The Hawk: December 8, 2017

December 7, 2017 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending December 8, 2017

Dear IACS Families-

Public presentations of learning are a hallmark of the IACS program. During the month of December, IACS will host several events for students to practice their presentation skills and celebrate student work.

Mark your calendars:

MS Quality Night- 5th/6th grade, 12/14 ~ 6-7:15 pm

MS Quality Night- 7th/8th grade, 12/19 ~ 6-7:15 pm

HS Exhibition Night- 12/19 ~ 6-8:15 pm

Middle school students are currently in the midst of preparing their presentations. Families can help ensure readiness for this important event by listening to the presentation. Asking your child questions about how the work relates to the real-world and making connections to the four school outcomes as well as providing feedback about their presentation skills will help your child polish their presentation.

High School Exhibition Night is a celebration of student work with performances, displays, and demonstrations. All events are open to the public. Please attend and invite other guests (grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, etc.) that are interested in supporting your child and seeing some examples of the project-based work IACS students do.

Please note that we have intentionally overlapped 7th/8th grade Quality Night with a HS Information Session and Exhibition Night on December 19th. We encourage any 7th/8th grade students and families that are interested in learning more about the HS program to come to the Q & A Session about the high school program at 5 pm. After making your Quality Night presentation, stay and learn more about the HS program by looking at student work at Exhibition Night. Of course, HS students and families are welcome at 7th/8th grade Quality Night as well.

Thank you for your support of these important experiences for our students.


Melissa Kapeckas

MS Principal

Important Dates

December 9 “Children of Eden” Performance 2:00pm – 4:30pm

December 13 Early Release Wednesday

December 14 MS 5 & 6 Quality Night 6:00pm – 7:15pm

December 18 IACS Board of Trustees meeting 6:00 – 9:00 pm

December 19 Q&A with HS Principal for Prospective Students & Families 5:00 – 7:00pm

MS 7 & 8 Quality Night 6:00pm – 7:15pm

High School Winter Exhibition Night 6:15pm – 8:30 pm

December 20 Early Release Wednesday

Middle School Winter Concert 7:00pm – 8:00 pm

December 22 Early Release (Friday before vacation)

December 25 – January 1 NO SCHOOL WINTER VACATION

January 2 Classes Resume

January 3 Early Release Wednesday

January 6 Middle School Open House for Prospective Students & Families 10:00am

January 10 Early Release Wednesday

IACA Meeting 7:00pm

January 11 MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council 7:45am

January 15 No School in Observance of martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16 No school for Students, Staff Professional Development Day

January 17 Full Day Wednesday

High School Open House for Prospective Students & Families 6:00pm

January 19 Grade 7 & 8 Social 7:00pm

January 20 Grade 5 & 6 Social 7:00pm

All School News

Emma’s Giving Tree

This holiday season, a mitten tree fundraiser will be running from Monday, November 27th to Thursday, December 21st to help donate gifts and living essentials to those in need. The gifts will be donated to local families with infants all the way through teens.

How it works! The mitten tree along with the donation box can be found in the cafeteria.

  • Take a mitten from the tree!
  • The mitten will contain the gender of the child, the age, and the gifts that are suggested
  • Purchase one of the gifts listed on the mitten or an appropriate gift for the age group on your mitten.
  • Bring the gift back by Thursday, December 21st and drop it in the bin located next to the tree in the cafeteria. You do not need to bring your mitten back.
  • If you would like to donate without taking a mitten, gloves, hats, diapers, infant pajamas and winter-wear is greatly appreciated. Once again, make sure it is all NEWLY PURCHASED AND UNWRAPPED.

    Thank you so much for your participation, Let’s make it even better than last year!

    If you have any questions contact Emma Chaitin at or Kyle Thornton at

    IACS School Nutrition Program: The December Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. This month’s menu features three new recipes:Homestyle Mac & Cheese, Pad Thai and Winter Squash Soup all made with fresh wholesome ingredients from scratch in the IACS kitchen. Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Theatre News

    Children of Eden: Saturday, Dec 9th at 2:00pm– Our amazing theater kids will be performing Children of Eden for a full audience in NYC, BUT we’re thrilled to bring this amazing story BACK to Innovation Academy in December! Come and see our fantastic cast and join us for this beautiful story of the importance of family, caring for another and preparing our world for future generations. Children of Eden is sure to be a moving musical for the whole family! Tickets are $15 or by donation at the door.

