GMS PRIDE Update

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October 22, 2021

What's Happening at GMS?

Monday, 10/25: Red Ribbon Dress - wear a hat and/or wear red
    • 7th grade Football championship games @ TCHS - 5:30
    • 7th grade Volleyball District Volleyball Tournament @ Briarhill MS- 4:30


  • Tuesday, 10/26: Red Ribbon Dress - wear PJ's

    • 8th grade Football championship games @TCHS - 6:30


    Wednesday, 10/27: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7) - RRD - wear a sports jersey

    • 8th grade Football vs. Arbor Creek MS @ Hebron HS - 5:30


    Thursday, 10/28: B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8) - RRD - Dress with a "Twin"
    • 8th grade Volleyball district tournament @ Forestwood MS - 7:30


    Friday, 10/29: RRD - Costume Dress (no face paint or masks; no play weapons)

    • TCHS football v. Lonestar @ TCHS - 7:00 pm (Senior Night)


    **Save the Date: November 5 & 6 is the GMS Theatre production of Moana!

    ** Dinner from Carraba's (eat in or take out) on November 6 - prior to the show!

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    Together We Rise (GMS PTA)



    LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

    TC ROCKTOBER is still underway and only 9 days until the end of our contest! It's the end of the 3rd week of our (friendly!) competition between the two most awesome middle schools in The Colony, Griffin and Lakeview, and we are on our way to a pie in our principal's face!!
    Griffin: 18%
    Lakeview: 12%

    We need YOUR help to make this gap bigger so please join us! To join Griffin's PTA and help us get a pie in the face for Mrs. Garrison please join our PTA here: https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Dinner Theatre at GMS: Looking for a fun event for the family? Join us on Saturday, November 6th for dinner and a show. Carrabba's Italian Grill will be in house cooking a fresh meal to order. You may eat in the cafeteria or choose your meal to-go. We would also love to have you join us for the show Moana Jr. immediately following, tickets to show sold separately. To get your dinner and show tickets click here: https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Save the date for out Next Spirit Night: Our next Griffin Spirit Night will be at Chick fil a (Spring Creek) on Wednesday, October 27th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Join us for dinner through the drive thru and don't forget to mention Griffin Middle School when ordering!


    Good days start with a bagel and you! THANK YOU to all our amazing Griffin parents who were able to signup and donate to the Teacher Appreciation breakfast this week. We appreciate your partnership in helping make our teachers fell the love.

    Counselor's Corner


    180 Degrees Program:

    The 180 degrees abstinence program is coming to Griffin MS through 6th, 7th and 8th grade Science classes in November. The parent permission form was sent home with students on Friday, Oct. 22 and through Skylert message to all families October 21st. This is a mandatory opt-in or opt-out form which must be returned. Please return the permission slip for the 180 degrees program signed and brought back by Nov. 2nd. For information about this presentation, please go to https://180degreestx.com/


    Second Step Program:

    Attached is the Parent preview and content link for the for Second Step program which will cover whole child development including conflict resolution, bullying, growth mindset and other social emotional learning. If you have questions regarding this program after reviewing the attached links, please reach out to your student’s school counselor.

    Katie Cole 7th grade all students, and 6th grade last name A - I

    Katherine Dixon 8th grade students, and 6th grade last name J - Z

    MS Second Step Program Parent Preview Letter-English

    MS Second Step Program Parent Preview Letter-Spanish


    Red Ribbon Lessons:

    We will continue our Red Ribbon Lessons next week during advisory. Please preview THIS LINK that provides information over the lessons that will be taught. After viewing, if there are any concerns or questions please contact your grade level counselor!

    For more information on Red Ribbon please also visit this site. CLICK HERE

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    Schoolwide Information

    Red Ribbon Week:

    Next week we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week by enjoying some fun dress up days! Please help your students make good decisions on their dress so they can enjoy the fun in appropriate attire! We will also have a CANNED SOUP DRIVE for Lovepacs all next week. Please send a cans of soup to school with your student to support our food drive and help the Lovepacs program, as this program assists families in our own community! We will collect cans Monday through Friday of next week!


    From the GMS Library:

    Don't forget, our virtual book fair closes in one week! All the things you need to know:

    All profits from the fair will go to replacing books lost during COVID shutdowns.


    Before and After School Pick Up Lines:

    Overall, our revised pick up lines after school are a success. We are able to get students picked up and lines are gone within 10 minutes of dismissal. However, we have noticed some parents are still stopping in the middle lane to drop off students in the morning and/or pick up students in the afternoon. Please be sure you pull completely over to the right line, next to the curb before stopping to allow your student into the car. I realize this may take an extra minute or two, but the safety of our students is worth that extra time! Also, please do not drop students off in the "parking lot" area of our drop off route. There is plenty of space to drop students at the curb in the right lane. This is also a safety issue. We want to provide the safest possible options for students.


    Student Absences:

    Parents, if your child will be missing class for a period of time for reasons other than medical, please have the student pick up a planned, pre-approved absence request form in the attendance office. The form must be filled out and returned to the attendance office at least 1 week in advance to be approved by the principal. Absences that are not pre-approved will be unexcused and will result in a zero for any assignments missed.


    After School Tutoring with Bus:

    We will be adding a late bus at 5:00 PM every Wednesday, starting on October 27. This will allow additional opportunities for students who need tutoring but are limited due to riding the bus. If you have a student needing tutoring, reach out to his/her teachers to schedule tutoring at this time, or other mornings/afternoons for those not riding the bus.


    Dia de los Muertas Celebration:

    Join us the evening of November 2, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, for our 6th annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Community Night! We will have arts and crafts, art work displayed, and Coco playing on the big screen! We hope you and your students can join us!


    Staff Tutoring Schedule:

    If you would like to know when your student's teacher holds tutorials, you can check out those schedules at the link below:

    GMS STAFF TUTORIALS


    Let's Celebrate our Staff:

    Does your student come home talking about a particular teacher whose class they really enjoy? Or, is there a teacher or staff member you would like to recognize or praise? Of course there is! PTA wants to hear from you on all the amazing things our teachers, staff, custodians, and child nutritionist are doing. To let us know, head over to the Griffin MS PTA website and fill out a Shout Out form. https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/shout-outs


    2021 STAAR Student Reports:

    Students who took STAAR in the district last year should have received a STAAR report card from their ELAR teacher today. They should be bringing these home to share with you.

