The Buzz

Volume 3, Edition 5, September 26, 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

Dear Yellow Jackets,


Irmo High School is committed to providing a caring culture of high expectations for all students. We will operate on a 2 hour delayed schedule on Monday, September 27, 2021. We also will move from Level Orange to Level Yellow per the D5 COVID-19 Dashboard for the upcoming week (visit www.lexrich5.org for details). Please make note of the following information and expectations to ensure a safe and conducive learning environment:


As we look forward to celebrating homecoming festivities this week, students still should be dressed for success, wearing their school ID and abiding by our district dress code policy. Senior portraits will continue as scheduled on Monday. Seniors who have an appointment prior to the start of the school day should provide their own transportation and enter at the front of the school. Parents/Guardians wishing to attend the sitting must sign in at the main office. Also, buses will run their regular morning schedule to the Center for Advanced Technical Studies.


Parents are asked to be mindful of their child's social media posts and exposure. Talk with your child about his/her knowledge and experiences with the nationwide trend calling for students to destroy school property, as well as any cyberbullying and threats for which they have knowledge. Students may utilize the StopIt app to anonymously report concerns.


We remain united in our effort to promote quality teaching and learning at Irmo High School. Do not hesitate to contact me directly if I may be of support to you and your child.


With Irmo Pride,

Dr. Robin L. Hardy

New This Week:

Delayed Opening on Monday, September 27

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Next week is Homecoming Week! Join us in dressing up for Spirit Days!

Monday: Pajama Day!


Tuesday: Anything Sports!


Wednesday: Character Day!

Thursday: Throwback Thursday!


Friday: Class Colors!

  • 9th grade wear yellow/gold
  • 10th grade wear white
  • 11th grade wear black
  • 12th grade wear red or your Senior Shirt!

Interim Grade Reports were emailed to parents/guardians on Friday, September 24

Do you have access to Powerschool to see your student's grades? Accessing PowerSchool regularly will allow you to monitor your child’s progress in their classes.


For instructions how to access the Parent Portal: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JJo2GggI-qK6yP-HJurP1-HBiT62_V8oUCeXvBpX6Nk/edit?usp=sharing.


If you know your login and password, you can access the portal here: https://lexrich5.powerschool.com/public/.

World Language: German

Learning a foreign language is a lot of fun!


Everyone in Mr. Buerstner's German class is participating in vocabulary review and close reading assignments - a great week at Irmo High!

Social Studies: The Silk Road

Ms. Carson’s World History Honors classes experienced what it was like to be merchants on the ‘Silk Road!’ They sold a variety of items like silk, porcelain, tea, and spices as well as promoting the faith of Buddhism at all the trade stops throughout Irmo. Photos are below!

PSAT Workshops Offered to Students

A free PSAT workshop is available for all students in grades 9 - 11. Space is limited, so please sign up right away using this link. Registration for the workshop will close on October 4th.

School Pictures - Seniors and Underclassmen

Senior Information

Senior Yearbook Portraits will be taken on Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28. Make-up Senior Yearbook Portraits will be taken on November 10.


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.

Senior Class Individual Graduation Plan meetings

Hello Class of 2022 Families!


The Irmo High School Counseling Department is preparing to conduct Senior Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) Conferences during the months of September and October. In response to COVID-19, we are limiting the number of visitors in schools and front office areas. Because of this, parents/guardians are asked to attend virtually. During this conference we will review credits, transcripts, and discuss post-secondary options.


Appointment times will be shared directly with parents/guardians via US mail and email.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. applications

The Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is now accepting male high school juniors into the Alpha Academy. This two year program provides mentorship and guidance that assists in preparing young men for college and adulthood. Applications are due no later than October 5, 2021 and are available in the School Counseling Office, the 11th grade Google Classroom or at alphaoil.org/AlphaAcademy.


For more information, please see Ms. Jacobs.

Magnet Program: International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

A unique collaboration between Irmo High School and The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, the International Baccalaureate (“IB”) Career-related Programme connects students to skills needed in the 21st century global economy and provides authentic, real world learning opportunities.


The IB Career-related Programme is an internationally recognized 2-year high level course of study in the 11th and 12th grades, combining core courses at Irmo High School and career courses at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies or at Irmo High School.

Athletics:

  • Girls Lacrosse Team is having a car wash on Saturday at Irmo High School.



  • Softball News: there will be a player-only informational meeting on Wednesday, October 6 at 4:00 pm at the Irmo High School softball field. The meeting will last from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm. If you cannot make this meeting or have questions, contact Coach Jason Huffman at jhuffman@lexrich5.org. Conditioning / practice begins on November 2 (https://www.lexrich5.org/Page/22387).


  • 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.

Previously Published Information:

Important Information from our Attendance Office

Please take note! Parents/guardians must notify the attendance office if a student needs to leave school during the day or before the end of the day.


Parents/guardians are asked to email Ms. Menger at emenger@lexrich5.org.


The attendance office opens at 7AM and closes promptly at 3:15 every day. For more information about our attendance procedures, please visit our website here.


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County Tours Meeting Kinship Caregivers

Are you taking care of your grandchild, niece/nephew, younger sibling, or a friend's child? Please see the flyer below...
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ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer Tutorials

Apex offers tutorials to support students as they prepare to take the ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer assessments. Students have the option to complete all tutorials or focus on selected parts.


Students can self-enroll in these courses using the codes and directions outlined on the flyer below!

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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.

The PSAT is on October 13 and Practice Tests are available

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.

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.

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.

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.

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