The Hawk: April 30, 2016

April 30, 2016 8:00 am

“The Hawk”

Dear IACS Community,

Last year, our Community Association organized an all-school raffle that enabled us to purchase a 15-passenger van.  This vehicle has been used to bring advisories off campus for community service events, academic classes on field trips, and student-athletes to practices and games.  In addition to adding enrichment opportunities for our students, we were able to reduce the expenses to the school and/or families by not renting school buses.  Those who practice Systems Thinking would classify this as a “high leverage” investment that has given us a lot of “bang for our buck.”


On behalf of the IACA, I’m asking you to consider supporting this year’s raffle as well.  Just like the passenger van, we’ve identified another item with multiple benefits, both practical and philosophical:  installing a series of filtered water filling stations in our school. Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.13.08 PM.png

Why are these water stations so beneficial?  First of all, they support our commitment to health and wellness.  Our students enjoy filling up at the water coolers located throughout the school; I can attest to this as one sits outside my office.  Secondly, these filling stations also have a digital display showing how many plastic bottles are saved when students/staff refill their reusable water bottles. If you’ve seen these stations in other buildings, you know those numbers can add up quickly.  Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how helpful these waters stations would be to our friend Ozzy who works so hard keeping the 5-gallon jugs stocked for the water we consume on a daily basis.


And likethe infomercials say, “But wait there’s more!”  Keep in mind that the owner of the winning raffle ticket will receive $5000 and the top student seller will earn $500.  Our goal is to finish selling all 750 tickets by the end of year cookout.  While paper raffle tickets are still available, the most efficient way for you, friends, or family to purchase is by going online.   Raffle tickets are $20 each and and can be purchased by clicking here.  So remember: Drink More Water, Use Less Plastic, and Save Ozzy’s Back!

If you have any additional questions about the raffle, please email:

Have a great weekend,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

Dates At a Glance:

May 2-6  M/S 5 – 8 PARCC Math Testing

May 4     Early Release

May 5     Parent/Family Info Session: Opioid Abuse/Heroin Epidemic

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

May 30 No School

May 31 6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

High School Orientation 5:00 pm

Spring Concert     6:00 pm

June 1  HS MCAS Science Testing

Early Release

Middle School (grades 5 – 7) Auditions for fall show 12:30 – 2:30

June 2 HS MCAS Science Testing

6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

Admissions Lottery 4:00 pm

June 3 M/S Art Show 7:00 -9:00 pm

June 4 SAT Exam 8:00 – 1:30pm

June 6 – 10 HS Endersession Week

June 6  6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30pm

Middle School Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 – 8:00 pm

June 8 Early Release

June 9 6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

June 11 HS Graduation 10:00 – 12:00

           Rain Date for HS Out Door Movie Night 8:00 – 10:00 pm

June 15 Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm

          Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony

Early Release

June 16 Last Day of School, End of Year BBQ

IACS School Nutrition Program

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:

IACA News:

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"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

Quarter 3 Assessments have been posted to our x2 Aspen student and family portal. Please log on to the portal to access the report card pdf file. Contact the main office if you need your password reset.

Middle School Art Show

Our annual Middle School Art Show is on Friday, June 3 from 7 – 9 pm.  This year we are excited to display paintings, drawings and prints by the ⅚ students, stop-motion animated movies created by 7th graders, and garments created from recycled materials by the 8th graders. In order to prepare for this event, your help is crucial!  Volunteers can assist in a variety of ways, both on the day of the show and the weeks prior. Here are some ways you can help:

* Editing artist statements (can be done anytime between 5/16 – 5/27 via Google Docs)

* Mounting student artwork (at school)

 Thursday 5/19 3:00 – 4:30

 Monday 5/23 – Thursday 5/26 3:00 – 4:30

 Tuesday 5/31 3:00 – 4:30

 Thursday 6/2 3:00 – 4:30

* Setting up on 6/3

 Anytime between 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

* Breaking down after the show on 6/3

 9:00 pm

If you’re able to help out, please email

Please consider lending a hand – with over 400 students in the middle school, there is much

need for your support!  Even if you’re not able to help out, the art show is always a fun and well-attended event, and we hope to see you on June 3!

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.

Middle School Robotics and Technology Club will continue to meet for the following four Mondays in May: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. Club runs until 4:30. All current students are welcome to continue, new students can email Donna Harrington at to sign up. Come build a robot, program an android app, or work on computer animation!

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.

Click the blue links for more information:

April/May Testing Schedule

Costumes Needed

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

Reminder: The Student Art Exhibit at the Brush Gallery in Lowell is this Saturday from 5-7pm. See the flyer below for more information and we hope to see you there!

Botball: Innovation Academy will be competing in the Botball Robotics Competition this Saturday from 8-5:00! If you would like to cheer on our high school choice block team, swing by Costello Gym at Umass Lowell!

Click the blue link for the full text…

IACS visits the BSO


Important Community Health Presentation

Prom Committee Looking for Parent Volunteers

IACS Spanish Department to Present at ACTFL 2016

IACA Scholarship Application

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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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