Griffin Middle School
Be Great. Be Griffin.
Principal: Mr. Paul Gillihan
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
to view students racing their “Puff- mobiles!” Engagement and
Learning and it’s best!
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
and SB10) transfers for the 2016-2017 school year. Individual
capacity information and applications will be available
February 1, 2016 on the District website. For more information,
2016-17 School Choice
The web address for the link is:
All schools, regardless of having any available space, are asked
to have this posted by Friday, February 5.
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
Title 1 Parent Survey
Rising Sixth Grade Information
Night for Parents and Students
February 4, 2016 @7:00 P.M.
For a preview of our discussions,
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
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!
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!
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
Be Great. Be
Congratulations to our All State Choir
Sydney Johns, Phoebe Lyons, Bella Stoichev,
Dylan Anderson, Jimmy Cyganek, Julian Goldenstein.
Congratulations to our PTSA Reflections
Back Row: Asha Miller, Estefania
Hernandez, Katherine Stockton, Mason Stockton, and Jimmy Cyganek
Front Row: Jared Mendoza, Mattie Pickard, Emmy Pickard, and
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!!)
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!
8th Graders...Feel Like a Trip to
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
New Student Registration
Griffin's New Student Registration will
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,
For more information about
our Dress Code here at Griffin, please click
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
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