The Buzz

Volume 2, Edition 23 March 29, 2021

STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

BRINGING THEIR "A" GAME

This coming Thursday, April 1st, Irmo Theatre Company will host an honor society induction to recognize student achievement. Congratulations are in order for the 13 students that will be inducted into the International Thespian Society. This globally recognized honor society will celebrate the achievements of these students in the arts and academics, granting them access to scholarships, awards, and other opportunities for the remainder of their high school career and beyond. We are so proud of their hard work. Congratulations to the following Thespians:


Robert Armstrong

Mark Blankenship-Brown

Ashley Bruccoli

Mattealle Calhoun

Hannah Chapman

Larry Coger

Madison Gwin

Lilith Holcomb-Killough

Victoria May

Malik Murphy

Joye Tate

Tristan Gustafson

Nealy Jordan

BRINGING YOU THE SHOW

View our Spring Art Extravaganza 2021! This year, our annual Spring Art Exhibition is a virtual showcase of our talented visual art students' work. Check out the incredible artwork produced this year in our gallery style showcase to celebrate and support our creative student artists. Visit the gallery anytime at https://sites.google.com/lexrich5.org/irmo-art-extravaganza-2021/home and prepare to be amazed by all the talent!!

SHINING STAFF

IRMO TEACHER PUTS ACTION INTO WORDS

How many of you have heard, "If you don't study the past, you are doomed to repeat it?" Quick history review, this was originally said by George Santayana and later paraphrased by Winston Churchill in a 1948 speech to the House of Commons. It has now become a cliche likely uttered by nearly every history teacher and fan of history since then.


I know I heard this from every social studies teacher I had each time someone crankily asked, "Why do we have to study this, it happened soooooo long ago [insert whiny voice here]?" Adrian Sutton [pictured above] teaches Social Studies at Irmo High School and he doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk. When seen about campus, Mr. Sutton generally has a smile on his face and is very willing to lend a hand. It is apparent that he has genuine care for his students. And he does. This is manifested in his desire to affect real change and make a difference in the lives of this and future generations. Along those lines, he was recently accepted into the University of South Carolina's Center for Civil Rights History and Research Virtual Institute on Education and Civil Rights History in South Carolina for 2021!


This is a short description of the Center's mission directly from their website. "The University of South Carolina Center for Civil Rights History & Research is the first organization dedicated to telling South Carolina’s civil rights story.

A joint initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences and University Libraries, the Center seeks to bring our civil rights history to life and inspire an informed dialogue about today’s social justice issues.

The center was founded in November 2015 with the receipt of the congressional papers of Representative James E. Clyburn, the state’s first African-American member of Congress since Reconstruction." To learn more about the Center for Civil Rights History and Research, you can visit their webpage at : https://civilrights.sc.edu/our-mission/.


Fellow Social Studies teacher and Irmo's Teacher of the Year 2019-2020, Drew Walker, stated, "Adrian is an outstanding educator who inspires both his students and his colleagues. I couldn't think of anyone more worthy of such an honor." We have to agree. Congratulations Mr. Sutton and thank you for caring about our students and their futures. #ThisIsIRMO

BREAKING NEWS

SPRING BREAK

Happy Spring Yellow Jacket Families


Next week, April 5 - 9, will be Spring Break for all District Five students. District Five schools and offices will be closed. Students and staff will return on Monday, April 12, which will be a B day. We wish all our familes a safe, healthy and happy Spring Break 2021!!

IB EXAM INFORMATION

Irmo High School has been approved by the International Baccalaureate Assessment Team to shift our assessment method for the May 2021 testing session. We are moving to a form of assessment that IB has named the Calculated Route. Under this route, students will not sit for IB exams in May 2021. Students' IB scores will be calculated based on their Internal Assessments and Predicted Grades. This decision was made in collaboration with our Office of Instruction to ensure that all students have equal access to meet the assessment requirements for the IB Diploma or Career certificate. IB is providing this model as a choice for schools because, under the traditional model, make-up IB exams are not offered.


