The Hawk: June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017 6:00 pm





Dear IACS Community,


With this time of the year being so chock-full of school related activities, I wanted to draw your attention to a few important news and notes:


  • Congratulations to the Class of 2017!  We are so proud of your accomplishments, how you’ve represented the IACS over the years, and we can’t wait to celebrate you all at tomorrow’s graduation.  Thank you and good luck!


  • 2017 Family Survey:  We’ve had already 91 respondents to our 2017 Family survey since sending it out Wednesday afternoon.  Please help us achieve our highest response rate.  The survey should take approximately 15 minutes and you can enter to win a Chromebook raffle at the end.  CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY.


  • Applications on the rise:  After setting a new record for applications (362) received at our primary enrollment lottery in March, we smashed the record for applications in in June lottery held last Thursday.  A typical number of applications for our June lottery would be in the mid-50’s;  this June we received 109 applications!   Thank you for spreading the word!


  • New Carpool Sign-Up Form:  Interested in setting up a carpool for next year? We’ve created a new Carpool Flyer for you to view.  The new process works as follows:

  • Click on the link found on the flyer to enter your contact information and street address.  Remember, data you share on this form will become shared with everyone else interested in carpooling.

  • Once you’ve submitted data you will receive an automated email that gives you access to two items:  a spreadsheet of names and an interactive map that allows you to see who lives near you and their contact information.  Both of these documents will automatically update every time someone new enters their data.  


  • Bus Update:  

  • Tyngsboro residents:, your bus information will be coming going home sometime next week.

  • The deadline for signing up for "out of town" Christianson buses is fast approaching, June 20th.  Changes to the bus route from last year may need to be made depending on the amount of people that sign up for the bus and what stops they are interested in. Remember that the buses fill on a first come first serve basis.   Please contact Marybeth Bush at  if you are interested in or have questions about the bus.



    In partnership,


    Greg Orpen

    Head of School

    Important Upcoming Dates


    Important Dates:  

  • The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 29th.  This week we finally received notification of the state testing schedule and can now begin planning events, vacations, etec.  Thank you for your patience.

  • June 2

    HS Graduation Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:30pm

    HS Senior Night  5:30 – 7:30 pm

    June 3

    HS Graduation 10:00 am

    SAT Exam 8:00 – 1:00 pm

    June 5 – June 9

    MS 8th Grade Jury Presentations

    June 5

    HS MCAS Science Testing

    HS Family Orientation 3:30 – 4;30pm

    MS Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    June 6

    HS MCAS Science testing

    June 7

    Early Release

    MS 5th & 6th Grade “School of Rock” Auditions  12:30 – 2:30pm

    June 8

    MS 7th & 8th Grade ‘School of Rock” Auditions 3:00 – 5:30pm

    MS Sports Awards

    June 9

    MS Art Show 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    June 10

    MS 8th Grade Semi Formal

    June 12

    HS Informational  Internship Meeting for rising Juniors & Seniors

    HS Spring Sports Award Night  6:00pm

    June 14

    Early Release

    IACA Meeting 6:30 Potluck; 7:00 Meeting

    MS Awards Night     6:00pm

    June 19

    MS 8th Grade Moving Up ceremony 8:15 am (Limit: 2 guests)

    Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 pm

    June 20

    Last Day of School, Dismissal at 1:00 pm



    All School News


    End of year updates from the Health Office-return of medications

    All student medication must be picked up, from the Health Office, by a parent/guardian, by 1pm on Tuesday , June 20th.   Any medication that is not picked up will be disposed of. This includes prescription and/or over the counter medications.


    Epipens and inhalers are the exception.  Epipens and inhalers can be picked up by students. If you would like your child to  bring  their epipen and/or inhaler home on the last day of school, please tell them to stop by the Health office on Tuesday , June 20th some time  before 12:30 pm.


    Thank-you and please let us know if you have any questions.  978-649-0432 , ext. 2104.


    Gayle Nutile-Pimm, RN, MS                             Janice Reynolds, RN, BSN

    Director of Health and Wellness                       School Nurse




    Performing Arts News:  


    Auditions for SCHOOL OF ROCK!

    *Current grades 5 and 6 auditions FOR THE FALL MUSICAL “School of Rock”:

    June 7, 12:30-2:30: BRING LUNCH!

    *Current grades 7 through 11 auditions FOR THE FALL MUSICAL “School of Rock”:

    June 8, 3:00-5:30


    Info is found at

    If you have a musical instrument that you can bring to school, please do so we can hear who can play which instruments! Please do not worry if you play a large instrument that you can not bring with you. And don’t worry if you don’t play an instrument at all! Join us for what is sure to be a fun audition!


    2. Performing Arts Camps!


    Drama Camp, Glee Camp and Improv Camp  2017 For students completing Grades 4 through 12!

    Don’t miss your opportunity to shine on the IACS stage!  

    Contact for details!

    Drama Camp 8:30-3:30, July 10 through July 14 with a public performance of Ghostbusters on Friday night

    Glee Camp 8:30-3:30, July 17 through July 21 with a public performance of songs and scenes from School of Rock on Friday night

    Improv Camp 8:30-3:30, July 24 through July 28 with a public performance made up ON THE SPOT on Friday night


    There is room in all 3 PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS THIS SUMMER for students finishing grades 4 through 12!

