8th Grade News and Information



PSAT 8/9 Testing

Dodgen 8th graders will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, November 1st.  Please mark your calendar.



 Click here to learn more about PSAT 8/9  

The PSAT 8/9 is an assessment given to eighth and ninth graders that is closely aligned to the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10.  It consists of questions in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and in Math.  The benefit of the PSAT 8/9 is that this test establishes a baseline measurement of students’ college and career readiness which makes sense for our 8th grade students.  As they prepare to enter high school, this assessment will give them a better understanding of their academic strengths and areas for growth prior to taking a formal SAT or other standardized assessment.  The PSAT 8/9 also gives students a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 format and connect to AP courses.  Students who take the test in a nonstandard administration using testing accommodations, the PSAT 8/9 cannot be used as a predictive score for how well that student will do on the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT or AP courses. 

Yearbook Dedications 

This is just a quick reminder that the deadline (December 13) for 8th grade yearbook dedications is quickly approaching. Recognition ads/dedications are a great way to commemorate student achievements and/or send a message to a child in his/her final Dodgen yearbook. Ads are completely done online. A typical picture to include is a baby, toddler, or current picture of your student. Please note in middle school we only offer one size ad (1/8 of a page), and the cost is $30. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at kari.viland@cobbk12.org.

High School Transition Activities 

Click here for a schedule of Pope & Walton high school transition activities. 


Magnet Schools

Different magnet school programs are available through Cobb County School District.  Magnet programs can be reviewed here and here is the timeline for applications and events. 

Pebblebrook Performing Arts Magnet 

There will be an interested student meeting at Dodgen on December 5th at 11 am. Mr. Frank Timmerman, director of the Pebblebrook Performing Arts Magnet School, will conduct the meeting, giving information about the program and application procedures. Any interested student should come to the counseling office to get a pass.


The audition portion of the application process will be held January 16, 2018 at Dodgen. 

Walton High School Rising 9th Grade Meeting

Parents of rising 9th graders (Walton Class of 2022) are invited to attend Walton High School's additional information meeting for parents and students interested in the STEM Academy will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Walton High School Theater.  The Walton ISA information meeting for parents and students will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Walton High School Theater.


North Cobb School for International Studies

has as its primary goal to provide an advanced educational experience for students emphasizing the development of global perspectives on politics, culture and science. Additionally, students in the School for International Studies will acquire leadership skills through extracurricular activities, service learning and a culminating senior project and presentation. Emphasis is placed on participation in Advanced Placement courses, international travel, and cultural exchanges.

David Stephenson, Coordinator
3400 Highway 293 North
770.975.6685 ext. 301


Prospective Magnet Student Night
October 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 
Janet McCloud Theater, North Cobb High School


Move On When Ready

Have you ever heard about Move On When Ready? This is the state program that allows a high school student to be dually enrolled in high school and college simultaneously. For more information, click here.You also can attend the MOWR Summit on October 24th at Kell HS.  Learn more here.

Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology

is a Georgia STEM certified and nationally recognized program with accelerated and rigorous classes in multiple academic areas. The curriculum presently includes 26 AP and 7 Post AP courses. In addition to the focus on advanced Math and Science classes, areas of emphasis in engineering and medical biotechnology are offered. Students culminate their studies with a senior internship and research experience with universities, local practices, and industry partners.

Dr. Cheryl Crooks, Coordinator
375 Holt Road


Prospective Magnet Student Night
October 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 
Lipscomb Gym, Wheeler High School



Pope Preview
November 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 
Theater, Pope High School


The Pope Preview will be Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30pm in the theater. The Pope Preview is for rising 9th graders (current 8th graders). Home school and private school students and families are welcome.

6:30- Pope Preview

7:00- Academies Preview

7:30- Breakout Sessions for Globalization Academy, STEM Academy, and Culinary Academy




School Dress Code applies.


Drop off

  •  Rear of the school at the bus portal.
  • Rows of cones will designate several lines allowing quicker drop-off.
  • PLEASE watch for students crossing!
  • There is no parking in the rear bus lots.
  • For parent volunteers working at the dance, you may park in the front lot and escort students inside via the front doors.

Dance Reminders

  • Please do not expect to take pictures at the school. There will be a photo booth at the dance.
  • Students will not be allowed to have cellphones out at the dance. We understand students may use cellphones to call you for location during pick-up.
  • School dress code rules will be enforced at the dance.
  • Please plan for shoes to stay on.


 Pick up after Dance

  • A map for dance pick-up is posted on the Dodgen website.
  • Traffic will be one-way.
  • Exiting traffic will divide into two lanes; the left lane will be left turn only and the right lane right turn only, onto Bill Murdock road.