The Hawk: February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017 7:00 am
Thanks to everyone in the IACS community (staff, students, and families) for getting through a choppy week of weather. Have a great weekend…

“The Hawk”

February 10, 2017

Through our course offerings, clubs and activities, Endersession, and Choice Block, IACS high school students are able to participate in many unique experiences. Under the supervision of staff member Lea Gonsalo, IACS is in it’s second year of having a Model United Nations team. Here is some background information on Model UN from the United Nations Association of the United States (

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.

Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in Model UN, students research the particular global problem to be addressed. The problems are drawn from today’s headlines. Model UN delegates learn how the international community acts on its concerns about peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development, and globalization.

Model UN conferences are held across the country and this weekend our Model UN students will be attending a large conference in Boston that is is sponsored by the Boston University International Affairs Association. Over 1400 students from across the country and around the world will be engaged in the simulation this weekend. Our students that are participating this weekend are: Jacob Babcock, Leticia Freire, Maya Hegde, Carter Morgan, Jenn Schultz, and Josh Sweetland. These students have been preparing for this weekend’s conference during Choice Block and we wish them the best as they try to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges during the 3-day simulation…shouldn’t be too hard:)

Best –

Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

February 10 Grades 7 & 8 Movie Night  6:30 – 9:00 pm

February 13 Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Feb 20 – 24 No School February Vacation

February 28 New Enrollment Applications due by 12:00 noon

March 1 Early Release

Enrollment Lottery  4:00pm

March 6 MS   Band and Chorus Concert  6:00pm

March 7 IACA Potluck Meeting 6:30 – 7:00pm

March 8 Early Release

March 9 MS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

March 11 SAT Exam  8:00 am

March 15 Early Release

March 16 HS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

March 17 MS Parent Principal Advisory Council 7:45 am

March 17 WInter Drama Production

All School News


Congratulations to the Maher family who won our $5000 raffle prize! We drew the winning ticket at our Embrace Winter Social. With the proceeds we can purchase a water filtration/filling system for our school that lightens the burden of hauling all of those Poland Spring water bottles, and makes our school a little "greener"! Thank you to the Maher family and ALL of the families who participated in the raffle! We will have raffle totals available next week in the Hawk.

BoxTops contest starts Monday, Feb 6th: Who wants to be the next BoxTops champion?? Our next BoxTops contest begins Monday, February 6th and runs until Friday, February 24th. This contest will have ONE student winner from middle school and ONE student winner from high school. The student who brings in the most BoxTops gets a $25 gift certificate! Here are a few submission tips: 1) ALWAYS include your child's NAME AND ADVISORY when submitting BoxTops. Written room numbers are sometimes reversed and we cannot identify who submitted them : 2) If possible, please TRIM your Boxtops, and 3) Please do not submit any expired BoxTops. All of these tips allow for proficient submission and quick expediting of monies awarded to our school! Every little BoxTop is worth 10 cents!

Save the date for CASINO NIGHT: Come Get Lucky at our upcoming Casino Night and Fundraiser!  It'll begin at 7pm on Friday March 31st at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference center on Warren Street in Lowell. This years event will feature a buffet dinner, casino games, cash bar, silent auction and our now famous Live Dessert Auction! The tickets will be $35 each or $300/table of 10, so grab some friends and make a night of it! Hope to see you there.  If you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, please email Heather Landis at or by phone at 978-502-9450.

7/8 Movie night will be Friday, Feb 10 from 6:30-9:00pm.  (Movie starts promptly at 6:45).   Admission is $5.00 and includes bottle of water, popcorn, and a movie.  We will also have fruit snacks and additional water bottles for sale.  (No sweetened drinks will be allowed in the auditorium.  Movie selection is The Fault in Our Stars.

Step up and Help your school: We are always looking for people to help with events, create events, and step into leadership roles of our parent organization.  There may be 3 or more open roles for the upcoming school year.  Would you like to know more?  Please email Jo Anne at for more information.

Athletics Update:  Please take a moment to check out the most recent edition of the Athletics Winter Newsletter.  It’s one-stop shopping to see how all of our Middle and High School teams are doing.  Go Hawks!  CLICK HERE.

Performing Arts News:  

  • Tickets are available for our March production of MAN OF LA MANCHA! Please find the ticket order form at

  • Do you have a business you would like to promote? Or a message you would like to share with about 900 people? If so, please consider supporting the drama program by purchasing program space! Information is found at

  • Mark your calendars! Auditions for the MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAY are on Wednesday, March 29, 12:30-3:00pm in the auditorium! It's an early release day so bring a lunch! We hope to see you there so you can have your turn to light up the IACS stage! Auditions are open to any current middle school students – with or without acting experience! The play, which features numerous monologues as well as full scenes, is called "Game of Tiaras" and you can find details about the hilarious spoof at Rehearsals will be on half day Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00, and performances are on May 20 at 2pm and 7pm.

