Blue Devil Blast

Volume I, Issue 20 - January 7, 2022

Jan 7 2022 Blue Devil Blast

Dr. Looney's Message

We are in the 2nd semester of the 2021 - 2022 school year. Our amazing kids came back wearing their masks and washing their hands. Remember, if your child does not feel well, keep them home. If you have any questions, call the front office.

Focus on our grades. Clean out backpacks and get reorganized for the second semester. Organization helps success!

Report cards are coming. IB report cards, from Summerour, will be mailed in the next week. GCPS report cards, with the GCPS logo, will be mailed from the county sometime shortly after January 14.

Thank you, parents, for all that you do! Remember, our parent center is open every afternoon.

Happy New Year!

The Coming Month

  • January 8 - Basketball vs. Northbrook at Home
  • January 10 - Basketball vs. Lanier at Lanier HS
  • January 13 - Basketball vs. Hull at Home
  • January 14 - Summerour Spelling Bee (*note new date)
  • January 15 - Basketball vs. Creekland at Collins Hill HS
  • January 17 - No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 25 - Digital Learning Day
  • January 31 - National School Counseling Week Begins

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.

On-site Covid Testing

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is continuing its efforts to keep schools safe by making COVID-19 Surveillance Testing available to students and staff. In January of 2022, the district will begin piloting this testing in the Norcross Cluster.

Routine COVID-19 testing (also called surveillance testing) can quickly detect individuals who are positive with COVID-19 and trace contacts who should quarantine. The testing, which is free and will be conducted on a weekly basis at the school, uses a short Qtip-type swab to collect a sample from inside the nose. This testing will allow GCPS to test, receive test results (within 24 hours), and notify individuals of a clin­ically significant reading. By participating, students and staff members can help to minimize the spread of the virus within our schools, which benefits us all.

Although participation in surveillance testing is not required for students or staff members, it is strongly encouraged. Participation will contribute to the success of this mitigation strategy and our schools’ ability to limit the spread of COVID and keep students learning in person.

Learn more about the COVID testing being offered to Norcross Cluster students and staff by reviewing our frequently asked questions.

Sign Up is currently closed. Testing will start soon.

72% in January!

It's time to start this month's Khan Academy goal.

Have your student stay in practice and work on it daily. Short sessions every day will do wonders. This month's goal is 72% progress on Khan Academy.

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

Grade Level News You Can Use

6th Grade

  • We are gearing up for an amazing second semester! As a reminder, Connections classes change each semester. Your child has 2 new classes in their schedule.
  • Georgia Milestones testing will be here before you know it! To prepare, please make sure your children are keeping up with our Khan Academy expectations (daily homework, 72% complete in January). Speak with your child’s math teacher for more information.

Mr. Lenie George

6th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Pam Griswell

6th Grade Counselor


7th Grade

We are so excited about the new semester! We have so many fun and engaging activities planned.

This semester we are starting a new hallway pass policy. We want to ensure students are getting the most instructional time possible. Therefore, each 7th-grade student will receive a pink sheet with three emergency passes for the 3rd nine weeks to use outside their two team restroom breaks. These passes also will help us with student supervision and restroom monitoring. We thank you so much for your support as we ensure your students receive the best education possible.

Ask your students about OUR 3 Rs? We are Respectful, Responsible Role Models each and every day!

Mr. Stacy James

7th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Yunilda Valdez

7th Grade Counselor


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8th Grade

  1. First and foremost, Welcome Back! It is so good to see each and every one of you. We look forward to an AWESOME 2nd semester.
  2. Course Recommendations are going on this week
  3. AAP (for credit recovery) will start soon. It will be from 7:15 amp to 8:15 am. Individual students who qualify will be notified soon.

Mrs. Christy Gray

8th Grade Assistant Principal


Mrs. Robin Blackwell

8th Grade Counselor


Mrs. Kimberly Blackshear

Gear Up/ Special Education Counselor


Upcoming Assessments

Final Exam Makeups

Makeup testing for Semester 1final exams ends January 14th

NAEP Assessment

January 31

Select students only

ACCESS Testing

ACCESS testing for our English Language Learners will begin in January. There are several parts to the test. Please ensure students are rested and ready on the day of the test.

Students Should Not Be At The Park

The park out in front of the school, by the soccer field, is not school property!

Students are not to be there during the school day, nor are they to walk there after school. Please remind your students that this is not an appropriate destination during the school day, or even immediately after school.

Preferred Name?

GCPS is taking steps to ensure that students are called by their preferred name at school. The first step in acknowledging the preferred names used by many of our students is to facilitate updates to this information in the district’s student information system.

With that in mind, the district is transitioning away from using the “Nickname” field to using a new “Preferred Name” field. Families of students who wish for their child to be called by a “Preferred Name” other than their legal name will need to go into ParentVUE (in the GCPS Parent Portal) to provide that information.

More information in the file below:

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

Basketball Schedule

January 8: Home - Northbrook Middle

January 10: Away - Lanier Middle (Lanier High)**
January 13: Home - Hull Middle
January 15: Away - Creekland Middle (Collins Hill High)
January 19: Away - Dacula Middle (Dacula High)

Tickets are $4.00, cash at the gate

Digital Tickets are $5.00

(available on as the date approaches)

**January 10 game at Lanier is only accepting GoFan for payments. They will NOT accept cash at the gate.

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Future School Council Meetings

February 1, 2022

April 12, 2022

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

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