Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 8 - September 24, 2021

Dr. Looney's Message

September 24 2021 Blue Devil Blast

Summerour's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year

Dr. Riehm, a Norcross native with a heart for OUR community (and an amazing 8th grade Social Studies teacher), has been named as Summerour Middle School's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Please take a moment to congratulate Dr. Riehm when you see her.


Thank you, Dr. Riehm, from the bottom of our hearts for the work you do day in and day out for Summerour's students.

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School Council Meetings

October 5, 2021

December 7, 2021

February 1, 2022

April 12, 2022


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

District V Board Meeting October 5

The Norcross Cluster (District V) board meeting is October 5 @ McClure Health Science HS


This fall, the Gwinnett County Board of Education will go on the road, meeting once in each Board member’s district. At this year’s Area Board Meetings attendees will have the opportunity to meet Gwinnett County Public Schools’ new superintendent, Dr. Calvin J. Watts, and members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. During the meeting, Dr. Watts will share information about the new school year and his focus as he begins leading Georgia’s largest school district. In addition, meeting participants will learn more about the district’s work to engage the community and will be able to provide input through an online survey to share topics that are of interest to them.


Please note that interpreters will be available at all meetings to assist participants who speak Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, or Chinese.

Fall Break

October 7, 8, & 11


No school!

Khan Academy: 20% in September

ALL students should be getting to 20% progress on Khan Academy as their Math homework. The work can be completed by phone or computer. We have incentives for students who can get to 20% by the end of the month!

Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

We're excited about our upcoming extended learning opportunities at Biztown, coming up at the end of this month!

Remind your child to be working on their Khan Academy Math progress. 20% complete by the end of September.

How many Blue Bucks did your child earn today? Ask 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

Seventh grade students received a letter this week regarding a classroom lesson that they will participate in during the month of October called Lifelines. This is a lesson that is presented to all 7th grader in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Please ask your child to show you the letter. If you wish for your child NOT to participate, please sign the letter, and have your child bring it back to school by Monday, September 27, 2021.


7th Grade Common Assessment Schedule

Math

Accelerated Math - Sept. 24 & Oct. 6

Interim - Oct. 13


Language Arts

CA #3- Sept. 21

Interim- Sept. 30


Social Studies

CA #3 - Sept. 21

Interim - Oct. 6


Science

CA #3 - Sept. 22

Interim - Oct. 7



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

Remind your child to be working on their Khan Academy Math progress. 20% complete by the end of September.

How many Blue Bucks did your child earn today? Ask 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

Feedback Wanted: School Calendar 2022-2023

GCPS is seeking your feedback on next year's school calendars. We are offering 3 options, and all 3 are linked below. Look over them carefully to see which you prefer.


If you have a strong preference you can respond on the Microsoft form below. Provide your preference and any comments you see fit. We will compile the data locally and pass it along.


Here is the gist of the calendars (but look over them personally to make your preference decision):


Option 1:

  • Identical to the current calendar
  • 3 day staggered start
  • Fall break and a similar break in February
  • Early Release each semester
  • 3 Digital Learning Days each semester

Option 2:

  • 2 day staggered start
  • Fall break and a similar break in February
  • Early Release each semester
  • 1 Digital Learning Day Fall semester only

Option 3:

  • Later start
  • No staggered start
  • Fall break and a similar break in February
  • Early Release each semester
  • 1 Digital Learning Day Fall semester only
  • Shorter Winter Break (due to later start)

Athletics & Clubs

Community Sport Physicals

Monday, Oct. 4th, 6pm

5300 Spalding Drive

Norcross, GA

If your child will be playing any sport within GCPS schools they are required to have a sport physical. Sports physicals are good for one year from the date obtained and cover all GCPS sports. Don't miss this opportunity to get it for only $20 at the Norcross High School Commons Area (cafeteria).

Upcoming Assessments

The mid-semester learning checks (a.k.a. interims) will be conducted from September 27 through October 15.


September 30- Language Arts

October 5 - Science

October 6 - Social Studies

October 15- Math

Summerour Middle School

OUR Students * OUR School * OUR Community * OUR Future