The Hawk: January 12, 2018

January 11, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending January 12, 2018

Dear IACS Families:

As we have headed back to school, students have busily been wrapping up their Semester 1 work. The high school closed Semester 1 today. At the middle school, we’ve opted to add one day to the end of the semester due to the recent school cancellations. This will mean that the last day of Semester 1 at the middle school will be Wednesday, January 17th. Semester 1 Assessments (Report Cards) will be distributed roughly 2 weeks later. Students and families will receive an email when they are published to the portal.

Semester 2 will bring some shifts to student schedules at both the middle school and the high school. At the middle school, students will be shifting their semester-long classes. Students that started the year in Science will shift to Social Studies (and vice versa). Students that started the year in Health and Challenge will move to Art and Music (and vice versa). High school students will meet in advisories for the start of the day to pick up their Semester 2 schedules.

Thank you for your support in helping your child close out the first semester strongly and starting their new coursework on a positive note. A reminder that school is closed on Monday and Tuesday for Martin Luther King Day (Monday) and Tuesday (Staff Professional) and we’ll be returning to school on Wednesday for a full day of school.

We are looking forward to a full and enriching 2018 here at IACS and wish the same to your family!


Melissa Kapeckas

MS Principal

Important Dates

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

January 22 IACS Board of Trustees meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm

January 24 Early Release Wednesday

January 26 Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents of Middle School Students 8:30am

High School Semi 7:00 – 10:00 pm

February 1 Middle school Open House for Prospective Students & Families 6:00pm

February 2 Embrace the Winter Celebration 6:00pm

February 7 Early Release Wednesday

ILP conferences for Middle and High School

IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm

February 12 High School Innovation Morning Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

February 14 Early Release Wednesday

February 19 – 23 February School Vacation

February 26 IACS Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm

February 28 Early Release Wednesday

All School News

Thank you to all the students, staff, and families that helped contribute to Emma’s Giving Tree this year. We had 253 gifts come in this year totaling $3,722! Your kindness and generosity has helped make the holidays brighter for so many families in our community. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with friends and family, thank you again for all you’ve done and truly embracing the giving season!

Great Thanks,

Karen Rubino, Emma Chaitin, Kyle Thornton

New! Community Book Club

In our new Community Book Club, we will be picking a book and discussing it. For January, we have chosen the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This book is Coates’s explanation of our Nation’s history and current state to his young son. Mainly, Coates confronts cultural issues and asks questions such as: Have we come as far as we think we have regarding questions of race?

We plan to run our first book club meeting on Tuesday, January 30th after school in the library. Students, teachers, and families are all welcome! Food will be provided! We will be meeting monthly on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15-4:15. Once we complete our first book, together we’ll pick our next one to read! Copies of our books will be available in the library to be checked out. Please have the book, or most of read, prior to this meeting. You don’t have to buy a copy of this book, just have ideas ready to be discussed!

Please email,, or if you are interested or have any questions!

IACS School Nutrition Program: The January Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. This month’s menu features three new recipes: Chicken Cordon Blue, BBQ Pulled Pork and Orange-Chicken Rice Bowl all made with fresh wholesome ingredients in the IACS kitchen. Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

Theatre News

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

Don’t miss the Pajama Jam more info can be found in the IACA Section below.

Basket Raffle: Please be certain to scroll down to the IACA Section of the HAWK for important information regarding the upcoming Basket Raffle!

Sledding fun with the Grove Advisory.

Graber Advisory Community Service Project: Support MSPCA Nevins Farm

The Graber Advisory is collecting pet supplies for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Click her for a flyer about their supply drive and the Wish List from Nevins Farm. Supplies will be accepted until February 12th.

Sometimes you come across students recording a music video of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” on the ukulele while in the Lost and Found with very serious expressions and it causes one to smile.

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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

Calling all Middle School Singers!!!

The Middle School Chorus will resume on Wednesday January 3rd!

Middle School Chorus meets on half-day Wednesdays at 12:25-1:45 in the Middle School Music Room. Bring a lunch or snack and make sure that you have a ride home for dismissal at 1:45. We are starting new music for our Broadway Theme Concert which will be presented on Tuesday March 13th.

Questions? Email MS & HS Chorus Director Erin Lane – she sends out weekly emails and schedules to parents.

