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Griffin Wildcat students!
Are you interested in participating in a club or organization?
Griffin Middle School staff members host several student clubs!
Griffin clubs and organizations are a great way to meet new friends
and to create a GREATER GRIFFIN!

Many of our student clubs
support 21st Century skills!

Clubs have started for the 2017-2018 School Year!

If you see a club listed you are interested in,
please see or email the club sponsor for more information.

Thanks for your interest in being a contributing
member to make a Greater Griffin!

Questions about clubs? Contact club administrator tracy.efaw@cobbk12.org or the club's sponsor(s)

2017-2018
Griffin Middle School
Student Club List

Aeronautics Club
To learning about the physics behind aeronautics while building and testing rockets.  Our goal is to eventualy build bigger projects in the field of aeronautics using STEM/STEAM practics. One of our goals is to compete in the Tag Ed Web Challenge and to prepare for future science competitions.

Sponsor(s)

Melissa Barlow

President: Katherine Stockton
Vice President: Nicole Knight
Treasurer: Victoria Neu
Secretary: Samuel Ruzzene

Club Begins

November 8, 2017

Time(s)

Wednesdays and Fridays

8:15 am to 8:50 am

Location

Ms. Barlow's classroom
Future City Club
Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue . The 2017-2018 theme is The Age-Friendly City. Teams will identify an age-related challenge that exists in today’s urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow their future city’s senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be. Blog address: http://www.cobblearning.net/gmsfuturecityclub/

Sponsor(s)

Barbara Quarles, Engineering & Technology Teacher

Club Begins

September 5, 2017

Time(s)

Tuesday, 8 am

 

Location

Engineering & Technology Classroom

Photography Club
For more information, contact melissa.barlow@cobbk12.org

Sponsor(s)

Melissa Barlow, Science Teacher

Club Begins

September 20, 2017

Time(s)

 

 

Location

 


Cat Nation (GMS News) Club

Cat Nation is Griffin Middle School's morning announcements broadcasting club. Students work as a team in a news production studio to produce and deliver school news and events each morning during homeroom.
 http://gmscatnation.weebly.com/

Sponsor(s)

Barbara Quarles, Engineering & Technology Teacher

Justin Grove, Teacher

Club Begins

1st Week of School Year

Time(s)

Monday through Friday

Location

STEM Classroom


Competitive Reading Book Club
This is a rigorous reading club as students will be required to read 20 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee books on a weekly basis in order to participate in various reading competitions, which run through January 2018. Reading competitions include the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB), the Georgia Tech Jacket 2 Jacket Reading Program, and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The club is looking to bring home Griffin's first HRRB win this year! Information is available on the Learning Common's Blog. No limit on student participants, however, the top five readers based on # of books read, completed & submitted reading logs, and attendance will create the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team. The Cobb County HRRB competition is Saturday, January 13, 2018 and the top five selected team members must attend with their own transportation. If the GMS HRRB team advances, students have the potential to participate in regional (location TBD) and state competition (Athens, GA). Club fee will apply to participate, which will cover competition fees, club t-shirt, and club holiday celebrations.
Form: Competitive Reading Book Club
Sponsor(s) Lori Quintana, School Librarian
Ashley Baringer, ELA Teacher

Steven Villegas-Garcia, ELA Teacher
Club Begins Friday, August 11, 2017
Time(s) Every Friday Morning 8:15am-8:50am
Except during Holiday BreaksHelen Ruffin Reading Bowl January 13, 2017
Location Makerspace Classroom


Board Games

Students are encouraged to play a variety of board games (Chess, Checkers, Monopoly, Risk, etc.) This will develop their social skills as well as help to improve their reading and problem solving skills. Members will be encouraged to learn a variety of games and to bring their own favorite games to introduce and teach to others.
Sponsor(s) Renee Holden, Teacher
Jason Joiner, ELA Teacher

Anthony Smith, ELA Teacher
Club Begins August 24, 2017
Time(s) Thursday4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Location Mr. Smith's Classroom

STEM Braves Challenge
Engagement of students in a STEM challenge. Students will complete a community service project and a competition.
Sponsor(s) Melissa Barlow, Science Teacher
Club Begins September 2017
Time(s) Wednesday
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location Ms. Barlow's Classroom

