Griffin Middle School

    Empowering All Students to Pursue Their Dreams

Paul Gillihan, Principal

Tracy Efaw AP-6  | Sheleta Young, AP-7  | Dr. Candace English, AP-8  | Kacie Phipps, SLI | Kizzy Jackson, SSA

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

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Thank You Griffin Community


Show Support for Our Students!

The Lion King, Jr.
Spring Musical Production

Tickets on Sale After Spring Break!

Inventure Club Wins 2nd at
State K-12 Inventure Challenge!

Peyton Bedgood and Elise Gildea Place 2nd Place in State
for "Weight Warrior"

Honorable Mention to Malia Yost and Sophie Balzuweit
who qualified to compete at State with "H20-N-Go"

Inventure Club with Club Sponsor Faye Yost (right)
at the State K-12 Inventure Challenge.


8th Grade Dance

The 8th grade dance will be held at the
Smyrna Community Center on April 28th from 7-10 pm.

Permission slips and drop off/pick up instructions
will be sent home the week of April 10th.

Tickets will be sold at lunch the week of April  17th.
The $15 admission covers the cost of food, drinks,
DJ, and a photo booth.

Tickets will be sold at lunch the week of April 17th.
The $15 admission covers the cost of food,
drinks, DJ, and a photo booth.

If you are intersted in serving on the committee, email Kara Gold at

Friday, April 28, 2017

CCSD School District Writing Fair

Cobb County School District is sponsoring a
writing fair to encourage students in grades K-12 to:

1. to develop writings that represent their best efforts,
2. to provide a context for schools to support and
celebrate the writing successes of all students,
3. to encourage and recognize student achievement
in writing throughout the school system.

Three Griffin Middle School students have had
their writing work selected at the school level to move on to the District level judging.
There is one winning entry per grade-level at the local school and a state rubric is used to make these determinations.

Students Representing Griffin!

6th Grade
Samantha Smith
ELA Teacher: Mr. T. Smith

7th Grade
Ansley Bailey
ELA Teacher: Mr. Joiner

 8th Grade
Katherine Stanek
ELA Teacher: Mrs. Crump


GMS Honors Band Recipients


Ms. Cole pictured with Honors Band students
Jimmy C. and Caitlyn C.


GMEA District 12 Honors Orchestra

Pictured are GMS students Sydni Brown, violin, Gabrielle
Quarells, bass, Zarina Jones, viola, and Jimmy Cyganek, cello

These 8th graders were selected by audition and will represent GMS at the 2017 GMEA District 12 Honor Orchestra on March17-18 at McEachern High School.


Science Fair
Ribbon Recipients!

          Congratulations to our
Science Fair ribbon recipients! This was Griffin's first time participating in the Sci-fair and we had four placements!! #BeGreatBeGriffin



Future City Club
"Best Urban Planning Design"

Congratulations to the GMS Future City Club!
Members of the club recently received an award for
"Best Urban Planning Design"
We are so proud of Ms. Quarles and her students!


Science Fair Project Winners!

GMS Science Fair student participants are pictured with Principal Gillihan and their Science Fair projects. Each of these students earned 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the competition. Students received a certificate of award and an Amazon gift card.
Congratulations to each of our students!


Cobb Regional Tech Competition
GMS 1st Place in Audio Production

Griffin Middle School 8th grader, Jimmy Cyganek, received 1st place in this year's Cobb Regional Tech Competition. His project was, "Fireworks", a march he composed for a science PBL using free online software called, Soundtrap. He will take his project to state competition in Macon, GA, this March.
The entire Griffin community is very proud! Great Job, Jimmy!


Griffin Middle School Students
Accepted to Georgia All State Chorus!

Congratulations to Dylan Anderson & Jimmy Cyganek!
Both Griffin students were accepted into the Georgia All State Chorus after going through two rigorous singing auditions.
They will perform at the Classic Center in Athens, GA, over the February break.
We are so proud to have the BEST middle school singers in the State of Georgia!!


High Achieving Students
Reading & Math Inventory Testing

Mr. Gillihan pictured with students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who were high performers on the RI/MI testing this school year.
Students were recognized for having the highest gain in reading and math within their grade level, as well as the highest test score in each discipline.
We are so proud of our students!!
Please congratulate them as they are role models for their Griffin peers!

Highest Reading Lexile Gain
6th Grade Amaya Sanchez-Martinez
7th Grade Anderson Silva
8th Grade Mercedes Ruiz

Highest Reading Lexile Score
6th Grade Navy Bingham
7th Grade Max Onsager
8th Grade Karen Palma-Jiminez

Highest Math Gain
6th Grade Marleigh Mullins
7th Grade Tristan Jensen
8th Grade Grace Blomberg

Highest Math Score
6th Grade Andrew Carson
7th Grade Ansley Bailey
8th Grade Grace Blomberg


1st Place!!
Griffin Chess Club


Georgia Milestones Preparation

Wildcats! Now is the perfect time to start preparing for the Milestone Test. Maybe you have test anxiety, or you just want to do your very best on the test. To help you be prepared, the following site offers students the opportunity to practice testing online. Parents are also welcome to visit the site to get a first-hand view of how students will be completing the Milestone Test. The items on the test are general and organized into three grade bands: grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school. Content areas covered are English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Take the Practice Milestone Test to Be Prepared!

