Welcome to Griffin Middle School
Be Great. Be Griffin.

Principal: Mr. Paul Gillihan

Important Dates!  Mark your Calendars!

July 28, from 3:00-4:00--8th Grade
July 28, from 5:00-6:00--7th Grade
July 30, from 4:00-6:00 Sixth Graders with last names A-L
July 30, from 5:00-7:00 Sixth Graders with last names M-Z



August 18th for all Sixth Graders, 6:00pm
August 20 for all Seventh and Eighth Graderss, 6:00pm

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Griffin Summer Reading

Just when you thought you had some time off, your wonderful teachers at Griffin have something more exciting in mind!  Escape this summer with a BOOK!!  Yes!  We have summer reading!  It should have been included in your report cards.  Rising Sixth Graders and those who might have misplaced your mailing, click on  the link below and go on your own private adventure!
SUMMER READING!!

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 click here.

Griffin Summer Stakeholders' Planning Meeting a Success!
Griffin teachers, parents, Partners in Ed, School Council, PTSA, and Foundation members gathered on the evening of June 2nd for a productive dialogue about the Vision and Mission of Griffin.  We discussed Parent Involvment, Community Outreach, Extra-curricular Activities, Innovation, and other "hot" topics for our school. Many thanks to the parents and community members who attended to share your dream with us.

Rising 8th Graders:  Feel Like Helping out with Summer Camp?

Griffin needs a few ENERGETIC 8th Graders to assist in working with our Rising Sixth Graders for summer camp July 22-23.  If you are interested (and we sincerely hope you are!!), please apply by clicking on the application hereThank you in advance for building a Greater Griffin!!  :)

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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!!

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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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Attention Rising Sixth Graders!! Applications for Summer Camp Available NOW!

Griffin 6th Grade Summer Camp
July 22-23
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 emailed to paul.gillihan@cobbk12.org for your convenience.
Looking forward to seeing you at Griffin on
July 22 and 23.
For English application, click here.
For Spanish application, click here.

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WOW!!
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!

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Griffin Hosts 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. 

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International Day an Amazing Success!


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! 

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Attention Osborne-Bound AND Campbell-Bound 8th Graders--Serious Business!!!

Osborne
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 has begun!! Show those HS teachers what you're made of, and do that assignment well! Make us super proud of you! 

Buy the book ($12):
http://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-True-Diary-Part-Time-Indian/dp/0316013692/
Read online for FREE:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/88877163/The-Absolutely-True-Diary-of-a-Part-Time-Indian
REQUIRED FORM:

http://goo.gl/forms/nhW75bE7O8

Campbell
For those of you headed for Campbell High School, you, too, have work to do!!  Please click here 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.

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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!!

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Griffin Students Earn Yet Another Superlative!!

Congratulations to our wonderful Griffin Students!

Kaylani Barber

Elisa Borrero

Ariel Bundi

Brandynn Campbell

Corina Preston

Cherish Pullen

Michael Rogers

William Taylor

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!
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Griffin's "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!! 


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!
 

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Smyrna Optimist Club Awards Griffin with $300!
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

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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.

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Griffin Student Wins 1st Place in PTSA Reflections Contest!
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!

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Attention!!  CCRPI Update
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 days.

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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 tied for 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.

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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 School!  Please click here to view the letter!  At Griffin, we grow by leaps, bounds, hard work, commitment, and true grit!  Congratulations to students, teachers, and administrators! 
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Griffin Recognized by State as
"Highest-Progress School"


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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 Involvement Survey
Upcoming Workshops
Griffin School-wide Plan Input

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  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!!

Griffin:  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!

PTSA:  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, Kara Gold.

GMS Foundation:  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 here! https://secure3.4agoodcause.com/cobb-schools/gift.aspx?fundid=190 

Dad's Club:  Let's face it.  Dads make a difference.  Please consider being a part of this very special organization.  For more information contact Blue Morrow.

Parent University:  Parent 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 few.

Parent Lunch 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 school!!  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

PAWS PROGRAM
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 PAWS curriculum.

Griffin PTSA
The Griffin PTSA officers for the 2012-2013 school year are:

  • President – Kara Gold
  • Co Vice President – Fred Conklin
  • Co Vice President – Janet Kost
  • Secretary – Stephanie Taylor
  • Treasurer – Faye Yost

Have a Concern?

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 English click here.  For Spanish, click here. 

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. 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.
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Calendar of Events
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One Team, One Goal:  Student Success

WHAT IS THE GRIFFIN D.R.A.W. INITIATIVE?

D.R.A.W. stands for "Discussion, Reading, Analysis, and Writing." It is the literacy initiative that Griffin is employing to assist students with full implementation of the Common Core curriculum. Common Core encourages content literacy in every discipline, so all teachers are now reading teachers! Each week, in every content area, students take a day to hone their discussion, reading, and writing skills. So students are acquiring the skills they need to navigate through the content-related and complex informational text of the Common Core. Practice makes progress, and progress increases student achievement, Griffin's number one goal!

How Parents Can Help
Please encourage your children to read!! At the middle school level, it's not so much what they read but how much and how frequently they are doing it. Research says that reading builds background knowledge and vocabulary in ways no other application can. How much should students read each night? Reading twenty to thirty minutes every evening will definitely impact in your child's academics in positive ways. So please encourage reading whenever you can!!