Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 6 - September 10, 2021

Saturday is the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Digital Learning Day Tuesday, September 14

A reminder that Gwinnett County Public Schools will have an asynchronous learning day on Tuesday, September 14. ALL students will be learning from home. Students should log into eCLASS to work independently on assignments.

Meals will be delivered along all bus routes countywide. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route. Like meals served at school, these delivered meals are provided at no cost under a federal waiver.

Again, Tuesday, September 14, is a scheduled digital learning day for all students.

Remember… While breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge for all GCPS students this school year, it still pays to complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application as confirmed eligibility establishes additional benefits for the student and provides additional federal funds for the school.

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

Khan Academy: 20% 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!

Did you miss the Norcross Area Board Meeting?

You can attend in another cluster. The next meeting is September 14 @ Berkmar 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.

Curriculum Night

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 6pm

This is an online event.

We're trying something new for Curriculum Night.

Teachers will be preparing videos to introduce themselves and their classes, which you will be able to watch online. During Curriculum Night, each team will have Q&A sessions via Zoom in which you can ask your further questions for clarification. Links will be posted on the team's eClass pages or emailed to parents.

Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

Our 6th graders are doing an amazing job keeping their masks on during the school day. Parents, please continue to remind your children about the importance of properly wearing the mask, which includes covering up the nose and mouth

Our students are EARNING THEIR BLUE BUCKS! Students receive blue bucks from their teachers for exhibiting positive behaviors in the classroom. Please ask you child: how many blue bucks did you earn today?

Is your child an artist? We also have a contest for students to design the 6th Grade Teacher T-Shirt. Drawings and designs are due on 9/15 to Ms. Johnson and Ms. Ortiz.

Mr. Lenie George

6th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Pam Griswell

6th Grade Counselor


7th Grade

Thank you so much for all your support. We are so proud of OUR SHINING STAR students. We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom for Curriculum Night on September 16.

Mr. Stacy James

7th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Yunilda Valdez

7th Grade Counselor


8th Grade

JA Fieldtrip:

  • September 7-13.

  • Each team goes to the JA center on a scheduled date.

CogAT Testing:

  • September 21st.

  • Make sure your student arrives on time.

  • Ensure your student gets a great night's rest!

Mrs. Christy Gray

8th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Robin Blackwell

8th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Kimberly Blackshear

Gear Up/ Special Education Counselor


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

1st Semester Interims

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


The first standardized test of the year is always the CogAT*, administered only to 8th graders.

September 21

*CogAT = Cognitive Abilities Test

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