    Please contact with any questions. Thank you!

    Gilligan’s Island- Save The Date! Don’t get "stranded" without tickets to this hilarious Spring musical! Performance dates are March 15,16, and 17- and those dates will be here before you know it! Stay tuned for ticket information on our IACS website.

    Like us on Facebook!Did you know that we have a theater Facebook page? Find us at Innovation Academy Performing Arts to see news, photos and videos of our IACS "rock stars!"

    Middle School News

    Quality Night Approaches

    Mark your calendars:

  • Quality Night for fifth and sixth graders is Thursday, 12/14 6-7:15 pm.

  • 7th/8th grade Quality night prep during the school day on 12/12 and 12/14 during the school day. Quality Night for seventh and eighth graders is Tuesday, 12/19 6-7:15 pm. We are encouraging students and families to stay for the HS Exhibition Night after the conclusion of Quality Night. This would be a terrific way to learn about the HS program as you view student work.

  • Please remind your child to dress professionally. A suit or fancy dress is not necessary, but a nice shirt, slacks, and/or skirt would all be good choices. Presenting at Quality Night is a promotion requirement.

    Middle School Art Needs Your Recyclables!

    We need a wide variety of recyclables for an upcoming project. Plastic bags, bubble wrap, foam packaging, plastic containers, newspapers, old CDs, cables and cords you no longer need, or other similar materials are welcome! Please send your donations along to the MS art room. Thank you so much!

    2017-2018 Yearbook Cover Competition

    The Yearbook Committee is holding an art contest open to everyone in the Middle School Winners will be featured on the front and back cover of the Middle School Yearbook. Entries may include original photographs and collages, as well as original drawings. Winning entries will also receive a free yearbook. Non-winning entries will be featured inside the yearbook.

    The theme this year is: IACS Students: Striving to be Good World Community Members. Entries may be submitted digitally or as a hard copy but must fit vertically on the 8 ½ x11 cover (which is the size of regular printer paper). Please include a completed cover sheet with your name, advisory and an artist’s statement. You may submit a maximum of three entries.

    Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2018

    Submit to a Yearbook Staff Member or Peggy Stephens-North, Please contact any of us with questions or email

    Flyers are available with this link, on the website and by the Main Office.

    Cover Contest 2017-2018

    ​The Yearbook is still accepting new members. Please contact Peggy for more information and use the Permission slip below

    2017-2018 Yearbook Committee Flyer

    High School News

    12/15 Chorus/Chorale Concert during Advisory

    12/19 Endersession Packets shared with students and families

    12/19 Winter Exhibition Night 6:00-8:40pm

    12/21 Lecture Hall Live during Advisory

    Reminder to Parents: Please remember to call the school at 978-649-0432 whenever your child is going to be absent from school.

    December Seniors of the Month

    December is a special month in that the following five students have been selected as “Seniors of the Month”: Devin Cook, Kevin De La Cruz, Chandler Dilworth, Emily Lyons, and Meghan Spence. Faculty and seniors nominate students and then I have the difficult task of selecting the winners. Devin Cook was nominated for being a great friend and for showing real growth as a student and community member. Devin is known for greeting teachers with a nice hello, holding doors for people, and he is always happy to engage in conversation with adults in the building. Kevin De La Cruz has demonstrated outstanding community membership skills. He is a great leader in his classes. He is always willing to help classmates of any grade level. He sets a great example for our younger students, and he always asks how he can be of help to his teachers within and out of class time. Chandler Dilworth is a meticulous student who works incredibly hard without every trumpeting his achievements or his work ethic. Chandler is ceaselessly polite and respectful to his teachers and challenges himself to do things that are outside of his comfort zone. Emily Lyons is someone that her teachers and friends can always count on as she has been an active member of the IACS community since her freshmen year. She is a huge help as part of the A/V crew with school musicals, has organized multiple Choice Block classes, and is currently co-leading the Lecture Hall Live series. Last, but not least, Meghan Spence was recognized for being a great help to her classmates, especially in Calculus. She is described as being dedicated to her schoolwork, humble, punctual and a really caring and helpful friend. She also has a really nice Scooby Doo bumper sticker which says “What would Scooby Doo?” What more needs to be said? Congratulations to all five of these seniors for being such great community members.

