Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 33 - April 15, 2022

April 15 2022 Blue Devil Blast

Dr. Looney's Message

Happy Friday to you. If you celebrate Easter, we wish you an excellent holiday weekend this weekend.


We are really excited about next week. On Monday we have a GMAS Pep Rally. Students will represent different colleges, and we will promote scholarship, excellence, and what it means to "do your best on the test". Eighth grade Language Arts GMAS starts on Thursday.


Also, we have a Luau planned for our 6th and 7th graders, and a special event for our 8th graders coming up. If you wish to help out, we can use assistance with setup, decorations, and chaperones. More adults around is always better.


Thank you for everything you do. If you want to volunteer, reach out to Ms. Rosanna Carlson (Rosanna.Carlson@gcpsk12.org or (770) 582-7545).

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The Coming Month

  • April 18 - GMAS Pep Rally (During School)
  • April 21 - Red Carpet for Rising 6th Graders

  • April 21 - GMAS 8 English/Language Arts, Section 1
  • April 22 - GMAS 8 English/Language Arts, Section 2 & 3
  • April 25 - GMAS 7 English/Language Arts, Section 1
  • April 26 - GMAS 7 English/Language Arts, Section 2 & 3
  • April 27 - GMAS 6 English/Language Arts, Section 1
  • April 28 - GMAS 6 English/Language Arts, Section 2 & 3
  • April 29 - GMAS Makeup Testing
  • May 02 - EOC Algebra I
  • May 03 - EOC Algebra I
  • May 04 - GMAS 7 Math, Section 1
  • May 05 - GMAS 7 Math, Section 2
  • May 06 - GMAS 8 Social Studies, Section 1 & 2
  • May 09 - GMAS 8 Science, Section 1 & 2; Physical Science
  • May 10 - GMAS 6 Math, Section 1
  • May 11 - GMAS 6 Math, Section 2
  • May 12 - GMAS 8 Math, Section 1
  • May 13 - GMAS 8 Math, Section 2

  • May 13 - End of Year Luau (Dance), 4:30 - 6:30

  • May 16-20 - GMAS Makeup Testing

  • May 25 - Last Day o' School

Rising 6th Graders

We are rolling out the red carpet for our rising 6th grade families on Thursday, April 21. Please spread the word so our rising 6th grade families can join us for information about coming to Summerour next year.


5:30 - Red Carpet Event

6:45 - Dual Language Immersion Parent Meeting

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USDA Waivers Expire June 30

The federal government waiver that provides free meals for every student will end on June 30, so students will resume paying for meals according to the regular, free, or reduced lunch qualifications.


This means that we will need applications for free/reduced lunches next year if you expect to get those prices.


Meal Prices for Next School Year

  • Breakfast - $1.50 (All Grade Levels)
  • Breakfast - $.30 (Reduced)
  • Breakfast - $2.50 (Adults)
  • Milk - $.40

  • Lunch - $2.25 (Elementary)
  • Lunch - $2.50 (Middle / High)
  • Lunch - $.40 (Reduced)
  • Lunch - $3.75 (Adults)
  • Milk - $.40

IB Learners are Knowledgeable

April's IB Learner Profile is Knowledgeable


IB Learners explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

School Laptops Are Overdue

If your child has a student laptop checked out from Summerour, it was due to the school by March 25. Please get it in now, checking to be sure you have chargers accounted for and it is complete.

Yearbooks Were Ordered!

We are no longer taking orders, but we did order some extra yearbooks for last-minute purchasers. When they are gone, they're gone! If you want a yearbook this year, come to the Media Center to reserve yours before they are gone.

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Upcoming Assessments

GMAS (Georgia Milestones)


  • April 21 - May 13
  • (see "The Coming Month" above for details)
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Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

Georgia Milestones tests (GMAS) begin this week. The schedule is posted twice in this newsletter. Help your child prepare for it. How? Help your child make sure they are getting good food and good rest throughout the testing season. Don't stay up late cramming information, just get rested so your mind will be able to access what you know.


Tell them, "You've got this!" Let them know you believe in them.




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

Georgia Milestones tests (GMAS) begin this week. The schedule is posted twice in this newsletter. Help your child prepare for it. How? Help your child make sure they are getting good food and good rest throughout the testing season. Don't stay up late cramming information, just get rested so your mind will be able to access what you know.


Tell them, "You've got this!" Let them know you believe in them.



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

Georgia Milestones tests (GMAS) begin this week. The schedule is posted twice in this newsletter. Help your child prepare for it. How? Help your child make sure they are getting good food and good rest throughout the testing season. Don't stay up late cramming information, just get rested so your mind will be able to access what you know.


Tell them, "You've got this!" Let them know you believe in them.



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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Rising 6th Graders Visited this Week!

We had a great time with our rising 6th grade students this week. They came by bus, got a tour of the school, and an energetic pep rally to introduce some of our Fine Arts programs. A few of them even walked away with a free music program t-shirt, and they all received a Class of 2029 True Blue towel.


We also debuted our new mascot, appropriately named Bleu, at this event! We cannot wait to see these students back here next year to begin their future!

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Covid 19: Free Surveillance Testing Continues

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) getting free surveillance testing at Summerour on during school on Thursdays should click on the Student Sign-up link below to register.


Student Sign-up

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