IACS Newsletter for the week ending January 18, 2019
Dear IACS Families:
While teachers are always reflecting on how to improve their practice, Wednesday early release time offers our faculty time designated time collaborate. Teachers work between 1:00-4:00 pm within a variety of team structures, including advisory teams, departmental teams, and semester-long study groups led both by administrators and teachers to focus on schoolwide goals and priorities.
This year, much of our professional development is focused on the goals of our IACS 2025 plan. One key area of development has been our shared work to develop the cultural proficiency of our school. In Cultural Proficient Instruction, authors Lindsey, Lindsey Nuri-Robins, and Terrell describe cultural proficiency in the following way, “Cultural Proficiency is the policies and practices in an organization or the values and behavior of an individual, that enable the person or institution to engage effectively with people and groups who are different from them.” Last Wednesday (January 9th), our entire faculty worked through examples of incidents of everyday bias and stereotypes and how we can respond effectively to them. This all-staff session was the second in a series of workshops scheduled this year. This week, we launched a new series of semester long study groups that address school wide goals. Examples of this team learning include collaborative curricular planning, peer review of instructional practices and dilemmas, and examining other perspectives related to cultural proficiency. My study group will be a reading Not Light But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom by Matthew Kay.
This work is thoughtful, important, and also challenging. We are excited as it helps our staff be prepared to have equally important and challenging conversations in the classroom as we help our students understand and appreciate differences, value diversity, and embrace inclusion. As this work comes to the classroom, we’ll work to share out ways you can support these conversations. Thank you for your support; we know that having frequent early releases can provide scheduling challenges, however the time our staff spends engaged in deeper learning helps IACS continue to improve the student experience.
Middle School Principal
All School News
Please join us for the School Version of the hilarious musical SPAMALOT!
March 14, 7pm
March 15, 7pm
March 16, 2pm and 7pm
Follow the link for ticket information! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468
IACS STUDENTS! Until the end of January you can use the following code for reduced price ($6) tickets: "student." Please note that this reduced price is only for IACS students.
SUMMER IS COMING! Keep an eye on https://www.innovationcharter.org/theater/ where you can learn about Drama Camp, Improv Camp and Glee Camp for students entering grades 5 and up! Productions are yet to be announced, but students entering 9th grade and higher will have the option of taking a trip to Broadway to see DEAR EVAN HANSON! Enjoy this video to give you an idea of the show! https://www.facebook.com/DearEvanHansen/videos/1965344693704460/
Snow Delay Information: A reminder, if we delay the opening of school on an Early Release Wednesday, we also change our dismissal time back to 3 pm.
Upcoming Days Off: No School January 18 for Faculty PD day or January 21 for Martin Luther King Day
Private Instrument Lessons Now Available
After school instrumental lessons for band and instrumental ensemble students are coming to IACS! Students can sign up for private lessons in the high school music suite with qualified teachers. Options for instruments to learn are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, and percussion. Lessons begin the week of January 28th; sign up by January 21st. Sign up at the link here.
Reminder from the Enrollment Office:
In order to hold your child’s spot for next year, re-enrollment forms are due January 25th.
If you have not yet returned your form, please send them in right away, or contact Marybeth Bush ext 3218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a sibling applying, please be sure to fill out an application online or by paper copy and return it to the enrollment office by February 25th
Please note, if your student has a sibling applying, you need to put in an application for them also. Siblings do get first preference but they need to go through the lottery.
Middle School Open House
Prospective Middle School families are invited to attend our final Open House on Thursday, February 7th from 6-8 pm. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors that could be interested.
PFLAG Parent Presentation- 2/5
Greater Boston PFLAG is an organization that fosters LGBTQ-inclusive families, schools, and communities through support programs for parents/guardians, safe schools and communities programs, and advocacy. Greater Boston PFLAG will be presenting to our community (staff, families, and students) this winter. Families are invited to join us on February 5th at 7 pm for a presentation focused on LGBTQ+ issues and identities, including how to be an ally.
This is in advance of student presentations on February 28th. Please join us!
Middle School News
Seventh graders in ELA created and presented feedback loops to share their understanding of the issues at play in the novel A Long Walk to Water.
