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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.



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!


Supply List for 8th AC ELA Students include:

  • 4×6 Lined Index Cards – several packs to keep in the ELA classroom for daily writing
  • 15-20 Sheet protectors (I found a few at the Dollar Tree – You will need one pack
  • One 2″ or a 3″ binder and notebook paper
  • Pencils, erasers, and Blue/Black Pens – DAILY                                                            

Any and all donations are truly appreciated! Please know that the following items are always needed and welcomed:  4×6 Index Cards (WE Write DAILY)  –  Kleenex/Facial tissues  –  hand sanitizer  –  paper towels, Clorox/Lysol wipes, and extra pencils



I plan to use REMIND to stay connected to both parents and students via short text messages/updates about class/school happenings in lieu of my webpage; please subscribe. Remind is a one-way text messaging and email system. With Remind, all personal information remains completely confidential.  No phone numbers are visible to anyone.

On your smartphone/device, please type this address in your web browser:; then use this code to sign up for my class messages: @evansint


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.”


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.



Important Dates to Remember:

  • July 31: First Day of School!
  • Sept. 25-29: Fall Break
  • 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



GMS Foundation




The Griffin Foundation is a non-profit organization formed for the sole purpose of raising funds beyond those currently provided by the Cobb County School District to fund elements of education such as technology enhancements, supplemental enriched curriculum, student services, additional faculty and capital improvements.


  • Awarded over $30,000 in Teacher Grants, providing additional resources and tools in the classrooms, including this past year: iPads & Kindles, Media Cart & books in Learning Commons, tuners and metronomes for Band & Orchestra
  • Repainting/refurbishing of the theater; printers for all computer labs
  • Headphones for all computers; picnic tables in the Memorial Garden
  • Created an annual Legacy Award for two students who have achieved personal growth through perseverance


  • Outdoor Learning: a GMS Nature Trail, and refurbishing of Outdoor Classroom
  • Annual Teacher/Classroom Grant program
    • Continue technology expansion: classroom sets of laptops with cart


  • Capital Campaign: Give 2 Griffin (Fall)
  • Haunted House (October)
  • Student Lock – In (Winter)


  • Donate to the campaign
  • Volunteer to help with any of our events
  • Sponsorship from your business
  • Contact Kim Trumble at for more information

If you would like to make a contribution to the Griffin Foundation, please click the yellow DONATE (Pay Pal) button on our GMS homepage:  


Suggestions for raising an avid reader at home:

  1. Have daily conversations with your child about what they are reading.
  2. Create a time and space for your child to read EVERY day. Studies have shown that reading at least 20-30 minutes each day can increase skills in writing, reading and speaking.
  3. Focus more on what your child is thinking or feeling about the reading, rather than what they read.
  4. Do not limit your child’s reading preferences. If he or she prefers graphic novels over classic literature, that’s ok! When your child reads for fun, it should be what they choose.
  5. *****Finished an awesome book and want something similar? Check out this site to help you find your next good book try searching by the author’s name to connect with similar authors:
  6. Young Author Books for Middle Schoolers? Check this out from our Media Specialist Mrs. L. Quintana:
  7.  Looking for a new book?
    1. Go to or access via the CDL icon on any Griffin computer or desktop
    2. Select Griffin Middle School from the drop down
    3. Enter username the student’s lunch number
    4. Enter the password “read” no quotations, all lower case

Homework– We often hear concerned parents say that their child always claims that they don’t have homework. This is simply not the truth! In order to be successful, most students will need to study 10-15 minutes a night per subject.

– Students should be reading DAILY – textbooks, magazine articles, novels, etc. They may choose the genre that they read, yet I encourage that they read “Non-Fiction” books often.The Non-Fiction genre (AKS) supports close, rigorous reading of informational text and encourages students to ask “what’s the evidence?”

– When students begin to uncover a full range of facts and opinions, informational/non-fiction pieces of text helps strengthen critical thinking skills in students. Thus, they are all career and college ready in the future.

Ways to Study
Flashcards- You can make your own flashcards by hand or use a website/app like StudyBlue.

Explore all your teachers’ webpages. While my page has resources that we’ve used in class, it also contains information that goes beyond what we’ve covered in class. It’s a good way to master a topic!

Sunday Night…What to do?
It’s a good idea to start every week off making sure you are ready and prepared for the week. It only takes 15 minutes!

1. Empty your book bag. Make a stack of loose papers and get all the other “stuff” out of your book bag you don’t need. (Rotten banana peels, candy wrappers, etc) 🙂

2. Sort your loose papers by subject- Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, trash and papers to give Mom/Dad.

3. Put all your loose pages where they belong in the appropriate notebook or binder.

4. Give your Mom/Dad the papers that you were supposed to give them (days ago). 🙂

5. Check your pencil box. Make sure its loaded with everything you need for the week: pencils, pens, glue sticks, tape, highlighters, colored pencils and pencil sharpener.

You are ready for the week?

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