Welcome to Dodgen M.S.
2009 GA School of Excellence
Dr. Loralee Hill, Principal
Tia Bryller, Assistant
Karen Davis, Assistant Principal
News & Announcements
October Testing Information
7th grade students will be
taking the CoGAT and IOWA tests beginning this Thursday, Oct. 1,
2015. They will be involved with testing until Thursday,
Oct. 8, 2015. This will impact 6th and 8th
grade students in the flipping of lunch and Connection times.
6th grade will eat first everyday beginning at 11:03
during the testing period.
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.
Cape Day is Tuesday!
Tuesday, Sept. 15, the day of our 100th
anniversary, Children's Healthcare encourages the
community to wear capes to show support for Childhood Cancer.
On this day, everyone from families and businesses, to schools
and churches across Georgia are invited to join us by wearing a
cape and sharing their Cape Day photos on social media using #CapeDayATL
Tuesday: Pay a dollar on Monday to benefit Childhood
Cancer and wear a cape. Best designed cape will win a
Pope High School is
celebrating their 10th year of Standing Tough
against childhood cancer benefiting the Rally
Foundation and the Matt Hobby 4 Quarters
4Research. Matt Hobby was a Pope student and
lineman known for his passion and determination on and off the
field. The football game in honor of Matt will Oct. 2 at
7:30 pm at Pope High School. Please support this
cause by purchasing a Matt Hobby T-shirt for $15.
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
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
Dodgen Cafe has been selected as a
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
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
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!
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.
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
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