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March 23, 2015

The Buzz at Irmo Middle School

Irmo Middle School


6051 Wescott Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 476-3600

Creating successful students for the challenges of tomorrow

www.lexrich5.org/ims
School Hours:
8:20 a.m.3:35 p.m.

Inside this issue:


Relay for Life
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Pulsera Project
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Career Corner
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Job Shadowing
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Bi-Lo Educational Rewards 6
ACT Testing
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Substitutes Needed
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Camp Burnt Gin
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Summer School Info
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rsjackso@lexrich5.org

Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal


https://twitter.com/IMS_Principal

Report Card Pick-Up Night: Tue, April 7th 6:00-7:30 pm


Parents and students will be able to pick up their report card and
briefly speak with teachers.
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Congratulations to seventh grader Claire H,


(French Horn), on a fantastic concert with
SC All-State Band on Sunday, March 15 at
Furman University.
This is such a high honor Claire,
and she was an excellent representatives of IMS.

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Nurses Needed: Fall 2015

Dates to Remember:
Gold Week
Mon 3/23
End of 3rd nine weeks
D5 Board Meeting @
IMS 7 PM
Tues 3/24

St. Govt. Mtg. Rm 812


7:45-8:15 AM
NYC Trip
Wed 3/25
Think Globally Lunch
& Learn

Spring Break begins


Monday, March 30Students Return
Tuesday, April 7

If you have news for the


Buzz, email Allison Redick
at aredick@lexrich5.org.

School District 5 of Lexington/Richland Counties is


looking to hire several nurses to substitute in our health
rooms as needed and to assist with our vision , hearing
and BP screenings for the Fall of 2015.
All interested nurses please complete the online application on the district website. Notify Dyan McDowell that you have completed the application (476-8145). Once references are completed online, Dyan will set up an orientation with Mrs. Richards, the nursing supervisor. They will also set up a time to
stop by Human Resources to complete W2 paperwork, etc. (Nurses you will NOT
have to wait for HR to hold a scheduled orientation, which means you will be available
to sub in a much more timely manner).
Please contact Kathy Jackson, IMS school nurse at 476-3609, if you have any questions or concerns!!!
We look forward to meeting and working with you!!!
How to apply:

D5 website www.lexrich5.org
Departments
Department of Human Resources
Application Procedures
Substitute Application Procedure

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2015 New Colors Available!!


Relay for Life T-Shirt Order forms and money due Friday March 27th.
Checks payable to Allison Redick in the Records office.
The Relay event is Friday May 1st at 7:00 at the Chapin High track.
Please wear your shirts to school on May 1st.
All Youth Sizes - $15.00: Short Sleeve Only
Youth Small (YS): 6-8
Youth Medium (YS): 10-12
Youth Large (YL): 14-16

Adult Sizes
Short Sleeve S, M, L, XL: $15.00
Short Sleeve 2x, 3x: $17.00
Long Sleeve S, M, L, XL: $20.00
Long Sleeve 2x, 3x: $22.00
No sizes larger than 3x.
Color (X)

