Procedures you Need to Know
What if you need to check your child out early? What if they forget something at home? This flyer answers some key questions about parent related procedures. For more information, visit the Dodgen 101 videos and guide.
Rotating Connections Schedule
Connections classes will rotate through the day according to this schedule over the course of the 2017-2018 school year.
Connections classes for 6th graders will follow the schedule:
July 31 - May 23: 6th & 7th Periods
Connections classes for 7th graders will follow the schedule:
July 31 - December 20: 4th & 5th Periods
January 4 - May 23: 1st & 2nd Periods
Connections classes for 8th graders will follow the schedule:
July 31 - December 20: 1st & 2nd Periods
January 4 - May 23: 4th & 5th Periods
All students are encouraged to arrive by 9:05 am
Morning announcements begin at 9:08 am
If a student enters the building AFTER 9:08 am
- the student is directed to sign in at the front office to mark their arrival
Student arrives PRIOR to 9:11 am
- the tardy will be deleted and time marked
Student arrives AFTER 9:11 am
- student will sign in at the Front Office
- student is considered tardy
School officially begins at 9:13 am
All students must be seated in their homerooms to be considered present.
Any questions, please contact the Linda Caballero, PPO (attendance) clerk: linda.caballero@
All students signing in must have a note or parent/guardian to sign them in at any time during the school day.
Back to School Checklist for Parents
Proactive Behavior Plan (6th Grade)
The Dodgen Toolkit is the tool that the Dodgen PTSA is now using to communicate with parents. In weekly newsletters, there will be information from the school administration, dates for upcoming events at Dodgen as well as information about upcoming dates and deadlines for a variety of after school activities. Creating an account allows you to update teacher contact preferences, pay student fees, buy dance tickets, and so much more.
If you have already created a Toolkit account at another school, you can visit Dodgen Toolkit and use the same login credentials you've used at other schools. You will then be asked to update your contact & student information for the Dodgen PTSA.
For returning families, this is the Google Doc you used to complete in the grade level computer labs during Panther Day. This online form provides information to your child's grade level teachers about any medical, allergy, or non-medical information they may need, as well as permissions for your child to view certain movies in class. Teachers ask that this be completed for all students. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE.
Student fees can be paid through Dodgen Toolkit or directly to the school bookkeeper. The fees vary by grade level and include charges for things like locker maintenance, postage, vocabulary books, Olympics t-shirts and smoothies (school Olympics are held in the spring), etc. If you have questions about paying these fees via Dodgen Toolkit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why join the Dodgen PTSA? It’s about being part of the solution. You think our schools could be better? Join us in advocating for public education at the local, state and national levels. You think our schools are under funded? Volunteer with us to help raise funds for our classrooms. You think our teachers are overwhelmed by large class sizes? Lighten their load by making copies once or twice a month. You think our teachers could be better? Help us fund and support training programs to help them be better. You think Dodgen is already pretty great? Join us in supporting the programs and activities that keep it great.
You say you’re a busy, working parent. You have no time to volunteer. Join anyway. Every membership sends a clear message to our legislators, school boards and our Dodgen administrators that public education is a priority to you and you want to be part of the solution. And just maybe, a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and your skill set will eventually come along.
Middle school flies by and is a time of transformation in our students’ lives. Being involved at school is an excellent way to be a part of that transformation. Commitments range from a one-time donation of a few hours to regular weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly commitments. Once you register for a Dodgen Toolkit account, the Dodgen PTSA Volunteer Opportunities worksheet will be available on your home page. Additional volunteer opportunities will be available on our Volunteer webpage.
Now is the time to place your order for a printed directory. The data you enter when creating or updating your Dodgen Toolkit account will also be used to generate the Dodgen school directory. The deadline to create an account to be included in the directory is coming up in late August/early September. If you would like to be included in school mailings but NOT included in the directory, that is an option you can select in your Dodgen Toolkit account as well.
More information on this is available here.
Have you noticed that no one from the PTSA has asked you to bake cookies, sell wrapping paper, or participate in a “thon” of any kind? The PTSA has chosen to raise funds only by requesting donations. The majority of these funds are used for staff appreciation events and appropriations. This is when a teacher or group of teachers says, “I could really enhance the education of my students if I only had…” and the PTSA works with the administration to evaluate and fulfill those requests. Appropriations have a daily impact on our students. Donations can be made through Dodgen Toolkit or sent to school with your child in an envelope marked Dodgen PTSA Donation.
The Foundation is asking for a $100 donation for each student enrolled at Dodgen. This will allow the Foundation to fund the resource needs that our administration & teachers have identified for the 2017-2018 school year. However, if $100 is out of reach, any amount donated at www.dodgenfoundation.com will be accepted and appreciated.
A Cobb Country School District folder was sent home with your child on the first day of school that included several forms that must be completed prior to your child receiving a locker. The forms included:
Complete these forms and return them to your child's teacher during the first week of school.
The Dodgen School Calendar is available online this year with or without a Dodgen Toolkit account. The calendar can be viewed and/or printed at any time, but since the calendar will continue to be updated throughout the year, the best way to stay up-to-date would be to create a Toolkit account and follow the instructions on the PTSA homepage to subscribe to the calendar.
Open Houses are scheduled as follows:
- 8th Grade - Monday, August 14, 2017
- 7th Grade - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
- 6th Grade - Thursday, August 17, 2017
Invaluable information will be communicated by the administration and your child's teachers at this event.
Visit parentvue.cobbk12.org to access your ParentVUE account. There you can view your child's attendance, schedule and grading information. If you are new to Cobb County or have not used ParentVue before, visit the Dodgen front office for assistance (after the second or third week of school) in setting up your account.
Visit edmodo.com to access or create your Edmodo account. Edmodo is the communication tool used by Dodgen teachers to keep you and your students informed about what's going on in the classrooms. Teachers will post assignments and due dates, students can ask questions of teachers/classmates, find assignments when they are absent and collaborate on group projects, and parents can keep a watchful eye on it all.
The 2017-2018 Dodgen Yearkbook can be ordered directly from Josten's. There are several options available to personalize your yearbook experience.
Dodgen's Connections programs offer a wealth of opportunity to our students. To be prepared for the particular needs of each program, visit their websites:
The CCSD Food and Nutrition Services Department has an extensive webpage with lunch menus, information on food allergies & special nutrition needs and information on lunch payment. Register with www.mypaymentsplus.com to make payments for meal accounts, get low balance alerts, and see detailed purchase history online. Payments may also be made by a parent brining in cash or check sending it to school with the student. Contact Dodgen's Cafeteria Manager, Suzanne Leuck if you would like more information regarding monitoring your child’s account.