The Buzz

Volume 2, Edition 26 April 30, 2021


We are thrilled to congratulate our Science Fair winners; Joe Gentry, Harrison Pham and Savannah Folding. Thank you for representing Irmo High School and yourselves so intelligently and professionally. We are extremely proud of your accomplishments and all your hard work! #ThisIsIrmo
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College Indicators:

20 or higher on the ACT

1020 or Higher on SAT

Three or Higher on AP Exam

Four or Higher on IB Exam

6 Hrs of Dual Enrollment Credit (with a C or better)

Career Indicators:

Silver or Higher on WIN

32 or Higher on ASVAB

40 hours of WBL (Senior Internship)

*CTE Completer + Career Certification



We would like to extend our Congratuations to Kyle Yobs and Charity Simmons on their completion of the District Leadership Academy!!

Each year, school leaders recommend candidates from the schools of Lexington-Richland District 5 to participate in the district's Leadership Academy. The candidate(s) chosen by their principals are individuals who reflect leadership talents, skills, and a desire to pursue positions in school administration. The program is designed to provide additional training, resources and coaching to help educators reach their full potential.

Ms. Simmons is a CATE teacher, as well as the Future Business Leaders of America sponsor. She also serves as the Advanced Placement coordinator and chair of the college and career readiness committee.

Mr. Yobs is a social studies teacher. In addition to bringing history to life for our students, he assists with testing coordination. He also serves as a liaison with institutions of higher eductation to host classroom interns.

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Read and see all about it! Shoutout to Peter Lauzon, our Science Department and students for being featured by WACH Fox 57 last week for our solar panel renewable energy efforts. WLTX aired their story on the 6:00 pm edition on April 22. For the newcast, photos and write up, go to the Wach Fox 57 website under local news, or click this link:

Congratulations to Mr. Lauzon, the Science Department and students involved in these important and educational conservation efforts. #ThisIsIrmo


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your Teacher or Administrator's job one day? Then read on in the flier below. You can learn what working in the amazing and truly honorable field of education is all about!
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Order your yearbook today!

Only 70 copies remain available for sale.

Yearbooks can be purchased at for $70.

Just search Irmo High School.

All books must be pre-ordered

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Parents and students of the Class of 2021 should have received an email from the Irmo High School Counseling Department earlier this week titled Class of 2021 School Counseling Information. This email contains information about important tasks that need to be completed by graduating students to ensure a successful transition into their post secondary plans. If you did not receive this email please contact the Irmo High School Counseling Department at 803-476-3005 or your student's assigned school counselor.


Each year the South Carolina Department of Education hosts an annual statewide event to recognize high school seniors who have chosen to serve our country by enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces or attending one of our distinguished military service academies. In order to ensure that all IHS students who qualify are recognized, students should complete this form no later than May 2, 2021. If you have questions please contact Ms. Rice, Career Specialist, at or by visiting Room 106. Upon completing this form you will be contacted with further directions.

The virtual celebration will air on May 27, 2021. A red, white, and blue honor cord will be distributed to all students who qualify to wear at graduation ceremonies.


Decision Day Kickback will be held on May 7th in the Back of the Media Center during all lunches! Students should only attend during your assigned lunch period. FIVE Students are welcome to attend during the FIVE lunch period ( 11:35am-12:05pm) but must complete the form below, which can also be accessed by this link to confirm your attendance.

You can also view the official Decision Day flier, which is attached to this week's Buzz.



South Carolina statute (Act 135 of 1993) requires each of the state’s local School Improvement Councils (SICs) to publish and distribute a Report to the Parents by April 30 of each year. In accordance and compliance with this statute, Irmo High School's Report to Parents is now available for viewing. It can be found at this link:

It is posted on our school website and can be viewed by selecting the Our School tab, then navigating to the School Improvement Council Page. For your convenience, it is also attached to this week's Buzz.

This document contains wonderful highlights and information. We encourage all to take a few minutes and see just some of the amazing accomplishments that occurred at Irmo High School in a year like no other! #IrmoStrong


Attached to this week's Buzz is a new flier regarding AP exams concerning "Preparing for Exam Day." The fliers provided last week also remain a part of this week's attachments for any who may have missed them.

These contain very important information for any student and parents/guardians of students taking AP exams. Please click on the fliers and read them carefully to be ready for success!


In preparation for the end of the school year, there will be two new segments in the Buzz beginning next week, and continuing to the end of the school year.

One will be for the graduates of 2021, and one for our rising Seniors, graduates of 2022. Each will be highlighted with the logos featured below. They will contain important dates, information, resources, etc. for this and next year's graduates.

Please make sure to check these out if you have a Senior or rising Senior.


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  • Map Testing - Geometry & Algebra 1
  • May 4 - AP Exam - Calculus AB
  • May 7 - Senior Decision Day Drop-in - During student lunches



If you missed something in a prior edition of The Buzz, or just want to revisit an issue, all publications can be viewed at this link:


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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Due to an influx of parent/guardian questions and concerns, we are providing the following information via SCDE. We hope this will assist in clarification.

The SCDE Office of Research and Data Analysis (ORDA) compiles and provides the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) with a student-level data file of potentially eligible students. This file of potentially eligible students is generated from various sources including school and district level data maintained in PowerSchool and the district’s Nutrition program. DSS is responsible for the final eligibility determination and the administration of the P-EBT program.

The following are criteria are used to identify a student as potentially eligible for the P-EBT benefit.

1. Student attends a CEP school or is eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch

HWES, IHS, IMS, LES, NRES, and SOES are CEP schools. Students enrolled at these schools, by default, meet the Free/Reduced requirement to be potentially eligible for the P-EBT benefit.

Alternatively, a student may meet Free/Reduced Lunch status by:

• Completion and approval of the Free/Reduced Lunch application

• The student identified as Head Start in the current year PowerSchool and enrolled in a PK program

• The student identified as SNAP/TANF through a matching process with DSS data

The LR5 Student Nutrition Department can confirm a student’s current F/R Lunch Eligibility status.

Student must be enrolled and participate in virtual learning via a 100 percent virtual schedule or a hybrid schedule and must meet a minimum number of virtual days present.

The student is marked in PowerSchool as virtually present (SC_VTP) one or more days through Meeting attendance (secondary schools) for 50% or more of the day.

Students must be present at least 50% of the day to be counted virtually present (SC-VTP) for the P-EBT benefit.

LR5 school personnel/attendance clerks can confirm the number of SC-VTP present days recorded in a student's PowerSchool attendance record.

SCDE has confirmed via a memo to Superintendents dated 4/20/21 that "The results of the first round of P-EBT payments have highlighted unexpected issues with the systems and data..." In some instances, the calculation method used to process virtual attendance resulted in inaccuracies in attendance counts reported for various student sub-sets.

Schools will continue to review and update student attendance records to ensure a high level of accuracy for the next data collection period. Errors in the calculation of student virtual attendance counts, due to the known errors reported by SCDE, will be corrected prior to SCDE’s next P-EBT data compilation. Missed P-EBT benefits for eligible students that were excluded from this first round of payments in error will be included in the next payment cycle, estimated May 15, 2021.

#IrmoStrong #FearTheStingIHS #ThisIsIrmo