4010 King Springs Rd. | Smyrna, GA  30082
Office: (678) 842-6917 | Fax: (678) 842-6919
Registration/Records Fax: (678) 842-6924

Archived Griffin Information

Find previously posted information here.       

2017-2018


Important!
7th Grade Immunization Requirements

 


Summer 2018
English Language Arts
Required Summer Reading




Link to Flyer: Summer Reading Flyer

6th Grade
6th Grade Summer Reading List
6th Grade Summer Reading AC Assignments
6th Grade Summer Reading On-level Assignments


New!


7th Grade
7th Grade Summer Reading Book List
7th Grade Summer Reading AC Assignments
7th Grade Summer Reading On-Level Assignments

New!


8th Grade
8th Grade Summer Reading Fiction & Non-Fiction Book List
8th Grade Summer Reading Fiction Assignment Sheet
8th Grade Summer Reading Non-Fiction Assignment Sheet


New!


Assignments are due to ELA
Teachers in August 2018


Rising 6th Grade

Meet & Greet
July 31, 2018


Last Name A-L  2:00-3:00 P.M.
Last Name M-Z  4:30-5:30 P.M.

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New Student Registration

Walk-in Schedule


**Students New to the Griffin MS Attendance Zone**


Please refer to the following schedule
for new student registrations.

Information about student registration
requirements is available at this link:
http://www.cobbk12.org/aboutccsd/enrollment/


CCSD Summerlink: Math & Reading (PreK-8)

Our CCSD Summer Link website has been enhanced for easy navigation on any device and to include resources in multiple languages.  Additionally, parents can sign up for an activity of the day to work with their student that has been differentiated by level band and subject.




Visit this link:
http://academics.cobbk12.org/index.php/ad/tl/apl/personalized-learning/summerlink/



New Student Summer Registration will be held on
July 11 from 8:30 to 4:30.
This is for new students
coming to Griffin for this coming school year.

If you are a rising 6th grade student and attended one of our feeder schools (King Springs, Fair Oaks, LaBelle, Norton Park, Belmont Hills, or Nickajack), then you do not need to register if you are zoned to attend Griffin. Your information will automatically roll up to our school.

If you are unsure if you are zoned for Griffin, you may email paul.gillihan@cobbk12.org and he will be able to verify
if you are or not zoned for GMS.

All other students planning on attending Griffin will
need to register on the 11th in order to be able
to start on the first day of school.

Check the tab below for ENROLLING  information
and what you will need to register your child.
http://www.cobbk12.org/aboutccsd/enrollment


PBIS Survey

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Dear Griffin Community,

Please take the time to complete the following survey about our PBIS system. Your participation will assist us in planning in the future.

Link to Survey: Positive Behavior Intervention Support

Or, Scan the QR Code:


Griffin Has a New Assistant Principal!
Welcome Ms. Cathie Siebert!

Starting the 2018-19 school year, Griffin Middle School will be fortunate to have Mrs. Cathie Siebert as our 4th AP. Cathie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of school life. She has been a Support and Service Administrator as well as a Educational Program Specialist in CCSD. Most recently, she is serving as Assistant Principal at Fair Oaks Elementary which feeds into Griffin.  She is a Smyrna resident whose personal mission is:
Live, Love, Learn, and Lead…Well!!
Welcome to Griffin Middle School!


Field Days Information



Field Day Reminders!

Don't forget to dress appropriately for exercise/getting dirty and bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and money to buy snacks.   
Also, new this year...bring cash for the Teacher Pie in the Face and the Dunk Tank!  
Highs will be in the 80s!

Volunteer for the Fun!

Parents, please join us next week for the fun! Our Field Days are at Rhyne Park, and many volunteers are needed for an hour or more between 8:30am-3:30pm. 

6th grade, Monday, May 14th
7th grade, Tuesday, May 15th
8th grade, Wednesday, May 16th
LINK:

https://bit.ly/2wGL9UC

Students *MUST* have a permission form on file with grade-level administrator to participate in the field days. Students with 2 or more ISS days or any OSS
days will not be able to participate
in field days.

 



TICKETS LINK: Into the Woods, Jr. Tickets


BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
BOOK FAIR!





