The Hawk: January 7, 2017

January 7, 2017 7:00 am

“The Hawk”

January 6, 2017

One of the high school graduation requirements is that all students take a class called “Senior Project”. Senior Project is an opportunity for students to learn about a topic of their choosing. They begin thinking and planning around their topic during advisory time in semester one and then they take the class during second semester where they will have more time to research and complete their project. Students will have very different projects that are presented before an audience in May, but all projects will have the following three components in common: (1) interaction with others in the community (teachers, mentors, peers), (2) research (whether through books, interviews or internships), and (3) an application of their learning (product, performance). In this edition of The Hawk, I’d like to share with you some information about a project that one of our current seniors, Josie Lopez has been working on.  Josie has organized a dinner on April 15th to benefit Rosie’s Place, which is an all women’s shelter in Boston.

Here are some details of the event from Josie:  For my senior project applied piece, I will be hosting a nonprofit semi-formal fundraising dinner to benefit Rosie’s Place on April 15, 2017. Rosie’s Place is an all women’s shelter who houses’ approximately 300 ladies. Rosie’s Place provides multiple services to women that include: emergency sheltering services, assistance with finding women permanent homes, as well as helping around 100 women with in-home support who are at high risk of becoming homeless. The dinner will be held at Community Christian Academy in Lowell, 105 Princeton Blvd. Tickets are $25, and the evening will include a talent show as you enjoy your pasta dinner, as well as 5 raffle tickets. I have arranged some great sponsors for the raffle such as Wachusett Mountain and Rock Climbing Spot! I have been working very hard on this event and hope that you can attend. You can reserve a ticket at:

Thank you in advance for your support, and I hope to see you there.

Best,  Josie Lopez

We are very proud of Josie for the progress she has already made on completing her senior project and for supporting such a worthy cause. Enjoy the weekend (and the shoveling!).

Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

January 9            HS Field Trip  Windsoul Studio

                 Board of Trustee meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm

January 11            Early Release

January 13            Last Day  Semester 1- MS and HS

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 the Winter Social 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 Performing Arts Program is looking for Middle School and High School TECHIES! Would you like to learn how to operate the lights and/ or sound for the upcoming show, Man of La Mancha? If so, please email Mrs. ONeil at for details! If you have run tech for shows in the past and would like to continue to, please email Mrs. ONeil for information.

  • 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 on Friday night

    July 17-July 21: Glee Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance 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

    Questions? Email or check out the latest on the website

    Lost & Found

    Our lost and found bins are overflowing. They will be cleaned out on January 13th. Please encourage your student to stop by to look for any missing items.

    IACA News:

    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, 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. Stay tuned for more information regarding admission price and snack offerings! Movies are TBD. Grades 5/6 movie night is on Jan 20, and 7/8 movie night is on Feb 10.

    Middle School News


    Eighth graders work on their “Recycled Fashion” project in Art today, transforming materials from their original form and function to have a new purpose.

    Close of Semester 1- Middle School

    Semester 1 closes on Friday, January 13th. Semester 1 Middle School Report Cards will be issued on Friday, January 27th. 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.

    Middle School Chorus:

    Calling all Middle School Singers!

    The Middle School Chorus began a new session on Wednesday January 4th.

    Middle School Chorus will meet on Wednesdays after school from 12:25-1:30 in the Middle School Music Room.

    We welcome all Middle School students who like to sing. We will be preparing for our March Concert  with the Middle School Band and the theme is Disney Songs.  Students just need to bring their lunch and their singing voice and be picked up by parents at 1:30 on Wednesdays.  

    Questions? Please contact Erin Lane who teaches the Middle School & High School Chorus –

    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

    Friday 1/27 – Snowcoming Semi-Formal Dance

    Snowcoming Semi-Formal Dance – Info & Help Requested

    January Seniors of the Month

    Endersession Packet

    Ballot Question 4 and Schools

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

    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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