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Campbell High School
Town Hall Meeting
The Ed-SPLOST V Town Hall for the Campbell HS community is
scheduled for February 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Campbell High
February 27, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
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! This was Griffin's first time
participating in the Sci-fair and we had four placements!!
Cobb County School Choice
2017-2018 School Choice
The Cobb County School
District is again offering School Choice (HB 251
transfers for the 2017-2018 school year. Individual school
capacity information and applications will be available
February 1, 2017 on the District website.
For more information, please see our
2017-18 School Choice webpage.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Read Across America Week!
February 27 through March 2nd!
Fun activities are scheduled in the learning commons February
27-March 2nd! Get a study hall pass in the cafeteria starting at
8:30 am or a pass from your homeroom/classroom teacher
throughout the day!
Visit the Learning Commons with a friend each day
and read a Dr. Seuss book to each other
to fill up your bingo card!
Monday: Dr. Seuss Book Cover Contest
Tuesday: Make a Cat in the Hat Selfie
Wednesday: Find One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,
Blue Fish in the LC
Thursday: Dress like your favorite Dr. Seuss
Friday: Prize winners shared during morning
Student volunteers will be visiting King Springs Elementary on
March 2nd to read their favorite Dr. Seuss book to the students!
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Griffin Middle School will
participate in the NAEP on February 16, 2017. Completely
confidential, the test is administered by the U.S. Department of
Education, and it is different than the GA assessment because it
provides a common measure of student achievement across the
country via The Nation's Report Card. This report card
provides information about student achievement to educators,
parents, policymakers, and the public to help assist in
improving our students' education. Approximately sixty-two of
Griffin's 8th graders, randomly selected, will take the NAEP on
February 16, 2017. On or about January 24, 2017, parents of
those randomly selected students will receive a letter which
will outline in further detail information about the NAEP test.
Anyone with questions, may contact Dr. Candace English, 8th
Grade Principal, at
GEORGIA PARENT SURVEY
Griffin parents, please complete the School Climate Survey at
the following link. All data from the survey is anonymous and
submitted directly to the GA Department of Education.
Thank you for your
participation in helping us make a greater Griffin for our
SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
January 14, 2017
Students! Are you ready for the
2nd Annual Foundation Lock-in?
The GMS Foundation Student Lock-in is
scheduled for the night of Friday,
February 10th, starting at 9pm
and ending at 7am Saturday morning. Tickets will be pre-sale
only at $30 each, and will be available for purchase starting
Monday, January 25th, in the morning next to the PTSA Store. There
will be games, music, movies, dance party, a Lock-in t-shirt,
Parent volunteers are needed!
Please review time slots and
sign up here.
FEBRUARY 10TH starting at 9PM
Please read and turn in the
following forms to participate in the Student Lock-in. Payment
and all forms are required to participate. Thank you.
Lock-in Parent/Student Contract
Please Read and Sign to Participate
Foundation Lock-in Contract (English)
2017 Foundation Lock-in Contract (Spanish)
Lock-in Informational Flyer To Purchase Tickets
Lock-in Information Flyer (English)
Lock-in Overnight Field Trip Permission Form
2017 Permission Form (English)
2017 Permission Form (Spanish)
FUN! FUN! FUN!
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
email@example.com or for more detailed information,
including cost & travel arrangements, click on the following
Savannah & Tybee Island Trip Information
May 15-17, 2017
Congratulations to our students who
were accepted into the Pebblebrook CCCEPA! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
There's a lot of buzz at
We Have Spelling Bee Winners!
First Place: Ella Kroll and Runner Up:
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!
Spring Break 2018
Book Your Trip Now!
Next Meeting: January 30th @ 7 PM in the Griffin Theater
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
Opportunities at Griffin!
All tutoring opportunities will include: tutoring in specific
content areas, grade recovery, remediation & teacher-supported
Update: No Saturday School November 12
Printable Student Tutoring Info Sheet:
"Stay & Play"
Serenity Saturday School
Get your 2016-17 Yearbook!
Yearbooks are on sale!
HERE to order yours today!
We Need Pictures for the
New! Parents, students and teachers can
download the Jostens ReplayIt app
via Google Play or the App Store and
easily upload pictures from school activities
and events. The pictures go directly to the Griffin Yearbook
Wouldn't it be great to have your pictures
in the yearbook to look back on the memories?
Send us your pictures through
Are You a Proud Parent or Family Member?
NEW! This year! for 8th
Parents and family members can purchase
a student ad to be in the 2016-17 yearbook! Show how proud you
your Griffin Wildcat by purchasing a
student ad today! Questions?
Contact Renee LaPrade
or Kim Trumble
HERE for details!
GRIFFIN SATURDAY SCHOOL
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
Transportation for Saturday School
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
Teacher Nomination Form
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
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
so it is important for your student to have an active account
Cobb County School District.
Please review the document below for more information.
also click on this link,
Office 365 Support,
resources and informational videos.
Microsoft Office 365 Informational Flyer
Regular School Bell Schedule
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