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    October 15, 2021

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 10/18:
    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Arbor Creek MS @ Griffin - 5:30
    • 7th grade Football vs. Killian MS @ Griffin - 5:30

  • Tuesday, 10/19:

    • 8th grade Football vs. Killian MS @ Griffin - 5:30
    • Band at Football game @ Griffin - 5:00

    Wednesday, 10/20: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)

    • 8th grade students take PSAT
    • PTA Board Meeting @ 6:30


    Thursday, 10/21
    : B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • 8th grade Volleyball vs. Arbor Creek @ Arbor Creek MS - 5:30
    • TCHS football v. Frisco Memorial @ Frisco - 7:00 pm


    Friday, 10/22:

    • GMS FAMILY NIGHT - Pumpkin painting and Movie under the Stars (Starts at 6:00 PM)



    ** Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Community Night on Nov. 2 (6:00-7:30). This will be a Come and Go Art Exhibit (artwork inspired by sugar skulls and skeletal drawings)

    Activities will include-

    Paper Flower “make and take”, Face Painting, Memory Wall,

    Sugar Skull Ornament painting, Coco (the movie) will be playing!

    Together We Rise (GMS PTA)

    LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

    TC ROCKTOBER is now underway! It's the end of the 2nd week of our (friendly!) competition between the two most awesome middle schools in The Colony, Griffin and Lakeview, and we are on our way to a pie in our principal's face!!
    Griffin: 17%
    Lakeview: 12%
    We need YOUR help to make this gap bigger so please join us! To join Griffin's PTA and help us get a pie in the face for Mrs. Garrison please join our PTA here:

    https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Good days start with a bagel and you!

    Our WONDERFUL teachers and staff deserve a special treat after the 1st 9 weeks and we would love your help! Please help the PTA fill the teacher’s lounge with a yummy morning snack of bagels, juice and fruit! Sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ba9a62da4f94-good

    All items are due to the school on Thursday, October 21st by 4:00 p.m., so we can set up and have it ready for the teachers first thing in the morning on the 22nd. All items can be dropped at the front office and if you are bringing an item that needs refrigeration, please indicate that when you drop off so we can ensure they don’t spoil.


    PTA Bylaws and Standing Rules: The M.T. Griffin Middle School PTA has updated their Bylaws and Standing Rules in accordance with the TX PTA rules. These documents have been posted for review in the Griffin Middle School office since Friday, September 17th 2021 and will remain there until October 19th, 2021. Anyone wishing to review the proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules of this organization may request to view these during this time. We will have a PTA Meeting for the General Population on October 20, 2021 from 6:30pm to 6:45pm in the GMS Lion's Den to vote in these new rules. If you are a current PTA member you are welcome to join us at this meeting. If you have any questions regarding the Bylaws or Standing Rules of this organization please reach out to your PTA President Rachel Doig at griffinpta@yahoo.com.


    Friday, October 22 is GMS Family Movie Night:

    Our first Family Night of the year is almost here! We will have pumpkins to paint starting at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 22, along with a fun "Moana Scramble" to support our upcoming show, Moana Jr., followed by an outdoor viewing of the Halloween classic, Halloweentown. So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and pumpkin spice latte for a fun evening here at Griffin! See the flyer below for more information.

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    Counselor's Corner


    1st Nine Weeks Report Cards:

    Student report cards are now posted in Skyward for the 1st Nine Week reporting period. If you would like a paper copy of the report card, please contact your child's counselor, and we will have one printed and send home with your student.


    Second Step Program:

    Attached is the Parent preview and content link for the for Second Step program which will cover whole child development including conflict resolution, bullying, growth mindset and other social emotional learning. If you have questions regarding this program after reviewing the attached links, please reach out to your student’s school counselor.

    Katie Cole 7th grade all students, and 6th grade last name A - I

    Katherine Dixon 8th grade students, and 6th grade last name J - Z


    MS Second Step Program Parent Preview Letter-English

    MS Second Step Program Parent Preview Letter-Spanish



    Red Ribbon Lessons:

    We will continue our Red Ribbon Lessons next week during advisory. Please preview THIS LINK that provides information over the lessons that will be taught. After viewing, if there are any concerns or questions please contact your grade level counselor!

    For more information on Red Ribbon please also visit this site. CLICK HERE

    Schoolwide Information

    After School Tutoring with Bus:

    We will be adding a late bus at 5:00 PM every Wednesday, starting on October 27. This will allow additional opportunities for students who need tutoring but are limited due to riding the bus. If you have a student needing tutoring, reach out to his/her teachers to schedule tutoring at this time, or other mornings/afternoons for those not riding the bus.


    Staff Tutoring Schedule:

    If you would like to know when your student's teacher holds tutorials, you can check out those schedules at the link below:

    GMS STAFF TUTORIALS


    Let's Celebrate our Staff:

    Does your student come home talking about a particular teacher whose class they really enjoy? Or, is there a teacher or staff member you would like to recognize or praise? Of course there is! PTA wants to hear from you on all the amazing things our teachers, staff, custodians, and child nutritionist are doing. To let us know, head over to the Griffin MS PTA website and fill out a Shout Out form. https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/shout-outs


    Reminder for 8th Grade Parents:

    All 8th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 October 20th. The PSAT 8/9 tests skills in 3 areas: reading, writing/ language, and math. PSAT 8/9 is a great way to find out how ready you are for college and career. Click Here for more information and resources.


    2021 STAAR Student Reports:

    Students who took STAAR in the district last year will be receiving a STAAR report card from their ELAR teacher next Friday October 22. They should be bringing these home to share with you.


    Medical Disposal Opportunity:

    See the link below for information regarding the October 23 medical disposal opportunity for The Colony.

    Medical Disposal Flier

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    October 8, 2021

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 10/11: NO SCHOOL - Student/Teacher Holiday

  • Tuesday, 10/12:

    • 7th grade Football vs. Arbor Creek MS @ Hebron HS - 5:30

    Wednesday, 10/13: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)

    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Lakeview MS @ Lakeview - 5:30
    • 8th grade Football vs. Arbor Creek MS @ Hebron HS - 5:30


    Thursday, 10/14: B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • Coffee Talk with the Principal @ 8:15 AM Griffin MS
    • 8th grade Volleyball vs. Lakeview @ TCHS - 5:30å


    Friday, 10/15:

    • TCHS football v. Heritage @ TCHS - 7:00 pm


    SAVE THE DATE: 10/22 IS GMS FAMILY NIGHT - Pumpkin painting and Movie under the Stars (Starts at 6:00 PM)

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    Together We Rise (GMS PTA)

    1. LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE! TC ROCKTOBER is now underway!


    It's the 1st week of our (friendly!) competition between the two most awesome middle schools in The Colony, Griffin and Lakeview, and we are on our way to a pie in our principal's face!!


    Griffin: 13%

    Lakeview: 12%


    We need YOUR help to make this gap bigger so please join us!


    What is it? A friendly competition between Lakeview PTSA and Griffin PTA to see which school can get the biggest percentage of members in relation to their student enrollment.

    What happens? Everyone joins PTA!

    What does the winner get? The winning principal gets a pie in the face, courtesy of MeLisa's Pie Shop AND a $300 check from Elate Orthodontics.


