Recognizing Student Success
To continue the
legacy of Judge Daniell, each year our school recognizes
students who have exhibited leadership, achievement, and
commitment in their studies and in Cobb County.
Students being recognized have received an invitation at
school. In addition, the parents/guardians of students to be
recognized were mailed invitations. Perfect Attendance and All A's Awards will be
presented to 6th and 7th grade students during the school day
The following awards will be presented Tuesday night at our
Annual Honors Night.
Honors Night Awards
Albert Coleman Jr. Award
Business & Technology
Outstanding Broadcast Club Member Award and
District 12 Honor Band
All State Band and Director’s Awards
District 12 Honor Chorus
County Honor Orchestra
National Orchestra and Director’s Award
Spelling Bee Awards
WaterSmart Water Art Contest Awards
Science Fair Awards
Outstanding Math Student Award
Geography Bee Award
Academic Honor Awards
University Talent ID Awards
Standardized Test Awards
Young Author’s Competition
Eunice Thompson Community Service Award
Grade Character Awards
Grade Character Awards
Grade Character Awards
Grade Citizenship Awards
Honor of Progression Award
Magnet School Awards
Perfect Attendance Awards
Principal’s Honor Roll Awards
In addition, each year 8th
grade students who have earned A's in all of their classes
throughout their entire middle school career of 6th, 7th, and
8th grade will place their hand print on the "Wall of Honor".
Students then sign and date their hand print. This tradition has
become a favorite of parents and guardians.
Little Bit of Hollywood Visits Daniell
The 23rd Annual 8th
Grade Dance was held Friday, May 10, 2013.
Just under 300 8th graders attended the
Hollywood themed dance sponsored by the
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Daniell Out Performs the State Middle School
Scores on the CCRPI
Daniell Middle School
scored an 85.2 on the new CCRPI. This beats
the state middle school performance of 81.4.
The results look very
different from previous years as schools are
now being measured under a new instrument
called the College and Career Readiness
Performance Index (CCRPI) as opposed to
adequate yearly progress (AYP). With CCRPI
each school gets one overall score which is
made up of many assessments.
Knowing that our
students have been taking the 2013 CRCT the
past two weeks, please be sure not to
confuse the results just released this week
with any of the tests which our students
have taken this school year.
Click here for more information.
Northeast Cobb Business Association
Recognizes Daniell Middle School
At the April 17, 2013
Northeast Cobb Business Association (NCBA)
monthly meeting, Steve Crowley, NCBA
Education Chair, presented Principal David
Nelson with a $250.00 check for school use
in recognition of the school's continued
growth in academics and improvement of the
Daniell Middle School Test Scores Surpass
State, Metro RESA, and CCSD
Recently released 2013
results show 87 percent of Cobb County
eighth graders wrote at or above standards
on the state Eighth Grade Writing
Assessment, a one percent improvement over
2012 results. Cobb continues to have a
higher percentage of students writing at a
level that meets or exceeds expectations,
compared to the averages of neighboring
metro Atlanta school systems (86 percent)
and schools throughout the state (82
percent) (see Table I). The District’s scale
score dipped to 218, mirroring a
single-point decline in metro Atlanta (218)
and statewide (215) mean scores.
At nine schools, 90
percent or more students met or exceeded
standards on the writing test. Those schools
Dodgen, Durham, Hightower Trail, Mabry,
McCleskey and Simpson middle schools.
As one of four grade
level-specific writing tests administered
statewide, the Eighth Grade Writing
Assessment gauges middle school students'
writing performance, helping students,
teachers, and parents identify areas of
strength and weakness in written composition
before students enter high school. Student
essays are scored on a scale of 1 to 5,
assessing the qualities of effective
writing: ideas, organization, style, and
convention. The writing test taken during a
student’s 11th grade year (as part of the
Georgia High School Graduation Test) is an
important requirement for graduation.
