Happy Semester 2 & Hello Spring!

My goodness – so much to share!

  • Griffin’s Annual 8th Grade Dance:
    Tickets on sale through 12 noon Friday, April 26th. Signed permission slips are needed to
    purchase tickets at the PTSA Store…For more details & to buy tickets on line, go to:

          https://www.myvlink.org/GMSptsa/event.php?ID=33725
Click on the following links for the permission forms:
Permission Form English
Permission Form Spanish

  • Field Day – May 15 – Rhyne Park! Permission forms have been issued to your student by their homeroom teacher. Have they returned it with your signature yet???

 

  • Interested in 3DE @ Osborne High School? Sponsored by Junior Achievement – See your 8th homeroom teacher for more information by May 10th. 3DE is a 4-year school within Osborne High School that re-engineers the high school experience to be more relevant, engaging, and authentically connected to the complexities that exist beyond the classroom. It is a partnership between Osborne High School Junior Achievement and the local business community that launched in January of 2018; we are one of six 3DE schools in Georgia! 3DE studentslearn in an interdisciplinary environment through the lens of bona fide business case challenges and real-world application.

 

  • Griffin School Council
    Nominations for 2019-20 School Year – Nominations must be submitted to the main office no later than April 19, 2019.  Elections will be held between April 29-May 3.

    School Council Nomination Form       

         Questions? Contact: Rakale Quarells: rquarells@msm.edu

 

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This entry was posted on April 22, 2019.

Milestones Writing Workshop for all!

Griffin Middle is offering 2 Saturday Milestones Prep Writing Workshops – March 23rd and April 13th.

Students will participate in an intensive review of writing strategies, including a review of test-taking strategies that will help them in all content areas.

Please enroll your student; bus transportation will be made available to and from Norton, La Belle, and Fair Oaks.

Car riders and walkers should arrive at 8a.m. and will be dismissed at 12 noon.

Students should ask their homeroom or ELA teacher for a form to sign up!

 

This entry was posted on March 20, 2019.

Semester Two is off to a great start!

-We are off to a great start in ELA: Argumentative Writing – Debates – Panel Discussions – Explanatory/Expository Writing – Reading Unit Novels ‘The Devils Arithmetic’ and ‘Maus’

-Middle Grades Writing Competition

– College and Career Expo

-Stay tuned!

#Love #Growth #Succeed #BeGriffin

This entry was posted on January 31, 2019.

Semester One is almost over…

Our class and school-wide spelling bee at GMS is almost here – December! Exciting! Helpful Tidbits:

Spelling Bee 2018….2019 Great Words,   

Great Works ListSpelling Bee. 8th.GMS…..NSB_Grade_8_ Word and Def_List

Typing Help?…practice so that you are ready for the Milestones and high school MLA papers, etc. #Love

typing.com 

https://www.typingclub.com/

http://edtech.canyonsdistrict.org/keyboarding-activities-and-resources.html

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This entry was posted on December 3, 2018.

The Milestones Assessment is coming… #NinthGrade

Milestones Assessment Links:

What is YOUR Lexile Score?

Students should have regular practice reading written texts within the “stretch” Lexile band for each year in order to be on the pathway to be college or career ready upon high school graduation.

Grade College & Career Ready

“Stretch” Lexile Bands

1 190L to 530L
2 420L to 650L
3 520L to 820L
4 740L to 940L
5 830L to 1010L
6 925L to 1070L
7 970L to 1120L
8 1010L to 1185L
9 1050L to 1260L
10 1080L to 1335L
11 and 12 1185L to 1385L

 These grade and Lexile bands are the basis for determining at what text complexity level students should be reading—and at which grades—to make sure they are ultimately prepared for the reading demands of college and careers.

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The purposes of the Writing Fair are:
(1) to encourage students K-12 to develop writings that represent their best efforts,
(2) to provide a context for schools to support and
celebrate the writing successes of all students,
(3) to encourage and recognize student achievement in writing throughout the system.Click this link for information and forms:
CCSD Writing Fair

Savannah Trip Parent Meeting for 8th grade students 9 November at 6:00pm – before the concerts. Savannah Trip Flyer 2018

A PBIS party is coming! 8th grade students must have 50 points and an ID card. No replacement ID cards will be made after November 15th.

