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October 2, 2022

Counselor Corner

Red Ribbon Campaign:

We will have our Red Ribbon Campaign lessons the whole month of October during out advisory. If you have any questions or would like to preview any of our materials, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Dixon or Mrs. Blackwood.


Whole Child Series:

Join Lewisville ISD CHOICES for another session in the Whole Child Series, a virtual presentation for families and staff on Oct 4th! Drugs & Alcohol: The Latest Trends with DEA SAC Chávez Please CLICK HERE for more information on how to sign up.


Love and Logic Program:

A parent education program that provides simple & easy to use techniques to help parents have more fun & less stress while raising responsible kids of all ages. 8:30 - 10:30 am, 6 - 8pm in English | 6 - 8pm in Spanish Fall Series - October 11, 18, & 25

CLICK HERE for more information about the series


Lewisville Family Center:

All LISD students and their families are eligible for FREE service, based on the level of care needed. Services include: Brief Individual, Family, and Group Counseling Referral Services CLICK HERE to get more information on how to contact the family center.

TCHS Homecoming Week

As part of the TCHS feeder pattern, we love to celebrate homecoming week! Please see the spirit dress up days for each day of the week:


Monday, October 3: Sleeping Beauty Day- Dress in pajamas

Tuesday, October 4: Never Growing Up in Neverland- Dress like a kid

Wednesday, OCtober 5: Three Little Pigs- Twin/Triplet Day - dress in matching outfits

Thursday, October 6: We are All Mad Here- Mix-Match Day

Friday, October 7: Fairytale Fun!- Dress as a Pixar/Disney character

Pride Parent Reminders

HB4545 Tutoring:

We will be starting up our HB4545 tutoring again on October 17. As a reminder, this is a requirement from the state of Texas for any student who did not meet the standard any STAAR test given last spring. Many students completed these hours during the summer at our Summer camp. Those who did not attend this summer and/or did not complete the 30 hour requirement will be receiving notification letters next week. Please check all communication that comes from LISD over the next two weeks to ensure you receive information.


End of the 9 weeks:

We are two weeks away from the end of our first report card grading period. I highly encourage you to check SKYWARD and review your child's current grades, missing assignments, etc. Now is the time to ensure students are taking care of these items.


Missing Something?

Hoodies, jackets, water bottles, and lunch bags are beginning to accumulate in the Lost & Found, located in our front lobby. If your student is missing one of these, remind them to check there!


TCHS Football Games:

We have been asked to share some behavior expectations for TCHS football games and other sporting events with students and families.


  • Students should remain in the stands during the game.
  • Students should not run/play under the stands, at concessions or on the walkways.
  • Students should respond to adult game supervisors and follow all behavior expectations.
  • Parents should be on premises for pick-up at the conclusion of the game – make a plan with your child ahead of time.
  • No backpacks allowed in stadiums.
  • No outside food or drinks/cups/water bottles.
  • Students who are unruly or fail to comply with expectations may be asked to leave and are subject to school consequences, up to and including suspension from future games.

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September 25, 2022

Counselor Corner

Whole Child Series:

Join Lewisville ISD CHOICES for another session in the Whole Child Series, a virtual presentation for families and staff on Oct 4th! Drugs & Alcohol: The Latest Trends with DEA SAC Chávez Please CLICK HERE for more information on how to sign up.


Medication Disposal Day:

Bring expired or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications and sharps to the location nearest you. See the ATTACHMENT for dates and more information.


Love and Logic Program:

A parent education program that provides simple & easy to use techniques to help parents have more fun & less stress while raising responsible kids of all ages. 8:30 - 10:30 am, 6 - 8pm in English | 6 - 8pm in Spanish Fall Series - October 11, 18, & 25

CLICK HERE for more information about the series


Lewisville Family Center:

All LISD students and their families are eligible for FREE service, based on the level of care needed. Services include: Brief Individual, Family, and Group Counseling Referral Services CLICK HERE to get more information on how to contact the family center.

Griffin PTA - Strive for Connection

Feeling Thirsty?