Parent Guide to Learning Standards
The Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education has recently published parent guides to learning standards to make it easier to see at a glance what are the important skills students are learning at each grade level. Check them out here:
Semester Shift Ahead
Semester 2 begins on Tuesday, January 22nd. 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 Wellness (Health and Challenge) will move to Art and Music (and vice versa). Please remind your student about finishing out the semester on a strong note, completing any outstanding work or revisions as needed. Semester 1 Assessments (Report Cards) will be distributed around February 1st. Students and families will receive an email when they are published to the portal.
Middle School Photo of the Week
High School News
January/February Seniors of the Month
Congratulations to Emily Yurkus and Aiden Felty for being nominated for Senior of the Month. Emily holds the record for the most nominations by her peers! She is either a great campaigner (future politician?) or the nicest person in the school. Emily was praised for her work on the school yearbook, being a great friend, and for being kind and helpful to others. Aiden was recognized for his accomplishments both in the shotput and in the classroom. Aiden is an exceptional athlete, an excellent student, and a great community member. Thank you Emily and Aiden for representing IACS so well.
Green Chemistry Ambassadors
Thank you IACS Green Chemistry Team Members Cassie McKiel, and Annie Nealey, Leah Doucot, and Kaitlyn Koutsoufis (pictured with Ms. Derival, far left, and Parker middle school science teacher Mr. Maier, far right). Thank you for your important work in teaching others how to nurture our world through science!
Winter Semi-Formal: Snowcoming
Snowcoming is 23 days away! Tickets will be sold during every lunch from now until January 25th for $10. Tickets purchased at the door are $15. Students that have not completed their community service hours for tardies to school may not attend this dance.
Semester 2 Schedule Change Requests
Students were sent an email this week on how to request changes to their schedule for semester 2. Requests for changes will be accepted up until 5pm on January 28th (5 school days after the semester begins on 1/22). All changes that can be made will be done by the morning of 1/22 and students will receive a printed copy of their schedule during a short advisory block that morning.
As the first semester ends and the second begins its time to start thinking about all the cool things to come like Snowcoming, Endersession, and spring sports. But don’t forget about yearbooks, so you’ll be able to remember all those awesome events! Buy your yearbook today for only 40 dollars. You can either order online at schoolannual.com or with an order form (available from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco). It’s simple to do and it’s worth it! The last day to order is March 22nd.
HS PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Indoor Track Update
Last Friday the indoor track team competed at the Division 5 State Relay Meet in Boston. Our boys distance medley relay, Hunter Fagan, Phil Kustura, Will Hilliker, and Jack Benoit placed 5th overall. And our boys shot put consisting of Marcel Paolillo, Jeff Smith, and Aiden Felty placed 1st with a combined distance of 137’ 4” shattering the previous D5 record by 12’ 8”. Congratulations to these boys and everyone else who competed!
GIVING BEAN FUNDRAISER, NOW THROUGH 1/31: Paperwork for this season’s fundraiser was handed out this week, though orders are accepted online with the organization name, IACA. Giving Bean roasts and ships direct to customers and makes a great gift or personal treat. The fundraiser runs through January 31.
WANT TO HELP AT THE BOOK FAIR? Our winter book fair is next week! Can you help? We are looking for a volunteer to assist with set up on Friday, January 25, as well as additional staff for the 10-1 shift on January 28-February 1. Contactkellyfrawleyash@gmail.com if you can pitch in!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Our annual Embrace Winter social is right around the corner. Can you help? We need volunteers to help staff the event and DONATIONS for our marvelous basket raffle. We’ve even made it easy for you to donate with PayPal. SImply visit our website and click to donate. All donations will fund the purchase of items for our themed raffle baskets. Contact Angela Caputo Griswold if you can help out!
LET’S DANCE! WINTER SOCIALS: This season’s middle school dances are scheduled for Friday, March 1 for grades 7/8 and Friday, March 8 for grades 5/6, 7-9 p.m. Chaperones are welcome, as are donations of packaged snacks and Capri Sun juice pouches. Contact coordinator Fabiane Kelley at email@example.com to help out.