Griffin Middle School

    Empowering All Students to Pursue Their Dreams

Mr. Paul Gillihan, Principal

Ms.Tracy Efaw AP-6  |  Ms. Sheleta Young, AP-7  |  Dr. Candace English, AP-8  |  Ms. Kacie Phipps, SLI | Ms. Rezenia Wilson, SS

4010 King Springs Rd. | Smyrna, GA  30082
Office: (678) 842-6917 | Fax: (678) 842-6919
Registration/Records Fax: (678) 842-6924

Welcome to
Griffin Middle School

Be Great! Be Griffin!

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Thank You Griffin Community!


High Achieving Students
Reading & Math Inventory Testing

Mr. Gillihan pictured with students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who were high performers on the RI/MI testing this school year.
Students were recognized for having the highest gain in reading and math within their grade level, as well as the highest test score in each discipline.
We are so proud of our students!!
Please congratulate them as they are role models for their Griffin peers!

Highest Reading Lexile Gain
6th Grade Amaya Sanchez-Martinez
7th Grade Anderson Silva
8th Grade Mercedes Ruiz

Highest Reading Lexile Score
6th Grade Navy Bingham
7th Grade Max Onsager
8th Grade Karen Palma-Jiminez

Highest Math Gain
6th Grade Marleigh Mullins
7th Grade Tristan Jensen
8th Grade Grace Blomberg

Highest Math Score
6th Grade Andrew Carson
7th Grade Ansley Bailey
8th Grade Grace Blomberg

 


"Actions Speak
Louder Than Words"

Parents! The workshop you’ve been waiting for!! Griffin parents have been invited to Floyd Middle School to participate in an informative session about behavior interventions that work!! There will be expert speakers there to give you information on best practices for managing teen angst both at home and at school.
We thank Floyd MS for the invitation and our own parent facilitator, Eduardo Quintana, GMS counselor, Stella Cress, and administrator, Tracy Efaw, will be there to greet you!!
Maybe the Griffin Family can meet and sit together!!
Look forward to seeing you there!

Join Griffin @ Floyd MS!


PTSA Penny Wars
January 30 through February 3, 2017

Start Saving Your Pennies!


Spirit Week Dress-Up Days
January 30 through February 3, 2017

January 30: Tacky Day
January 31: Decades Day
February 1: Career Day
February 2: PJ Day
February 3: Ultra Griffin Spirit Day!!

Show Your Spirit Wildcats!


1st Place!!
Griffin Chess Club

CONGRATULATIONS!!


Georgia Milestones Preparation

Wildcats! Now is the perfect time to start preparing for the Milestone Test. Maybe you have test anxiety, or you just want to do your very best on the test. To help you be prepared, the following site offers students the opportunity to practice testing online. Parents are also welcome to visit the site to get a first-hand view of how students will be completing the Milestone Test. The items on the test are general and organized into three grade bands: grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school. Content areas covered are English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/

Take the Practice Milestone Test to Be Prepared!


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

 Griffin Middle School will participate in the NAEP on February 16, 2017. Completely confidential, the test is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, and it is different than the GA assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country via The Nation's Report Card. This report card provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public to help assist in improving our students' education. Approximately sixty-two of Griffin's 8th graders, randomly selected, will take the NAEP on February 16, 2017. On or about January 24, 2017, parents of those randomly selected students will receive a letter which will outline in further detail information about the NAEP test. Anyone with questions, may contact Dr. Candace English, 8th Grade Principal, at candace.english@cobbk12.org.

NAEP Information Pamphlet

 


GEORGIA PARENT SURVEY

Griffin parents, please complete the School Climate Survey at the following link. All data from the survey is anonymous and submitted directly to the GA Department of Education. Thank you for your participation in helping us make a greater Griffin for our students.

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

SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY


 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team
January 14, 2017

#BeGreatBeGriffin


Students! Are you ready for the
2nd Annual Foundation Lock-in?

The GMS Foundation Student Lock-in is scheduled for the night of Friday, February 10th, starting at 9pm and ending at 7am Saturday morning. Tickets will be pre-sale only at $30 each, and will be available for purchase starting Monday, January 9th, opening to the 8th graders first. There will be games, music, movies, dance party, a Lock-in t-shirt, and more!

Parent volunteers are needed! 
Please review time slots and sign up here.

FEBRUARY 10TH starting at 9PM

Please read and turn in the following forms to participate in the Student Lock-in. Payment and all forms are required to participate. Thank you.

Lock-in Parent/Student Contract
Please Read and Sign to Participate
2017 Foundation Lock-in Contract (English)
2017 Foundation Lock-in Contract (Spanish)

Lock-in Informational Flyer To Purchase Tickets
2017 Lock-in Information Flyer (English)

Lock-in Overnight Field Trip Permission Form
2017 Permission Form (English)
2017 Permission Form (Spanish)

FUN! FUN! FUN!


Savannah & Tybee Island
Educational Tour 2017

Griffin Middle School will once again be participating in the Savannah & Tybee Island Educational Tour. The trip supports Georgia National Performance Standards and space is limited! Please contact 8th grade social studies teacher Jennifer King via email at jennifer.king2@cobbk12.org or for more detailed information, including cost & travel arrangements, click on the following link:
Savannah & Tybee Island Trip Information

May 15-17, 2017


Coming Up in January!
Rising 6th Graders Meeting

Rising Griffin 6th graders save the date, January 24th, as 6th grade administrator, Tracy Efaw, will be hosting an informational meeting in the Griffin cafeteria at 6pm that night. More information to come.