    To join Griffin's PTA and help us get a pie in the face for Mrs. Garrison please join our PTA here:

    https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/



    2. THANK YOU to everyone that participated in our Heritage Spirit Night in September. With your help they were able to donate $60.06 back to our school! We hope that you were able to make it out to our Panda Express night this past Wednesday and please save the date for our NEXT night at Chick Fil A at Spring Creek on Wednesday, October 27th.



    3. Dinner Theatre at GMS: Looking for a fun event for the family? Join us on Saturday, November 6th for dinner and a show. Carrabba's Italian Grill will be in house cooking a fresh meal to order. You may eat in the cafeteria or choose your meal to-go. You may also join us for the show Moana Jr. immediately following, tickets to show sold separately.

    To get your dinner and show tickets click here: https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/

    Counselor's Corner

    Advisory Lesson This Week:

    I mentioned in a previous newsletter that we will be doing lessons related to Digital Citizenship, and one of those lessons for 7th and 8th grade students is about Sexting. We will be doing that lesson this week. If you would like to more information regarding this lesson you can click the link below:

    Digital Learning Lesson: Sexting (Librarian-led Lesson)

    Digital Learning Lesson: Sexting (Google Presentation)


    Red Ribbon Campaign:

    We are kicking off Red Ribbon month and will be doing lessons all of October during the students Advisory period. Please preview THIS LINK that provides information over the lessons that will be taught. After viewing, if there are any concerns or questions please contact your grade level counselor!

    For more information on Red Ribbon please also visit this site. CLICK HERE

    Schoolwide Information

    Vandalism Continues:

    Despite all attempts to discourage students' misbehavior in our restrooms, we are still seeing various forms of vandalism. We are now seeing derogatory and/or obscene messages being written on the walls in the restrooms, some of which include threats directed at staff. I am sharing this with you because you are a part of the Griffin community, and I believe it is important for you to be aware of the behaviors we are seeing. We continue to seek out those individuals who are engaging in these and other inappropriate behaviors. When asked why they are choosing to engage in such poor behaviors, the majority of responses we receive is that they are "trying to look cool" to others, or are "trying to be funny." Please continue to visit with your student about the dangers of treating others disrespectfully, whether it is verbally or physically. I have shared the following with all students:


    If every individual on our campus will commit to doing just two things: 1. Be kind, and 2. Be respectful; then every individual on the campus will be treated with kindness and respect.


    Thank you for helping me remind students put these practices into action!


    Student Restrooms:

    Because of some of the recent issues that have occurred in our restrooms, we have made some adjustments for student restroom use. Students were reminded that they are expected to use the 5 minute passing period to take care of their restroom needs. This is not a new expectation, but more and more students were choosing to socialize during this time, and then use class time to go to the restroom. Should a student have an urgent need to use the restroom during class, they can still communicate that to the teacher (without giving any details of course), and they will be able to use the restroom. We have designated specific restrooms for students to go to during class time, and this is to better track any potential vandalism. Students continue to be able to use the restrooms at lunch - they just need to let one of the adults know so we can monitor how many are going at a time.



    Coffee Talk with the Principal:

    Join me on October 14 at 8:15 for our first Coffee talk since 2019! We will be finalizing our GMS Compact and Family Engagement Policy, as well as share information on how keep up with student assignments through CANVAS, how to set alerts when you student receives a low or missing grade, and more! We will meet in the Lion's Den at 8:15 - check out the flyer below!


    October Family Night:

    Together with the GMS PTA, we will be hosting our first Family Night of the year! We will have pumpkins to paint starting at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 22, followed by an outdoor viewing of the Halloween classic, Halloweentown. So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and pumpkin spice latte for a fun evening here at Griffin! See the flyer below for more information.

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    October 1, 2021

    What's Happening At GMS?

    Monday, 10/4: Kindness Mondays
    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Hedrick MS @ Hedrick - 5:30
    • 7th grade Football vs. Briarhill MS @ Marcus HS - 5:30

  • Tuesday, 10/5:

    • 8th grade Football vs. Briarhill MS @ Marcus HS - 5:30

    Wednesday, 10/6: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)


    • Orchestra Fall Concert @ GMS cafeteria - 6:00 PM


    Thursday, 10/7: B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • 8th grade Volleyball vs. Hedrick @ GMS - 5:30


    Friday, 10/8: EARLY RELEASE @ 1:00 PM FOR STUDENTS

    • LAST DAY OF THE 1ST NINE WEEKS - ALL GRADES ARE DUE
    • TCHS football v. Denton Ryan @ Denton Ryan - 7:00 pm
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    Together We Rise (GMS PTA)

    LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE! TC ROCKTOBER is now underway!

    We are excited to kick off a super fun (friendly!) competition between the two most awesome middle schools in the city/state/nation/world! Welcome to...ROCKTOBER!

    • What is it? A friendly competition between Lakeview PTSA and Griffin PTA to see which school can get the biggest percentage of members in relation to their student enrollment.
    • What happens? Everyone joins PTA!
    • What does the winner get? The winning principal gets a pie in the face, courtesy of MeLisa's Pie Shop AND a $300 check from Elate Orthodontics.

    To join Griffin's PTA and help us get a pie in the face for Mrs. Garrison please join our PTA here:

    https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Save the date for out Next Spirit Night:

    Our next Griffin Spirit Night will be at Panda Express all day on Wednesday, October 6th from 10:30am to 9:30pm. Join us for lunch and then again for dinner! Mention Griffin Middle School when ordering or picking up and 20% of the event sales will be donated back.


    PTA Online Store:

    Would you like to show your school spirit? PTA has a few Griffin Paw yard signs left! With football and volleyball games in full swing do you need a seat cushion for the stands? PTA has you covered there too! Visit our store on the Griffin PTA website to purchase yours! https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Teacher and Staff Shout Out:

    Is there a teacher or staff member you would like to recognize or praise? Of course there is! PTA wants to hear from you on all the amazing things our teachers, staff, custodians, and child nutritionist are doing. To let us know, head over to the Griffin MS PTA website and fill out a Shout Out form. https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/shout-outs

    Counselor's Corner

    Red Ribbon Campaign:

    We are kicking off Red Ribbon month and will be doing lessons all of October during the students Advisory period. Please preview THIS LINK that provides information over the lessons that will be taught. After viewing, if there are any concerns or questions please contact your grade level counselor!

    For more information on Red Ribbon please also visit this site. CLICK HERE

    Schoolwide Information

    Recent Tik-Tok Challenges:

    During the month of September, we had several students vandalize our campus restrooms in the same fashion as seen on a Tik-Tok video. This happened far beyond our campus or LISD. Recently, new information surfaced that has monthly "challenges" related to schools. The list includes an inappropriate behavior as the challenge for each month. I am not going to share the entire list, but October's challenge states: "Smack a staff member on the backside." As hard as it is to believe any student would attempt these types of challenges, it is already beginning. I ask that you visit with your students this weekend about the serious legal and disciplinary consequences that would follow such an action. Additionally, if anyone hears another student talking about doing this, please report it immediately either directly to an adult or via the tip line posted around the campus.


