The Buzz

Volume 3, Edition 3, September 10, 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

Happy Friday, Yellow Jackets!


We have had an amazing week of teaching and learning and are SO excited to celebrate "Friday Night Lights" for Senior Night at this evening's football game. Come out to W.C. Hawkins Stadium as we pay tribute to our football players, cheerleaders, Stingettes, athletic trainers, AFJROTC cadets, band members, and cross country runners!


With Irmo Pride,

Dr. Robin L. Hardy

New This Week:

Open House! Tuesday, September 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. (virtual through Google Meet)

Our Open House will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 14 from 6 - 7:30 p.m., using Google Meet video conferencing. During that time, Open House information and links to the virtual meetings with teachers can be found in this document.


Parents/Guardians, you will need to know your student's class schedule prior to Open House. This information can be accessed through Parent Portal. Need assistance with Parent Portal? Directions for accessing Parent Portal are here.


Please note that the links to the Google Meets with teachers will not work until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14.


Open House is a time to meet your student's teachers and learn more about the academic expectations in your student’s courses and teachers. We encourage families to refrain from confidential conversations. A form will be provided for questions and further discussion with your student’s teachers.


Before Open House, families are encouraged to view the introductory videos from our teachers that are included in this Pre-Open House presentation.


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday for our virtual Open House!

Register for the ASVAB Test by 9/13

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the test used by the U.S. Department of Defense to determine eligibility for service in the U.S. Armed Forces. The ASVAB test is offered at various times throughout the academic year here at IHS.


The next testing session offered at our school is on September 14. Use this form to register by noon on September 13.


Click here for study tips so you can do your very best on the ASVAB test.

School District Five Marching Band Exhibition Show, September 18, 7pm

See you at the BEST band show, featuring all LexRich5 high schools' marching bands, including our very own Bands of Irmo! This event is free for students with LexRich5 ID. Tickets are $5.


We will see you there, Yellow Jackets!

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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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.


Our School Counseling Office sends a monthly newsletter, full of important information! The first issue of the 2021-2022 school year was emailed to our Yellow Jacket families on Tuesday, September 7. The issue contained Meet-Your-Counselor information, SAT/ACT news, Scholarship info, and more!


Read the Irmo School Counseling September newsletter: https://www.smore.com/912fc-counselors-corner

School Counseling Seeks Your Input!

Our School Counseling Department is looking for feedback from parents and students to help your counselors make improvements and be able to properly address the needs of our students and families. Counselors are asking parents and students to provide helpful feedback by taking the surveys that are linked below.


There are different surveys for students and parents, so please carefully make sure that you are filling out the correct survey. Your answers are anonymous and we truly value your opinions!


Parent Survey: https://forms.gle/7bdtLjpepXkykd2v5


Student Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScC45uwi8m4jRk8Ov5oasRzO8taB2-ciWU8S3crTlbYc9tbSw/viewform

Athletics:


  • We celebrate an exciting win from Varsity Volleyball: 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 15-7!

  • Good luck to our Girls and Boys Swim Teams at the meet in Rock Hill on Saturday!

  • Tonight, Sept. 10, is SENIOR NIGHT for Cross Country, Football, Cheer, Band, Stingettes, JROTC and Athletic Trainers! Irmo Athletics will recognize the seniors in two groups. Before the game will be Football, Cheerleaders, and Trainers. At halftime we will recognize Band, Stingettes, JROTC, and Cross Country.

    Purchase a mobile ticket for Senior Night here: https://gofan.co/app/school/SC1145. All D5 employees are admitted free plus 1 guest, with District ID, at the pass gate.

  • Students can purchase a fall athletic pass for $20 at the Athletic Office.

  • 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.
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Magnet Programs: Focus on International Baccalaureate (IB)

Irmo High School International School for the Arts offers a choice of two International Baccalaureate programs!


Why International Baccalaureate (IB)?

  • IB students are well-rounded.
  • IB students form a community of lifelong learners.
  • IB students take charge of their own learning, yet have guidance while they shape their own lab experiments, research questions, and community service projects.
  • IB students are well prepared for college and can earn college credit.


All students in School District Five are eligible to attend these IB programs regardless of attendance zones.

Previously Published Information:

Need Assistance Getting Started with Parent Portal?

Are you new to Parent Portal or need assistance making sure you can access grade information for your child/children? Please view this presentation online for more information!

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.

School Pictures - Seniors and Underclassmen

Senior Information

Senior Yearbook Portraits will be taken on Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28. Students in the Class of 2022, visit https://seniors.legacystudios.com/irmo-high-school-columbia-sc/ to select your day and time. Your sitting fee must be paid at the time of booking.


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.

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


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