Welcome to Dodgen M.S.

2009 GA School of Excellence

Phil Wilkes, Principal
Nichole Stennis, Assistant Principal
Karen Davis, Assistant Principal

New information on the rising 6th-grade parent meeting is posted below.  Information on the End of Grade Testing is posted below.  The Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One-Free Book Fair is coming May 12-14th!  Updated information on 2015-2016 School Choice is posted below.    Please participate in the Georgia School Climate Survey for Parents posted below.       It's not too late to support our Dodgen Foundation.      Please browse the videos posted below for important information before you call the school.    Dodgen is  BYOD. (Bring Your Own Device.)


News & Announcements

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

 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting
Dodgen will host the parents of rising 6th grade students on Wednesday, May 6th at 5:30.  If you will have a 6th grader at Dodgen next year, please come (parents only) to learn about our school and what you can do to help your child transition to middle school successfully.

 

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!

 

End of Grade Assessments

In compliance with the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and Georgia HB244, students in grades three through eight will be assessed with End of Grade (EOG) assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  These End of Grade assessments are part of the new Georgia Milestone Assessment System, which serves as a component of the state’s accountability system, College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).    The purpose of these assessments is to measure how well students have mastered the state-adopted content standards.  The majority of each assessment will still include selected response items (multiple- choice); however, constructed response and extended response questions will be added to the English Language Arts and Mathematics sections.  The Georgia Department of Education will not provide 2014-15 EOG results until fall 2015.  Therefore, results from the End of Grade assessments will not factor into promotion or retention decisions.   Dodgen teachers have been working all year to ensure that students are prepared to take these new assessments.  Preparations have included teaching students to answer more complex questions and to provide supporting evidence.  Here is the schedule linked here.

 

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.

If you were unable to pick up your ParentVue activation key during Open House, they are now available in the front office during regular school hours.  Please bring photo ID.

       Congratulations to Janette Strasser
      Dodgen's Teacher of the year!

 

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.

Beginning of the year 2014-2015 presentation 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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