Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Directions

Competitive Reading Club Members,

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is approaching fast and takes place on January 19, 2019. Below, you will find the link to all needed information pertaining to the reading bowl, including directions to Kell High School. Please review this information as it will help you with logistics for the afternoon.



Questions? Email Mrs. Quintana

New! Griffin on Goodreads (For Teachers and Staff)

Griffin Teachers and Staff,

Join the Griffin on Goodreads Group and share what you are reading! It’s a great platform for building your bookshelf, discussing books, and participating in book challenges. This group if for any teacher or staff member to join. Many of us have wanted to create a teacher book club, but finding the time is difficult, so Goodreads is a GREAT way to do a virtual book club!!

Link to join: Griffin on Goodreads

Happy reading!


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Library & Reading Student Survey Results

Griffin Wildcats,

The week before break students had the opportunity to complete a Library & Reading survey to help us analyze the following:

1. How often students are reading

2. What students are reading

3. Why students like or dislike reading

4. Who is encouraging students to read

5. Student views on availability of books

6. Views on library services

7. Views on Griffin Reads 30

8. How we can improve reading for students

Here is the link to the results: Student Reading Survey Results

Thank you to the 30 students who completed the survey. Those that completed it were entered to win a book bag filled with school supplies and fun snacks.

Drawing Winners:

Jessica Wrzenien
Rafael Cuevas
Gabby Prowse
Amaris Allen
Tatum Boyle


Minecraft Lab: Candy Cane Challenge

Griffin MS students now have access to Minecraft EDU through the school district. Monday-Thursday, students are able to get a pass from the cafeteria to visit the Minecraft Lab, located in the library learning commons, from 7:50 am-8:50 am. There are 25 passes available each day.

Mrs. Quintana recently participated in the CCSD Minecraft Academy and will begin to provide students with Minecraft challenges during the lab.

Our first was a Candy Cane Challenge, in which students built a candy cane in Minecraft to receive a candy cane. A fun pre-holiday break activity to get them introduced to future challenges.

Here are some pictures of students’ challenge results.

Congrats Jacket 2 Jacket Readers!

We had the highest number of participants for Jacket 2 Jacket Reading Program this school year! Thank you to 6th grade ELA teacher, Holly Claypool, as all of her classes participated this year! Each participant received a certificate of participation, four free Lady Jackets tickets, GT gift bag at the game, and pre-game pizza party! Congrats to the participants!!


Competitive Reading Club

Competitive Reading Club Members,

We only have two remaining club meetings to practice for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. The holiday break is a perfect time to finish reading the ten required books or to review what you have read. We will continue to practice during the next two club meetings, but it is important for you to know each book well to do well in the competition.

Remaining Club Dates & Times:

January 7-HRRB Practice
January 14-HRRB Practice
January 21-MLK, Jr. Day-No Meeting
January 28-Regroup & Discuss

Competition Date, Location & Time:

January 19th, 12:30-4:30 PM, Kell High School
Students are responsible for transportation to and from the competition. Club sponsors will be with members throughout the competition. Parents are welcomed to attend. The normal routine is an opening ceremony, competition rounds in classrooms, and the ending ceremony.


Overdue Library Books


We have several overdue library books!!

To help assist students with returning overdue books, we did an overdue library book sweep before the holiday break. We began with 648 overdue library books that needed to be returned, and we collected 237 overdue books during the sweep. This means we still have 411 overdue library books!!

PLEASE…if you have overdue library books, return them ASAP. We have several students wanting to read the books you haven’t returned.