The Hawk: April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016 8:00 am

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“The Hawk”


All School News


Dear IACS Community:

I would like to take the opportunity this week to congratulate two of our high school seniors for completing their Eagle Scout Projects. Lukas Harrington and Jack Panneton have both recently achieved this milestone. As part of the process for a Boy Scout to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, they must complete a service project. This is described on the scouting website as follows:

While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start.”

Lukas built a modular stage for the First Parish Church United of Westford for his service project. It gets a lot of use for the many events that take place there each year and the project is much appreciated by the church. Jack planned and built two challenge elements for our new low ropes course at IACS. The planning for this started back in September and the construction was completed two weeks ago. One of the elements is a 12-foot wall where the challenge is to move your team from one side of the wall to the other by going over the top. The other challenge is called the Whale Watch and it looks like a huge teeter-totter. Both of these elements work on team-building skills and help to build problem-solving and a sense of community amongst our students.

Eagle service projects are usually a team effort and Lukas had assistance from Troop 159 and Jack had assistance from Troop 46. Congratulations again to both Lukas and Jack and thank you both for giving back to the community.


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal







Dates At a Glance:


April 1:    Prom Craft Night 5:00 – 8:00 pm

April 4:    Last day of MS Quarter 3

April 6:    Early Release

April 7:   Innovation Morning for Prospective High School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am

        M/S Athletic Awards 6:00 – 7:30 pm

April 9:   SAT Prep Class Practice SAT

        Envirothon Competition Practice  8:00 – 3:00 pm

April 11: Board of Trustee Meeting  6:30 – 8:30 pm

April 12: Innovation Morning for Prospective Middle School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am

April 13:  Early Release

        IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm

April 18 – 22   April School Vacation

April 26- 28  M/S 5 – 8 PARCC ELA Testing

April 27  Full Day Wednesday

April 28  H/S National Honor Society Induction 6:00 pm

       H/S Mill City Grows Community Service – Pratt

May 2-6  M/S 5 – 8 PARCC Math Testing

May 4     Early Release

May 6     M/S Social 6:00 – 9:00 pm

May 7       SAT Exam 8:00

May 10   M/S Grades 5 & 8 Science MCAS Testing

              Innovation Morning for Prospective High School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am

              IACA Meeting (Potluck) 7:00 – 8:30pm

May 11  Early Release

May 12  M/S Grades 5 & 8 Science MCAS Testing

     State Envirothon Competition – Ms. Hinkle/Green Team 8:00 – 3:00 pm


IACS School Nutrition Program


The April Breakfast and Lunch Menus have been posted.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.  

While pre-ordering is preferred, all meals are available cash & carry. To preview menus going to Breakfast & Lunch Menu. Please email if you have any questions, comments or requests about the School Nutrition Programs your feedback is always welcome.

Do you have a younger child that would like to begin learning Spanish?

We are offering a class after school for children ages 6 to 9. Profe Ashley Uyaguari and a group of middle schoolers will be leading this all Spanish time for children to discover and play with the language. We will meet on Thursdays 4:00-4:45, starting May 5th for 6 weeks. Cost is $40. Please contact Ashley to sign-up:

IACS Board of Trustees: Nominations Committee

The IACS Board of Trustees is currently accepting applications for new board members.  To learn more about the work of the board, interested candidates are encouraged to read the Board of Trustees section of the website, with special attention to the “Getting Involved” page.  Skills and experience in the area of grant writing, public relations, fundraising, or marketing are especially desirable at this time.

IACA News:


Our next IACA meeting will be April 14th from 7-8:30pm in the Library.


Big Time Social/Casino Night! Please see the attached flyer. Come and join the fun in this great fundraiser for our school!  But we can't do it without you! We have need of dealers, and volunteers for the night of the event, as well as assistance with ticket sales and getting the word out, and then helping with decor and set up.  Please contact JoAnne Frazier at if you are interested helping in some way.  If you would like to donate an item, small business product, or service for our silent auction please contact Sarah San Clemente at


10K Raffle: Support your school and you could be the lucky winner! We will be drawing two $5000 prizes for this amazing raffle. Tickets will be going home this week. You can also purchase a raffle ticket online at  . Students who sell the most tickets will win prizes, and advisories who sell the most tickets will win a pizza party!

Mixed Bag Fundraiser- Thank you to everyone who purchased Mixed Bag items! Our sales numbers were fantastic! We’ll be posting how much money was raised for the school within the next week or so.

We have many volunteer and donation opportunities coming up within the next few weeks, ranging from baked goods to helping to staff various events. We appreciate your help!


Eighth Grade "Moving Up" Ceremony – please contact Sarah San Clemente  at


HS Graduation Reception– Annie Accettullo will be leading this event. Please contact her at  if you are able to help.


"Last Bash" for HS Seniors- please contact JoAnne Frazier at

End of Year BBQ – please keep your eyes open for requests for volunteers for this event.  Planning for this will begin in May.  Kerry Wellenstein will be leading the charge, and we are seeking someone to shadow her next year when she has a senior.  If you are interested and would like to shadow this year as well, we would welcome the opportunity.  


