Griffin Middle School

Mr. Paul Gillihan, Principal

Dr. James Woodyard, AP6 | Dr. Candace English, AP7 | Ms. Tracy Efaw, AP8

4010 King Springs Rd. | Smyrna, GA  30082
Office: (678) 842-6917 | Fax: (678) 842-6919
Registration/Records Fax: (678) 842-6924

Welcome to
Griffin Middle School

Be Great. Be Griffin.

High School End-of-Course-Testing
Please be aware that the end of course testing schedule for high school classes will be as follows: 
Physical Science--May 9
Algebra--May 10
Make ups--May 11

Griffin's First Annual Maker Faire

Please join GMS for the First Annual STEAMFest Maker Faire
on May 4th from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

What is a Maker Faire, you ask?

A Maker’s Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.

We will fly Drones, Use the 3D Printer (Thank you, Mr. White and Mr. Gillie), Design Squishy Circuits, Build with Legos, Design Makey Makey Circuits, Drive Salt Powered Cars, Build Robots and Sim Cities, Drive Spheros over an obstacle course and learn about the Heart.

Please come and participate with us! You can be in the show or visit the show! Either way, we want to see you there! We can hardly wait!!! We are moving full STEAM ahead!!


School Council News

Nominations are now being accepted for new 2016-17 School Council members. The mission of the council is to serve in an advisory role, offering assistance with identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing school improvement options. It is the desire of the council to bring school communities closer together in the spirit of collaboration to improve academic success. The council initiatives this year are as follows:

  • STEAM integration and certification strategies
  • IB middle years feasability assessment
  • Parent/Teacher/Student interest surveys
  • Strategies to increase parent involvement
  • Collaboration efforts through CHS and OHS clusters
  • School Strategic Plan support through collaboration with the Griffin Foundation and the PTSA

We will have at least two parent member vacancies. If you are interested or have questions, please email Steven Fuller at swfulla@gmail.com or Michelle Pickard at pickard400@charter.net. Ms. Shirley Perdue can also provide nomination forms in the main office.

Voting will take place in the Griffin main office April 15-20.  We will be having a strategic planning session on 4/21, and hope that the new members will be able to attend. Please stop by and vote for your next Council Representatives!


GMS Yearbook is on sale now!
To order, simply click on the link below and enter Griffin's passcode.
www.TreeRing.com/validate
Enter Griffin's passcode: 101383332487902


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!


School Choice (HB 251 & SB 10) Transfers

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.


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!


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


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

 

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.