Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 19 - December 17, 2021

Blue Devil Blast December 17 2021

Dr. Looney's Message

Buenas tardes familias de Summerour,

Este es un mensaje de la directora Looney. Queremos decirles que estamos sumamente orgullosos de sus estudiantes ya que ellos han trabajado arduamente este semestre y han tomado los exámenes finales satisfactoriamente. En este descanso de dos semanas, queremos desearles unas felices y seguras fiestas. Esperamos que ustedes puedan afianzar los lazos familiares pasando tiempo de calidad con sus hijos. Durante este tiempo, aproveche en tener conversaciones con sus hijos acerca de tomar sabias decisiones en la elección de amistades y especialmente en actividades apropiadas de las redes sociales. Asegúrense que sus hijos siempre sigan paginas seguras y que sigan o les sigan personas conocidas esperando que todas las actividades en las redes sociales sean apropiadas.

¡Nuevamente, les deseamos unas felices fiestas!

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The Coming Month

  • December 20 - January 5 - Winter Break
  • January 6 - First Day o' School: Second Semester
  • January 7 - Summerour Spelling Bee
  • January 8 - Basketball vs. Northbrook at Home
  • January 10 - Basketball vs. Lanier at Lanier HS
  • January 13 - Basketball vs. Hull at Home
  • January 15 - Basketball vs. Creekland at Collins Hill HS
  • January 17 - No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 25 - Digital Learning Day
  • January 31 - National School Counseling Week Begins

Covid Testing Coming In January

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is continuing its efforts to keep schools safe by making COVID-19 Surveillance Testing available to students and staff. In January of 2022, the district will begin piloting this testing in the Norcross Cluster.

Routine COVID-19 testing (also called surveillance testing) can quickly detect individuals who are positive with COVID-19 and trace contacts who should quarantine. The testing, which is free and will be conducted on a weekly basis at the school, uses a short Qtip-type swab to collect a sample from inside the nose. This testing will allow GCPS to test, receive test results (within 24 hours), and notify individuals of a clin­ically significant reading. By participating, students and staff members can help to minimize the spread of the virus within our schools, which benefits us all.

Although participation in surveillance testing is not required for students or staff members, it is strongly encouraged. Participation will contribute to the success of this mitigation strategy and our schools’ ability to limit the spread of COVID and keep students learning in person.

Learn more about the COVID testing being offered to Norcross Cluster students and staff by reviewing our frequently asked questions.

Families of Norcross Cluster students (attending Norcross HS, Paul Duke STEM HS, Pinckneyville MS, Summerour MS, Baldwin ES, Beaver Ridge ES, Norcross ES, North Metro Academy of Performing Arts, Peachtree ES, Simpson ES, and Stripling ES) who are interested in their child(ren) participating in this pilot should click on the Student Sign-up link below to register. Interested Norcross Cluster employees should check on the Employee Sign-up link below.

Student Sign-up

Employee Sign-up

Mr. Yelinek's Class Building Gliders

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60% in December!

It's not too late to accomplish this month's Khan Academy goal.

Have your student stay in practice and 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!

Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

  • Your children have been working incredibly hard to wrap up the semester. Please enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022!
  • Please check your child’s grades. There is still time to make up work, as we head into January.

Mr. Lenie George

6th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Pam Griswell

6th Grade Counselor


7th Grade

Thank you to all my seventh grade parents and students who have been working hard to wrap up the first semester strong! Your efforts are appreciated, and they will pay off. Have a fantastic holiday break and get some rest. . . and do some Khan Academy!

Mr. Stacy James

7th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Yunilda Valdez

7th Grade Counselor


8th Grade

Have a restful, joyous holiday season. Be sure to spend some quality time with family and get restored, so you can return strong in second semester.

Mrs. Christy Gray

8th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Robin Blackwell

8th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Kimberly Blackshear

Gear Up/ Special Education Counselor


Upcoming Assessments

Let's take a break from testing for a minute.

The Park Out Front


This is just a quick reminder that the park out 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.

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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:

Basketball Schedule

--Holiday Break--

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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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 resumes on 01/06/2022 and ends on 1/31/2022

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

Future School Council Meetings

February 1, 2022

April 12, 2022

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

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