodgen: 184,700 minutes  Also top CCSD school for third consecutive year!

  2. Dickerson: 157,100 minutes

  3. Daniell: 49,549 minutes



The CCSD middle school testing schedule includes fall testing for seventh and eight graders.  8th grade students will take the PSAT on October 18th. More details will come home about these tests later, but please refrain from scheduling appointments on these mornings.

Hearing and Vision will be done with all Seventh Graders on Friday, October 26th.


Cobb County Teacher of the Year!


See the video here.



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Cobb County Middle School Teacher of the Year!

Fred Olympics

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Fred & Family

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Congratulations, Dodgen!  We ARE the best!

See more at https://www.niche.com/k12/d/cobb-county-schools-ga/





New Student Registration at Dodgen Middle School is by appointment only.   


1)     GATHER ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (Information regarding these documents is detailed below).

a.     JBC-5 Enrollment Form (save to your computer so you can print it)

b.     JBC-8 Request for Records (save to your computer so you can print it)

c.      Certificate of Immunization on Georgia Form 3231 (get from your doctor or Health Dept.)

d.     Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental and Nutritional Screening on Georgia Form 3300 (get from your doctor or Health Dept).

e.     Proof of Birth date (see requirements below)

f.       Proofs of residency (see requirements below)

g.      Social Security card (original)

h.     Other Documents needed for enrollment:

                                                           i.      Progress reports

                                                         ii.      Most recent report card

                                                       iii.      Test information

                                                       iv.      Any information on special services your child may have received.

                                                         v.      Custodial documents

i.     Provide the names and LOCAL phone numbers of persons who may pick up your child if you cannot be reached, and the name and phone number of your child’s doctor.






1. Student Enrollment Form: Parents/guardians will bring a completed Student Enrollment Form (JCB-5) to the school at the time of enrollment. Parents should also bring

· progress reports

· most recent report card

· test information, and

· any information on special services your child may have received


2. CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION: as required by Georgia Law 20-2-771: Georgia Form 3231 for all seventh grade students, all students new to Georgia and students coming from any private school must have the form signed by a licensed health-care provider or the county health department. To be enrolled in the District, ALL certificates of immunization must be marked “Complete for Attendance” OR have a future expiration date. Expired certificates will not be accepted for enrollment. This form may be obtained from a physician or from the East Cobb Health Center located at 4938 Lower Roswell Road, 678-784-2180. http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com

3. CERTIFICATE OF VISION, HEARING, DENTAL, AND NUTRITIONAL SCREENING: as required by Georgia Law 20-2-770 (Georgia Form 3300) for all kindergarten and new first grade students, all students new to Georgia and any child enrolling from a private school dated within 12 months prior to the day of enrollment. However, if a student is enrolling from another Georgia public school, a completed 3300 Form will be accepted by any District school.


4. PROOF OF BIRTH DATE: for students enrolling in kindergarten (the age of five on or before Sept. 1) or first grade (the age of six on or before Sept 1), students new to Georgia or coming from a private school. The school will accept evidence in the order set forth below that show the student’s date of birth. Refer to Section B of Rule JBC-R (Admissions/Withdrawals) for additional entrance age requirements.

-Birth Certificate -Affidavit of age (PREFERRED)

-Military ID -An official school transcript

-Passport -A religious record authorized by a religious official

-Adoption Record


5. PROOF OF RESIDENCY (Two proofs of residency required): Residency as defined by the Georgia Board of Education rule 160-5-1-.28 shall mean the place where the student lives with a parent, guardian, or other person, (refer to Form JBC-11) unless the student is an emancipated minor. The student must be an occupant of a dwelling located within the school system boundaries. Proof of residence in the attendance zone in which the school is located shall be required when a student enrolls in a school and whenever a change of residence occurs, unless the student is homeless. Individuals not legally admitted into the country cannot be denied a free public education.

Any Two items from the list below are required by the person(s) enrolling a child in the District.

· home ownership title

· lease or rental agreement

· current utility monthly statement


6. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: According to Georgia Law 20-2-150d; an official copy of the student’s Social Security card/number is required for enrollment. However, no student may be denied enrollment for failing to provide his/her Social Security number. Any parent/legal guardian who objects to the incorporation of the Social Security number into the child’s school records may have the requirement waived by signing a statement objecting to the requirement Form JBC-4 (Statement of Objection to the Use of Social Security Number for Student Identification). However, a Social Security Number will be required by the State for a student applying for the HOPE scholarship.


