The Hawk: January 25, 2019

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IACS Newsletter for the week ending January 25, 2019

IACS Wellness Gets a “Check Up”

Dear IACS Community,

The IACS Wellness Program has a number of components, all aimed at supporting students, staff, and our extended community members in pursuing and maintaining overall health and well-being. From Health Education/Challenge classes, to staff wellness initiatives and parenting workshops, we believe that overall wellness is the foundation of personal and academic growth and success.

Every few years, IACS engages in a review process to assess the different facets of our Wellness Program. This year, we have set our goal on reviewing our Wellness Policy. To that end, we are asking parents to complete a short Wellness Policy Parent Survey. It should take no more than 1-2 minutes and your input is very important to us.

On a different note, as we head full steam into cold and flu season, please review the following attendance guidelines for returning to school after an illness.

Lastly, check out this article ,from Student Health 101, that reviews four health-related apps that can help you make 2019 your healthiest year yet 🙂

Thank you in advance for your time and as always feel free to reach out to me with any concerns, questions, or suggestions regarding the IACS Wellness Program.

In partnership,

Gayle Nutile-Pimm

Director of Health and Wellness

Important Dates

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All School News

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 mbush@innovationcharter.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.

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.

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.

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!

Drama 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/

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Middle School News

Quick… Draw! Seventh graders started their semester in art by learning about drawing the human form by seeing the lines and basic shapes in the figure. Students struck a pose while the class drew for 45 seconds.

Art Show at Embrace Winter Social:

Come check out student art from semester 1 at the Embrace Winter Social next Friday night! 6th grade architectural structures, 7th grade 3D figures and stop motion animations, and 8th grade design projects will be on display from 7 – 8:45!

We need some volunteers to help set up and clean up the show. Volunteers are needed Thursday 1/31 anytime between 3 – 6 and Friday anytime from 1 – 7 pm to set up the show, or after the show at 9 pm for clean up. Email jshaby@innovationcharter.org to lend a hand.

After School Art Program:

* Now offered Monday or Thursday for 10 weeks!

A new session of After School Art is starting soon! During this 10 week session, we’re offering Monday and Thursday groups from 3:00 – 4:30. The fee for the session is $75 and can be paid online.

The session begins the week of February 25 and runs through May 9. Please submit registration form and payment of $75 by Friday, February 15. Email jshaby@innovationcharter.org with questions.

Book Fair

Middle school advisories are headed to the book fair this week. Here’s the schedule.

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:

http://www.doe.mass.edu/highstandards/default.html

Semester 1 Assessments

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

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Seventh grade Social Studies students designed Roman gladiators and presented oral arguments to decide which gladiator would prevail.

High School News

Lacrosse at IACS!

The athletic department is excited to announce that we have finalized a co-op arrangement with Nashoba Tech for boys and girls lacrosse for this coming spring. This arrangement will allow high school students to play lacrosse. Similar to our swim arrangement with Lowell Catholic, Nashoba Tech will be the host school in the co-op. We hope that everyone is as excited as we are about this new opportunity! Look out for more information about lacrosse in the spring athletics registration packet.

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.

Felty Named 2018 USA Track & Field New England December Athlete of the Month

Read the Article HERE

Semester 2 Schedule Change Requests

The 2nd semester is well under way, but students can still make requests for changes up until 5pm on January 28th.

Student Art Show

There are still a couple more days left to see the Greater Lowell Regional Student Art Show at the Loading Dock Gallery.

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Yearbook

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.

SAT/ACT Prep Options 2018-2019

HS PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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Students in Mr. DiCarlo’s Physics class perform an egg drop in order to see what the highest distance is before the egg breaks upon landing in a contraption on the floor.

IACA NEWS

DONATE to our RAFFLE BASKETS! The Embrace Winter FAMILY Social is less than one week away (Friday, 2/1, 7-9 p.m.)!

Sadly, however, we don’t have much in the way of donated items for our raffle baskets. Can you help?

Please donate themed items by dropping them off, contained in a shopping bag and clearly labeled by grade, at the main office now through Wednesday, January 30th. . If you do not have time to shop and would prefer to donate cash, click here to Donate and the money will be either pooled to buy additional items or will go towards the cost of the basket itself.

The themes are listed below. Anything related to the topic will be great! The idea is to be creative and have fun. Cash donations will be pooled for big-ticket items!

LOOK FOR THE BOOK FAIR, all this week in the school library.

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 fabykelley@gmail.com to help out.