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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
Louder Than Words"
Parents! The workshop you’ve been waiting
for!! Griffin parents have been invited to Floyd Middle School
to participate in an informative session about behavior
interventions that work!! There will be expert speakers there to
give you information on best practices for managing teen angst
both at home and at school.
We thank Floyd MS for the invitation and our own parent
facilitator, Eduardo Quintana, GMS counselor, Stella Cress, and
administrator, Tracy Efaw, will be there to greet you!!
Maybe the Griffin Family can meet and sit together!!
Look forward to seeing you there!
Join Griffin @ Floyd MS!
PTSA Penny Wars
January 30 through February 3, 2017
Start Saving Your Pennies!
Spirit Week Dress-Up Days
January 30 through February 3, 2017
January 30: Tacky Day
January 31: Decades Day
February 1: Career Day
February 2: PJ Day
February 3: Ultra Griffin Spirit Day!!
Show Your Spirit Wildcats!
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 9th, opening to the 8th graders first. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or for more detailed information,
including cost & travel arrangements, click on the following
Savannah & Tybee Island Trip Information
May 15-17, 2017
Coming Up in January!
Rising 6th Graders Meeting
Rising Griffin 6th graders save the
date, January 24th, as 6th grade administrator, Tracy Efaw, will
be hosting an informational meeting in the Griffin cafeteria at
6pm that night. More information to come.
January 24, 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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