The Buzz

Volume 3, Edition 2, September 3, 2021

Irmo High School International School for the Arts

We bring our A Game to all we do in Academics, the Arts, Athletics, Attendance and Attitude by promoting the 3 R's - being Respectful, Responsible and Reputable.

A Message from our #ProudPrincipal, Dr. Robin Hardy

Happy Friday, Yellow Jackets!


Today we celebrate one of my favorite school-wide events ~ College Colors Day! Putting rivalries aside (well, mostly), we come together to inform, encourage, and share the importance of college and career readiness with our students.


Check out our pictures in this edition of The Buzz as well as on social media. We also would love to hear from you! Connect with us by sharing your experiences through our college and career center. Contact Jennifer Etheredge, career specialist at jetheredge@lexrich5.org or 803.476.3057.


With Irmo Pride,


Dr. Robin L. Hardy, Proud Principal

Irmo High School International School for the Arts

803.476.3010 (school)

803.237.3411 (cell)

New This Week:

Save the Date: IHS Open House!

The Open House will be held on Tuesday, September 14, from 6:30pm to 8pm. Our Open House will be virtual, utilizing Google Meet video conferencing to enable you to meet with teachers.


More information will be provided on our website, on social media, and in the Buzz newsletter on September 10.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to teachers Brittany Gerena, English, and Bonnie Robinson, Special Education, for passing their financial literacy tests and for being officially in their first year of the SC Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program!


Led by the SC Treasurer's Office and the SC Council on Economic Education, this program provides outstanding training and resources to teachers throughout the state. By leading fellow teachers in demonstrating how to integrate real life concepts across the curriculum, these teachers will greatly assist South Carolina in educating and empowering our youth with financial literacy skills needed to make sound financial decisions.


Congratulations to Ms. Robinson and Ms. Gerena for being accepted into this program and we thank them for their upcoming efforts to empower our students in the area of financial literacy!

Marching Band Family Presentation

Last week, the Bands of Irmo performed for the first time before an audience of family and friends. The Bands of Irmo will also perform during halftime at the home game tonight! We look forward to seeing you at Irmo for Friday Night Lights, including a fantastic marching band performance you don't want to miss!

Need Assistance Getting Started Parent Portal?

Are you new to Parent Portal or need assistance making sure you can access grade information for your child/children? Please view this presentation online for more information!

The PSAT is on October 13 and Practice Tests are available

Schools and Offices closed for Labor Day, September 6

Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 6, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. School resumes on Tuesday and it will be a B Day.

2021-2022 Exam Schedule

The 2021-2022 exam schedule is posted on our website (https://www.lexrich5.org/ihs), under the Academics tab.

Class of 2022 Graduation Date

Lexington-Richland School District Five will hold its 2022 high school graduation ceremonies Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 at the Colonial Life Arena.

  • Dutch Fork High School: June 2 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Irmo High School: June 3 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Spring Hill High School: June 3 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Chapin High School: June 3 at 4:00 p.m.

While Colonial Life Arena has confirmed dates for the district’s 2022 graduation ceremonies, dates, times and locations are subject to change due to COVID-19 response and restrictions that could be placed on event venues. Seating guidelines, mask requirements and other safety measures could be implemented by Colonial Life Arena. Any changes or additional details will be communicated with families and the public as soon as information becomes available.

The School Counseling Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. during the school year. School Counselors see parents and new student registration by appointment. Please visit the School Counseling website for a wealth of information!

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Athletics:


  • Congratulations to JV Volleyball on the win! The Varsity team is 3-1 for the season.

  • Congratulations to Cross Country runners Carina Burdick, Lillian Jenkins and Jonah Wendland for making the All-County Team by placing in the top 15 overall at the County Meet!

  • Congratulations to JV Tennis on the win!

  • Our girls and boys Varsity Swim Teams won over RNE and swam strong against A.C. Flora.

  • Tonight, Sept. 3, is Irmo Cluster Night for Varsity Football! Students in the Irmo Cluster of Schools will have free admission into this game by showing their school ID. Students in the 8th grade and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents/guardians must purchase a mobile ticket (https://gofan.co/app/school/SC1145). All D5 employees are admitted free plus 1 guest, with District ID.

  • Students can purchase a fall athletic pass for $20 at the Athletic Office.

  • Families are encouraged to join the Irmo Yellow Jacket Club to support our athletic programs. Some of the Yellow Jacket Club's packages include free parking and tickets to sporting events! Info: https://www.lexrich5.org/Page/22923.

  • Attending a sporting event? Know the safety protocols before attending: https://bit.ly/38NF6hD.

Magnet Programs:

Irmo High School International School for the Arts is proud to be a certified Magnet School.


Offering a well-rounded Global Education, our magnet programs include This Is Escolares for gifted 9th and 10th graders, International Baccalaureate for visionary 11th and 12th graders, and an all-school Arts Integration approach to learning.


