Welcome to Dodgen M.S.
2009 GA School of Excellence
Dr. Loralee Hill, Principal
Tia Bryller, Assistant
Karen Davis, Assistant Principal
News & Announcements
2015-16 School Choice
The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice
(HB 251and SB10) transfers for the 2016-2017 school year.
capacity information and applications will be available
February 1, 2016 on the District website. For more information,
2016-17 School Choice
The web address for the link is:
Who: East Cobb Community
What: Please join us as we celebrate Dodgen’s 40th
When: Thursday, March 24th at 6:00pm
Where: Dodgen Middle School Theater
We welcome the community to take a walk back in time as we
relive highlights of the past. All will also have the
opportunity to take a tour with our student leaders, enjoy an
interactive museum walk in our new Learning Commons, and
participate in many other fun activities planned for the
evening. Cake will be served immediately following the ceremony.
Any questions, email us at,
Directional Map for 8th Grade Dance
February 11th until 6 p.m.
From Dr. Hill:
December 9, 2015
I am very pleased with our End
of Grade (EOG) Milestones scores for our school. With a new
standardized assessment, which required writing in all subject
areas for the first time, our students once again outperformed
those from several schools throughout the district and within
the State of Georgia. Dodgen has a rich tradition of excellence,
and this has continued with the results of the Spring 2015 EOG
Individual Score Reports will be sent home
via your student this afternoon, and you will notice that these
score reports have a new look and contain a wealth of new
information. One of the biggest changes you will notice are
results reported in achievement levels:
Level 1 – Beginning Learner;
Level 2 – Developing Learner;
Level 3 – Proficient Learner;
Level 4 – Distinguished Learner.
Another area of change on the score report
is detailed information regarding how your child scored on each
domain area of each subject test. There are three levels for
this, and this provides information as to where your child was
in terms of their learning. Please keep in mind that these tests
were given 8 months ago, and we have multiple data sources that
accurately gauge their current levels of learning.
While it may be tempting, please refrain
from comparing your child’s previous CRCT score with EOG
results. These are two very different tests that simply cannot
We will offer EOG Parent Information
Sessions after the break, so please check our Dodgen Webpage for
dates and times. There will be three offerings (AM, during
school, and PM) to accommodate your daily schedules. In the
interim, please contact your child’s teacher with general
questions and specific information as to how they are
We know that these score reports will
generate many questions, and it is our intent to make sure that
we adequately answer your questions and concerns in a timely
manner. Our EOG Parent Information Sessions will be one of
several opportunities for you to learn more about the EOG’s.
Please check out all of the resources found right here on our
Dodgen website which will allow you to access and navigate the
resources offered by Cobb County School District and the Georgia
Department of Education to learn more.
Our goal is student success, and increasing
student growth will allow our school to continue to be
recognized as one of the best in the State of Georgia. In
summary, Dodgen scored extremely well, and know that our
teachers are working diligently on academic gaps of our students
and areas of concern which will allow our students to grow
Dr. Loralee Hill
Information on the Georgia Milestones
The Georgia Milestones are state assessments that were given for
the first time during the 2014 – 2015 school year. This page is
a collection of information to help you better understand and
use the results of these new assessments.
The Georgia Parent Survey collects data
that will be used as a part of the calculation of Dodgen’s
school climate star rating. The star rating is used in our
final CCRPI score. Survey responses are anonymous and will
be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for
analysis. You can use our computer lab or any personal
device to complete this survey. We appreciate your
for Cobb runs through November 20.
October Testing Information
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8th grade students only
will be administered the PSAT. On this day, 6th
grade students will eat first and their Connections periods will
be moved to the middle of the day rather than at the end of the
day. 8th grade students will be testing until
approximately 12:30 on that day.
More information on the PSAT is posted
Tiko Jones, Education and Community
Relations Specialist for Cobb EMC, presented a gift card to
Stacie Murrell, Teacher of the Year, and Shannon Petrucci,
Certified Employee of the Year.
Cobb EMC provided a wonderful Waffle House breakfast for all
teachers on their first day back to school. Dodgen
appreciates everything Cobb EMC does for our school and
Thank you, Dodgen PTSA, for all you
did to make the 2015-2016 school opening great! The teacher
appreciation welcome back lunch was delicious; your help in
organizing Panther Day was a success; and the lunch on Panther
Day was scrumptious! Dodgen’s school year is off to a great
start thanks to our wonderful PTSA!