6. A valid transcript and a withdrawal form from the student’s previous school is essential for appropriate academic placement. Parents who cannot provide a valid transcript and a withdrawal form from the previous school must fill out Form JBC-8 (Authorization to Release Records) to enroll their student on a conditional basis. Any student who is enrolling in the District for the first time in grades seven or higher must provide a discipline record from the school previously attended in order to be granted full admission status. Refer to Form JBC-9 (Disclosures Required for Conditional Admission). Form JBC-9 must be completed at the time of enrollment.

7. Students enrolling in the Special Education Program: the parent/guardian may provide a copy of the student’s latest IEP.

8. Custodial Documents: The District may request proof of custody in situations involving multiple adults claiming control of the same student.

The School May Also Request:

· proof of custody or custody documentation; or suggest that the adult with whom the student lives obtain legal guardianship

· proof of age and name verification; and

· other information the school deems necessary for proper placement


Provide the names and LOCAL phone numbers of persons who may pick up your child if you cannot be reached, and the name and phone number of your child's doctor.


All students new/returning to Cobb County School district will take a math placement test. We will let you know about the date/time for the test. It will also be posted on the Dodgen website.


The registration packet must be completed and personally returned by the parent/legal guardian. We are unable to accept “mail-in” registration forms.

Students will be enrolled and receive a schedule only after registration is complete and the student is present in the buil

Gear up for Dodgen’s summer reading challenge!

Did you know that by reading just 20 or more minutes a day you actually make academic gains throughout the summer?

We challenge all of Dodgen’s students to read and log at least 1,500 minutes using Biblionasium. All students have Biblionasium accounts and can access them by using their student number and school computer password.

The Summer Reading Challenge begins May 24th and ends July 31st.    See the Parent Letter here and the FAQs here.

For more information visit http://www.cobbsummerreading.com.

 If you are interested in student leadership, field trip opportunities and/or representing Dodgen to outside visitors you may be interested in becoming part of the PAC.

Panther Action Committee, aka PAC, is now accepting applications from all rising 7th and 8th graders.  Applications are available in the front office as well as at this link.  They are due before first period on May 2nd.

Final Dodgen Olympic Changes due to weather conditions:                                                            

6th and 7th grade—wear Olympic shirts Friday, April 20th AND Friday, April 27th. Field day at Walton is Friday.

8th grade—wear Olympic shirts  Friday, April 27 and Tuesday, May 1st.  Field day at Walton is Tuesday May 1st.


March 9, 2018

 Dear Dodgen Community:

The recent news regarding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has impacted us all as we struggle to make sense of the tragic loss of life. With safety as our top priority, it is imperative we work together in our community to ensure every measure is taken for our staff and students to work and learn in a protected and safe environment.

As mentioned during the February 15th School Board meeting, our school district has been proactive in implementing numerous safety measures to increase the safety of our staff and students. These measures include, but are not limited to:

·      Implementation of regularly scheduled code red drills

·      All employees have been trained on code red procedures using an award-winning video

·      Principals trained by the CCSD Safety and Security Department

·      “Buzz In” door entry systems at all elementary and middle schools

·      Video cameras throughout schools

·      One of the largest school police forces in the nation, serving all CCSD schools

·      Our officers are post-certified (same training as CCPD), and fully equipped

·      Alert Point Intruder System

Again, the safety of our students and employees has always been, and will continue to be, our number one priority. With this in mind, we cannot support or endorse allowing our students, your children, to participate in walking out of school which could place them into a potentially dangerous situation. As stated on the district website, we want to work with our students to identify an appropriate way to show empathy for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and its community without interruption of instructional time and without violation of district policies.  Of course, parents are able to check their student out of school on any school day to leave campus according to policy.