PTA has partnered with Thirsty Lion in Grandscape to bring you September Dine-To-Give! For the entire month of September, Monday through Thursday ONLY, from open to close (11a-10p), Thirsty Lion will donate 15% of your bill to our PTA. Yes, the entire bill, including adult beverages! Bring your co-workers for lunch, families for dinner, and buddies for after dinner, and we will see you there. Thirsty Lion is located at 5754 Grandscape Blvd and don’t forget to tell them when ordering Griffin Middle School sent you over!


Dad's and Dude's Club:

Calling ALL Dads, Dudes and male role models! WE NEED YOU! The last Friday of every month we have a fun time from 8am to 9am in front of the school welcoming students and staff into the building. You can open car doors, give out high fives or fist bumps or just tell a few good dad jokes... you don't have to be outgoing, just willing to help! We would love to know you are coming out so let us know by signing up HERE. Join us this coming Friday, September 30th at 8am in front of the school. Listen for the music!


Trivia Time:

PTA will be hosting a fun round of Trivia during lunch on Friday, September 30th in each grade level. While students eat their lunch they will have the chance to answer a few questions and win a small prize! If you would like to assist with this event please reach out to your PTA President Rachel Doig at griffinpta@yahoo.com. We are looking for people that would like to hand out prizes and assist with spotting raised hands. Must have a current background check through Voly on file.

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Pride Parent Reminders

Student iPad Repairs:

There is a new process that will be implemented regarding students needing assistance with their iPads. When a student has an issue on their iPad, they are expected to complete a ticket and then report to the 7th grade office during the next available time for repairs. If it can be fixed quickly and right then and there, it will be fixed. If the issue is not something that can be correctly quickly, the student will be given a loaner and then sent back to class. If a student has an issue arise after the repair time for that day, they will have to wait until the next day to take their iPad in. Please see the attached flyer for the tech repair times.


Student Trip to NYC and Washington DC:

September 27 at 6 pm in the Lion's Den, we will have a meeting for parents about our Summer 2023 travel opportunity to Washington DC and New York City. This is a great opportunity for your student (and you too, parent, if interested) to see a different part of our nation! Come see what it's all about!


GMS Band is on the Go!

Our GMS Band students have been busy this week! It started out Tuesday night with the band playing at our GMS football game against Delay MS. Next stop, they spent the day Friday traveling to all of our feeder elementary schools to provide some school spirit for the elementary pep rallies, and finished off the night at the TCHS football game! Great job band students... AND the parents who got them to those events!


Title 1 Meeting Coming up:

Quick reminder of the 2nd opportunity to have a part in jointly creating the Family Engagement Policy and Parent/Student/Campus Compact. Our first meeting was on August 23, and the district has asked us to provide one more meeting opportunity in order to include anyone who may not have been able to attend the first meeting. I sent out an email laast week announcing the second of these meetings. It will be a virtual meeting, held on the WEBEX platform, and will occur on September 29 at 12:00 noon. If you have any input you would like to add to these documents (you can view them in the attachments below), please join us for this meeting.

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September 18, 2022

Parent "To Do" List

Student Progress Reports:

The 2nd three week grading period ends today. Teachers will finish grading and input all grades up to this point by the end of the day Monday (September 19). This progress reporting period will cause students who are failing one or more classes to become ineligible for all UIL activities. This includes sports teams as well as fine arts. The ineligibility will go into effect NEXT Friday, and will remain in place until the next grade reporting period. I strongly encourage you to check student grades this weekend and encourage students to complete and turn in any missing work. If you need help accessing the parent portal in SKYWARD, click HERE. If you are not able to access your parent account, contact the GMS office for assistance.


Free/Reduced Lunch Program:

Many of you have already completed this form to apply for the benefits that go with being in the F/R Lunch Program. If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to complete the application. There are so many advantages to being a part of this program in addition to reduced cost of meals! Click HERE to apply.

