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a world class education that prepares them
for high school success.
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High School Information
We are in need of four volunteers to cover the
theater/ lobby/ parking lot before school on Wednesday,
October 29th, so that the teachers can attend before
school training. The time is from 8:45 - 9:00 am. Please
sign up under the PTSA tab on Daniell's website. This is
a great opportunity to help the school out for an hour.
CCSD Updates Enrollment Protocol
The health and safety of our students and
school staffs is our highest priority. National and
international health authorities are currently working to manage
an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in several
countries in West Africa. The Cobb County School District has
released an update to the Enrollment Protocol as well a letter
to parents informing them of the changes. Please see the links
Download the Enrollment Protocol Memo
Download the Parent Letter regarding Ebola Protocol
8th Grade Band Night
On Friday, October
17, 2014, almost 70 members of the Daniell
Middle School 8 Grade Band and over 45 of their family members
attended the Sprayberry Band of Gold’s Annual 8 Grade Night.
This event offers 8 Grade Band students the opportunity to
attend a football game, spend the evening with the marching
band, perform in the stands, socialize with the marching band
members, and enjoy an ice cream social to conclude the evening.
Daniell Band members had a great introduction to marching band
and really enjoyed their time at Sprayberry. Special thanks to
Sprayberry Band Directors Andy Esserwein and Terrace Ellis,
Middle School Liaison Carla Harper and the many Band Of Gold
Boosters that helped make this evening a tremendous success.
Caught in the Act September Awards
43 nominations were submitted for students
who were caught in the act for the month of September of doing
something good for others. Caught in Act is a PTSA sponsored and
faculty endorsed program to help increase positive behavior
choices at Daniell.
Did you know that 39%
of the students at Daniell Middle School are in the Band? 6
grade students meet on a daily basis in beginning band classes,
and the 7 and 8 grade students are enrolled in either concert or
symphonic band classes. Additionally, 7 and 8 grade band
students have many opportunities for enrichment. For example, 38
students are preparing music for Solo and Ensemble which takes
place on November 8, and 32 students are preparing for the Honor
Band/All State audition which takes place on December 6. 7 and
8grade band students can also participate in extracurricular
ensembles. The Daniell Percussion Ensemble has 8 members who
rehearse after school on Wednesdays, the Daniell Woodwind
Ensemble has 13 members who rehearse before school on Fridays,
and the first rehearsal for the Daniell Jazz Band is coming up
on October 6. We’re expecting a big turnout for that rehearsal
and these students will meet every Monday before school to learn
about and how to perform jazz and related styles of music.
These ensembles will prepare for performances at school and for
We are also pleased to announce that the
Daniell Band recently completed a fully funded DonorsChoose
project. Two iPads for students use are in the process of being
shipped to Daniell. We hope to pursue additional projects in the
If you have the opportunity to come hear us
perform this year, we hope you’ll join us! If you’re not
attending Daniell yet, we hope that you’ll make the choice that
so many have done before you – be a part of the band! There’s a
place for everyone in the Daniell Band.
PTSA Silent Auction Basket Donations for
Friday, October 17, 2014!
*Drop off box outside Front Office
Movie Night, Chocolate Lover, Baking, Pets,
UGA, Reading & Gift Cards
All proceeds will go to families in need
Sponsored by your PTSA
Time for PTSA Reflections
Need a creative
outlet? There is still time to enter the 2014-2015
National Reflections Contest. This year's theme is "The
world would be a better place if..." Entry forms and
information are available on the Reflections bulletin board in
the cafeteria, and include the following categories:
Dance, Film, Literature, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts.
All projects should be turned in to the front office with the
appropriate entry and permission forms by no later than October
Students Experience the Performing Arts at
All students will have the opportunity
to see the production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
during their Connections classes on Monday, November 17, 2014.
It is dramatized by Le Clanche Du
Rand, based on the story by C.S. Lewis, and directed by GET
Educaton Director Laurel Crowe
. During the production, four
actors will portray Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan in their
thrilling adventures in Narnia.
Courage comes to
Daniell Friday, October 17, 2014!
tailor-made for middle school students, Courage
collides the contemporary experience of today with Stephen
classic tale, The Red Badge of Courage. Courage
re-examines the classic story through the lens of the courageous
tales of grown-up challenges facing young people in contemporary
Atlanta. Fall into the imagination of characters who explore
themes of isolation, respect, duty, and courage through
homework, video games, and long waits at the bus stop.
Media Center Transforms to Support Digital
Learning Experiences for Students
The Daniell Media Center is
converting into a Learning Commons.
We are a Cobb County pilot school for this new program.
The goal of a Learning Commons is to “provide a
centralized go-to location for all users seeking help
with teaching, researching, and being a global citizen.”