Wildcat Writer's Club
Our club's purpose is to provide Griffin Middle School's writers a safe place to hone their skills and share their work through guided practice, workshops, and selected readings. Students may also publish a book written collaboratively, and donate the profits to a charity. While this is not a tutoring club, all creative writers are welcome regardless of ability.
Sponsor(s) Rochelle Wilson, Social Studies Teacher
Jason Joiner, ELA Teacher
Stephanie Jackson, ELA Teacher
Club Begins September 7, 2017
Time(s) 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location Ms. Jackson's Classroom


Dance Club
Dance club is an organization that allows members to experience the wonders of dance! Students are exposed to different styles of dance,from ballet/pointe, jazz, modern, hip-hop, Latin and so much more! Members learn how to express themselves through movement and collaboration with peers. Dance club not only provides students with the opportunity to learn a new skill set, but it all enhances other important skills, such as communication, collaboration, and responsibility. While it bears the title of "club", it is far from being just a club. Dancing requires hard-work, loyalty, dedication, and commitment. Visit our blog for more information. This year we would like to host a Dance Camp for KS Elementary 5th grade students.

Sponsor(s)

Stephanie Jackson, ELA Teacher

Justin Grove, Teacher

Club Begins

August 23, 2017
Club ends March 28, 2018

Time(s)

Wednesdays, 4:15-5:30

Location

Students meet in the cafeteria at dismissal and then walk with Ms. Jackson to the theater.


Drone Club
The GMS Drone Club engages students in a STEM competition involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Teams develop an innovative UAV-based solution to a problem in their community, state, or world. They research, problem-solve, and collaborate to design, build, and fly their own UAVs. The Drone competition is held in the spring at Grady High School where they present their UAV based solution to judges and then fly three very hard challenges with the best time winning. Drone Blog: http://www.cobblearning.net/gmsdroneclub/

Sponsor

Barbara Quarles, Engineering & Technology Teacher

Club Begins

August 15, 2017

Time(s)

http://www.cobblearning.net/gmsdroneclub/

Location

STEM Classroom

Garden Club
The Garden Cub provides students with an opportunity to engage in various types of horticultural practices (vegetable gardens, pollinator gardens, etc.) and the science behind it. We will also explore the culinary arts as we like to cook/eat what we grow! We will also compete in a pollinator gardent competition and do multiple campus beautification projects.

Sponsor

Clint Podell, SS Teacher

Cheryl Carson, Parent

Club Begins

September 11, 2017

Time(s)

Monday
4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Location

Mr. Podell's Classroom

Inventure Club
The inVenture Challenge is a competition for Georgia K-12 students to recognize achievement and encourage interest in innovation, design, and engineering. The goal is to challenge students to identify a real-world problem and test a solution. Student teams of 1-3 choose their own problem and deisgn a solution. Science, engineering, technology, and even math are utilized. In late fall, students do an online "pitch day" to give a brief presentation about their design problem and proposed solution ideas to members of the Georgia Tech community and industry folks. We will host our own internal competition, and the top team will be invited to the Inventure Challenge Expo in early 2018. Students will learn skills in public speaking, business planning, critical thinking, problem solving, team building, and empathy.

Sponsor

Faye Yost, BusinessTeacher

Geoffrey Gillie, Science Teacher

Club Begins

September 5, 2017

Time(s)

Tuesday

8:00 AM-8:50 AM

Location

Mrs. Yost's Classroom

Jr. Beta Club
The purpose of this National Beta Club shall be to promote the ideals of character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students, to reward meritorious achievement, and to encourage and assist students in continuing their education after high school. It is a student-centered organization that continually develops and nurtures individuals by providing opportunities and experiences that enable students to demonstrate the ideals of character, achievement, service and leadership in the community. Participants must be A, B or AB students. Jr. Beta Club is a community service club dedicated to excellence and making a greater Griffin by serving the community at large. Please check the Jr. Beta Club Blog for community service opportunities. Click HERE for the Jr. Beta Club Blog.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Gunn, SS Teacher

Ms. Walker, Math Teacher

Ms. Johnston, SS Teacher

Club Begins

 September 14, 2017

Time(s)

2nd and 4th Thursday of each Month
8:15 AM

Location

Theater

GMS "Ladies of Excellence" Club

Our vision of the club is to empower girls to create social change by completing projects that tackle issues girls face in their own communities. It is designed to motivate and inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and confident. These young ladies will learn to become responsible and caring citizens, as well as acquiring leadership skills.

