Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 28 - March 4, 2022

March 4 2022 Blue Devil Blast

Dr. Looney's Message

Hello Summerour Family,


We are excited about our 7 groups of students who placed at the County Science Fair this week. You'll find some pictures of them throughout this newsletter.


In about 10 days: on the 15th and 16th of March we will have our Interim tests. Study, keep up with homework, check eClass, retake your other tests to bring up grades and make sure you know what you need to know.


Your children have probably been seeing the news about what is going on in Eastern Europe. As an IB school, our mission is to educate young people to create a more peaceful and just world. We strive to enhance multi-cultural understanding and respect. Your child learns about events in history that are related to today's conflict. OUR Social Studies teachers are well-equipped to share information in this arena. If your child has questions, they can approach these teachers. Of course, we are all here helping kids to understand how to promote peace in the world and in the school. If your child is experiencing any anxiety around these events, our counselors are always available.


Have a safe and blessed weekend. Thank you for all you do. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need us.

The Coming Month

  • March 5 - Boys & Girls Soccer @ Shiloh MS
  • March 9 - Scoliosis Screenings (6th & 8th grade only)
  • March 15 - Interims: Language Arts & Science
  • March 16 - Interims: Mathematics & Social Studies
  • March 22 - Digital Learning Day
  • March 26 - JLC Drill Competition @ Grace Snell MS

Car Rider & Walker Pass

If your child has your permission to come home as a car rider, a walker, or a bike rider, we MUST have this form on file in the front office. Then your child will be issued a green pass. Without the pass, the child will not be allowed to leave with car riders, walkers, and bike riders.


A sample pass is pictured.

Connections Preference Form

Please take a moment to fill out this form by Friday and let us know what your child's preference for Connections courses next year will be.


Do you know a rising 6th grader? Send them this information, too!

New Khan Academy Goal

It's March & time to wrap up Khan Academy. The goal is to finish Khan Academy this month: 100%.


We have an incentive for 3/11 during the lunch time for time spent on it!


Have your student stay in practice and work on Khan Academy daily. Short sessions every day will do wonders.

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County Science Fair

Summerour's young scientists participated in the county fair last Friday with tremendous confidence, amazing scientific knowledge, and excellent communication under the great leadership of Ms. Beg!!


Summerour placed in several categories for all 12 projects and we would like to congratulate these students for their hard work and talent!! Special SHOUTOUTS to Ms. Beg, Dr. Shukla, Ms. Scott, and Ms. Griscti for teaching and supporting these children for their success.


Please congratulate the following scientists:


  • Mariela Rosales Lopez - 2nd Place Material Sciences
  • Armando Hernandez & Stephen Gonzalez - 2nd Place Environmental Engineering
  • Erin Emilia, Hailey Morales, & Jermiah Smith - 2nd Place Physics & Astronomy
  • Autumn Carey - 3rd Place Chemistry
  • Alberto Bucio, Erick Vega, & Simon Li - 3rd Place Environmental Engineering
  • Kevin Aviles, Aden Ramirez, & Alejandro Sanchez - Honorable Mention Chemistry
  • Pheryn Phillips & Eliya Ellison - Honorable Mention Environmental Engineering
  • Vanessa Camarillo, Katie Phan, & Ericka Juarto - Honorable Mention Chemistry
  • Maria Rivera, Chelsea Deleon, & Avani Shanbhag- Honorable Mention Environmental Engineering
  • Jeniah Whitson - Honorable Mention Chemistry
  • Jesus Montes & Santiago Acosta - Honorable Mention Robotics & Intelligent Machines
  • Joseguillermo Perez, David Contreras, & Willberth Escalante - Honorable Mention Physics & Astronomy
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IB Learners are Principled

March's IB Learner Profile is Principled


IB Learners act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. IB Learners take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Upcoming Assessments

Interim Testing

  • March 15 - Language Arts & Science
  • March 16 - Math & Social Studies
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Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

