IACS Newsletter for the week ending April 27, 2018
Dear IACS Community,
It’s certainly been a busy week back from vacation as students and staff gear up for the “home stretch” of the year. These next months will combine important academic events- especially end of year presentations. If you are new to our community, or want a refresher about the “big picture” purpose of presentations at IACS, we created a video two years ago that you might find helpful.
This Wednesday Sara Krakauer (5th & 6th grade Social Studies teacher) hosted a group of educators from Japan who she met through Education for Sustainable Development. After taking a tour of IACS, the visitors attended some classes to meet our students and faculty. The day concluded with a panel of middle and high school students presenting projects to our guests. At the end of their presentation, one of the guests asked in amazement, “How long did you work with the students so they could present to us?” Clearly they thought our students received extensive support and preparation. Peggy Stephens North (Middle School ELA teacher) quickly responded, “I asked them yesterday and we checked in for 5 minutes at lunch today!” Our students not only impressed our international visitors, but they made the staff in attendance incredibly proud.
A big thanks to Sara for bringing her visitors to IACS, and here’s to a season full of amazing presentations.
Head of School
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: JUNE 20
April 27 High School Dance 7:00 – 10:00 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 5th and 6th MATH MCAS Testing
HS Family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm
May 1 HS Shadow Day for Accepted Students
MS 5th and 6th 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 7th and 8th MCAS Math Testing
HS National Society Induction 6:00 – 8:00 pm
May 4 MS 7th and 8th MCAS Math Testing
MS Grades 5, 6 & 7 Social 7:00 – 9:00 pm
May 5 SAT Exam 8:00 am
May 8 MS Grades 5 & 8 MCAS Science Testing
May 9 Full Day Wednesday
MS grades 5 & 8 MCAS Science Testing
IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm
May 10 HS Family Orientation 3:30 – 4:30 pm
May 11 HS Junior and Senior Prom
May 15 HS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
HS Field Trip for Calculus II Students
May 16 Early Release Wednesday
Internships end for both Semester 2 and full year
May 17 Drama Production “A Day on the Town” , “Crazy Town” Full Show 7:00 – 9:30 pm
May 18 HS Spring Fest
MS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
Drama Production, “A Day on the Town” , “Crazy Town” Full Show 7:00 – 9:30 pm
May 19 Drama Production 2:00 MS “Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows”, A Day on the
Town” “Crazy Town” and 7:00 pm Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows” and “A Day on the Town”
May 21 IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm
May 22 HS Math MCAS testing
Junior and Senior Awards Night 6:30 – 8:00 pm
May 23 Full Day Wednesday
HS Math MCAS testing
Grades 11 & 12 Community Service 12:00 – 3:00 pm
May 24 HS Math MCAS Testing
MS and HS Performing Arts Awards Night 6:30 – 9:00 pm
May 25 Early Release
May 28 No School Memorial Day
May 29 HS Family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Music Department Concerts
May 30 Early Release Wednesday
IACS Spring Concert 6:00 -8:30 pm
May 31 5th Grade Plimoth Plantation Field Trip 8:00 am – 6;30 pm
Auditions for Grades 5 – 11, Fall Production, “Phantom of the Opera” 3:00 – 5:30 pm
HS Family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm
A reminder from the Enrollment office
If you are not planning on attending IACS in the fall please contact us by phone or email and let us know as we are trying to firm up our enrollment for September.
Please fill in and return the Record Release/withdrawal Form and the Survey. by May 1st.
Click on the link below
Parent Withdrawal Survey:
Parent Authorization for Withdrawal:
IACS School Nutrition Program: The April Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake email@example.com if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program. The May menu will be published on Monday, May 1st.
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.
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
The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show!
GET YOUR MAY SHOW TICKETS BY FILLING OUT THE FORM at innovationcharter.org/theater/
May 17 and 18 7pm: High School Plays: “A Day on the Town” and “Crazytown!”
May 19, 2pm and 7pm: Middle School Play “Bad Ideas for Bad television Shows” and High School Play “A Day on the Town”
Performing arts AWARDS NIGHT!
Awards Night for Students and Families who have participated in Productions this year! Thursday, May 24, 6:30-9:00 pm.