    Student Progress Screener:

    Due to the tumultuous last several months, TEA recognizes that some students may have gaps in learning. In order to address these possible gaps, the Texas State Legislature recently passed a bill to provide remediation for students in need. Students who did not take the STAAR assessments in 2021 will take a district content specific screener on October 8 to assist in identifying possible needs. If your child is one who will need the screener, you will be receiving a letter via email on Monday, October 4. At that time, if you have questions, please reach out to me.


    Coffee Talk with the Principal:

    Join me on October 14 at 8:15 for our first Coffee talk since 2019! We will be finalizing our GMS Compact and Family Engagement Policy, as well as share information on how keep up with student assignments through CANVAS, how to set alerts when you student receives a low or missing grade, and more! We will meet in the Lion's Den at 8:15 - check out the flyer below!


    October Family Night:

    Together with the GMS PTA, we will be hosting our first Family Night of the year! We will have pumpkins to paint starting at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 22, followed by an outdoor viewing of the Halloween classic, Halloweentown. So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and pumpkin spice latte for a fun evening here at Griffin! See the flyer below for more information.

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    September 24, 2021

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 9/27: Kindness Mondays
    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Durham MS @ GMS - 5:30
    • 7th grade Football vs. Creek Valley MS @ GMS - 5:30

  • Tuesday, 9/28:

    • 8th grade Football vs. Creek Valley MS @ GMS - 5:30
    • GMS Band plays at football game @ GMS - 5:00


    Wednesday, 9/29: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)


    Thursday, 9/30
    : B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • 8th grade Volleyball vs. Durham @ Durham - 5:30


    Friday, 10/1:

    • TCHS football v. Denton Ryan @ Denton Ryan - 7:00 pm

    Communities in Schools (CIS)

    Together We Rise (GMS PTA)

    Dads and Dudes Club:

    Are you a Dad or a male role model for a GMS Student? Do you like to give high fives, fist bumps, and air hugs? Or are you more of a quiet head nod and "hello" kind of guy? Whatever your style, we need you in the GMS Dad's and Dude's Club! Please join us on certain Fridays, from 8am to 8:55am (or any time in between) to welcome our students and staff into the building.

    If you would like to be a part of the next Friday morning Greet time, sign up at the Griffin PTA Website https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/home


    Save the date for out Next Spirit Night:

    Our next Griffin Spirit Night will be at Panda Express all day on Wednesday, October 6th from 10:30am to 9:30pm. Join us for lunch and then again for dinner! Mention Griffin Middle School when ordering or picking up and 20% of the event sales will be donated back.


    PTA Online Store:

    Would you like to show your school spirit? PTA has a few Griffin Paw yard signs left! With football and volleyball games in full swing do you need a seat cushion for the stands? PTA has you covered there too! Visit our store on the Griffin PTA website to purchase yours! https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/

    Counselor's Corner

    Counselor’s Page Link


    Red Ribbon Campaign:

    October will begin our Red Ribbon Campaign! This is a program where campuses complete activities the whole month during advisory class focusing on students making healthy choices and decisions related to drug and alcohol prevention. For more information, please click the link HERE to preview the materials and objectives for students and families. For any questions regarding this campaign, please feel free to reach out to us!


    Digital Learning: During advisory, we will have a number of different lessons related to different topics. Some of those lessons are part of our Digital Learning Series. Please find an informational letter regarding this series at the links below:

    Parent Letter (English)

    Parent Letter (Spanish)


    One topic we cover in 7th and 8th grade is about Sexting. Please find information regarding this lesson below:

    Digital Learning Lesson: Sexting


    Apple Parental Controls :

    If you would like information on how to manage and set controls on your students phone or ipad, the link below can walk you through how to do that.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304



    Apps Permissions for 6th and 7th graders:

    6th and 7th grade parents, please check your email for a message from your student's Advisory Teacher regarding app permissions for this school year. These digital forms are due back to your student's Advisory Teacher on Thursday, September 30th. The form asks for your students ID# and advisory teacher (this will be his/her first period teacher for most students). You can find these in Skyward, or just ask your student!


    Flyers Attached:

    Check out the fliers below. One provides information on Love and Logic and the other provides information for the TC Medical Disposal Day.

    Schoolwide Information

    Late Policy for work:

    Due to some inconsistencies between classes regarding late work, our campus has developed a grade level standard for accepting late work. Although teachers may begin implementing these plans as early as Monday, September 27, all teachers are required to follow this plan starting with the second 9 weeks, on October 12. You can find the policy HERE.


    Teacher Tutorial Time:

    I have had several questions this year regarding when staff are available for tutoring. Therefore, we have created a list of all teachers and what their designated tutoring times are. If for some reason, your student is not able to attend one of the scheduled tutoring options, he/she will need to email the teacher to arrange an appointment with them at a different time. I have also asked teachers to include this information on their CANVAS pages for your convenience. This list can also be found on the Griffin Website.


    GMS Tutorial List


    Picture Day: We will have LifeTouch on campus Thursday, September 30, for school pictures. Information packets were sent home today with information on ordering pictures!


    Texas State Fair Tickets:

    State Fair Tickets were handed out today as well. Every student should have received on student admission ticket.


    PSAT Testing is Coming in October: All 8th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 October 20th. The PSAT 8/9 tests skills in 3 areas: reading, writing and language, and math. PSAT 8/9 is a great way to find out how ready you are for college and career. Click Here for more information and resources.


    Child Nutrition is Hiring: Know someone who wants to join our team? This fall, child nutrition employees, including cafeteria staff and managers, will receive retention incentive payments starting on October paychecks, up to a total of $1,200 on top of regular pay. Find out details below:

    lisd.net/nutritionjobs

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    September 17, 2021

    Important Message to Parents

    Griffin Family,

    I think it is important to make you aware of situations on our campus, even if it may not directly impact your student. There is currently a viral trend on Tik Tok (a popular social media platform), that has been the source of numerous videos showing theft or vandalism of school campuses across the nation and our campus unfortunately has been directly affected.

    We will be monitoring this situation closely and we ask our families to please have a conversation with your child about the impact such acts have on our campus, other students and our teachers and staff.

    Moving forward, students will not be allowed to carry technology to the restrooms and will need to follow all campus guidance related to student ID’s, hallway passes and procedures. Students who participate in any acts of theft or vandalism on campus will receive campus discipline, are subject to intervention by our school resource officer and will be responsible for paying for the damages and labor associated with any necessary repairs.

    Thank you for your partnership in the education of your child, and for your continued support of our campus.