Blue

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Purple

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Purple

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Orange

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Garnet

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The World Language students and teachers at Irmo Middle School are planning
a spectacular school-wide project to align with our International Academic Magnet and Expeditionary Learning design principle of Service and Compassion. It is
called the Pulsera Project and many of you may be familiar with the project from
last year. If not, we are sure you are asking, what exactly is the Pulsera Project?
The Pulsera Project began in 2009 when 13 college friends were searching for
adventure during their winter break. They had been to Costa Rica (just north of
Nicaragua) in previous years, but suspected that Nicaragua, the second poorest
nation in the Western Hemisphere could be a window to another world; one of
profound natural beauty, famously friendly people, and deep economic poverty.
Everyone in the crew wanted to surf, hike and explore the country, but also wanted to help in any way they could while experiencing the rich human culture normally hidden from tourists.
The Nicaraguan adventure soon became more than the friends had ever imagined when they discovered a
shelter for former street kids on a farm in the foothills of Managua, the capital city. They visited the farm
many times and were always welcomed like long-lost friends. When the time came to return to the states,
the young Nicaraguan people gave them pulseras (beautiful, colorful woven bracelets) as going away presents,
and this inspired the founding of the Pulsera Project.
When the group returned home, they brought with them lots of pulseras and the inspiring story of the shelter youths and their art. It wasn't long before the friends began selling the pulseras at their school and began
this amazing adventure!
We want to do something big at Irmo Middle that not only shapes our school, but helps to make the world a
better place to live. So...check this out!
What is it?
The Pulsera Project - have a look at their website - www.pulseraproject.org. It is very easy to navigate.
Watch the eye-opening video "color the World".
What is the timeline?
March 19 - All students participate in the school-wide CREW lesson to learn about Nicaragua, fair-trade,
and out commitment to the Pulsera Project.
March 23-27 - Pulsera bracelets from Nicaragua are sold during all lunches in the cafeteria by our World
Language students. They will be assisted by parent volunteers and IMS faculty and staff.
We have 600 bracelets and 30 bolsitas (little purses) to sell. ALL money goes directly back to this non-profit
organization. Please help us change the world, one pulsera at a time!!

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March Highlights
Allison Redick, Career Specialist

School of Business and Information Systems


One of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors of the South Carolina job
market is Business, Management, and Administration. Why? Every South
Carolina companyfrom small Mom-and-Pop shops to sprawling manufacturing
plantsneeds employees with strong financial, organizational, time-management,
and communication abilities. If you choose the Business, Management, and Administration cluster, youll acquire all of these valuable skills while also building a rocksolid academic foundation in math, science, and English. Learn more at:
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ac/Career-and-Technology-Education/documents/Business.pdf
A career in Finance offers endless possibilities with jobs ranging from insurance
to investment banking and accounting. For people interested in math, organization,
and technical expertise, this could be your ideal career path. Learn more at:
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ac/Career-and-Technology-Education/documents/Finance.pdf
Theres no better place than South Carolina to build a career in Hospitality and
Tourism. The states natural and cultural attractions draw more than 29 million
visitors every year and make Hospitality and Tourism the states number one industry. From start-up jobs in restaurants to high-level corporate management of
multimillion-dollar hotel chains, Hospitality and Tourism offers engaging, peopleoriented work in picturesque surroundings. The ultimate goal is to help people
have a good time. Learn more at:
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ac/Career-and-Technology-Education/documents/Hospitality.pdf
Information Technology, or IT, has transformed the way the world does business, has boosted workers ability to produce, and even changed the forms of
global art and culture. Computers are vitally important to Americas present and
future prosperity, and the key to our continued leadership in this field is the talented IT specialists who make the "thinking machines" think. If youve got top-notch
math skills, a mind that locks onto details, and the creativity to devise solutions to
any problem, you could have a future in IT. Learn more at:
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ac/Career-and-Technology-Education/documents/IT.pdf
Marketing, Sales, and Service is about closing the gap between consumers and
what it is theyre looking for. Within the world of Marketing, Sales, and Service
are a wide range of jobs that allow individuals not only to use their interpersonal
and communication skills, but to help people get what theyre searching for with
continued ease. If helping promote a product, selling a service, or working directly
with a consumer sounds like something youre interested in, then a job in Market
ing, Sales, and Service could be for you. Learn more at:
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ac/Career-and-Technology-Education/documents/Marketing.pdf

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Job Shadowing is a great time to explore the world of work.


Job Shadowing gives students an opportunity to see that the skills they learn in school are related to the skills
they will need in the workplace. Job Shadowing is considered a short-term experience to introduce a student to a particular job by a one-on-one pairing of a student with an employee in a work environment. The
student shadows the worker up to one day to better understand the requirements of a particular career.
All students are encouraged to participate in this activity.