Counselor Corner

We will be doing LISD's Suicide Prevention Fall Lessons on September 28th. Please take a second to look over the Parent Preview. If you do NOT want your child to participate, please fill out and send the form in the link to your child's counselor.

Mrs. Blackwood A-K, blackwoodt@lisd.net

Mrs. Dixon L-Z, dixonk@lisd.net



The LISD Social Workers are having their biannual snack drive to collect snacks for students. It will be held on 9/17 from 10-12 with drop off locations at TECC-E and Marcus. Please click HERE to access the flyer for more information.

Pride Parent Reminders

Title 1 Meeting Coming up:

Thanks to those of you who attended our first Title 1 meeting on August 23 to jointly create the Family Engagement Policy and Parent/Student/Campus Compact. The district has asked us to provide one more meeting opportunity in order to include anyone who may not have been able to attend the first meeting. I sent out an email this week announcing the second of these meetings. It will be a virtual meeting, held on the WEBEX platform, and will occur on September 29 at 12:00 noon. If you have any input you would like to add to these documents (you can view them in the attachments below), please join us for this meeting.


Student Travel Opportunity:

We have some great opportunities for your student to see other parts of the United States! On September 27 at 6:00 pm in the Lion's Den, Ms. Hartman will have a meeting for parents to share information about our Summer 2023 travel opportunity to Washington DC and New York City. We hope you will join us!


Collaborating with Teachers and Staff:

As we approach the 6 week mark of the school year, I am beginning to hear some stories students have shared with parents about why they are failing a class, how "unfair" their teacher is, etc. I want to take this time to remind you of what I said at orientation, and encourage you to teachers with questions you have as to why your student is not being successful, received a zero for an assignment, etc. I assure you that your student's teachers want students to be successful in class, and they are happy to work with you regarding tutoring, explaining missing assignments, and collaborating on how to help our students be successful. Please reach out!


Missing Something?

Hoodies, jackets, water bottles, and lunch bags are beginning to accumulate in the Lost & Found, located in our front lobby. If your student is missing one of these, remind them to check there!


Ipad Information and Update:

We are now done with all ipad distribution. The only students who should be without technology are those who have fines/fees that are owed. If your student is without his/her district issued ipad and all fines/fees have been paid, please contact Mr. Cleburn at cleburng@lisd.net to let him know. It is our goal to have 100% of our students receive ipads.

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September 11, 2022

A Time To Remember...

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A Note from the Principal

As we move into this week where we will be celebrating Kindness, let us take just a moment to pause and reflect on the thousands of acts of kindness that occurred on this day 21 years ago. Regardless of the reasons that led individuals to act as they did, individuals across our country responded with kindness and support for our one another. Whether it was those heroes at ground zero tirelessly working to recover survivors, or those in distant cities and states who sent gifts, donations, and well wishes.


My hope is that we stop and remember not just the tragedy that occurred on September 11, but also the flood of kindness that immediately followed. Let us continue to find reasons to spread kindness, even in the face of tragedy.


May you be confronted with kindness this week, and may you find ways to throw kindness towards others!

Counselor Corner

We will be doing LISD's Suicide Prevention Fall Lessons on September 28th. Please take a second to look over the Parent Preview. If you do NOT want your child to participate, please fill out and send the form in the link to your child's counselor.

Mrs. Blackwood A-K, blackwoodt@lisd.net

Mrs. Dixon L-Z, dixonk@lisd.net




The LISD Social Workers are having their biannual snack drive to collect snacks for students. It will be held on 9/17 from 10-12 with drop off locations at TECC-E and Marcus. Please click HERE to access the flyer for more information.

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Pride Parent Reminders

Kindness Week:

Tomorrow, Monday, September 12, marks the start of LISD Kindness week! Each day we will celebrate kindness with dress up days and small acts of kindness that can cause a great "wave" of generosity! I hope you are able to spend time this week to reflect with your students on the countless small ways we can make a huge impact on others by showing kindness to others!


#PRIDEmovement:

Our hashtag challenge will continue this week with the focus on #speakkindly. We will be on the lookout to find and promote students who encourage and speaking kindly to one another. Follow our social media pages to keep up to date as we encourage our students to create positive communication interactions with each other!


