The Hawk: January 8, 2021

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IACS Hawk

January 8, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

I hope the December vacation allowed for some extra rest after what has been an upside down 2020. We jumped into 2021 this week by hosting two separate Zoom-based meetings for high school and middle school families. These "family forums" reviewed protocols and procedures related to our January 19th transition to hybrid programming. Full recordings of these meetings as well as links to slides used each night are included in the respective Middle School and High School sections.

Separate from this Hawk letter, families will receive a separate email from our Health Office asking you to register for "MyMedBot". As outlined in the presentation slides, MyMedBot is an app that all students and staff will use as a health screener when coming to campus. Completing the three screening questions is a simple way to keep health criteria more present in our minds as well as help facilitate communication between families and the school. If after you receive the MyMedBot registration email you have any questions, please contact our health office: healthoffice@innovationcharter.org.

Lastly, our high school and middle school administrative teams have been (or will be soon) reaching out to families to confirm attendance in our hybrid program. Having accurate information is essential to our planning, so thank you in advance for replying to their requests.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

Re-Enrollment for 2021

It’s already time to start thinking about Fall of 2021!

This year you will find your students re-enrollment form coming to you via email. Please fill out the google survey for all current IACS students.

Please be sure to complete the survey by January 29th ,slots not retained will be made available to new students on our March 1st 2021 lottery.

As always if you have any questions feel free to contact the Enrollment office.

Enrollment office

978-649-0432 ext 2218 Kathleen Feeney

978-649-0432 ext 3218 Marybeth Bush

Virtual Open House for Prospective Families

We have several virtual open house sessions coming up for prospective families ahead of our lottery. Please share this form to register with friends who are interested in learning more about IACS.

HS & MS School Calendar

We have included the pdf for the 2020-2021 HS & MS Calendar. Please see the calendar on our website for the most up to date information.

IACS Return to School After Travel Policy.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Health Office with any questions. You can reach us at healthoffice@innovationcharter.org or at 978-649-0432, ext. 2104.

Tech Issues

Students should report any tech or wifi issues to their teacher right away via email or chat. If the wifi is so bad that email isn’t possible, call the main office, 978-649-0432 x 0 and we can get the message to the teacher.

Some students have reported long running issues with their machines. We can help make sure students have what they need to successfully access their classes. Don’t wait! Reach out to our IT department so they can troubleshoot with you!

Issues with your device (camera or mic not working? Not charging? Operating slowly?), please contact Mr. Troy, Ntroy@innovationcharter.org or call the mainoffice and they can connect you to Mr. Troy.

Chromebooks

Please fill out the Chromebook user contract form if your student needs to borrow an IACS Chromebook and arrange with the main office to pick it up. Please come anytime between 8:30-4, but please avoid dismissal time between 2:45-3:15 pm. Families should call ahead and buzz the building when you arrive. Our main office staff will bring it to you outside, like curb-side pick-up!

HS & MS School Calendar

We have included the pdf for the 2020-2021 HS & MS Calendar. Please see the calendar on our website for the most up to date information.

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Community Cookbook recipe entry link

School Breakfast & Lunch Program

USDA has extended FREE MEALS TO ALL students through June 2021. IACS is offering FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL IACS on-campus learners. Remote and hybrid learners can also receive free meals at either their town’s school or at IACS. Remote and hybrid learners, if you choose to pick up the meals at IACS, ENROLL in this program by completing this survey.You do not need to complete the survey if you have already enrolled. Email kdrake@innovationcharter.org if you have any questions.

Middle School News

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School Supply Lists

What will students need at school when we transition to hybrid? Here are the supply lists:

5th/6th grade supply list

7th/8th grade supply list

January Switch to Hybrid Information

Please read through this document to learn about what the shift to our hybrid model in January will look like at the middle school.

Recording from Community (Family) Forum

Slides from Community Forum

High School Transition

It is that time of year that eighth grade students and families are looking ahead to high school.Eighth graders continuing onto High School at IACS do not need to reapply.

For students and families that are interested in learning more about our high school program, we are offering three virtual open house events. Attendees must register beforehand by filling out this registration form in order to receive the Zoom link.

There will be the choice of 2 more identical events:

Thursday, 1/28 7-8pm

Thursday, 2/11 7-8pm

For students applying to technical or private schools, please ensure that you ask teachers directly about letters of recommendation and provide at least 2 weeks notice.

Please contact Kathleeen Feeney in the enrollment office to request transcripts that are sent along with your application. (kfeeney@innovationcharter.org)

Watch for information on students re-enrolling at IACS in mid-January.

Progress Report #2

Our 2nd Progress Report of Semester 1 was published to Aspen Family Portals on Monday, December 21st. You should see it under Published Reports at the top of your Aspen Portal. Just click on it to open or download. Contact the main office if you need your Aspen login information at mainoffice@innovationcharter.org

Tutoring

High school students from our National Honors Society are offering free tutoring services for middle school students who would like help. Tutoring will be completely virtual with flexible scheduling. For more information or to arrange for a tutor contact Caitlyn Pennie at caitlyn.pennie@innovationcharter.org .

High School News

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Virtual Exhibition Night

At IACS, we believe presenting student work is at the heart of deeper learning. Come see our students exhibit their best work. This year our Exhibition will be able to view online. This semester’s exhibition highlights work from courses in Music, Visual Arts, English, History, Math, Science and Spanish. There will also be a few live presentations.

Exhibition Night will be held on Thursday, January 8th at 6pm. Watch for an email with the link.

January Switch to Hybrid Information

Thank you to our families that joined us for the Hybrid Information Forum for HS Families. Below you will find the Video of the forum as well as the powerpoint slideshow. This is the Hybrid Bell Schedule, very similar to our current one, that will go into effect on Tuesday, January 19th.

Video from HS Community (Family)Forum – January 6, 2021

Slide Show from HS Community Forum – January 6, 2021

Progress Report #2

Our 2nd Progress Report of Semester 1 was published to Aspen Family Portals on Monday, December 21st. You should see it under Published Reports at the top of your Aspen Portal. Just click on it to open or download. Contact Crystal McKiel if you need your Aspen login information. cmckiel@innovationcharter.org Paper copies are available upon request. Please note the school will be closed from Thursday, December 24 until school resumes on Monday, January 4th.

Yearbook Announcements

The yearbook is having a few pages displaying photos of life during remote learning, so please send any pictures you have to yearbook@innovationcharter.org by January 20 (the date emailed to students earlier was incorrect). Photos can be either academic or personal, showing learning or just family time and fun. Also, there will be separate senior pages, so seniors, make sure to send plenty of pictures!

College Counseling Department

Despite the challenges they’ve faced this year, IACS seniors continue

to impress with their college acceptances. Here are some we have (so

far–more to come!).

Article of the Week

Read about the great work of our students (now alumni) Alexya Lee, Jack Turner, and their teacher Ms. Hinkle in this Boston Globe Article.

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IACA News

A note from the folks at IACA:

We miss seeing all the students and staff of IACS.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2021.

Your IACA Team