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May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016 Irmo Middle School 6051 Wescott Road Columbia, SC 29212 (803) 476-3600 www.lexrich5.org/ims School

Irmo Middle School 6051 Wescott Road Columbia, SC 29212 (803) 476-3600

www.lexrich5.org/ims

School Hours:

8:20 a.m.3:35 p.m.

Inside this issue:

Chromebook collection

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Lattimore Leadership Academy

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Middle School Years

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New Your Expedition

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PTSO Volunteer Form

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8th Grade Social

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Summer School Info

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D5 Dance Marathon

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SCPASS Testing

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EQUIP

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Dates to Remember:

Tues 5/10

G40 Mtg. 7:45-8:10 Media Center

NYC Expedition Trip:

Rising 8th graders @ 6 pm, IMS Café Wed 5/11

SC PASS: Science Thurs 5/12

SC PASS Social Studies

Spring Chorus Concert 7 pm @ Irmo High Auditorium Fri 5/13

FCA Mtg. 7:40-8:10 AM Room 904

8th Grade Social: 7-10 pm @ IMS Café

Thank you PTSO for the wonderful hamburgers and hot dogs last week for Teacher Appreciation Week!

If you have news for the Buzz, email Allison Redick at aredick@lexrich5.org.

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at aredick@lexrich5.org. The Buzz at Irmo Middle School “ Creating successful students for the challenges of

Creating successful students for the challenges of tomorrow”

Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Principal https://twitter.com/IMS_Principal

rsjackso@lexrich5.org

https://twitter.com/IMS_Principal rsjackso@lexrich5.org First Place - IMS Nutrition Team Irmo Middle’s Student

First Place - IMS Nutrition Team

rsjackso@lexrich5.org First Place - IMS Nutrition Team Irmo Middle’s Student Nutrition Team earned a first

Irmo Middle’s Student Nutrition Team earned a first place finish in the District Five Macaroni and Cheese Cook Off at the iGrow Garden Party held at Irmo Middle School April 29th. They competed against 10 other school’s in the dis- trict. Their recipe consisted on macaroni, special cheese blend, broccoli, ham, and onion. “I am so proud of the work of our Student Nutrition Team. They continue to represent our school in a distin- guished manner. (Robert S. Jackson, Principal).” Please join us in congratulating our Student Nutrition Team for their exemplary per- formance.

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Student Government Fund Raiser

Domino's Slice the Price Card offers you a BOGO opportunity for the rest of 2016!!

With this card you can get a "FREE" large pizza for every large pizza purchased!!

"FREE" large pizza for every large pizza purchased!! This is a GREAT deal for you and

This is a GREAT deal for you and will help Student Government raise funds!! The cards are on sale through Monday, May 16. Can purchase

from any Student Government member. If you have any questions please call, 476-3669.

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Nurse’s Note

Nurse’s Note Parents, if your child has "as needed" medicine(s)

Parents, if your child has "as needed" medicine(s) in the Health Room, you may begin picking it up between the hours of 8:00 a.m.

and 4:00 p.m. Please be reminded that we can not send medica- tions home with your student: a parent or guardian MUST pick it

up. Any medications NOT picked up by the last day of school will be discarded. If you have any questions please call Nurse Jackson at 476-3609 or 476-3730.

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Irmo Middle School Volunteer Opportunities

Irmo Middle School Volunteer Opportunities Book Fair Hospitality PBIS Ways and Means

