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

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6th and 7th grades are not taking the Science and Social Studies sections of the tests. 8th grade takes all tests.
The test sessions vary in length, and the daily schedule will also vary.

Daily schedules will be available soon.

Wednesday, April 19th
ELA Part I
Thursday, April 20th
ELA Part 2 & 3
Friday, April 21st
Social Studies
Monday, April 24th
Math Part I
Tuesday, April 25th
Math Part 2
Wednesday, April 26th

Wildcat parents, please make sure you discuss how important Milestone's testing is to your student. Please make sure they get plenty of rest & eat a good breakfast each day during testing. Thank you!

Let's Do Our Best on the Test!

Questions & Answers for Parents

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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!


6th Grade Guide

7th Grade Guide

8th Grade Guide


Title I Parent Survey
Please Complete by May 1st

To our Families:

Cobb County School District Title I Department appreciates the partnerships we have with our families. As the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the family engagement program and activities in our schools and those provided by the District. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status and background. The following surveys are confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for family engagement initiatives and events.

A Nuestras Familias:

El Departamento de Título I del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Cobb aprecia las alianzas que tenemos con nuestras familias. Como padre/tutor de un estudiante asiste a una escuela Título I, es usted una parte importante del equipo Titulo I. Su contribución es vital en el planeo e implementación del programa de participación de familias y actividades  en nuestras escuelas y esas las proporcionadas por el Distrito. El foco de todos los programas de Título I es el  ayudar a los estudiantes cumplir con los mismos estándares de alto rendimiento académico que se espera de todos los niños, independientemente de su nivel socioeconómico y antecedentes. Las siguientes encuestas son confidenciales y se utilizarán para ayudarnos con la planificación de futuros eventos e iniciativas de participación de las familias.

Agradecemos sus comentarios y gracias por tomarse el tiempo para completar la encuesta.

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

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Your Input is Needed!

Title I Input Meeting Flyer

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ELA Required
Summer Reading List

Each grade level is assigned required summer reading.
Get a jump start on getting your books!
Below are the selected books for summer 2017.

These books are highly recommended,
but students may feel free to select
a novel of high interest that aligns with your specific reading level.

8th Grade AC
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

8th Grade
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden
Sherlock Holmes, The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane Young
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

7th Grade AC
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Man from the Other Side by Uri Orlev

7th Grade
Hunger Games by Stephanie
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Neilsen

6th Grade AC
The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

6th Grade
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Ergon by Christopher Paolini


Wildcats! Enter our drawing contest!
We need a new agenda cover for 2017-2018!

Any student can participate! Create your best drawing for the Griffin Middle School 2017-2018.

Drawings may be dropped off at the Learning Commons. We can't wait to see what our talented artists create! Have fun!

Design Our Agenda!
Submissions are due by April 30, 2017

The Lion King, Jr.
Spring Musical Production

HAKUNA MATATA! Griffin Middle School
to present “The Lion King, Jr.” in May.

Mark your calendars now for May 4, 5 and 6, when more than 50 talented Griffin students will bring the Disney classic, “The Lion King, Jr.” to life in the Griffin Theatre under the guidance of our dedicated faculty directorial team. Performances will begin at 7:00 pm each night and discounted advance tickets will be available for $8 in the school store and through all cast members right after Spring Break.
Tickets at the door will be $10.

Please consider supporting our students and promoting your business by purchasing an ad in our commemorative show program. With three performances and up to 300 patrons each night, you’ll get great exposure!

Ad sizes and prices are as follows:  

QUARTER PAGE: $35 (2.25” wide x 3.75” tall)

HALF PAGE: $70 (4.75” wide x 3.75” tall)

FULL PAGE: $150  (4.75” wide x 7.75” tall)

PROGRAM COVERS: $200 (5.5” wide x 8.5” tall + 1/4” bleed)

Actor Greetings are available at $10 for 25 words or less.

Deadline to submit ads is Tuesday, April 11.

All checks should be made payable to Griffin Middle School PTSA.

Ads may be submitted as a 300 dpi JPG file, an EPS or a PDF file to

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

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


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

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!

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


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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