Missing Something?

Hoodies, jackets, water bottles, and lunch bags are beginning to accumulate in the Lost & Found, located in our front lobby. If your student is missing one of these, remind them to check there!


Ipad Information and Update:

At this time, it looks like we just about about 30 students who still owe either money or the AUP form in order to receive their ipad this year. Several of those are students who owe for repairs and/or lost or damaged parts. If this is what is keeping your student from receiving his/her ipad, please contact Mr. Cleburn at cleburng@lisd.net to see about getting a payment plan in place. It is our goal to have 100% of our students receive ipads.


Restroom Time:

Just as we have done in the past, we are strongly encouraging students to use the 5 minute passing periods between each class to use the restroom. This ensures students don't miss important instruction by leaving class. However, we understand that exceptions arise when students just "can't wait"! Our staff will be talking to students in the coming days regarding time out of class. The general class guideline is that a student should not need to leave any class more than once in a week for a "restroom emergency" and teachers will be holding students to that expectation. One of the "stumbling blocks" we run into in middle school is students using the excuse of needing the restroom in order to get out of class, wander the halls, and/or avoid classwork. That is the reason for this guideline. So, if your student is asking for restroom breaks too frequently in the same class, or classes, they may be asked to visit with one of the assistant principals to try to workout a more successful means to handling this. I want to share this information (and the reason WHY we have to do it) with you in order to avoid any misinterpretations/misunderstandings students may bring home! Of course, we encourage you to reach out if you have specific questions!

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September 4, 2022

Parent "To Do" List

Complete Free/Reduced Lunch Forms:

Students are only able to charge up to $20 in breakfast/lunch fees, and then they receive a "standard" sunflower butter sandwich and juice. The state is no longer providing free meals to all students, so students must either bring money or parents can put money on the "REVTRAK" system for your child. If you are interested, be sure to complete the application for the Free/Reduced Meal Program. There are so many advantages to being a part of this program in addition to reduced cost of meals!

Click HERE to apply.


Student Progress Reports:

Your student's first 3 week progress report is now in SKYWARD. If you need help accessing the parent portal in SKYWARD, click HERE. If you are not able to access your parent account, contact the GMS office for assistance.

GMS PTA - Strive for Connection

Feeling Thirsty?

PTA has partnered with Thirsty Lion in Grandscape to bring you September Dine-To-Give! For the entire month of September, Monday through Thursday ONLY, from open to close (11a-10p), Thirsty Lion will donate 15% of your bill to our PTA. Yes, the entire bill, including adult beverages! Bring your co-workers for lunch, families for dinner, and buddies for after dinner, and we will see you there. Thirsty Lion is located at 5754 Grandscape Blvd and don’t forget to tell them when ordering Griffin Middle School sent you over!


SPIRIT NIGHTS:

Spirit Nights are fundraisers where businesses donate a percentage of their sales, on a specific date and time, to local charities or non-profits. We have reached out and partnered with a variety of local businesses to help with some of our operating costs for the year. The PTA uses the funds we receive from these Spirit Nights for programs for students and families, student recognition, staff appreciation etc. So, mark your calendars and join us for delicious meals prepared by others, all while supporting our school! Invite family, neighbors, co-workers and friends and always be sure to mention GRIFFIN FUNDRAISER, to your waitstaff or at the register, so our school can get credit.

Check Out What's Happening in AVID

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Pride Parent Reminders

Student IPAD Update:

We have had a wonderful start to the year, and we continue to work hard to get technology to students as quickly as possible. We have a few students whose "Back to School" forms and/or iPad fees have not been completed/paid in Skyward. Unfortunately, we have to "hold" any iPad that is still missing one of these items. Instructions on how to access these forms in Skyward can be found HERE, or contact Mr. Cleburn at cleburng@lisd.net. We are here to help!


