Welcome to Dodgen M.S.
2009 GA School of Excellence
Phil Wilkes, Principal
Nichole Stennis, Assistant
Karen Davis, Assistant Principal
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?
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
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
Georgia Milestones Assessment System
Informational powerpoint is linked
Dodgen Milestone Math Information is linked
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.
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
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.
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:
See the District Direction for
enrollment protocol posted
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
Informational video is linked
Informational video for Cobb
Digital Library is linked
Beginning of the year 2014-2015 presentation is
Informational video for parent
access to Edmodo is linked
Synergy for Parents and Students
Informational video for parent
access to Synergy is linked here.
Informational video for student access to
Synergy is linked
Lexile Search Informational video on how to search for a book by
lexile level in Destiny Quest is
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
Letter about the new CCGP Standards
(click to view)
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
Dodgen Middle School's mission is to promote academic
excellence, individual responsibility, resourcefulness,
creativity, mutual respect, and self-esteem in a healthy,
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