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January 6, 2013 Issue 17 Irmo Middle School 6051 Wescott Road Columbia, SC 29212 (803) 476-3600 www School Hours: 8:20 a.m.-3:35 p.m.

The Buzz at Irmo Middle School “Creating successful students for the challenges of tomorrow”
A Special Thank You
2 2 2 3 3 4 A special thank you to is extended Mr. Crothers, Mrs. Calore, and their students for the amazing choral and orchestra concerts conducted before the holiday break. Both programs did an amazing job. Additionally, we had a venue full of parents supporting the learning process. This is a staple of why our school continues to excel because we have supportive and involved parents coupled with students to are committed to excellence.

Inside this issue:
PAGE 5 Softball News Choice Fair Band News PTSO News Summer School News

Magnet Progress
The International Academic Magnet is well on it's way toward creating the type of learning environment where everyone excels regardless of their personal circumstances. We have thoroughly enjoyed the infusion of real world content through our monthly themes. It is great to witness each student's growth across the content areas by embracing our core beliefs as we study globalization in all subject areas. We will continue this expedition through the scope of our remaining themes (World Leadership, Global Economy, and Social Injustice) during the spring semester. We should finalize our partnership readiness with Expeditionary Learning and PITSCO this spring. You will see new course offerings and a pedagogy shift take place where students will become the center of the learning process and supported while the think critically and produce innovative products that underscore their new learning.

Dates to Remember: Black Week
Mon Jan 6 Hoops Away vs N. Side Girls 5:30, Boys 6:45 Tues Jan 7 Stud. Govt. 7:45 Rm 713 Wrestling Away vs White Knoll 4:30 Thurs Jan 9 -Hoops Away vs Fulmer Girls 5:30, Boys 6:45 -Choice Fair 5:00-6:30 Crossroads MS -TriDAC 7:00 D5 Boardroom DO Fri Jan 10 FCA: Change in Location Meet in Mr. Carter’s Room: 603 7:45-8:15 -Chic Fil A breakfast before school

A Window Inside Our Classrooms
Teachers are working diligently to ensure that every student maximizes their academic growth and success. We expect nothing less than students engaging in exciting rigorous learning activities each day with distractions and/or disruptions. One of the best parts of my day is sitting in classrooms and watching excellent teachers facilitate thought-provoking learning experiences and students participating and creating innovative products that demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge. We extend an open invitation for parents to visit our classrooms and support the learning process. When students immerse themselves in learning new material and make connections to their personal lives and real world circumstances, you can see the light bulb come on. The ah-ha moment is the signature event that represents their intellectual growth. Our theme this year remains #iAM IrmoSTRONG; I Can Explore, Discover, and Create. This happens when they #ChooseiAM.

Planning and Working for Excellence
Now that we have rung in the new year, there is much work to be done and we know you will continue to support us as we work with your student/scholar. We are asking the following: 1. Make sure your student comes to school every day, 2. Set aside monitored time for your student to work on his/her school assignments, 3. Check and help with homework daily, make sure students turn in all work according to the teacher's submission schedule. 4. Partner with teachers via conferences, meetings, etc. so that the year will continue to be a success for your student. 5. Additionally, we are launching a new app to enhance our home-school communications. We are asking that every student, parent, and teacher download the app by visiting the iTunes or Google Play store and searching for Irmo Middle School. Once located, follow the download procedures for your device.

If you have any news you would like to see in the Buzz, email Allison Redick at

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PAGE Five (Parent Advocates for Gifted Education in District Five) will be sponsoring an evening program "Tri-DAC 2014" with Donna Wilson, Director of the TriDistrict Arts Consortium (commonly referred to as Tri-DAC) on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7 pm in the District 5 Board Room. Tri-DAC is a summer program open to artistically talented students currently in grades 5-8 from Lexington 1, Lexington/Richland 5 and Richland 2 school districts. The program includes the areas of Creative Writing, Theatre, Visual Arts, Dance and Music. Admission to the program is competitive, and the selection process begins when students are nominated by a teacher OR PARENT to be considered for the program. Nominations are due on January 13th this year, so this presentation will be very timely! Nominations must be submitted electronically. (The District 5 homepage has a Tri-DAC button on the left side which will take you to the nomination form.) Ms. Wilson will present information on the Tri-DAC program planned for this summer and will answer any questions you may have. Be sure to mark your calendar now and join us on January 9th to find out all the details. This evening presentation will be of interest to parents of current elementary and middle school students, and is open to all interested parents in District 5.