Scoliosis Screenings

  • Wednesday March 9
  • 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • 6th & 8th grade students
  • Forms coming home Monday


Update: Walkers & Car Riders:

  • ALL students need to have a permission slip on file to be a walker or car rider
  • New Process: Students without a permission slip will be directed to the bus
  • If you need a permission slip, please obtain one in the front office
  • Students with permission slips have been issued a green pass to exit the building with car riders/walkers


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

7th Grade

Update: Walkers & Car Riders:


  • ALL students need to have a permission slip on file to be a walker or car rider
  • New Process: Students without a permission slip will be directed to the bus
  • If you need a permission slip, please obtain one in the front office
  • Students with permission slips have been issued a green pass to exit the building with car riders/walkers


Khan Academy Progress

  • 100% in March
  • Incentive on 3/11 during lunch for time spent on Khan Academy


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

8th Grade

Scoliosis Screenings (6th & 8th Only)

  • Wednesday March 9
  • 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • 6th & 8th grade students
  • Forms coming home Monday


Update: Walkers & Car Riders:

  • ALL students need to have a permission slip on file to be a walker or car rider
  • New Process: Students without a permission slip will be directed to the bus
  • If you need a permission slip, please obtain one in the front office
  • Students with permission slips have been issued a green pass to exit the building with car riders/walkers


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

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Wizard of Oz

Buy tickets at the door or pre-order at https://www.nhs-drama.com
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Norcross Softball Presents:

First Annual

FAME Talent Show

May 17, 2022

It's Time to Order Yearbooks!

Early Order Discount until March 14

  • Softcover = $15
  • Hardcover = $20


Full Price after March 14

  • Softcover = $20
  • Hardcover = $25


Bring cash or check to the Media Center

OR

Order online at YBPay.Lifetouch.com

(Look for Georgia, then Norcross, then Summerour)


Special Packages Available:

Check online for special packages – if ordering in Media Center bring the extra amount needed.

Norcross Water Polo (Community, Not School)


What is Water Polo?

A fast-paced, competitive team sport; much like soccer - except you're treading water the entire game!


A Club Sport for All Skill Levels:

Norcross Water Polo is a club sport, not affiliated with any one high school. We have players from Norcross, Paul Duke STEM, GMAC, Greater Atlanta Christian, and more. We compete against public and private clubs in the area.


Summer Practice:

Rising 8th-12th grade boys are invited to join us this summer to learn the sport in a non-competitive environment. No experience is necessary, other than the ability to swim well - it's a deep-water sport. We'll teach you the rest.


Practice Location:

Gwinnett Aquatic Center

4480 Peachtree Ind. Blvd.

Norcross, GA 30071


2022 Important Dates

SPRING SEASON DATES: 3/2 - 5/4/2022 Practices Monday/Wednesday 7-9 pm

SUMMER SEASON DATES: 6/6 - 7/20/2022 Practices Monday/Wednesday 7-9 pm


Competitive Fall Season 2022

  • First games August 6/7
  • Last Regular Season games September 24/25
  • B Division Championship October 1/2
  • A Division and Women's Championship October 8/9


NOTE: First practice was 3/2 at West Gwinnett Aquatic Center

Girl's Soccer

We have a girl's team, and if you want to support us, here is a link for some spirit wear that we get a portion of the proceeds from: https://summerour.decoratedgear.com/


  • March 5 - @ Shiloh MS - 11:30 am
  • March 19/20 - Tournament

Boy's Soccer


  • March 5 - @ Shiloh MS - 10:30am

Norcross HS Football Weight Training

  • Meet NHS Coaches in the Gym @ Summerour to ride the bus
  • Pick up at 6:30 pm @ Norcross HS
  • Must sign up (use the QR code below)
  • Information packets available in the front office @ Summerour

Final School Council Meeting

April 12, 2022


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

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