Dear IACS Community,
Yesterday I joined a team of six staff and twenty students from IACS who participated at “DynamiqueST”, a celebration of student work that uses Systems Thinking to deepen understanding of curricular topics. We were joined by other students and educators from Brookline, Arlington, Carlisle, and Lexington as well as professionals in the Systems Thinking field and faculty members from our host at WPI. During the morning session students presented work in a forum very similar to our Quality Nights. The rich variety of presentations I observed included 2nd graders exploring the relationship between bike helmet policies and head injuries, (IACS) middle school students explain how farming techniques in Neolithic civilizations impacted population grown, and (IACS) high school students exploring the increasing opioid epidemic ravaging our local communities.
In the afternoon, student and adults broke into groups to play a short game (“Group Juggle”) which models a reality most of us can relate to: the struggle to keep up with tasks and responsibilities when we put too much on our plate. Groups then analyzed this game with guided facilitation from professional system dynamicists. (see pictures) This culminated by using a computer simulation to see how the group could change their strategies to improve their performance.
The event represented so much of what IACS values most: students and adults grappling with real-world problems, using systems thinking to make critical thinking visible, and sharing that work with others. Our students and staff did an amazing job representing IACS. I can’t think of a better way to end the week!
I’d invite anyone who wants to learn more about the role Systems Thinking plays in our work at IACS to check out our website, which includes a short video created from last year’s DynamiqueST conference.
Have a great weekend,
Head of School
All School News
Dates At a Glance:
March 10-12 Winter Drama Production 7:00 pm
March 14: Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Middle School Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 – 8:00 pm
March 16: Early Release
March 22: 5th Grade Quality Night 6:00 – 7:15 pm
HS MCAS ELA Testing
March 23: HS MCAS ELA Testing
Full Day Wednesday
March 24: HS MCAS ELA Testing
March 25: No School – Good Friday
March 29: Innovation Morning for Prospective Middle School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am
March 30: Early Release
No HS Internships
HS Exhibition Night 6:00 – 8:00 pm
April 1: Prom Craft Night 5:00 – 8:00 pm
April 4: Last day of MS Quarter 3
April 6: Early Release
April 7: Innovation Morning for Prospective High School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am
April 9: SAT Prep Class Practice SAT
April 11: Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm
April 12: MS Parent Advisory Council 7:45 – 8:30 am
Innovation Morning for Prospective Middle School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am
April 13: Early Release
IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm
April 18 – 22 April School Vacation
IACS School Nutrition Program
10K Raffle: Support your school AND take a chance on a $5000 prize! Tickets will be going home within the next couple of weeks.
"Mixed Bag" Fundraising: Our Spring fundraising has begun! Mixed Bag Designs offers bags for all occasions ( beach, anyone?) as well as items for your home and kitchen. The school will receive 50% of total sales! Order forms are due. Here is our online link if you'd like to take a peek! Great Online Fundraising & Raising Money Ideas For Schools & Team | Reusable Shopping Bags & Insulated Lunch Bags | Mixed Bag Designs
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Big Time Social: This year, our Big Time Social/Casino Night will be held at Lenzi's on April 15th. Please contact Jo Anne Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help with the event.
IACA Board Position Open: Seeking-Secretarial Skills Engineer: Must be organized and available for meetings, good-note taking skills a must! Please contact Jo Anne Frazier at email@example.com for more information.
Auditions for the middle school play will occur on March 16, 12:30-2:30 in the auditorium! You need a signed audition agreement available at the main office and at http://www.innovationcharter.org/theater Thank you – we hope to see you there! If you have additional questions, please contact Rhonda Hawthorne @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking about CAMP NOW?!
That's right! We have 3 Performing Arts Camps for students finishing grades 4 through 12 this summer! Improv Camp, Glee Camp and Drama Camp! Tuition is lowest until the end of February, so sign up now and save a bunch! Please see the forms at http://www.innovationcharter.org/theater for information!
And what is next for Drama? AUDITIONS FOR OUR PAY PRODUCTION! Middle Schoolers audition on March 16, 12:30-2:30, and High Schoolers audition on March 22, 3:00-5:00pm. All you need is a signed audition form, available at the main office and at http://www.innovationcharter.org/theater
NO EXPERIENCE OR PREPARATION NEEDED FOR ANY OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES!
Middle School News
5th and 6th grade Social Studies students visited 5 houses of worship this week as part of their study on world religion.
One of our staff members recently shared this Washington Post article, “Top 10 Skills Middle School Students Need to Thrive and How Parents Can Help” Click here to check it out
5th grade Quality Night Prep- Supply "Store"
Fifth graders will work on preparing for Quality Night next Monday and Tuesday. If your child is in need of supplies, we will have the following available to purchase at school:
Tri-fold Display Boards ( white, 24x 48) $2.00 each
Markers $2.00 each set
Sharpies $1.00 each
Glue Sticks $1.00 each
Index cards $.50 per set of 10
Colored Pencils $2.00 per package
We will be selling these items in the library. If possible, please provide single dollar bills for your child to use for their purchases. Thank you!
MS Band & Chorus Concert:
Come support the middle school band and chorus at their performance on Monday, 3/14 at 7 pm in the auditorium. The word on the street is that the band has some video game musical favorites up their sleeves….
Spring Athletics Paperwork:
Paperwork for middle school athletics is due on March 16th. Spring sports include track & field (Grades 5-8), dance (Grades 5-8), boy’s baseball (grades 6-8), girl’s softball (grades 7-12). Students were given registration packets in advisory. Additional copies can be picked up at the main office.
Fifth Grade Quality Night Approaches:
Fifth graders recently selected the project that they will share for their second Quality Night of the year. Quality Night prep days are scheduled for Monday, March 14th and Tuesday, March 15th. During Quality Night prep, students will make any necessary revisions, prepare their presentation, and create a display. Students should come prepared with note cards, a trifold or poster board, and art supplies. In between Quality Night prep day and their scheduled Quality Night, students should practice their presentation at home. Families can help ensure readiness for this important event by listening to the presentation. Asking your child questions about how the work relates to the real-world and making connections to the four school outcomes as well as providing feedback about their presentation skills will help your child polish their presentation.
Quality Nights give students the opportunity to share their best work with the public. We believe that this is not only an experience for adults to learn about what we do at Innovation Academy, but an opportunity for students to learn very important public speaking and presentation skills.
Presenting at Quality Night is a promotion requirement. Family participation at Quality Night is essential in providing students individualized feedback about their work. Please do not hesitate to invite other guests (grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, etc.) that are interested in supporting your child and seeing some examples of the project-based work IACS students do. Please remind your child to dress professionally. A suit or fancy dress is not necessary, but a nice shirt, slacks, and/or skirt would all be good choices.
5th grade Quality Night: Tuesday, 3/22 6 pm
A reminder that 7th graders will present on Thursday, 5/19 at 6 pm. Sixth and eighth graders will prepare for their jury presentation this spring in lieu of participating in a spring Quality Night.
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High School News
You’re invited to….
“Driver Education” Parent/Guardian Class presented by Future Drivers of America
Wednesday, March 23rd from 6-8pm
This FREE class is being held at IACS. Pre-registration is required.
If you are the Parent or Guardian of a 15-17 year old student that is planning to get their license within the next 5 years then at some point, you will need to attend a 2-hour class as required by the Massachusetts RMV. Regardless of which Driving School you choose, attendance at this class will satisfy the RMV requirement for 5 years.
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