The Monday Message

Office of the Principal; Monday, May 16, 2016

IMS Choral Spring Concert 2016 "Lean on Me"

Quote for the Week!

You’re the exception. You’re a barrier breaker. You’re not limited by your environment, by what people have said, by your education or by obstacles. You are destined to stand out, to go further and rise to a new level. - Joel Osteen

Duty Roster

Click here for the Duty Roster


Monday - I Group on duty (PK Jones, PM Duty)

Tuesday - R Group on duty (D. Major-Murphy, PM Duty)

Wednesday - M Group on duty (R. Crothers, PM Duty)

Thursday - O Group on Duty (R. Jackson, PM Duty)

Friday - O Group on Duty (I. Odom, R. Jackson, V. Sava, PM Duty)

The Week Ahead

Asian Pacific Heritage Month,

Get Caught Reading Month


Monday 5/16/16 - English 1H EOC Exams, Admin Mtg (9:30am, Cafe')

Tuesday 5/17/16 - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, English 1H EOC Exams, Team Mtgs (during plannings, designated locations), Department Mtgs (3:50pm, Designated Locations), SIC and PTO Mtgs (5:30pm, FCR)

Wednesday 5/18/16 - Alg 1 H EOC Exams, Principal's Mtg (11:30-4:00pm, DO Board Room), TOY, SEOY Recognition Program (6:00pm, Saluda Shoals),

Thursday 5/19/16 - Alg 1 H EOC Exams, Middle School Principal's Mtg (8:30am, DO - Portable 4), Internet will be down (3:30pm-5:00pm)

Friday 5/20/16 - International Day of Vesak, Model UN Conference (Media Center), Dance Recital (7:00pm, IHS Auditorium), Band Spring Concert (7:00pm, IMS Gymnasium)

End of Course Exams

Monday, May 16th, 8:15am to Thursday, May 19th, 3:30pm

6051 Wescott Road

Columbia, SC

Here are the links for the EOC Exam schedules in English 1H and Algebra 1H:


English 1


Algebra 1


Please review these and plan accordingly.

Chromebook and Textbook Collection Schedule

Thursday, May 26th, 8:30am to Friday, May 27th, 3:30pm

6051 Wescott Road

Columbia, SC

Click the schedule links here for more information:

Tasks to Complete This Week!

Tasks to Complete This Week!

1. Prepare for final exams and facilitate EOC Exams

2. Teach like a champion all week long.

3. Continue working with your underperforming students so we can meet our goals.

4. Attend Tuesday's Department Meetings (3:50pm, designated classrooms)

5. Begin the checkout processes as needed

6. Incorporate at least one of the Global Themes into your classroom activities, lessons, etc.

7. Everyone report to duty as scheduled. See roster here.

May Staff Birthdays

Wesley Coston – May 3rd

James Fanning – May 14th

Renee Williams – May 17th

Nicholas Godfrey – May 17th

Kaitlyn Fugel – May 25th

Elisa Miller – May 28th

Michelle Eichelberger – May 30th

Hannah Goeckner – May 31st


Please join me in wishing these amazing IMS staff members Sretan rođendan

(Happy Birthday in Croatian)!

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1. Nancy Ellis, Nadia Steere, Rui Zhao- Last week our World Language teachers and students facilitated their Pulsera Project to raise monies for Nicaraguan youth. This year, they raised over 2,000 dollars. iAM so proud of our World Language teachers and students for their continued excellence with the Pulsera Project. They have definitely worked extremely hard this year to expand this work in order to make it advantageous for all learners at IMS. for our students and staff. Because of their persistence, they accomplished amazing results. Please join me in giving our World Language teachers and students a huge iAM shout out.


2. Will Green- We learned this week that Mr. Will Green was awarded a Lowes Education Grant for the Monarch, Milkweed, and Migration Research. Because of his pursuit of external financial support, he was able to obtain 2,425.00 to expand the scope of the project and continue this valuable research. iAM so proud of the work continuously done by Mr. Green and the other members of his team along with their students. They are continuously embracing new thinking and new practices. Because of that, they routinely get amazing results. Please join me in recognizing Mrs. Green and his amazing work. Let's give him a huge iAM shout out.


3. Rui Zhao and Amelia Tweito - With a heavy volume coverage needed because of ongoing IEP's, testing, and absences, we had some classes that needed coverage. These amazing teachers covered classes and made sure learning continued in those classes. iAM so proud of the efforts and continued work being done by these exemplary educators to stand in the gaps and make sure students had consistent learning experiences. Regardless of the needs, they are always willing to step up and help in any manner needed. Please join me in giving Mrs. Zhao and Mrs. Tweito a huge iAM shout out.