Get your tickets here!
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AUDITIONS!
Auditions for grades 5 through 11 for the fall IACS production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!
Auditions are May 31, 3:00-5:30pm for Grades 6-12 and
June 1 during Lunch and Recess for Grade 5!
No preparation is needed except to complete an audition agreement form. (5th graders should bring their lunch to the auditorium.) These are available by the main office and at innovationcharter.org/theater/
Thank you and we hope to see you there!
Join us for 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 where we will learn songs, dances and scenes from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 13 at 5pm!
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!
July 23-27: DRAMA CAMP Where we will learn the play THE GOOD DOCTOR which we will perform at a theater, right off Broadway on Tuesday, July 31! This performance will be open to actors of all ages at camp. If there are adults who can’t make those rehearsal times and would like to take part in the show as well, we can be flexible with your schedule so that we can have you with us as actors!
For information and registration please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468 or visit our page at innovationcharter.org/theater/
Middle School News
Eighth Grade Families: High School Family Orientation
All incoming 9th grade families need to attend a high school orientation meeting. The student and at least one parent/guardian should attend the orientation meeting. Each session will be led by the high school principal and he will give you important information about the transition to high school. Please plan to attend one of the following sessions:
Monday, April 30, 5:00-6:00pm
Tuesday, May 1, 3:30-4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, May 29, 5:00-6:00pm
Thursday, May 31, 5:00-6:00pm
Please let Crystal McKiel, (firstname.lastname@example.org ) know which orientation you will be attending so that we can plan accordingly.
8th Grade Semi-Formal will take place from Saturday, June 2nd from 7:00- 10:00 PM. This is always a fun night, and we are hoping to have 100% student participation. At school, we will share plans with students so that they may look forward to this last celebration with their eighth grade classmates, while at the same time ensuring that students understand how this is distinguishable from a formal event, like a prom. Girls may opt to wear a simple party dress. Gowns, short mini-dresses or other revealing dresses are not permitted. Boys may opt to wear a collared dress shirt and dress pants. Tuxedos are not permitted. Limousines are not permitted. Tickets will be on sale closer to the event and details of this fun event will be discussed with students as the dance approaches.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-649-0432 x 2229.
High School News
Important HS Dates
May 3 NHS Induction, 6-8pm
May 4-10 Senior Projects & Presentations of Learning
May 11 Jr./Sr. Prom
May 22-24 MCAS Math Testing
May 30 All School Spring Concert, 6-8pm
Sophomores Take College Tour
On Thursday, April 26th, 85 sophomores visited Merrimack College in Andover, MA. They listened to a quick informational presentation, and toured Merrimack’s campus, stopping in classrooms, living spaces, the athletic complex, student center, and dining hall. They enjoyed an all-you-can eat lunch before heading back to the IACS campus. Students were engaged and asked great questions of their tour guides. We are so thankful to Merrimack for hosting us and showing us what it looks like on an average day at a traditional New England college campus!
Director of College Counseling
Thank you to our Student Government, led by Co-Presidents Jade King and Sebastian Chavez, for purchasing 3 new outdoor tables with umbrellas for the high school patio!
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.
Come and support our students at the Botball New England Robotics Competition! Science teacher Chris DiCarlo is taking his robotics students to this regional robotics competition on 4/28.
Where: Costello Athletic Center at UMASS Lowell, 375 Riverside St., Lowell, MA 01854
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 Starting around 10am
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!
We’re in the home stretch! Another school year is winding down, but we’ve still got some exciting news and events.
THANK YOU TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE! Thanks to the hard work put in by our middle school faculty and parent judges who carefully reviewed the applications we received this year, IACA will award three seniors $1,000 for college! A special thank you goes out to Miss Jill Deknatel, our high school college counselor, who expertly prepared the applications for secure online review. Much appreciated!
8TH GRADE SEMI NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for June 1 and 2. This gorgeous event is brought to life during setup on June 1. Early prep and chaperones are needed for the event itself on June 2, as well as assistance with cleanup. If you want to be a part of the Semi "Dream Team," please contact Jo Anne at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, May 8th is Dining for IACA night at the 99s in Tewksbury! Hope to see you there. Watch for the printable flyer next week.