The Hawk: June 4, 2021

June 3, 2021 6:48 pm

IACS Hawk

June 4, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

In another sign that we’re slowly returning to normalcy at IACS, this week I’ve seen evidence that middle school juries have launched! The signs are telltale when I walk the halls: the attire of presenting students have kicked up a notch, they have a "jury buddy" with them offering last minute tips or words of reassurance, and their walking pace has picked up a bit on their way to their presentation. For the past 25 years, our middle school students have been sharing their best moments of learning- and we know that best learning is not always the same as best grades- as their academic year comes to a close. These juries allow students to reflect upon their year in authentic ways and connect these experiences as reasons why they are better prepared for next year. In so many ways our juries represent core values of the school: critical/reflective thinking, public speaking, the community membership to support another student’s "big moment" to name just a few.

As a school committed to continuous improvement, we too reflect about how we can do better. To that end I invite you to complete this year’s Family Survey. As I write this letter, over 200 respondents have taken the survey which is a good start, but we certainly want the families of all students to be heard.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE 2021 Family Survey

I hope everyone finds good ways to beat the heat. It’s hard to believe I had my home’s fireplace in action last weekend and will run air conditioning this weekend! Life in New England…

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

IACS Covid Dashboard

This dashboard displays data regarding the number of positive cases, separating out staff from students, and high school from middle school students.

Questions? contact :healthoffice@innovationcharter.org or at 978-649-0432, ext- 2104.

NEWLY RELEASED: 2021-2022 School Calendar

Please see the calendar on our website for the most up to date information.

Please return Library Books and Chromebooks to the Library on Friday June 11th.

Students should have received a reminder email from Ms Spence regarding outstanding Library materials. Please turn in all books, chromebooks (with chargers) and hotspots by Friday June 11th so that we can update them for next year. It is very helpful if the chromebook is somewhat charged when returned so that it can be checked back in.

Questions? – Please email Mrs. Landis – hlandis@innovationcharter.org

Update from the RJC:

IACS is committed to anti-racism within the school community as well as equipping community members to create an anti-racist world. In order to gather stories and bring about change, the Racial Justice Committee at IACS offers you this form to report incidents of racism you experience, witness, or hear about. The goal is to create safe, accessible space where members of the IACS community can share their experiences. Reports will be reviewed by two staff members on the Racial Justice Committee, Ms. Cullen and Mr. Pereyra. Your email information will not be collected and you may choose to remain anonymous. Please note, if the reported incident violates policies outlined in the student handbook, the report may be referred to the administration. If you have any questions or input about the form or process, please contact Ms. Cullen (ncullen@innovationcharter.org) and Mr. Pereyra (fpereyra@innovationcharter.org)

Community Cookbook

Food is the universal language that unites us all! To bring our IACS community together, we are gathering recipes and related stories to create a Community Cookbook! We have extended the deadline to April 30th.

It’s easy to participate – Submit your favorite family recipe in 1 of 2 ways:

  • a google survey has been set up to collect recipesCommunity Cookbook Entry
  • email kdrake@innovationcharter.org an image of the recipe or drop a hardcopy off at the main office attn: Kdrake
  • Once we have gathered all the recipes someone from our group will reach out to you for the related story OR feel free to submit it with the recipe.

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    School Breakfast & Lunch Program

    IACS is offering FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL IACS on-campus learners. On-campus learners do not need to enroll or use a lunch account to receive free meals. Remote and hybrid learners can also receive free meals at either their town’s school or at IACS. Remote and hybrid learners, if you would like to pick up meals for days when the student is off-campus learning, 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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    Spirit Week- Let’s End the School Year with Some Fun!

    Monday 7th: Monochrome (wear all one color)

    Tuesday 8th: Crazy hair day

    Wednesday 9th: Pajama day

    Thursday 10th: Favorite sports team

    Friday 11th: Dress like your favorite teacher day

    Monday 14th: IACS day (wear your IACS gear or school colors)

    Save the Date- Eighth Grade Moving Up

    Correction: Thursday, June 10th 7 pm.

    Our virtual 8th grade Moving Up Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 10th, at 7 PM. While most of the ceremony will be pre-recorded, we have been able to maintain all of the traditions of the in-person event and will share it on the school’s Facebook page using Facebook Live to provide a shared experience for our students and families We will also be releasing our traditional Moving Up Messages Book through a special virtual presentation (each 8th grade student receives a personalized message of congratulations and encouragement from a member of our staff) that you will be able to download and keep.

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    Emma P. at her jury presentation with her 5th grade buddies.

    Congratulations to 6th graders for successfully completing your jury presentations!

    Upcoming Eighth Grade Jury Presentations

    We are so proud of our sixth graders. They rocked their juries this week! Be sure to ask them about their presentations and celebrate this accomplishment.

    Eighth graders’ jury presentations are next week. During their jury presentation, eighth graders present their portfolio to a faculty member assessor. Jury presentations are typically 20-30 minutes long. A younger peer also attends to learn about the process and provide additional support. Students share their growth in the school outcomes, using their projects in their portfolio as evidence. Following the jury presentation, students receive feedback from their assessor including a final jury grade. Successful completion of a jury presentation is a promotion requirement for sixth and eighth grade.

    All students have received their jury rubric and their organizer(s) via their advisory Google Classroom. Students that are fully remote can do their jury presentation virtually or can come into school for their presentation, if preferred. Students should be practicing their presentation at home. We recommend students get dressed up for their presentation to help put their best foot forward.

    Theatre News

    MANY Congratulations to the casts of "The Pandemic That Didn’t Define Them" and "Help Desk"! We are all so proud of you – especially those amazing seniors! We will miss you so much, and hope you keep in touch and fill us in on all your endeavors!

    So, let’s jump into the next show! Let’s perform in the auditorium like the good ol’ days!

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    Please find the Romeo and Juliet audition form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdCkCa2eRIS5EG2kxeMkji8CwLvY5x812-l069QNrT-QF5EQ/viewform

    Join us for PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS THIS SUMMER!

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    Please find more information and the registration form at: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/iacs/summercamp?token=1038737372

    We hope to see you there!

    High School News

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    IMPORTANT: MCAS Information & Room Assignments

  • The Math MCAS exam will be held for all 10th graders & those 11th graders that chose to take it on Tuesday, 6/8 and Wednesday, 6/9.

  • ALL 9th and some 11th graders will be remote and will have asynchronous assignments in google classroom.

  • MCAS information & Room Assignments can be found in this document.

  • Work Permits

    As Summer approaches many of our students are securing jobs. Work Permit Applications for HS Students should be turned into Crystal McKiel. Forms can be emailed or dropped off in person.

    Complete information about youth employment as well as a pdf of the permit application can be found here on mass.gov. Employers fill out and sign the first page, and parents and students must also sign the second page (pediatricians must sign the second page for students who are 14 or 15 years old).

    Please allow 3 business days for the permit to be processed.

    Photos of the Week:

    Since the Class of 2021 has missed out on Endersession the past two years, we put together a few fun events for seniors during their last week of school.

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    Senior Week – Hampton Beach on Tuesday

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    Movie on the Turf – Wednesday

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    High Ropes Course at Boundless Adventures – Thursday

    Hello Weekend, it’s so nice to see you!