4. Sheila Inabinet, Crystal Silas-Brown, Allison Redick, April Garrett, and Scott Thur - For the past several months, these exemplary educators have been immersed in the coordination of the standardized testing program at IMS. Typically during this time of year, schools are responsible for thousands of test booklets, documents, testing arrangements, training of TA's and Monitors, compliance with state and federal guidelines and so much more. Mrs. Inabinet, Mrs. Silas-Brown, Mrs. Redick, Ms. Garrett, and Dr. Thur makes all of these things look so easy at IMS. iAM so proud of their continued excellence in facilitating our testing program and working so diligently in addressing the various needs of our students and staff. Continuously they make the needed adjustments that are evident of new thinking and new practices. I am confident, because of their endless excellence, we will get amazing results. Please join me in giving Sheila Inabinet, Crystal Silas-Brown, Allison Redick, April Garrett, and Scott Thur a huge iAM shout out.


5. Cynthia O'Reilly - Last week, we received a note of appreciation for Ms. O'reilly from a parent. The parent stated that her child loved his Art class with Mrs. O'Reilly because she helped him be creative. She taught him that art was more than just drawing pictures. He found art in nature such as the project "Monarch Butterfly," taking leaves and leaving imprints. She was not just a teacher, but also a true inspiration! iAM so proud of Ms. O'Reilly for her working to reach children in a unique and caring way. She helps students see the beauty in Art and works diligently with them to create high quality finished products. She is relentless in her pursuit of excellence, embraces new thinking and new practices to get new and improved results. Please join me in giving Ms. O'Reilly a huge iAM shout out.


6. JaNette McKnight - Last week, we also received a note of appreciation for Mrs. McKnight from a parent. The parent stated that her child loves the Multimedia classes. Mrs. McKnight has guided students on how to use editing software, broadcasting, and skits as a form of expression. The student was able to perform and share new ideas, which he not only found entertaining, but also gave him a sense of freedom to step outside of himself if only for a little while. This all took a lot of pressure off and broke the monotony of the day with all of its deadlines and tests. It proved school could be fun while learning something new! iAM so proud of Mrs. McKnight for working to provide a unique and engaging learning experience for students. She really connects with kids and shows them how they can use their talents in unique ways. Please join me in giving Mrs. McKnight a huge iAM shout out.


7. Ryan Crothers and choral scholars - Last Thursday night, Mr. Crothers and our choral scholars performed their spring concert. This year, the selections featured some solos and a few popular songs. Students led the introduction of songs, possessed a high level of energy, and sang beautifully. The audience was really treated to a spectacular performance. iAM so proud of Mr. Crothers for his hard work with our choral program. In his pursuit of excellence, he embraces new thinking and new practices to get new and improved results. Please join me in giving Mr. Crothers a huge iAM shout out.


8. Kimberly Cunningham and Sara Crawford - We had a staff member out of school for a few weeks due to illness. Ms. Crawford and Mrs. Cunningham stepped in immediately and finished administering the SC Alt and NCSC examinations for special education. With all that we have been juggling lately with testing, for these ladies to step in and get us through this process was absolutely incredible. iAM so proud of the efforts and continued work being done by Ms. Crawford and Mrs. Cunningham to stand in the gaps and make sure students got through testing. Regardless of the needs, they are always willing to step up and help in any manner needed. Please join me in giving Ms. Crawford and Mrs. Cunningham a huge iAM shout out.


9. Alicia Gordon - This past Friday, Mrs. Gordon sponsored a field study to Leaphart Elementary School. The purpose of their field study was to present their authored book, read it to Kindergarten students, and donate the books to the school. Ms. Haire explained to start with she brought in local author Frances F. Jones, author of the book series “Cricket Curls Adventures.” Jones spoke to the students about being an author and shared how the editing process worked. The students then looked through children’s books in order to understand the reading level of elementary students and to get ideas on how to lay out their books. As they dove into the project they learned about Leaphart Elementary’s Engineering Magnet program and decided to donate two of the books “Engineering Fun” and “Fun with Technology” to the school. iAM so proud of Mrs. Gordon for making her project so meaningful and relevant for her students as well as younger ones growing up. She helps students the beauty of engineering and works diligently with them to create high quality finished products. She is relentless in her pursuit of excellence, embraces new thinking and new practices to get new and improved results. Please join me in giving Mrs. Gordon a huge iAM shout out.


10. Richard Schedler - For the past several weeks, Mr. Scheduler has been working on a supplemental grant for Irmo Middle. He has finished that work and it has been submitted to the SDE for further consideration. Kudos to Mr. Schedler for all his work to make IMS the best school it can be. iAM so proud of his work and remain grateful for his continued contributions to our school. Individuals with his skill set don't come across very often. We are very fortunate to have him. Please join me in giving Mr. Schedler a huge iAM shout out.


11. Michelle Eichelberger, Clare Bellucci, Jane Koon, Kaitlyn Fugel, Elizabeth Crocker, Natasha Smiley, Renee Williams, Vance Lipe, Brian Hutchins, Paketrice Jones, Hannah Goeckner, Deborah Ware, I'esha Odom, Alicia Gordon, Susan Day, Anna Inabinet, D. Major-Murphy, Vernon Sava, Robin Gary, Glenn Hutto, Windy Jones and Sheron Coleman -These twenty-three individuals took time out of their extraordinarily busy schedules to help chaperone the 8th grade social. They monitored the dance floor, greeted students as they arrived, supervised restroom areas, assisted with food distribution, and so many other tasks. A super shout is extended to these individuals for volunteering their time to ensure our students had a wonderful experience. An extra special shout out is extended to Ms. Windy Jones for her continued excellence in planning, coordinating, and facilitating this annual event. iAM so proud of all these individuals for their dedication to our school. Without the continued commitment of the staff, our students would not be able to enjoy such an experience. Please join me in giving these 23 individuals a huge iAM shout out.