All students in School District Five are eligible to attend these programs regardless of attendance zones.

Previously Published Information:

Chromebook Support - The Tech Nest is here to help!

Students, need a Chromebook repaired? Come to the Tech Nest in the Media Center between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm each day.


Parents/Guardians, please view the District’s Parent Orientation for District Issued Chromebooks.

Online Lunch Application is Needed to Receive Other Benefits

Breakfast and lunch for students will be provided at no cost during the 2021–2022 school year.


Eligible families are encouraged, however, to complete the online meal applications for the 2021–2022 school year, which determines eligibility for other benefits, including P-EBT funding, scholarships, reduction in school fees, camp fees waived or reduced, ACT/SAT fees waived or reduced, etc. Families may complete the online meal applications at www.lunchapplication.com.

School Pictures - Seniors and Underclassmen

Senior Information

Senior Yearbook Portraits will be taken on Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28. Students in the Class of 2022, visit https://seniors.legacystudios.com/irmo-high-school-columbia-sc/ to select your day and time. Your sitting fee must be paid at the time of booking.


Families, senior yearbook ads can be purchased by visiting www.yearbookforever.com and searching for Irmo High School. The deadline to purchase a senior ad is February 28, 2022.


Underclassmen Information

Underclassmen yearbook photos will be taken on Monday, October 11.


Yearbook Purchase

Yearbooks may be purchased by visiting www.yearbookforever.com and searching for Irmo High School.


Questions?

Please email Erin Parker, Yearbook Sponsor, at eparker@lexrich5.org.

The PSAT/NMSQT is October 13!

Sophomore Information

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to all 10th grade students at IHS during the school day on October 13, 2021 beginning at 8:30am at no charge. Scores can be used for National Merit Qualification.


Transportation will be provided for IHS FIVE 10th graders only. To register for transportation, you must complete the form below no later than Sept. 29: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VLQNDXG9sirA3fkyRMC_E1rE2zWXn3Z0jl2vBVwsb0s/edit?ts=6123c99f


Optional Testers, 9th, 11th, and 12th Grades

PSAT/NMSQT is optional for 9th, 11th, and 12th graders. It costs $18. Register below by September 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUsoLoNEP_NE0UN3LYIht-0BGjG_BIQkM66Pu4aYSdjiLC4Q/viewform. Transportation is not provided for 9th, 11th, or 12th graders in FIVE.

Class Rank Information

Updated Class Rank for the 2021-2022 school year will be available after the 16th day of school. If you are currently requesting transcripts via Parchment please select the "hold for grades'' option. Once the official rank has been updated your order will be processed. * Failing to do so may result in your transcript being sent with the rank reflective of the 2020-2021 school year*

Wednesday mornings - Late Start


On Wednesdays, classes start one hour later to allow for teachers to participate in professional development. The first bell rings at 9:10 am and classes begin at 9:20 am. The morning CATE Bus leaves the IHS bus loop at 9:05am on Late Start Wednesdays.


Bell Schedules are on our website: https://www.lexrich5.org/IHS , Our School tab, Bell Schedules page.


Mark your calendars for the NO Late Start Days for this school year:

October 13, 2021

March 2, 2022

March 23, 2022

May 4, 2022

May 11, 2022

May 18, 2022

May 25, 2022

June 1, 2022

Keep your student informed!

Students need to join their grade-level google classrooms. Students may ask their homeroom teachers for the code to join. Important information is shared regularly so it is imperative students have access.

Student Parking Information


All students are required to take the Alive at 25 class in order to receive a parking pass at IHS. Also, all school debt must be resolved; including school fees, library, IDs or textbook. The bookkeeper will verify that debts have been satisfied.


Please click this link to be directed to information on the IHS website regarding Alive at 25 classes and the online parking pass application. You can also access this information under the resources tab on the IHS homepage. Purchased parking passes can be picked from Ms. Carlsen in the Main Office.


Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carlsen at (803) 476-3195 or dcarlsen@lexrich5.org.

Athletics

Ticket sales to all athletics events are online only at https://gofan.co/app/school/SC1145. When attending event, please remember the D5 clear bag policy.


Irmo High School Students may purchase a Fall Season Athletic Pass for only $20!!


Passes allow for admission to all of the football and volleyball games at no additional charge;

cheer is excluded. Students will receive a sticker as proof of purchase and Athletic Pass Stickers must be placed on school ID to be valid.


Students may purchase the pass any time at the Athletic Office, which is located behind the goalpost on the football field.

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Follow IHS on Social Media!

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/irmohighschool/

Twitter: @irmohigh

Instagram: @irmohigh


#IrmoStrong #FearTheStingIHS #ThisIsIrmo #IrmoMagnet