LEAP (Literacy Enrichment 4 Academic Progress) – Begins Tuesday 9/19 and all other Tuesdays this academic year! Purpose of LEAP? To improve your reading skills – that include listening, speaking, and writing skills – that are essential to your success this year! Each week you will have lessons to guide, enhance, and enrich your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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Important Dates to Remember:

  • Sept. 25-29: Fall Break
  • 6 October – Picture Day!
  • 7 & 21 October: Mrs. Evans’ Saturday School Tutoring sessions
  • 12 October: Student’s Early Release
  • 3 & 5 October: Talent Show Auditions
  • 16-20: Early Release @ 1:30 pm ALL WEEK – Conference Week!
  • 19 October: 8th grade Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
  • 23-27 October: Red Ribbon
  • 27 -28 October: Haunted House!!
  • 30 Oct. – 3 November: Book Fair – Learning Commons all week
  • Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 21: Holiday
  • Jan. 4: Students return to school
  • Feb. 19-23: Winter Break
  • April 2-6: Spring Break
  • May 23: The Last Day of School

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** Extra Support outside the classroom? Tutoring?

Griffin Middle school is pleased to announce that we will be offering Morning and Afternoon Tutoring opportunities and Saturday School to assist students throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  These opportunities are offered at no cost and students will receive extra help from Griffin Middle School teachers to help improve their academic performance and to assist in their preparation for the Georgia Milestones Assessment.

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Unit One is all about understanding...The Challenge of Heroism – Because this word is used every day – in television shows, movies, video games, books, the news, school, and conversations – we rarely take time to actually think about what it means. Students will research, read, and write to develop a more complex understanding of this important societal and cultural concept. This week we’ll discuss the expectations of our upcoming (summative assessment) Narrative & Presentation

Thank you parents for all you do to help me support your student!

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Read Theory begins Monday 12 September 2017 for all AC students! Parents please ask you student about their weekly homework task on Read Theory and for their teacher issued usernames & passwords. Students will be given progress checks routinely and often each week for formative assessment scores. Usernames and passwords for this web based program will be issued during the week of 5-8 September.

  • On ReadTheory, reading levels are never assigned manually. All students logging in for the first time will need to take our placement pretest, which starts on a third grade level by default. If that material is too difficult, the pretest will immediately adjust to show first and second grade material instead. Similarly, if it’s too easy, the pretest will progressively move up to grades four, five, and beyond.
  • All students will be moving within a range of levels at all times so that they will be continually challenged. This provides for maximum differentiation and individualized learning. Our site is fully interactive and responsive, so students will only ever see content based on their previous performance.
  • On ReadTheory, individual passages are never assigned manually. After our placement pretest, students will be placed at a level, and our program will draw a passage at random from within that level for the student.
  • Each time a student passes a full quiz (scores between 70% and 89%), the student remains at the same level. If the student fails the quiz (scores 69% or less), then the quiz is replaced into the pool of available quizzes and the student’s level decreases. If the student performs outstandingly on the quiz (scores 90% or more), the student’s level increases. In each case, a new quiz will be randomly drawn from the appropriate pool of available quizzes at the student’s level.

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Click on the following links for more
information about student tutoring.
Parent Letter & Permission Form English
Parent Letter & Permission Form Spanish

Tranportation will be provided to students. Please read the attached forms for details & complete the necessary permission slips for your student to participate in tutoring and transporation services. Thank you, Wildcats!

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Sept. 25-29: Fall Break
  • 6 October – Picture Day!
  • 7 & 21 October: Mrs. Evans’ Saturday School Tutoring sessions
  • 12 October: Student’s Early Release
  • 3 & 5 October: Talent Show Auditions
  • 16-20: Early Release @ 1:30 pm ALL WEEK – Conference Week!
  • 19 October: 8th grade Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
  • 23-27 October: Red Ribbon
  • 27 -28 October: Haunted House!!
  • 30 Oct. – 3 November: Book Fair – Learning Commons all week
  • Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 21: Holiday
  • Jan. 4: Students return to school
  • Feb. 19-23: Winter Break
  • April 2-6: Spring Break!
  • May 23: The Last Day of School

