Griffin Middle School

    Empowering All Students to Pursue Their Dreams

Paul Gillihan, Principal

Tracy Efaw AP-6  | Sheleta Young, AP-7  | Dr. Candace English, AP-8  | Kacie Phipps, SLI | Kizzy Jackson, SSA | Richard White, ISS/Teacher Leader
4010 King Springs Rd. | Smyrna, GA  30082
Office: (678) 842-6917 | Fax: (678) 842-6919
Registration/Records Fax: (678) 842-6924


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!

A new list of clubs and organizations for the
2017-2018 school year are coming soon!

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!

2017-2018
Griffin Middle School
Student Club List

Academic Bowl Club

Sponsor

Mr. Podell, AC SS Teacher

Club Begins

September 7, 2016

Time(s)

Location

Room 201

Advanced Boys Chorus Club
Advanced Boys Chorus is an auditioned chorus for any 6th, 7th or 8th grade boy that is interested in singing. This group will perform at all chorus concerts throughout the school year, including 6th grade chorus concerts as well as 7/8th grade chorus concerts
.

Sponsor

Ms. Rabun, Chorus Teacher

Club Begins

August 16, 2016

Time(s)

Every Tuesday 8:00am-8:50am

Location

Chorus Room

Advanced Girls Chorus Club
Advanced Girls Chorus is an auditioned chorus for any 6th, 7th or 8th grade girl that is interested in singing. This group will perform at all chorus concerts throughout the school year, including 6th grade chorus concerts as well as 7/8th grade chorus concerts.

Sponsor

Ms. Rabun, Chorus Teacher

Club Begins

August 15, 2016

Time(s)

Every Monday 4:15-5:00pm

Location

Chorus Room

Art Club
The art club members work as a colloborative team to paint the school musical set. Students will meet in the cafeteria after school and proceed to the art room with the art teacher. Students may be picked up by parents at the double doors by the art room when the club ends each week. The art club will begin once a theme for the 2016-2017 school musical has been determined.

Sponsor

 

Club Begins

 In Conjunction with the School Musical

Time(s)

 Wednesday, 4:30-6:00pm

Location

Art Room

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.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Quarles, STEM Teacher

Mr. Grove, Co-Teacher

Club Begins

August 15, 2016

Time(s)

Monday through Friday

Location

PL Room

Chamber Orchestra Club
Chamber Orchester is designed for students with intermediate to advanced level performance skills on violin, viola, cello, and bass. This orchestra club is open to any string player that demonstrates readiness for a more challenging orchestra experience. The Chamber Orchestra performs standard string and full orchestra literature as well as other styles of music. Members participate in small chamber ensembles. Performances take place off campus and at school. Chamber orchestra members must audition in order to be a part of the group.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Proctor, Orchestra Teacher

Club Begins

 August 24, 2016

Time(s)

 Wednesdays 4:15-5:30pm

Location

Orchestra Room


Chess Club
The chess club is a fun place for beginners and more advanced players to share with each other the great game of chess. Students will participate in a few tournaments throughout the year to challenge and help us grow as players.

Sponsor(s)

 

 

Club Begins

 

Time(s)

 

Location

 

Coca Cola C5 Club
Participants are provided with intensive leadership experiences including a year-round leadership development program, signature summer activities, community service, and preparation for continuing education and career development. Students also attend meetings and activities at various locations throughout the year as part of this organization.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Del-Valle, ESOL Teacher

 

Club Begins

September 14, 2016

Time(s)

As Needed

Location

Room 220

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. Permission forms available in the Learning Commons and by clicking HERE.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Quintana, Media Specialist

Ms. Baringer, ELA ESOL Teacher

Club Begins

Friday, August 11, 2017

Time(s)

Every Friday Morning 8:30am-8:50am
Except during Holiday Breaks

Location

Makerspace Classroom


Creative Writing Club
The Creative Writing Club will produce and publish a digital literary magazine with graphics and writing in all genres written by students, faculty, and staff. If you have talent in writing in any format or genre, come and join us! All levels of writers are welcome!

