Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 18 - December 10, 2021

December 10 2021 Blue Devil Blast

Dr. Looney's Message

I am super-proud of our boys' and girls' basketball teams, our dance team, and our cheerleaders. They've had an awesome week!

Next week we are taking final exams: Monday & Tuesday are Connections Exams; Wednesday & Thursday are core content exams. Please take time this weekend to ensure your child is studying, making up their work (at home or with tutoring).

Report Cards come home in January. There will be two report cards: the normal GCPS Report Card and the IB Report Card.

Our Parent Center is open every day, in the afternoon, to help you. Thank you for all that you do as parents. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to reach out.

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The Coming Month

  • December 10 - PTA Sponsored Holiday Dance
  • December 11 - Basketball vs. Twin Rivers
  • December 13 - Basketball @ Radloff
  • December 14 - Theatre Arts Performance
  • December 16 - Basketball vs. Osborne
  • December 17 - Last Day o' School: First Semester
  • December 20 - January 5 - Winter Break
  • January 6 - First Day o' School: Second Semester

Upcoming Assessments

Fall 2021 Final Exam Schedule

(Next Week)

Connections A - December 13

Connections B - December 14

Science - December 15

Language Arts - December 15

Social Studies - December 16

Math - December 16

Makeups - December 17

Mr. Christensen. with our Robotics team working through the puzzles.

First Lego League Tournament this Weekend!

Summerour's Robotics Team will be participating in a First Lego League Tournament on Saturday (12/11).

Thanks to Ms. Beg, Mr. Christensen, and Dr. Shukla for spending their evenings at school in preparing the team for competition. The Team has worked very hard in designing a Robot, programming it, designing solutions to current pandemic issues, and preparing presentations.

OUR Students:

Ezequil M • Kriston P • Isai R • Brian T • Angel Brian R

Jasmin R • De'Avionn T • Erick C • Angel E • Saadman (Sami) S

Preferred Name?

GCPS is taking steps to ensure that students are called by their preferred name at school. The first step in acknowledging the preferred names used by many of our students is to facilitate updates to this information in the district’s student information system.

With that in mind, the district is transitioning away from using the “Nickname” field to using a new “Preferred Name” field. Families of students who wish for their child to be called by a “Preferred Name” other than their legal name will need to go into ParentVUE (in the GCPS Parent Portal) to provide that information.

More information in the file below:

Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

  • Remind your children about preparing for their upcoming finals. They have two days of finals on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Knock out those missing assignments! Check your children's gradebook to see if there are any missing assignments that need to be turned in.
  • As we head into the break, please remind your children to catch up on the Khan Academy homework. They should be at a progress level of 60% by the end of December.

Mr. Lenie George

6th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Pam Griswell

6th Grade Counselor


7th Grade

We are preparing for final exams. Encourage your students to look over their notes for the entire semester and review them all, so that they are ready to pass them all. Let's show what we know!

(See UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS above for the schedule)

Mr. Stacy James

7th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Yunilda Valdez

7th Grade Counselor


8th Grade

We are preparing for final exams next week.

(See UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS above for the schedule)

Mrs. Christy Gray

8th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Robin Blackwell

8th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Kimberly Blackshear

Gear Up/ Special Education Counselor


60% in December!

We are up against the winter holidays, which means it's a short month at school to accomplish this month's Khan Academy goal. However, it would be great to stay in practice and your student can work on it daily throughout the break. Short sessions every day may do wonders. This month's goal is 60% progress on Khan Academy.

We are giving incentives out each month. We also have a Khan Saturday Program - ask your math teacher to join!

SmarterMe Program

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G.I.F.T.S. Service Project Ends January 31

The G.I.F.T.S. mentoring program began taking donations on 12/6/2021 for Rainbow Village. Rainbow Village is an organization that helps abused & battered women along with their kids to give them a safe haven to live in.

Below is a PDF wish list of items that they particularly need, though this list is not all they would accept to run their safe haven.

Ms. Lakysha Smith, our clinic worker, is the point person. You can email her or any G.I.F.T.S. leadership with questions.

Collection ends on 1/31/2022

More information about G.I.F.T.S. can be found on our clubs page

Basketball Schedule

December 11: Home - Twin Rivers Middle

December 13: Away - Radloff Middle (Meadowcreek High)
December 16: Home - Osborne Middle
January 8: Home - Northbrook Middle
January 10: Away - Lanier Middle (Lanier High)**
January 13: Home - Hull Middle
January 15: Away - Creekland Middle (Collins Hill High)
January 19: Away - Dacula Middle (Dacula High)

Tickets are $4.00, cash at the gate

Digital Tickets are $5.00

(available on as the date approaches)

**January 10 game at Lanier is only accepting GoFan for payments. They will NOT accept cash at the gate.

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Future School Council Meetings

February 1, 2022

April 12, 2022

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

Summerour Middle School

OUR Students * OUR School * OUR Community * OUR Future