 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team
January 14, 2017


Savannah & Tybee Island
Educational Tour 2017

Griffin Middle School will once again be participating in the Savannah & Tybee Island Educational Tour. The trip supports Georgia National Performance Standards and space is limited! Please contact 8th grade social studies teacher Jennifer King via email at or for more detailed information, including cost & travel arrangements, click on the following link:
Savannah & Tybee Island Trip Information

May 15-17, 2017

Pebblebrook CCCEPA
100% Acceptance!!

Congratulations to our students who were accepted into the Pebblebrook CCCEPA! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Pebblebrook CCCEPA

There's a lot of buzz at Griffin!
We Have Spelling Bee Winners!

First Place: Ella Kroll and Runner Up: Jackie Castro


Griffin Robotics Team
Advances to the Super Regionals!

Congrats to STEM teacher Ms. Quarles, math teacher Mr. Langston,
& the robotics team!

Students Get on Board!
Experience Italy
Spring Break 2018
Book Your Trip Now!

Next Meeting: January 30th @ 7 PM in the Griffin Theater

HERE to view a video about the experience and for more information about pricing, payment options and full itinerary. Students will experience 9 Days in Florence, Vatican City, Rome and Assisi! Questions? Contact Tracy Santos at Travel is coordinated through Education First International, LTD. and the trip is chaperoned by Griffin MS staff.

Book EARLY for the Best Travel Price!

Student Tutoring
Opportunities at Griffin!

All tutoring opportunities will include: tutoring in specific content areas, grade recovery, remediation & teacher-supported study hall. 

Update: No Saturday School November 12

Printable Student Tutoring Info Sheet: HERE

Available Opportunities
Morning Tutoring
"Stay & Play"
Serenity Saturday School

Get your 2016-17 Yearbook!

Yearbooks are on sale!
Click HERE to order yours today!

We Need Pictures for the Yearbook!

New! Parents, students and teachers can
download the Jostens ReplayIt app
via Google Play or the App Store and
upload pictures from school activities
and events. The pictures go directly to the Griffin Yearbook Club!
Wouldn't it be great to have your pictures
in the yearbook to look back on the memories?
Send us your pictures through
ReplayIt today!!

Are You a Proud Parent or Family Member?

NEW! This year! for 8th Grade Students!
Parents and family members can purchase
a student ad to be in the 2016-17 yearbook! Show how proud you are of
your Griffin Wildcat by purchasing a
student ad today! Questions?
Contact Renee LaPrade or Kim Trumble
Click HERE for details!



Saturday School Dates:
September 10, 17 & 24
October 8 & 22
November 5 & 19
December 3 & 17
January 7, 21 & 28 
February 4 & 11
March 4, 11, 18 & 25

Bus Transportation for Saturday School
BUS #1: Pick-up @Fair Oaks at 7:45 a.m.
Returns to Fair Oaks at 12:15 p.m.
BUS #2:  Pick-up @ LaBelle at 7:45 a.m. & Norton Park at 7:50 a.m.
Return to Norton Park at 12:10 p.m. and LaBelle at 12:15 p.m.


You're the Best!
Nominate an Employee!

Have you noticed a teacher or staff member going the extra mile to make a Greater Griffin? What better way to honor the hard work of a teacher or staff member than by nominating him/her for Teacher of the Month or Classified Employee of the Month! Please click on the link(s) above to make your nomination(s).
Remember to submit a form each month!  

Classified Employee Nomination Form

Teacher Nomination Form

Microsoft Office 365
FREE for Griffin Middle School Students

Office 365 is a collection of services that allows students to collaborate, edit, share, and store their schoolwork. There is no software to download and students receive 1TB of storage in OneDrive.

Give Parent Consent in ParentVue Today!
It’s available for FREE to students who are currently attending a Cobb County school. Yes! This includes Griffin Middle School! However, students need parental consent. Parents can give consent for students to use Office365 at school and at home by logging into their ParentVue account. For a ParentVue account, please contact the 6th grade principal or the school Leadership Intern.

Teachers are taking the pathway to use Office 365 in the classroom so it is important for your student to have an active account through
Cobb County School District.

Please review the document below for more information.
You may also click on this link, Office 365 Support,
for additional resources and informational videos.

Microsoft Office 365 Informational Flyer


Regular School Bell Schedule

Griffin Partners in Education

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School Hours

School Begins:
9:15 A.M.
School Ends:
4:15 P.M.

School Council News

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

The Griffin Middle School student
dress code policy is available in your student's agenda. Please review the policy with your student.

Administrators & teachers shall enforce the dress code rule, and the principal or designee shall be the final judge as to the appropriateness, neatness and cleanliness of the wearing apparel, or whether or not apparel is disruptive, unsafe, or in violation of the dress code.

Students not following school dress code will contact parents to bring them a change of clothes. If students are not able to contact their parents, they will be placed in In-School Suspension (ISS) for the entire school day. Thank you for your cooperation.

Relay for Life



Italy Trip
Spring Break 2018

Click HERE for info!
Students! Book early for the best price!


Click the Josten's icon to order a yearbook!

Join our PTSA!

PTSA Website

Scholastic Books Orders
Click Here or on the LOGO below to order books online! All orders support the Learning Commons.

Add your child and use classroom code: PXV4X


Learning Commons

Volunteers Needed!


April 2017

Sign Your Student Up Today!
It's Free!

O365 Info Flyer HERE