The Hawk: April 13, 2018

April 12, 2018 6:48 pm

IACS Hawk

IACS Newsletter for the week ending April 13, 2018

Dear IACS community:

Thank you to the many volunteers, attendees, bakers, donors and high bidders for supporting IACA’s biggest fundraiser. It was wonderful to see so many supporters of IACS at the event, having fun and supporting our school. Thanks to their generosity, the combination of Casino Night and the $10,000 Cash raffle raised nearly $50,000 to support our students and facilities. If you didn’t get the chance to come to the fundraiser but would still like to help, please consider a making a donation here.

Best wishes for an enjoyable April school vacation! May we enjoy some spring-like temperatures as we gear up for the final segment of the school year.

Melissa Kapeckas

MS Principal

Important Dates:

TENTATIVE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: JUNE 20

April 16 – April 20 No School April Vacation

April 23 IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm

April 24 HS Exhibition Night 6:00 – 8:30 pm

April 25 Full Day Wednesday

April 26 MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council 7:45- 8:30 am

MS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

April 27 HS 80’s Themed Dance to benefit Last Bash 7pm-10-pm

April 28 SAT Prep “Bootcamp” for HS Juniors 9:00 – 1:00 pm

April 29 SAT Prep “Bootcamp” for HS Juniors 9:00 – 1:00 pm

April 30 MS Grade 5 & 6 MATH MCAS Testing

May 1 HS Shadow Day for Accepted Students

MS Grade 5 & 6 MCAS Testing

HS Family Orientation 3:30 – 4:30 pm

May 2 Early Release Wednesday

IACS Red Cross Blood Drive 2:00 – 7:00 pm

May 3 MS Grade 7 & 8 MCAS Math Testing

HS National Society Induction 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 4 MS Grade 7 & 8 MCAS Math Testing

May 5 SAT Exam 8:00 am

IACS School Nutrition Program: The April Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake kdrake@innovationcharter.org if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

IACS Spring Concert, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6-8pm

The Innovation Academy Charter School Music Department will be presenting their All-School Spring Concert. The evening will feature student performances by the Middle School Bands, Middle School Chorus, High School Instrumental Ensemble and High School Chorale and Concert Choir.

Choral groups will perform at 6:00pm in the Library.

Instrumental groups will perform at 7:00pm in the Auditorium.

Light refreshments will be available at intermission.

Upcoming Programs at Tyngsborough Library: The Tyngsborough Library has lots of programs coming up over April Break. Check them out here: April Events at the Tyngsborough Public Library

Red Cross Blood Drive: Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year. (source: www.redcrossblood.org) On Wednesday, May 2nd the American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive in our cafeteria. The event will begin at 2 pm and will end at 7 pm. If you are over the age of 18, please consider donating

Robotics Workshop – May 19th

Rize robotics will be hosting a hands-on robotics building and racing event on Saturday, May 19th from 9 am -1:30 pm. The program is open to students in grades 5-12. Enrollment will be capped at 40 participants and will be first-come, first-served so get your enrollment form in before the due date of 5/7. Click here for more information and to print the registration form

Theatre News

What else is coming up? 3 weeks of Performing Arts Camp that are open to the Community of and outside IACS! Camps are open to any students finishing grades 4 through 12. Camp begins at 8:30am and finishes at 3:30pm daily.

July 9-13: GLEE CAMP with free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 13 at 5pm! For an additional cost, the first 10 students entering grades 9 and up who sign up will have the option of traveling into New York City to see the matinee show on Broadway on Thursday, July 12!

July 16-20: HAMILPROV WEEK where students will spend 1/2 the day learning about the Broadway sensation Hamilton, and 1/2 the day working on Improvisational games, activities and skills. Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 20 at 5pm! For an additional cost, the first 10 students entering grades 9 and up who sign up will have the option of traveling into New York City to do something special on Wednesday, July 18!

July 23-27: DRAMA CAMP! Where we will learn the play THE GOOD DOCTOR which we will perform at a theater, right off Broadway (RIGHT next to Kinky Boots!!!) on Tuesday, July 31!

For more information please check out innovationcharter.org/theater/

Find informations about our upcoming production of Gilligan’s Island, the May productions, summer camps and Phantom of the Opera auditions at www.innovationcharter.org/theater/

Middle School News

Eighth Grade Families: Save the Date- Moving Up Ceremony

The 8th Grade Moving Up Assembly will be held in our school auditorium from 8:15-9:15 am on Tuesday, June 19th. Eighth grade students have a ceremony including a retrospective account of middle school written by students and recognition of students’ completion of middle school. This will be followed by a continental breakfast for students and their guests. Due to space constraints in the auditorium, students are limited to no more than 2 guests at the assembly. Please respect this rule to ensure all that attend can be seated.

