IACS Newsletter for the week ending June 1 2018
Dear IACS Community,
This past year, our middle school health education classes explored a new curriculum, Changing Perspectives. Changing Perspectives engages students in open dialogue and hands-on activities aimed at promoting empathy and increasing awareness regarding disabilities. IACS is proud to be the first school in the state of Massachusetts to use this curriculum and we are thrilled to report that it was a huge success!
Recently, staff from Changing Perspectives interviewed parents and students about their experience with the program. Innovation Academy Reflections is a quick 5 minute video highlighting our students perspectives regarding the class content. I encourage you to watch this video, regardless of the age of your student. Their enthusiasm for the program is easily apparent and the thoughtfulness of their comments is heart-warming.
Engaging students in these conversations is just one of the ways IACS continues to strive to create an inclusive, safe, and healthy community.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Director of Health and Wellness
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
2018-2019 Transportation News:
By now all families should have received an email for the option to sign up for carpooling, and a letter mailed home with information about busing. If you have not received this information please contact Marybeth Bush, email@example.com or 978-649-0432 ext 3218.
The out of town Christianson buses are filling up so if you are interested in using that transportation option do not delay in signing up.
Parents of students with IEPs are encouraged to complete the survey linked below related to the Massachusetts IEP Improvement Project:
Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Worker
IACS is looking for a part-time cafeteria worker to assist in the preparation and serving of meals to its students and staff. This is a perfect opportunity for a IACS parent who is looking to work “parent hours” and enjoys working in a fast paced environment. Primary responsibilities include; food preparation, cashier, and dishwashing. Hours are: Tuesday,Thursday & Friday – 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Hourly Rate: $12/hr Contact: Karen Drake firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 649-0432 x2008 if you are interested in the opportunity.
Middle School News
Fifth graders enjoyed a day of experiencing colonial life and learning about the traditions of the Wampanoag at Plimoth Plantation.
Congratulations to the eighth graders who have rocked their juries! It’s been an exciting week. Next week is the final week of presentations- eighth grade juries will wrap up on Monday and sixth grade juries begin on Tuesday. Students should be practicing their presentations each day until their designated jury time. During one of these practice sessions, please have them practice with an older sibling or parent to give your child feedback on adjustments they can make before their jury presentation. Please also remind your student to dress professionally for their presentation.
Seeking Jury Presentation Volunteers- Next Week
Jury Presentations are one of the cornerstones of our curriculum. Sixth and eighth graders present portfolio pieces and their progress towards their Individual Learning Plan goal to build an argument as to why they should be promoted to the next grade level. Their audience includes their staff assessor, a younger student buddy, and a community volunteer. Volunteers play an essential role at juries by providing an unfamiliar but supportive audience for our students. Please fill out the following form ( 3-5 minutes to complete) and reach out to the main office if you have not heard from Katie Hoyer (email@example.com) within two business days. Thank you!
Eighth Grade Families: High School Family Orientation
All incoming 9th grade families need to attend a high school orientation meeting. The student and at least one parent/guardian should attend the orientation meeting. Each session will be led by the high school principal and he will give you important information about the transition to high school. The last session will be: Tuesday, June 19th at 4pm
Please let Crystal McKiel, (firstname.lastname@example.org ) know which orientation you will be attending so that we can plan accordingly.
8th grade Families: Click here for more information about the 8th grade semi-formal and the Moving Up Ceremonies.
High School News
Important HS Dates
June 4 Last Day for Seniors
June 6-7 Biology MCAS Exam for Sophomores
June 8 Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Night, begins at 3:15pm (Students only)
June 9 HS Graduation, 10am
June 9 IACA Last Bash, 10pm to 6am
June 11-15 Endersession
June 20 Last day of school, 12:25pm dismissal
CLASS OF ‘18 — LAST BASH FORMS DUE!
All last bash forms/permission slips are due no later than June 5th. 18 year olds still need to submit signed permissions slips as this is a school event.
CLASS OF ‘19, NEXT YEAR WE CELEBRATE YOU!!!
Pay it Forward!
A phrase we all love to hear. A phrase we all love to benefit from. Here’s your chance to take action and let someone else benefit, and your grad will benefit when it’s their turn!
The Last Bash Committee is looking for donations!!!
Last Bash has always been a great night for our Seniors. One of the big- gest reasons is the generosity of our school community! In order for us to send off our Seniors in the best way we know how, we are looking for dona- tions of gift cards – all types, dorm and college supplies, beach gear, car care products, or feel free to let your imagination run wild!
A big part of our Last Bash tradition is our annual Nerf War. We are in need of some new artillery – so if you have any nerf guns that are in working or- der, and you are able to donate them – they will be held onto for future nerf wars, until they are no longer functional!
All donations and nerf supplies can be left at the Main Office. When you send something in, please email email@example.com or call Lynn Smith at 978-551-8289 so we can pick up same day.
Let’s make 2018 Last Bash the Best Ever!!!
Star Party! Monday, June 18th-8:30 PM, All welcome!