Theme Closes with Professional Wrestling
Thursday, March 7, 2013,
former professional wrestling champion and
international speaker Marc Mero visited with
students at Daniell Middle School. His
message focused on the school's nine week
Common Core theme of "Choices" and closed
out the nine weeks character education theme
for the school.
is designed to empower students to make
positive choices. He has presented the
popular “Choices” production at more than
450 schools worldwide to more than
Serious issues such as
bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and
suicide are presented in a way that touches
listeners at a "heart level." Students are
inspired to treat themselves and others with
respect, dream big, achieve goals, and
Marc Mero’s compelling message evokes
personal reflection, laughter and tears, and
also instills HOPE. Students and faculty
described the “Choices” presentation as life
He presented to all
three grade levels Thursday at Daniell. The
NorthEast Cobb Business Association helped
make this event occur for our students. Mero
presented at Sprayberry High School, Kell
High School, Simpson Middle School, and
Daniell Middle School. To the left,
Ike Reighard, Piedmont Church Pastor,
and David Nelson, Principal, hold Mero's
championship wrestling belts.
Receives ADL Recognition
Daniell has earned the
‘No Place For Hate’ designation from the
Daniell was the first Cobb middle school in
2012 to be a No Place for Hate certified school!
The school is currently finishing activities to
achieve the ADL recognition for two years
To aschieve this
recognition students and teachers completed
the five steps required to demonstrate the
school’s efforts in combatting bullying
behaviors and educating students on
diversity and acceptance.
The No Place for Hate
initiative provides educators and students
with the resources to ensure that anti-bias
and diversity education are an integral part
of the school curriculum.
No Place for Hate also
helps to create and sustain inclusive school
environments where all students feel valued
and have the opportunity to succeed by
promoting respect for individual difference
while challenging bigotry and prejudice.
For more information on the No
Place for Hate program at Daniell, contact
DaniellPTSA@hotmail.com. For help with talking to kids about
Channel 11 WXIA Meteorologist Visits 6th
grade science invited 11 Alive News
Meteorologist, Allison Chinchar, to speak at
an assembly on Friday, March 1st.
She addressed our current standard:
S6E4. Students will understand how the
distribution of land and oceans affects
climate and weather.
c. Relate how
moisture evaporating from the oceans affects
the weather patterns and weather events such
She made weather
“come alive” for our students by applying
real world applications!
2013 Hoops for Heart
Hoops for Heart was a
fun event where students played basketball,
learned about their hearts and how to keep
them healthy, and raised money for The
American Heart Association. Daniell
Middle School collected $3,400 in its Hoops
for Heart efforts this year. Thank you to
all of the students that participated and a
special thanks to the PTSA for running the
concession stand for the event. We are
hoping once again to be the highest donator
for middle schools in Cobb County.
Heroes Winners Announced
Many thanks to the students who participated
in this year's Honoring Our Heroes essay
contest, sponsored by the East Cobb County
Council of PTA's.
We are proud to announce this year's Daniell
- 6th grader
Andy T. in Mrs. Hebb's homeroom class
- 7th grader
Ian M. in Mrs. Tidwell's homeroom class
These students, along
with the winners from all East Cobb schools,
will be recognized at a reception here at
Daniell on March 28th.
Daniell's New First!
For the first time
in Daniell’s 47 year existence, we now have
a brand new chapter of F.B.L.A., Future
Business Leaders of America. This is a
nation-wide organization which enables
students to learn and sharpen business and
leadership skills, engage in community
service, and participate in various
competitions at Region, State, and even be
recognized at National F.B.L.A. Conferences.
San Juan, Puerto and the U. S. Virgin
Islands also participate in F.B.L.A.
Becky Forbes, came to Daniell from Kell High
School as our Business and Technology
teacher with 18 years of F.B.L.A. experience
at the middle and high school levels.
Her students progressed to national
competitions the past two years in Orlando
and San Antonio.
stated, "FBLA serves as an excellent
opportunity for Mrs. Forbes to engage the
students who attend our school in activities
which are both relevant and rigorous. To our
community, activities which FBLA can provide
have always been important. We are excited
Mrs. Forbes has brought this to our
Meetings are every
Thursday afternoon until 6:00 p.m.
Student officers lead with Roberts Rules of
Parliamentary Procedure. In order to
pay the fees for competitions, students also
work in our Pastry Café in the “Hot Spot” by
our cafeteria selling donuts and hot
Enjoy the web as
we follow the events for this year! If
your student is interested in joining,
please contact Becky at
our school - sign up today and make a
Daniell is participating
in the Georgia Natural Gas TrueBlue Schools
Program. It’s an easy way for our school to
earn donations directly from Georgia Natural
Gas every time you pay your natural gas
If you’re already a loyal Georgia Natural
to designate our school.
donate $5 each month you pay your gas bill.
