Griffin Middle School

Mr. Paul Gillihan, Principal

Ms.Tracy Efaw AP6 | Ms. Sheleta Young, AP7 | Dr. Candace English, AP8 | Ms. Kacie Phipps, SLI

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!

Please check back often for 2016-2017 school year updates!

6th Grade Meet & Greet
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Parents with Rising 6th Grade Students
The 2016-2017 Meet & Greet will take place on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
This year, there are two different times for the Meet & Greet.

If your student's last name begins with A through L,
please come between 5-6 p.m.

If your student's last name begins with M-Z,
please come between 6:30-7:30 p.m.

It is very important for parents to adhere to this schedule due to parking.  

See you at your scheduled time!

2016-2017 School Supply Lists

8th Grade School Supply List
7th Grade School Supply List
6th Grade School Supply List


Student registration for the 2016-2017 school year
will take place on the following dates from 9 a.m. until Noon.

Tuesday, July 12th
Monday, July 25th
Tuesday, July 26th
Wednesday, July 27th
Thursday, July 28th
Friday, July 29th

Griffin Middle School
Student Support
Registration Desk
(Back of the Building)

Click HERE for Registration Information



8th Grade Open House
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Location: Griffin MS Cafeteria

7th Grade Open House
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Griffin MS Cafeteria

6th Grade Open House
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Griffin MS Cafeteria


Building Renovation Pictures!


LoLook at the wonderful renovation progress taking place at Griffin!    So exciting! The entire Griffin community is looking forward
to getting back in our building for the new school year.

We are Great! We are Griffin!


Free ebooks for Griffin students!
Easy access to over 10,000 digital ebooks.
Perfect for reading on the beach, in the car, or at grandma's house!

Click on the Learning Commons webpage for more information!
Hurry! This program ends August 31st!


Griffin Wildcats, do you love to write?

Participate in the
Pig Tales Summer Writing Competition!

Students are invited to write a short story or essay, in 750 words or less, incorporating the theme "music". Work can be fiction or non-fiction. First, second and third place winners will be announced by August 25, 2016 and awarded at the City of Kennesaw's Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival on August 27th.

Entries are due to the
by August 17, 2016!!

For more information about the rules and how to submit an entry click HERE to visit the Pig Tales website.

Win a bike! Movie Tickets! Braves Tickets! Food! Goodie Bag!

Griffin Middle School will be undergoing building renovations beginning May 25, 2016. There will be no admittance to the building during construction. Updates will be posted when available.
Thank you for your patience as we make
improvements to better serve our students.

Griffin Middle School
6th, 7th & 8th Grade
Summer Reading

Did you know that students are required to read books over the
summer and do assignments for a grade? Below are the ELA books students will choose from, along with the links to the assignments. These assignments are due when students return to Griffin in the fall.
Books can be checked out at the public library,
purchased from a bookstore, or online at Amazon!
Please encourage and support your student's reading efforts
and help them get a great start for back to school!

  Upcoming 8th Grade-AC


Upcoming 8th Grade


Upcoming 7th Grade-AC

Upcoming 7th Grade

Upcoming 6th Grade


2016 ELA Summer Reading List
6th Grade Reading Assignment
7th Grade Reading Assignment
8th Grade Reading Assignment
8th Grade AC Character Log

Summer Reading Challenge

Griffin Middle School is participating in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Students received information during the spring book fair and had the opportunity to login to their reading dashboard. This information will also be distributed with report cards. Students can win prizes from Scholastic and potentially beat the world record for number of minutes read! Each time a student reads, they record it on their Scholastic dashboard! It's that easy!
Students can even log minutes when
they do their required ELA reading.
Click HERE for more detailed information.
Or, visit the Learning Commons webpage.
Parents please encourage your students to participate!


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.

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. 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

SHREK Opening Night a Huge Success!

"These aren't students, these are professionals on Broadway"
-SHREK audience member

SHREK The Musical Jr., opened production in the Griffin Middle School Theater on Thursday, May 19th. It was a sold out crowd for the opening night performance directed by Griffin's own chorus teacher, Sarah Rabun. After several months of dedication from Ms. Rabun, along with assistant director and Griffin ELA teacher, Tony Smith, and several creative and behind the scenes team members, including set design by Griffin art teacher Alison Todd, and the GMS Art Club, SHREK audience members were able to enjoy the wonderful acting and vocals of the true stars of the show...our fabulous students! Their talent is incredible!
Friday's show is sold out as well, so if you don't want to miss the singing, dancing and laughs, please contact Wendy Meyer via email at or to get one of the very few tickets left for Saturday's 7 p.m. performance!
Your freak flag is gonna fly!
Congrats to our awesome staff, students, PTSA and sponsors for a very successful musical production!

Congratulations GMS Retirees!

Retirees: Dr. Woodyard, Debbie Joiner, Kathy Weaver, Denise Grant
Pictured with GMS principal, Mr. Gillihan

Congratulations, and best wishes to our Griffin Middle School staff retiring at the end of this school year. In honor of their dedicated years of service, a retirement dinner was held in the Griffin Middle School Café on May, 18, 2016. Administrators and staff members attended, along with the retiree's family members. We will miss each of them tremendously, but wish them much happiness in their future endeavors.

Griffin "Roars Into Reading" at Six Flags

Beginning February 1st, students were invited to participate in the “Roar into Reading Challenge” sponsored by Griffin Middle School. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades were able to read their choice of books and record the number of pages read each week onto a personal reading log. In addition to prizes, participants were treated to freshly popped popcorn every other Wednesday during the challenge. Over the course of 12 weeks, Griffin students read several pages of books and competed for a trip to Six Flags. When the challenge ended on April 15th, reading logs were tallied, and the top ten readers from each grade level were selected. On Friday, April 22nd, these students, along with GMS chaperones, Mrs. Krengel, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Quintana, Mrs. Beasley and Mr. Quintana, spent a fun-filled day at Six Flags. We are proud of our Griffin Wildcats and the dedication they put into reading. Our students can’t wait for next year’s Roar into Reading Challenge!

The rain didn’t stop our top reading Griffin Wildcats from riding
the thrilling roller coasters at Six Flags!

For more information about our Dress Code here at Griffin,

We Love our Partners In Education!

Griffin Middle School is fortunate to have such awesome support from our community.  Our Partners In Education help us serve our students in innovative and fun ways.  Thank you to all our Partners for what you provide to our school!!  Partners in Education



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School Hours

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

Please note:
The Fine Arts doors are locked and there is no adult supervision until 8:15 A.M.

Students arriving beginning at 8:15 a.m. will enter the Fine Arts doors located in the circle drive and report to the cafeteria. Students will be dismissed to intramural sports and classes from the cafeteria.

Students may be dropped off and picked up in the circle drive, but for student safety and traffic flow, parents needing to enter the building must use the parking lot located by student registration.

Main entrance doors open at 8:45 a.m. and close at 4:45 p.m.

For the safety of our students, there will be no student check-outs after 3:45 p.m.

All students must be picked up no later than 4:45 P.M. There is no adult supervision after this time unless the student is participating in an after school activity which is supervised by a Griffin staff member.

School Council News

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