The Hawk: August 6, 2021

August 5, 2021 6:48 pm

IACS Hawk

August 6, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

Thank you for reading this year’s first edition of "The Hawk". I’d like to extend a special welcome to the newest members of the IACS community. The Hawk is our weekly (Friday) newsletter that aspires to provide one stop shopping for you to keep updated with events and announcements for all grades, 5-12. During the school year, the Hawk would contain a lead letter like this followed by important dates and announcements, as well as highlights from the week. You should plan on receiving a Hawk every Friday until the end of the school year.

We are all excited to start the year with a much greater sense of normalcy than last year. As you likely know, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) mandated last spring that all public schools (district, charter, vocational) must only provide instructional models that are in-person, full-time, five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year. And as a reminder, our first day of school for all students will be Tuesday, August 31st.

As last year came to a close, I knew the major lingering question would be whether or not schools would be expected to implement mask wearing for students and staff. As we learned at the end of last week, there have been differing opinions on this matter. On July 17th, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement that "everyone older than age 2 wear masks, regardless of vaccination status". On July 27th the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released guidance that "recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status". DESE released masking guidance which "strongly recommends" mask wearing for all students K-6, unvaccinated students Grades 7-12, and unvaccinated staff. Their recommendation is that fully vaccinated students and staff are allowed to remain unmasked.

Currently, IACS is working with our school’s physicians, local health boards, and other school districts to determine a policy that reconciles the differences cited above. As we navigate the many variables at stake, we will continue to prioritize the safety of all community members. This emphasis is not only in keeping with our core value of Community Membership, but is also the best way to ensure a return to the most vibrant academic and extracurricular programming we all yearn for without interruption.

I will update our community next Friday on our policy development as well as share other school news. In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

Theatre News

We are looking forward to our production of ROMEO AND JULIET this November!

Would you like to take part but missed auditions?

Please email: rhawthorne@innovationcharter.org for details!

What a wonderful summer for IACS Performing Arts! Many thanks to Mrs. Crane for capturing these memories. https://www.veraannphotography.com/f386742799

Athletics News

Fall 2021 Athletics Registration

We are excited to open registration for the fall 2021 athletics season. Please read on for information about high school and middle school fall sports here are Innovation.

High School Fall Sports

We offer the following fall sports to high school students. All sports are open to athletes in grades 9-12:

  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Girls Volleyball*
  • Tryouts and practices for all high school fall sports begin Monday, August 23rd.

    Please click here for further details and instructions on how to register.

    All high school athletics registrations are due by Friday, August 20th.

    Middle School Fall Sports

    We offer the following fall sports to middle school students:

  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Soccer
  • HS JV Girls Soccer (open to athletes in 7th and 8th grade)
  • HS JV Boys Soccer (open to athletes in 7th and 8th grade)
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Coed Volleyball
  • All sports, except for HS JV soccer, are open to athletes in grades 5-8. We have a no-cut policy at the middle school level and encourage students to try new sports.

    Please click here for further details and instructions on how to register.

    All middle school athletics registrations are due by Friday, August 27th.

    Please contact the Athletic Department (iacsathletics@innovationcharter.org) with any questions or concerns.

    *Boys volleyball is offered as a spring sport for high school students

    Hope you are enjoying the Summer!