The Hawk: January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 7:00 am


“The Hawk”

Dear IACS Community,

Greetings from the Middle School Wellness Department! This year, the health curriculum for grades 5-8 primarily focuses on empathy, communication among friendships, bullying, tobacco, and other drugs, and mindfulness. With a successful first semester, I would like to take a glance back at a few highlights! One of the main topics, and a very important one, is empathy. Every class uses grade appropriate curriculum from Second Step to start out the semester. However, I wanted to go beyond that and make connections to the real-world and other classes. The fifth graders had a very successful project using the book Wonder, which was their summer reading. The book, Wonder, is about a boy with a severe facial deformity entering the 5th grade for the first time in a public school. Readers follow his journey through the perspectives of other characters. To relate this back to health class, the fifth graders were assigned various roles of the project, all resulting in creating a postcard with a precept, or word/quote to live by. Here are  some of our completions below!


As we move into the second semester, I am looking forward to a fun and engaging second half of the year.


Kelly Kyles

Important Upcoming Dates

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

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


All School News


  • Embrace Winter Social: Our Embrace Winter Social will take place on Feb. 3 from 6-9pm.  We'll have pizza/ice cream, Middle School Art Show, vendors selling items, school groups showcasing their talents, and winter fun! If you are interested in participating as a vendor please contact Bernadette Baird at Now recruiting Volunteers!  We need folks for all sorts of jobs (even in shifts!) that evening!  Please contact: Jo Anne Frazier at  (Also, please see the Middle School News to see how your can support the Art Show.)

  • Middle School Movie Nights are starting tonight, with the Grade 5/6 night showing of Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb.  For $5, your student will get a 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. The Grade 7/8 movie night will be Friday, Feb 10.  More on movie selection to come.

  • Step up and Help IACS! We are always looking for good people to help with events, create events, and even take over the leadership of our parent organization.  There will be at least 3 opens roles for the next school year.  Would you like to know more?  Please email Jo Anne at for more information.

  • 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


    Middle School News


    5th and 6th science students rotate through stations learning about simple machines.

    Middle School Art Show, Grades 6 & 8 – Volunteers Needed

    We are excited to be showcasing the art work of 6th and 8th graders at the Embrace Winter Social on February 3!  Volunteers are needed to prepare for and clean up after the event. Assistance is needed to prepare for the show from January 30 – Feb 2 from 3:00 – 4:30. Volunteers are also needed to set up the show starting at 1 pm on February 3, and to help clean up after the event at around 9 pm. Please email Jen Shaby if you are able to help out at Hope to see you on the 3rd!

    Save the Date!- Quality Night for Grades 5 & 7

    Please save the date- Quality Night for students in Grades 5 and 7 will be on Thursday, May 11th from 6-7:15 pm. It has been moved from the original published date of March 23rd.

    Middle School Semester 1 Assessments

    We anticipate that Semester 1 Middle School Report Cards will be issued on Friday, January 27th (you will receive an email link). Semester 2 began this week.

    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. The movie will be Night of the Museum: Secret Tomb. Cost is $5.00 and includes popcorn and a drink. Other snacks will be available for $1.00.

    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 1/27 – Snowcoming Semi-Formal Dance

    Wednesday 2/1 – Report Cards for Semester 1

    Friday 2/3 – Embrace Winter

    College Fair

    College Counseling News and Notes

    Northeastern Senior District Chorus

    Congratulations to the following Chorale students who were accepted and participated in the Northeastern Senior District Chorus this past Saturday at UMass Lowell. The 200 member Chorus was comprised of students selected from 58 towns.  Students rehearsed Wednesday & Friday from 3:30-8:30pm and Saturday morning with a concluding concert at 1:00.


    Back Row (L to R) Antonio Gulia, Zachary Hoyt, Abigail King, Abigail Kelsey

    Front Row (L to R) Ariana Schmidt, Joshua Schmidt, Jeffrey Taylor, Elisa Alexander

    2nd Semester / Schedules / Report Cards

    Snowcoming Semi-Formal Dance – Info & Help Requested

    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.

    Pat Modrich, 

    Main Office Admin
    Innovation Academy Charter School
    p. 978-649-0432
    f.  978-649-6337