    Heather Garrison

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 9/20: Kindness Mondays
    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Delay MS @ Delay - 5:30
    • 7th grade Football vs. McKamy @ TCHS - 5:30

  • Tuesday, 9/21:

    • 8th grade Football vs. McKamy @ TCHS - 5:30


    Wednesday, 9/22: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)


    Thursday, 9/23
    : B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • 8th grade Volleyball vs. Delay @ Griffin - 5:30


    Friday, 9/24:

    • Dad's Club morning Greeters (Check out GMS PTA for more information)
    • TCHS football v. Centennial @ TCHS - 7:00 pm

    Communities in Schools

    Together We Rise (GMS PTA)

    Join us Friday for Dad's Club -

    What is Dad's Club? We are currently looking for male role models in our community to come to the school on the last Friday of every month from 8am to 8:55am (or any time in between) to welcome our students and staff into the building. You can be that loud crazy guy giving high fives and fist bumps to the more quiet dad who gives the simple head nod and hello. We NEED you! Our next DC date is Friday, Sept 24th and registration can be found on our Griffin PTA Website: https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/home


    PTA Bylaws and Standing Rules: The M.T. Griffin Middle School PTA has updated their Bylaws and Standing Rules in accordance with the TX PTA rules. These documents will be posted in the Griffin Middle School office starting Friday, September 17th 2021 until October 19th, 2021. Anyone wishing to review the proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules of this organization may request to view these during this time. If you have any questions regarding the Bylaws or Standing Rules of this organization please reach out to your PTA President Rachel Doig at griffinpta@yahoo.com.



    PTA Online Store: With football and volleyball games in full swing do you need a seat cushion for the stands? PTA has you covered! Visit our store on the Griffin PTA website to purchase yours! https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Dinner Theatre at GMS: Looking for a fun event for the family? Join us on Saturday, November 6th for dinner and a show. Carrabba's Italian Grill will be in house cooking a fresh meal to order. You may eat in the cafeteria or choose your meal to-go. You may also join us for the show Moana Jr. immediately following, tickets to show sold separately.

    To get your dinner and show tickets click here: https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Check out our Griffin PTA Website for more information on the above items and to be in the KNOW!

    Counselor's Corner

    Dear Parents,

    Lewisville ISD Counseling and Social Work Department is grateful to partner with you to support the social emotional needs of all LISD students. We believe education on these issues is key to helping our students become happy, successful people.

    Attached are some flyers describing different social issues our students may face. Please review these flyers. If you have any areas that we may assist you or your student, please contact us.

    English BTS

    Spanish BTS




    Digital Learning: During advisory, we will have a number of different lessons related to different topics. Some of those lessons are part of our Digital Learning Series. Please find an informational letter regarding this series at the links below:


    Parent Letter (English)

    Parent Letter (Spanish)


    One topic we cover in 7th and 8th grade is about Sexting. Please find information regarding this lesson below:


    Digital Learning Lesson: Sexting

    Schoolwide Information

    NCTC STEM Camp: NCTC is excited to announce registration is now open for the NCTC IT 2021 Fall Camp. The Fall Camp will consist of two technologies where the Campers will receive hands on experience in these technologies:
    • Industrial Technology - Drones, and 3D printing
    • Information Technology - Raspberry PI’s, Robots, Cyber Security, and Coding
    The camp will be held Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at FSB Exchange at NCTC Denton, 316 E Hickory St. Denton, TX 76201

    If your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader is interested, sign up for FREE at the link below:

    goforit.nctc.edu

    Camp is limited to 40 Campers! Each applicant’s parent/guardian will receive an application packet via email when they sign up. The Students will be placed on the acceptance list once the application packet is completed and returned. All COVID protocols will be followed.


    Football/Volleyball Game expectations: I just want to remind everyone that per LISD athletic guidelines, no outside food or drinks are allowed into sporting events. Regardless of the field or gym, you will be asked to throw away any food or drinks before entering. For your convenience, Griffin MS will have concessions at all events this year.


    Picture Day: We will have LifeTouch on campus September 30 for school pictures. More information on ordering will be coming soon!


    PSAT Testing is Coming in October: All 8th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 October 20th. The PSAT 8/9 tests skills in 3 areas: reading, writing and language, and math. PSAT 8/9 is a great way to find out how ready you are for college and career. Click Here for more information and resources.


    Child Nutrition is Hiring: Know someone who wants to join our team? This fall, child nutrition employees, including cafeteria staff and managers, will receive retention incentive payments starting on October paychecks, up to a total of $1,200 on top of regular pay. Find out details below:

    lisd.net/nutritionjobs


    Destination Imagination: Check out the flyer below for information on LISD's Destination Imagination! It is available to students of all ages. If your student is interested, please attend the virtual informational meeting on Tuesday, September 21, at 7:00 PM.

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    September 10, 2021

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 9/13: Kindness Mondays
    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Downing MS @ GMS - 5:30

  • Tuesday, 9/14:


    Wednesday, 9/15: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)


    Thursday, 9/16
    : B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)
    • 8th grade Volleyball vs. Downing @ Downing - 5:30


    Friday, 9/17:

    • TCHS football @ Wakeland - 7:00 pm

    Communities in Schools (CIS)

    Dear Parent/Guardian,



    Your student has the opportunity to enroll in the Communities in Schools program located on the campus of Morris T. Griffin . Communities In Schools of North Texas helps students to be successful by providing various academic, social, and cultural services for students and their families.

    Communities In Schools of North Texas is a year-round program that operates before, during and after school. Communities In Schools seeks to strengthen and promote success in several areas related to student and school life by providing a wide range of services for students as well as their families. All our services are free.

    These services may include the following:

    • Academic Tutoring and Educational Enhancement
    • Supportive Guidance
    • Social Service referrals and support (school supplies, emergency food, clothing, etc.)
    • Mentoring Programs
    • Enrichment Programs
    • Social Issue Awareness & Prevention (Drugs, Gangs, etc.)
    • Discussions on topics such as character building, self-esteem enhancement, social and communication skills, goal setting, anger management, and study skills
    • Health Enhancement Programs and activities
    • College and Career Awareness

    Please complete the Parental Consent/ Release of Information Link :https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CommunitiesinSchoolsofNorthTexas?season=3024435&location=1540633

    A Parent Consent Form must be completed for your child's participation in this program. Make sure you fill the forms out on ACTIVE.

    Together We Rise - GMS PTA

    Dinner Theatre at GMS: Looking for a fun event for the family? Join us on Saturday, November 6th for dinner and a show. Carrabba's Italian Grill will be in house cooking a fresh meal to order. You may eat in the cafeteria or choose your meal to-go. You may also join us for Moana immediately following, tickets to show sold separately.

    To get your dinner and show tickets click here: https://griffin-middle-school-pta.square.site/


    Let's get connected: Did you know that PTA has many ways for you to stay connected with the events and projects we have going on? Pick your favorite way and come see what we are up to.

    Website: https://buff.ly/3kHSMQH
    Facebook: https://buff.ly/3mSdyzT
    Twitter: https://buff.ly/3jvYBBg
    Instagram: https://buff.ly/2V1blGB


    GMS Spirit Night: Our first Spirit Night is coming up on Wednesday, Sept 15th at Heritage Pizza. This event will run all day so visit them for lunch and then take the family for dinner! Don't forget to mention Griffin Middle School PTA when placing your order and Heritage will donate to our school. Heritage is located at 3750 Plano Parkway, The Colony.