#PRIDEmovement:

Thank you to all who participated in our first Social Media hashtag challenge #helpcleanup. The movement caught on with our students, as evidenced by the Staff vs. Student volleyball game. We had multiple students stay after the game to help clean up the bleachers without being asked to do so! We are excited to announce our next 2-week hashtag challenge will be #speakkindly. We will be on the lookout to find and promote students who encourage and speaking kindly to one another. Follow our social media pages to keep up to date as we encourage our students to create positive communication interactions with each other!


Missing Something?

Hoodies, jackets, water bottles, and lunch bags are beginning to accumulate in the Lost & Found, located in our front lobby. If your student is missing one of these, remind them to check there!


Student ID's:

Please help remind your student to have their ID with them when they come to school each day. Starting this week, students will have to get a temporary ID when they don't have their IDs, and these temporary IDs will result in Lunch Detention after the 3rd one issued. Due to some of the increased safety measures, it is even more imperative that all students (and staff) have identification visible all day, every day.

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August 28, 2022

URGENT- MUST BE DONE BEFORE MONDAY, AUGUST 29

Your student's LISD issued Ipad WILL BE collected started Monday, August 29, if the following is not completed:

  1. Complete and sign the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in Skyward
  2. Pay the $30 ipad insurance fee OR check that you are choosing not to pay the insurance.


**NOTE: If you choose NOT to pay insurance, your student will receive a DIFFERENT type of ipad with a much sturdier case.

Other "To Do" Items

Complete Free/Reduced Lunch Forms:

Students are only able to charge up to $20 in breakfast/lunch fees, and then they receive a "standard" sunflower butter sandwich and juice. The state is no longer providing free meals to all students, so students must either bring money or parents can put money on the "REVTRAK" system for your child. If you are interested, be sure to complete the application for the Free/Reduced Meal Program. There are so many advantages to being a part of this program in addition to reduced cost of meals!

Click HERE to apply.


Complete ALL Skyward Forms:

Every year, parents must complete forms in Skyward. Be sure you log into Skyward Parent Portal to do this no later than August 26. For information on how to do that, click HERE.

Buy a Duck for GMS!

Be sure you check out the flyer below and purchase a Duck for the upcoming Duck Derby! Then come on out to the Grandscape on September 4 and watch your Duck "compete"! Hope to see you there!

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GMS PTA - Strive for Connection

THANK YOU to all the families, friends and GMS Staff that supported our Carrabba's Dinner at Open House this past week. We hope you enjoyed the food and that it helped you not feel rushed throughout your evening!


Last Call for Spirit Wear:

Going, Going, GONE! Get your Griffin Spirit Wear before it is no longer available! Sale has been extended until Sunday so make sure you place your orders this weekend. Notice we are selling BOTH youth and adult sizes, so please choose carefully. After this weekend, we will not be offering Spirit Wear again until next year. Orders will be delivered to the school in approx. 3 weeks and will be distributed to your students during their advisory period. To place an order click HERE.


Feeling Thirsty?

PTA has partnered with Thirsty Lion in Grandscape to bring you September Dine-To-Give! For the entire month of September, Monday through Thursday ONLY, from open to close (11a-10p), Thirsty Lion will donate 15% of your bill to our PTA. Yes, the entire bill, including adult beverages! Bring your co-workers for lunch, families for dinner, and buddies for after dinner, and we will see you there. Thirsty Lion is located at 5754 Grandscape Blvd and don’t forget to tell them when ordering Griffin Middle School sent you over!


SPIRIT NIGHTS:

Spirit Nights are fundraisers where businesses donate a percentage of their sales, on a specific date and time, to local charities or non-profits. We have reached out and partnered with a variety of local businesses to help with some of our operating costs for the year. The PTA uses the funds we receive from these Spirit Nights for programs for students and families, student recognition, staff appreciation etc. So, mark your calendars and join us for delicious meals prepared by others, all while supporting our school! Invite family, neighbors, co-workers and friends and always be sure to mention GRIFFIN FUNDRAISER, to your waitstaff or at the register, so our school can get credit.

