Welcome to Dodgen M.S.

2009 GA School of Excellence

Dr. Loralee Hill, Principal
Tia Bryller, Assistant Principal
Gary Jackson,  Assistant Principal
Kim Kranzlein, Assistant Principal

   Fall break begins September 25th through September 29th.  Early Release Day at 1:30 on October 12.  School Choice information is posted below.  Dodgen scored 99.6 on the CCRPI--the highest score for CCSD middle schools!  Panther Pride!      Thank you for your support of the Dodgen Foundation.   Please browse the videos posted below for important information before you call the school.    Dodgen is  BYOD. (Bring Your Own Device.)

News & Announcement

September 11, 2017

Good evening,

 I hope this email finds all of you safe, warm, and dry (with power).

This afternoon, principals received notification from The Director of Assessment and Personalized Learning for CCSD regarding IOWA testing.  "In order to allow for communication with families and to preserve a positive testing environment, we will not begin Iowa testing until Thursday, September 14. The entire schedule will simply shift back three days.  We hope this one day buffer will allow time for you to get everyone settled back into your routines, communicate the revised testing schedule to parents, and determine if there are any other facility issues that might need to be addressed when we return on Wednesday."

I wanted to make you aware of our revised testing schedule to allow you to make appropriate plans for your child. 

Additionally, the 7th grade dance scheduled for Thursday, September 14th from 4:30 - 6:00 PM WILL be held as previously planned. Please make arrangements to pick up your child promptly at 6:00 PM at the bus port, and refer to our website for our normal dance pickup traffic flow if needed.

Continue to stay warm and dry, and we'll see everyone back at Dodgen on Wednesday!


Dr. Hill


August 23, 2017

We want to make you aware that we evacuated students and staff from the building today as a result of a burning odor from a ventilation fan motor above the ceiling in the 8th Grade pod. Both the Cobb County Fire Department and the school district Maintenance Department responded to the school. The Fire Department deemed the building safe and allowed staff and students to return.


August 16, 2017

Eclipse Day Monday, August 21

Dear Dodgen Community,

Recently, we were notified by Amazon that the solar viewing glasses that were purchased for our students and staff to view the Eclipse cannot be guaranteed to be safe for viewing the eclipse. The letter stated Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse”.

Therefore, our students WILL NOT be allowed to go outside during the school day on Monday, August 21st. The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance, and we want to err on the side of caution. Parent permission forms previously sent home to grant consent for students to view the solar eclipse outside are no longer needed. All students will remain indoors with their teachers for the duration of the eclipse.

We realize that the solar eclipse is a truly unique event and many of you may be planning to observe the eclipse as a family. If you know your child will not be at Dodgen MS on August 21st, it would be extremely helpful for planning purposes to be notified in advance. If your student will be checking out early on Monday, August 21st, we would greatly appreciate you sending in a note by Friday, August 18th so that we may verify the note ahead of time. If you are planning on checking your student out, we recommend you do prior to 2:00 PM. This will make the checkout process run more efficiently on Monday, August 21st.

We will be broadcasting live streaming of the solar eclipse in classrooms via IPTV, as well as utilizing several online resources and media coverage. Our schedule will be revised to include a 45 minute Eclipse Viewing activity period beginning at 2:10. Checkout procedures on this day will be the same as any other school day. We will dismiss school at 4:55 PM Monday, August 21st.

Thank you,

Loralee Hill


The Dodgen Foundation’s 4th annual Fundraising Drive is underway.  We have raised 68% of our goal. Every donation matters so please visit www.DodgenFoundation.com to donate and find out how you can make a difference. Thank you for your support. 

Picture Makeup Day
Tuesday, August 29th

See our Dodgen Science Olympiad Video here!


Although we have staff parking off-site, parking will be scarce as usual at Dodgen. In addition to the usual lack of space, we have construction continuing. Please be mindful of the equipment. We have three groups coming to Dodgen at various times, throughout the day. Please be courteous to others, do not block others in (no more than two deep anywhere!) and depart at the specified times so that others may attend Panther Day.

Thank you,

The Administration



Monday May 15th

Dodgen Families!

Your students are in for a special treat on May 15th as we host our first every STEAMAPALOOZA event. This is a day that we focus on STEM and STEAM related events and activities all day for Dodgen students. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Teachers have been working diligently for weeks on creating lessons that are engaging, fun, and inquiry-based.

Click here to volunteer for this inaugural event!

Make sure your kids are present on the 15th to enjoy all the fun.

Thursday, May 4, 2017  at  6pm Dodgen Theater

Rising 6th Grade Parent Night is an opportunity for parents new to Dodgen (or in need of a refresher) to learn about the school, administration, policies and procedures.  Parents only please.  

If you have a rising 6th grader, please login to the Dodgen Toolkit and enter the student's name and grade, “rising 6th”.  This will ensure that you receive communications targeted at rising 6th grade parents and students.




