Welcome to Dodgen M.S.

2009 GA School of Excellence

Dr. Loralee Hill, Principal
Tia Bryller, Assistant Principal
Dr. Dana Giles, Assistant Principal

Time is running out!  Please support Dodgen's Foundation during the fundraising drive through Aug. 31.    Dodgen School Council Parent representative needed this year.  Please see below for more details.       Updated Dress Code is listed below.    Students should log their reading minutes as part of their Summer Reading requirement until Sept. 9.     School Choice information is posted below.   Please browse the videos posted below for important information before you call the school.    Dodgen is  BYOD. (Bring Your Own Device.)


News & Announcements

The Dodgen Foundation’s 3rd annual Fundraising Drive ends Wednesday, August 31st.  We need your support to raise an additional $10,000 to reach our goal of $50,000. 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

 

Dodgen School Council Parent representative needed for the current school year. Nomination form due to the front office no later than August 29.

More information
Nomination Form

 

Summer Reading Challenge Continues until Sept. 9

https://dodgenptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/dodgen_dress_code

Dress Code

JCDB-R Dress Code: Rational/Objective
All students of the Cobb County School District (District) are encouraged to observe a standard of grooming and dress consistent with the level of formality of the school situation.
Rule:
A.     All students shall be required to maintain the level of personal hygiene necessary to ensure a healthful school environment and to refrain from any mode of dress which proves to contribute to any disruption of school functions.
B.      Administrators and teachers shall enforce the dress code Rule, and the principal or designee shall be the final judge as to the appropriateness, neatness and cleanliness of the wearing apparel, or whether or not the apparel is disruptive, unsafe, or in violation of the dress code.
C.      All students shall maintain the following minimum standard of dress:
1.      Appropriate shoes shall be worn.
2.      Midriffs shall be covered.
3.      Appropriate under-garments shall be worn and may not be visible.
4.      Strapless garments shall be worn with a jacket.
5.      Tank-tops shall be worn with a jacket.
6.      Appropriate shorts, as determined by the school administration, may be worn.
7.      No caps, hats, bandanas nor hoods covering the head are to be worn in the school building during the school day unless there is a special activity during which they are deemed appropriate by the school administration.
8.      Clothing or ornamentation that does any of the following is prohibited:
a.       Displays or advertises substances illegal for minors.
b.      Displays suggestive phrases, designs, markings, or profanities.
c.       Advocates, promotes, or suggests illegal activity.
d.     Local schools may establish additional requirements for student dress, including school uniforms. These additional requirements must be approved by the Area Assistant Superintendent and reviewed by Policy and Planning.  School uniform proposals must also be reviewed by the Board attorney.
e.      Parents or students who have specific questions about a garment’s appropriateness should consult the local school student handbook and/or the local school administration.

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

Spring Registration is Thursday, May 5th Summer Registration is Tuesday, July 12th

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

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

Please call 770-578-2726 to schedule an appointment.

In compliance with the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and Georgia HB244, students in grades three through eight will be assessed with End of Grade (EOG) assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  These End of Grade assessments are part of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, which serves as a component of the state’s accountability system, College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).  The purpose of these assessments is to measure how well students have mastered the state-adopted content standards.  The majority of each assessment will still include selected response items (multiple choice); however, constructed response and extended response questions will be included in the English Language Arts and Mathematics sections.


Test Date

Content Area

 

Wednesday, April 13

ELA Part 1and 2

 

Thursday, April 14

ELA Part 3

 

Friday, April 15

Math

 

Monday, April 18

Science

 

Tuesday, April 19

Social Studies

 

Wednesday, April 20

Makeups – all areas

 

Thursday, April 21

Makeups – all areas



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.

Click here for eprovesurveys

From Dr. Hill:

December 9, 2015

 Dear Parents,

 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 standardized tests.

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 be compared.

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 progressing.

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 academically.

 Sincerely,

 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.

 

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

 

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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.

Edmodo
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.

Beliefs:
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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