Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 22 - January 21, 2022

January 21 2022 Blue Devil Blast

Dr. Looney's Message

It's been another awesome week at Summerour. This week we are celebrating our Spelling Bee winners from last Friday, as well as the 12 Science Fair teams who will represent us at the county Science Fair. Parents, getting your kids engaged in activities in or out of school is a great way to help them learn to make great choices. Help your child get involved: we have clubs and athletics here to provide just such opportunities.

The Coming Month

  • January 25 - Digital Learning Day
  • January 29 - Western Conference Basketball Tournament
  • January 31 - National School Counseling Week Begins
  • January 31 - Club & Team Photo Day
  • January 31 - Western Conference Girls Semi-Finals
  • February 1 - Club & Team Photo Day
  • February 1 - School Council Meeting
  • February 1 - Western Conference Boys Semi-Finals
  • February 4 - Western Conference Championships
  • February 8 - County Championship Games
  • February 12 - Saturday Youth Academy
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • February 17, 18, 21 - School Holiday for Students & Teachers
  • February 26 - Saturday Youth Academy
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Congratulations to OUR Spelling Bee Winner!

Congratulations to Caroline Fierro-Chavez (above), who took first place at the Summerour Middle School Spelling Bee and will represent us at the county event.

Congratulations, also are due to Michael McCullum (below) who was our runner-up. Both of these students displayed great poise and beat out their peers for this honor.

Thanks also to their families who backed them up throughout the preparations.

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Summerour Science Fair

We are so proud of every student who participated in Science Fair . The work they showcased this week was outstanding. The judges were so impressed with the students' projects. Thank you, Science teachers, for your inspiration and support of students!

Please congratulate the following winners for their amazing presentations.

6th - 1st place

Mariela L

Which type of mask is the best Saliva Absorber for Global Pandemic?

6th - 2nd place

Jason O, Byron M

What type of ingredients do you need to make stretchiest Slime?

6th - 3rd place

Jose G, David C, Will B

Amount of energy and brightness of lightbulb

7th - 1st Place

Janiah W


7th - 2nd place

Maria, Chelsea, Avani

How do different filtration methods affect the quality of the water?

7th - 3rd place

Vanessa, Ericka, Katie

What makes Ice melt faster?

8th - 1st place


Degradation of wood

8th - 2nd place

Armando H, Stephen G

Environmentally Friendly and Cost-Effective Desalination

8th - 3rd place

Alberto B.G, Simon L, Erick V

Different Structures and Materials Against Earthquakes

A Few Pics from Science Fair

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72% in January!

Have you started this month's Khan Academy goal? 72% complete by the end of January!

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

We are giving incentives out each month. We also have a Khan Saturday Program - ask your math teacher to join!

AAP (Credit Recovery) Begins Monday

If your child was selected for AAP, our no cost credit recovery program, it starts on Monday @ 7:15am

How do you know if your child was selected?

  • We sent a letter home with the student on Wednesday
  • We also emailed a PDF copy of the letter home on Thursday

Round 1: Math and Social Studies Dates

  • January 21 - TODAY: Sign Up closed
  • January 24 - February 7
  • 7:15 am to 8:15 am

Round 2: Language Arts and Science Dates

  • Sign Up not open yet; letters will be sent as it approaches
  • February 8 - February 24
  • 7:15 am to 8:15 am

Parents or guardians must provide transportation to the school; Students will need to be dropped off in the back or the building (car rider lane).

Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

Parents, we are having a smooth start to the second semester. Remind your children to be keeping up with their class work, and homework, in order to start off strong.

Mr. Lenie George

6th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Pam Griswell

6th Grade Counselor


7th Grade

7th Grade Upcoming Assessments

  • Language Arts - Monday, 1/24
  • Science - Thursday, 1/27
  • Math - Tuesday, 2/1

Thanks for all your support in ensuring students are Respectful, Responsible, Role Models!

Mr. Stacy James

7th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Yunilda Valdez

7th Grade Counselor


8th Grade

AAP (for credit recovery) will begin on Monday. It will be from 7:15 am to 8:15 am. Individual students who qualify for SS or Math were notified and signed up this week.

Students who qualify for session 2 (Language Arts or Science) will be notified as those dates approach.

Mrs. Christy Gray

8th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Robin Blackwell

8th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Kimberly Blackshear

Gear Up/ Special Education Counselor


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Upcoming Assessments

NAEP Assessment

January 31

Select students only

(Informational letters sent 1/14 for the 50 students selected)

ACCESS Testing

ACCESS testing for our English Language Learners is about 3/4 complete...but not over yet. There are several parts to the test. Please ensure students are rested and ready on the day of the test.

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 is ongoing until 1/31/2022

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

IB Learners are Open-Minded

January's IB Learner Profile is Open-Minded.

Open-Minded learners critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Basketball Tournament

Summerour's basketball season is over, but Gwinnett Middle School basketball is not completely done. Summerour Middle School will host Gwinnett's Western Conference Basketball Tournament and the county Championship games to determine the top GCPS middle school teams of 2021-2022.


January 29 - 8am to 9pm

January 31 - 5pm to 9pm - Semi-finals, Girls

February 1 - 5pm to 9pm - Semi-finals, Boys

February 4 - 5pm to 9pm - Western Conference Championships

February 8 - 5pm to 9pm - County Championships

Future School Council Meetings

February 1, 2022

April 12, 2022

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

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