Robotics Club Sign up

Come join us afterschool for some robotics fun. The session will run for 6 weeks, on Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 in room 241 of the high school. This session will begin on April 24th right after the break. Space is limited so sign up by emailing Mr. Andy at andyp51d@yahoo.com.

Save the Date- Spring Quality Night

Fifth grade Quality Night is Tuesday, 5/22 from 6-7 pm. Please make sure this date is on your calendar. Attendance is mandatory.

Seventh graders will also be making presentations as well, but we’ll be altering the format for the spring. We will partner with HS advisories so that seventh graders will be making their presentation to older students as well as receiving feedback. These presentations will occur during the school day during the week of 5/22.

A reminder that all sixth and eighth graders have their assigned jury presentation date/time. Eighth graders will jury during the week of May 29th. Sixth graders will jury during the week of June 5th.

MCAS Testing Update

The MCAS schedule is as follows:

April 30-May 1st- 5th/6th grade MCAS Math testing

May 3-4- 7th/8th grade MCAS Math testing

May 8-9- Science MCAS testing for grades 5 and 8 only

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 the tests are not timed and s/he is well prepared for the exams. We want our students to remember to go back into the passages as they work through the tests and to check all of 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. If you have any questions about MCAS testing, please do not hesitate to contact me at mkapeckas@innovationcharter.org or 978-649-0432 x 2229.

High School News

Important HS Dates

April 24 Spring Exhibition Night, 6-8pm – All are welcome!

April 27 S2 Progress Report #2 Grades due

May 3 NHS Induction, 6-8pm

May 4 Senior Projects & Presentations of Learning begin

May 30 All School Spring Concert, 6-8pm

Senior Project Success

For Courtney Willard’s senior project, she worked on replacing the Poland Springs water in the school’s vending machines with a more environmentally friendly product called JUST WATER. The bottle is made out of 54% paper and 32% plant based plastic. The new bottles will be added this month…nice work Courtney!

IACS Students Present at The African Community Center of Lowell

Sophomore’s My My Tran and Teshi Waruingi were invited to present today at the African Community Center in Lowell while Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Khalid Karman was visiting. The students will be giving a presentation on former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

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Scheduling Process for 2018-2019

Class of 2019 Scheduling Worksheet

Class of 2020 Scheduling Worksheet

Class of 2021 Scheduling Worksheet

Parent Tutorial on How to View Course Requests in Aspen/X2 Family Portal

Exhibition Night is Approaching!

Mark the calendar for Tuesday, April 24th from 6-8pm! Everyone is invited to Exhibition Night. Subjects featured on this night will be Art, History, Math & Spanish. This is a great way to see the project-based work that our students create during the school year. See you there!

Seniors and Juniors – Prom Tickets are on sale! Prom 2018 will be at the Westford Regency on May 11. Tickets are now on sale either through eventbrite which can be accessed through this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-academy-prom-2018-tickets-44679956954 or in person from the Prom Committee Heads. In person sales are Monday or Friday during lunch (exact cash or check only). Checks should be made payable to IACS. The ticket cost is $80.

Morrocco Advisory Need help with Mother’s Day Gift Bags!!! Do you have any items on the list attached for a mother’s day gift bag? Do you want to help out those in need? The Morocco advisory is partnering with The Wish Project to create Mother’s Day Gift Bags for people who have been impacted by abuse or poverty. There will be bins located near the main office and by the auditorium where you can drop the items. We will be collecting goods beginning Monday, April 2nd through April 30th. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated!

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STUDENT HEALTH 101 – Online Wellness Magazine

The April Issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate are now available. Check out the article Float On, a new meditation technique to help relieve stress! High school students are going through a stressful time as the year winds down, perhaps this article can help. Don’t forget to fill out the SH101 survey after reading these articles, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win $100!

IACA News

HEATHER LANDIS, YOU ROCK! IACA would like to express sincere gratitude to Heather Landis and her "Mom Squad", without whom our Big Time Social, Casino Night, would have been possible. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year and involves months of work and planning. Thanks, also, to everyone who attended last Friday. We all had a fantastic while raising a lot of money for our school.

THANKS FOR EATING BURRITOS: Your choice to dine out at Chipotle this week resulted in a sizeable contribution to our Dining for IACA fund.

THE WINNER IS WAITING TO BE NAMED: Feel like bring joy to three deserving seniors? You can do just that by participating in scholarship committee. We will be meeting on Monday, April 23 in the evening to review approximately 25 submissions. If you’re not a fast reader, we can meet on the next night, Tuesday, the 24th, to finish up. Contact michelle.balbat@gmail.com if you are interested.

ANOTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Contact Jo Anne Frazier if events are your thing! She would love help with bringing the 8th grade semi to life this June. Email her at iacapresident@innovationcharter.org.