 

LEAP (Literacy Enrichment 4 Academic Progress) – Begins Tuesday 9/19 and all other Tuesdays this academic year! Purpose of LEAP? To improve your reading skills – that include listening, speaking, and writing skills – that are essential to your success this year! Each week you will have lessons to guide, enhance, and enrich your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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Important Dates to Remember:

  • Sept. 25-29: Fall Break
  • 6 October – Picture Day!
  • 7 & 21 October: Mrs. Evans’ Saturday School Tutoring sessions
  • 12 October: Student’s Early Release
  • 3 & 5 October: Talent Show Auditions
  • 16-20: Early Release @ 1:30 pm ALL WEEK – Conference Week!
  • 19 October: 8th grade Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
  • 23-27 October: Red Ribbon
  • 27 -28 October: Haunted House!!
  • 30 Oct. – 3 November: Book Fair – Learning Commons all week
  • Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 21: Holiday
  • Jan. 4: Students return to school
  • Feb. 19-23: Winter Break
  • April 2-6: Spring Break
  • May 23: The Last Day of School

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** Extra Support outside the classroom? Tutoring?

Griffin Middle school is pleased to announce that we will be offering Morning and Afternoon Tutoring opportunities and Saturday School to assist students throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  These opportunities are offered at no cost and students will receive extra help from Griffin Middle School teachers to help improve their academic performance and to assist in their preparation for the Georgia Milestones Assessment.

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Unit One is all about understanding...The Challenge of Heroism – Because this word is used every day – in television shows, movies, video games, books, the news, school, and conversations – we rarely take time to actually think about what it means. Students will research, read, and write to develop a more complex understanding of this important societal and cultural concept. This week we’ll discuss the expectations of our upcoming (summative assessment) Narrative & Presentation

Thank you parents for all you do to help me support your student!

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Read Theory begins Monday 12 September 2017 for all AC students! Parents please ask you student about their weekly homework task on Read Theory and for their teacher issued usernames & passwords. Students will be given progress checks routinely and often each week for formative assessment scores. Usernames and passwords for this web based program will be issued during the week of 5-8 September.

  • On ReadTheory, reading levels are never assigned manually. All students logging in for the first time will need to take our placement pretest, which starts on a third grade level by default. If that material is too difficult, the pretest will immediately adjust to show first and second grade material instead. Similarly, if it’s too easy, the pretest will progressively move up to grades four, five, and beyond.
  • All students will be moving within a range of levels at all times so that they will be continually challenged. This provides for maximum differentiation and individualized learning. Our site is fully interactive and responsive, so students will only ever see content based on their previous performance.
  • On ReadTheory, individual passages are never assigned manually. After our placement pretest, students will be placed at a level, and our program will draw a passage at random from within that level for the student.
  • Each time a student passes a full quiz (scores between 70% and 89%), the student remains at the same level. If the student fails the quiz (scores 69% or less), then the quiz is replaced into the pool of available quizzes and the student’s level decreases. If the student performs outstandingly on the quiz (scores 90% or more), the student’s level increases. In each case, a new quiz will be randomly drawn from the appropriate pool of available quizzes at the student’s level.

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Click on the following links for more
information about student tutoring.
Parent Letter & Permission Form English
Parent Letter & Permission Form Spanish

Tranportation will be provided to students. Please read the attached forms for details & complete the necessary permission slips for your student to participate in tutoring and transporation services. Thank you, Wildcats!

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Sept. 25-29: Fall Break
  • 6 October – Picture Day!
  • 7 & 21 October: Mrs. Evans’ Saturday School Tutoring sessions
  • 12 October: Student’s Early Release
  • 3 & 5 October: Talent Show Auditions
  • 16-20: Early Release @ 1:30 pm ALL WEEK – Conference Week!
  • 19 October: 8th grade Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
  • 23-27 October: Red Ribbon
  • 27 -28 October: Haunted House!!
  • 30 Oct. – 3 November: Book Fair – Learning Commons all week
  • Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 21: Holiday
  • Jan. 4: Students return to school
  • Feb. 19-23: Winter Break
  • April 2-6: Spring Break!
  • May 23: The Last Day of School