Welcome to Griffin Middle School
Principal: Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit
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
Farewell to our
Our best wishes and
heartfelt appreciation go out to our beloved Principal as he
accepts a well-deserved promotion to Kennesaw Mountain High
School. Please see his message to the community on his
"Principal's Message" link located at the top of the blue
navigation bar to the left of this messsage. Dr. Trach, we
wish you all the best in your new and exciting endeavors!
Thank you for your stellar leadership at Griffin!
Griffin Academic Bowl Moves on to Regionals!
This past Saturday, Griffin's Academic
Bowl team competed against 8 other Cobb County Schools and will
be going on to Regional Competition in January. 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. Onward and Upward!
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
Trachtenbroit Honored with Literacy Award
Recently, KSU's Kennesaw
Mountain Writing Project honored Dr. Trachtenbroit by naming him
2014 Sponsor of
Literacy for their
organization. Under Dr. Trach's masterful direction and
with KSU's innovative involvment, Griffin has adopted a literacy
initiative across every content area, contributing to increases
in overall academic achievement for the school.
Shift from Quarters to Semesters
some dates for the first semester that you will want to place on
your calendars at home:
August 4--First Day of School
September 12--End of 1st Six Weeks
September 26--1st Progress Report Due
October 31--End of 2nd Six Weeks
November 7--2nd Six Weeks Progress Report Due
December 19--End of 3rd Six Weeks and Semester
January 9--1st Report Card Due
Please contact the school or check the District website if you
have any questions that need to be clarified.
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.