Sign-up to Volunteer!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949acae23a31-anevening

Purchase Tickets: https://bit.ly/2uS0YqK
Permission Form Click HERE



Title I Stakeholders Input Survey

****Please Complete this Survey!****

Click on this Link:
https://tinyurl.com/parentsurveyGMS



Annual Stakeholders Input Meeting
Thursday, April 12, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Griffin Learning Commons


Tutoring & Saturday School
Opportunities for GMS Students

Griffin Middle school is pleased to announce that we will be offering Morning and Afternoon Tutoring opportunities and Saturday School to assist students throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  These opportunities are offered at no cost and students will receive extra help from Griffin Middle School teachers to help improve their academic performance and to assist in their preparation for the Georgia Milestones Assessment.

Click on the following links for more
information about student tutoring.
Parent Letter & Permission Form English
Parent Letter & Permission Form Spanish

Tranportation will be provided to students. Please read the attached forms for details & complete the necessary permission slips for your student to participate in tutoring and transporation services. Thank you, Wildcats!


You Can Help Stop the
Spread of the Flu Virus

Flu season is in full swing. Please help us in preventing the spread of this virus. If you child has a low-grade fever and no other symptoms they can come to school – however if they have a fever 101 or above then they must stay home and can return 24 hours after their fever breaks.

View link below to learn more about the flu, how to prevent it and school guidelines should your child be sick.

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/studentsupport/schoolhealth/flu.aspx


Spring Break School
Milestone Prep
April 2018
Sign-Up Form

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Click this Link: Sign-up Form



 

Watch this video for more info:
https://youtu.be/Hj-SrS5jHgg


ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL
AVID PROGRAM
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Attention Griffin Middle School eighth grade families planning to attend Campbell High School next year. Campbell High School invites entering ninth grade students to apply for the AVID program. AVID is a college preparation program that prepares high-potential students from the academic middle to complete a challenging curriculum in preparation for college. AVID students are motivated and capable of succeeding in rigorous coursework with support from the AVID program. AVID provides academic supports, organizational and time management skills, as well as college research and planning throughout high school.
If you are interested in more details, brochures and applications for AVID at Campbell High School
are available from your school counselor,
Ms. Cheryl McFadden


Scholastic Spring Book Fair
March 12-16, 2018
Learning Commons


Visit the Griffin Middle School
Book Fair Page:
http://www.scholastic.com/bf/griffinmiddleschool

No Need to Send Cash!
Set up an eWallet for your student!
https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parent-how-it-works.html

Celebrate Griffin's 45th Anniversary
March 17, 2018
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Spring Break School-April 2018
Parent Survey

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Dear Parents,
 
We are in the process of determining from you if there is a need and/or desire to provide a fun learning experience for your children during Spring Break. We are in the process of devising a three day session to include Milestones prep, fun outside activities with academic clubs like robotics, drones, and computer coding for those who want to beat the heat!! Of course we will plan for lunch each day for all participants. Griffin loves serving our parents and students in this way, so we need to know if you are interested! 

Please complete the survey below and let us know your thoughts.

Click on this link: Spring Break Summer School Parent Survey

Thank you!


  The Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. Parents may also complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school if internet access is not available at home. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


8th Grade College & Career Fair

Click the link to watch our students describe their experience at the 2018 C&C Fair.

Link:
https://youtu.be/xbc0o80jORQ


Memorial Service for our
beloved Griffin teacher
Ms. Barbara Quarles

A Memorial Service has been set for our beloved
Ms. Barbara Quarles.
It will take place on March 10th at 11 a.m. at the
Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home on Church St in Marietta.

The Griffin Foundation has set up a scholarship fund in honor of Ms. Quarles to support the furthering of a student’s education in the STEM fields which Barbara so dearly loved.

Memorials may be made here: http://bit.ly/2FfpCSV

-Barbara Quarles


1,2,3,4 We Declare a Penny War

Start collecting your coins today!!!

-Starting next Monday, March 5th, the PTSA will have a grade level competition every morning in the cafeteria from 8:20 to 9:10 am

-Pennies and dollars are positive points- so put those in YOUR grade’s bucket

-Silver coins are negative points- so put those in the OTHER grade’s bucket

-Grade winners will be announced each day

-Winners will receive an ice cream Sundae bar and a free seat Friday!!!

Drum Roll please!!!!!