Do you like star gazing, astronomy and snacks? IACS is hosting its first official Star Party on June 18th! Consider it a date night, a time to hang out with your friends and/or a time to learn more about what’s in our sky! During the Star Party we will be on the track looking through several telescopes being able to see Jupiter and its four satellites, the moon, Venus, and other deep sky objects! If you have any questions or are interested in contributing snacks, telescopes or other fun things to do, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
for more information. We hope to see you there!
Spring Concert Videos
Middlesex Community College Information
Free Middlesex Community College STEM & Health Summer Bridge Programhttps://youtu.be/sb72ghtc7n0
This is a STEM & Health exploratory program specifically for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or health majors at MCC. This program provides hands-on experience and laboratory skills in Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Computer Science, and Medical Lab Technology. In addition to exploring careers in Health & STEM, Summer Bridge scholars will develop student success skills and career development strategies. Students can also gain critical thinking skills and earn one MCC credit for participating in a seminar during this free 2-week program. The Pathways Center’s Summer Bridge program is open to new/continuing Middlesex students with less than 24 credits interested in Health/STEM careers.
Summer Bridge runs every Monday through Friday from July 16 to July 27 from 9am-1pm on the Lowell Campus. Click HERE for the full schedule. Additionally, students that complete the 2 week program will receive a $150 stipend.
Free Middlesex Community College Math Booster Summer Program (current grades 9-11)
This is a FREE accelerated developmental math program that provides first, second, and third year High School students the opportunity to develop math skills. Participating students are provided extensive academic support. This program helps students review, practice, and get ahead in math.
The 2018 High School Math Booster students runs for 6-weeks (from July 9th to August 16th), every Monday, Tuesday. Wednesday & Thursday from 9am-12:30pm on the Lowell Campus. This program is only for 1st-3rd year High School students. Also, the High School Math Booster will pay a stipend of $250 to all students who complete 4 modules of Algebra in 6 weeks or less.
FREE MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE STEM SUMMER MATH ACADEMY FOR TRIGONOMETRY / PRE-CALCULUS
This is a STEM readiness math program specifically for students who wish to pursue science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics majors at MCC. This program helps students prepare for the college-level mathematics often required for STEM majors at MCC and beyond.
The Pathways Center’s Summer Academy provides students a free 5-credit accelerated Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus course that will prepare you to qualify for Calculus I for Engineering & Science majors by Fall 2018. This 6-week summer program offers academic support to better equip students for the fields of STEM. High school students who wish to take this course must be dually enrolled in MCC. The 2018 Summer Academy runs every Monday through Thursday from July 9 to August 16 from 9am-1pm on the Lowell Campus.
High School Video of the Week
Summer Drama Camp Programs
Join us for 3 weeks of Performing Arts Camp that are open to the Community of and outside IACS! Camps are open to any students finishing grades 4 through 12.Camp begins at 8:30am and finishes at 3:30pm daily.
July 9-13: GLEE CAMP where we will learn songs, dances and scenes from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 13 at 5pm!
July 16-20: HAMILPROV WEEK where students will spend 1/2 the day learning about the Broadway sensation Hamilton, and 1/2 the day working on Improvisational games, activities and skills. Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 20 at 5pm!
July 23-27: DRAMA CAMP Where we will learn the play THE GOOD DOCTOR which we will perform at a theater, right off Broadway on Tuesday, July 31! This performance will be open to actors of all ages at camp. If there are adults who can’t make those rehearsal times and would like to take part in the show as well, we can be flexible with your schedule so that we can have you with us as actors!
For information and registration please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468 or visit our page at innovationcharter.org/theater/
Dining for a Cause – Not Your Average Joes
Join us at Not Your Average Joes on Tuesday, June 12.
Remember to print the attached flyer present to your server and IACA will receive proceeds from your bill!!
IACA Elections for the 2018-2019 year
Join us on June 13 for a short meeting where we can vote on the proposed slate of officers. You can also take this opportunity to sign up for help or run an event next year! Be a person who makes things happen!
8th Grade Moving Up
Can you spare a few hours on the morning of June 19? We need help staffing our 8th grade moving up ceremony. Ideal candidates for assistance here are 6/7 grade parents. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or offers to help.
If you’ve never been a part of this event, it’s great and there are a lot of moving parts. Questions? Contact Cindi, at email@example.com. To sign up for volunteer slots or food donations, click this link. WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP.
Seeking Volunteers for the August Ice Cream Socials
IACA is looking for volunteers to help run this event. Want to know what’s involved? Want to be involved? This is a great event to get your feet wet in the volunteer pool. Email IACA President, Jo Anne Frazier, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help to make this a great 2018- 2019 kickoff!
STUDENT HEALTH 101 – Online Wellness Magazine
STUDENT HEALTH 101 – Our Online Wellness Magazine
The June Issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate are now available. Check out the article and learn how to stay motivated this late in the school year, as well as 4 Ways to Start to Build a Positive Body Image. Don’t forget to fill out the SH101 survey after reading these articles, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win $100!