Welcome to Griffin Middle School
Be Great. Be Griffin.
Principal: Mr. Paul Gillihan
Griffin Celebrates our Partners in Education
Before our fabulous 8th Grade Awards
Presentation, Principal Gillihan hosted a signing party for
several of our Partners in Education. Special thanks to
Amy Cossenboom with Jim N Nicks, Amanda Salzillo with Life
Church, and Amy Goggins with Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.
We appreciate all you do for our school!!
Leadership Selected for 2015-16 School Year
Congratulations to our new Student Leadership Team! Next
year is going to be a stellar year, and we are planning GREAT
things already! We are grateful for our new leaders!
Student Council Members:
Sophi Faust-Vice President
Jr. Beta Club Officers:
Chloe Campbell-Vice President
Attention Rising Sixth Graders!! Applications
for Summer Camp Available NOW!
Grade Summer Camp
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lunch and snacks provided!
Come meet your new classmates as you have
a chance to explore Griffin, develop new friendships, learn new
academic strategies, as well as
have lots of fun.
Students who attend will have a chance to preview their
connections classes and have first chance to sign up for the
ones they want before they fill up.
Students must complete the application and return it to Griffin
Middle School to the front office before May 29 (yes, we have
extended the deadline).
Applications can be
for your convenience.
Looking forward to seeing you at Griffin
July 22 and 23.
For English application,
For Spanish application,
An Amazing Show! Griffin's Got Talent!!!
Griffin's production of Little
Mermaid, under the dedicated direction of Griffin's Choral
Director, Ms. Sarah Rabun, proved to be an incredible success!
Performing to a sold out theatre all three nights, Griffin
students WOWed their audience with energy, talent, and pizazz!
Costumes were to die for, choreography was amazing, set designs
and technical logistics were flawless! This was not your typical
middle school production! Congratulations to our AWESOME
students for your stellar performances!
Cyberbullying Presentation with IBM
Last week, Angie Bolton with IBM
and Chief Lee with the Smyrna Police shared their insights with
Griffin students about Cyberbullying. We are grateful to
our community for always being available for our students and
their safety. After all, student safety is of primary
importance at Griffin.
Summer New Student Registration
Griffin's New Student Registration will
take place on July 14th from 9:00am to 6:00pm. If you need
general information about what is required to enroll your child
into Cobb County Schools, please
International Day an Amazing
What an amazing day and night we had at
Griffin! Our festivities started off with an AWESOME
school-wide parade, in which homerooms displayed banners, flags,
and costumes of the countries they researched. The evening
brought about a spectacular display of foods from around the
world and entertainment featuring parents, students, and friends
of Griffin. Our guests also enjoyed a dessert coffee house
in which poetry, prose, and artwork was read and displayed.
There was henna hand-painting, origami, and Japanese
calligraphy! We even had Care, USA visit our school,
raising funds for the earthquake victims of Nepal. Our
students learned a great deal from this experience, and we can't
wait until next year's celebration!
May "Early Dismissal" Schedule: Never
Too Late to Plan Ahead!!
Please note the dismissal schedule (Early
Release) for the last 2 days of the 14/15 school year:
On Wednesday, May 20th and
Thursday, May 21st (the last day of school for
11:30am – High School Release
12:30pm – Elementary
1:30pm – Middle School Release
Attention Osborne-Bound AND Campbell-Bound 8th
If you are heading over to Osborne for 9th
grade in the fall, you have a little work to do this summer!
All students will have to read Sherman Alexie's Absolutely
True Diary of a Part-time Indian and you will need to
complete on online response form! Sounds like fun!!
Please click below to get the online information.
This is required reading, and WILL be GRADED in your freshman
English classes. Your high school journey
Show those HS teachers what you're made of, and do that
assignment well! Make us super proud of you!
Buy the book ($12):
Read online for FREE:
For those of you headed for Campbell
High School, you, too, have work to do!! Please
for all the information you need to know about Campbell's Summer
Reading Program. Again, this is not an option. It is
required work. You are in High School now.
Book Sale at Griffin
Exciting news! If you want to
purchase your books ahead of time and be on top of your game,
Griffin will be hosting a Summer Reading Book Sale in which
required reading for both school will be available to purchase.
Books with sale prices:
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper, ALL students, $9.00
Color of Water
by James McBride, Honors only,$13.00
Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time
Indian, All Students, $12.00 (OHS)
Griffin Honorees at Smyrna Mayor's Awards
We are so proud of our awesome Griffin
Mayor's Award Recipients, Mr. Ryan Aspinall--Outstanding
Student, Melissa Barlow, Oustanding Teacher, and Kara Gold, our
Amazing and Outstanding Community member. Thanks to all of
you for contributing to a Greater Griffin!!
for Strong Student Leaders-Apply NOW!
Griffin rising 7th and 8th graders!! Now is the
time to apply for a leadership position and make a difference in
your school! Apply now for a position on
next year's Student Council.