Open roles – please contact JoAnne Frazier at if you are interested.

IACA Board Position Open: Seeking-Secretarial Skills Engineer: Must be organized and available for meetings, good-note taking skills a must! Please contact Jo Anne Frazier at for more information.


Remember that you can always find the latest IACA news on our Facebook page and on our IACA website.


Drama News


The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang*

Impromptu by Tad Moesel*

The Rehearsal by Don Zolidis*

15 Reasons NOT to Do a Play by Alan Haehnel*

OMG It’s Another Play by Rich Orloff*

Ticket order forms at theater and at the main office!


SUMMER IS COMING and we want you to join us for

IACS Performing Arts Camps

for students completing grades 4-12

July 11-15: Improv Camp!

July 18-22: Glee Camp!

With a Middle School Performance of

Star Wars the Musical


a High School Performance of Scenes & Songs from Hamilton

**Please note: Students finishing grades 8 through 12 are invited to a trip to NYC on the Wednesday of Glee Camp! To register, students’ forms need to be entirely filled out and paid for and in the main office on April 6. If there are more registrants than we are able to take, we will choose them lottery-style. There will be an extra $50 charge for those going on the NYC trip, collected during or before camp.**

July 25-29: Drama Camp!

With a Middle School Performance of Treasure Island and

a High School Performance of Sherlock Holmes



JUNE 1, 12:30-2:30: CURRENT GRADES 5-7


Middle School News


Quarter 3 Closes

Quarter 3 is set to close on Monday, April 4th. Quarter 3 assessments will be shared via the x2 Aspen student and family portal on April 15th. Fifth/sixth grade students will be changing their project classes (from Science to Social Studies or vice versa) on Tuesday, the start of Quarter 4.


MS Literary Magazine Orders

Students that write and edit for our middle school literary magazine otherwise known as The Scribbler have been hard at work this year. Their first ever edition is available for ordering here. Order by April 15th for the low price of $5.


MS Yearbook


Eighth Graders have been invited to submit a childhood picture and personal page for the 2015-2016 Middle School Yearbook.  Details are available on forms they received in ELA 8 (additional forms are available on the website, ttp:// and in the rack by the main office.)  Deadline for submissions is April 29th – no exceptions.


Middle School Yearbooks are still available to order at the regular price of $27 until June 3, 2016.  Order by June 3, in order to guarantee receipt of this colorful book full of memories of IACS 20th Year.  Order forms were distributed in Advisory and are available on the website:


For Eighth Grade Families- A Note from the Enrollment Office

Many of you have already secured your child’s spot for next year. If you are planning on having your child return, please return your re-enrollment form as soon as possible. If your child is not planning to accept a spot as a freshman at IACS, please fill in and return the Record Release/withdrawal form and the survey by May 1st.


April/May Testing Schedule              

The schedule for PARCC and MCAS testing is below:


April 26 – April 28  Grades 5-8 English/Language Arts PARCC testing

April 29   Makeup ELA PARCC testing (honored with a medical excuse)

May 2-5  Grades 5-8 Mathematics PARCC testing

May 6     Grade 5 Mathematics PARCC testing (Fifth graders have an additional test session)

May 9     Makeup Math PARCC testing (honored with a medical excuse)

May 10   Grades 5 and 8 Science MCAS testing

May 12   Grades 5 and 8 Science MCAS testing

May 13   Makeup testing (honored with a medical excuse)


Families often ask us what they can do at home to help their child be prepared and do their best on the day of the exam. Please be sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast on testing days. Remind your child that s/he is well prepared for the exams. We want our students to remember to use their active reading skills as they work through the tests and to check their work prior to finishing. Be certain to arrive to school on time. Once a testing session has begun, students who are tardy are not permitted to enter the testing room and would need a medical excuse to participate in the makeup exam. For specific questions about testing, please contact MS Principal Melissa Kapeckas.


Middle School Technology & Robotics Club: The third session will meet on the following five Mondays: March 28, April 4th, 11th, 25th and May 5th. Students have a choice of activities, including the opportunity to build and program robots using Lego Mindstorms, or make Artbotics (art that responds to its environment using sensors and motors). Students may need to share a robot so sign up with a friend! Alternatively, students can try out Android App Inventor, which is on-line software for making android apps, and test them on android tablets. Club meets from 3:00-4:30 (Mondays) in room 241 of the high school. There is no cost for this club but space is limited. Please sign up by emailing Donna Harrington at


Click the blue links for more information:


Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Presentations


Email for Sixth Grade Students


Spring Cleaning? Middle School Art Needs Your Recyclables!


High School News


Click the blue link for the full text…


IACS Rock Band Performs at Exhibition Night



Spring Exhibition Night



Open House Dates for MCC

Melissa Kapeckas
Middle School Principal
Innovation Academy Charter School
72 Tyng Rd.
Tyngsboro, MA  01879
978-649-0432 x2229