The Hawk: April 11, 2020

April 11, 2020 10:00 pm

IACS Hawk Distance Edition

Week ending April 10, 2020

Good morning IACS Community,

Apologies for the Saturday morning delivery- even the Hawk is getting the days of the week confused! While our Hawk newsletters will be a little less dense, I would like to share a few pieces of important information the community.

MCAS: Last night, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) officially announced that MCAS exams for grade 3-10 have been cancelled this year. It has yet to be determined how this cancellation will affect students currently in Grade 10. Because there are state laws (not just DESE policies) which mandate successful MCAS completion in order to earn a high school diploma, the guess here (Greg’s crystal ball) is that our current 10th graders will end up taking MCAS in some form or another next year. We probably won’t see any additional information on that front until next year.

Campus Activity: IACS always strives to be good neighbors and consequently we would like our campus to be open for safe outdoor activities that support social distancing practices. Examples would include individuals using the track, walks on our nature trails, a solo yoga session by the pond, etc. Unfortunately there has been an increase in team sport activities such as basketball and soccer. Most of the people gathered are not connected to IACS, however our neighbors will assume these gatherings are approved by the school. We have posted signs prohibiting team activities and ask that all IACS community members honor this request.

Food & Computer Distribution: IACS is gearing up to deliver another round of food delivery to families who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Just as before, qualifying families will be contacted directly with additional details. Additionally, any IACS family who needs needs access to a Chromebook computer will be supported by the school. Please send all questions and requests regarding these programs to our main office: mainoffice@innovationcharter.org.

April Vacation and Distance Learning Feedback: Thank you for completing the community survey sent out last week. Our school administration is already reviewing common themes regarding our middle and high school distance learning plans. We will be announcing a final decision on April vacation on Tuesday (4/14) morning.

Thank you again for continuing to hold our community together. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to check to see how my Casino Night silent auction bid is holding up!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

All School News

From the IACS Health Office

The Health Office staff misses connecting with families and our daily interactions with students. We hope you are taking good care of each other, nurturing yourselves and loved ones. Perhaps some of the self–care options offered in the health office, such as enjoying a warm cup of tea, mindful coloring or relaxing breathing exercises can be of comfort at home also. Please let us know if the health office can help in any way. If you have questions please email us at healthoffice@innovationcharter.org.

Below are a few links that we think may be helpful to our parent community, as you navigate these unchartered waters.

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-being During the Coronavirus Outbreak

-various resource links

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

From the National School Nurse Association and the National Association of School Psychologists

Quarenteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters- NY Times

”How do we care for young people whose wings have been clipped?”

Be well everyone.

Middle School News

Middle School Yearbook

With the unprecedented events regarding school closure, we want to document this year in our Middle School Yearbook. As we are not able to capture pictures of spring activities we need your help. Although the pages will look different, we would like them to represent what is happening at home. Please send in creative pictures of your middle schooler working from home – doing something around the house, selfies with the family, pets – anything fun and creative to document this time.

Please email pictures by April 20th to msyearbook@innovationcharter.org. Mention your student(s) name in the subject line.

The early bird sale has been extending to April 20th. Middle School Yearbook can be ordered online at Middle School Yearbook Order and Payment Form for the early bird price of $20 through April 20th.

Eighth Grade Childhood Pictures

Here is your chance to show your friends what you looked like as a wee one.

Share a picture from your childhood in the 2019-2020 MS Yearbook.

Did you look like you? Did your personality come through?

Were you adorable, goofy, serious, funny, sloppy, stylish or mischievous?

Find that picture and submit ASAP. Do you recognize older siblings below?

Big picture

8th Grade Personal Pages! Create a Memory for the Yearbook

Big picture

Create a personal page, by yourself or with friends, and be immortalized in the 2019-2020 IACS Yearbook! Represent yourself with drawings, images and words.

Email digital files to msyearbook@innovationcharter.org

Use these guidelines for correct dimensions and collaboration –

Quarter page: 1 person – create on 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper

Half page: 2 to 3 people – create on 5 ½ x 8 ½ (fold printer paper in half)

Full page: 4 + – create on 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper

List names of group members and Advisory (you may be represented in only one submission)

DEADLINE: Friday April 24, 2020, NOExceptions!

Video from the 5/6 Team

5th/6th grade staff got together to make this video for students. Enjoy!

Hello 5/6!!

Distance Learning Plan

If you haven’t read our distance learning plan here, please review it here.

A few reminders:

  • Work will be posted each week here on Monday morning: https://www.innovationcharter.org/middle-school/

  • All assigned work will count towards student grades beginning on Monday, April 6th.

  • Semester 2 grades on report cards will be Pass/Warning (Fail), rather than the NAPD scale.

  • The total workload will be about 2.5 hours of work per day for 7th & 8th graders and about 1.75 hours of work per day for 5th & 6th graders.

  • High School News

    Don’t forget to check the morning announcements!

    2020-2021 Scheduling Process

    Check out the new Program of Studies for next year. More information will be coming on the course offerings and how to make your course requests through Aspen…stay tuned.

    Athletics News

    Spring Athletics Update

    As of now, the MIAA has proposed an abbreviated spring season if we return to school on May 4th. We plan to follow these guidelines, but please understand that these may change in the coming days.

    We would still like all students interested in spring sports to register: MS paperwork can be located here and HS paperwork can be located here. However, please hold off on payment for now.

    Our coaches have written training plans for the month of April to keep athletes engaged and prepared for the season. These plans have been posted to team webpages on the IACS website.

    As always, please contact the Athletic Department at iacsathletics@innovationcharter.org with any questions or concerns.

    IACA News

    IACA’s biggest event of the year has been moved online! Our Silent Auction has items from over 100 local businesses with things like a gas grill (with lots of items to go with it). a gardening basket with a portable Greenhouse, an overnight on Lake Winnipesaukee, a Kayak, purses, a Nespresso machine, lunch delivered by the principal, and so much more. Please consider sharing the link on social media and letting friends know about these great items.

    We hope flipping through our auction will be a fun distraction from everything else that’s going on. The auction can be found here: www.32auctions.com/iacacasinonight

    Thank you for all you do!