Elections will be held by May 13th. This is a grand
opportunity for you to contribute to a Greater Griffin, and this
experience will surely add to your resume!! For an
Griffin Honors Our Armed Forces by Going
Griffin Students Earn Yet Another
Congratulations to our wonderful Griffin
Each of these
students endured a very intensive interview process and
was selected from over 300 applicants. They will travel free of
charge for one month each summer until they graduate from high
school, and will actively volunteer in the community. They will
be a part of this program until they graduate from high school.
This year Griffin had more students get accepted to C5 than any
other school in the Atlanta metro area!
"Program Impact" Visits
U.S. Marshal's Office
in Downtown Atlanta
What an amazing day we had and an extraordinary opportunity to
get a "behind the scenes" tour of the U.S. Marshal's Office at
the Richard B. Russell Building and U.S. Courthouse at the end
of March. We even got to visit with a U.S. Magistrate
Judge who took 30 minutes out of her court time to address our
young men. It was a special day of learning and adventure
for our Program Impact gentlemen. Special thanks to U.S.
Marshal Van Grady (a GMS proud parent) and our Griffin
Foundation for making this field trip possible. WOW!!
Relay For Life! FIGHT CANCER!
Griffin Middle School will be
participating in "Relay for Life," a super fun and engaging
annual fund-raiser put on by the American Cancer Society.
The event will take place on May 2, 2015. We would love
both your participation and your donations! For more
information about Relay for Life, click
here. To make a donation to support your Griffin team
as we fight to eradicate cancer, click
here. Please help us reach our goal! Thank you
in advance for your support!
There will also be a SKATING
PARTY at Sparkles in Smyrna to help raise
money and build awareness. You are invited to attend!
It will be on April 24, from 7:00-10:00 PM. Admission is
only $6.00. For more information about Sparkles, click
Interested in a cool Griffin Relay for Life Tee-shirt?
They are only $10.00, and all proceeds will go to raise money
for cancer research. Below is a picture of the tee-shirt.
Get one today!
Read Across America
Griffin Book Club students recently got to
visit King Springs Elementary School and read to the
Kindergarten classes there. In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and
in celebration of Read Across America, students were able to
enjoy a variety of stories. Thank you, Mr. Gillihan and
Griffin Book Club!
Georgia Parent Survey
The Georgia Parent Survey provides data
about Griffin Middle School which will be used in the
calculation of a School Climate Star Rating.
Parents will be able
to complete the survey using their personal computers,
smartphones or iPads. All parents are encouraged to participate
in the Georgia Parent Survey. Survey responses are anonymous and
will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of
Education for analysis. You can participate in the survey by
going to the link below.
We thank you for your assistance in providing valuable feedback.
Title I Survey for GMS Families
Please take a few
minutes to complete Griffin’s Title 1 Parent Survey. The
survey is confidential. Information from this survey will
be used in the planning and implementation of the parent
involvement program and activities at Griffin for next school
year. Surveys may be completed online via this link
parents may pick up a copy of the survey in the main office at
Griffin; or parent requests for a copy of the survey to be sent
home can be made via phone call to Maria Galvez-Munoz at (678)
842-6917 ext. 273 or through email at
Paper copies should be returned to Mrs. Galvez-Munoz in the
Parent Resource Center, or mailed to Griffin Middle School, 4010
King Springs Road, Smyrna, GA 30082.
Griffin's Bell Schedule
Smyrna Optimist Club Awards Griffin with
Thank you for your Support!
Pictured from left to right are:
President Cam Jones: Griffin Principal Paul Gillihan; CCSD Board
Member Susan Thayer; Griffin Foundation President Denise
Raymond; and Griffin Math Teacher Steven Wilson
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.
Griffin Student Wins 1st Place in PTSA
Antonio Toussaint, a very talented 8th
grade student at Griffin, won 1st place in Visual Arts in the
PTSA Reflections Contest this past October. He will
advance to the next level in the coming months.
Congratulations, Antonio! You are amazing!
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
Griffin Academic Bowl Ties for THIRD
PLACE at Regionals!
This past Saturday, Griffin's Academic
Bowl team competed against 16 other schools in the region and
third place. The
opposition was daunting, but Griffin students prevailed!
KUDOS and CONGRATS go to the following STELLAR students: Ryan
Aspinall (team captain), Spencer Ford, Quentin Mot, Kajla Miller, Zach Schamis,
and Sean Kite-Powell.
Griffin Named Title I Reward School
Griffin recently received a
commendation from State School Superintendent John Barge
congratulating our school for being named a Title I Reward
to view the letter! At Griffin, we grow by leaps, bounds,
hard work, commitment, and true grit! Congratulations to
students, teachers, and administrators!
Thank You to Smyrna Rotary Club for $4500
Science/Robotics Club Grant
We are thrilled, and can't wait to get
started! Thank you for your belief in our students and
your support of their efforts!
