The Hawk: December 7, 2018

December 6, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending December 7th

Dear IACS Community,

December is clearly a busy month here at IACS as we celebrate the most important aspect of our school: student work. Last night our 7th and 8th grade students kicked off a stretch of public presentations at Quality Night. The family turnout was fantastic, not just in terms of numbers, but in the attentive listening and high-quality written feedback they gave students. On Monday, our 5th and 6th grade students will showcase work for their Quality Night. As a reminder to 5th and 6th grade families, Quality Night begins at 6 pm

And if that wasn’t enough public showcasing, our high school students will bring their work to Exhibition Night next Tuesday. The night kicks off at 5:30 with our high school choir performing in the auditorium. From there guests will travel throughout the high school viewing work from all departments. Think of it as touring a museum of student work. Exhibition Night is open to the public and gives both current and prospective high school families a look at amazing work being done at all grades and in all departments.

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Panoramic Image of 8th graders delivering Quality Night presentations on December 6th

A huge thank you to the dedicated IACS students and staff who’ve done yeoman’s work preparing for these events and to all of our families for joining us in celebrating student learning.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

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All School News

Help us support the 4th Annual Mitten Giving Tree Drive from November 13th to December 12th.Please see attached flyer for details.

4th Annual Mitten Tree Drive

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Middle School News

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8th grade HS visit day- 12/19

On 12/19, all eighth grade students will participate in a HS visit day to learn more about features of the IACS HS program and hear from a student panel. For students that would like to spend an early release day shadowing a freshmen at the high school, a google form will be shared with students at a later date where they will be able to indicate who they would like to shadow so they can experience a few classes at the high school to help with their decision making process.

Quality Night

Thank you to 7th and 8th grade families for your support of Quality Night. Quality Night for fifth and sixth graders is Monday, December 10th from 6-7:15 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sargent Center- 7th/8th grade Field Trip

It’s time for the Sargent Center Trip! Please see our website at:

to find the packing list and other important reminders.

  • Please remember that per state law students may not carry over the counter or prescription medication. Medication drop off and pick up procedures are on the website. Also, please remember as you are packing that it is an unplugged trip.

  • Please leave cell phones and other electronics at home. If a student needs to call home, we will allow them to do so from one of the phones at the Sargent Center.

  • For students on the Problem-Solving Team attending Monday-Wednesday, please remember to arrange a ride at 2 pm since busses will have already left campus or arrange for care with the after school program.

  • Progress Reports

    The second progress report of Semester 1 were published to our x2 Aspen student and family portal. These are the final progress reports before the close of the semester in January when report cards will be issued. Please be sure to review them with your child to help them reflect on areas of success and where they can improve. If you need your password reset, please reach out to the main office.

    High School News

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    Semester 1, Progress Report #2 & Family Portals

    The second progress report for semester 1 was released this week and is now available on your X2 Family Portal. We also sent a printed copy home with your student. If you do not know your log-in information please reach out to Crystal McKiel, or ext 2004.

    Seniors of the Month for December

    Congratulations to Jonathan Passarelli and Ben MacKinnon for being nominated as seniors of the month for December. Ben was recognized for his excellent community membership skills. He is a bright student that works just as hard participating in athletics as he does in the classroom. He is a true leader in his classes and he is always willing to help others in group projects. Jonathan has had a dream for a while to become a Navy Seal after graduation. He has already received a qualifying score on the written exam to join the Seal program and next week he will start working on passing the fitness requirements to be accepted into the program. He is working hard in his classes as well as at his job outside of school. Congratulations to both students…they represent the best of IACS.

    Historical Archeology Class Field Trip

    Students in Ms. Hinkle’s interdisciplinary Historical Archeology class visited the Commonwealth Museum on Tuesday. They visited the State Archives to examine primary source documents related to early Dunstable history and revolutionary war records. They also visited the Commonwealth museum and saw the original charter for the Mass Bay colony signed by King Charles and the original constitution of Massachusetts, and the legal print of the Declaration of Independence. They also tried their hands at being mill girls (thus the bobbins).

    Practice Hybrid SAT/ACT Exam for Juniors

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  • Location: Innovation Academy Charter School

  • Date & Time: Saturday, January 12th from 9am – 1pm

  • Cost: Just $10 to enroll by Wednesday, January 9th. We unfortunately cannot accommodate walk-in students.