Sponsor(s)

Mr. Smith, ELA Teacher

Ms. Crump, AC ELA Teacher

 

Club Begins

September 1, 2016

Time(s)

Every other Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm

Location

Room 2117


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:
GMS Dance Club Blog

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Jackson, ELA Teacher

Mr. Grove, Co-Teacher

Club Begins

August 31, 2016

Time(s)

Every Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm-6pm

Location

Theater

Drama Club

Sponsor

Ms. NeSmith, Science Teacher

Ms. Baringer, ELA Teacher

Club Begins

September 6, 2016

Time(s)

Every other Thursday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Location

Theater

FCA Club (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
FCA is to provide students in South Cobb with a spiritual foundation that will position them to be successful in life. Prior sports experience is not required. All students, any faith or denomination are welcome.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Anderson, ELA Academic Coach

Ms. Daetwyler, ESOL ELA Teacher

Club Begins

September 7, 2016

Time(s)

Monday 8:15-9:15am

Location

Gym 2

Future City Club
Students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include storm water management, urban agriculture, and green energy. This school year's topic is the Power of Public Space. Students present their solutions using Sim City, a 1500 word city essay, a scale model, a project plan, and a presentation to judges at regional competitions in January. This flexible, cross-curricular program gives students an opportunity to act as an engineer and use a process called the engineering design process. Students in Future City apply math and science concepts to real-world issues, develop writing, public speaking, problem-solving and time management for 21st Century skills. This program allows students to explore career options and learn how communities work to become better citizens.

Sponsor

Ms. Quarles, STEM Teacher

Club Begins

August 22, 2016

Time(s)

Monday 8:00am-8:50am

Location

Room 2119

Garden Club

Sponsor

Mr. Podell, AC SS Teacher

Club Begins

September 12, 2016

Time(s)

Every Monday 4:15pm-5:30pm

Location

Room 201

Inventure Challenge 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. Schools host their own internal competitions, and the top teams from each school are invited to the Inventure Challenge Expo in 2016.

Sponsor

Faye Yost, STEM Teacher

Club Begins

August 25, 2016

Time(s)

Every Thursday 8:00am-8:50am

Location

Room 2119

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, 6th Grade AC SS Teacher

Ms. Walker, 6th Grade AC Math Teacher

Ms. Delhey, 6th Grade SS Teacher

Ms. Johnston, 6th Grade SS Teacher

Club Begins

 

Time(s)

Every other Thursday 8:00am-8:50am

Location

Room 2116

Ladies of Tomorrow Club
Ladies of tomorrow is an organization aimed to prepare young ladies for a successful future. During meeting times on Tuesdays, ladies will discuss various topics such as character development, etiquette, and life skills. Our goal is to celebrate what we learn at the end of the year! $20 club fee, and parent permission is required. For more information please contact the club sponsors.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Beasley, 6th Grade Co-Teacher

Ms. Sample, 8th Grade Co-Teacher

Club Begins

September 13, 2016

Time(s)

Every Tuesday 4:15pm-5:15pm

Location

 Room 2100

Learning Commons Student Assistant Club
Student assistants will help in the Learning Commons before school to gain skills in communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Students will apply critical thinking skills by using the Destiny library system to assist students in finding materials and by learning the Dewey Decimal System and book genres to shelve fiction and non-fiction books. They will use creativity to assist with creating bulletin boards and learning commons visuals. They will enhance their communication skills by assisting students with book check out and check in at the circulation desk, participating in morning announcements for the learning commons, running errands to students and teachers, and reading to students for Read Across America Week. Students will also assist with organization of the learning commons such as straightening books/displays/computer lab. Limit to 3 students each morning of the week. Club fee will apply, which covers the cost of a club t-shirt, holiday club celebrations, and Read Across America activities. Parental permission and teacher recommendation is required. For more information visit the
Learning Common's Blog. Form: 2017-2018 Coming Soon!

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Quintana, Media Specialist

Ms. Wheeler, Media Paraprofessional

Club Begins

September 6, 2016

Time(s)

Variable Monday through Friday

Location

Learning Commons

Math Club
Participants in the math club practice applying math to challenging, real-world problems.

Sponsor(s)

Mr. Langston, Math Teacher

Mr. Grove, Co-Teacher

Club Begins

 September 7, 2016

Time(s)

Every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Location

 Room 2105


Men of Tomorrow Club

The Men of Tomorrow Club is in its second year at Griffin. Participants work to learn about business, ethics and becoming better citizens in the community. The students are expected to become leaders at Griffin and represent the club with business attire on Tuesday meetings and any club function. Students are also expected to be leaders in the classroom and hallway, modeling best behavior for peers and adults. The students will be rewarded with formal luncheons and dinners. Participants will also take part in seminars from community leaders and learn to interact with business leaders to be more successful in life.