Dr. Loralee Hill, Stacie
Murrell and Tiko Jones, Education and Community Relations
Specialist for Cobb EMC
Dr. Loralee Hill, Shannon Petrucci, and Tiko Jones,
Education and Community Relations Specialist for Cobb EMC
Dodgen Cafe has been selected as a
Achievement winner for the 2014-2015 school year. The Golden Achievement
award recognizes the top 25% of schools in the district for
going above and beyond. The award criteria include
financial accountability, nutrition education promotions,
wellness, safety and sanitation.
Congratulations to manager Ross Tazzetta and the Dodgen
Congratulations to Stacie Stoller Murrell
Dodgen's Teacher of the year!
Congratulations to Shannon Petrucci
Dodgen's Classified Employee of the year!
Congratulations to Dodgen's State Champion
Science Olympic Team!
They placed 19th overall in the National
Championships held in Nebraska. Read more
Dodgen's Learning Commons is coming!
Lots of great things are happening in the
Dodgen media center. What is a Learning Commons you ask?
this for more information...and this
and this for recent
changes. And stay tuned for more to come!
Georgia Milestones Assessment System
Informational powerpoint is linked
Dodgen Milestone Math Information is linked
2015-16 School Choice
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 webpage.
DOE statement on CCRPI scores
When the Georgia Department of Education
(GaDOE) announced the College & Career Ready Performance Index
(CCRPI) scores on December 8, district administrators noticed
that specific information for calculating a portion of the score
was not included in the released score for each middle school.
Therefore, the middle school CCRPI scores showed an inaccurate
drop across the district. The issue was immediately
addressed on December 9 by the district with the GaDOE
Accountability and Assessment Department and is currently being
Once the new data is incorporated into the
recalculation, correct scores for CCSD middle schools will be
released and published by the GaDOE at the end of January.
Based on internal preliminary calculations by district
administrators, the results show that the CCRPI score at every
middle school, as well as the overall district score, will
increase. The corrected scores will be issued by the State
within the next 45 days.
Climate Survey for Parents
The Georgia School
Personnel Survey (GSPS) is an anonymous, statewide survey
instrument, that identifies school climate issues that have a
negative impact on student achievement. The questions mirror
the school climate questions in the Georgia Student Health
Survey 2.0. Data from the GSPS will be used to calculate the
School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career
Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) to determine a correlation
between the student responses on the Georgia Student Health
Survey 2.0 and school personnel responses on the GSPS.
The survey contains 24 questions and
parents can complete the survey using a computer, smartphone, or
iPad. Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be
available to the public and will not be posted online.
Parents can use the link below to complete
the survey. Thank you, in advance, for participating and helping
Dodgen reach a Star Rating.
Georgia Parent Survey Link:
See the District Direction for
enrollment protocol posted
We are excited to launch the Dodgen
Foundation. Please visit the website at
www.DodgenFoundation.com. Donations can be placed
here. We have
achieved 90% of our goal. Please help put us over the top!
Thank you so much for your support.
Ongoing Dodgen Events
New Door Buzz-in System
Letter regarding the new door
buzz-in system is linked
Informational video is linked
Informational video for Cobb
Digital Library is linked
Informational video for parent
access to Edmodo is linked
Synergy for Parents and Students
Informational video for parent
access to Synergy is linked here.
Informational video for student access to
Synergy is linked
Lexile Search Informational video on how to search for a book by
lexile level in Destiny Quest is
B.Y.O.D. at Dodgen:
If your student will take advantage of the "Bring Your Own Device" technology at school, please review the following Cobb County School District policies regarding Student Internet Usage and Safety.
CCSD Rule IFBGE – Internet Safety
CCSD RuleIFBG-R – Internet Acceptable Use
Letter about the new CCGP Standards
(click to view)
All children will receive the respect, encouragement and
opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills, and
attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a global
Dodgen Middle School's mission is to promote academic
excellence, individual responsibility, resourcefulness,
creativity, mutual respect, and self-esteem in a healthy,
We believe our role is to:
- Challenge students in academics, fine arts, foreign language, physical education and health
- Prepare students to be life-long learners
- Use differentiated instruction to address the individual needs of all learners
- Provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment that promotes academic growth, leadership opportunities and exploration of interests and talents
- Incorporate technology into the learning environment
- Partner with families and community members to enhance student achievement
- Empower students to reach their full potential
- Encourage responsibility and self-reliance
- Promote a culture of excellence and mutual respect
- Embrace the diversity of our population
- Foster enthusiasm and a love for learning