4010 King Springs Rd. | Smyrna, GA  30082
Office: (678) 842-6917 | Fax: (678) 842-6919
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Archived Griffin Information

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2017-2018


Fostering Communication for Life
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Hawthorne Center

Griffin Parents are invited to attend
"Fostering Communication Skills"
Facilitating Communication Through
Visual Supports & Literacy Activities

Presented by the CCSD Speech Department.

Spanish:  Communication VIP Flyer

Register: 770-529-0046 or
www.signup.com/go/dEtPqkU

 


PSAT PREP

Saturdays
September 16 & October 7

PSAT Test:
Wednesday, October 11

  

Wildcats! PSAT Prep will be taking place
this Saturday, September 16, 2017 and
Saturday, October 7, 2017.

If you are interested in attending,
you need to complete this form
by NOON Friday, September 15th.

PSAT Prep Sign-up Form
The form may be dropped off to Ms. Efaw, or scanned & emailed to tracy.efaw@cobbk12.org

 

Smile Big!
School Picture Day

Friday, October 6, 2017

Information Available in Homeroom


October 5, 2017 6:30 PM
Griffin MS Cafeteria

Back by popular demand, Griffin Middle School staff is hosting a "Hispanic Heritage Celebration" on Thursday, October 5, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM. There will be music, dancing, student work displays, and we are requesting Griffin families to donate Hispanic food dishes to share.
Food tickets will be provided upon sign-in at the event.

 

If you would like to DONATE a Hispanic food dish (tamales, tacos, rice, chips/salsa, etc.), please sign up via this Google form: http://bit.ly/2w6SNCl
or you may access the form via this QR Code

Teachers and staff are welcome to bring a Hispanic dish, too!

INFORMACION EN ESPANOL


PTSA Reflections Contest

THEME: "Within Reach"

Entries are due to the learning commons
by October 3, 2017.
Questions? Contact jenispraying4u@gmail.com or tatojoka.ma@gmail.com.

For complete details & rules:
https://www.pta.org/reflections

 


Annual Title I
State of the School Meeting

October 5, 2017 5:30 PM
GMS Learning Commons


Title I Fall Input Meeting

The Title I Fall Input Meeting will be
held on Thursday, September 21, 2017
from 5 PM-6PM in the GMS Learning Commons.

Please join us as we meet to discuss the following topics:

-Improving Student Academic Performance

-Top Barriers That Hinder Student Achievement

-Ways to get Parents Involved

Your hosts will be:

Paul Gillihan (School Principal)

Rockette Anderson, Matthew Short and Laure Hooper (Academic Coaches)

 Eduardo Quintana (Parent Facilitator)

Click HERE for the English & Spanish Flyer

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SURVEY LINKS
Please complete the following survey.
We appreciate your input to help make a Greater Griffin!
English- https://goo.gl/forms/ES5bzZL2HKGAwBqG3 

Spanish- https://goo.gl/forms/7DhncAHmb3rdj1NG2

Thursday, September 21st


Magnet Program
Information Meetings @ Griffin MS

 

Griffin Middle School is very excited to announce that we will host two magnet informational nights featuring Dan Penick, the IB coordinator from Campbell High School. All interested families are encouraged to attend their child’s grade level meeting. This is a great time to learn about all the magnet programs and what they have to offer your student. There will be Spanish translator available.

 Informational Flyer Click HERE


Title I Parent Involvement Meeting
September 7, 2017

As part of Title I School Policy, staff development will take place to create strategies for family engagement activities at Griffin Middle School.


Solar Eclipse Over Griffin
August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day Bell Schedule

Attendance Procedures

Cobb County School District is allowing any student who is absent on Monday, August 21st to be excused with a note from the parent.  If you plan to keep your child home on Monday, August 21st, please have him/her bring in the note this Friday, August 18.

You are also able to check your child out of school at 12:45pm on Monday, August 21st.  Again, please have your child bring in a note this Friday, August 18 if you will be checking him/her out at 12:45pm on Monday.

On August 21, 2017, the Eclipse Over America will take place, an event which will not be seen again for about 75 years.

