Welcome to Dodgen M.S.
2009 GA School of Excellence
Dr. Loralee Hill, Principal
Tia Bryller, Assistant
Dr. Dana Giles, Assistant Principal
News & Announcements
Beginning the week of October 24, 2016,
all Dodgen students will be participating in the online version
of the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS).
The survey contains 24 questions and covers various topics such
as school climate and safety, graduation, school dropouts,
student awareness of alcohol and drug use, bullying and
harassment, nutrition, and sedentary behaviors. Survey
responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the
Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Each school and
school district that participates in the survey receives a
comprehensive report that allows school administrators to
compare outcomes and plan accordingly for their School Strategic
We are asking that as parents attend their student conferences
next week that they also set aside some time to participate in
the Georgia Parent Survey. Parents may complete the
survey before or after their conference in the Dodgen grade
level labs, in the Learning Commons at Dodgen, or use their
personal computer, smartphone or tablet. We would love to have
all of our parents participate in the Georgia Parent Survey as
the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School
Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be
submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for
analysis. Thank you for your consideration in helping us
achieve our goal of 100 % participation.
Schedule for Second Nine Weeks
Monday, October 10, 2016,
begins the 2nd quarter of our year which also means
that our daily schedule will rotate. 6th grade
Connections will move to the middle of the day, 7th
grade Connections will move to the end of the day, and 8th
grade Connections will move to the beginning of the day.
Please ask your student to view their new schedule on Monday
afternoon when they arrive home.
Parent Information Symposium
on Social Media
Social media presentation for parents of
Dodgen, HTMS, and Pope High School will be held October
20, 6-8 pm, at the HTMS theater.
Well-known national speaker, Jerry Ackerman, will provide a
stunning and practical workshop that focuses on key needs for
parents. Also, Teens and Drugs: Current Trends
presentation will follow. See Parent Resource page, All grades,
for more information.
Dodgen is Best in State!
Thank you to all of
you who participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
2016. Most importantly, thanks to all of you who motivated your
children to read this summer, helping alleviate "summer slide"
and start the school year off right.
Dodgen middle school logged over 1,002,287
minutes. We are the top
middle school in the state of Georgia and
27th in the nation. We have the BEST readers in
the state of Georgia!
Dodgen Middle School Dress Code
The faculty and staff of Dodgen Middle School support
the belief that students who maintain a high standard in
appearance are more likely to achieve success.
Clothing worn during the school week should reflect a
commitment to academic excellence.
All students shall maintain an acceptable standard of
standard of dress shall be as follows:
Shorts/skirts/dresses should be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee,
whether standing or seated.
Leggings/jeggings/yoga pants must be worn with a top/skirt/dress that is
no shorter than mid-thigh.
Tank tops and spaghetti strap tops are not permitted unless a
jacket/sweater is work at all times.
Midriff shirts or crop tops are not permitted.
When raised arms expose the student’s midriff, the top is
not appropriate for school.
Dresses, skirts and tops that are revealing (see-through, low-cut, etc.)
are not permitted.
All undergarments must be covered at all times.
Baggy pants worn below the waistline (sagging) are not permitted.
Bandanas, headwear/hats, sleepwear, slippers, and sunglasses are not
permitted unless specified for a special activity/day.
Clothing that displays, advertises, or promotes obscene slogans or
signs, profanity, nudity, or any substance that is illegal for
minors, such as alcohol, tobacco, etc., any clothing or
ornamentation that advocates, promotes or suggests illegal
activity (including gang activity) is prohibited.
Jeans/pants with holes, rips, frays, patches, or tears are not
** The administrative team shall be the final judge
as to the appropriateness of the apparel and whether or not the
apparel is disruptive, unsafe, or in violation.
If in doubt, do
not wear the outfit.
For information on
go to the Dodgen PTSA website by
Summer Reading Challenge began Monday, May 9
Students may log reading minutes on the
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website beginning
Monday, May 9 until Sept. 9.
Students are allowed to log ANY reading time--even text
book, magazine, and research reading they’ve done on or after
May 9. Be sure to set up accounts with a reading teacher (6-7)
or language arts teacher (8) and change the password to “read”.
