Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science. We are certain that all students will have an engaging, productive, exciting school year at Zucker. Students are encouraged to attend school every day, be prepared to do their best, be actively engaged in their learning, and be involved in all aspects of the school. We welcome  parents to visit often and volunteer; we value them as partners as we continue to grow as a school community of excellence.

The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:10 p.m.  For more information, contact 843-767-8383. 

Students and Parents, please be advised that any student who is tardy to school in the morning will need to have his/her parent/guardian come into the front office and sign them in.  Also, we do not sign out students after 3:30 in the afternoon.  Thank you.

Attention 8th graders!

High school applications are due on the following dates:

January 9 - School of the Arts

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WZMS Spotlight Awardnew
Current spotlight is on Mr. Perlmutter, Principal.

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Check out this video featuring JZMS students!

Zucker is an iPad 1:1 school!  Click on the heading above for details.

Live Pride Newsnew
Issue #5 - December 12, 2014

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What's Happening

Happy Holidays


JZMS Band Director Mr. Romano and members of the JZMS Band performed Christmas carols throughout the school on Thursday, December 18th.

holiday spirit

Ms. Price, Mr. Crankfield and Ms. Knox get into the holiday spirit.

JZMS Staff Sponsor Children for Christmas

Sharon Poole and Nellie Klinger created and run a program that helps children during the holidays.Several children who likely would not have received many, if any, gifts will have several to open this Christmas thanks to the generosity of Ms. Gadsden, Ms. Buckheister, Ms. Lowry, Ms. Pelkofsky, Ms. Brennan, and Ms. Stein. Thank you also to guidance counselor Jim Brooks for coordinating this program at JZMS.  Pictured below are Ms. Poole and Mr. Brooks with the gifts donated by our teachers/staff listed above.


Intertech Holiday Schools Project

Intertech Group, the company founded by the late Jerry Zucker, gives back to the community in many ways.  One of these ways is by generously donating holiday meals and gifts to selected families at area schools.  Pictured below are Intertech Group representatives Mr. Joseph Myers and Mr. Mike Fewell with guidance counselor Jim Brooks and some of the items Intertech donated this holiday season.


Zucker Hosts Boeing Event

On Tuesday, December 16th, Boeing anounced a $100,000 donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank and a $5 million donation to MUSC.  The announcement, which was made at an event held at Jerry Zucker Middle School, was attended by representatives from Boeing, MUSC and the Lowcountry Food Bank as well as North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.  JZMS Principal Jake Perlmutter and 8th graders Tilayah Bennett and Matthew Greene spoke at the event.  The event also included a performance by the JZMS Band under the direction of Mr. Mark Romano and a tour of the JZMS garden and citrus orchard by students from Mr. Van Skoik's horticulture class.  At the conclusion of the event, all JZMS students and staff were given a bag of fresh produce donated by the Lowcountry Food Bank.  Click on the heading above to see more information.  Pictured below is North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

mayor summey

Flight Academy


8th grader Kahleol Washington mans the controls in the Joint Operations Center during an F-35B fighter jet simulated flight exercise on board the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, SC on December 16th.  All 8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in the Flight Academy which is sponsored by Boeing.  Click on the heading above to see more photos from the field trip.

Walk to Read

Students in Ms. Carasik's 8th grade SAIL class walked to Lambs Elementary on Thursday, December 11th to read with students in Ms. Wiker's 1st grade school.  Pictured below is JZMS student Tilayah Bennett with two of the 1st graders.  Click on the heading above to see more pictures from the visit.

walk to read

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 8th grader Andrew Brown, Jerry Zucker Middle's 2014 Spelling Champion!  The winning word was "ultimatum."  Congratulations also to 6th grader J'Lynn Dewese and 7th grader Kenny Coronel for placing 2nd and 3rd in the school spelling bee. This is the second year in a row that Andrew has been the school spelling champion. He will represent Zucker at the Charleston County School District Spelling Bee in January 2015. 
Congratulations also to the following students for qualifying to participate in the school-wide spelling bee: Gage Knueve, Samuel Ferguson, Amari Stewart, Solomon Adams, John Ravenell, Anaj Lewis, Adrianna Molton, Leylianie Otero, Gabreilla Figueroa, Eimaj Drayton, Kia'Laura Gantt, Angel Aceves Gamez, Qui-yon Richards, Ja'Quan Frasier, Alyssa Kapinos, Matthew Greene, Kahleol Washington, and Kelise Gadsden. 
Pictured below, left to right, are J'Lynn, Andrew, and Kenny.

spelling bee

mr. & miss lightning

Miss & Mr. Lightning, Briashmel Bell & Godwins Tuyishime, represented Jerry Zucker MIddle School at the North Charleston Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 6th.