Thursday, April 27th: 7th Grade Olympics
Friday, April 28th: 8th Grade Olympics


Congratulations to Dodgen's State Champion Science Olympiad team

It's a three-peat! Dayton-bound for Nationals! 



Dodgen Chamber Orchestra takes 1st in the nation!

The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra won First Place in the National Orchestra Festival--Middle School Orchestra Division in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 3.  Under the direction of Ashley Culley and April Cull, the students performed very early on Friday morning.  We are so incredibly proud of them!

Claire C.            Anush R.
Irene C.             Karthika R.
Joseph C.           Cynthia R.
Michael F.          Shveta S.
Jace H.              Jordan S.
Robert J.            Jonathan S.
Emily J.              Rachel T.
Allie K.               Michael W.
Nikhil K.             Asad Y.
Rebecca L.         Grace Y.
Rachel L.            Isabel Z.
Alex L.               Jessie Z.
Ostara M.
Ajay N.
Elise P.

Xanadu Jr. is coming to Dodgen!


Friday, March 17th 7:00pm

Saturday, March 18th 7:00pm 

Sunday, March 19th 2:00pm

Come watch as our very own Dodgen students take us back to the 1980s in this hilarious musical comedy - complete with a DISCO BALL!!!

Click here to get tickets online or Click here to download a Ticket Order form and drop off the form/check in the Xanadu box in the front office! 



Welcome! New Student Registration at Dodgen Middle School is by appointment only.


Spring Registration is Monday March 20, and Friday March May 24th

 All required documents can be found at www.cobbk12.org or www.cobbk12.org/Dodgen

The registration packet must be completed and presented by a parent/legal guardian at the registration appointment.  We are unable to accept “mail-in” registration forms.  Schedules are generated only after registration is complete.

Please call 770-578-2726, ext. 263 to schedule an appointment.


Lockheed Martin STEM Night

Theme: Mars and Space Exploration
Date: March 2nd
Time 5:00-6:30

2017-18 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2017-2018 school year.

Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2017 on the District website.
For more information, please see our 2017-18 School Choice webpage.

Deadline for applying is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.


From Dr. Hill:

This has been a very difficult week at Dodgen MS as we 
mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, friend and Dodgen family member, Mary Barkley. The outpouring of generosity and thoughtfulness from our entire community has been so touching, and has made this difficult time much easier. I am so proud of our staff and students for working together under emotional duress. Mrs. Barkley impacted so many lives, and she left quite a legacy here at Dodgen. She will be missed beyond measure.

Thank you parents for helping your students through this during the past week, and for continuing to do so. Please know that we have resources at school to assist, and please do not hesitate to reach out or bring information to our attention.

Our community has been very supportive, and our PTSA has been phenomenal in caring for our staff. Thank you to all that have sent cards, letters, texts, brought food, and have pampered our school community. We have felt the love!

On Monday, January 23rd, we will begin the
Barkley Community Fund Drive collection drive, with all proceeds given to the Barkley Family on March 3rd. Dodgen will be collecting funds for the family of Mary Barkley from staff and the community. The collection will run from Monday, January 23rd – March 2nd. All monies collected will be run through our school bookkeeper and presented to the family to use at their discretion on March 3rd.

If you would like to contribute to the Barkley Community Fund Drive, please send cash or a check payable to Dodgen Middle School, with Barkley Community Fund Drive written in the subject line. If you are a Dodgen parent, you can send in monies with your child in a white school payment envelope.

If mailing your contribution, please mail to:

Dodgen Middle School
1725 Bill Murdock Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
Attn: Barkley Community Fund Drive

Please make sure that all contributions are clearly marked for this fund drive and are not combined with any other school payment.

Dr. Hill


Messages from the Dodgen Administration

Effective January and for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year, leggings and yoga pants can no longer be worn with a t-shirt. Leggings can only be worn with a dress, skirt, or blouse that is two inches above the knee. Many reminders, announcements, and class meetings have taken place throughout the year in an attempt to give students the opportunity to correct their attire. Parents we are sharing this information with you now so you can plan accordingly in preparation for your student’s return to school next semester. We will review this policy again with students in January, along with disciplinary consequences for not following this and other dress code expectations.


Congratulations to Dodgen Middle School who scored the highest of all middle schools in Cobb County on the CCRPI--99.6!  For more details see the website.

Beginning the week of October 24, 2016, all Dodgen students will be participating in the online version of the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS). The survey contains 24 questions and covers various topics such as school climate and safety, graduation, school dropouts, student awareness of alcohol and drug use, bullying and harassment, nutrition, and sedentary behaviors.  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Each school and school district that participates in the survey receives a comprehensive report that allows school administrators to compare outcomes and plan accordingly for their School Strategic Plan.

Parent Survey
We are asking that as parents attend their student conferences next week that they also set aside some time to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey.    Parents may complete the survey before or after their conference in the Dodgen grade level labs, in the Learning Commons at Dodgen, or use their personal computer, smartphone or tablet.  We would love to have all of our parents participate in the Georgia Parent Survey as 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.  Thank you for your consideration in helping us achieve our goal of 100 % participation.