Book Fair

Hospitality

PBIS

Ways and Means

School Store

Special Events

Business Partners

Membership/Volunteer Coordinator

See Volunteer Form below in this Newsletter page 7

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School District Five intermediate and middle schools will collect all district issued Chromebooks and chargers
in
order to service and prepare the devices for the 2016-17 school year. All students must turn
in Chromebooks and
chargers according to the collection schedule on the back of this letter or a bill will be sent for the full replacement price
of
the device.
Before turning in the Chromebook and charger, students need to do the following:
1.
Remove their student profile by following these steps:
Log out of device
Click on top right corner of your profile picture
Choose Remove User
2.
Clean the device (https://www.wevideo.com/view/379364335)
Clean the screen with a soft, dry antistatic, or microfiber cloth.
Do not use window cleaner or any type of liquid on the Chromebook without adult supervision.
You may use packaged pre-moistened eyeglass lens cleaning tissues to clean the screen.
3.
Charge the device to at least 60% (a full charge is preferred)
If
the Chromebook currently has any issues or damages, please do not wait until collection time
to notify the school’s
help desk. During collection, if the Chromebook shows signs of damage or malfunction, the student will be asked to write
a
statement describing the damage, what caused the damage, and when the damage occurred.
The statement and the de-
vice will be submitted to the insurance company. In the event that the insurance claim is denied, a bill will be sent to
the
home address for the amount of the damage. All charges must be cleared before the student is issued a device
next year.
Possible charges:
a.
Charger:
$40.00 if not turned in or if not working properly
b.
Total replacement: $300.00
c.
Other charges for damage or loss of parts will be subject to review by the Technology Department. Parent will be
notified if charges are necessary.
d.
After collection, students will receive a receipt to verify the device was turned in and to note
any damages or charges.
D5
full
Technology Services will remotely disable any Chromebooks not turned in by the deadline and a bill for the
replacement value will be sent.
Students will turn in their Chromebooks and charging cords with their social studies teacher.
DEADLINES:
Students will need to have their Chromebooks and charging cords (or payment for lost devices/cords)
turned in prior to June 1.
LOCATION:
Media center - Students will be escorted by their social studies teacher on their designated day.
Friday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
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8th grade
6th & 7th grade
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Holiday -
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Half Day
1
Half Day
2
Half Day
No School
Make-up
Make-up
COLLECTION DATES/TIMES:
Please note that students will turn in their textbooks on the same day they turn
Chromebooks. They will turn in their textbooks through their math class.
in
If
you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Young at 476-3748.

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New York Expedition 2017

Open to all current 7th graders

the IMS cafe. Please

spread out the payments over 9 months!

Itinerary

Expedition 2017 Open to all current 7th graders the IMS cafe. Please spread out the payments

Sign up for the trip soon

over 9 months! Itinerary Sign up for the trip soon The introduction meeting for the expedition
over 9 months! Itinerary Sign up for the trip soon The introduction meeting for the expedition

The introduction meeting for the expedition will be Tuesday May 10th at 6:00pm in

come and get information about the trip including an itinerary, web page information, fund raisers, and a possible

free expedition! The meeting should last about 30 minutes and will be informative.