Junior Scholars

Congratulations to 8th graders Kayla Cannady, Guadalupe Chavez-Gutierrez, Mackenzie Cook, and Morgan McClure for being named South Carolina Junior Scholars.  In order to be named a South Carolina Junior Scholar, a student must score 50 or higher on the PSAT in verbal, math or writing. For more information about the South Carolina Junior Scholars Program, click on the heading above.  Pictured below, left to right, are Mackenzie, Guadalupe, Kayla and Morgan.

junior scholars


Congratulations to all 8th grade students who qualified and took the PSAT. These students were given their score reports on 12/5/15 to take home and share with parents. There is a lot of information on these reports that is explained in detail on the PSAT website. Each score report has the link and access code at the bottom of the page. Students and parents are encouraged to explore this useful and valuable resource. See more information about it on the Guidance web page. Please contact Jim Brooks, guidance counselor, at 207-3078 if you have any questions.

Stingrays Visit

Three Stingrays players visited Zucker on Tuesday, December 2nd.  During their visit, they listened to the JZMS Band practice for their Winter Concert and spoke to students in several classrooms about the importance of education.  The players included Jeff Jakaitis (#35), Drew MacKenzie (#4) and Marcus Perrier (#15). They were accompanied by Ms. Amanda Marchione, Stingrays Community Relations Manager. The players are pictured below with Ms. Dixon and students from her class.  Click on the heading above to see more pictures from their visit.

Day of Caring

Employees from SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority) and CIS (Communities in Schools) spent the day at Jerry Zucker Middle School on Friday, November 14, 2014 as they participated in Trident United Way’s Day of Caring. They installed a giant “Be the Spark” mural over one of the school’s stairways and painted “Enter to Learn” and “Exit to Serve” murals in the school’s lobby. In the afternoon, they worked with Zucker’s pre-engineering teacher and his classes on a Marshmallow Challenge activity and also talked to students about careers in engineering and program/project management.  The Day of Caring at Zucker Middle was coordinated by Mr. Will Thompson, Zucker’s Communities in Schools Student Support Specialist.  Thank you to SCRA for donating all the supplies for the day’s activities.  Click on the heading above for more information and to see photos.


Teacher of the Year
ms. rhyne
Congratulations to Jerry Zucker Middle School's 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kelly Rhyne! Mrs. Rhyne is an exceptional children teacher. 


Rookie Teacher of the Year

ms. pelkofsky
Congratulations to Ms. Sarah Pelkofsky, Jerry Zucker Middle School's 2014-2015 Rookie Teacher of the Year! Ms. Pelkofsky teaches 6th grade math.

Certified Employee of the Year
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Congratulations to Ms. Tricia Delice, Jerry Zucker Middle School's 2014-2015 Certified Employee of the Year! Ms. Delice is a reading interventionist.

What People Are Saying About Jerry Zucker Middle School

"I am so happy that I sent my child to your school.  I have never met teachers that care so much about their students.  Zucker classes can be tough and it makes my boy better every day.  I sent you a boy and soon you'll be sending him to high school ready to be a successful man.  Thank you."   ZMS Parent 1-7-2013

"Mr. Hilden is awesome. How do I explain it....he gives us hard work. Adult work. But still treats us like we're kids. So we can make mistakes and not feel bad and try again...and in the end we've done "real" work...adult work."    8th grade Honors student in Mr. Hilden's ELA class

"My son goes to Zucker and I think it is such a great school.  I am proud of the way he is learning and the care of teachers and staff.  I want to thank every one."  ZMS Parent  12-16-2011

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