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

 Spring Break is April 2 - 6th. Testing begins April 10 and runs through April 19.  Dodgen Olympics is coming!    Congratulations to Dodgen Middle School--a National Blue Ribbon School!   Also Congratulations for being the top Scholastic Summer Reading School in the state of Georgia!   School Choice information is posted below.  Dodgen scored 101 on the CCRPI!   Panther Pride!      Thank you for your support of the Dodgen Foundation.   Please browse the videos posted below for important information before you call the school.    Dodgen is  BYOD. (Bring Your Own Device.)


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