Welcome to Griffin Middle School
Principal: Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit
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.
Greetings Griffin Family!
Can you believe that the school year is already about to begin?!
Time flies! Hope everyone had a wonderful summer!
For school supply information, please click on the link below to
see what your child needs to have for a successful school year!
Shift from Quarters to Semesters
This year throughout Cobb
County, middle schools will be changing over from a quarter
system to a semester system. What this means for your
child is that they will have more opportunity for growth and
academic achievement between grading periods. 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.
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
Griffin School-wide Plan Input
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
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!!
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!
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,
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
Let's face it. Dads
make a difference. Please consider being a part of this
very special organization. For more information contact
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
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
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
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.
The Griffin PTSA officers for the 2012-2013 school year are:
- President – Kara
- Co Vice President – Fred Conklin
- Co Vice President – Janet
- Secretary – Stephanie Taylor
- Treasurer – Faye Yost
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
For Spanish, click
Calendar of Events
Click here to view larger calendar
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!!