    The only NYC trip (for campers entering grade 8 and up) that isn't full is for IMPROV CAMP where we will be going to see our buddy OAK ONAODOWAN (Hercules Mulligan/ James Madison in Hamilton) as the star of THE GREAT COMET OF 1812! If you would like to join us for camp and/ or for this trip, please email or see

    Because of the contributions of others, we are able to offer scholarships to those who need them in order to attend camp. Please email for details.

    Click here for registration information about camp!


    3. Keep eyes peeled for our first Summer (or any season, really) IACS Community Theater details! As soon as we have details, we will get them to you!


    Thank you all so much for a wonderful year in performing arts, with amazing staff, volunteers, alumni support, crews, and our phenomenal student writers, directors and performers!


    THANK YOU! AND MANY CONGRATULATIONS to the Performing Arts Awards Nominees, 2017! We are so proud of you!





    IACA News  


    Our LAST meeting of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at 7pm.  Join us for Potluck at 6:30pm.  Come learn about Volunteer opportunities for next year!  We are looking for new leaders to join IACA! Contact if interested in learning more. Come to our next meeting to see what IACA is all about!


    8th Grade Semi (6/10/17)

    We continue to looking for donations to make this event successful. Please contact Donna Martin at for more details.



    End of Year BBQ (6/20/17)


    We've had an amazing response for the year end student and staff BBQ but we are still in need of many donations and volunteers.  At this moment; specifically:

    16 volunteers

    6 potato salads

    5 pasta salads

    9 garden salads (include 1 large dressing any flavor)

    12 sliced watermelon


    Before responding please visit (case sensitive) for our most current list of needs and then please e-mail if you are able to donate and/or volunteer your time.




    Middle School News



    Congratulations to sixth graders! You rocked your juries this week!


    MS Band and Chorus Concert

    Come support our musicians at our final concert of the year on Monday, 6/5 at 7 pm.


    Science MCAS Tryout

    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  will be launching computer-based testing for science MCAS. To help prepare for this transition next year, the state has asked schools to participate in a trial of the computer-based science testing platform. No scores will be reported from this June trial, as the purpose is to give the state feedback on test questions and the computer-based platform. Fifth and eighth graders will take the science MCAS trial in science class next week in one session.

    Middle School Yearbook


    The deadline to order a 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook has passed. However, a few extra yearbooks have been ordered and so if you missed the deadline, you can submit an order for one of the extra ones.  Please fill out the order form with payment and books will be awarded on a "first come, first serve" basis.  The LATE Order form is attached.

    Late Yearbook Order Form 2016-2017


    Middle School Art Show

    Join us on Friday, June 9 from 7 – 9 for an exhibition of student work from semester 2. We're excited to feature drawings, paintings & prints by 5th graders, stop motion animation by 7th graders, and design projects by 8th graders. Hope to see you there!



    Volunteers needed for MS Art Show Preparation

    We are looking for some help preparing and hanging work for the June 9th middle school art show. Volunteers are needed during the following times:

    Monday 6/5, Wednesday 6/7 and Thursday 6/8  from 3:00 – 4:30

    Friday 6/9 from 1:00 – 7:00 to set up

    Friday 6/9 from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm for clean up

    Please contact Jennifer Shaby at if you're able to help out. Thank you so much!


    Jury Volunteers Needed

    Sixth and eighth grade students will be making their jury portfolio presentations this spring and we are looking for community members to sit in on the presentations. Staff members act as assessors for the presentations; we have found that it enriches the presentation to have a second adult present to both listen and ask questions of the student presenter. It’s also a lot of fun and a terrific way to learn more about student work at IACS! We are looking for volunteers during the week of June 5th that have one or more hours free during the school day to attend a presentation. Please sign up with the main office the next time you stop in or email to sign up for a time slot. Spread the word to grandparents, neighbors, etc. that you think might be interested!


    Save the Date- Events for 8th graders

    The 8th Grade Moving Up Assembly will be held in our school auditorium from 8:15-9:15 am on Monday, June 19th.  8th Grade Semi-Formal: Saturday, June 10th from 7:00- 10:00 PM.  Click here for more details.

    Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Packets- Click here for more information


    Middle School Yearbook:

    It is the time to create 8th Grade Personal Pages and find 8th Grade Baby Pictures for the 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook.  Due Friday, 4/28. See the yearbook page for more information.

    To guarantee delivery of a 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook on the last day of school, order at the regular price of $27 by Friday, May 19, 2017.

    High School News



    The June Student Health 101 magazine is here along with the Student Advocate for Parents!

    Be sure to check out the article about internships , written by Tina Lindberg, Director of Community Outreach and Advancement.  In her article Tina gives students advice as well as highlights some changes to the internship program for next  year!


    Surfing in Seabrook

    Mr. Sciolla, Ms. Stafford, and Mr. Spiro took a group of 24 students to Seabrook, NH to learn how to surf this week…they had a great time despite the cold water!


    FREE High School Math Booster 2017 (for rising HS 9th-11th grade students)


    June 4th STEM Workshop for Girls in Grades 7-12



    Photo of the Week

    Couple photos from a wonderful Endersession trip to Ireland.




    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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