Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 21 - January 14, 2022

Dr. Looney's Message

It's been a great second week back from break. OUR students and teachers are working hard to make OUR school an awesome place to be, and it shows. We are starting with a focus on a new, strong start to the second semester. After all these are OUR Students, it's OUR School, OUR Community and OUR Future!

The Coming Month

  • January 15 - Basketball vs. Creekland at Collins Hill HS
  • January 17 - No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 19 - Science Fair
  • January 25 - Digital Learning Day
  • January 31 - National School Counseling Week Begins

Summerour Science Fair Event


We are very excited to announce that we are holding the local school science fair event on Wed, Jan 19. If your child's project is proceeding to local school fair, your child will receive a letter on Tuesday from their science teacher. We greatly appreciate all young scientists who completed their great science fair projects this school year. We wish them all the very best for the local school fair.


Date: January 19th , 2022

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: Media center (8th Grade); Cafeteria (6th and 7th Grade)

72% in January!

It's time to start this month's Khan Academy goal.


Have your student stay in practice and work on it daily. Short sessions every day will do wonders. This month's goal is 72% progress on Khan Academy.


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

Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

Parents, we are starting second semester strong! Your children may have new Connections classes. Please check in with your child to ask what they can put in place to make sure they are having a successful school year. We are gearing up for Georgia Milestones in April.



Mr. Lenie George

6th Grade Assistant Principal

Lenie.George@gcpsk12.org

770-417-2494


Mrs. Pam Griswell

6th Grade Counselor

Pam.Griswell@gcpsk12.org

770-417-2491

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7th Grade

7th Grade Upcoming Assessments


  • Social Studies - Wednesday, 1/19
  • Language Arts - Monday, 1/24
  • Science - Thursday, 1/27

Thanks for your support with the new restroom policy. We are maximizing the instructional time for students and decreasing the number of students asking to leave class.




Mr. Stacy James

7th Grade Assistant Principal

stacy.james@gcpsk12.org

770-417-2486


Mrs. Yunilda Valdez

7th Grade Counselor

yunilda.valdez@gcpsk12.org

770-417-2480

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8th Grade


AAP (for credit recovery) will start soon. It will be from 7:15 amp to 8:15 am. Individual students who qualify will be notified soon.




Mrs. Christy Gray

8th Grade Assistant Principal

Christian.Gray@gcpsk12.org

770-453-2051


Mrs. Robin Blackwell

8th Grade Counselor

Robin.Blackwell@gcpsk12.org

770-417-2487


Mrs. Kimberly Blackshear

Gear Up/ Special Education Counselor

Kimberly.Blackshear@gcpsk12.org

770-797-2960

Upcoming Assessments

NAEP Assessment

January 31

Select students only

(Informational letters sent 1/14 for the 50 students selected)


ACCESS Testing

ACCESS testing for our English Language Learners will begin in January. There are several parts to the test. Please ensure students are rested and ready on the day of the test.

Students Should Not Be At The Park

The park out in front of the school, by the soccer field, is not school property!


Students are not to be there during the school day, nor are they to walk there after school. Please remind your students that this is not an appropriate destination during the school day, or even immediately after school.

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 is ongoing until 1/31/2022


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

Basketball Schedule

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 https://gofan.co/search as the date approaches)

A Few Pics from 8th Grade Night. . .

Future School Council Meetings

February 1, 2022

April 12, 2022


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

IB Learners are Open-Minded

January's IB Learner Profile is Open-Minded.


Open-Minded learners critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Summerour Middle School

OUR Students * OUR School * OUR Community * OUR Future