The Hawk: January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017 7:00 am
Have a great long weekend everyone…

“The Hawk”


Dear IACS Community,


As we close out the first semester, I’d like to extend congratulations to our students and staff their hard work.  To the parents, I also extend my thanks for always encouraging your students to reach their highest potential.   Here’s hoping that our students use this extra long (4-day) weekend to recoup as we head into Semester 2.  


On Tuesday our staff will engage in professional development, as they write assessments and making final preparations for Semester 2 courses.  We use our professional development time throughout the year to create programming that inspires educators near and far.  Today I had the pleasure of hosting two teams of educators: a pair of science teachers from Hanover, NH and three educational advocates from China.  Both groups were exploring how schools implement systems thinking into the curriculum.  


Our guests were blown away (their words, not mine) by the insight and confidence students demonstrated when talking about their work, not to mention the generosity our teachers extended when opening their classrooms, presenting their work, and sharing resources.  On top of being impressed with the examples of systems thinking, our visitors repeatedly commented on the positive energy felt throughout the day.



Visitors meet with HS Science Department


Chinese guest having fun visiting middle school lunch



Melissa Kapeckas is famous in China!         Impromptu performance in MS Music Class


I suspect that the IACS experience, in all of its forms, can seem “normal” for members of our community. However it’s rewarding when an outside perspective, be it from New Hampshire or China, remind us how special our school is.   Cheers to IACS!


In partnership,


Greg Orpen

Head of School


Important Upcoming Dates


January 16            No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17            No School- Staff Professional Development Day

January 18            Full Day Wednesday

                HS Open House for Prospective Students & Parents 6:00 – 8:00 pm

                HS Community Service Field Trip ( Tawadaros)

January 20            Grades 5 & 6 Movie Night

January 21            SAT Exam  8:00 – 1:00 pm

January 25            Early Release

January 27            MS Innovation Morning for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30-9:30am

HS Winter Semi-Formal Dance

February 1            Early Release

February 2            MS Open House for Prospective Students & Families 6:00 – 8:00 pm

February 3            MS Parent- Principal Advisory Council  7:45- 8:30 am

                Embrace Winter Social & Talent Show 7:00 – 10:00 pm

February 8            Early Release/ NO HS INTERNSHIPS

February 9            Your Financial Aid Letter Workshop (seniors&parents) 6:30 – 8:00pm

February 10            HS Field Trip Model United Nations (Gonsalo)

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

February 11            HS Field Trip Model United Nations (Gonsalo)

                Destination Imagination Appraiser’s Training

February 12            HS Field Trip Model United Nations (Gonsalo)

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


All School News


IACS Board of Trustees Nominations: The IACS Board of Trustees is currently accepting applications for terms beginning next year.  Currently, the Board is seeking expertise in marketing, fundraising, and education, but will consider all applicants who are committed to the mission and long term success of IACS.  Interested parties should visit the “Getting Involved” section of the Board’s webpage.


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


Performing Arts News:  


  • The last day of middle school drama workshop is February 1. Thank you all so much for your terrific work on stage!


  • 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 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! Check out the registration form for details!


    Questions? Email or check out the latest on the website


    Re-enrollment Forms have been mailed to current families. They need to be returned to the main office by January 27th.  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


    IACA News:


    BoxTops Advisory Winners: Congratulations to Mrs. Pereyra ( MS) and Mr. Frothingham ( HS). Their advisories each won a pizza party for bringing in the most BoxTops! And we just received a check from BoxTops for over $600.00, so THANK YOU, everyone for your continued support for our school! Stay tuned for our next contest!


    Embrace Winter Social: We've begun planning our Embrace Winter Social! This event will take place on Feb. 3 from 6-9pm.  We'll have pizza, vendors selling items, school groups showcasing their talents, the Middle School Art Show for Grades 6 and 8 and winter fun! If you are interested in participating as a vendor please contact Bernadette Baird at If you'd like to help in any way, please contact Jo Anne Frazier at


    School Movie Nights:  Save the date! We'll be offering two movie nights for middle school within the next few weeks.

    Grades 5/6 movie night is on Jan 20 and we will be showing: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

    Grades 7/8 movie night is on Feb 10, movie TBD.

    Admission will be $5, and will include popcorn and a water bottle.  We will also offer fruit snacks for sale.


    Middle School News


    Seventh grade students explored themes in the class novel, A Long Walk to Water, looking back into the novel to answer questions with evidence from the text. Like this photo? You’ll see more like this in the middle school yearbook. Accepting orders now! 20170110_101020.jpg


    Close of Semester 1- Middle School

    Semester 1 closed today. We anticipate that Semester 1 Middle School Report Cards will be issued on Friday, January 27th (you will receive an email link). Semester 2 will begin when students return from the long weekend on Wednesday, January 18th. Students that began the year in Social Studies Project will move to Science Project and vice versa. Students that began the year in Art and Music will move to Health and Challenge and vice versa.


    5th/6th Grade Movie Night- 1/20

    IACA is hosting a winter movie night for 5th and 6th graders on January 20th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Cost is $5.00 and includes popcorn and a drink. Other snacks will be available for $1.00. Students are casting their vote for which move. Stay tuned for the selection. It will either be Night of the Museum: Secret Tomb, The Croods, or Penguins of Madagascar.


    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


    Middle School Yearbook:

    2016-2017 IACS Middle School Yearbook Order Forms are now available.  They have been passed out in Advisory and are available on the MS Yearbook page on the website.


    Order your Middle School yearbook NOW for the EARLY BIRD price of $20 is available until Friday, February 17, 2017. Orders placed after February 17, 2017 will be at the regular price of $27

    High School News


    Upcoming Events to Note:

    Friday, 1/13 – Last Day of Semester 1

    Monday 1/16 – No School for MLK Holiday

    Tuesday 1/17 – No School for Students – PD for Teachers

    Wednesday 1/18 – 6-8pm High School Open House for 8th Grade Families

    Friday 1/27 – Snowcoming Semi-Formal Dance


    High School Open House for 8th Grade Students and their Families


    2nd Semester / Schedules / Report Cards


    Mid-January College Counseling Update


    Snowcoming Semi-Formal Dance – Info & Help Requested


    January Seniors of the Month


    Student Health 101The January edition of Student Health 101 and the Student Advocate for parents is now available!


    High School Yearbook

    Last chance to get your High School Yearbooks for the Early Bird Price of $30. You can order online at through Sunday for the low price of $30.00. After that, the price goes up to $35.00. If you choose to order on paper, order forms can be found outside Ms. Kelly's office. Please contact if you have any question.

    Seniors and parents of seniors, we are still going through all of the submissions, so if you haven't gotten a response to a question or requested confirmation from us yet, know that we're working on it.


    Yearbook Staff


    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.


    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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