NOTICE: Inclement Weather Update

All evening activities after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, are cancelled due to possible hazardous road conditions.
All elementary After School Programs (ASP) will remain open until 6 p.m.

Todas las actividades nocturnas luego de las 6pm, para el 9 de febrero de 2016, están canceladas debido a posibles condiciones peligrosas en las carreteras.
Todos los programas de por la tarde, de las escuelas elementales (entiéndase ASP) permanecerán abiertos hasta las 6pm.

Welcome to
Griffin Middle School

Be Great. Be Griffin.
Principal: Mr. Paul Gillihan

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Teacher Feature!!
Science Fun

If you were to build a vehicle powered by your breath, what characteristics would increase or decrease its performance the most? This was the driving question in Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Beasley’s PBL challenge.

Students in Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Beasley’s class were asked to design race cars that run solely off the human breath using only 2 straws, 4 life savers, 1 sheet of paper, 2 paper clips, and 50 cm of tape.  (See pics below) Students then raced their constructed designs. Click HERE to view students racing their “Puff- mobiles!”  Engagement and Learning and it’s best!

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School Choice (HB 251 & SB 10) Transfers

 

Today is the first day that parents/guardians may begin apply for School Choice transfers.  Capacity numbers have been posted (see Mr. York’s email from Friday) and the online application is active.  This year we will be accepting application online only.  Therefore we again have a kiosk set up in the lobby at 514 Glover Street for parents to access.

 

We are again asking that all schools post the following announcement of their website:

 

2015-16 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251

and SB10) transfers for the 2016-2017 school year. Individual school

capacity information and applications will be available beginning

February 1, 2016 on the District website. For more information, please

see our 2016-17 School Choice webpage.

 

The web address for the link is: http://www.cobbk12.org/generalinfo/transfers/schoolchoice.aspx

 

All schools, regardless of having any available space, are asked to have this posted by Friday, February 5.

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We Need Your Input!!
Please participate in our annual Title I School Survey.  Your input matters and we pay very close attention to what you all have to say!  Click on the link below to access the survey. Thank you very much, parents!!
Title 1 Parent Survey
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Rising Sixth Grade Information Night for Parents and Students
February 4, 2016 @7:00 P.M.
For a preview of our discussions, please click here.

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Chess Anyone? Do you Dare?
Four GMS students played in the annual MLK tournament and cleaned up big time. 6th graders Duncan Santos & Avery Obert received trophies. Avery came in 2nd place in the 6-12u 1000 section. Duncan came in 4th. Jacob Grantham and Jackson Williams rounded out the team getting 4.5 points towards the team win. GMS came in first in the section 6-12u1000.

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Quiere Comer?  Wanna Eat?
Come celebrate Griffin Middle School once a month at our favorite Mexican food restaurant, Los Bravos!! Los Bravos will donate money from the proceeds of your meal to our school!  It's the second Tuesday of every month:  February 9, March 8, April 12, and May 10. A family who eats together stays together!
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Ms. Bassett's Class Adopts a Pig...
A guinea pig that is...

Meet Gizmo Paul Griffin, the new pet Guinea Pig in Ms Bassett’s 6th Grade class! The students researched grants, wrote essays on Guinea Pigs and class pets, and begged relentlessly to get a class pet. Ms Bassett so regrets holding the students off for a few months, while she made a decision. Since getting Gizmo, her students have been working harder, behaving better, working together better, and being more responsible! He is definitely a great addition to Ms Bassett’s room. Her class LOVES Gizmo the Guinea Pig and Gizmo is working hard in room 278!
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Griffin Moves to a 5 Period Day!

Hot off the press: Our students spoke, and we listened!!! Beginning 2nd Semester of 2016, ”Griffin is going to a 5 Period school day!” With 75 total minutes in each academic content class, a 5-Period day provides more instructional time for all students! With this extension of instructional time, our awesome Wildcats have more time to shine!  Yea Griffin!  Now wait for it....
Ready? 
Be Great.  Be Griffin!

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Congratulations to our All State Choir Students!

Sydney Johns, Phoebe Lyons, Bella  Stoichev, Dylan Anderson, Jimmy Cyganek, Julian Goldenstein.

Congratulations to our PTSA Reflections Winners!

Back Row:  Asha Miller, Estefania Hernandez, Katherine Stockton, Mason Stockton, and Jimmy Cyganek
Front Row:  Jared Mendoza, Mattie Pickard, Emmy Pickard, and Lauren LaPrade

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Griffin Celebrates Public Safety

Special thanks to Griffin Foundation President Ms. Denise Raymond for the delicious and festive salads and to Chick-fil-A for the mouth-watering chicken biscuits. But above all, we thank our Public Safety officials for watching over us all and keeping us safe every day. Pictured above are Smyrna's finest along with Griffin's Finest in front...Ms. Shirley Perdue!!  (We love our Shirley!!)

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Bring Your Own Device to School
Are you interested in being able to bring your own device to school and use it in class?  Griffin will be piloting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.  As with any new program, we seek collaboration and communication from our beloved stakeholders.  So please take a few minutes to complete the surveys below.  You will find a parent survey and a student survey just below it.  Please take a minute to let us know your thoughts!
Parent Survey: 
http://tinyurl.com/o8r7yjr

Student Survey: 
http://tinyurl.com/nsu8f9w


8th Graders...Feel Like a Trip to Savannah??


Now is the time to SIGN UP!!  Only $279 for the trip!  April time frame!!  Click HERE for the INFO FLYER!!  More details will be discussed on 8th Grade Parent Night, September 10, at 6pm.  If you intend to go, this meeting is a MUST!!!


Teacher of the Month Nominations

Yes!  We would like to get our entire Griffin Family involved with nominating our Teacher of the Month each month.  For each month, please click on the Google Doc link below and give us your feedback!
http://goo.gl/forms/4VyMtZ67uf



 New Student Registration
Griffin's New Student Registration will take place daily from 9:00 A.M. to 12 noon. If you need general information about what is required to enroll your child into Cobb County Schools,
please
click here.



For more information about our Dress Code here at Griffin, please click HERE


Griffin 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:
Jacqueline Juarez-President
Sophi Faust-Vice President
Skylar James-Secretary
Daniela Valdiviezo-Treasurer
Ethan Mack-Historian

Jr. Beta Club Officers:
Austin Fabritius-President
Chloe Campbell-Vice President
Warren Dias-Secretary
Skylar James-Treasurer

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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 school!! 
Partners in Education

 

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School Hours

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. Signs will be posted to direct parents to this entrance. Students will be taken to the cafeteria for quiet study time until breakfast is served. Some students also attend the Griffin Intramural Program. 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 8:45 A.M. and be closed at 4:45 P.M. For the safety of our students, there will be no student pick-up after 3:45 P.M.

School Council News
For the latest news and updates from our school council, please click here.