Zucker Selected Unified Champion School
special olympics

Zucker was recently selected as one of nine Special Olympics South Carolina Unified Champion Schools for the 2016-17 school year. Unified Champion Schools offer inclusive sports, student leadership and advocacy, and school-wide support of students with disabilities. Each Unified Champion Schools received a cash award and gift cards for sports equipment to develop athletes of all abilities. Ms. Kyra Masuga, exceptional children educator, is Zucker's Special Olympics South Carolina teacher-sponsor.

Mr. & Miss Lightning Crownedmr. miss lightning

Congratulations to 7th graders Adriann Ellison and M'Mah Camara who were crowned Mr. & Miss Lightning during the Mr. & Miss Lightning "One Shining Moment" pageant on April 29th. Also competing in the pageant were 6th graders Kaleelah El-Amin, Caidyn Thieman, and Layla Yates.  The pageant was organized by Mr. Al McCullough.  For more photos, see the photo gallery at left.

JZMS Parents Graduate from Cooking Matters Coursecooking matters

On April 26th, several parents at Jerry Zucker Middle graduated from the Lowcountry Foodbank's Cooking Matters course. Each week for the past several weeks, these parents met up at Zucker to get more information on how to prepare healthy meals for their families. The course is part of Zucker's Parenting Partners program which is facilitated by JZMS Parent Advocate Mr. Dwayne Crankfield.  See the photo gallery at left for more photos.

Hendrick Career Cafehendrick

Rick Hendrick Automotive presented a career cafe on April 25th.  The event was designed to interest students in careers in the automotive industry.  Two representatives from Hendrick shared a video and spoke about their experience working in the auto industry.  After the presentation, students had the opportunity to check out a Team Hendrick race car.  For more photos from the event, see the photo gallery at left.

Zucker Students Participate in Special Olympicsspecial olympics

Nine student athletes from Ms. Kyra Masuga's class competed at the Area 6 Special Olympics Spring Games on Friday, April 21st. The athletes competed in 50 and 100 meter runs or walks, softball throw, and standing long jump. Peer buddies accompanied the student athletes to help them and cheer them on in their events.  See the photo gallery at left for more photos from the event.

ZMS Lightning Opens Soccer Season with a Winning Game

The North Charleston Recreation Department Middle School Soccer League season began on Thursday, April 20th with the Zucker Lightning taking on the Northwoods Nighthawks.  The following first game recap was provided by JZMS Principal Jacob Perlmutter:  

"This promises to be an amazing soccer season, folks... We opened with fireworks tonight between our league dominant ZMS Lightning under the direction of champion coach Dwayne Crankfield and our
crosstown rival Northwoods Nighthawks under new management.  They
brought a high energy coach of their own who fielded a high energy
team who delivered end-to-end action tonight.  We knew everyone was
gonna bring their best when they came for us but didn't know it would
start with the opening whistle of the season.  In the first half, your
Lightning scored on a nifty ball from Alex into newcomer Andre, a cute but dangerous kid from Sanders' homeroom who looks an awful lot like our former phenom Taryll. Also in the first half, Oscar Hernandez went down with a serious ankle injury causing Mr. Perlmutter to suffer from flashbacks of watching "Frozen" on repeat in Spanish in the pediatric ER with his little sisters last winter. The Lightning took their 1 to 0 lead into the half time
break... but everyone knew that lead wouldn't hold... the steady
referees whistles and steady gnats ate up the first minutes of the
second half until a questionable call awarded the Nighthawks a penalty
kick which they converted to tie the game with 10 minutes remaining.
Coach Crankfield immediately sent his starters back out for an all out
assault to regain the lead, which they did on a great shot from Lucio
who turned in an amazing all-around performance showing both
leadership and humility on the field. The Lightning rode out the final
few minutes as the Nighthawks desperately tried to equalize to no
avail. Lightning win!!! The Lightning take game one! This season is
going to be amazing!"  Click here to see the 2017 season schedule.

Annual Camping Tripcamping

JZMS students attended a two-day camping trip at Camp Ho Non Wah on Wadmalaw Island on April 6-7, 2017.  The trip is a highly anticipated annual event rewarding students who have met their reading goal for the year and demonstrated positive behaviors throughout the year.  Photos from the trip are included in the photo gallery at left. Click here to see a post about the camping trip on the CCSD Facebook page.