  • For more information on this special prep opportunity or to enroll, call 800.235.0056, sign up at, or email

  • Exhibition Night is Tuesday Night, 5:30-8:00pm!

    At Exhibition Night, the hallways and classrooms of IACS are transformed into a museum of student work, with ALL students contributing at least one piece of academic work of their choosing in the subjects of English, Math, History, Science, Spanish, Art and Music. The atmosphere is relaxed as students, families and community members explore the exhibits at their own pace. Expect to see students on hand to answer questions about their projects or conducting a short presentation. The evening will begin at 5:30 in the auditorium with a quick preview of the music that our Choral and Chorale students will be performing at their January Concert. This is a great way to see the project-based work that our students create during the school year. Community members are needed to observe, comment & inspire our students.

    There will be many groups with displays. Be sure to stop by the IACA bake sale!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Student Health 101- our online Wellness Magazine

    The November issue of Student Health 101 and Student Advocate, our online, wellness magazine is chock full of some wonderful articles! Whether you’re looking for advice on how to help your child navigate potentially toxic friendships or wanting to help them figure the best time management strategy based on their personality, you will find it here. Be sure to download the Student Health 101 app onto your smartphone, and stay tuned for upcoming articles! And don’t forget to enter the raffle to win $100 for every article you or your student read!


    Yearbooks are currently for sale for $40.00. They may be purchased online at or by turning in a paper order form to the Main Office along with check or cash payment. Order forms were distributed in advisory, but extras are available from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco. It is possible to personalize the cover of the yearbook with a name or icons. If you would like to personalize the yearbook, please order it online or pick up an updated order form from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco (order forms handed out previously did not have personalization information). The order deadline is March 22, 2019.

    Senior Parents

    Families of seniors may submit senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. Please refer to these guidelines. Reach out to with any questions.

    IACS Chemistry Ambassadors

    Ms. Derival’s chemistry honors students can choose to be Science Ambassadors through the Green Chemistry Storytellers and/or Public Engagers tracks. Some teams are also disseminating info on systems thinking tools through their lessons/activities. Last Friday, Sona, Anita and Hannah visited a preschool at the Chelmsford Education Center. They taught fourteen 4/5 year old students about biodegradable plastic. Anita drew images of sea animals, plastic, and arrows which the students first colored in. Then they arranged their drawings to understand the life cycle of plastics and need for a plastic alternative. The students then helped make a biodegradable plastic film, which they’ll later observe in a classroom compost container. Hopefully they will show us a behavior-over-time graph (BOTG) of its degradation when we visit them again next semester. There will be four more teams doing public engagement work this semester. Two teams are going to visit 8th graders in Nashua, another team is going to Dave Maier’s 6th grade class in Chelmsford, and another team is web conferencing with an elementary school in North Carolina. Earlier this week, Jacob and Isabela visited a middle school in Nashua to teach their 8th graders how green chemistry helped to solve a mosquito larvacide resistance problem in Brazil. The lesson includes having the students read an original story that Isabela and Jacob wrote, and an iceberg modeling activity. Next week, another team of students will share a different green chemistry success story with the same 8th graders and do some feedback loop work with them. The other two teams are going out in January. Next semester, another string of outreach events will occur. They hope to visit an elementary school in Lowell and they have already been invited back to the preschool and World Academy (Nashua middle school). Nice work Ms. Derival and students!



    GET YOUR SWAG ON: IACA will be selling blankets, ice scrapers and coffee mugs at Grade 5/6 Quality Night on December 10. Be sure to stop by our table in Landberg Hall and get yours!

    CALLING ALL BAKERS! If you can help out with donating baked goods for our Exhibition Night bake sale on December 11, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Kelly Ash at if you can contribute your favorite treats.

    Student Government

    Winter Semi-Formal Seeks Donations

    This semi-formal dance is meant to bring students together in a fun and safe environment. Now, is a great opportunity to donate to and take part in the IACS community. A list has been made of items families may donate towards the event:

    Any donations can be dropped off at the main office with a note addressing them to “Student Government Semi.” For any inquiries regarding donations, feel free to contact us at . We thank you in advance for any support you may be able to provide.

    Sebastian Chávez & Teshi Waruingi

    Co-Presidents of Student Government

    Fridays during Choice Block in 205

    Check out the S.G website for updates and news!