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Addison Gator Gallop
- March 28, 2015
Honoring 36 Years of Service to Our School
February 27, Mrs. Betty Wilson was honored for her 36 years of
service to our school by having the cafeteria named in her
honor. Mrs. Wilson served all 36 years as a food service
assistant at Daniell Middle School. During the dedication
ceremony, a breakfast was provided, stories were shared by staff
about Mrs. Wilson, and she was given a plaque to commenerate
this honor. The plague seen in the above picture will be hung in
Online Learning during Snow Days
Did you know this past school year was the
last time students would take the CRCT? Beginning this year, all
students in our state will take the Georgia Milestones. Like the
CRCT, it will test students knowledge of what they have learned
in math, science, social studies, and language arts. The Georgia
Department of Education is telling schools that this test is
much more difficult for students and that scores may be lower
this year due to increased rigor. Math and language arts
questions will have constructed response items where students
have to write their answers. Your child's teachers are working
to ensure your child's success. But, they need your help. In
addition to questioning your student about what they are
learning and how they have to show that they have learned their
daily objectives in each class, you can help by visiting the
teacher blogs and having your child take advantage of the many
free online resources we provide for them. One of these
resources is USA Test Prep.
Every Daniell Middle School student can
benefit from using USA Test Prep to help prepare for the
Milestones. This home-based internet program is simple to use.
Your child already has a member login account and is using it at
school with many of their teachers. Teachers can actually
monitor how often your student uses the program. USA Test Prep
supports language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and
social studies by breaking down questions into the same domains
as tested on the Georgia Mielstones through vocabulary, tests,
practice, games, and videos. Encourage your child to get started
and log as many hours as he or she can, even if just playing the
games. And if you are up for the challenge, it makes for great
family trivia too! The computer assisted tutorial program can
not only help students who are struggling with particular topics
in a subject area, it can also help provide enrichment to
students to assist them in learning at higher levels.
Access USATestprep here.
Daniell Ranks #1 in Area 4 CCSD Middle Schools
Daniell Middle School had the highest ITBS
and College and Career Readiness Performance middle school
scores in Area 4! Congratulations Daniell students!!! Below are the results for
Area 4 CCSD middle schools.
and Career Readiness Score
Daniell Ranks #7 out of All CCSD Middle Schools
The updated and corrected scores on the 2014
CCRPI has been published by the Georgia Department of Education.
Congratulations Daniell students for such a strong performance.
Check out the scores and compare us to any
CCSD middle school.
The Sky Is the Limit in Engineering
As with all classes, Engineering has
it's plans and pacing guide. But Ms. Forbes, the teacher
for Engineering, would like for you to see an example of what
these students can do when "differientiating." These two
students, within their first week in SolidWorks, completed their
first three assignments early. With no assistance, they
were then asked to design from scratch the double light switch
cover in our classroom to scale. When you search
decorative light switch covers, there are thousands. This
is theirs! Career Tech, real classes for real life!
Honor Band Weekend
February 6-8, 2015 at Lovinggood Middle School, five band
students participated in Honor Band Weekend. Tarik I., Nassim
J., Veronica N., Nate P. and Andy T. participated in rehearsals
on Friday evening and all day Saturday with students from across
Cobb County under the direction of guest conductors Freddie
Martin and Lauren Denney-Wright. The weekend culminated in a
fabulous series of concerts on Sunday afternoon at Hillgrove
Congratulations to our Daniell Honor Band
students. Thank you for representing us so well!
Looking Ahead to High School
The transition from
middle to high school can be challenging for all students. So
that 8th graders can look forward to “movin’ on up” to
Sprayberry stress-free, Sprayberry and Daniell faculty have
planned activities to answer as many questions as possible
before they enter 9 grade. On Wednesday, February 4 a
group of 22 SHS students came to visit Daniell Middle School 8
grade classrooms. The students, under the supervision of
Mr. John Kelly (Principal, SHS) and Dr. Kerri McDougal (AP,
SHS), were able to speak to our students about high school life
and to answer many of the questions that the 8 graders had.
