IACS Newsletter for the week ending January 19, 2018
.January 19, 2018
Dear IACS Families –
The first semester has come to a close and although it was delayed due to snow, semester two classes are underway. While some classes that are full-year will not change for students, there are always some new and interesting classes for students in the new semester. It is also an opportunity for all students to start fresh in their full-year classes. Report cards will be ready to be published on January 30th. Any student that would like to change a class for second semester has until January 24th to make their request, but no requests for changes will be accepted after this date. The winter athletic season has been going well for our basketball, cheer, Indoor Track & Field, and our new Swim team partnership with Lowell Catholic. Both boys and girls basketball teams are working hard to make the tournament and the cheer team is practicing to get ready for their first competition in early February. Thank you to everyone that voted for “Performance of the Week” for Shot Put athlete Aiden Felty…he won! Aiden was also featured in a Lowell Sun article which you can read by clicking HERE.
Good luck to Aiden and the rest of teams as they progress through the winter season. Next Friday, January 26th, IACS Student Government will be holding the annual semi-formal dance known as “Snowcoming.” Tickets are on sale now and the dance is from 7-10pm. Student Government is looking for donations to help make it a great evening. If you able to help out, the list of items and contact information is listed below in the high school section. Lastly, Individual Learning Plan (ILP) meetings are scheduled for 1/31 and 2/7, so you should be hearing from advisors soon about scheduling a meeting.
Erik Arnold, Ed.D.
High School Principal
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
Cash Raffle – Back by popular demand!
Once again IACS is raffling off $10,000 to one lucky winner. Three raffle tickets will be mailed to each family next week, if you would like to purchase a chance (or more) simply fill out the tickets and return them in the envelope provided to the main office.
Bonus: The student who sells the most tickets will win $1,000!
Do I have to buy the tickets? – No, This is a voluntary school fundraiser, feel free to buy them or offer them to your friends/family/neighbors if you wish.
When will the drawing be held? We hope to draw the winner at this year’s Casino Night and Silent Auction on April 6th, as long as we have sold at least 1000 tickets.
How can I get more tickets? Have your student stop by the library or you can purchase tickets online at: innovationcharter.org/raffle
News from the Enrollment Office: A Reminder, in order to hold your child’s spot for net near, re-enrollment forms they are due by Jan 26th. If you have a sibling applying please be sure to fill out an application on line/or by paper copy and return it to the Enrollment office by Feb 23rd.
ILP conferences approach
ILP conferences are slated to occur on January 31st and February 7th.
This mid-year Individual Learning Plan conference is an opportunity for students to look back at progress towards goals and revise goals as needed and to share progress towards portfolio requirements. Your child’s advisor will share a sign-up with you.
Winter Programs at Tyngsborough Public Library
Tyngsborough Public Library has some upcoming programs for pre-teens and teens, including during the February School Vacation week. Click here for more information.
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!
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 email@example.com if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.
Mark your calendars for 4 boat-rockin performances right here on the IACS Campus! GILLIGAN’S ISLAND – THE MUSICAL!
March 15, 7pm, March 16, 7pm, March 17, 2pm and 7pm
We are moving to an online ticketing system – so keep your eyes here for when those tickets go on sale!
WHAT ELSE IS COMING UP IN IACS PERFORMING ARTS?
Auditions for the May Middle School Show and High School Shows!
Details to come soon! The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show!
May 17, 7pm, May 18, 7pm, May 19, 2pm and 7pm
Check the website for more detailed Theater Informaiton
Middle School News
Eighth Grade Shadowing
Each eighth grade class will be participating in a high school shadowing day. Visits are scheduled on upcoming early releases between January 24th – February 14th. Ms. Kelly, HS Dean of Students will visit advisories on the Monday before the advisory’s scheduled visit to give students an overview and help them select classes for their shadow day. On their scheduled visit day, they will go on a tour and attend several classes. Later that week, two HS students will visit their advisory to answer any questions students have post-visit about the transition from middle school to high school. This process helps students anticipate the transition ahead to high school.
Semester 2 Begins
Semester 2 began today. Be sure to ask your student about their new courses! Semester 1 Assessments (report cards) will be published to the portal by January 29th. You will receive an email when they are published.
Middle School Art Show, Grades 6 & 8 – Volunteers Needed
We are excited to be showcasing the artwork of 6th and 8th graders at the Embrace Winter Social on February 2! Volunteers are needed to prepare for and clean up after the event. Assistance may be needed to prepare for the show from January 29 – Feb 2 from 3:00 – 4:30. Volunteers are also needed to set up the show starting at 1 pm on February 2, and to help clean up after the event at around 9 pm. Please email Jen Shaby if you are able to help out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you on the 2nd!
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.
High School News
1/24 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
Please turn in your top 4 selections along with your parent signed Medical & Conduct forms before January 19th. Students that turn in forms received after January 19th will be placed in Endersession courses after the forms that were turned in ontime have been processed. Extra forms can be found outside Ms. Kelly’s Office.
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 www.futuredriversofamerica.com/IACS-Page.html.
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:
Beverages (Juices, Sodas, etc.)
Plastic champagne glasses
Clear plastic plates
Juice (Apple, Fruit Punch, Orange, etc.)
Frozen Pizza rolls
Frozen Pigs in a blanket
Frozen mozzarella sticks
S’Mores Materials (Chocolate, Crackers, Marshmallows, Sticks)
Rian Benoit, Teshi Waruingi, & Student Government
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!
HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK INFORMATION
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 email@example.com. Yearbooks are still on sale for $35. Orders can be turned in at the main office, or can be placed online at schoolannual.com.
THE GAUNTLET HAS BEEN THROWN! We’ve extended the donations deadline to see which class can bring in items to build the BEST themed basket! You now have until Monday, January 22, to bring in your contributions to the main office for your student’s grade-themed basket, which will be raffled as part of the Embrace Winter Social on Friday, February 2nd! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
Thank you for your continued support!
Reminder of Basket Themes:
Fifth Grade New England Sports!
Sixth Grade – Movie Madness!
Seventh Grade – Book Club—Book Lovers!
Eighth Grade – Music Lovers!
Ninth Grade – All Season Outdoor Adventures!
Tenth Grade – Breakfast Bonanza!
Eleventh Grade – Gift Certificates Galore!
Twelfth Grade – Lucky Lotto!
EMBRACE WINTER! Don’t run from the cold, embrace it! Join us on February 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. for an evening of family fun, including bingo, cornhole, plenty of snacks, and our basket raffle fundraiser! You could win some awesome prizes! Volunteers are needed to help the night of Embrace Winter–Friday, Feb.2nd from 7-9 (set up at 6pm), snow date of Feb 9.
DINING FOR IACA — Thank You to everyone who came out to the Flatbread Company! Next up? Bertucci’s in Chelmsford onFebruary 13! Remember to bring some cash for a chance to win our WHOLE LOTTO LOVE themed raffle!
BOXTOPS: The deadline for our winter BoxTops contest is looming! Get your labeled clips in by Wednesday, January 31. We’ll award the top HS and top MS student collector with a gift card!
CONNECT WITH US ON FACEBOOK! You won’t have to wait for the Hawk to stay up to date with IACA news if you follow IACA on Facebook! See you there!