Blue Devil Blast
Volume I, Issue 32 - April 1, 2022
Dr. Looney's Message
Happy Friday before Spring Break!
Our Book Fair ended today. If your child missed their opportunity to buy a book, it's okay. There are still lots of ways to get great reading material. We have our Summerour Media Center, as one option. But it's Spring Break; I recommend taking the family to check out Norcross' brand new library, just down the road on Buford Highway. It sits just in front of Lillian Webb Park. This would be a great family excursion on Spring Break.
We also have 3 lovely parks right here in Norcross: Pinnacle Park, Thrasher Park, and Lillian Webb Park. Sit at the park and take time to talk to the kids and see how they're doing.
Testing season begins immediately after Spring Break. It's time to make sure we are passing ALL of our classes, to buckle down on all of our studies.
Thank you for everything you do. Let's work together to make sure our kids are successful. Have a great, safe Spring Break.
The Coming Month
- April 4-8 - Spring Break
- April 11- Spring Into GMAS: Pajama Pants Day
- April 11 - Skate for Success @ Skate Along USA (7th)
- April 12 - Spring Into GMAS: Hat Day
- April 12 - Beaver Ridge Rising 6th Graders Visit
- April 13 - Spring Into GMAS: Jersey Day
- April 13 - Norcross ES Rising 6th Graders Visit
- April 14 - Spring Into GMAS: Rock & Roll Outfit Day
- April 14 - Baldwin ES Rising 6th Graders Visit
- April 15 - Spring Into GMAS: Wear Your Shades
April 21 - May 13 - Georgia Milestones Exams
Khan Academy Push Ends, But. . .
It's Spring Break, which brings to an end our Khan Academy push. Your child was encouraged to finish Khan Academy this month: 100%. If they didn't do it, it's never too late to do it. Feel free to have your student stay in practice and work on Khan Academy over Spring Break.
Skate for Success
7th Grade Presents
SKATE FOR SUCCESS EVENT
Monday, April 11
Skate Along USA
744 Beaver Ruin Rd, Lilburn, GA 30094
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Parents will need to provide transportation to and from the venue.
Students must be in good academic and behavior standing to attend.
Homeroom teachers will provide permission slips for interested students.
Come out and skate to the latest music and have fun competing in interactive contests and games to help you get ready for the Georgia Milestones.
Prizes will be awarded to the contest winners.
Space is limited!
Bring extra money for concessions
Grade Level News You Can Use
Spring Break is finally here!
For many of us this time away from school is unstructured. Parents, don't be afraid to add a little structure and have your child use some time to make up assignments. This is also a great time for you to check into your child's grades and see what's missing and what can be done from home.
Mr. Lenie George
6th Grade Assistant Principal
Mrs. Pam Griswell
6th Grade Counselor
Shout out to 8th grade science and their wonderful walkthrough with Ms. Nebel! He was impressed with the STELLAR engagement and the progression he was able to see from the start of the common lesson to the end of the lesson (see 2 pictures below).
It's Spring Break!
Mrs. Christy Gray
8th Grade Assistant Principal
Mrs. Robin Blackwell
8th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Kimberly Blackshear
Gear Up/ Special Education Counselor
Got Rising 5th Graders at Home?
Rising 5th Grade
Orchestra Instrument Testing Night
Thursday, April 14
Summerour Middle School Cafeteria.
IB Parent Night
Parent EES Survey Open
Each year, GCPS asks our families about their child’s school as part of our commitment to improvement. This year, the school district is partnering with the Center for Educational Effectiveness to ask questions that provide feedback on nine characteristics of high-performing schools. In addition, the survey asks about two other areas associated with high-performing schools—district support for improvement and respect for diverse cultures and backgrounds.
The Parent/Family survey opened on Monday and will remain open through April 2. Please use the link or QR code found below to share your feedback. Make sure to select your preferred language on the first page (English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese).
Youth Art Month
Thank you to Mr. Bradshaw for organizing the great Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera gallery experience for our students and to Ms. Samuels for letting us use her room this week! Many classes got to see, discuss, and write about art! There were many great moments hearing our students discuss and interpret art! This was a great experience for our students during YOUTH ART MONTH!
Look at some of the work of our artistic "THINKERS" Showing off how "KNOWLEDGABLE" they are by writing about art!
I also want to share some more Black History portraits that were not completed until after our Black History program. These amazing 7th grade artists really captured their subjects!
Most athletics are done now, and many clubs are beginning to wrap up. Be sure to express your thanks to your child's coaches, teachers, sponsors, and mentors this year.