Sponsor(s)

Quinci Brown, ScienceTeacher

Terryann Gordon, SS Teacher

Renee Holden, Teacher

Danielle Crump, ELA Teacher

Club Begins

 

Time(s)

Thursday
4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Location

Room 213

Scrabble Club
Students will expand vocabulary while using spelling, mathematics, and strategic skills in a fun and competitive setting with peers. Students will also participate in a community service project by playing with seniors at Delmar Gardens, and potential competition with another CCSD middle school.

Sponsor(s)

Guneet Kaur, ESOL Teacher

Carol Aaron, Reading Teacher

Club Begins

September 2017

Time(s)

Monday and Wednesday

8:00 AM-8:40 AM

Location

Ms. Kaur's Classroom

Student Council/Student Ambassadors
Our purpose is to learn how to be a positive leader of Griffin Middle School by serving as Ambassadors to visiting Cobb dignitaries, planning and organizing school functions, participating in community service events, and actively giving voice to student concerns with the principal.

Sponsor(s)

Dr. English, Administrator

Kate Fites, Math Teacher

Club Begins

August 14, 2017

Time(s)

8:30 am - 8:50 am Monday through Friday
Student schedule will be provided

Location

Ms. Fite's Classroom


Learning Commons Student Assistant Club
Student assistants will help in the Learning Commons before school from 8:30am-8:50am shelving non-fiction/fiction books, helping students checkout/in books, running overdue notices, delivering morning announcements. Limited to 2 students each morning of the week. Club fee will apply, which covers the cost of a club t-shirt, holiday club celebrations, and club activities. Parental permission and teacher recommendation is required. For more information visit the Learning Common's Blog.
Form: LC Student Assistant Permission Form

Sponsor(s)

Lori Quintana, School Librarian/Media Specialist

Club Begins

August 14, 2017

Time(s)

8:30 am - 8:50 am Monday through Friday
Student schedule will be provided

Location

Learning Commons


Elite Gentlement Consortium, Inc. (EGC)
Mission Statement: To educate, enhance, and enrich the lives of young men through self-discipline, personal development, academics, spirituality, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Sponsor(s) Mr. Pugh, Math Teacher
Mr. Scotchlas, Science Teacher
Club Begins September
Time(s) Tuesday4:30 PM-5:30PM
Location Learning Commons

Robotics Club
The purpose of this club is to introduce students to the world of Mindstorm Robots to build student's self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable employment and life skills. Our mission is to challenge paticipants to think like scientists and engineers by solving problems using engineering concepts, presenatation techniques, and robots.

Sponsor(s) Roderick Langston, Math Teacher
Jeffrey Newell, Science Teacher
Club Begins September 6, 2017
Time(s) Monday & Wednesday
4:45-6:00 PM
Location Room 2105

Interact with Rotary Club
Interact is a service-oriented club sponsored by both the Smyrna and Vinings Rotary. Students will be engaged in service-based projects for the school, the community, and possibly the globe. Our overall mission is to serve others. Club members also support school initiatives in kindness and compassion as part of Rachel's Challenge. Project's this year will include Project Live Love, making mats for the homeless, Save it Forward Food Drive & Must Ministries Food Pantry, raise funds for Somalia Relief, Positive Messages Days, Random Acts of Kindness, and new students breakfast.

Sponsor(s)

Faye Yost, Business Teacher

Club Begins

September 1, 2017

Time(s)

Friday
8:00 AM-8:50 AM

Location

Mrs. Yost's Classroom

4-H Club

Sponsor(s)

Kate Fites, Math Teacher

Club Begins

September 2017

Time(s)

1 Wednesday per Month on the following dates:

9/6, 10/4, 11/8, 12/6, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 5/2

8:00 AM-8:45 AM

Location

Ms. Fite's Classroom

Soccer Club
Soccer club's objectives are for 6, 7, and 8th grade girls and boys to develop skills, team work, and good sportsmanship. This year's goal is to host a mini-soccer camp for King Spring's Elementary students.

Sponsor(s)

Olivia Calleiro, ELA/SS Teacher

Steven Villegas-Garcia, Teacher

Guneet Kaur, SS/ESOL Teacher

Club Begins

September 2017

Time(s)

Monday
4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Location

Ms. Calleiro's Room


Ultimate Frisbee Club
Ultimate Frisbee provides students with all levels of opportunity to learn and/or increase their skills in the game.

Sponsor(s)

Clint Podell, SS Teacher

Club Begins

September 2017

Time(s)

Every other Tuesday

4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Location

Mr. Podell's Classroom