Dodgen is Best in State!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2016. Most importantly, thanks to all of you who motivated your children to read this summer, helping alleviate "summer slide" and start the school year off right. 

Dodgen middle school logged over 1,002,287 minutes.  We are the top middle school in the state of Georgia and 27th in the nation. We have the BEST readers in the state of Georgia!


Dodgen Middle School Dress Code

The faculty and staff of Dodgen Middle School support the belief that students who maintain a high standard in appearance are more likely to achieve success.  Clothing worn during the school week should reflect a commitment to academic excellence.  All students shall maintain an acceptable standard of dress.
The minimum standard of dress shall be as follows:
·        Shorts/skirts/dresses should be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee, whether standing or seated.
·        Leggings/jeggings/yoga pants must be worn with a top/skirt/dress that is no shorter than mid-thigh.
·        Tank tops and spaghetti strap tops are not permitted unless a jacket/sweater is work at all times.
·        Midriff shirts or crop tops are not permitted.  When raised arms expose the student’s midriff, the top is not appropriate for school.
·        Dresses, skirts and tops that are revealing (see-through, low-cut, etc.) are not permitted.
·        All undergarments must be covered at all times.
·        Baggy pants worn below the waistline (sagging) are not permitted.
·        Bandanas, headwear/hats, sleepwear, slippers, and sunglasses are not permitted unless specified for a special activity/day.
·        Clothing that displays, advertises, or promotes obscene slogans or signs, profanity, nudity, or any substance that is illegal for minors, such as alcohol, tobacco, etc., any clothing or ornamentation that advocates, promotes or suggests illegal activity (including gang activity) is prohibited.
·        Jeans/pants with holes, rips, frays, patches, or tears are not permitted.
** The administrative team shall be the final judge as to the appropriateness of the apparel and whether or not the apparel is disruptive, unsafe, or in violation.  If in doubt, do not wear the outfit.


For information on Dodgen 101, Panther Day, a back-to-school checklist and the Dodgen e-blast/calendar, go to the Dodgen PTSA website by clicking here.


Summer Reading Challenge began Monday, May 9

Students may log reading minutes on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website beginning Monday, May 9 until Sept. 9.  Students are allowed to log ANY reading time--even text book, magazine, and research reading they’ve done on or after May 9. Be sure to set up accounts with a reading teacher (6-7) or language arts teacher (8) and change the password to “read”.

Even with a late start last year, Dodgen placed 5th in the state, logging over 245,000 minutes.  This year we hope to get a place in the Scholastic Book of World Records by logging over 550,000 minutes. Dodgen Reads AND Rocks! 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Presentation
Click here.


Dodgen is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 PTSA Executive Cabinet Members, whom were elected at the PTSA General Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th :

  • Co-Presidents:  Cara Melenyzer and Jennifer Bright
  • Vice Presidents:  Laura Borel, Michelle Dobo, Meredith Hay, and Wade Jones
  • Treasurer:  Andria Yildirim
  • Secretary:  Lindsey Poulos

Kudos to our PTSA for receiving the following awards:

9th District:        Outstanding Local Unit, 2nd Place      
                           Model PTA
ECCC PTA:           Model PTA
                           Spectacular Eight Award
Membership:       Visionary Pin and Certificate
                           Platinum Membership Award

AdvancED Parent Survey

Parents are encouraged to participate in the AdvancED Parent Survey. Due to technical difficulties, CCSD has offered an extension for the survey window. Please note that the 2015-16 AdvancED surveys will remain open until April 29, 2016. The data from this survey will inform the school and the district about parents’ opinions about our school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to AdvancED for analysis. Individual data results will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. You may use any personal device to complete this survey. At this time Dodgen has not reached the minimum participation rate for parents required, so we appreciate your time and commitment to providing input. Please use one of the following below to access the survey. AdvancED, formerly SACS, is the non-profit organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems and certifies that accreditation standards are being met.

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 community.

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 Golden 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 cafeteria crew!

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 here.


Dodgen's Learning Commons is coming!

Lots of great things are happening in the Dodgen media center. What is a Learning Commons you ask?  See this and 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 here.
Dodgen Milestone Math Information is linked here.


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.


Georgia 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 resolved. 


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.


Georgia School 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: http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

See the District Direction for Continuous Improvement here.

Updated enrollment protocol posted here.

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 here.
Informational video is linked here.

Informational Videos
Informational video for Cobb Digital Library is linked here.

Informational video for parent access to Edmodo is linked here.

Synergy for Parents and Students
Informational video for parent access to Synergy is linked here.
Informational video for student access to Synergy is linked here.

Lexile Search Informational video on how to search for a book by
lexile level in Destiny Quest is here.

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
   Parental Permission Form

Letter about the new CCGP Standards (click to view)

Vision Statement:
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 society.

Mission Statement:
Dodgen Middle School's mission is to promote academic excellence, individual responsibility, resourcefulness, creativity, mutual respect, and self-esteem in a healthy, nurturing environment.

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


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