Pride Parent Reminders

Events Next Week:

Next Friday, September 2, will be an early release for all students at 1:00 pm. During the morning, we will also have a student/teacher volleyball game where staff play our volleyball team! Students can pay $2 to come down and cheer on either team! Snacks will also be provided by our amazing PTA! - All snacks are $1/item.


Monday, September 5, is a school holiday to honor Labor Day.


Picture Day:

Picture day will be August 30 through a subject specific class. This means that students will be coming for pictures at anytime during the day. These are the pictures that will go in our GMS yearbook at the end of the year.


Rainy Day Drop Off:

On days that it is raining when you drop off your student BEFORE 7:45, please drop them at the East end of the drive through so they can wait under the covered patio. We will let these students in the building at 7:45 to report to the cafeteria. For students who arrive at 7:45 or after, continue to use the main entrance by the flagpole. Hopefully, this plan will help keep our students dry while waiting to enter!


#PRIDEmovement:

With students influenced by what's trending on social media, we want to encourage them to start their positive trends. Our GMS social media team has created 30 hashtags with positive messages and challenges. This initiative will help us encourage students to decide which trends to start and follow. Our first challenge, #helpcleanup, starts next Monday. I can't wait to see our kids exhibit a new positive trend each week! Please ask your student about what the weekly "trend" is, and how they can participate!


Student ID's:

Please help remind your student to have their ID with them when they come to school each day. Starting this week, students will have to get a temporary ID when they don't have their IDs, and these temporary IDs will result in Lunch Detention after the 3rd one issued. Due to some of the increased safety measures, it is even more imperative that all students (and staff) have identification visible all day, every day.

Title 1 Documents for Review

Thank you to those of you who joined us last Tuesday to jointly create the Parent/Student/Campus Compact and the Family Engagement Policy for the 22-23 school year. Below you will find a copy of each document for your review. We welcome any input regarding these documents before finalizing them at the end of September.

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August 21, 2022

Parent "To Do" List

Complete ALL Skyward Forms:

Every year, parents must complete forms in Skyward. Be sure you log into Skyward Parent Portal to do this no later than August 26. For information on how to do that, click HERE.


Pay IPAD Fees:

Complete all AUP form (in Skyward) and pay the $30 ipad insurance fee no later than August 26. Student ipads will be locked starting August 29 if these are not completed.


iPad Password Updates:

Parents, please make sure your student has reset their passwords prior to August 26th. You can change your student's password via the LISD website (LISD.NET). Click HERE to access it. Students whose passwords are not updated by the 26th, will be locked out.


Complete Free/Reduced Lunch Forms:

The state is no longer providing free meals to all students, so be sure to complete the application for the Free/Reduced Meal Program. There are so many advantages to being a part of this program in addition to reduced cost of meals!

Click HERE to apply.

Griffin Pride PTA

Open House - Carrabba's Dinner:

We would love to make things easier for you and your family by having dinner ready for you! Please join us for an amazing fresh cooked meal from Carrabba's Italian Grill. Dinner will be served from 5pm to 7pm and will consist of Grilled Chicken Breast (Marsala sauce optional), your choice of red or white sauce over pasta and a salad. Water to drink will be included. To purchase your meals please visit the PTA Square Site


GRIFFIN PRIDE WEAR:

Looking for ways to show your Griffin Pride? Check out our NEW Griffin Spirit Wear! We have t-shirts, shorts and the sought after hoodies. Order now as Spirit Wear will not be offered again this year - sale ends August 26th. To order your Spirit Wear, click HERE


Dad's and Dude's Club:

Calling ALL Dads, Dudes and male role models! WE NEED YOU! The last Friday of every month we have a fun time from 8am to 9am in front of the school welcoming students and staff into the building. You can open car doors, give out high fives or fist bumps or just tell a few good dad jokes... you don't have to be outgoing, just willing to help! We would love to know you are coming out so let us know by signing up HERE. Join us this coming Friday, August 26th at 8am in front of the school. Listen for the music!