On February 20, Daniell students will visit Sprayberry as part
of our transition activities to high school. Additionally,
there is a parent night scheduled for March 3 at Sprayberry.
PTSA Officers Wanted
If you are interested
in being an officer for the 2015-2016 PTSA at Daniell, please
Nelson or Wendy
and let them know. The Nominating Committee is now seeking names
of those who want to help lead our PTSA next school year.
Positions that need filled are president, vice-president,
secretary, and treasurer.
Community Support Career Day
8 Grade students
participated in Daniell’s annual Career Day on Friday, January
30. Our goal is to help middle school students connect the dots
between education and their future. Along with that, we want our
students to see the many possibilities, traditional and
non-traditional, that are available to them post-graduation.
In a previous survey 8 grade students ranked their career
preferences and on Career Day rotated through 3 different
sessions listening only to speakers that were of interest to
them. 22 community member and volunteers came to our campus to
share their professional experiences with our students.
Professions represented included: CCPD, legal, military,
cosmetology, automotive industry, design, journalism, teaching,
and many more. Career Day was a huge successful and we are
eternally grateful for our speakers and the Daniell community
for their support!
Speakers pictured from left to right:
Chiropractor, Dr. Jodi Dixon, Army Reservist, Jonathan Kiel,
Fire Fighter, Lt. Eric Mohrmann, Kabbage representatives, Andy
Badstubner & Charles Borowsky, Real Estate Agent, Iliana Icen,
Education Advocate, Mark Perez, BBQ Street co-owner, Don
Jensen, Veterinarian, Dr. Michael Good, Three-13
Associates, Lilia Harkins, Taylor Hogan, & Jennifer Berton,
Teacher, Rick Parker, Professor, Dr. Consuela Ward, Cobb County
DA, Vic Reynolds, Weather Channel Producer, Marc McAfee,
Software Engineer, Roger Bryant, Chef, Chris Fitzpatrick, and
CCPD, Sgt. Dana Pierce.
Speakers not pictured: Mel Boteri Luxury
Handbag founder, Melanie Mueller, Shakehouse Boxing Owner,
Sammie Milhouse, Automotive Representative, David Samaha, and
Logomotion Owner, Patti Willig.
PTSA and Culture Club Sponsor Mix It Up Day
On Wednesday, January 21st Daniell
students participated in our first “Mix It Up” day during lunch!
This event was sponsored by the Culture Club and Daniell PTSA.
Teaching Tolerance’s “Mix It Up” program is a national campaign
that helps schools develop an inclusive school climate. On this
day, students were asked to sit with students that they don’t
normally sit with at lunch. Dr. Ward and Ms. McCullough modeled
2 questions for the students that they were supposed to discuss
at the lunch table. The students were told to tell 2 truths
about themselves and 1 lie and the students were supposed to
guess which the truths were and which was the lie. Students were
also asked to share what super power they would want to possess
and why. The goal was for students to mingle with and get to
know students that they don’t normally interact with and,
ultimately, to realize that we are not all that different!
Daniell Students Exceed State and District Scores on the
Scores for Daniell Middle School on the 2014 College and
Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) surpassed both
state and district middle school scores. The Georgia
Department of Education recently released the third year
of ratings under the statewide accountability system.
The CCRPI measurement is on a 100-point scale rating the
academic achievement and progress of individual schools
and their school systems. Daniell scored an 81.1. The
district average for middle schools was 73.9. The state
average for middle schools was 73.2.
Click here to see how Daniell did compared to any other
middle school in Cobb.
