The Hawk: April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016 8:00 am

“The Hawk”

Good morning everyone,

Before you read the rest of the Hawk, I wanted to take a moment to extend a huge THANK YOU to the officers of the IACA and extended IACS community who did an amazing job organizing and supporting the Casino Night fundraiser: Jo Anne Frazier, Donna Martin, Sarah San Clemente, Linda Carolan, Bernadette Baird, and Zoe Hornsby.  We also had great help from a team of bakers who created platters that generated some hilarious bidding: Heather Landis, Annie Accettullo, Kim D'Orto, Andrea Sorgi, Sandy Abramo, Kimara Green, Donna Martin, Sarah San Clemente, Robert Dunn, Lisa Reed, and Bernadette Baird.  And finally, thank you to Tom Reed and Joel Friedlander who lent their dealing skills to the blackjack tables.

Important Announcement from IACS Health and Wellness

Dear IACS Community,

As I read the Boston Globe this past weekend, I was drawn to an article called “Middlesex County sees spike in fatal overdoses.”  I wish I could say that I was surprised to learn of the startling statistics, but  sadly, I was not.  As a health professional, my daily “inbox” is saturated with references to prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic that is plaguing our nation. It has been referred to  as the nation’s biggest public health crisis in many circles.  Prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction touches many of our lives, whether it be a family member, co-worker, friend, or neighbor. It does not discriminate, affecting most all communities and families regardless of  zip code,  educational level or socioeconomic status.

Over the past two semesters, the high school has been running a choice block called “Drugs and Society.”  Along with other staff members, I have had the pleasure of  being part of this choice block, meeting with a group of invested and engaged high school students on  a weekly basis.  This choice block has tackled some of the most complex issues in the world of drug use and abuse, though focusing heavily on prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction. The group has given themselves a name, appropriately calling themselves IACS DEALs (Drug Education and Leaders).

IACS DEALs is passionate about making a difference.  As part of their work, IACS  will be hosting an evening event for parents and high school students:


“Communities in Crisis: The Many Faces of Addiction

Awareness and Response

Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 6-8:30 PM

IACS Auditorium

Showing of “If Only,” a short film directed by Jim Wahlberg,

followed by a panel of local law enforcement, the medical community, parents,

and young people affected by addition.

Interactive displays about drug use and abuse also available for parents and students to explore on their own.

Please mark your calendars for this collaborative  event that promises answers, support and partnership.

You will find a more detailed flyer of the event attached to this email.


Gayle Nutile-Pimm

Director of Health and Wellness

All School News

Dates At a Glance:

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 5     Parent/Family Info Session: Opiod Abuse/Heroin Epidemic

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

May 13 Spring Drama Production  7:00 pm

May 14 Spring Drama Production  2:00 & 7:00 pm

May 16 Internship Breakfast Celebration 8;45pm

             High School Orientation Meeting 5:00 pm

 Board of Trustee Beeting   6:30 pm

May 17 H/S MCAS Testing

            H/S Junior and Senior Awards Night

May 18 Full Day Wednesday

H/S MCAS Testing

May 19 7th Grade Middle School Quality Night 6:00 pm

May 20  H/S Presentation of Learning

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

May 21 8th Grade Semi Formal 7:00 pm

May 23 H/S Presentation of Learning

May 24 H/S Presentation of Learning

M/S parent Advisory Council 7:45 am

May 25 Full Day Wednesday

H/S Presentation of Learning

H/S Orientation Meeting 5:00 pm

May 26 H/S Presentation of Learning

H/S Orientation Meeting 3:30 pm

May 27  Early Release

      H/S Promenade 6:00 pm

H/S Prom 7:00 pm

X2 Update:  We love technology at IACS, but one of the big ideas systems thinking teaches us is that sometimes our best intentions can create some unintended consequences.  Our Aspen/X2 student management software has a smartphone app that will send push notifications to the phones of students (and parents/guardians) whenever a grade is inputted for a class. Unfortunately, our teachers have found that these push notifications simply add to the number of electronic distractions that our students deal with throughout the day. To try and alleviate this problem the push notification feature of the app will be disabled, starting Monday April 25th. Please know the same amount of information regarding student grades will still be available through the Aspen/X2 portal as usual. Feel free to contact Principals Melissa Kapeckas or Erik Arnold if you have any questions regarding this topic.

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:

10K Raffle

Please continue to sell Raffle Tickets!!!  Or, spread the online link to buy raffle tickets. Just remember to forward the receipt to so your student receives credit!!!  Here is the link to copy and paste in your browser.

"Last Bash" for HS Seniors

It's hard to believe the end of the year is nigh upon us, and yet here we are!  The time for planning Last Bash is upon us, and I'd like to have those interested in helping to put it together meet the week after vacation!!!  Please email Jo Anne Frazier at to be put on the list and I'll email details for the first meeting before vacation begins! Help comes in the form of ideas, donations, and planning, not just chaperoning.  Please let me know that you'd like to join us!!!

Eighth Grade "Moving Up" Ceremony

Please contact Sarah San Clemente  at

HS Grad Reception

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

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

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 Assessments

Due to some technical issues, we’ve needed to delay the date that Quarter 3 assessments will be posted from today to Monday, 4/25 as we return from vacation. You will receive an email when the Quarter 3 assessment has been published.

Costumes Needed

When Martha McLure retired last year from her position as Social Studies teacher extraordinaire, we lost more than a beloved, colorful and charismatic teacher, we lost our Romeo and Juliet wardrobe of costumes that she generously shared with us year after year.  These costumes helped our ELA students truly adopt the characters they were portraying.  If you have any of the following lying around your house, unused, unwanted – please consider donating them to the ELA 7/8 Team. Any donations can be brought in to teachers Samantha Pererya, Joe Pisco, and/or Peggy Stephens-North.

Medieval Clothing





Friar robes

Masquerade Masks

Costume Jewelry

Fur collars (preferably fake)

and of course  – a large trunk in which to store these items

Jury Volunteers Needed

Sixth and eighth grade gateway jury presentations are soon upon us! Sixth grade juries participate in a 20 minute jury presentation. Eighth graders participate in a 30 minute jury presentation. Students share pieces of work and provide evidence of why they believe they are ready to be promoted to the next grade. Successful completion of a jury presentation is a promotion requirement for sixth and eighth graders. Student juries are assessed by an IACS faculty member.  A younger peer also attends to learn about the process and provide additional support. We will need many community members to volunteer as a member of a jury panel. Contact: Michelle & Pat in the main office at

Juries will occur during the school day on the afternoons of 5/31, 6/3, 6/6, and 6/9. If you can volunteer for 30 minutes or more on any of these days, we would love to have your participation. Please spread the word to grandparents, prospective families, or other community members as this is also a wonderful way to learn more about our middle school program.

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.

Click the blue links for more information:

For 8th grade Students & Families- 8th Grade Semi-Formal

For 8th grade Students & Families- Moving Up Ceremony

Sign Up for Garden Club

MS Yearbook- Orders and 8th grade personal pages

MS Literary Magazine Orders

Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Presentations

Spring Cleaning? Middle School Art Needs Your Recyclables!

High School News

Click the blue link for the full text…

IACS Spanish Department to Present at ACTFL 2016

IACA Scholarship Application

IACS Participates in Model UN (United Nations) at UMASS Lowell

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Student Art Exhibitions at the Brush Gallery

Greg Orpen

Head of School
Innovation Academy Charter School
72 Tyng Road
Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Phone: (978) 649-0432 x3141
Fax: 978-649-6337

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