Pride Parent Reminders

Buy a Duck for GMS:

Be sure you check out the flyer above and purchase a Duck for the upcoming Duck Derby! Then come on out to the Grandscape on September 4 and watch your Duck "compete"! Hope to see you there!


Morning Drop Off:

Please make sure you use the drop off lane in the drive through to let your students out for school. I know the line can get a little long at times, but it is for the safety of your student. You can pull over and drop off anywhere along the drive, and students are to enter the building at the front doors (unless they are instructed to enter through the Fine Arts/Athletics hallway for early morning practice). The parking lot area should only be used if you need to park and enter the building. Please do not use it as a "drive through" drop off area.


Afternoon Pick Up:

As promised, our pick up lines are gone within 10 minutes after dismissal! You guys are doing a fantastic job of pulling up in the pick up lane as cars move out! As a reminder please don't use the parking lot area to stop and pick students up. This area should only be used if you are parking and walking up to campus. The parking area is already congested with our traffic flow of cars leaving campus and we don't want to add to it.


Picture Day:

Reminder that Picture day will be August 30 through a subject specific class. This means that students will be coming for pictures at anytime during the day. These are the pictures that will go in our GMS yearbook at the end of the year.


#PRIDEmovement:

With students influenced by what's trending on social media, we want to encourage them to start their positive trends. Our GMS social media team has created 30 hashtags with positive messages and challenges. This initiative will help us encourage students to decide which trends to start and follow. Our first challenge, #helpcleanup, starts next Monday. I can't wait to see our kids exhibit a new positive trend each week! Please ask your student about what the weekly "trend" is, and how they can participate!


Student ID's:

Please help remind your student to have their ID with them when they come to school each day. Starting this week, students will have to get a temporary ID when they don't have their IDs, and these temporary IDs will result in Lunch Detention after the 3rd one issued. Due to some of the increased safety measures, it is even more imperative that all students (and staff) have identification visible all day, every day.


7th and 8th grade Sports Information:

If you have students participating in athletics at GMS this year, you have already been notified of the district's new "no cash" policy for entry into games. After working with the district, we were able to make some modifications to the previous requirements. Now, students may enter games free WITH a parent who has the season pass. I am hopeful this will help those students who have siblings that come to the games with parents! Please see the flyer below for more information.

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August 14, 2022

Parent "To Do" List

Free/Reduced Meal Program

The state is no longer providing free meals to all students, so be sure to complete the application for the Free/Reduced Meal Program. There are so many advantages to being a part of this program in addition to reduced cost of meals!

Click HERE to apply.

Ipad Forms, Fees, and Password Change


  1. Make sure you have completed all AUP forms for students to have iPads BEFORE August 26.
  2. Be sure you pay the $30 ipad insurance fee no later than August 26.
  3. 6-12 - Students will begin the school year using their password from the 2021-2022 school year. Please take the following steps:


  • Please ask your student/s to login to https://lhub.lisd.net to verify they know their LISD password and can access LHUB. If they are able to login, they are ready to complete the next step and change their password.
  • Students will need to change their password by August 26, or they will be assigned a password. If your student was able to successfully access the LISD LHUB from the steps above, they should know their LISD password and they can login to this site to change their password prior to August 26th.
  • If your student/s do not remember their password, they will need to check with their math teacher for help in resetting it.

Complete All Forms in Skyward

Be sure you log into Skyward and complete all beginning of year forms. This also must be completed by August 26. For information on how to do that, click HERE.

Title 1 Meeting, August 23

For those who are interested, we will have a short meeting at 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 23, to jointly develop our 22-23 Parent/Student/Campus Compact and Family Engagement Policy. The meeting should only take about 15-20 minutes, which will leave plenty of time to grab dinner as well! See the information below regarding our Carrabba's dinner below!