Sock Drive Results Posted
During the month of December, the
National Junior Honor Society completed a Sock Drive service
project for MUST ministries. They were assigned to
homeroom classes and served as motivators to drive the school’s
participation in the collection of socks. After two weeks,
the students were able to collect 502 pairs of socks, with the
winning homeroom bringing in 115 pairs alone. Way to go
Ms. Weaver’s homeroom! Thanks for all of the hard work, as
I am sure many individuals will have warm toes thanks to your
Performing Arts Gives Holiday Concert to Student Body
On Friday, December
12, the 8 Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra, Jazz Band and
Woodwind Ensemble presented a Holiday Prism Concert for the
whole school. There will over 200 performers involved in this
annual event that helps ring in the spirit of the season. The
performance included traditional Christmas and Hanukkah
selections and concluded with a school sing a long.
2015-2016 School Choice Information
The Cobb County
School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and
SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year. Individual
school capacity information and applications will be available
beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website. For
more information, please see our
2015-16 School Choice
Robotics Team Competing at Super Regionals
Saturday, January 10,
Daniell Robotics Team 15027 will be competing at the Super
Regional event at Clark Creek Elementary school. This is the
next step to possibly competing at the state level. This
team worked over the winter break to program their robot for
multiple missions and they also worked on and developed a new
presentation. They will be competing at a higher level this time
as of the teams have more experience. Team leader Poojan M. will
be working with fellow team members Anish, Parth, Roshan,
Varshith, and Dawson to try and bring us home another trophy and
possibly the chance to move forward.
This will be an exciting event!
Seventh Grade Band Goes Out for Fun
Saturday, December 13, members of the 7 Grade Band spent an
evening out on the town together. First, students enjoyed dinner
at The Varsity at Town Center, and then they attended the Cobb
Wind Symphony Holiday Concert at The Lassiter Concert Hall. The
students really enjoyed spending the evening together. The wind
symphony’s performance included traditional and contemporary
Christmas and Hanukkah selections, serious concert band
literature, Brazilian influenced music, and concluded with a
sing a long.
Mr. Kendall Brings Students Hour of Code
In December Mr. Kendall’s 7 grade
Career Discovery and 8 grade Introduction to Business &
Technology classes participated in Hour of Code, as part of
Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code is a
global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+
countries, in which students have a chance to explore computer
science and learn how to write code for a program.
Natasha Dobson, Founder and
CEO of WebbyKids, helped organize this event. Ms. Dobson met
with Mr. Kendall’s classes and got them started on learning
how to write our own code. The students had a blast! At the
completion of each session, students received a Certificate
of Completion. Every
student should have the opportunity to learn computer
science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and
creativity. By starting early, students will have a
foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See
more stats on Code.org.
Daniell Performs at Atlanta Hawks Game
41 Daniell chorus members presented a
wonderful rendition of our national anthem at the Hawks vs.
76er’s basketball game on Wednesday night (Dec. 10).
After the successful performance
students were able to enjoy the game and spend some time with
Great job Daniell Chorus!
In December 17 Band students
auditioned for Honor Band and All State Band. Tarik I. and
Nassim J. made the Honor Band on clarinet. Nate P. was named
Principal Snare Drum in the Honor Band, and oboist Veronica N.
made the Honor Band and also advanced to the Final Round of the
All State Band auditions. Andy T., clarinet and Garrett R.,
tenor sax were named as alternates for the Honor Band.
Honor Band members will participate in Honor Band Weekend at
Lovinggood Middle School on February 6-8, 2015.
Congratulations to all Daniell Band
students who participated in the audition process. By doing so,
you advanced your proficiency on your instrument to another
Congrats to Robotics Team
In December Daniell's Robotics Team brought
home two awards: Team Work and Programming. Mr. Hawlk is the
2014 FBLA Competitions Begin!
J. J. Daniell Middle School’s Future
Business Leaders of America (F.B.L.A.) is starting off with a
vengeance! Eighteen students, two parents, and Adviser
Becky Forbes attended the Fall Motivational Rally in Perry, GA.
Students were definitely motivated! They saw an amazing
Las Vegas juggler with a powerful message, took a variety of
practice online competitions, and got to wrap it up with
attending the Perry State Fair.