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PTSO Volunteer Form
2016—2017 School Year
Welcome to Irmo Middle School! We would love for you to be a part of the IMS Parent Teacher Student Organi-
zation! PTSO Volunteers are vital to the success of Irmo Middle School. Research shows that grades and test
scores rise for Middle School children when parents are involved. So, your involvement is
more important now,
than ever. There are volunteer opportunities for to meet everyone’s schedule. Please join us!
Volunteer Opportunities:
Please check which areas you would be interested in serving (please see below for description of committees):
PTSO Executive Board Committees:
Book Fair
School
Store
Hospitality
Special Events
PBIS
Business
Partners
Ways
& Means
Volunteer Coordinator
Contact Information:
Student(s)
1)
Grade
2)
Grade
Parent(s)/ Guardian Name
Email Address
Mailing Address
Home Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Please label and return this form ASAP to the front office of the school for the PTSO Box. Someone from the
PTSO Executive Board or Mr. Jackson’s secretary will be in touch with you soon.
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8 TH GRADE SOCIAL
Friday, May 13
7 - 10:00pm, IMS Cafeteria
IMS students ONLY. $10.00 per person (No Refunds).
Theme is Masquerade Under the Stars
Hors devours, dessert and drinks will be served along with a jamming D.J.
The attire is dress your best, NO BLUE JEANS! Dresses can be strapless or spaghetti strap, but MUST BE FIN-
GERTIP LENGTH.
Tickets will be sold during 8 th Grade Lunches, starting May 2 – May13th
Permission forms must be turned in and any outstanding Id debts must be paid before a student can pur-
chase a ticket.
Students will not be able to enter the 8 th Grade Social without a ticket and school ID.
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets!!
Contact Windy Jones @ 803-476-3658 - any questions or interested in being a chaperone.
SEE YOU AT THE SOCIAL!!
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2015-16 Summer School Information
The following dates have been approved for students who will be attending Summer
School 2016 at Irmo Middle School. We are sharing this information early with stu-
dents, parents, and families so everyone can plan for their summer vacations. We are
very confident that our interactions and interventions throughout the year will mini-
mize and/or eliminate the need for summer school for most (if not all of our students).
If you need any information about summer school, please contact Mr. Glenn Hutto,
Assistant Principal for Instruction at (803)476-3663.
The Middle School Summer School Program is designed for current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who attend
or
are zoned for Irmo Middle School and have not mastered the course standards in English, Social Studies,
Math, or Science. This program is streamlined to concentrate on academic mastery.
A.
Who attends summer school?
1.
Rising 7th and 8th grade students who have failed either one or two academic subjects.
2.
Those students who have failed three or more classes are ineligible to attend summer school and may be re-
tained in their current grade.
3.
Out of district students cannot enroll in this program.
B.
Where will summer school be held? At Irmo Middle School for rising 7th, 8th and 9th
graders.
C.
the
What are the dates for summer school? Current 6th, 7th and 8th graders will take courses offered only on
following dates:
Week 1:
June 13, 14, 15, 16
Monday-Thursday
Week 2:
June 20, 21, 22, 23
Monday-Thursday
Week 3:
June 27, 28
Monday-Tuesday
D.
What times will students attend?
Students will attend from 8:30am – 1:30pm. There will be no afternoon sessions.
E.
How will my student get to summer school? Parents are responsible for transportation arrangements (to
and
from summer school).
F.
How do I register my child for summer school? Registration packets will be available in the spring on our
website and in the main office at the school.

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Wednesday, May 11th- Science Thursday, May 12th - Social Studies Monday, May 16th - EOC, English 1 Honors Only Tuesday, May 17th - EOC English 1 Honors Only Wednesday, May 18th - EOC Algebra 1 Honors Only Thursday, May 19th - EOC Algebra 1 Honors Only

child’s performance on

each morning.

Students need 8 -

dow. If it is absolutely necessary, schedule afternoon appointments as we will test

Take away their mobile devices, gaming systems and/or TV to eliminate distractions. 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night to perform at optimum level.

Each morning, make sure your student eats a healthy breakfast.

Ensure your student reports to school early (8:00am).

Arrive early on test day.

Be comfortable but alert.

Try to answer questions in a strategic order; that is, answer the easy questions first to tackle the difficult questions last.

Leave mobile devices at home or shut them off completely once you enter the campus.

A final step for students is to review their tests after completion, making sure they any questions, miss-mark any answers, or made any other type of careless mistake.

Instruction, 476-3612). Additionally, you can visit the South Carolina Department of Education website for

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Spring standardized testing season is upon us. Irmo Middle School will administer SC READY, SCPASS and EOCEP assessments to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on the following dates:

Parents and/or guardians, there are several steps you can take to help maximize your these exams:

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Make sure your student is present for each day of testing. Schedule all appointments outside the testing win-

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Make sure that all 6th graders bring their Chromebooks to school fully charged on testing dates, as their as- sessments will be administered online.

Talk with your child about all three exams (SCREADY, SCPASS, and EOC) to help reduce test anxiety, encour- age your child to focus and put forth their best effort when encountering difficult questions on the test and remember to praise your child when he or she performs well on assessments such as the EOC, which provides instant feedback.

Students, here are a few steps you can take to enhance your performance during testing:

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Stay relaxed and confident. When nerves take over, remember to take several slow, deep breaths and relax.

These few simple steps could help Irmo Middle School students earn exemplary results. For more information about testing you may contact Sheila Inabinet (Guidance Director, 476-3670) or Glenn Hutto (Assistant Principal

for

additional information.

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