Griffin Pride PTA

Open House - Carrabba's Dinner

We would love to make things easier for you and your family by having dinner ready for you! Please join us for an amazing fresh cooked meal from Carrabba's Italian Grill. Dinner will be served from 5pm to 7pm and will consist of Grilled Chicken Breast (Marsala sauce optional), your choice of red or white sauce over pasta and a salad. Water to drink will be included. To purchase your meals please visit the PTA Square Site - https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site



GRIFFIN PRIDE WEAR

Looking for ways to show your Griffin Pride? Check out our NEW Griffin Spirit Wear! We have t-shirts, shorts and the sought after hoodies. Order now as Spirit Wear will not be offered again this year - sale ends August 26th. To order your Spirit Wear please visit our PTA Site https://griffin22.itemorder.com/shop/home/



Join PTA - Become a Member!

Please show your support of PTA by joining our organization and becoming a member. Does this mean you have to volunteer? Nope! Does this mean we will call and email you all the time? Not unless you ask us to! Membership only costs $10 and we can make that dollar stretch! Where does your money go? Last year PTA was able to sponsor the monthly Student of the Month program and Dad's and Dude's club, the weekly Pride Club, UIL Competitions, assist with Fall and Spring Family Events and so many amazing events for our Teachers and Staff. We need your help in keeping that going plus more! To join PTA please visit: https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/

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August 5, 2022

A Message From The Principal

Welcome back to school Griffin Family! We are so excited to partner with you for the 2022-2023 school year to give our students the best year yet! As I start my 4th year as principal of Griffin, I am more excited than ever to "Knock it out of the park" with student learning and family engagement!


Our amazing staff is working to ensure students have a welcoming, safe learning environment when they come through our doors August 10! Our maintenance crew has spent the summer cleaning the building from top to bottom in preparation for you. Our office staff is back on campus ready to answer any questions you may have, from registering new students to giving tours upon request! All student school supplies are being sorted and organized to be ready to hand to students when they arrive next Wednesday!


If you made it orientation last Thursday, then you had the chance to meet our amazing teachers, staff, and PTA! In the weeks to come you will be hearing more from us about LISD and Griffin's focus on proactive and positive communication to uphold our partnerships with families and communities. You may have already seen the new LISD logos #OneLISD! Be sure to like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, AND TIKTOK for pictures, announcements, updates and more! We are the first campus in LISD to have an official Tik Tok page! We want to show our students the POSITIVE aspects of social media!


I have had the honor and pleasure of getting to know many of you over the past few years, and I look forward to meeting so many more! I will always strive to create a collaborative relationship with all parents and community. I look forward to partnering with you this year in providing all students a positive academic experience!


Welcome home to the Griffin family!

Heather Garrison, Principal

What To Expect in 22-23!

Weekly Communication

This year I will continue to send both an email (with this newsletter included) as well as a callout every week. One difference you will notice, is that starting next week, you will receive the email and callout on Sunday afternoon around 2:00 PM. This will help you know that if/when you receive an email or call from us during the week, it is for a specific purpose.

First Day of School Information

Here's what you need to know when your students arrive at school on Wednesday, August 10:

  • School starts at 8:55, so all students should be in building by 8:50 at the latest in order to make it to class without being tardy.
  • We do a staggered dismissal, starting at 4:03. All students are released for the day by 4:10.
  • Students need to know their student ID# when they buy breakfast and/or lunch.
  • Student schedules will be available in Skyward starting Monday, August 8. We will be able to provide them a paper copy the first day of school if they do not have their ipad yet.

GMS Information from Orientation

If you were not able to come to Orientation on July 28, you can review the information shared by going to our webpage at


lisd.net/griffin

School Supplies

Griffin MS has purchased school supplies for all students! Students will receive a bag with all supplies on the first day of school. They just to bring a backpack and ipad (if they have it from last year).

Title 1 Documents For Review

The 22-23 Family Engagement Policy and Parent/Student/Campus Compact have been reviewed and revised. If you are interested in reviewing these items, please click on the links below. We welcome any input regarding these documents before finalizing them at the end of September. In order to make sure we have given everyone a chance to share input, I will be holding one more "virtual" meeting the week of September 26, at 5:00 PM. I will send a separate callout and invitation with the WEBEX Link this week.


FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY

PARENT/STUDENT/CAMPUS COMPACT