A library organized in this way fosters collaborative
work and social interaction among users during research
and learning. Our goal is to create a bustling place
where students’ needs are met and where they want to be.
This is a huge shift from the quiet place to just check
out books, and we are excited about it.
We are not getting rid of all of the
books! We have been weeding out the old dated books that
are not being used by our students so that they can see
the great relevant books that are available. We have
removed several shelves and made room for new
technologies. As online resources are often more up to
date, we find our students getting more of their factual
information from the Internet, so we are focusing on
more digital resources for most types of research. As
always, we will have a book budget and will continue to
purchase new books. We will continue to focus on
supporting both the curriculum and our student’s
pleasure reading needs in print and digital form. Our
e-book collection is off to a great start on the Mackin
Via page, which houses the Cobb Digital library, and
will continue to grow there.
In terms of physical space, we have
ordered new tables and chairs which will arrive in
September. These are on wheels so
that they can be rearranged for collaboration according
to each student’s needs, Crossview Baptist Church has
sent volunteers to help us apply a clean coat of paint
to the walls, and we are trying to make a more open
uncluttered space for moving furniture around and
allowing for collaboration and flexibility. We will be
providing creative spaces with accessibility to things
like scissors, markers, and glue sticks as well as
moving my desk out of the office and turning that area
into a quiet studio area for students who are doing
digital projects that require recording narration or who
need a silent place to work.
This transformation is a work in
progress and will be continuing throughout the school
year. Come by and see the difference!
Hawkins Starts Visual Arts Comprehensive
Comprehensive, the required
high school class for all subsequent visual arts classes, is now
being offered to Daniell students. We are excited to offer this
year long class to our 8 grade students for the first time. With
the support of Mr. Nelson and our administration and the
leadership of Mrs. Cara Hawkins, Daniell Fine Arts Instructor,
the art department has grown tremendously over the last five
years. Some middle schools in the county are offering this class
to a few or a class of 8 grade students but we have
two very full classes of students who will leave Daniell with
this high school credit under their belt.
Taught by Mrs.
Cara Hawkins, it is a rigorous art class with great demands on
the students where maturity, creativity and responsibility each
play a big part. Each student will create their own art website
where they will submit assignments electronically. In addition,
students will participate in 4 Common Core performance
tasks (1 per 9 week quarter). These tasks will be
submitted online and be assessed at the county-level. Take a
look at the Daniell Art website at
where you can see the syllabus, and student websites. You can
follow Mrs. Hawkins” blog which can be accessed on the Daniell
website under faculty and staff. We are looking forward to a
great year of watching these artists blossom.
Forbes Offers Robotics Class to Advance STEM
Mrs. Becky Forbes, teacher in
Technology & Engineering, will have the pleasure of exposing
over our J. J. Daniell students to our phenomenal trend setting
curricula in her Technology class. In addition to students
learning our new Solid Works engineering 3D software and
printing designs on our new Stratasys 3D printer, students
are now learning how to integrate math, physics, physical
science, and many technology skills utilizing our new Lego
Mindstorm EV3 robots.
Please encourage your students to sign
up for the Technology course and Mr. Hawlk’s robotics team each
year. There are only 8 of 24 middle schools thus far able
to provide this type of education in Cobb County.
Mr. Parker Named CCSD Middle Level Teacher
of the Year for 2014-2015
to Mr. Rick Parker who has been named
Cobb County School District's Middle
Level Teacher of the Year!
Superintendent Ragsdale came to the
Faculty and Staff 2014-2015 Kick-Off
Meeting at Daniell Monday morning to
make the announcement.
Pictured above: David Nelson
(Principal), Rick Parker (CCSD Middle
Level Teacher of the Year), Chris
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Daniell Students Break Records on the 2014
The 2014 CRCT results have been released.
Daniell students performed above the state mean score for 6, 7,
and 8 grades in reading, language arts, science, and social
Click here to learn more.
Coordinate Algebra / Analytic Geometry
Students Make a Home Run
Once again, 100% of the Daniell students in
the super advanced math class, Coordinate Algebra/Analytic
Geometry have meet and exceeded standards on their
End-of-Course-Test (EOCT). 18 of 34 students who took the EOCT
exceeded. One student even made a perfect score.
Congratulations to Daniell's 2014 Teacher
This past week, four Daniell teachers were
recognized for their service and contribution to the students of
Cobb County and Daniell Middle School. From left to right, Mrs.
Janes Sanders, Mrs. Rebecca Tidwell, Principal Nelson, Mrs.
Dutch Kral, and Mrs. Margaret Lile. During their service at
Daniell, the student achievement scores have never been so high.
Their service has been invaluable in helping ensure students are
prepared to high school success.
Please join us in celebrating the careers of
these individuals and their commitment to students.