Officers Morgan M. and Kevin P.
traveled with Ms. Forbes to Athens for the Fall Leadership
Conference. There were over 2,000 students state-wide in
attendance. They attended a variety of inspiring
As you can see from the link below,
Joey B. knocked it out of the park in his official FBLA attire
reciting the Creed for his Region competition. Yohanna M.,
Nykyla R., Naty K., and Catalina A. completed their
Employability Skills Competition for mailing. They had a
make believe corporation they prepared a letter of application,
resume, and two-page application for.
Dec. 11 other students will be taking
a variety of online competitions to include: business
spelling, business computations, marketing, career exploration,
computer concepts, and personal finance.
Enjoy this amazing
private viewing performance:
Girls on Track Celebrates with 5k Race
Sunday, November 9 the Girls on Track team at Daniell Middle
School ran their Fall 5k race at Atlantic Station. Girls on
Track is an international program that teaches life skills
through dynamic lessons and physical activity. The culmination
of the program is a celebratory 5k.
After 12 weeks and
24 practices full of lessons and running, 13 girls from Daniell
successfully completed the 5k race with their “running buddy.”
Running buddies were either a Girl’s on Track coach or an adult
friend/family member that was there to encourage the girls along
the way. The race events consisted of fun pre-race activities
such as color hair spraying and face painting and warm-up Zumba.
The race course started at the Dillard’s at Atlantic station and
continued up Howell Mill Road to the finish line back at
Atlantic Station. The Girls on Track coaches and the Daniell
staff members are so proud of all these girls have accomplished!
Superior Ratings Earned at Solo and Ensemble
On Saturday, November 8, 28 Band
students participated in the Georgia Music Educators District 12
Solo & Ensemble Festival at Barber Middle School.
Eight students performed solos and all
eight earned Superior ratings. Additionally, there were eight
different ensembles that performed at the event. Seven of the
ensembles earned Superior ratings and one ensemble earned an
Excellent rating. Mrs. Holbrook and Mr. Baxley congratulate
these students on their successful performances at this event.
PTSA Begins Plans for the 2015-2016 School Year
The Daniell PTSA will
be electing a Nominating Committee
in December. This committee is charged with the task of
finding a slate of candidates
to serve as PTSA officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The
nominating committee will be made up of five members and two
alternates. Committee members must be members of the Daniell
PTSA. If you are interested in serving on this committee or are
interested in being an officer, please contact Susan McCullough
email@example.com or at 770/429-0797.
Take Students to Georgia Educational Technology
On November 5 and 6 Mr. Rick Parker and Mrs.
Leslie Keith took a small group of students to the Georgia
Educational Technology Conference to present the cool things the
students have been doing with DaniellPedia for the last several
Around 200 educators from the state stopped
by the showcase to watch students demonstrate a variety of great
tools and techniques. Daniell students dazzled them with their
technical competence, confident communication skills and easy
taught people about Google Docs and provided play by play of a
live feed of seventh grade students working on a collaborative
project in the Learning Commons back at school.
provided technical support and demonstrated screencasting and
visitors a highly detailed demo of Google Classroom.
Catie gave lessons on creating video using
Junior Jackets Take First Place
Congratulations to the Junior Jackets sixth
grade girls and seventh grade boys basketball teams for coming
in first place at the Allatoona Basketball Tournament held on
Saturday, November 1.
Performs at Bells
Ferry Fall Festival
On Saturday, October
25, the Woodwind Ensemble performed at the Bells Ferry
Elementary Fall Festival. Students entertained their
audience at the festival by performing a Bach Minuet,
The Imperial March from Star Wars, and the James Bond
Theme. It was a beautiful day to perform and the
ensemble member enjoyed performing at the festival.
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.
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.
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
Click here to read the good news in the Marietta Daily Journal!
Click here to read the news from our district!
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.
CCSD Direction for Continuous Improvement