  • Auditions for the next HIGH SCHOOL PLAY are on Tuesday, March 21, 3:00-4:30 in the auditorium! Auditions are open to any current high school students – with or without acting experience! The play, which features numerous monologues as well as full scenes,  is called "I'm A Teenager Get Me Out of This Family" and details can be found at  (If you are in Darts or Shards you may still audition for this show, as long as rehearsals do not conflict. Priority will go to those who do not currently have other roles. Performances will be on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 at 7pm.)

  • BELIEVE IT OR NOT, SUMMER IS COMING! Mark your calendars for 3 Performing Arts Camps right here on the IACS Campus! Camps are open to students finishing 4th through 12th grades.

  • July 10-July 14: Drama Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of Ghostbusters on Friday night

    July 17-July 21: Glee Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of songs and scenes from School of Rock on Friday night

    July 24-July 28: Improv Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance created ON THE SPOT by the campers on Friday night

    *The first ten Drama Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to see Wicked on the Wednesday of Drama Camp!

    *The first ten Glee Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to see School of Rock on the Wednesday of Glee Camp!

    *The first ten Improv Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to participate in an IMPROV THEATRE workshop, meal and show on the Wednesday of Improv Camp!

    Re-enrollment Forms have been mailed to current families. They are past due, so please submit now if you have not yet returned one.  Please remember if you have a sibling that would like to enroll at IACS for the 2017-2018 school year  you will need to fill out an application by February 28, 2017 to be entered into the March 1, 2017 lottery.   ALL admissions to IACS is done by lottery.  

    If you have any questions please contact Marybeth Bush,978-649-0432 ext 3218, or or Kathleen Feeney at ext 2218 or

    IACS School Nutrition Program:  The February Breakfast & Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake if you have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Middle School News


    Sixth and eighth graders displayed their work in an art show at the Embrace Winter Social last Friday.

    7/8 Movie night will be Friday, Feb 10th from 6:30-9:00pm.  (Movie starts promptly at 6:45).   Admission is $5.00 and includes bottle of water, popcorn, and a movie.  We will also have fruit snacks and additional water bottles for sale.  (No sweetened drinks will be allowed in the auditorium.  Movie selection is The Fault in Our Stars.)

    After School Art Upcoming Session:

    Our next 8 week session will be starting at the beginning of March. This session's classes will be on Monday and Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30. Please send in registration form and fee by 2/17/17 to secure your student's space in the program.  Find the registration form here. For more information, email  

    Looking for fun events for February Vacation?

    The MIT Museum is hosting Feb Fest, their annual celebration of National Engineers Week, during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities and workshops for students. This is a terrific connection to our middle school engineering units. Check it out and learn more about registering here

    Looking for summer programs?

    See the  flyer from Middlesex Community College about their “College for Kids” summer program for students ages 8-15.

    Middle School Yearbook:

    2016-2017 IACS Middle School Yearbook Order Forms are now available on the MS Yearbook page on the website.

    Click the links for more information:

    Essay Writing Practice

    Advisory Service Projects

    High School News

    Driver’s Education – Future Driver’s of America will begin their Spring class at IACS on Wednesday, March 1st from 12:30-4:30pm.   Registration can be made directly thru the Future Driver’s of America website at  Classes will be held every Wednesday (half & full days) with the exception of April Vacation week.   The schedule can be found on this flyer.   Questions?   Contact Ron Vincent at Future Driver’s, 978-455-0290 or Crystal McKiel at IACS, 978-649-0432 x2004.

    1st Place for the HS Cheer Team last weekend!

    Astronomy trips and labs

    February Seniors of the Month

    All-State Chorus

    College Fair

    Student Health 101IACS parents and supporters, February’s IACS Student Health 101 and the accompanying Student Advocate for parents and supporters are available online.  Check out the new article “Chasing Perfection -how to help teens see through social media”.   Keep reading Student Health 101 articles and enter to win $100…it is that simple!  We have already had one student winner here at IACS.  If parents enter…their student wins also!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    High School Yearbook

    It’s not too late to buy your yearbook! The cost has increased to $35. You can get an order form outside Ms. Kelly’s office or at the Main Office. Or you can order online at Anyone who buys before February 17, 2017 will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card (this includes those who have already ordered)!

    Student Health Info

    New articles this month highlight  how students can quit competing against and comparing themselves to peers as well as information for parents regarding concerns that your child may by in an unhealthy relationship.

    I hope you find Student Health 101 a valuable resource, it certainly has a lot to offer both parents and students.

    Photo of the Week

    Students enjoying the cleanup after Tuesday’s minor snowstorm (compared to Thursday’s storm anyway)!

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School
    Innovation Academy Charter School
    72 Tyng Road
    Tyngsboro, MA 01879
    Phone: (978) 649-0432 x3141
    Fax: 978-649-6337

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