The Hawk: August 31, 2018

August 30, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS School Newsletter for the week ending August 31st

Dear IACS Community,

These past three days allowed us time to work the kinks out of our routines, but the extreme heat certainly made it challenging. On a week when schools across the state were struggling to open, we were able to keep business running as usual. On that note, I’d like to give a huge tip of the hat to the IACS facilities team. Our air conditioning units were understandably maxed out and needed a little TLC in order for classrooms to be comfortable throughout the day. Next time you see Colin, Mike, Ozzie, and Bob, make sure to say thanks. And if we get another repeat of this week’s temperatures, you might even offer them a popsicle!

Here’s hoping for a relaxing weekend,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

All School News

Substitute Teacher Training:

If you are interested in learning more about substitute teaching this year at IACS, we will hold a training on Thursday, September 13th from 8:15am-9:15am and Tuesday, 9/18 from 8:15 am-9:15 am.

Language Screenings are part of the state-mandated process to ensure that all students are receiving appropriate services to suit their individual needs. Screening determinations are based on information provided on the Home Language Survey (HLS) that is required to be submitted by each student at the beginning of each school year. If the HLS indicates that a language other than English is spoken at home, participation in a Language Screening is required.

IACS School Nutrition Program:

IACS prepares nutritious breakfast and lunch meals onsight each day. We offer a daily special plus a variety of sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, snacks, and beverages. Additionally, we offer vegetarian options daily and gluten-free options upon request. This year we have added lactose-free milk to our menu as well.

To better serve IACS families, an innovative point of sale (POS) system, specifically designed for school nutrition programs is available. Using the School Payment Portal parents have the option to pre-pay students’ meal accounts, monitor menu choices and account balances, restrict purchases as well as set spending limits. Students enter their PIN# to make purchases in the cafe. For parents who prefer to not pre-fund meal accounts,IACS cashiersalso accept cash or checks at the register.Contact if you didn’t receive a PIN# for your child(ren).

IACS participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. If you believe that you may qualify for free or reduced-price meals or if you have any questions about the School Nutrition Program, contact Karen Drake, Director of Food Services,

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A Note From Bob and Ozzy:

In last week’s Hawk there was a request for afternoon carpools to not enter our parking lots before 2:30. To be more specific, families should not come onto our campus for regular dismissal before 2:30. Cars have been arriving on campus before 2:30 this week, which has prevented families from picking up students being dismissed between 2:30 and 2:45. Historically, once extracurricular activities and extra help sessions begin, the 3:00 surge decreases.

Thank you for helping the entire system work well.

Middle School News

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Back to School Night: Middle School Back to School Night is Thursday, September

20th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Mark your calendars! Come meet your child’s teachers

and follow a modified version of their day to hear more about the curriculum.

It is not too late to register for fall sports! This fall, IACS is offering the following sports for MS athletes: coed cross country (5-8), girls soccer (5-8), boys soccer (5-8), HS girls JV soccer (7-12), HS boys JV soccer (7-12), coed JV volleyball (5-7) and coed varsity volleyball (6-8). Information about all these sports, including start dates and practice schedules can be found in the fall registration packet. This packet is linked on the MS Athletics web page (Click here). This information packet also includes detailed instructions about the registration process. Please be sure to follow these directions carefully when signing up for a fall sport. All registration paperwork that is received by Wednesday, September 5th will be accepted. There are no cuts at the middle school level and all students are encouraged to participate if they wish to try out one of the fall sports. Paperwork can be emailed to or dropped off at the Main Office. Please email the Athletic Department at the above email with any questions or concerns. This fall, IACS is offering the following sports for high school athletes: coed cross country (9-12), girls varsity soccer (9-12), boys varsity soccer (9-12), HS girls JV soccer (7-12), HS boys JV soccer (7-12), coed JV volleyball (9-12) and coed varsity volleyball (9-12). All High School athletes who wish to sign up should go to the online registration site (Click here) and complete the process. Please email with any questions.

Come join the band! Band meets twice a week after school from 3-4:30. There are two groups: beginner band, which is for students who have never played their instrument/read music before, and meets on Mondays and Thursdays; and advanced band, which is for students who have played their instrument for at least a year, and meets on Tuesdays and Fridays. Band instruments include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. To sign up, get more information, or ask about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about band, email Ms. Destramp at

The Middle School Chorus is open to all students in grades 5-8 who love to sing! Chorus meets on Half-Day Wednesdays from 12:25 – 1:45 in the Middle School Music Room. We do not meet on Full-Day Wednesdays. Students bring a bag lunch and we have lunch together and then sing! Students are to be picked up in front of Landberg Hall by parents at 1:45. Middle School Chorus will start on Wednesday September 12th at 12:25 – 1:45 in the Middle School Music Room. Questions? Email Mrs. Lane at

The after school art program is designed to give students access to a wide variety of materials and tools in the art room in order to create work of their choosing. There is a $60 fee for this program and scholarships are available. Please fill out the registration form by September 21, or email for more information. There are 2 groups- Tuesday or Thursday from 3-4:30. The fall session starts the week of 9/24.

Attention Families of 7th and 8th graders: This winter will bring the 3 day, 2 night trip to the Sargent Center. Please look for a permission slip and more information about this exciting team-building opportunity to go home later this fall. This field trip has been a real highlight for the 7th/8th grade team for many years. The trip will take place from 12/10-12 for students on the Problem-Solving team and from 12/12-12/14 for students on the Self-Direction team. The estimated cost of the trip will be between $325-350. Financial assistance will be available. Stay tuned for more details this fall. We are in the process of setting up an information session for families.

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High School News

Welcome to all of our returning students and to our new students!

Despite the oppressive heat outside, our aging air conditioning units were able to put up a fight with the help of our facilities team and keep the building at a workable temperature. The students all seem to be in good spirits and are ready to have a great year. I have been able to meet with each class and discuss some of our school rules and expectations. I have linked the High School Student and Family Handbook for the 2018-2019 school year. Please review this as a family to become familiar with it. I have also attached a PDF of the presentation that I shared with each class this week which highlights various parts of the handbook.

-Erik Arnold, High School Principal

2018-2019 Student & Family Handbook

Handbook Presentation

2018-2019 HS Academic Calendar

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Theatre News

The IACS Performing Arts Program is looking forward to an exciting year!

Mark your calendars for the Tony-Award-Winning Musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: November 15, 16, 17. Keep an eye on The Hawk for details!

Are you in Middle School and want to be in The Phantom of the Opera but didn’t get a chance to audition? Please email for details.

Middle School cast rehearsals are on Wednesday early release days, 12:30-2:30, starting on September 5. See you there!

Thank you to all of the summer campers for 3 amazing weeks! Enjoy the photos, including our NYC performance, on Facebook! Look up "Innovation Academy Performing Arts"!

Questions about the Performing Arts Program? Email


Please join us

IACA’s first Parent, Teacher, Community Meeting will be held on Sept 12th at 6:30pm in the school library. Please join us to discuss upcoming fundraisers, and activities that are in the works for our students.

Questions? Contact Caitlin at

A big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped set up, scoop and clean up at the Ice Cream Socials last week. Your help is gratefully appreciated!

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Click here for our volunteer sign up form .

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