That’s $60 a year to our school.
You can also click
on the picture above to learn how you can
help raise money to support our school.
NCAA Eligibility and
Our feeder high school,
High School, is partnering with Kennesaw
State University to host an informational
meeting on NCAA initial eligibility and
recruiting on March 14, 2013.
here for more information.
Teachers, and Students Participate in the
PTSA Youth Advocacy Day at the Capitol
February 13, 2013, eight Daniell eighth
graders attended Georgia PTA's Youth
Advocacy Day downtown at the Capitol. They
were joined by eighth grade Social Studies
teachers Joanna Burdell and MaryJane Shaw,
and Daniell PTSA leaders Heather Held and
Susan McCullough. The students, six girls
and two boys, participated by submitting
responses to at least two pieces of
currently pending legislation, along with
questions for legislators and a statement on
why they would like to attend. The parent
volunteers were impressed with the detailed
knowledge of the bills shown by the student
responses and the sincerity of their
concerns. The students heard presentations
by current interim DeKalb superintendent
Michael Thurmond, the director of the
Department of Highway Safety, and the
director of the Department of Driver
Services. Student speakers opined on issues
ranging from immigration to leadership, the
HOPE scholarship, and the importance of
student advocacy. When the session convened,
the students toured the Gold Dome, saw the
House and Senate chambers, and were
delighted by an impromptu Q&A with Gwinnett
Representative Brian Thomas. Mrs. Held and
Mrs. McCullough were proud to spend day with
these Daniell students who are sure to be
Cafe Begins "Try It
month, Cobb County Food and Nutrition
Services spotlights a different fruit or
vegetable on Tuesdays. New recipes
featuring the spotlight item will be offered
as an extra side item or just as a sampler.
It is our hope that students will try
something new or will try a familiar food
prepared in a new way. The vegetable
for February is carrots. The carrot
plant is a member of the parsley family
because of its light, feathery leaves that
grow above the more familiar root part of
the vegetable. Carrots, which range in
color from white to yellow to red, are an
excellent source of vitamin A and fiber.
Carrots are good for your eyes since they
contain an antioxidant called lutein which
protects the eyes from damage.
Fun Fact: the
longest carrot ever recorded was nearly 17
feet long. That is longer than a car!
For more information about "Try It
Tuesdays" or about any other food and
nutrition related topics, please visit Kelly
Robinson, Daniell Food and Nutrition
firstname.lastname@example.org . You can
also visit Mrs. Robinson's blog at
Cafe News and Notes .
On December 10, 2012,
Georgia's 11th District Congressman, Phil
Gingrey, spoke as a guest speaker to the 8th
grade students. Mrs. Shaw, 8th grade Social
Studies teacher, arranged the visit.
Congressman Gingrey spoke to students about
his schooling, career choices, and life in
A question and answer
session was provided by the Congressman.
Students inquired about issues such as the
fiscal cliff that the nation faced at the
beginning of 2013 and unrest in the middle
east between Syria and Israel. After the
session, students were able to visit one on
one with the Congressman and have pictures
Community Leaders and
Business Members Visit Daniell
here to read about the 8th Grade Career Day
featured in the East Cobb Patch.
Daniell Students Named
to Georgia All State Band
On January 12, 4 students from Daniell
Middle School travelled to Perry, GA to
audition for the All State Band against
almost 1,000 students from all over
the state. These students, Tori K., Venky
R., Grace S., and John Y., auditioned and
represented Daniell Middle School in an
exceptional manner. They each had to
play 2 prepared pieces of music, one lyrical
and one technical, in front of 2 judges who
were behind a screen. Then, the students
were given 2 pieces of music they had never
seen before. The students had 30 seconds to
study each piece silently and then they had
to perform those pieces for the judges.
Special congratulations to the 2 students
who were named as members of the Georgia All
State Band - John Y., clarinet and Tori K.,
flute. John and Tori will travel to Savannah
GA at the end of February to take part in
All State Band weekend.
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Students Take First Place Honors at Lego
Robotics Super Regional