    Counselor's Corner

    Digital Learning: During advisory, we will have a number of different lessons related to different topics. Some of those lessons are part of our Digital Learning Series. Please find an informational letter regarding this series at the links below:


    Parent Letter (English)

    Parent Letter (Spanish)


    One topic we cover in 7th and 8th grade is about Sexting. Please find information regarding this lesson below:


    Digital Learning Lesson: Sexting

    Schoolwide Information

    iPad Information: If your student's IPAD was locked due to failure to provide appropriate documentation in SKYWARD regarding insurance, and AUP agreement, you can resolve the issue by going to the link below:


    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lB5emFJqXw36qPToI7UhC8xaMBTWzjvIOMewit1465Y/edit?usp=sharing


    Starting Monday, we will be collecting ipads from students who are still missing fees or the AUP agreement (located in SKYWARD).


    PICTURE DAY is Coming: September 30, we will have LifeTouch picture folks out to do our 21-22 school pictures. Students will be receiving flyers with information on ordering pictures next week. Mark your calendars!


    PSAT Testing is Coming in October: All 8th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 October 20th. The PSAT 8/9 tests skills in 3 areas: reading, writing and language, and math. PSAT 8/9 is a great way to find out how ready you are for college and career. Click Here for more information and resources.


    Child Nutrition is Hiring: Know someone who wants to join our team? This fall, child nutrition employees, including cafeteria staff and managers, will receive retention incentive payments starting on October paychecks, up to a total of $1,200 on top of regular pay. Find out details below:


    lisd.net/nutritionjobs

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    September 3, 2021

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 9/6: NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY


    Tuesday, 9/7:

    • 7th grade football v. Downing @ GMS - 5:30


    Wednesday, 9/8: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)

    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Creek Valley @ GMS - 5:30
    • 8th grade football vs. Downing @ GMS - 5:30
    • TCHS Homecoming Parade - 6:00 PM


    Thursday, 9/9: B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)

    • 8th grade Volleyball vs. Creek Valley @ Creek Valley - 5:30


    Friday, 9/10:

    • TCHS football vs. Denton @ 7:00 pm - Homecoming Game

    Communities In Schools (CIS)

    Remember that we now have CIS at Griffin, and Ms. Flowers is excited to get to know you and your student, and she is happy to visit with any student or parent to give more information.


    If you are interested in signing your student up for these services, you can do so


    https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CommunitiesinSchoolsofNorthTexas?orglink=camps-registration

    Together We Rise - GMS PTA

    It's not too late to join our amazing PTA OR become a member of the Dad's Club! See information below:




    • JOIN PTA! - Currently we are asking for families to join PTA and become a member. The membership cost is $10/person/year and we would love to have at least 1 member of every family join. Where does this $10 go? Most of your donation stays right here in Griffin! We use these dollars to fund different programs for your students, teacher appreciation and for Griffin family and community events! A small portion of the money does go to State and National so they can provide training and support for local PTA's and also legislature support.

    • Dad's Club - we are currently looking for male role models in our community to come to the school on the last Friday of every month from 8am to 8:45am (or any time in between) to welcome our students into the building. You can be that loud crazy guy giving high fives and fist bumps to the more quiet dad who gives the simple head nod and hello. We NEED you!

    Check out our Griffin PTA Website for more information on the above items and to sign up.


    https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/home?authuser=0

    Counselor's Corner

    Progress Reports: 1st Nine weeks progress reports have now been posted in SKYWARD. If your student has low grades and needs to attend tutorials, he/she can receive that extra help every morning during homeroom (8:15-8:45). If this time is not convenient, please reach out to his/her teacher to schedule a time before or after school.


    Digital Learning: During advisory, we will have a number of different lessons related to different topics. Some of those lessons are part of our Digital Learning Series. Please find an informational letter regarding this series at the links below:


    Parent Letter (English)

    Parent Letter (Spanish)


    One topic we cover in 7th and 8th grade is about Sexting. Please find information regarding this lesson below:


    Digital Learning Lesson: Sexting

    IPAD Update

    If your student's IPAD was locked due to failure to provide appropriate documentation in SKYWARD regarding insurance, and AUP agreement, you can resolve the issue by going to the link below:


    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lB5emFJqXw36qPToI7UhC8xaMBTWzjvIOMewit1465Y/edit?usp=sharing


    Please be aware that any IPAD that is still locked on September 10 due to fees or forms will be collected from students. Be sure you take care of any issue prior to next Friday.

    Schoolwide Information

    GT Information: Our fall GT referral window will be open until October 1st. When determining whether you should refer your student for GT, please consider the following characteristics. If you would like to move forward with the referral process, please visit the district GT website.


    Child Nutrition is Hiring: Know someone who wants to join our team? This fall, child nutrition employees, including cafeteria staff and managers, will receive retention incentive payments starting on October paychecks, up to a total of $1,200 on top of regular pay. Find out details below:


    lisd.net/nutritionjobs


    TECC Community Night is Coming Soon: LISD is fortunate to have two amazing career centers within our district! These campuses offer a multitude of courses related to numerous careers. If you would like to visit and see first hand what these centers offer our students, please see the information below regarding the TECC Community Night!

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    August 27, 2021

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 8/30:
    • 7th grade football scrimmage @ GMS - 5:30pm


    Tuesday, 8/31:

    • 8th grade football scrimmage @ GMS - 5:30


    Wednesday, 9/1: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)


    Thursday, 9/2: B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)


    Friday, 9/3:

    • TC Spirit Day: Wear Black and Gold to support TC Cougers!
    • TCHS football @ North Crowley @ 7:30


    **MONDAY 9/6 is Labor Day - NO SCHOOL**

    Communities in Schools (CIS)

    Remember that we now have CIS at Griffin, and Ms. Flowers is excited to get to know you and your student, and she is happy to visit with any student or parent to give more information.


    If you are interested in signing your student up for these services, you can do so


    https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CommunitiesinSchoolsofNorthTexas?orglink=camps-registration

    Together We Rise - GMS PTA

    It's not too late to join our amazing PTA OR become a member of the Dad's Club! See information below:




    • JOIN PTA! - Currently we are asking for families to join PTA and become a member. The membership cost is $10/person/year and we would love to have at least 1 member of every family join. Where does this $10 go? Most of your donation stays right here in Griffin! We use these dollars to fund different programs for your students, teacher appreciation and for Griffin family and community events! A small portion of the money does go to State and National so they can provide training and support for local PTA's and also legislature support.

    • Dad's Club - we are currently looking for male role models in our community to come to the school on the last Friday of every month from 8am to 8:45am (or any time in between) to welcome our students into the building. You can be that loud crazy guy giving high fives and fist bumps to the more quiet dad who gives the simple head nod and hello. We NEED you!