To prepare students for this once in a lifetime event, students will be able to go outside with their classes and view the eclipse with special glasses to protect their eyes. These glasses will be provided for students, and a permission form for viewing will be sent home before the eclipse takes place.

Leading up to the eclipse, teachers in every subject area have been asked to design lessons that touch on the eclipse. Students will use this natural phenomenon as a real-world learning opportunity to explore ancient cultures and their beliefs about eclipses, myths, and fairy tales written about eclipses and use math and science to explain why we have eclipses and why we do not have them more often.

If you have questions about classroom activities, please contact your student's teachers.Griffin has received additional spaces for the Clemson University eclipse viewing. The essay contest has been extended, and students are again invited to submit an essay! Deadline to submit is Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 4:15 pm. If you have questions, please speak with your science teacher. Thank you & Good Luck!

Solar Eclipse Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following students who will travel to Clemson University to view the Solar Eclipse!

6th Grade  Morgan Lyons
7th Grade Mayson Drinkard
8th Grade Anna Ramsey

Teacher Winner

Ms. Carla Walker

Max Eclipse View Time in Smyrna is 2:38 p.m.

Solar Eclipse Glasses
Verified Safe for School Activities

Griffin Middle School has taken precautionary measures to verify the solar eclipse glasses being used for tomorrow's school activities are safe. Below is a link that provides a list of manufacturers who have produced safe glasses for solar eclipse viewing. The name brand being used by Griffin is Rainbow Symphony by Celestron.

https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

 


 

7th graders for the 2017-2018 school year, please review the following information about required vaccinations.

If you have questions, please contact your student's school counselor. Thank you!

 

 

6th Grade Letter-Immunization Info (Spanish)

6th Grade Letter-Immunization Info


Griffin Cell Phone
& Electronic Device Policy
2017-2018

CCSD's policy is: "Students shall not use, display, or turn on communication beepers, cellular phones, video phones, or electronic devices during instructional time, class time, breakfast, or lunch."

The principal shall determine specified times on
campus when electronic devices may be used for instructional purposes."

The principal shall determine specified times on
campus when electronic devices may be used for instructional purposes."

Guidelines

1. Cell phones are to be off and out of sight at all times-they cannot be used in hallways, cafeteria, gym, restroom, learning commons, or classroom.
2. GMS is in the process of renewing our yearly BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) application to the county which would allow teachers who are trained to get permission from parents for students to use cell phones in class for instructional purposes. GMS was BYOD last year, but we must go through the training & application process each year. This means that there will be no BYOD for the first few weeks until everything is completed.
3. Because lunch time is a time that students have to socialize and talk with friends, this year students may not use their cell phones. Each week, grade-levels will be given the chance to earn the right to use cell phone on Friday by displaying positivie behavior as a whole grade during lunch. This will be evaluated each week.

Parents, please share this information with your students, and help us to keep things orderly and safe at Griffin. Remind your student to be a responsible citizen and to follow these policies.

Additionally, please refrain from using your child's cell phone to communicate with them during the instructional day. Please call student support (678) 842-6917, ext. 061 if you need to give your student a message.

Thank you for always helping us to make a Greater Griffin.

Letter to Parents from Mr. Gillihan: CLICK HERE

Be Here. Be Ready. Be Respectful
Be Great! Be Griffin!


ELA Required
Summer Reading List

Each grade level is assigned required summer reading along with assignments that are due when students return to school in late summer. See below for the book list and the assignment links.

These books are highly recommended,
but students may feel free to select
a novel of high interest that aligns with their specific reading level.

ASSIGNMENT: 8th Grade

8th Grade AC
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

ASSIGNMENT: 8th Grade AC

8th Grade
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden
Sherlock Holmes, The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane Young
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

ASSIGNMENT: 7th Grade AC

7th Grade AC
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man from the Other Side by Uri Orlev
Ender in Exile by Orscot Scott Card

ASSIGNMENT: 7th Grade

7th Grade
Hunger Games by Stephanie
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Neilsen

ASSIGNMENT: 6th Grade AC

6th Grade AC
The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

ASSIGNMENT: 6th Grade

6th Grade
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Ergon by Christopher Paolini

PRINTABLE LIST:
2017 Summer Reading List