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April 22nd-29th

Autism Acceptance Month Important Information

Awareness has been upgraded to ACCEPTANCE. Acceptance is the action of inclusion, support, love, etc. whereas awareness does not require any action to do better.

The autistic community is asking for identity-first language (a big switch from the push of person first). There is some controversy around it but the majority is asking for identity-first (meaning autistic person over a person with autism) unless the individual asks differently.

Puzzle pieces are a thing of the past. The puzzle piece is viewed as non-autistics thinking that autistics have a missing piece, that something is wrong, that they are something to be fixed. So instead of puzzle pieces proudly display and wear GOLD INFINITY SYMBOLS.

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Thank A Teacher

Every year Virginia Lottery offers students, parents, and the general public an opportunity to send a thank you note to a "lucky" teacher. This is a quick way to say "thank you" and a chance to show our teachers/staff how much you appreciate them. Please click on the link and submit by May 6th.
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Virtual Learning

  • IWCS will not be offering a full time virtual platform for students in the 2022-2023 school year. If you wish for your child to continue their schooling in a virtual platform you will need to withdraw from IWCS and enroll your student in a virtual program as a homeschool student. Please note, that you will also need to submit your intent to homeschool with IWCS prior to completing the withdrawal paperwork. Information about home instruction can be found here:

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April -June Happenings..

April 11th-15th-Spring Break/All Schools & Offices Closed

April 20th-Wear Purple in support of Military Kids

April 22nd-Earth Day

April 22nd-PTA Sponsored School Dance

April 27th-Report Cards Issued

April 27th-Administrative Professionals Day

May 2-6-Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6th-School Lunch Hero Day

May 12th-School Nurse 's Day

May 12th-School Board Meeting-SMS "I on Instruction"

May 13th-Interims Report Available

May 13th-WHS 5K Race

May 19th-8th Grade Reading SOL Test

May 20th-7th Grade Reading SOL Test

May 24th-Reading Make-Up Tests

May 25th-8th Grade Math SOL Test

May 26th-7th Grade Math SOL Test

May 26th-Spring Chorus/Band Concert

May 30th-All Schools/Offices Closed (Memorial Day Observence)

June 1st-8th Grade Civics or Science SOL Test

June 2nd-Reading Expedited Retakes

June 6th-10th-End of Year Spirit Week

June 7th-Math Expedited Retakes

June 9th-8th Grade Civics or Science Expedited Retakes

June 10th-Student Holiday-Teacher Work Day

June 13th-June 16th-IWCS Issued Device Collection

June 13th-8th Grade Promotion Day

June 15th & 16th- Three Hour Early Dismissal

June 16th-Last Day of School/End of 4th Quarter Marking Period

**Weekly Updates may occur as needed

LFCC Release Drones

LFCC launching drones webinars and camps for middle and high school girls

The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), better known as drones, is taking off across numerous industries, and LFCC Computer Science Professor Melissa Stange is leading the effort to train those who can pilot them. Lillian Todd was the first woman in the world to design airplanes back in 1906. Helen Richey, in 1934, was the first woman to be hired by a commercial airline in the United States. Despite these pioneering female aviators, data shows that females remain underrepresented in the world of aviation. According to the FFA 2021 Women Remote Pilots By State, there are only 623 female drone pilots in Virginia and 75 in West Virginia.

Today, about 7 percent of certified remote pilots are female, with the highest proportion being women ages 25-34. Professor Stange was recently awarded a Virginia Space Grant Consortium Innovative Project grant to attract more women to become drone pilots.

Thanks to the Innovative Project grant, LFCC will have a variety of opportunities to get more young women interested in becoming drone pilots. These include:

  • Webinars on Zoom March 21, March 30, April 4 and April 15, all 6-7 p.m., open to all ages
  • Summer camps: June Explorers for girls ages 13-15, and July Flyers for girls ages 16-18
  • Drone Community Day in August
  • 10 scholarships for women to enroll in a drone course at the college this fall

To register for a webinar, camp, or scholarship please go to If you have questions about registration, please contact Dr. Stange at
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SMS PTA is BACK.....

PTA Officers

President-Chemere Wells

Vice-President-Patrick Bloodgood

Secretary-Jamilia Shipman

Treasurer-Nicole Talton

Member at Large-Alexis Upton-Savedge

Please join as a member for only $10.

Email correspondences are accepted at

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Grading Expectation Update

Students who do not submit assignments by the teacher’s specified deadline may receive a zero for not attempting the required assignment.

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Cellular Phones/Electronic Devices

•Cellular phones, electronic devices (including watches with texting/calling capabilities) and headphones are not to be displayed or used during the school day. Electronic devices should be off and out of view. Unauthorized use of cell phones or electronic devices will result in disciplinary action. The school is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage of cell phones or electronic devices.

•Classrooms will have a PARK IT, PACK IT, PLUG IT policy. Students may PARK their cellphones in a provided cell phone sleeve located in the classroom, PACK their phone into their bookbag, purse or pocket, or PLUG their phone into the charging stations.

•If students are unable to abide by the SMS Cell Phone Policy, communication will be made home. Continued failure to follow the SMS Cell Phone Policy may result in your child’s cell phone being placed in the principal’s cell phone jail safely until parents/guardians are available to recover the phone from the school.


YELLOW zone - teacher discretion (classrooms)

GREEN zone - acceptable place to use device (lunch courtyard - which must be earned)

RED zone - no cellphones at all (all other locations such as restrooms, cafeteria, clinic, main office)

In case of an emergency, please contact the front office (757-365-4100) and we will make sure that your child is informed.

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  • Students who are pick-ups will be released through the front doors at 2:35pm.

  • No dismissals will take place between 2:15 and 2:35pm.

  • Visitors to the school are not permitted to park in the fire lane in the front of the school unless it is dismissal time. Dismissal begins at 2:35 pm and finishes around 2:45.

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Field Hockey Club Meeting Dates:

Feb - 14th & 28th

March - 14th & 28th

April - 18th

May - 2nd & 16th

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School Visitors

Visitors are welcome to visit the school wearing a mask. Visitors may conference with teachers, participate in PTA meetings, and/or other school programs. At this time, we are not having visitors eat lunch with students in the cafeteria.

Anyone, including students, who enters a school at nighttime without the consent of an authorized person except to attend an approved meeting or service or who enters or remains on any school property, including school buses, in violation of (i)any direction to vacate the property by an authorized individual or (ii) any posted notice which contains such information, posted at a place where it reasonably may be seen may be prosecuted.

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Student handbook

Please see below for a downloadable version on the 2021-2022 student handbook. This handbook contains important information on pick-up/drop-off procedures, technology, discipline, and much more.