ELA MILESTONES PREP CLASS IS AVAILABLE!!!

GREAT NEWS! 

What: Milestones Prep Writing Session

When: Saturday, March 23rd  & Saturday, April 13th

Where: Griffin Middle School

Who: All students – 6th, 7th, 8th

  • Great opportunity for you to come and get the extra help you need.
  • Everyone will benefit from these sessions.
  • All grade levels are welcome, but 8th Grade is particularly encouraged to attend.
  • The time is 8 a.m. to 12 Noon.
  • Transportation is provided, as well as snacks.

ACCESS Testing Schedule, 2019

ACCESS Test for ELL’s: 

  • Every year our EL students take the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners test, known as ACCESS for ELLs.
  • This test is used in 32 states for ELL students from kindergarten through 12th grades.
  • It is written by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, or WIDA, Consortium.
  • ACCESS tests all four language domains:
    • Listening
    • Speaking
    • Reading
    • Writing
  • The test covers English language proficiency standards in the following areas:
    • Social and Instructional
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • ACCESS scores  determines when a student can exit the ESOL program.
    • At Level 6, students are considered as fluent as their native-English-speaking peers.
    • Students achieving Level 5 in a particular category, like reading, are considered fluent.
      • Scores are given for reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as an overall score that is weighted toward reading and writing.

ACCESS Testing Schedule, 2019:

  • February 4: Listening and Reading
  • February 5: Writing
  • February 6: Speaking
  • February 7: Speaking
  • February 8: Make-Ups

A Message from the GMS Foundation

Please support the GMS Foundation and help us better serve your student!

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

This year the Foundation hopes to raise enough money to purchase:

– 58 laptops for the ELA classes

– 2 laptop carts for teachers transport and charge the laptops

– 52 iPad tubs for teachers to transport and charge iPads

How can YOU help or get involved?

– Donate to the Give 2 Griffin Annual Fund by:

  • Completing the donation form you received in the mail and either mailing it to the school in the self-addressed envelope provided or having your student turn it in to his/her teacher
  • Donating directly online at  www.cobbk12.org/griffin/foundation.aspx

– Go to our Spirit Night at:

  • AR Workshop (DIY creative session) Wednesday, Sept. 12th 6:30 pm (this is limited to 30 people)
  • US Cafe Thursday, November 29th . 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nicola Bradburn Fuller

President,

Griffin Middle School Foundation, Inc.

president@griffinmiddlefoundation.org

Welcome to the academic year 2018-2019…

About Your Teacher, Ms. Kaur…

  • Currently teaching 8th grade Reading and ESOL-Reading
  • 19th year of teaching here at Griffin Middle School.
  • Graduate of University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.
  • Originally from India.

About Our Classes…

  • Standards based Reading classes.
  • Introduces, supplements and reinforces the content as well as reading and writing skills through whole group/ small group/ one-on-one instruction, lexiled paperback/ audio books, and computer softwares.
  • Performance based ‘fun projects’ that enhance learning.

Our Goals…

  • Cultivate love of reading and writing.
  • Pass  Reading/ ELA  Milestones.
  • ELs: Score a ‘5 on Level B/ C’ ACCESS.

Feel Free to Contact Your Teacher…

Please check the blog for weekly updates.

Looking forward to a year of successful learning. So, let’s strive to make learning a truly fun-filled experience!

Welcome ‘Wildcats’ !

The primary aim of our READING course is  to prepare students to meet challenging literacy requirements in the 21st century.

In addition, another key goal is to support as well as encourage students to become proficient readers so that they are better able to comprehend a variety of literary and informational text. The objective is to analyze, synthesize, and apply what they read through writing and speaking in a clearly developed manner.

The curriculum is based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence. An ongoing development and reinforcement of comprehension strategies promotes independent reading and learning.

We believe by raising students’ awareness of reading as a skill that requires engagement along with explicitly teaching reading and writing strategies will enable students to develop the ability and the confidence to handle communication situations they may encounter beyond the classroom.

Click the following link to download the Reading Syllabus, 2018-2019:

Kaur 2018 Reading Syllabus-2152bj3