I have met with our staff, student leadership teams, our PTSA Executive Board, to discuss and create non-disruptive activities and opportunities for our school community to honor and remember the staff and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

We have planned an alternate activity, 35 minutes in duration, for our students during the morning of March 14th to honor those that lost their lives in Parkland, FL at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Immediately after announcements, we will conduct a 17 minute moment of silence while the names of those who lost their lives are read. Post-it notes will be provided to students who wish to write a message to honor those individuals. Students will then be able to walk to an area, designated in the building by grade level, to place the post-it on a large sign and then return to homeroom. The signs will be sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

All normal check out and check in procedures are expected to be followed. Students are expected to remain in their designated area, and consequences will be assigned for violating the student code of conduct as we keep the safety of our students and staff as our top priority.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with our leadership teams as we make a positive difference in our community.


  Dodgen Community,


This morning, we completed a Code Red Drill which has been on our calendar for today for several months. Practice drills allow us an opportunity to ensure everyone in the building knows our procedures in the event of an emergency. Our students and staff did a phenomenal job during this Code Red Drill. I’m proud of our Dodgen Community.


 Loralee A. Hill, Ph.D.
Principal, Dodgen MS


EOC – Test Out Information for Parents

Wondering what the EOC ‘Test Out’ Option is and if it is the right option for your student?  Please read the linked information letter that was sent home with all 7th and 8th grade students on Wednesday, March 7.  The registration form and payment are due by noon on Friday, March 16.  Please contact Kim Kranzlein with questions (kim.kranzlein@cobbk12.org)

Dodgen Middle School
2017 National Blue Ribbon School Profile

Dear Dodgen Community,

It is with great pride and honor that I announce The U.S. Department of Education named Dodgen Middle School a National Blue Ribbon School during a press release on September 28, 2017. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, demonstrating that all students can achieve higher levels of learning. More than 7,500 of schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

Dodgen is one of 342 schools in the nation and one of 9 schools from Georgia to be recognized in 2017. Dodgen received this distinguished honor based on our overall academic excellence. This award reflects the efforts of our entire community working together towards one goal, student success. Monday this was formally announced to our staff at a faculty meeting. A diverse group of 5 staff members will accompany me to Washington DC to celebrate our school’s success at the awards ceremony on Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7.

I am incredibly proud of the work of our staff, students, parents, and entire community for the efforts towards continuous improvement and elevated excellence. I want to thank each of you for all you have contributed.

We will have a school-wide celebration at a date after the official ceremony, with more information forthcoming.


Loralee Hill, Ph.D.

Dear Dodgen Community:


Dodgen is so very proud of our 2017 College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) score of 101!!!

 As we prepare to head to Washington DC to receive our official National Blue Ribbon Schools  recognition, today’s press release of our CCRPI score is yet another milestone that truly reflects our collective commitment and dedication to serving ALL of our students. It is a remarkable achievement to have an increase from last year’s score of 99.6. Exceeding the 100 point scale to reach an overall score of 101 is simply outstanding.

 This achievement is the result of the efforts of every single person who enters this building, and of our entire community. As we compiled data for our National Blue Ribbon School Application back in March 2017, the impact of our work for student success was never more evident. Our CCRPI score for 2017 matches this. Our performance flags in every area with adequate numbers of students to report are all green. There is simply not a better visual to see that indicates the results of everyone working together for the betterment of all students. A detailed breakdown of our score will be shared in the future.


I want to thank each of you for all of your efforts as this truly is the result of everyone working together for student success. I’m so blessed to be serve the Dodgen community!




Loralee Hill


PTSA Survey

Dodgen PTSA is constantly striving to improve our programs and processes to better serve the needs of our parents, students and staff.  We are embarking on a year-long improvement process and we need your help!   As part of the process, we will request your input twice during the school year.  Your feedback will help guide our efforts to improve our family-school partnership and achieve excellence for our students.

CLICK HERE to complete the first brief survey.  The last day to take this survey will be Sunday, October 29th.  

Students, have you been waiting for a chance to tell school leaders about ways to make Dodgen better?  Well, here it is!  Please go to https://goo.gl/forms/JxCN0Rb9TCmkmzkR2 and complete the survey to tell the PTSA what you think.  

Thanks for your help! 

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Results:


Watch our Dodgen Science Olympiad Video!

Congratulations to Dodgen's State Champion Science Olympiad team

It's a three-peat! Dayton-bound for Nationals!

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.


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