Welcome to Griffin Middle School
Principal: Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit

Griffin?  Haunted?  Who Knew?
 
That's right!  It's TRUE!!  Our awesome Griffin Foundation will be hosting a SERIOUSLY Haunted House and Movie Night on October 24, from 6:30 to 10pm.  All proceeds for the ghoulishly frightful evening will come directly back to Griffin students!!  We look forward to an awesome turnout!  The Haunted House will open at 6:30, and the movie will begin at 8:00 pm.  We will be showing A Nightmare Before Christmas. Bring your whole family, a couple blankets or low-sitting lawn chairs, and your imaginations!  We will take care of the rest! 
BWAH-HA-HA-HA!!! 
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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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Thank You to Smyrna Rotary Club for $4500 Science/Robotics Club Grant


We are thrilled, and can't wait to get started!  Thank you for your belief in our students and your support of their efforts!
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Griffin Recognized by State as
"Highest-Progress School"


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Griffin Fundraising: 
 A Combined Team Effort with
Griffin Foundation + PTSA

 Beginning this Thursday, the PTSA and the Griffin Foundation are combining efforts and working together with our fundraising efforts this year.  YOU CAN HELP by making a contribution to our school.  Your child will be bringing home a flyer with information along with a special envelope for your donation.   These envelopes will also be given out during Thursday’s Open House.  The campaign will go through October 24th.
 

The PTSA raises funds to help with student incentives like our school dances, academic recognition programs like the STARS parties, and they also provide special lunches for GMS teachers as well.  The Griffin Foundation raises money for capital improvements, like painting our theatre and providing printers for our new computer labs.  We are so fortunate to have such dedicated people working for the good of our school and our Griffin students!!

Please consider donating to our school!  In the final analysis, it's our students that reap all of the rewards!
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Dr. Trachtenbroit Honored with Literacy Award

Recently, KSU's Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project honored Dr. Trachtenbroit by naming him the 2014 Sponsor of Literacy for their organization.  Under Dr. Trach's masterful direction and with KSU's innovative involvment, Griffin has adopted a literacy initiative across every content area, contributing to increases in overall academic achievement for the school. 

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Middle Schools Shift from Quarters to Semesters
Here are some dates for the first semester that you will want to place on your calendars at home:
August 4--First Day of School
September 12--End of 1st Six Weeks
September 26--1st Progress Report Due
October 31--End of 2nd Six Weeks
November 7--2nd Six Weeks Progress Report Due
December 19--End of 3rd Six Weeks and Semester
January 9--1st Report Card Due

Please contact the school or check the District website if you have any questions that need to be clarified.

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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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  KUDOS to our Academic Bowl Participants!
 
Griffin Middle School’s 2013-14 Academic Bowl team, which qualified last October for the regional competition, did well at this past Saturday’s competition. The students competed against the top teams from Fulton County and Cobb County at Webb Bridge Middle School.  Please congratulate the following students for their participation and performance in the competition on Saturday: Ryan Aspinall, Jalen Miller, Connor Cash, McKenzie Griffin, Francisco Martinez, Kevin Rodgers, and Ewan Summerville.

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.m.

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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COMMON CORE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Click here to find out more about Common Core
Common Core Resources

 

 

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

D.R.A.W. stands for "Discussion, Reading, and Writing." It is the literacy initiative that Griffin is employing to assist students with full implementation of the new 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!!