Sponsor(s)

Mr. Pugh, Math Teacher

Mr. Lee, Special Services Parapro

Mr. Barrow, Gym Teacher

Mr. Scotchlas, Science Teacher

Club Begins

 

Time(s)

Every Tuesday, 4:15pm-5:15pm

Location

 


No Place for Hate Club

We are a club that promotes equality for all students throughout Griffin Middle School. We work to prevent bullying and discrimination, and participants will do several activities to promote equality throughout the school year.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Fites, AC Math Teacher

Ms. Akers, SS Teacher

Mr. Allred, Science Teacher

Club Begins

September 8

Time(s)

Every other Thursday 4:30-5:30pm

Location

Room 390

Robotics Club
Tomorrow's innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult coaches, FIRSTLego League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recylcing, energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. They must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO Mindstorms technology and then compete on a table-top playing field. It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, as they must present their applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the program's core values including understanding and practicing gracious professionalism.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Quarles, STEM Teacher

Mr. Langston, Math Teacher

Club Begins

August 24, 2016

Time(s)

Every Wednesday 4:15-6:00pm

Location

Room 2119


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.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Yost, Business Teacher

Ms. Engle, Spanish Teacher

Club Begins

 September 6, 2016

Time(s)

Alternating every other week on Wednesday (AM) and Thursday (PM)
Wednesdays 8:00-8:50am
Thursdays 4:15-5:30pm

Location

 Spanish Classroom

Running Club
The benefits of fitness are priceless! All grade levels are invited to join the running club with Mr. Gillihan and create a path to excellent health. The running club provides students the means to establish a routine of physical exercise, and it helps to increase attentiveness in the classroom. The running club is  open to all fitness levels.

Sponsor

Mr. Gillihan, Principal

Club Begins

September 7, 2016

Time(s)

 Monday/Wednesday 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Location

 Front Lobby

Science Olympiad Club
The goal of the Science Olympiad is to create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence. Middle school students will participate in 23 events designed to test both scientific knowledge, scientific processing skills, and engineering ability. Students work on events during club meetings preparing for the events and then have an opportunity to participate in a tournament style competition where they show what they have learned. Points are earned for the team based on how individuals place in their unique events. The teams with the lowest scores win and move on to the state competition.

Sponsor(s)

Mr. Gillie, Science Teacher

Ms. Becker, Math/Science Teacher

Club Begins

 August 22, 2016 (First meeting in the GMS Theater with parents)

Time(s)

 4:15pm-6:00pm

Location

Mr. White's Classroom

Soccer Club
Intramural 6th, 7th, 8th grade boys and girls soccer program's objective is to emphasize skill development, team work, and good sportsmanship. This is an intramural sports club which means that our teams play one another and all students have the opportunity to play regardless of skill level. Practices focus on skill development, tactical play and technique. All players are assessed for skill level prior to the start of practices and games to make sure teams are evenly balanced with both new and experienced players.

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Calleiro, ELA/SS ESOL Teacher

Ms. Vance, SS/ESOL Teacher

Ms. Kaur, SS/ESOL Teacher

Club Begins

 September 2016

Time(s)

 Every Monday after School

Location

 

Ultimate Frisbee Club
Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, non-contact sport, played by thousands all over the world. It mixes the best features of sports such as soccer, basketball, football and netball into an exhilarating and demanding game. Griffin's Ultimate Frisbee Club invites students from all grades and all experience levels to come out and join the fun.

Sponsor(s)

Mr. Podell, AC SS Teacher

Club Begins

September 6, 2016

Time(s)

Every Tuesday 4:15-5:30pm

Location

Room 201

Yearbook Club
The yearbook club sponsors work in collaboration with the Griffin PTSA to develop the school yearbook. Students will have the opportunity to work as a team to learn skills in editing, photography, page layout, design, and advertising/marketing. Good attendance and grades are needed to participate. Limited to 10 students. Club fee will apply to participate. Parental permission and teacher recommendation is required. Form:
Yearbook Club

Sponsor(s)

Ms. Proctor, Orchestra Teacher

Ms. Engle, Spanish Teacher

Ms. Sample, 8th Grade Co-Teacher

Ms. Daetwyler, 6th Grade Teacher

Ms. LaPrade, PTSA

Ms. Trumble, PTSA

Club Begins

September 2, 2016

Time(s)

Every Friday 8:15am-9:00am

Location

Learning Commons