    Check out our Griffin PTA Website for more information on the above items and to sign up.


    https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/home?authuser=0

    Counseling Corner

    Progress Reports: 1st Nine weeks progress reports have now been posted in SKYWARD. If your student has low grades and needs to attend tutorials, he/she can receive that extra help every morning during homeroom (8:15-8:45). If this time is not convenient, please reach out to his/her teacher to schedule a time before or after school.


    Digital Learning: During advisory, we will have a number of different lessons related to different topics. Some of those lessons are part of our Digital Learning Series. Please find an informational letter regarding this series at the links below:


    Parent Letter (English)

    Parent Letter (Spanish)


    One topic we cover in 7th and 8th grade is about Sexting. Please find information regarding this lesson below:


    Digital Learning Lesson: Sexting

    IPAD Update

    If your student's IPAD was locked due to failure to provide appropriate documentation in SKYWARD regarding insurance, and AUP agreement, you can resolve the issue by going to the link below:


    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lB5emFJqXw36qPToI7UhC8xaMBTWzjvIOMewit1465Y/edit?usp=sharing


    Please be aware that any IPAD that is still locked on September 10 due to fees or forms will be collected from students. Be sure you take care of any issue prior to next Friday.

    Schoolwide Information

    OPEN HOUSE: We were so happy to see so many families at Open House this week! I hope you enjoyed letting your student show you around and meet the teachers. Because we know not everyone was able to join us in person, our teachers are creating videos so you can hear from them! Most videos should be posted by the end of the day Monday, and will continue to be added throughout next week!


    PROGRESS REPORTS: The first 3 weeks of school are in the books! You can find your students first 3 week progress report in Skyward under "Grades." Please contact the teacher with any questions you may have.


    REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS: We are seeing some students who are out of compliance with a few of our campus expectations. Please encourage your student make sure they are complying with the following:


    • IDs around neck: Help your student by making sure their ID is placed in their backpack, on top of shoes, or other items that will needed for the following day to prevent leaving it at home.
    • Tardies: Remind your students that the first priority of passing period is to get to their next class; don't walk your friends to class and end up late because of it!
    • Dress Code: Please check your students to ensure they have full length shirts (no crop tops), and shorts/skirts that are at least mid-thigh length or longer. Hats and hoods are not to be worn anytime inside the school building.
    • iPads Charged: Please continue to help students remember to charge ipads the evening before, and bring them to school fully charged.
    You help with these issues will help your student have a more successful, enjoyable day while at school. Thank you!


    COVID Update: I hope you received my email earlier in the week regarding changes in some of the mitigations in place. Here are a few things we have changed just this week:


    • Air purifiers are now in place in every 6th grade class, including electives
    • All 6th grade classes have desks all facing the same direction and are either in single rows OR have desk shields between conjoining desks
    • Every classroom is supplied with wipes, disinfectant spray and paper towels in order to clean all commonly used surfaces throughout the day
    • Lunch lines have been updated to ensure social distancing
    Although this is NOT a requirement, LISD is now requesting that everyone wear a mask inside the school buildings. (Previously, it was recommended.)


    KINDNESS WEEK: LISD will celebrate our Kindness Week Kick Off on Monday, August 30 through Friday, September 3. See below for dress up details. Next week will get us started off for a year of kind actions!

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    August 20, 2021

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 8/23:
    • 7th grade Volleyball scrimmage @ TBD


    Tuesday, 8/24:

    • Open House Meet the Teacher (Come and Go) - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


    Wednesday, 8/25: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)


    Thursday, 8/26: B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)

    • 8th grade Volleyball scrimmage @ TBD


    Friday, 8/27:

    • TC Spirit Day: "Tackle the Tigers" - Wear your favorite sports jersey
    • TCHS football v. North Crowley @ 7:00 TCHS

    Communities In Schools (CIS)

    Remember that we now have CIS at Griffin, and Ms. Flowers is excited to get to know you and your student!

    The program seeks to strengthen and promote success in several areas related to student and school life by providing a wide range of services for students as well as their families.

    These services consist of academic, social, and cultural services for students and their families.

    These services may include the following:

    • Academic Tutoring and Educational Enhancement
    • Supportive Guidance
    • Social Service referrals and support (school supplies, emergency food, clothing, etc.)
    • Mentoring Programs
    • Enrichment Programs
    • Social Issue Awareness & Prevention (Drugs, Gangs, etc.)
    • Discussions on topics such as character building, self-esteem enhancement, social and communication skills, goal setting, anger management, and study skills
    • Health Enhancement Programs and activities
    • College and Career Awareness

    Ms. Flowers is happy to visit with any student or parent to give more information.


    If you are interested in signing your student up for these services, you can do so


    https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CommunitiesinSchoolsofNorthTexas?orglink=camps-registration

    PTA is Looking for YOU!

    Griffin PTA is back and looking to have some fun this year! We have several things going on at the moment and wanted to keep you in the loop:



    • JOIN PTA! - Currently we are asking for families to join PTA and become a member. The membership cost is $10/person/year and we would love to have at least 1 member of every family join. Where does this $10 go? Most of your donation stays right here in Griffin! We use these dollars to fund different programs for your students, teacher appreciation and for Griffin family and community events! A small portion of the money does go to State and National so they can provide training and support for local PTA's and also legislature support. (Signup drive will take place at the Meet the Teacher event - cash, check or charge available.)
    • Dad's Club - we are currently looking for male role models in our community to come to the school on the last Friday of every month from 8am to 8:45am (or any time in between) to welcome our students into the building. You can be that loud crazy guy giving high fives and fist bumps to the more quiet dad who gives the simple head nod and hello. We NEED you!
    • Spirit Wear - We have BRAND NEW Griffin spirit wear this year! Everything from t-shirts, dri-fit and hoodies! The last day to order Spirit wear is August 25th and items will be delivered to your student during their advisory period on or before Sept 10th.


    Come by the PTA table and see us on August 24th at Meet the Teacher! We would love to get to know you. You can also check out our Griffin PTA Website for more information on the above items and to sign up.


    https://sites.google.com/view/griffin-middle-school-pta/home?authuser=0

    Counselor Corner

    Balancing Classes: We are almost done balancing classes and adjusting schedules! We understand how disruptive and frustrating this can be; however, class sizes that are too big prevent the best learning from taking place. Because we get many students enrolling the first couple of weeks of school, we cannot predict which classes will become too large before the first day. Thank you for your patience through this process.


    We are here for you and your students: Please continue to remind your students that if they need us at any time, there are QR codes in every classroom and in the halls. Students can scan the QR code with their phone or ipad, fill out the information, and the counselor will call them down as soon as they are available. This system is in place to ensure privacy when students are in the counseling office.

