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Home of the G.A.T.O.R.S.!
(Giving All The Opportunity to Realize Success!)

 

Spark a Reaction with Summer Reading! (en español)

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The Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education and English Language Arts Departments have partnered with the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS), Marietta City Schools, and Smyrna Public Library to provide complementary summer reading programs for Grades 6-12. The theme for this summer’s teen reading program is “Spark a Reaction.” (based on the Collaborative Summer Library Program, an organization used by public libraries in all 50 states).

To participate in the school and/or public library programs:

  1. READ! A suggested reading list is attached, but a student may read any age and level-appropriate book of his/her choice. Consult your public librarian for additional recommendations.
  2. Complete an online or printed review form for each book read. All necessary resources can be found here.
  3. If students want to be eligible to win prizes, online forms need to be submitted and printed forms need to be returned by July 31 for CCPLS and by the first week of school for school libraries.

    The more you read and turn in, the more you have a chance to win!(10 entry maximum for CCPLS).

Research consistently shows a correlation between summer reading participation and student achievement but only when parents, educators, and community members provide access to books and support with comprehension. According to James Kim, assistant professor at Harvard University, “voluntary summer reading programs can work—but they work best when adults and teachers get involved by helping students to choose appropriate books and employ simple techniques to improve skill and understanding,” (source)

For more information regarding these programs, contact your local school or public librarian, and remember, reading books will “Spark a Reaction!”

 

A Letter from Dr. Harris regarding Georgia's New CCRPI
Click below for information on Georgia’s new College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).  You will also find a letter from Dr. Harris outlining Garrett’s approach to the CCRPI as well as our What’s RIGHT With Garrett! Document outlining many of the GREAT accomplishments that go on every day at our school!

Upcoming CCSD Substitute Job Fairs
The School District will host TWO Substitute Job Fairs on Tuesday 4/22/14 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.  For applicants interested in substituting for the North Area Schools (North of Powder Springs including North Marietta, East Cobb, Kennesaw and Acworth) the job fair will be held at Piedmont Baptist Church located at 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, 30066.  For applicants interested in substituting for the South Area Schools (Includes Smyrna, Powder Springs, Austell, and Mableton—South Marietta area), the job fair will be held at Skyview Elementary School located at 5805 Dunn Road, Mableton, 30126. To attend applicants must complete the following REQUIREMENTS:

1-RSVP by sending an email to EITHER jobfairnorth@cobbk12.org  OR  jobfairsouth@cobbk12.org. You can only RSVP to one fair and this should be the geographic area you plan to work as a substitute. You must RSVP by 4/15/14.

2-Bring a resume with you to the fair detailing all of your work and educational experience.

3-Be prepared to briefly meet with an Administrator.

We appreciate your interest in positively impacting our Cobb County students and teachers!  We look forward to meeting you at the job fair.

1st Annual Gator Run
Join us for a 5K Run and 1.5 Dog Walk on Saturday, May 3, 2014. All community members, students, parents and staff are invited to participate. Shirts will be awarded to all participants. Proceeds benefit the students and staff of Garrett Middle School.

Interested in a sponsorship? Amounts are available in increments of $50, $75, $100, $250.  Please contact blackstone.wayne@gmail.com

For more information about this upcoming event, click here.

 

Team 2014-15 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2014-2015 school year.  Applications will be available beginning February 10, 2014.  For more information, please see our 2014-15 School Choice website.

Girls On The Run Spring 5K

Help cheer on our Girls on the Run team as they participate in the Spring 5K at Georgia Tech on April 26, 2014.  The run will start at 8:00 AM at 391 Ferst Drive in front of the Campus Recreation Center.  For more information, please visit GOTR.

 

Purchasing Information for School Logo Hoodies
Parents, students and teachers can now show their Gator support by purchasing a school logo hoodie.

Order forms are available from Mrs. Eastwood, our bookkeeper, or print here.

BYOD Pilot Program (Bring Your Own Device)
Garrett Middle School has applied to become a BYOD Pilot school for the 2013-2014 school year. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. Students, with parental approval, may bring internet accessible technology to school to use for instructional purposes in specified BYOD classrooms only.

You may view an informational slideshow below. This was the presentation shared with parents during Open House on September 17, 2013.

