The Buzz

Volume 2, Edition 27 May 7, 2021


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This week, May 3 - 7, is Teacher Appreciation Week all over the country. In tiny towns, big cities and everywhere in between, we celebrate educators. And Irmo is certainly no exception!

It's been a challenging year in many ways for students, teachers, families and schools. And in this year like no other, we have seen miraculous and amazing feats of strength, character, perserverance, love, support, and hope. It has been awe inspiring to watch our teachers adjust, pivot, adjust again, flex, pivot, flex again, and continue to care for, love and educate our students, famiiles and each other. You, our Teachers, truly are the unsung heroes of the universe. Superhero movies should be made with classrooms, 12:00 am grading and planning, tutoring sessions, student check ins, parent phone calls, and the laughter and tears of educators as their backdrops.

From the very bottom of our hearts, we Celebrate and Love our Educators! Even when you may not realize it, we see you and we are amazed. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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A Big Congratulations to all our Miss Yellow Jacket particpants, organizers, and volunteers for a beautiful pageant. We are so proud of our new titleholders. And the winners are:

Miss Humble Bee (Most Community Service): Elisabeth Hall

Miss Congeniality: Corali Kimura

Miss Freshman: Amelia Hewitt

Miss Sophomore: Elisabeth Hall

Miss Black and Gold: Victoria May

Miss Yellow Jacket: Savannah Neuenfeldt

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Then read on below.

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Order your yearbook today!

Less than 70 copies remain available for sale.

Yearbooks can be purchased at for $70.

Just search Irmo High School.

All books must be pre-ordered

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  • May 15 - Senior Prom - 7 pm - 11 pm at the Columbia Conference Center.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Drew Walker at
  • May 27 - Senior Items Pick Up and Drive Thru Celebration - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the loop in front of Irmo High School (ALL SENIORS)
    **This will be a Drive Thru distribution. Students will enter the campus at the entrance located in front of the West Wing. Jostens will be set up in front of the Main Office, so cars will follow along until they get to the Main Office. You must have a $0 balance to pick up your items. Stoles will be available to purchase on this day with CASH ONLY.**
Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars, bring signs, etc. Staff are welcome and encouarged to attend. There will be a D.J. with music and lots of cheering and clapping!
  • May 28 - Senior Sunrise - 6:15 am - 7:45 am at W.C. Hawkins Stadium
2021 graduates are invited to come enjoy fellowship and fun on the football field. More information to follow.
  • June 4 - 8 - Senior Exams
  • June 10 - Senior Grades are complete
  • June 16 - Graduation Practice - 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the Large Gym
MANDATORY!!! Participation pending all fees, school issued items returned, and meeting all academic requirements
  • June 17 - Senior Awards Ceremony 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Center for the Arts (Invites will be sent for this)
  • June 18 - 8:00 am - Graduation!!!!
For questions or concerns regarding Senior events other than Prom, please contact Kristen Whipple at



Yearbook Photo Dates for 2021-2022 are announced as follows:


Monday, September 27

Tuesday, September 28

Make up

Wednesday, November 10

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The EOC exam schedule previously posted has been updated. Please see the new schedule below.
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Course Request Changes for 2021-2022 School Year

Any student desiring to make a change to their course request for the 2021-2022 academic school year will need to submit a course request change form to IHS School Counseling by June 15, 2021. Per the District 5 course catalog, no schedule changes will be accepted after June 15, 2021 except for the following circumstances:

  • When credit has been earned during summer school.
  • A prerequisite course is failed
  • There is a computer error

The Course Request Change form can be accessed here. Students must use their LexRich5 student email to complete this form for identification purposes. For any additional questions or concerns regarding a course change request, please contact your assigned Irmo High School Counselor.


Attached to this week's Buzz is a new flier regarding AP exams entitled "Know Before You Go." The fliers provided in previous weeks are also attached for any who may have missed them.

These contain very important information for any student and parents/guardians of students taking AP exams. Please click on the fliers and read them carefully to be ready for success!


South Carolina statute (Act 135 of 1993) requires each of the state’s local School Improvement Councils (SICs) to publish and distribute a Report to the Parents by April 30 of each year. In accordance and compliance with this statute, Irmo High School's Report to Parents is now available for viewing. It can be found at this link:

It is posted on our school website and can be viewed by selecting the Our School tab, then navigating to the School Improvement Council Page. For your convenience, it is also attached to this week's Buzz.

This document contains wonderful highlights and information. We encourage all to take a few minutes and see just some of the amazing accomplishments that occurred at Irmo High School in a year like no other! #IrmoStrong


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  • May 10 - School Board Meeting- 7:00 pm at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies
  • May 11 - Accuplacer Test - 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • May 12 - NO LATE START - Due to testing
  • May 14 - SC High School League State Soccer Championship hosted at IHS



If you miss a call from 476-3000, please check your voicemail to see if the caller left a message. The number that appears on your caller ID is the main number for the front office, and unfortunately, ALL outgoing lines in the school show this number. If you know who you missed a call from, we are able to connect you to your caller. We do encourage staff placing calls to leave messages.


If you missed something in a prior edition of The Buzz, or just want to revisit an issue, all publications can be viewed at this link:
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Due to an influx of parent/guardian questions and concerns, we are providing the following information via SCDE. We hope this will assist in clarification.

The SCDE Office of Research and Data Analysis (ORDA) compiles and provides the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) with a student-level data file of potentially eligible students. This file of potentially eligible students is generated from various sources including school and district level data maintained in PowerSchool and the district’s Nutrition program. DSS is responsible for the final eligibility determination and the administration of the P-EBT program.

The following are criteria are used to identify a student as potentially eligible for the P-EBT benefit.

1. Student attends a CEP school or is eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch

HWES, IHS, IMS, LES, NRES, and SOES are CEP schools. Students enrolled at these schools, by default, meet the Free/Reduced requirement to be potentially eligible for the P-EBT benefit.

Alternatively, a student may meet Free/Reduced Lunch status by:

• Completion and approval of the Free/Reduced Lunch application

• The student identified as Head Start in the current year PowerSchool and enrolled in a PK program

• The student identified as SNAP/TANF through a matching process with DSS data

The LR5 Student Nutrition Department can confirm a student’s current F/R Lunch Eligibility status.

Student must be enrolled and participate in virtual learning via a 100 percent virtual schedule or a hybrid schedule and must meet a minimum number of virtual days present.

The student is marked in PowerSchool as virtually present (SC_VTP) one or more days through Meeting attendance (secondary schools) for 50% or more of the day.

Students must be present at least 50% of the day to be counted virtually present (SC-VTP) for the P-EBT benefit.

LR5 school personnel/attendance clerks can confirm the number of SC-VTP present days recorded in a student's PowerSchool attendance record.

SCDE has confirmed via a memo to Superintendents dated 4/20/21 that "The results of the first round of P-EBT payments have highlighted unexpected issues with the systems and data..." In some instances, the calculation method used to process virtual attendance resulted in inaccuracies in attendance counts reported for various student sub-sets.

Schools will continue to review and update student attendance records to ensure a high level of accuracy for the next data collection period. Errors in the calculation of student virtual attendance counts, due to the known errors reported by SCDE, will be corrected prior to SCDE’s next P-EBT data compilation. Missed P-EBT benefits for eligible students that were excluded from this first round of payments in error will be included in the next payment cycle, estimated May 15, 2021.

#IrmoStrong #FearTheStingIHS #ThisIsIrmo