Dear James Irwin Charter Middle School Parents and Students,

We appreciate your flexibility with yesterday’s closure as we were ensuring our students’ safety. Colorado Springs Police Department has completed an investigation and threat assessment and deemed it safe to hold school today. Therefore, despite any rumors you may hear concerning student safety, we will have school today, Thursday, August 11, from 7:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Doors will be open at 7:30 a.m. so students can enter the building. The activities and plans we had scheduled for Wednesday will be held today. Students will need to bring their lunch through August 25 since the district lunches will not begin until August 26. Federal lunch forms will be coming home with your student today.

Please be aware that our parking lot will be quite full due to construction on the high school parking lot, thus making it a necessity for high school staff to park on the middle school side. For safety, make sure to follow the traffic volunteers’ directions. Carpooling is strongly recommended. (High school parents and students are not permitted to park in the main elementary or middle school lots.)

We look forward to a great school year with a great group of teachers and even more opportunities for our students to get involved in leadership, areas of interest, and building our school community. All 7th & 8th grade students will receive a packet today with information about choosing their 10th period electives for the school year. (Please see the note about required math lab for some students as noted in the packet.) Elective request forms are due no later than 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16th, and are to be turned in to your student’s first teacher that day. Regular student schedules will be passed out to 7th & 8th grade students Tuesday morning as well. We will be running our Orientation schedule through Monday, August 15th.

Today I will be available as needed in the main hallway to meet and greet parents and answer any questions (that I am able to). We do ask that parents allow teachers to work with the students and to wait to have face-to-face discussions until a later time.

Feel free to contact me or our front office with any questions at 719-302-9108.


Holly Varnum, Principal
James Irwin Charter Middle School
5525 Astrozon Boulevard
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916
719-302-9000 ext. 3213

It is not too late to start Cross Country Preseason training for all 6-8th grades. So, come get a jump start on the season, plus cross country is a great way to get you ready for upcoming school sports.
CC Preseason will run July 25 – August 9th , Monday – Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30 pm and we will meet out by the Jags soccer field. However, Wednesday 7/27 and Saturday 7/30 we will meet at Bear Creek Park. Wednesday will be from 4:30-6:30 pm and Saturday from 8:00 -10:30 am. Be sure to bring a water bottle. For more information and details please email Coach Winters at

Physicals will be offered on Friday, August 5
Where: JI High School gym
When: 5:15 PM (the doctor stays until we don’t have any more students there)
Cost: $15 Cash
This will take care of the physical requirement for sports for the entire year

Important 8th Grade Information
Click here

Girls Soccer Starting Soon!
Girls preseason soccer conditioning will start Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17 and Friday March 18 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Meet at the small soccer field next to the scoreboard and be sure to bring your track or tennis shoes.  Preseason is designed to add additional fitness and endurance before the start of the soccer season as fitness does play a major role for participation.

MS Spring Fundraiser Kicked Off Today, March 3rd, 2016
Today we kicked off our new fundraiser. If each student sells just one item, JICMS will make $2,000 toward end of year events, field trips, etc.  All items will be in soon after Spring Break.  This is a great opportunity to order Mother’s Day gifts.  Please ask your student for the packet that was received in Leadership/Homeroom this morning.  You may also register and send emails to out-of-state friends and family at   All orders are due by March 15.   Student prizes are based on individual sales totals.

Coffee Time with Administration
Please join us on Wednesday, March 9, for refreshments and a chance to get to know our administrative staff members.  Mrs. Varnum will have a presentation about Common Core.

PTO Meeting Thursday, February 4th
Join us at 3:45 in the carpeted room!

Spirit Week January 25-29
Show your JI school spirit next week!  Click here for details.