Teacher Pie in the Face

·    Starting Monday we will have a chance for you purchase tickets to throw a pie in a face in one of fun GMS staff members

·  Place a $1 ticket in the teacher bucket of your choice and your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to throw a pie in the face of the staff member who has the most tickets

·   OR you can ‘buy now’ for a guaranteed opportunity for $25

·   Pie tickets can be purchased in the cafeteria next week from 8:20 to 9:15 am

·   We have several teachers who volunteered to get ‘PIED’ on field day!!!

Ready, Set, Aim, Throw!!!!!!


Congressman Loudermilk and Tata North America Visit Griffin for goIT App Design Program

Ms. Barlow, 8th Grade Science Teacher, organized this magnificent opportunity for our students to participate in at Griffin over the winter break. 1st place winners designed a forensics app, and 2nd place winners designed a traffic control app.
We are so proud of our students and their innovations.
Thank you to Congressman Loudermilk, Tata North America, and Ms. Barlow for your dedication to our youth.



  

 


Read Across America Week
February 26-March 2, 2018




Watch the Video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=yEhEFNwG3Bs&feature=youtu.be

Required Chill Spot Agreement
CLICK HERE
In Spanish: Click Here

Slime Station, Basketball, Video Games, Giant Twister game, dinner…and much, much more! The Chill Spot student event is 6 hour of non-stop fun for just $25, and raises funds for our GMS Foundation.
The full details and permission slip/waiver can be found HERE  (link) as well as the Learning Commons & School Store.
Tickets are on sale January 31-February 7th only.



Curriculum Night at Griffin will now be a combined effort to be done on 2/6 from 6:00 pm to 7:30.  We will be running “Ed Camps” for all three grade levels, which is a fun way to pick and choose what you want/need to attend to best suit your child's needs here at school and at home.  Come and learn all about preparing your students for what lies ahead in preparations for Milestones, but also preparing for next year!  We will have learning sessions available for Math and ELA, and sessions on navigating O365, ParentVue, and other technology platforms that you can use at home.
What a GREAT way to spend a fun Wednesday night together as family!

Click this link for more information: https://www.smore.com/r3f8k

Click here for printable event program: Curriculum Night Program


CCSD School Choice
Sibling Transfers-Updated Info

Dear CCSD Families,

Sibling Transfers - Parents/guardians of a student who has a sibling already enrolled in a District school through an approved transfer may apply for a younger sibling to attend the same school in accordance with District Administrative Rule JBCD-R. This provision attempts to address siblings enrolled in different schools at the same time due to an approved transfer. A sibling is defined as a brother, sister, step-brother, or step-sister living in the same household and who otherwise meets the requirements for enrollment.  The application window for the 2018-2019 school year will be open from January 4, 2018 through January 31, 2018.

For more information about this opportunity, and for a link to the online application, visit http://www.cobbk12.org/generalinfo/transfers/schoolchoice.aspx


8th Grade Trip
Savannah, GA
April 26-28th 2017

The 8th grade trip to Savannah, Georgia will be April 26-28, 2017.
Please review the attached flyer for more information.

Trip Flyer: Savannah & Tybee Educational Tour

Questions? Contact joshua.wonders@cobbk12.org

First Come Reservations! Book Early! Payment Plan!

 

Jr. Hawks Basketball

Wildcats! Griffin Middle School is participating in Jr. Hawks to earn money for our school. Purchase discounted Atlanta Hawks tickets from specified dates, earn prizes for you and money for Griffin! It's easy-just follow the directions on the flyer.



Download Flyer:

2017-2018/Jr. Hawks School Assist - Parent Flyer.pdf


Griffin Foundation
Nature Trail

 

Thanks to the Griffin Community's donations to the Give 2 Griffin Campaign, our GMS Foundation was able to create a nature trail for our students on Griffin grounds! Teachers and students will be able to utilize the trail in all content areas to support student learning. Come on out and walk the trail-there is nothing like the beauty of nature.

Here is a list of trees you will see on the nature trail: Nature Trail Trees

"The Wonders of Nature are Endless."-Walt Disney

Nature Trail Blazing

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time: 2-5 PM

Volunteers are needed to help clear and create the GMS Nature Trail!
Bring your rakes, clippers, and other yard tools.
Sign up here if you can give 2-3 hours of your time.
 
Nature Trail Sign-up Link

This is a Community Service Hours opportunity, and therefore, students volunteers are welcome!