***************************************************************************** Irmo Softball tryouts
will be held on Monday, Feb.3 at IHS softball stadium. Any young lady in grades 7-12 that is interested must have a current completed physical. If you have any questions please email Coach Henderson at

***************************************************************************** Choice Fair: Thursday, 1/9, 5:00 -6:30 at Crossroads Middle School
Lexington-Richland School District Five will hold a second “Choice Fair” on Jan. 9 to give families in the district another opportunity to explore magnet and other program offerings at several of its schools. The open house-style event at CrossRoads Middle School from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. will feature programs from nine schools: Dutch Fork Elementary, Dutch Fork High, Harbison West Elementary, H.E. Corley Elementary, Irmo Middle, Irmo High, Leaphart Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary and Spring Hill High School. School officials will provide information on their program offerings and talk one-on-one with parents about options to fit students’ needs. District Five Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Christina Melton said, “District Five has long placed a priority on growing our academic programs through magnet and other offerings. We feel it is important to provide our families with the choices they need to make their students successful in school and in future careers.” Hundreds of parents, students and community members attended District Five's first Choice Fair on Nov. 21. The event at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) featured interactive booths and detailed information about each program. Several schools will hold open houses in January and February to give details about their specific programs. Parents who attended the November event said they were please to learn what schools could offer. “I’m a curious parent, so I came to see what the schools have been up to,” JoAnne Crow said at the November event. “My son has wanted to do something with energy and science since he was seven years old. So he’s made his choice … and is taking classes at The Center and earning college credit. He has already made his choice. I’m just glad that he was able to make that choice.” In September, District Five magnet programs received a boost from a $10.3 million federal grant. New school magnet themes were developed in response to a community-wide survey administered in fall 2012. Dutch Fork High, Irmo High, Spring Hill High, Leaphart Elementary and Harbison West Elementary schools all have existing programs. Other schools will begin magnet programs in the fall of 2014.

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Important Band Information:
January begins the busiest time of the year for the IMS Bands. Here is an update on what is happening with the IMS Bands over the next few weeks:

Honor Band, IMS Band Room, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (No rehearsal on Jan 20) IMS Band Mentor Program, Room 725, 3:30 - 6:00 pm Percussion Ensemble, IMS Band Room, 3:30 – 5:00 pm IMS Band Spirit Night at Moe's Southwest, 5:00 - 9:00 pm Region Band auditions. Brewer Middle School, Greenwood SC. (Individual audition times TBA) Region Band auditions (inclement weather date) All-State Band auditions. Lexington High School, (Nominated individual audition times) (1) Region Band Clinic payment deadline -$9 (2) All-State Band Clinic (selected students only) All-State Band auditions (inclement weather date) IMS Band Spirit Night at Moe's Southwest, 5:00 - 9:00 pm Region Band Clinic, Lexington Dist. 1 Performing Arts Center. All day (selected students only)

Thursdays Jan 2 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Jan 31 Feb 1 Feb 6 Feb 21-22

Concert Festival
The SCBDA Concert Festival will be held on March 25 - 27, 2014. All three IMS Bands -- 7th Grade, 8th Grade, and Honor Band -- will attend. A registration fee of $25 for each student is due no later than Friday, January 10. The fee can be paid by cash or check or by way of your student's Booster account (if he or she has earned money through fundraisers). Checks should be made payable to the IMS Band Booster Club and placed in the yellow box in the Band Room. If you wish to use funds from your student's account, please write a note to that effect and have your student place it in the yellow box. We hope that everyone had a great Winter Break and is ready for a busy Spring Semester. If you have any questions, please email Layne Birdsong or call me at 732-4494. *************************************************************************************

Happy New Year from the PTSO! We will continue our Chick-Fil-A biscuit sales on the first Friday of each month, before school, EXCEPT for January’s sale. January’s sale will be on Friday, January 10th, because of our holidays out of school. Please continue to support these sales, as they help us a great deal with fundraising. Also, don’t forget to use your Kroger, Food Lion, and Publix grocery cards when you shop - we’ve already earned a check from Kroger! Thank you for your continued support of our PTSO!

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2014 Summer School Information
Attention Students, Parents, and Families,
The following dates have been approved for students who will be attending 2013-14 Summer School at Irmo Middle. We are sharing this information early with students, parents, and families so everyone can plan for their summer vacations. We are very confident that our interactions and interventions throughout the year will minimize and/or eliminate the need for summer school for most (if not all of our students). If you need any information about summer school, please contact Mr. Glenn Hutto, Assistant Principal for Instruction at 476-3663. Summer School Information The Middle School Summer School Program is designed for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 who have not mastered the essential elements of the required courses of English, Social Studies, Math, or Science. This program is streamlined to concentrate on academic mastery. Who attends summer school? Rising 7th and 8th grade students who have failed either one or two academic subjects. Those students who have failed three or more classes are ineligible to attend summer school and may be retained in their current grade. Out of district students cannot enroll in this program. Where will summer school be held? Rising 7th & 8th Graders will attend at Irmo Middle. Rising 9th Graders will attend Irmo High What are the dates for summer school? Current 6th, 7th and 8th graders will take courses offered only on the following dates:
Week of June 16 Monday, June 16 Tuesday, June 17 Wednesday, June 18 Thursday, June 19 Week of June 23 Monday, June 23 Tuesday, June 24 Wednesday, June 25 Thursday, June 26 Week of June 30 Monday, June 30 Tuesday, July 1

What times will students attend? Students will attend from 8:30am – 1:30pm. There will be no afternoon sessions. How much will summer school cost? The tuition is projected to be $50.00 and may be paid with cash, money order, cashier's check, Master Card, Visa, Discover or American Express card. No personal checks will be accepted. How will my student get to summer school? Parents are responsible for transportation arrangements (to and from summer school). How do I register my child for summer school? The registration forms will be available in the spring.