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Hidden Figures Field Trip
hidden figures

On Tuesday, February 14th, SPAWAR sponsored a screening of the film Hidden Figures for local students.  Thirty-three students from Zucker, accompanied by Ms. Lotts (guidance) and Ms. Price (front office) had the opportunity to attend.  Here is what Ms. Lotts had to say about the experience:

"The Hidden Figures field trip was tremendous!  Upon arrival there were booths set up for students to browse STEM companies like SPAWAR, NASA, and NUCOR.  

The movie was funny and moving!  Learning about how these three brilliant women overcame civil rights obstacles, yet still made such a tremendous impact on our nation is inspiring.  

The panel discussion was interesting.  There were motivational speakers from Google, Engineers from City of Charleston, and SPAWAR that spoke about their jobs, education and persistence, confidence, professional communication, body language, work ethic, motivation by wages, travel and more.  

The MC did three giveaways and all three were won by Zucker girls!  The trip was concluded with pizza, chips, and juice.  
​​​​Ms. Price and I encouraged the students to write thank you notes about what they learned."

Job Shadowing
job shadowing

The following information is from a press release sent out by the Charleston County Transportation Development:

"Charleston County Transportation Development hosted a local Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) student for job shadowing on Thursday, Feb. 2. Jerry Zucker Middle School sixth-grader Tim'mia Habersham experienced a day in the life of a civil engineer, shadowing Transportation Development Director Steve Thigpen. 

Jerry Zucker Middle School’s counselor Jordane Lotts explained the math and science school selected the student because of her noticeable interest and aptitude in the pre-engineering course Gateway to Technology.

'Shadowing is great hands-on experience,' said Lotts.  'It gives you the opportunity to see first-hand that skills you learn in school are related to the skills you need to be successful in the workplace.'

The shadowing kicks off a new year for the Careers in Transportation program, where Charleston County Transportation Development engineers and staff participate in career fair and job shadowing events throughout the school district. 

'We are proud of the work our staff has done with local schools to help engage young engineers,' said Transportation Development Director Steve Thigpen. 'Charleston County works hard to improve the infrastructure in our community and we will continue to play a role in shaping future generations in the transportation field.'

Programs like Careers in Transportation inform the public about how road construction is more than just building; It has cultural, economic and social impacts on the community. Charleston County Transportation Development supports STEM and other education programs as a civic responsibility to educate local youth about the importance of forward-thinking, economical infrastructure development. 

Visit the official website at for public meeting notices and up-to-date news and information about all Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax road projects. Anyone with questions about the project can call Charleston County’s Transportation Development Department at (843) 202-6140."

1st Semester Awards6th grade

Congratulations to our 6th grade A Honor Roll students.  Pictured above are Assistant Principal Ms. Wheless and Guidance Counselor Mr. Brooks with the students who made all As on their first semester report card: Meagan Brown, Kasyiah Dunham, Neida Hernandez Avila, Andre Jackson, Fernando Coronado Hernandez, Miguel Mejia-Cobos, Sa'Myah Parker, Ameerah King, Mary Hill, Brooklynn Martin, Priceless Johnson, Carlos Ortiz Hernandez, and Kyla Towles.

Congratulations to our 6th grade A/B Honor Roll students.  Pictured above are Assistant Principal Ms. Wheless, 6th grade ELA teacher Ms. Mustipher and Guidance Counselor Mr. Brooks with the students who made all As and Bs on their first semester report card: Darnaishia Gadsden Goss, Jonah McFadden, Jerome Simmons, Ahmara Richardson, Ja'berie Cobb, Monica Ramirez Tanner, Jasmine King, Zion Cartwright, Savannah Smith, Fredi Francisco-Hernandez, Spring Lara Hernandez, Randall Tellez Linarte, Esmeralda Hernandez Gil, Roberto Bautista Martinez, Peyton Littman, Kwame Smalls, Dennise Legare, Melanay Taylor, Donovan Simmons, Ashley Huerfano, Tim'mia Habersham, Helen Sanchez-Oseguera, Caidyn Thieman, Tiffany Hammond, and Kaleelah El-Amin.

JZMS Spelling Champ Advances to Regional Bee
Cassandra Drollinger

Congratulations to 7th grader Cassandra Drollinger for her outstanding performance in the Charleston County School District Spelling Bee on January 19th!  She is one of the top five spellers in Charleston County and will compete in the Regional Spelling Bee at Charleston Southern University on March 9th.

Channel 4 WCIV & Church's Chicken "Pay It Forward" AwardPay It Forward

Congratulations to Ms. Sherri Vanderhorst who was nominated by Ms. Knox and Ms. Price for the Channel 4 News & Church's Chicken "Pay It Forward" award for community members who make a positive impact on our world through their volunteer efforts.  Ms. Vanderhorst is our always-helpful and always-cheerful volunteer JZMS receptionist.  Thank you to Ms. Vanderhorst for making our school and community a better place, and thank you to Ms. Knox and Ms. Price for taking the time to nominate her! For more photos, see the photo gallery at left.  To see the segment that aired on News Channel 4 click here.

Ms. Masuga Named CCSD Teacher of the Month
CCSD Teacher of the Month

Meet Kyra Masuga, special education teacher at Jerry Zucker Middle School.

Ms. Masuga was selected as CCSD's Teacher of the Month because of her advocacy for her students and dedication to the profession.

"As a first year teacher last fall, Ms. Masuga co-taught an adaptive art class where general ed students were paired with students from her class. It was such a meaningful experience for them, that she is now leading Project UNIFY, where she is fostering inclusive opportunities for the students at Zucker---including leadership and respect for all." - Beth Wheless

For more photos, see the photo gallery at left.  See the announcement on CCSD's Facebook page and YouTube.