Sponsored by GMS Foundation


Progress Reports

Distributed in Homeroom on November 16, 2017


Sign-Up to Volunteer!


Jacket2Jacket
Reading Program
October 2-October 31, 2017

Ready every day and win prizes
from the Georgia Tech Women's Basketball Team!

Information & Reading Log:
http://bit.ly/2fGODio


Griffin Foundation
4th Annual Haunted House
October 27 & 28, 2017
6-9 PM

Sign-up to Help!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949acae23a31-griffin

Watch this awesome
Haunted House Advertisement:
4th Annual GMS Foundation Haunted House Video

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and children 5 and under are free.

Purchase your tickets online at this link:

https://my.cheddarup.com/c/griffin-middle-school-foundation-s-haunted-house-oct-27-28

2017-2018/2017 GMS HH Waiver.pdf



Fostering Communication for Life
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Hawthorne Center

Griffin Parents are invited to attend
"Fostering Communication Skills"
Facilitating Communication Through
Visual Supports & Literacy Activities

Presented by the CCSD Speech Department.

Spanish:  Communication VIP Flyer

Register: 770-529-0046 or
www.signup.com/go/dEtPqkU

 


PSAT PREP

Saturdays
September 16 & October 7

PSAT Test:
Wednesday, October 11

  

Wildcats! PSAT Prep will be taking place
this Saturday, September 16, 2017 and
Saturday, October 7, 2017.

If you are interested in attending,
you need to complete this form
by NOON Friday, September 15th.

PSAT Prep Sign-up Form
The form may be dropped off to Ms. Efaw, or scanned & emailed to tracy.efaw@cobbk12.org

 

Smile Big!
School Picture Day

Friday, October 6, 2017

Information Available in Homeroom


October 5, 2017 6:30 PM
Griffin MS Cafeteria

Back by popular demand, Griffin Middle School staff is hosting a "Hispanic Heritage Celebration" on Thursday, October 5, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM. There will be music, dancing, student work displays, and we are requesting Griffin families to donate Hispanic food dishes to share.
Food tickets will be provided upon sign-in at the event.

 

If you would like to DONATE a Hispanic food dish (tamales, tacos, rice, chips/salsa, etc.), please sign up via this Google form: http://bit.ly/2w6SNCl
or you may access the form via this QR Code

Teachers and staff are welcome to bring a Hispanic dish, too!

INFORMACION EN ESPANOL


PTSA Reflections Contest

THEME: "Within Reach"

Entries are due to the learning commons
by October 3, 2017.
Questions? Contact jenispraying4u@gmail.com or tatojoka.ma@gmail.com.

For complete details & rules:
https://www.pta.org/reflections

 


Annual Title I
State of the School Meeting

October 5, 2017 5:30 PM
GMS Learning Commons


Title I Fall Input Meeting

The Title I Fall Input Meeting will be
held on Thursday, September 21, 2017
from 5 PM-6PM in the GMS Learning Commons.

Please join us as we meet to discuss the following topics:

-Improving Student Academic Performance

-Top Barriers That Hinder Student Achievement

-Ways to get Parents Involved

Your hosts will be:

Paul Gillihan (School Principal)

Rockette Anderson, Matthew Short and Laure Hooper (Academic Coaches)

 Eduardo Quintana (Parent Facilitator)

Click HERE for the English & Spanish Flyer

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SURVEY LINKS
Please complete the following survey.
We appreciate your input to help make a Greater Griffin!
English- https://goo.gl/forms/ES5bzZL2HKGAwBqG3 

Spanish- https://goo.gl/forms/7DhncAHmb3rdj1NG2

Thursday, September 21st


Magnet Program
Information Meetings @ Griffin MS

 

Griffin Middle School is very excited to announce that we will host two magnet informational nights featuring Dan Penick, the IB coordinator from Campbell High School. All interested families are encouraged to attend their child’s grade level meeting. This is a great time to learn about all the magnet programs and what they have to offer your student. There will be Spanish translator available.

 Informational Flyer Click HERE


Title I Parent Involvement Meeting
September 7, 2017

As part of Title I School Policy, staff development will take place to create strategies for family engagement activities at Griffin Middle School.


Solar Eclipse Over Griffin
August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day Bell Schedule

Attendance Procedures

Cobb County School District is allowing any student who is absent on Monday, August 21st to be excused with a note from the parent.  If you plan to keep your child home on Monday, August 21st, please have him/her bring in the note this Friday, August 18.