    Click HERE for more information about a 5-Week Summer Program Opportunity at Tufts University

    The Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) Program was founded in the fall of 1989 with the goals of exposing interested high school students of varied backgrounds to health care and related professions, and providing support in their academic and personal development. Today, TAHSS continues as a key Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) community outreach program for high school students in the Greater Boston area. The program is supported by the Dean’s Office and aims to stimulate and support interest in careers in the biomedical sciences among high school students. Program Requirements: Applicants must also be at least 16 years old at the start of the program and in grades 10-12.

    2018 Summer Opportunities Fair for Students

    Sunday, January 21, 2018 – Noon to 3 PM. PHILLIPS ACADEMY ANDOVER — SMITH

    STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine

    The December issue of Student Health 101 and the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate is here! Learn strategies to help you and your family react less and enjoy more of the holiday season, find talking points regarding setting positive standards for your kid’s on-line world as well as many other helpful tips/tools ! If you’re looking for even more ways to access this wonderful tool download the Student Health 101 app, and take a look at the official IACS SH101 Twitter page! Just search @SH101atIACS within the Twitter app, tap the follow button; be sure to turn on those post notifications to receive alerts about future articles!


    Don’t forget to order your high school yearbook! Extra order forms are available outside of Ms. Kelly’s office. Order forms should be turned in at the main office. Orders can also be placed online at The early bird deadline to purchase a yearbook for $30 is December 22. After December 22, the price will go up from to $35.

    Families of Seniors: Please make sure to submit senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages to by January 5, 2018.

    IACA News

    SEE YOU AT THE 99s ON TUESDAY, December 12: Dine for IACA at the 99’s in Tewksbury from 4:00-10:00 p.m While you’re enjoying great food, friends, and fun, 15% of all meals (dine-in, take-out and drinks) will be given back to Innovation Academy! Be sure to stop by the IACA table for a raffle ticket. Please use the attached paper flyer when you pay your server. Thank you!

    OUR BASKET RAFFLE IS IN THE WORKS! We’re busy preparing for the Embrace Winter Family Social this February, to bring back this popular and successful fundraiser! How can you help? First, tell us what kind of baskets you’d like to win in our Basket Raffle Survey. Next, what can you contribute to making our baskets a success? Do you have a business or service you’d like to offer? Purchases you’d like to donate? Crafty time and talent you can give to help us create baskets?

    Would you like to do more? Volunteer as a gift basket coordinator. In this role, you would collect donations from the main office, use cash donations to supplement basket contents, and arrange the final product. Contact Kim Bilawchuk ( or Angela Caputo-Griswold ( for more information. Thank you all for your time and support!

    BOXTOPS STUDENT CONTEST: Calling all clippers! Please submit your latest round of BoxTops before January 31st! Remember to include your child’s name and advisory: a top collector in the HS and MS will be awarded with a gift card.

    YANKEE CANDLE: Backordered items were distributed last Friday and are available in the main office. Online sales continue through January. Visit: http://www. store.htm and enter group number 990035230 to start shopping. If you have questions regarding online sales, contact Annette Famolare at or Bernadette Baird at

    MONDAYS ARE FOR BROTHERS: Pizza, that is. Ordering out lunch on a Monday? Enjoying a quick pre-game meal? Call Brothers Pizza next to Innovation and let them know you’re with us. They’ll donate 9% of your order back to the school. Good for dine-in or take-out.


    Calling all clippers! Please submit your latest round of BoxTops before January 31st! Remember to include your child’s name and advisory: a top collector in the HS and MS will be awarded with a gift card.