Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 32 - April 1, 2022

April 1 2022 Blue Devil Blast

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

IB Learners are Knowledgeable

April's IB Learner Profile is Knowledgeable

IB Learners explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

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.

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School Laptops Are Overdue

If your child has a student laptop checked out from Summerour, it was due to the school by March 25. Please get it in now, checking to be sure you have chargers accounted for and it is complete.

Yearbooks Were Ordered!

We are no longer taking orders, but we did order some extra yearbooks for last-minute purchasers. When they are gone, they're gone! If you want a yearbook this year, come to the Media Center to reserve yours before they are gone.

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Skate for Success

7th Grade Presents


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

Upcoming Assessments

GMAS (Georgia Milestones)

  • April 21 - May 13

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Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

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.

Stay safe!

Mr. Lenie George

6th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Pam Griswell

6th Grade Counselor


7th Grade

It's Spring Break!

For 7th grade Instructional Spotlight, see image below:

Mr. Stacy James

7th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Yunilda Valdez

7th Grade Counselor


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8th Grade

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


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Got Rising 5th Graders at Home?

Rising 5th Grade

Orchestra Instrument Testing Night

Thursday, April 14

5:00-7:00 pm

Summerour Middle School Cafeteria.

More Information

IB Parent Night

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Student EES Surveys

Information about the student EES survey on the GCPS website.

Summerour will be taking this survey on Thursday and Friday this week.

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!

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Thank You!

We would like to offer our thanks to you parents who allowed your children to participate in our clubs and sports this year. This was the first year back to normal, but your support in bringing and picking up your children allowed us to have a successful season.

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.

Final School Council Meeting

April 12, 2022

* all meetings will be held from 5 - 6:30 pm

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