Even with a late start last year, Dodgen
placed 5th in the state, logging over 245,000
minutes. This year
we hope to get a place in the Scholastic Book of World Records
by logging over 550,000 minutes. Dodgen Reads AND Rocks!
Rising 6th Grade Parent Presentation
Dodgen is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive
Cabinet Members, whom were elected at the PTSA General Meeting
on Wednesday, April 27th :
Melenyzer and Jennifer Bright
Laura Borel, Michelle Dobo, Meredith Hay, and Wade Jones
Secretary: Lindsey Poulos
Kudos to our PTSA for receiving the
Outstanding Local Unit, 2nd Place
Spectacular Eight Award
Visionary Pin and Certificate
Platinum Membership Award
Spring Registration is Thursday, May 5th
Summer Registration is Tuesday, July 12th
All required documents can be found at
registration packet must be completed and personally returned by
a parent/legal guardian.
We are unable to accept “mail-in” registration forms.
Schedules are generated only after registration is
Please call 770-578-2726 to schedule an appointment.
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 Georgia
Milestones 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 included in the English Language Arts and
Wednesday, April 13
ELA Part 1and 2
Thursday, April 14
ELA Part 3
Friday, April 15
Monday, April 18
Tuesday, April 19
Wednesday, April 20
Makeups – all areas
Thursday, April 21
Makeups – all areas
AdvancED Parent Survey
Parents are encouraged to participate in the AdvancED Parent Survey. Due to technical difficulties, CCSD has offered an extension for the survey window. Please note that the 2015-16 AdvancED surveys will remain open
until April 29, 2016. The data from this survey will inform the school and the district about parents’ opinions about our school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to AdvancED for analysis. Individual data results will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. You may use any personal device to complete this survey. At this time Dodgen has not reached the minimum participation rate for parents required, so we appreciate your time and commitment to providing input. Please use one of the following below to access the survey.
AdvancED, formerly SACS, is the non-profit organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems and certifies that accreditation standards are being met.
Click here for eprovesurveys
From Dr. Hill:
December 9, 2015
I am very pleased with our End
of Grade (EOG) Milestones scores for our school. With a new
standardized assessment, which required writing in all subject
areas for the first time, our students once again outperformed
those from several schools throughout the district and within
the State of Georgia. Dodgen has a rich tradition of excellence,
and this has continued with the results of the Spring 2015 EOG
Individual Score Reports will be sent home
via your student this afternoon, and you will notice that these
score reports have a new look and contain a wealth of new
information. One of the biggest changes you will notice are
results reported in achievement levels:
Level 1 – Beginning Learner;
Level 2 – Developing Learner;
Level 3 – Proficient Learner;
Level 4 – Distinguished Learner.
Another area of change on the score report
is detailed information regarding how your child scored on each
domain area of each subject test. There are three levels for
this, and this provides information as to where your child was
in terms of their learning. Please keep in mind that these tests
were given 8 months ago, and we have multiple data sources that
accurately gauge their current levels of learning.
While it may be tempting, please refrain
from comparing your child’s previous CRCT score with EOG
results. These are two very different tests that simply cannot
We will offer EOG Parent Information
Sessions after the break, so please check our Dodgen Webpage for
dates and times. There will be three offerings (AM, during
school, and PM) to accommodate your daily schedules. In the
interim, please contact your child’s teacher with general
questions and specific information as to how they are
We know that these score reports will
generate many questions, and it is our intent to make sure that
we adequately answer your questions and concerns in a timely
manner. Our EOG Parent Information Sessions will be one of
several opportunities for you to learn more about the EOG’s.
Please check out all of the resources found right here on our
Dodgen website which will allow you to access and navigate the
resources offered by Cobb County School District and the Georgia
Department of Education to learn more.
Our goal is student success, and increasing
student growth will allow our school to continue to be
recognized as one of the best in the State of Georgia. In
summary, Dodgen scored extremely well, and know that our
teachers are working diligently on academic gaps of our students
and areas of concern which will allow our students to grow
Dr. Loralee Hill
Information on the Georgia Milestones
The Georgia Milestones are state assessments that were given for
the first time during the 2014 – 2015 school year. This page is
a collection of information to help you better understand and
use the results of these new assessments.
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