You are also able to check your child out of school at 12:45pm on Monday, August 21st.  Again, please have your child bring in a note this Friday, August 18 if you will be checking him/her out at 12:45pm on Monday.

On August 21, 2017, the Eclipse Over America will take place, an event which will not be seen again for about 75 years.

To prepare students for this once in a lifetime event, students will be able to go outside with their classes and view the eclipse with special glasses to protect their eyes. These glasses will be provided for students, and a permission form for viewing will be sent home before the eclipse takes place.

Leading up to the eclipse, teachers in every subject area have been asked to design lessons that touch on the eclipse. Students will use this natural phenomenon as a real-world learning opportunity to explore ancient cultures and their beliefs about eclipses, myths, and fairy tales written about eclipses and use math and science to explain why we have eclipses and why we do not have them more often.

If you have questions about classroom activities, please contact your student's teachers.Griffin has received additional spaces for the Clemson University eclipse viewing. The essay contest has been extended, and students are again invited to submit an essay! Deadline to submit is Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 4:15 pm. If you have questions, please speak with your science teacher. Thank you & Good Luck!

Solar Eclipse Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following students who will travel to Clemson University to view the Solar Eclipse!

6th Grade  Morgan Lyons
7th Grade Mayson Drinkard
8th Grade Anna Ramsey

Teacher Winner

Ms. Carla Walker

Max Eclipse View Time in Smyrna is 2:38 p.m.

Solar Eclipse Glasses
Verified Safe for School Activities

Griffin Middle School has taken precautionary measures to verify the solar eclipse glasses being used for tomorrow's school activities are safe. Below is a link that provides a list of manufacturers who have produced safe glasses for solar eclipse viewing. The name brand being used by Griffin is Rainbow Symphony by Celestron.

https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

 


 

7th graders for the 2017-2018 school year, please review the following information about required vaccinations.

If you have questions, please contact your student's school counselor. Thank you!

 

 

6th Grade Letter-Immunization Info (Spanish)

6th Grade Letter-Immunization Info


Griffin Cell Phone
& Electronic Device Policy
2017-2018

CCSD's policy is: "Students shall not use, display, or turn on communication beepers, cellular phones, video phones, or electronic devices during instructional time, class time, breakfast, or lunch."

The principal shall determine specified times on
campus when electronic devices may be used for instructional purposes."

The principal shall determine specified times on
campus when electronic devices may be used for instructional purposes."

Guidelines

1. Cell phones are to be off and out of sight at all times-they cannot be used in hallways, cafeteria, gym, restroom, learning commons, or classroom.
2. GMS is in the process of renewing our yearly BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) application to the county which would allow teachers who are trained to get permission from parents for students to use cell phones in class for instructional purposes. GMS was BYOD last year, but we must go through the training & application process each year. This means that there will be no BYOD for the first few weeks until everything is completed.
3. Because lunch time is a time that students have to socialize and talk with friends, this year students may not use their cell phones. Each week, grade-levels will be given the chance to earn the right to use cell phone on Friday by displaying positivie behavior as a whole grade during lunch. This will be evaluated each week.

Parents, please share this information with your students, and help us to keep things orderly and safe at Griffin. Remind your student to be a responsible citizen and to follow these policies.

Additionally, please refrain from using your child's cell phone to communicate with them during the instructional day. Please call student support (678) 842-6917, ext. 061 if you need to give your student a message.

Thank you for always helping us to make a Greater Griffin.

Letter to Parents from Mr. Gillihan: CLICK HERE

Be Here. Be Ready. Be Respectful
Be Great! Be Griffin!


ELA Required
Summer Reading List

Each grade level is assigned required summer reading along with assignments that are due when students return to school in late summer. See below for the book list and the assignment links.

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

ASSIGNMENT: 8th Grade

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

ASSIGNMENT: 8th Grade AC

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

ASSIGNMENT: 7th Grade AC

7th Grade AC
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man from the Other Side by Uri Orlev
Ender in Exile by Orscot Scott Card

ASSIGNMENT: 7th Grade

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

ASSIGNMENT: 6th Grade AC

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

ASSIGNMENT: 6th Grade

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

PRINTABLE LIST:
2017 Summer Reading List