Important Information about Job Shadowing:

Students and their parents/guardians will make arrangements for the student to shadow a parent/
guardian, friend, relative or another person in a career of interest at the work site to include transportation.
Students are eligible to have ONE day per school year for this activity.
Job Shadowing can be completed in a couple of hours, an entire day, weekends and/or holidays.
Students provide their own lunch during shadowing, if applicable.
Students should demonstrate punctuality, honesty, good grooming habits, appropriate dress and
willingness to learn.
Students serve as an observer, not a worker.
Students are not permitted to shadow teachers at Irmo Middle school.
Any school work missed as a result of being absent for shadowing is the responsibility of the student.

If interested, please have your student contact Allison Redick, Career Specialist to pick up a packet or go to
our IMS Website under the Guidance Department/Career Specialist to print a packet. Also, if you need assistance for a particular career to job shadow please contact Allison Redick @ 476-3668 or email: aredick@lexrich5.org.
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The Toastmasters Youth Leadership is an informal course in the arts of


communication and leadership. The ability to clearly express your thoughts to
others so that they are heard and understood is important if you are to become
successful in like. This ability is also important if you want to participate in group
discussions and decision-making activities. The course is a program of Toastmasters International. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that
helps people develop their communication and leadership skills.
With the assistance of Toastmasters Officers Club #6183 we are excited to offer
the iAm Youth Leadership Program. The program consists of eight sessions, one per week after school. We
had our first meeting on March 12, 2015 and will meet every Thursday for the next seven weeks.
We still have a few number of slots left. To take advantage of this exciting and rewarding experience please
contact Mrs. Sheila Inabinet, School Counselor at sinabine@lexrich5.org or download and return the Youth
Leadership Application before Thursday, March 19.

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Bi-Lo Hometown Educational Awards: Save money for yourself & raise money
for IMS by scanning your Bi-Lo card. The IMS code is 54883. Register and learn
more at http://www.hometowneducationalrewards.com/
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In April, students will take the new ACT Aspire standardized test. This year, all students
will be permitted to use an approved calculator for the math portion of the test. We encourage all students to begin bringing an approved calculator to school daily. If your student
cannot obtain a calculator, please alert his or her math teacher as soon as possible.
Scientific and graphing calculators are preferred, due to the advanced nature of the 7th and 8th grade curriculum and standards. Most scientific and graphing calculators are approved.
The calculators most familiar to students at IMS are TI-83 & TI-84 graphing calculators. A graphing calculator
is an investment that a student can use year after year - in middle school, high school, and throughout college. Many families already have a graphing calculator from parents, older siblings, or family members who
have recently taken high school or college courses. Check with friends, neighbors, and family prior to purchasing a new one! We are asking that calculators be brought to school every day so that students become
more familiar with the functions. The following calculators cannot be used:

Calculators with built-in or downloaded computer algebra system functionality


Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers (this includes Chromebooks)
Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices
Calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices
Calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format).

If you would like to donate a calculator or batteries, please bring them to our front office. Thank you for
helping our students prepare for their academic success. We appreciate your support!
If you have any questions, please contact our math department chair, Mrs. Kelly Thacker
(kthacker@lexrich5.org).
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Summer Residential Camp

Camp Burnt Gin is a residential camp, operated by DHEC, for children and youth
with special health care needs.
Campers must be 7-15 years old to qualify for the child sessions, 16-20 years old for the
teen sessions and 21-25years old for the young adult session.
Applications are available on the web site : campburntgin@dhec.sc.gov or you can call
Marie Aimone, Camp Director at 803-898-0874 for further information.
ALL APPLICATIONS are due to DHEC by MARCH 1. (Acceptances will be notified by May 31).
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Summer School 2015 @ Irmo Middle!

The following dates have been approved for students who will be attending Summer School
2015 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.
The Middle School Summer School Program is designed for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 who have not mastered
the course standards in 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?
Summer School will be held at Irmo Middle Rising 7th 8th 9th graders.
What are the dates for summer school?
Current 6th, 7th and 8th graders will take courses offered only on the following dates:
June 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
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?
Registration packets will be available in the spring on our website and in the main office at the school.