BYOD permission forms will be sent home with students who are in the following BYOD pilot classrooms:

  • E. Howard
  • L. Boggess
  • L. Burr
  • P. Mitchell
  • S. Blackwell
  • K. Couch
  • M. Denney
  • M. Dickson
  • M. Hobbs
  • A. Walker
  • S. Wilson

Once the BYOD form is returned, students will be given a BYOD sticker that should be placed on their agenda. Device use will begin on a date to be determined for those students who have returned their permission forms. Students will only be allowed to use their devices if they have their sticker displayed and at the sole discretion of the BYOD teacher.

 

CCSD Synergy ParentVue & StudentVue
StudentVue and ParentVue are available to all students and parents.  Parents must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy and User Agreement in order to gain access to student grades.  Valid photo identification is required.  Click on the link to your left to access your grades, attendance reports and schedules.  View this document for more information.

New Student Registration
The following items are REQUIRED to register your child at Garrett Middle School.  If any of these items are not present at the time of registration, your child may not be able to be enrolled at that time.

  • 2 Proofs of Residence(see list below)
  • Immunization form 3231 completed for school admission (must be up-to-date)
  • Dental/Vision/Hearing form 3300 completed for school admission
  • Photo ID of parent or guardian (we will copy)
  • Registration form (we will provide this 2-sided form for you to complete and sign)
  • Student’s Social Security Card (we will copy)
  • Student’ Birth Certificate (we will copy)
  • Clinic Card (we will provide this form for you to complete and sign)
  • Withdrawal Form from previous school including grades. If registration is in the summer, the final report card from spring semester with promotion, placement or retention indicated will be required.
  • Records Release Form signed (we will provide this form for you to complete and sign)
  • Special Education Records Release Form signed (we will provide this form for you if your student received special education services in his/her previous school) We will also need a copy of your student’s current IEP.
  • Medication Form: if your child needs to take medication while in school

It is MANDATORY that you provide TWO proofs of residence. This may include two of the following items with YOUR name and address on them:

  • lease or rental agreement
  • current utility monthly statement
  • current Georgia driver's license
  • Georgia identification card
  • current bank, credit union, or other financial institution documentation
  • mail delivered by the United States Postal Service
  • employer documentation
  • a Cobb County property tax statement
  • voter registration documentation from Cobb County
  • a current motor vehicle registration (tag receipt)

If you just moved into your residence, the utility departments will print a receipt for you with your name and address printed on that receipt. You may bring that as ONE of your proofs, the other proof would be your lease or housing contract.

Parent Volunteers Needed!
Do you have a talent for organization and office skills? Do you enjoy working with your hands?; Do have a desire to give back to the community? We are looking for volunteers in all areas of the building, from assistance in the classroom or front office to being a cafeteria monitor! We can pair you with the area that best fits your interests and skills. If you would like to know how you can volunteer or to get ideas on serving our students, please contact Paula Griffin via email or phone at 770-819-2466, x231.

Standard School Attire
We will be observing a Standard School Attire for all students. We will also have Standard Student Attire for Physical Education classes. Please review the links below for specific guidelines as well as retail and online sources.


Click the logos below for the Uniform Source or Mableton Pharmacy to visit their website. For more information on purchasing from Uniform Source, view their online flyer. For more information on purchasing from Mableton Pharmacy, view their online flyer.

    

Electronic Resource for Families
In conjunction with the Success for all Students Program the Cobb County School Social Work department has launched an electronic resource database! There are close to 1,000 agencies and resources available to school staff, parents and the community at large--instantly!

To access these resources, visit
http://www.cobbk12.org/familyresources.  You can search by service type (i.e. food, clothing, rental assistance, tutors, etc.), agency name (i.e. Department of Family and Children Services, Sylvian Learning Centers, etc) or zip code.

Garrett Middle School Watch D.O.G.S.
(Dads Of Great Students) Dads, uncles, Granddads, etc., be on the lookout for information about this new program that will give our school an increased male presence to monitor and help out in our building!  Get more info here and view enrollment form.

Garrett Middle School PTSA
Take the time to check out the PTSA page for the latest news and updates! If you are interested in volunteering or joining our PTSA Organization, please contact our school office at: (770) 819-2466  Ext. 221 OR email us at . We would love for YOU to assist us in "Making Garrett Great"!


We  Believe

  • that all students are capable of meeting or exceeding state standards in all disciplines given adequate time and instructional support.
  • that it is the shared responsibility of teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents, and the community to ensure learning and social success for all students.
  • that the collaborative efforts of our school community will enable each student to become a responsible, contributing citizen.
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