JZMS Parents Go on a Nutrition Tour with Lowcountry Food Banknutrition tour

On April 19, 2017 Jerry Zucker's parents went on a store nutrition tour with Lowcountry Food Bank at Food Lion. During the grocery store tour they learned about the fundamentals of clean food selections, how to prioritize the facts on a nutrition panel, natural sweeteners and best alternatives, new fruits and vegetables and how to store and prepare them, techniques for avoiding temptation, best butcher cuts and significance of hormone-free and antibiotic-free proteins, and varieties of grains including gluten-free options and how to use them in a meal. The store nutrition tour was organized by Mr. Dwayne Crankfield, JZMS's Parent Advocate, and is part of the Cooking Matters Program for JZMS parents.  See the Cooking Matters photo gallery at left for photos of the tour.

JZMS Band Receives Superior Rating band

The JZMS Band under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Yeager recently attended the South Carolina Concert Band Performance Assessment where they earned a Superior rating. 

According to Dr. Yeager, "Middle and high school bands from across the state participate in this event each year, which occurs at several sites. The students prepare three pieces to play for three judges, and the judges provide comments and assign ratings. After performing the prepared pieces, bands play a piece of music that neither the students, nor the director, has ever seen. Two more judges rate that performance. At the end, all the scores are compiled, and bands are given ratings of Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor. 
The Zucker band earned a Superior rating (the highest category) for the prepared pieces, and missed qualifying for an overall Superior rating by one point."

Congratulations to Dr. Yeager and the band on their impressive showing!!

Teacher of the Year Nominees Announcedteacher of the year nominees

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year nominees (pictured above): Ms. Carie Dixon, Exceptional Children Educator; Mr. Jack Sanders, 6th Grade Math Teacher; and Ms. Amy Buckheister, 6th Grade ELA Teacher. We are so fortunate to have these outstanding educators working at our school!

Spring is in the Air!
7th grade bulletin board

JZMS teachers and students have really outdone themselves with their spring bulletin boards.  Bulletin boards are updated quarterly, and this spring each team has created a bulletin board that is not only eye-catching but also inspirational and motivational for students and teachers alike.  Pictured above is the 7th grade team's bulletin board.  For more photos, see the photo gallery at left.

Beautiful Homemade Cupcakes!

These beautiful homemade cupcakes were donated for our Spring Dance on March 23, 2017 by our new and wonderful business partner Live Oak Consultants (LOC).  We are so fortunate to have them working with us. Pictured above are LOC employees Ms. Rebecca Sherman and Mr. David Granger.

Cooking Matterscooking matters

On Wednesday, March 15th, several parents started the first Cooking Matters nutrition and cooking class for parents at JZMS.  The Lowcountry Food Bank has partnered with Jerry Zucker to provide these Nutrition and Cooking classes once a week for the next 7 weeks.  The classes will be located in room 136 every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  For more information contact Mr. Crankfield at (843) 767-8383 or  See the photo gallery at left for more photos from the first Cooking Matters class.

Women in Aviationaviation

On Tuesday, March 21st, three 8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in the annual Women in Aviation Career Day at Joint Base Charleston.  The event, which is designed for middle and high school females, brings education, awareness, and focus to students on Air Force opportunities in aviation. This field trip was organized by Ms. Lotts, JZMS guidance counselor, and chaperoned by Mr. Crankfield, parent advocate. Here's what the Zucker students had to say about the field trip: "Today was my best field trip ever."  "I was really inspired."  "I hope I will be able to come back!" Pictured above are Yasmeen El-Amin, Leslie Coronado Hernandez, Alyssa Kapinos, and Mr. Crankfield.  For more photos, see the photo gallery.

Stingrays Visitstingrays

Two players from the South Carolina Stingrays Hockey Team (goalie Steven Summeryhays and defenseman Joey Leach) visited Zucker on March 8th. They were accompanied by Mackenzie Farmery, Stingrays Community Relations Manager.  The players visited several classrooms and spoke with students about their experiences on and off the skating rink.  Students had the opportunity to ask questions, have their picture taken with the players and get both players' autographs.  The visit by the players was part of the South Carolina Stingrays' community outreach efforts. The Stingrays organization sponsors a Hat Trick for Reading program which gives students in grades K-8 an opportunity to earn a free ticket to a Stingrays game by reading.  For more photos, see the photo gallery.

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.  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.

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.  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.  Also, see the announcement on CCSD'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

Photo Gallery

Veteran's Day