January 24, 2017


Pebblebrook CCCEPA
100% Acceptance!!

Congratulations to our students who were accepted into the Pebblebrook CCCEPA! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Pebblebrook CCCEPA


There's a lot of buzz at Griffin!
We Have Spelling Bee Winners!

First Place: Ella Kroll and Runner Up: Jackie Castro

Congratulations!


Griffin Robotics Team
Advances to the Super Regionals!

Congrats to STEM teacher Ms. Quarles, math teacher Mr. Langston,
& the robotics team!


Students Get on Board!
Experience Italy
Spring Break 2018
Book Your Trip Now!

Next Meeting: January 30th @ 7 PM in the Griffin Theater

Students!
Click
HERE to view a video about the experience and for more information about pricing, payment options and full itinerary. Students will experience 9 Days in Florence, Vatican City, Rome and Assisi! Questions? Contact Tracy Santos at tsantosga@gmail.com. Travel is coordinated through Education First International, LTD. and the trip is chaperoned by Griffin MS staff.

Book EARLY for the Best Travel Price!


Student Tutoring
Opportunities at Griffin!

All tutoring opportunities will include: tutoring in specific content areas, grade recovery, remediation & teacher-supported study hall. 

Update: No Saturday School November 12

Printable Student Tutoring Info Sheet: HERE

Available Opportunities
Morning Tutoring
"Stay & Play"
Serenity Saturday School


Get your 2016-17 Yearbook!

Yearbooks are on sale!
Click HERE to order yours today!

We Need Pictures for the Yearbook!

New! Parents, students and teachers can
download the Jostens ReplayIt app
via Google Play or the App Store and
easily
upload pictures from school activities
and events. The pictures go directly to the Griffin Yearbook Club!
Wouldn't it be great to have your pictures
in the yearbook to look back on the memories?
Send us your pictures through
ReplayIt today!!

Are You a Proud Parent or Family Member?

NEW! This year! for 8th Grade Students!
Parents and family members can purchase
a student ad to be in the 2016-17 yearbook! Show how proud you are of
your Griffin Wildcat by purchasing a
student ad today! Questions?
Contact Renee LaPrade or Kim Trumble
Click HERE for details!

 


GRIFFIN SATURDAY SCHOOL
INFORMATION

Saturday School Dates:
September 10, 17 & 24
October 8 & 22
November 5 & 19
December 3 & 17
January 7, 21 & 28 
February 4 & 11
March 4, 11, 18 & 25

Bus Transportation for Saturday School
BUS #1: Pick-up @Fair Oaks at 7:45 a.m.
Returns to Fair Oaks at 12:15 p.m.
BUS #2:  Pick-up @ LaBelle at 7:45 a.m. & Norton Park at 7:50 a.m.
Return to Norton Park at 12:10 p.m. and LaBelle at 12:15 p.m.

 


You're the Best!
Nominate an Employee!

Have you noticed a teacher or staff member going the extra mile to make a Greater Griffin? What better way to honor the hard work of a teacher or staff member than by nominating him/her for Teacher of the Month or Classified Employee of the Month! Please click on the link(s) above to make your nomination(s).
Remember to submit a form each month!  

Classified Employee Nomination Form

Teacher Nomination Form


Microsoft Office 365
FREE for Griffin Middle School Students

Office 365 is a collection of services that allows students to collaborate, edit, share, and store their schoolwork. There is no software to download and students receive 1TB of storage in OneDrive.

Give Parent Consent in ParentVue Today!
 
It’s available for FREE to students who are currently attending a Cobb County school. Yes! This includes Griffin Middle School! However, students need parental consent. Parents can give consent for students to use Office365 at school and at home by logging into their ParentVue account. For a ParentVue account, please contact the 6th grade principal or the school Leadership Intern.

Teachers are taking the pathway to use Office 365 in the classroom so it is important for your student to have an active account through
Cobb County School District.

Please review the document below for more information.
You may also click on this link, Office 365 Support,
for additional resources and informational videos.

Microsoft Office 365 Informational Flyer

 



Regular School Bell Schedule
2016-2017


Griffin Partners in Education

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School Hours

School Begins:
9:15 A.M.
School Ends:
4:15 P.M.


School Council News

For the latest news and updates from our school council, please click here.



The Griffin Middle School student
dress code policy is available in your student's agenda. Please review the policy with your student.

Administrators & 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 apparel is disruptive, unsafe, or in violation of the dress code.


Students not following school dress code will contact parents to bring them a change of clothes. If students are not able to contact their parents, they will be placed in In-School Suspension (ISS) for the entire school day. Thank you for your cooperation.


Griffin
Relay for Life

Donations

DONATE HERE


Italy Trip
Spring Break 2018

Click HERE for info!
Students! Book early for the best price!


2016-2017
GRIFFIN YEARBOOK!

Click the Josten's icon to order a yearbook!


Join our PTSA!

Visit:
PTSA Website
HERE


Scholastic Books Orders
Click Here or on the LOGO below to order books online! All orders support the Learning Commons.

Add your child and use classroom code: PXV4X