Star News

"Where Every Child Is A Star!"

September 20, 2019

Georgia Platinum Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2016!

2010 Georgia School of Excellence!

2012 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

A Note from the Principal

Dear Parents,

I want to bring a safety and instructional concern to you.

We welcome all parents and visitors to our school for lunch, volunteering opportunities, and scheduled meetings. We require all visitors to check in/check out at the Welcome Desk and show a valid ID. Also, we do ask all visitors to stay for only the reason listed for the visit. We do this for two reasons:

1) Safety and Security - When parents/visitors extend their visit to take their child to the Media Center, visit a little longer by going to recess, or come to the classroom before or after the scheduled visit, we no longer have accurate records of the location of our visitors which takes us out of compliance for safety and security guidelines. The teacher must focus on the safety of students in case of an emergency.

2) Instruction - Instructional time is protected so maximum teaching and learning can take place. Unscheduled visitors in the classroom interrupt the teachers' lesson plans and breaks the confidentiality of all other students in the classroom.

It is imperative that we monitor all areas of the campus for the safety of all students. If a parent would like to schedule an observation in his/her child's classroom, he/she should contact the assistant principal for their child's grade level.

Thank you for your understanding of our visitor protocol. Please share this information with spouses, grandparents and others who come to visit.


Bron Gayna

IOWA Testing This Week!

This week, the IOWA test will be administered to our second and fifth graders. The IOWA is a district-required norm-referenced assessment. Norm-reference assessments give students, parents, and the school an opportunity to see how each student is performing compared to a hypothetical "average" student, based on data collected from students taking the same test in the same grade throughout the nation.

This assessment is not used for grading or promotion; however, they help schools and teachers gain further insight into student learning. The IOWA measures achievement in core content areas (Grade 2 does not participate in Science or Social Studies.).

No Ice Cream Sales Next Week Due to IOWA Testing!

Attention Parents of Gifted and High Achieving Students)

Congratulations to our new Student Council Members!

Ms. Golt’s Class: Annabel Derby and Garrett Krohmer

Ms. Guenther’s Class: Ella White and Jason Ortiz

Ms. Guy’s Class: Amy Jones and Franklin Bertram

Ms. Hardin’s Class: Addie Wischerth and Luke Trice

Ms. McMekin’s Class: EV Kim and Trent Davies

Ms. Presley’s Class: Isabella Mulic and Samuel Tai

Ms. Aronstein’s Class: Sanjana Dorai and Jackson Fabian

Ms. Back’s Class: Amelia Sacha and Adrian Medrano

Ms. Charloff’s Class: Savannah Stanton and Nolan Pinson

Ms. Dingler’s Class: Sophie Dommert and Jackson Armbrister

Ms. Dougherty-Blount’s Class: Arianna Ziari and Miles Haney

Ms. Marelle’s Class: Jaqki Griffin and Benjamin Rosario

Ms. Molina’s Class: Gwyneth Donman and Harrison Stewart

Ms. Spears Class: Addison Pursell

Pre-order Sweatshirt Spiritwear!!!!

International Night at Paul Duke STEM High School!!!

September 26th! 6:00-8:00 PM in the school's Commons area.

Join in the fun as Paul Duke STEM High School celebrates cultural diversity on their FIRST International Night! Bring your family and friends to represent your country and enjoy a night of food, entertainment and presentations.

Box Tops!

Our Next Box Top Drawing is Friday, September 27th!

Five lucky winners will get a free ice cream coupon!

-Send 10 trimmed unexpired box tops per snack-size Ziploc bag.

-Include child’s name, teacher and grade on each bag.

-Tell children to put the bags in the “Box Tops” box located in Simpson Square.

Remember to also use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will automatically find the products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online.

Thank you for supporting our school programs!

Looking for a New Mattress???? Support Norcross High School!

The NHS orchestra will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, September 28 at the high school - selling mattresses!.

The mattresses are brand new, name brand, and will be set up for people to try. Come check it out!


Join children and adults around the world as we celebrate the benefits of walking to school!

Walk to School Day is an event that promotes walking for several reasons:

physical activity;

teaching safe pedestrian skills to children;

awareness of how "walkable" a community is and where improvements can be made;

concern for the environment;

reducing traffic congestion, pollution, and speed near schools;

sharing time with parents and children.

**If your child must ride a bike or scooter to school on Walk to School Day, please remind them to be extremely mindful of all our walkers!

Mark your calendars and walk to school on National Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 2nd.

An Annual Tradition Returns to Simpson! Support Relay for Life!

SMILE! It's time again to get gussied up with your favorite people and get a professional picture taken! Tanner Photography will be scheduling pictures on Oct. 3, 4, and 6. Weather permitting, they will be held outside.

We have a new system this year for scheduling your sitting and making your payment. Payments will be made on Look under Community donation, Sponsorship and Events. The sitting fee is $30. Once you have made payment, you will receive an email from Ms. Kenworthy, PreK teacher, with the Sign Up Genius information to select your time. All money raised will be donated to Relay For Life!

Good News Club Coming Soon! Grades 2-5

Beginning October 7- March 30!

Mondays after school

Car pick-up 5:00 PM

** Students who are in GASP! will be returned to GASP! at 5:00 PM.


Interactive Bible stories

Memory verse activities

Active games

Lively songs

Emphasized: Good character qualities; Respect for authority; Moral values; Biblical principles

Treasure Box of toy rewards and lots of fun!

Limited space REGISTER TODAY!

No charge but donations are welcome!

Questions…Contact Cathy Hicks Simpson GNC Coordinator

hm. 770 447 0540 or


We will post the monthly costs of breakfast and lunch in Star News in case parents want to make monthly payments.
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