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    Changes to After School Pick up Lanes

    After School Pick Lanes: Due to several issues related to the current traffic patterns at Griffin for pick up in the afternoon, we will start a new traffic flow path on Monday. Please be sure to review the picture above.


    • PINK PICK UP PATH: All students who are in 6th grade, as well as the siblings of 6th graders, will need to be picked up using the PINK pathway.
    • PINK PICK UP PATH: Mr. Hoffert's and Ms. Mobley's classes will also be picked up using the PINK pathway.
    • GREEN PICK UP PATH: 7th and 8th grade students (who do not have a 6th grade sibling) will exit the building by the rec center and need to be picked up using the GREEN pathway.
    • STUDENTS GETTING INTO CARS: Cars MUST be parked in the right lane of the drive through, next to the sidewalk, in order for students to enter the car.
    • Students will NOT be able to walk into the parking lot to enter a car.
    • PARKING: If you need to park and come in the building, you will need to use the GREEN pathway and park in the open spots in the middle of our lot.

    Morning Drop Off: In the mornings, you need come to the drive through lane and pull into the right lane next to the sidewalk for students to exit the car. These spots are for dropping off students only; you should not stop or park your car for longer than a couple of minutes in this area. DO NOT drop students off in the parking lot area unless you are parking your car to come inside with them. It is important to follow these procedures for the safety of all students.

    Schoolwide Information

    OPEN HOUSE: We will host our In Person Come and Go Open House on Tuesday, August 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Due to some concerns with large group assemblies and COVID risks, we will not hold an assembly or meeting during this event. You are welcome to come anytime during our timeframe and your student can show you his/her classes. Teachers will be available to meet, but we are not able to have in depth conferences at this time. We look forward to seeing you!


    COVID Update: Due to rising numbers of individuals in the schools who are testing positive for COVID, LISD is strongly encouraging students to wear masks when in the school building. However, this is NOT a requirement. As I mentioned at orientation, desk shields are also available to any student who would like one. They just need to ask their classroom teachers. If there are changes to LISD protocols relating to COVID, communication will come from the district through email. Please make sure your email in SKYWARD is correct.


    KINDNESS WEEK: LISD will celebrate our Kindness Week Kick Off August 30 through September 3. See below for dress up details. Ms. Jewell is our Kindness Liaison, and she is always looking for Student Kindness Ambassadors. If your student is interested in serving in this role at GMS, please have them stop by the library and speak with Ms. Jewell.

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    August 13, 2021

    Welcome Home

    As the prinicipal of Griffin MS, I would like to personally welcome you back to school for the 21-22 school year. I will be communicating weekly through this format, and you will receive an email and call out each Friday evening. Please know that I welcome open communication and would love your feedback if there is something you would like to see in these messages, or questions you have about what you do see. I am so excited to have our students all back together this year, and I look forward to collaborating with you to ensure a positive learning experience for all!

    What's Happening at GMS?

    Monday, 8/16:


    Tuesday, 8/17:


    Wednesday, 8/18: A Day (periods 1, 3, 5, 7)


    Thursday, 8/19: B Day (periods 2, 4, 6, 8)

    • 7th and 8th grade BAND Parent Meeting (GMS Band hall)


    Friday, 8/20:

    • Last day to request a schedule change



    **Tuesday, 8/24 is GMS Meet the teacher from 6:00 to 7:30**

    Communities In Schools (CIS) Information

    This year we are fortunate enough to have Communities in Schools (CIS) on our campus. The CIS campus coordinator, Ms. Aspen Flowers, is excited to partner with us here at Griffin, and she has provided the following information:


    Communities In Schools of North Texas is a year-round program located at Griffin Middle School that operates before and during school. The program seeks to strengthen and promote success in several areas related to student and school life by providing a wide range of services for students as well as their families.

    These services consist of academic, social, and cultural services for students and their families.

    These services may include the following:

    • Academic Tutoring and Educational Enhancement
    • Supportive Guidance
    • Social Service referrals and support (school supplies, emergency food, clothing, etc.)
    • Mentoring Programs
    • Enrichment Programs
    • Social Issue Awareness & Prevention (Drugs, Gangs, etc.)
    • Discussions on topics such as character building, self-esteem enhancement, social and communication skills, goal setting, anger management, and study skills
    • Health Enhancement Programs and activities
    • College and Career Awareness

    Ms. Flowers is happy to visit with any student or parent to give more information.


    If you are interested in signing your student up for these services, you can do so


    https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CommunitiesinSchoolsofNorthTexas?orglink=camps-registration

    Schoolwide Information

    Pick up and Drop off Lines: I know how long our pick up lines can be in the afternoon, and I am working with our safety department to see how we can improve the flow. However, in the meantime you can help us out by:


    • When dropping off your student for school in the morning, be sure to pull up and to right next to the curb when dropping off.
    • Do NOT park your car in pick up lane at any time. We have visitor spots in front of our parking lot if you need to park and get out of your car.
    • When picking students up, please enter the school lane at the WEST entrance (closest to Peters Colony Elementary).
    • As you come up to the front entrance, you need to keep pulling forward as far as you can through the drive - do NOT stop at the main entrance if there are open spots further up.
    • ONLY stop when you are pulled all the way to the right next to the curb.

    Dress Code Reminders: Please help your students by ensuring they are following the dress code. A few issues we have seen already this week include:

    • Students wearing short or "cropped" top shirts with leggings. Students are welcome to wear leggings but it must be with a long shirt that comes to about the student's finger tips.
    • Crop tops should not be worn at all, regardless of the pants/skirt.
    • Students should not wear hats, hoodies, or other "headwear" during the school day.


    Ipad Distribution: For those of you whose student is waiting to receive an iPad, please know that we are distributing them as they are sent to our campus from LISD technology. We have asked that this be expedited as quickly as possible, and they are working as quickly as possible.


    Ipad Fees: For students who already have their ipads, the AUP agreement (part of the forms in Skyward) as well as insurance (if you are getting it) must be completed by August 31, or the ipad will be collected. Please make sure this is completed by the date.


    Student IDs: Our ID badges have been delayed due to some printing that needed to be added on the backside of the ID. They should arrive at GMS on Monday, and we hope to get them out by advisory on Wednesday.


    Buses: I apologize for how late our bus riders are being picked up this week. Please know that we are in contact with the bus supervisors, and they are still working out routes and schedules based on the students who are riding. The departure time from GMS should continue to improve this week. Please continue to reach out with specific concerns.

    Counselor Corner

    Balancing Classes: The counselors will be balancing class sizes this weekend and you may notice that on Monday your student’s schedule has been updated. These changes will be live in Skyward to view through Family Access. Our counselors will have paper schedules available Monday as well, and they will notify any student of a change.


    Schedule Change Requests: The deadline for requesting a schedule change is Friday, August 20th. If you have already put in a schedule change request, the counselors will be working through those throughout the week. Please understand that schedule changes due to students changing their minds on electives may or may not be able to be accommodated, depending on class sizes.