Welcome Back !

Irmo High School - International School for the Arts

Principal's Message

Dear Faculty and Staff of Irmo High School,

I trust that each of you have enjoyed your summer with family and friends and ready to begin a new year! Going into my second year, I am even more excited. Our new performing arts center will open this year, there are a number of renovations going on to include additional classroom space, and a new look to the front entrance of the school. We have a talented diverse group of new teachers starting with us this year. Preparations are being made for a new staff orientation to be held on August 4.

Frank Bynum and his staff continue to work hard in getting the buildings ready for your occupancy. I commend them for the great job they have done.

Irmo High has a proud past and a bright future, one that will never compromise the tradition of excellence. I look forward to seeing you on August 12th!

Dave Riegel


Welcome Week - Schedule of Events

Tuesday, August 12

8:00 – 8:30 - Welcome Back Breakfast - Cafeteria

8:30 – 11:30 - Principal's presentation

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 - Way Point - GPS activity - Cafeteria

2:00 - 4:00 - Instructional Cabinet, Enrichment/Advisory Team, Arts Pilot Team,

PBIS Team, Bee Fit Team, Focus Teams

*Note* Please bring your iPad or laptop for the entire day

Wednesday, August 13

8:30 - 11:00 - D5 District Kick-off - Irmo High School Gym

11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 - Department Meetings - locations TBA by your department leader

Thursday, August 14

D5 Professional Development - Various locations

Information to come from Sara Kearns via email.

If you have not chosen a PD route for the 2014-2015 school year, please email Ellen Henderson asap.

Friday, August 15

8:00 - 12:00 - Arts Magnet Speakers - Christine Fisher and Kathy Stanley from The University of South Carolina (certified and support staff)

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 - Arts Magnet PD (certified staff only)

Monday, August 18

8:00 - 12:00 - Teacher workday (work in your rooms)

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 - Teacher workday (work in your rooms)

What about my syllabus ?

This year you will have the option this year to copy an abbreviated version of your course syllabus to send home with students on the first day. A one page document with an attached signature page totaling two pages per student. It is required that each student receives a signature page (QR code optional) to take home. The complete version of the syllabus must be posted on your teacher’s website on the homepage.

The following items must be included on the abbreviated hard copy:

I. Course Description

II. Texts & Supplemental Materials

III. Fees & Explanation

IV. Grading Policy

V. Classroom Management Plan

Parents will be given the option to request a printed copy of the complete syllabus on the return signature page.

Submission / Printing options

We will begin accepting copy requests for the upcoming school year on Tuesday, August 12.

Please submit a copy of your course syllabi to department leaders no later than Monday, August 18 at noon. The final and complete version of your course syllabi should be submitted to your department leader via email.

The deadline for posting your syllabi (complete versions) on your teacher webpage is Friday, August 22. New teachers may request samples of previous course syllabi from their department leaders.

*Note - Syllabus format will be emailed to you.

Bloodborne Pathogen and Field Trip Training

OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Training

OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen training will be conducted via the D5 website. The link will be sent to you. Please complete this training by Friday, August 29th.

Field Trip Training

Any teacher who intends to take students on a field trip needs to complete this training module and it on file with Nurse Powell. The link will be sent to you. Please complete this training by Friday, August 29th. We encourage all teachers to do complete this training just in case you later decide to take your students off campus.

Welcome to the family ! New Yellow Jackets join the hive !

Math - Dept. Leader Willie Frierson

William Lenard

JW Montgomery

English - Dept. Leader Jennifer Tudor

James Hane

Mona Elleithee

Science - Dept. Leader Allison Smith

Megan Crawford

Social Studies - Dept. Leader Karen Heath

Andrew Walker

CATE - Dept. Leader Carolyn Diaz

Angela McGregor

Virginia “Hope” Deese

Carmen Y. Washington

Special Ed - Dept. Placement Chair Kirsten Smith

Edna Kay Calhoun-Dreher (Resource)

Danielle Strickland (Job Coach)

Performing Arts - Dept. Leader Catie Smylie

Robert Giovanelli (Percussionist)

Lee Brasche (Chorus)

World Language - Dept. Leader Michael Buerstner

Katherine Cain (ESOL)

Emily Barber (Spanish)

Alison Lloyd (French)


Kelli Thiebar


Reggie Kennedy (AD/Head Football Coach)

Tim Kinney (Athletic Trainer)

John Dickinson (Assistant Athletic Trainer)

Guidance Guidance Director Robert Taylor

Candace Kannaday (Career Development Facilitator)

Current Staff Changes

Jennifer Tudor - English Department Leader

Michael Buerstner - World Language Department Leader

Allison Smith - Science Department Leader

Willie Frierson - Math Department Leader