High School News

Upcoming Dates

1/2 to 1/19 Endersession Choices and Forms Due

1/12 End of Semester 1

1/23 Last Day for Schedule Changes – The Change form was emailed to all students.

1/26 Winter Semi-Formal Dance

1/31 & 2/7 ILP Conferences

Shot Put – Indoor Track & Field

Innovation Academy’s Aiden Felty continued his dominance this season in the shot put. Aiden won the individual title at the Dartmouth Relays with a toss of 54-10.5.

Video of Aiden’s Interview

Winter Sports Photograph Slide Shows are Available HERE

Basket Raffle: Please be certain to scroll down to the IACA Section of the HAWK for important information regarding the upcoming Basket Raffle!

Lecture Hall Live from 12/21

View clips from the DiCarlo’s vs. Hinkle’s Lip Sync Battle! Spoiler Alert…The Hinkle’s squeaked out a win…very competitive!


The Endersession Course Options have arrived!! Please turn in your top 4 selections along with your parent signed Medical & Conduct forms before January 19th. Extra forms can be found outside Ms. Kelly’s Office.

Endersession Packet 2018

Endersession Packet (Spanish)

Endersession Course Listing (Vietnamese) & Forms (Vietnamese)

Driver’s Ed Course – Future Driver’s of America will be holding their next Driver’s Ed classroom session beginning on Wednesday, February 14th. Classes are held at IACS, after school on early release and full day Wednesdays. The flyer with class schedule is available here. Interested families must register with Future Driver’s of America. Their website is

Parent Notification on Vaping

Click HERE for more information about a 5-Week Summer Program Opportunity at Tufts University – January 22 deadline.

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!


We have decided to extend the deadline for ALL senior submissions (senior photos, baby pictures, parent pages, remember you fors, class wills, etc.). They will now be due on January 12, 2017. Everything should be submitted to Yearbooks are still on sale for $35. Orders can be turned in at the main office, or can be placed online at

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:

  1. Cupcakes

  2. Cookies

  3. Beverages (Juices, Sodas, etc.)

  4. Plastic champagne glasses

  5. Clear plastic plates

  6. Juice (Apple, Fruit Punch, Orange, etc.)

  7. Candy

  8. Popcorn

  9. Frozen Pizza rolls

  10. Frozen Pigs in a blanket

  11. Frozen mozzarella sticks

  12. S’Mores Materials (Chocolate, Crackers, Marshmallows, Sticks)

  13. Fire Wood

  14. Firepit

  15. etc.

If you are interested, please email and to find out when and where the items should be dropped off.

Thank you,

Rian Benoit, Teshi Waruingi, & Student Government

Photo of the Week

Current IACS students (alumni of LCCPS) speak with visiting 8th graders from the

Lowell Community Charter Public School

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PAJAMA JAM MS SOCIALS Are right around the corner! Can you chaperone with us? If not, we could use some snacks to sell and keep the kids’ energy up! Contact Fabianne Kelley ( if you’d like to help January 19 (Grades 7 & 8) or 20 (Grades 5 & 6) from 7 to 9 pm. See attached flyer.

DINING FOR IACA — Thank You! Thank you to everyone who came out to the Flatbread Company on Tuesday night! Shelley Hachman won our beautiful birdfeeder raffle basket. Save February 13 for Bertucci’s in Chelmsford…and remember to bring some singles for a chance to win our WHOLE LOTTO LOVE themed raffle!

WHICH GRADE WILL BUILD THE BIGGEST, BESTEST BASKET? The attached flyers have been posted around the school announcing each grade’s basket theme. Check with your child to see what great ideas we’re looking for in donations and cash to build the best baskets that people will want to take chances on. We’d gladly welcome your help in making the finished products any time after January 19th when donations are due to the main office. The Embrace Winter Social in February is a FREE, FUN, FAMILY EVENT! Thank you for your support! Contact to help.

BOXTOPS: Keep saving those valuable BoxTops! Submit your collection, labeled with your child’s name and advisory, by January 31. We’ll award the top HS and top MS student collector with a gift card!

Sometimes you come across students recording a music video of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” on the ukulele while in the Lost and Found with very serious expressions and it causes one to smile.