December 23, 2020
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Dear IACS Community,
As 2020 fast approaches its end, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the everyone in the IACS community. From the first days of last spring’s closure, the empathy and commitment to student learning demonstrated by both staff and families has highlighted what makes IACS so special. I’m guessing some of you have read comparisons between year 2020 and 20/20 eyesight. My sincerest hope is that this past year has given us a clearer vision of what matters most in our lives. For me as an IACS educator, what matters the most is that we don’t just wax poetic about our school Outcomes during Quality Nights and Graduation ceremonies, but that we lean on them when things get hard. Not a day goes by that I don’t see the Outcomes in action and am filled with confidence about our path forward.
With that said, I can’t wait for 2020 to end! So here’s to ushering in a new year and seeing that light at the end of the tunnel become brighter everyday. May your break give you additional time to more closely connect with what matters most in your life.
Head of School
All School News
Hopefully you’ve already received our Annual Giving Campaign trifold in the mail detailing the reasons why donating to IACS now is so important. As we wind up this challenging year we humbly ask you to consider a donation to IACS. If you are in a position to help, we would be grateful for your support.
Thank you for considering IACS as a recipient for your end of year charitable giving. Click here to donate today.
A note of gratitude from our National Honor Society and Emma Chaitin on behalf of the Mitten Tree Toy Drive Project.
Is someone you know experiencing food insecurity?
Here is a list of local resources for assistance, please share with anyone that could use it.
UPDATES, REMINDERS, AND THANKS FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
The holiday break is quickly upon us and is most welcome by many of us in the IACS community! It is important that families continue to communicate with the health office over the extended break. Please email the health office at email@example.com with updates of positive COVID-19 cases or identified close contacts within their family. The health office will be checking its email regularly and following up with families to answer questions and offer guidance as needed.
A reminder that verification of student flu shots are required for all students by 12/31/20 per MA DPH. Please send proof of having received the vaccine to the health office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May you enjoy a safe and restful holiday break; please remain mindful of the IACS Return to School After Travel Policy.
Here is some updated information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that you may find helpful:
Thank you again for your continued support and open communication over the last few months, it is greatly appreciated and has helped tremendously in keeping our community safe.
Students should report any tech or wifi issues to their teacher right away via email or chat. If the wifi is so bad that email isn’t possible, call the main office, 978-649-0432 x 0 and we can get the message to the teacher.
Some students have reported long running issues with their machines. We can help make sure students have what they need to successfully access their classes. Don’t wait! Reach out to our IT department so they can troubleshoot with you!
Issues with your device (camera or mic not working? Not charging? Operating slowly?), please contact Mr. Troy, Ntroy@innovationcharter.org or call the mainoffice and they can connect you to Mr. Troy.
Please fill out the Chromebook user contract form if your student needs to borrow an IACS Chromebook and arrange with the main office to pick it up. Please come anytime between 8:30-4, but please avoid dismissal time between 2:45-3:15 pm. Families should call ahead and buzz the building when you arrive. Our main office staff will bring it to you outside, like curb-side pick-up!
HS & MS School Calendar
School Breakfast & Lunch Program
USDA has extended FREE MEALS TO ALL students through June 2021. IACS is offering FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL IACS on-campus learners. Remote and hybrid learners can also receive free meals at either their town’s school or at IACS. Remote and hybrid learners, if you choose to pick up the meals at IACS, ENROLL in this program by completing this survey.You do not need to complete the survey if you have already enrolled. Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Middle School News
January Switch to Hybrid Information
Please read through this document to learn about what the shift to our hybrid model in January will look like at the middle school.
Also, please mark your calendars for an information session on the hybrid transition on Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 pm. The Zoom link will be emailed to all middle school families on the morning of 1/7 for access by all that are interested in attending.
High School Transition
It is that time of year that eighth grade students and families are looking ahead to high school.Eighth graders continuing onto High School at IACS do not need to reapply.
For students and families that are interested in learning more about our high school program, we are offering three virtual open house events. Attendees must register beforehand by filling out this registration form in order to receive the Zoom link.
There will be the choice of 2 more identical events:
Thursday, 1/28 7-8pm
Thursday, 2/11 7-8pm
For students applying to technical or private schools, please ensure that you ask teachers directly about letters of recommendation and provide at least 2 weeks notice.
Please contact Kathleeen Feeney in the enrollment office to request transcripts that are sent along with your application. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Watch for information on students re-enrolling at IACS in mid-January.
High school students from our National Honors Society are offering free tutoring services for middle school students who would like help. Tutoring will be completely virtual with flexible scheduling. For more information or to arrange for a tutor contact Caitlyn Pennie at email@example.com .
High School News
The Concert Choir and Chorale would like to share a Holiday Greeting with all of you! It has become a tradition for us to sing Carol of The Bells in December together.
In previous years, they may have been heard caroling through the halls and even testing out the acoustics in the stairwells. Here’s our 2020 virtual version…with 20 IACS voices!
Happy Holidays to all…. from The High School Concert Choir and Chorale!
Progress Report #2
Our 2nd Progress Report of Semester 1 was published to Aspen Family Portals on Monday, December 21st. You should see it under Published Reports at the top of your Aspen Portal. Just click on it to open or download. Contact Crystal McKiel if you need your Aspen login information. firstname.lastname@example.org Paper copies are available upon request. Please note the school will be closed from Thursday, December 24 until school resumes on Monday, January 4th.
Breads & Cheeses of IACS
These photos show just a sample of the breads and cheeses that students in Ms.Cynar’s Culinary and Garden Science class have made at home with ingredients from the take-home lab kits.
The yearbook is having a few pages displaying photos of life during remote learning, so please send any pictures you have to email@example.com by January 20 (the date emailed to students earlier was incorrect). Photos can be either academic or personal, showing learning or just family time and fun. Also, there will be separate senior pages, so seniors, make sure to send plenty of pictures!
January Switch to Hybrid Information
Please read through this document to learn about what the shift to our hybrid model in January will look like at the high school. More information will follow in the next couple of weeks as well as a town meeting opportunity for parents and students to get questions answered.
See the Creativity of our H.S. Students on Arts @ IACS
The HS Art and Music Departments proudly present Arts @ IACS, a new digital gallery designed to show the creative works of IACS students. You can follow us and see the wonderful work of our creative student body on Instagram at arts_at_iacs, on Twitter at @Arts_at_IACS, or at our Arts @ IACS Google page
Do you have a student who would like to show their creative work?
All IACS students, regardless of if they are currently enrolled in an art or music class, are welcome to submit images or videos of their visual art, craft art, music, and performances to Arts @ IACS. All artistic mediums are welcome, work can be made in or outside of school, and can be old or new.
Photos of the Week
HS Advisories had a friendly competition to celebrate Ugly Sweater Day.