Please note, this assessment model applies only to the final IB score that students will receive. It does not correlate to the grade in the class. Students will continue learning the content and curriculum for their IB courses for the remainder of the year and take end-of-year assessments at the school level. They will receive a final grade for the class and the appropriate GPA weighting as they do in all other IHS courses.


Contact Mrs. Prochak if you have any questions at lprochak@lexrich5.or

ATTN: SENIOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Hello Parents and Guardians,

As we begin to prepare for Graduation there are a few things that must be completed by our seniors at HIS. Below you will find information/directions for completing the Scholarship Award Report and the Post Graduation Questionnaire. The information from these submissions will be used to celebrate our Seniors!


Post Graduation Questionnaire


The School Counseling Department needs your help! Each year the Irmo High School Counseling Department is responsible for reporting information on the post secondary plans for graduating students. This information will also be used to recognize students at a Senior Decision Day celebration. In order to successfully report this information please complete the Post Graduation Questionnaire. The submission of this form is also required to complete graduation clearance. The deadline to complete this is Monday, May 24, 2021. The form can be accessed here.


Scholarship Award Reporting

The School Counseling Department needs your help! Scholarship awards received by graduating seniors need to be documented. The School Counseling Department needs this information to be able to celebrate their successes and to accurately report scholarship awards (academic, athletic, military or other) for the Class of 2021. Only scholarship awards reported using this form will be listed in the Class of 2021 graduation program. The deadline to report their scholarship(s) is Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The form can be accessed here.


Please remind your senior to use their student Google email account when adding their scholarship awards.

· The name and photo associated with their Google account will allow us to follow up with them if additional information is needed.

· They will also be asked to upload a copy of the actual award letter or email.

· Please print to PDF or take a screenshot and upload.

· A new form must be completed for each scholarship award.


If you have questions please contact Mrs. Pearson at (803)476-3035.

NEED TO KNOW

Attention Junior Boys!!

Interested in attending Palmetto Boy's State?

The American Legion’s Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system.

It is an honor to be chosen as a delegate to Palmetto Boys State. More than 900 rising seniors are nominated each year by their high school teachers and counselors to be delegates or “citizens” at Boys State. Those nominated are then interviewed and selected by the local American Legion Post. We consider the program to be as much leadership training as it is an opportunity to learn about and participate in government and politics. In fact, many of our state’s political, business, and community leaders attended Boys State.

PBS will be held in-person at Anderson University during the week of June 13-19. 2021.

If you would like to represent Irmo High School as a Palmetto Boys State Delegate, please stop by the school counseling office to pick up an application!

Along with your application, please submit your resume.

Applications are due to Ms. Jacobs in school counseling by April 1st!

PARENTS/GUARDIANS - IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning.


We are reaching out to ask you to take part in a Technology & Learning questionnaire. Your participation is essential to help us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.


The last day to complete this questionnaire is April 2, 2021. Please complete the questionnaire using the link below:

Parents Survey Link: http://www.BByt.es/V724P

HAPPENINGS

SEL HIGHLIGHT

The Second Annual International Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day was March 26.

As educators, we have learned the critical importance of social-emotional learning. If children do not feel valued and safe, it is not possible for them to learn. Social-emotional learning must take center stage even before we discuss academics.

LexRich5 recognizes that the magic of social-emotional learning is in the relationships you build with your students. It is integrated into classroom procedures, respectful communication, and collaborative problem-solving. It is embedded in core content and those teachable moments that appear without warning.

For more information about incorporating Social-Emotional Learning into your students' schooling, check out the School Counseling Website, which is linked on the last page of the Buzz.

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PICK UP FOR IYJC FUNDRAISER

If you purchased a ticket for a Boston Butt form the Yellow Jacket Club, pick up will be this Thursday, April 1 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. They will be located at the Irmo Bus loop behind W.C. Hawkins Stadium. Please bring your tickets with you.


Thank you to everyone who organized and supported this fundraiser for Spring Sports!

FIRST EVER IRMO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Nominations to our inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame are due by this Friday, April 2. The guidelines and forms are attached via PDF. If you have any questions regarding the Athletic Hall of Fame, or the nomination process, please contact our Athletics Department at 803-476-3006.

REMINDERS AND INFORMATION

RETURNING MISSED CALLS FROM 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.
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