Griffin Recognized by
Title I Parent Involvement Information
Please see the links below for the latest
Title I information regarding parent involvement here at
Griffin. There are some great workshops coming up soon and
some interesting opportunities to have a voice in our school, so
please check out the links below.
Title I Parent
Griffin School-wide Plan Input
Dad's Club Alive and Well at GMS!
Griffin would like to
thank members of the Dad's Club for the amazing things you
do for our school. Assisting with Lunch Duty, providing
treats for breakfast...our teachers and staff so appreciate you! Thanks, Dads!!
More Secure than Ever Before!
We are pleased to announce our new security system is now
operational! When you come to Griffin, you will now be asked to
press the button to the right of the door and to be prepared to
show your picture identification.
Griffin is excited to have this new system in place.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to place
safety as our number one priority!
Are you a Lifelong Learner?
Please check out our Parent
Resource page from the left-hand navigation bar to see
some awesome opportunities for learning. Griffin offers
Spanish, English, Math and Computer classes. Check out the
dates and times, and please come join us!
Inviting All Parents
Are you looking for a way to become more
involved in the academic lives of your children? Do you
find yourself wishing for a way you could "show up" for your
kids at school? Griffin Middle School has got an
invitation for you! We offer our parents a
plethora of opportunities to become more involved with our
school. Check out our choices just for you!
Parent Teacher Student
Association. To ensure that every student feels supported
and successful, parents, teachers, and students work together in
fun ways to encourage academic achievement and camaraderie
inside and outside of our school. PTSA needs parent
volunteers for many events. The PTSA conducts parent tours
the second Tuesday of every month for those who want to
experience all we have to offer here at Griffin! For more
information, contact the PTSA President,
The Griffin Middle School
Foundation will work on a variety of projects which will
increase community involvement, parent participation, and
student achievement! Your participation is very important
to the success of our mission! Please stay tuned for more
information as the year progresses. A huge part of what
will make the GMS Foundation successful is our personal
investment in the foundation itself. Donations allow the
foundation to create projects for the school which will support
our mission. We have set up a donation link to simplify
the process. This is a secure link to a donation site in
which all Cobb County Foundation donations are posted. Please
consider making a donation today! To make a donation, click
Let's face it. Dads
make a difference. Please consider being a part of this
very special organization. For more information contact
University is a wonderful program which offers a wide variety of
classes for parents. Some examples of classes to take
include Beginning Spanish, Beginning English, Computer Literacy,
and Tips for Raising a Middle School-aged Child, just to name a
Bunch: Would you like
to dine with your child here at school? You are always
welcome to visit and have lunch with us! Please sign in at
the Main Office when you arrive, and we will show you to the
Cafe! This is a great opportunity to spend quality time
with your child!
Our doors are open to our parents and our
welcome mat is always extended. We believe that supportive
parents are the cornerstone of what makes student achievement
possible. Thank you for your involvement with our school!
We Love our Partners In Education!
Griffin Middle School is fortunate to have
such awesome support from our community. Our Partners In
Education help us serve our students in innovative and fun ways.
Thank you to all our Partners for what you provide to our
Partners in Education
GMS Current School Council
Griffin Middle School is excited to
announce the 2014-15 School Council:
Mr. Tim Bolton
Mr. Steve Fuller
Mr. Van Grady
Ms. Tracy Efaw
Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit
Griffin Middle School utilizes a school wide behavioral expectations program entitled PAWS. This
curriculum will be introduced to all Griffin students. The plan is broken into ten specific lessons. Please click on
the Parent Resources Pageto view the
The Griffin PTSA officers for the 2012-2013 school year are:
- President – Kara
- Co Vice President – Fred Conklin
- Co Vice President – Janet
- Secretary – Stephanie Taylor
- Treasurer – Faye Yost
The Cobb County School District has a procedure for ensuring
fair and prompt resolution of complaints for Federal programs.
It is a State and Federal mandate that all Title I parents be
advised about how to file a complaint on Federal programs. The
attached document will give you information on Federal programs
for which complaints can be filed, grounds for a complaint, and
the steps for filing a complaint. For more information in
For Spanish, click
Please be advised of Griffin’s hours: The Fine Arts Doors will open at 8:15 A.M. Please note that
there is no adult supervision until 8:15. A staff member will pick students up at 8:15 at the Fine Arts Door located
by the car turnaround. Signs will be posted to direct parents to this entrance. Students will be taken to the
cafeteria for study time until breakfast is served. Some students also attend the Griffin Intramural Program. Once
again, a staff member will pick these students up at 8:15 at the Fine Arts Door. If your student arrives after Intramural
pickup (8:15), they will need to go to the cafeteria. All students must be picked up no later than 4:45 P.M. There
will be no adult supervision after 4:45 P.M. unless the student is participating in an after school program which is
supervised by a Griffin staff member. Griffin Main Entrance doors will open at 8:40 A.M. and be closed at 4:45 P.M.