Principal's List Students Recognized at North Charleston City Hallcity hall

Students who made the Principal's List (all As) during the first semester were recognized by North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey at North Charleston City Hall on February 23rd.  The following students were on the Principal's List: Meagan Brown, Fernando Coronado Hernandez, Kasyiah Dunham, Mary Hill, Priceless Johnson, Ameerah King, Brooklynn Martin, Miguel Mejia-Cobos, Sa'Myah Parker, and Kyla Towles (6th graders); Alexis Bacani, M'Mah Camara, Mebron Cayabyab, Christiana Paraiso, and Kyla Perrineau (7th graders); and Jessica Castro, Leslie Coronado Hernandez, Yahira Gonzalez, Alyssa Kapinos, and Angela Ramirez-Arreola (8th graders).

Pizza with the Principalreaders

The top readers in each grade were treated to Pizza with the Principal in the library media center on February 22nd.  Pictured above are Principal Jacob Perlmutter with 8th graders Yahira Gonzalez, Alyssa Kapinos, Maria Lozano Nataren, and Leslie Coronado Hernandez.  For more photos, see the photo gallery at left.  For a list of the top readers in each grade, click here.

Tuskegee Airmen Career DayTuskegee Airmen

On Thursday, February 23rd, five students had the opportunity to participate in the annual Tuskegee Airmen Career Day at Joint Base Charleston.  The event, which is designed for middle and high school males, brings education, awareness, and focus to students on Air Force opportunities in aviation. This field trip was organized by Mr. Brooks, JZMS guidance counselor, and chaperoned by Mr. Crankfield, parent advocate. Pictured above are 8th graders Aydan Kapinos, Anthony Harris, and Joshua Chapman; 7th graders Sequan Myers and Kentrell Simmons; and Mr. Crankfield.  For more photos, see the photo gallery at left.

Hidden Figures Field Triphidden 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 Awards


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" Award

Pay 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 onCCSD's Facebook page and YouTube.

Spelling Bee

spelling bee
Congratulations to JZMS spelling bee winners Cassandra Drollinger, 1st place; Kentrell Simmons, 2nd place; and Troy McFadden, 3rd place.  All three winners are in 7th grade.  Cassie will represent JZMS at the Charleston County School District Spelling Bee in January 2017.

Sock Drive
sock drive

Students in Ms. Delice's and Ms. Gether's classes organized a "sock drive" to collect socks for the residents at Agape Senior Assisted Living.  The residents were very appreciative for the love shown and gifts received, while the students were deeply moved by the gratitude and joy expressed by the residents.  Ms. Delice and Ms. Gethers would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Alban and his students for helping out with the sock drive, and to Ms. Wheless for coordinating the Adopt-a-Grandparent program between Agape Senior Assisted Living and JZMS.  Photo Gallery.

Holiday Gift Giving
holiday project

The InterTech Group, Inc. Holiday Project donated gifts for several JZMS families again this year.  The kindness and generosity of their employees who practice the spirit of giving is so appreciated. Pictured above are some of the gifts that they donated.  More pictures are included in the Photo Gallery.

Additionally, one of our other business partners, Boeing, donated gifts for our Angel Tree.  Many JZMS staff members also donated. Pictured below are some wonderful employees of Boeing with gifts they brought.

Muffins for Mom
Muffins for Mom

Moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, and female role models were invited to share breakfast with their students in the cafeteria on December 15, 2016. The event included  performances by the JZMS Band, Strings, and cheerleaders. Special guests included Charleston Municipal Court Judge Alesia Rico Flores, officers from the North Charleston Police Department, players from the Charleston Battery, and Mary Kay Inc. Beauty Consultant Arcenia Gibbs.  Thank you to Publix, Food Lion, Chick-fil-A, and Dunkin Donuts for donating the breakfast.  Photo Gallery.

Day of Caring

Volunteers from ATI participated in Day of Caring at JZMS on November 18th.  They updated the tennis court area, did some landscaping and gardening projects around campus, and visited several classrooms to work with students.  Photo Gallery

​Career & Technology Week

Career Week at Jerry Zucker Middle School, November 14-18, 2016, with Career & Technology Teacher Mrs. Carolyn Anderson was a huge success! Speakers for the week included CTR, Oncology Analytics, Treatment Summary Specialist, Certified Tumor Registrar Mrs. Ebony Johnson,Officer Hunter, Correctional Officer,Ms. Rhonda Wilson from Drizzled Pear, ReKia Seanequa Rivers, Verizon Wireless by the way of Ghostwriter and Tangible Magic Peer Mentoring Program, Dominique Asunción, & Catherine Dwight both Graduates of Charleston Fashion Design School,USAF Loadmasters, Airman, Mr. Bruce of All State, Mr. Gladden (1st year teacher at Zucker) and Professional Stylist Ms. Ebony from Flawless Hair Salon!    Photo Gallery

​​Pink Out!
pink out

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Veteran's Day