12. Brian Wheeler, Calvin Eargle, and Peter Bobb - Last Thursday, a student reported a large snake on campus around the pond. We immediately began reporting to the scene. On the way, I saw Mr. Wheeler and asked him to come with me. When we got on the scene, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Eargle, and Mr. Bobb jumped into action, cornered the snake, grabbed him by the tail, and relocated him deep in the woods. iAM so grateful for the courage and immediate responsiveness of these three amazing professionals. They were more concerned about our student's and did what was needed to keep them safe. Please join me in giving Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Bobb, and Mr. Eargle a huge iAM shout out.


13. 8th Grade Teachers - Mrs. Major-Murphy would like to give a special shout out to all 8th grade teachers. Last week after testing, we identified several issues during recess that could have caused supervision and safety issues with students. Those issues were communicated to the teachers by team leaders Janet Hudson and Joe Cioffi. They immediately sprung into action to solve the problem. As a result, students were able to go about the afternoon supervised and there were no discipline issues. She is go appreciative of the continued hard work and dedication of the 8th grade team. They continue to embrace new thinking and new practices to make sure we get new and improved results. Please join Mrs. Major-Murphy in giving all 8th grade teachers a huge iAM shout out.


14. Kim Waters, Marilyn Constante, Tina Stevens, Nina Blackburn, Beth Ayers, Sheila Inabinet, Jane Koon, and Allison Redick - Mrs. Redick would like to thank everyone for their support for Relay for Life. So many of you contributed through T-Shirt purchases, luminaries, and participation in the Relay last Friday night. Pelican Snowballs supported IMS' booth at the Relay and donated a portion of sales to our team. Special shoutout to Marilyn Constante and her husband for bringing a generator for the snowball machine. We are awaiting our total donation. Between our staff support and Student Government fund raising, we are between $1500-2000. iAM so proud of these individuals for leading the charge and to represent IMS in this worthy cause. iAM especially grateful for Mrs. Redick. She coordinated all of these activities and made sure we were represented well. I truly appreciate everyone's support in this worthy cause to fight cancer! Please join me in giving Kim Waters, Marilyn Constante, Tina Stevens, Nina Blackburn, Beth Ayers, Sheila Inabinet, Jane Koon, and Allison Redick a huge iAM shout out.

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Grading and Gradebooks (Reminder) - The closer we get to the end-of-the-year, the more anxiety that parents and students will have. It is critical that all gradebooks are updated weekly and that you are regularly communicating with parents about their child's academic progress/performance. If you are having a problem getting in touch with a student's parents, please work with your grade level administrator to get working numbers.


Leave Requests During Standardized Testing (Reminder) - As we finalize testing with the South Carolina End-of-Course examination program, I want all staff members to know that your daily attendance is instrumental in creating an optimal testing environment. To ensure that we provide the best and most familiar environment for students during testing, I will not be approving any personal leave on these dates:

May 16, 17, 18, 19 - teachers administering EOC exams

If any employee has a pressing or emergency situation, let's discuss that in person so that I can help provide guidance.

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From Mrs. Young


Teachers, new websites are coming! During team meetings on May 17, we will go through basic website set up. Please come prepared with your bio (ready to copy and paste), and a picture / image ready to upload. Basic set up, if not completed during that meeting, will need to be complete by May 24.


Below are two videos that have been provided by the District to help with setting up your site and exploring the apps and resources. Additionally, I have provided a one-pager with basic directions as to how to complete your bio and upload your picture if you would like to take care of this prior to the team meeting.

Closing Thoughts

Our closing thought this week focuses on the concept of dealing with struggles in life. As professionals, we all encounter difficult circumstances that causes hesitation, frustration, and despair. In order to be able to deal with these types of circumstances, we must all possess a positive outlook along with tools for handling the situations we encounter. In my weekend reading, I ran across an amazing story that I wanted to share with everyone. It is a story called "The Struggles of our Lives."


Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.


Once the three pots began to boil, he placed carrots in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the carrots out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.


Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.


“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the carrots.” She did and noted that they were soft.


He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.


Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.


“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.


He then explained that the carrots, the eggs, and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The carrots went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.


“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”


The morale of this story is in life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about learning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive. Take four minutes and watch the video below. When you finish, Rise Up, tackle the adversity, and become an achiever!


Let's have an amazing week of teaching, learning, and End-of-Course testing in English 1H and Algebra 1H. We are Crew, not Passengers!


Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal

Andra Day - Rise Up [Official Music Video] [Introspective Version]

Professional Development Articles, Videos, and Events

SD5LRC Summer Professional Development Calendar

Monday, June 6th, 12am to Tuesday, Aug. 9th, 12am

Various SD5LRC Locations

See the schedule linked here.