IACS Newsletter for the week ending March 16, 2018
March 16, 2018
Dear IACS Families –
The weather has certainly made the past couple of weeks very interesting. You know things are off when a Friday feels like a Tuesday…and who knows, maybe next week mother nature has something more in store for us all. Despite appearances, spring will be here soon enough and it is a busy next few weeks at the high school. Middle and High School students are in the midst of several performances this weekend of Gilligan’s Island The Musical! I hope everyone can check it out and tickets can be purchased online HERE. We are also beginning the (long) process of scheduling students for next year. The 2018-2019 Program of Studies is now available for viewing. There are many new course offerings and I encourage families to look them over together. Informational meetings with regards to the scheduling process will be held during advisory next week for each grade. In other exciting news, our sophomores can look forward to their first of three MCAS exams this year. The English exam is March 27-29, math is May 23-24, and the biology exam is June 6-7. A meeting will be held with all sophomores on Monday to help educate them on the exam procedures. Here’s hoping for a fruitful next month and some sunny skies and warm weather to help our spring sports get started.
Erik Arnold, Ed.D.
High School Principal
March 16 “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 7:00pm
March 17 “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 2:00 and 7:00 pm
March 20 MS Innovation Morning Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
March 21 Early Release Wednesday
5, 6, & 7th Grade Auditions for May Show (Bring Lunch) 12:30 – 3:00pm
Driver’s Ed 12:30pm
March 22 HS and 8th grade Auditions for May Show 3:00 – 4:30 pm
March 23 HS Athletic Awards Night
March 28 Full Day Wednesday
Grade 11 & 12 Community Service noon – 3:00 pm
March 30 No School – Good Friday
April 2 MS ⅚ ELA MCAS Testing
April 3 MS 5/6 ELA MCAS Testing
IACA Meeting 6:30 pm
April 4 Early Release Wednesday
Driver’s Ed 12:30pm
April 6 HS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
Casino Night 7:00 – 10:00 pm
April 9 MS ⅞ ELA MCAS Testing
April 10 MS ⅞ ELA MCAS Testing
April 11 Early Release Wednesday
Driver’s Ed 12:30pm
April 12 HS Shadow Day for Accepted Students
April 16 – April 20 No School April Vacation
April 23 IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm
April 24 HS Exhibition Night 6:00 – 8:30 pm
April 25 Full Day Wednesday
April 26 MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council 7:45- 8:30 am
MS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
April 28 SAT Prep “Bootcamp” for HS Juniors 9:00 – 1:00 pm
April 29 SAT Prep “Bootcamp” for HS Juniors 9:00 – 1:00 pm
April 30 MS ⅚ MATH MCAS Testing
Winnin’ of the Green!
No doubt you’ve heard about our $10,000 cash raffle that we hope to draw at our Casino Night and Silent Auction on April 6th, but did you know that tickets that you buy on March 17th have the EXACT SAME chance of winning as tickets that you buy any other day?
Ha Ha. Seriously though, we would like to thank the advisories that worked hard to sell at least 25 tickets and won their Pizza party this week. Way to go Bresnahan, Solomon, Angelone, Destramp and Shaby Advisories! Here’s hoping we’ll have another group of advisories next week that have qualified for their own pizza party!
Wanna help them? Purchase your tickets online here or pick one (or a few) up at the play this weekend!
IACS Community Book Club
For the next Book Club meeting, we will be reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This book is about suburban mother-daughter duo living in a small town in Cleveland and the lives they lead. Join us on March 22nd in the library from 3:15-4:15 for snacks and discussion! At last month’s meeting we had a great group of Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members, All are welcome!
IACS School Nutrition Program:The March Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. This month’s menu features: Pasta w/ choice of Pesto or Marinara Sauce, BBQ Chicken, Vegetarian Pad Thai and much more made with fresh wholesome ingredients in the IACS kitchen. Contact Karen Drake firstname.lastname@example.org if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.
Join us for The IACS Production of GILLIGAN’S ISLAND – THE MUSICAL! March 15th at 7pm, 16th at 7pm, March 17th at 2pm and 7pm! Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468
We are looking forward to summer and 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 with free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 13 at 5pm! For an additional cost, the first 10 students entering grades 9 and up who sign up will have the option of traveling into New York City to see the matinee show of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway on Thursday, July 12!
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 & skills. Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 20 at 5pm! For an additional cost, the first 10 students entering grades 9 and up who sign up will have the option of traveling into New York City to see Hamilton on Wednesday, July 18!
July 23-27: DRAMA CAMP! Where we will learn the play THE GOOD DOCTOR which we will perform at a theater, right off Broadway (RIGHT next to Kinky Boots!!!) on Tuesday, July 31!
For more information please check out innovationcharter.org/theater/ and sign up at about camp, May show auditions, Phantom of the Opera Auditions, and all else that is coming up!
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
The MCAS schedule is as follows:
April 2-3- 5th/6th grade MCAS ELA testing
April 9-10- 7th/8th grade MCAS ELA testing
April 30-May 1st- 5th/6th grade MCAS Math testing
May 3-4- 7th/8th grade MCAS Math testing
May 8-9- Science MCAS testing for grades 5 and 8 only
Massachusetts is in the midst of transitioning to computer-based testing and this year, all middle school grades will participate in computer-based testing. In preparation for this, we’ll have all students participate in a tutorial to show students how to utilize the TestNav platform and a practice test. This will help students become familiar with the computer-based platform before they utilize it for testing and help our IT department and staff ensure everything is running smoothly before testing. This will occur on Thursday, 3/22 for students in grades 5 and 6 and Tuesday, 3/27 for students in grades 7 and 8. If you’d like to see the TestNav tutorial and/or review computer-based or paper-based practice tests, they are available at this website: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/tutorial/
Families often ask us what they can do at home to help their child be prepared and do their best on the day of the exam. Please be sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast on testing days. Remind your child that the tests are not timed and s/he is well prepared for the exams. We want our students to remember to go back into the passages as they work through the tests and to check all of their work prior to finishing. Be certain to arrive to school on time. Once a testing session has begun, students who are tardy are not permitted to enter the testing room. If you have any questions about MCAS testing, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or 978-649-0432 x 2229.
Calling all Middle Schoolers who like to sing!
The next session of Middle School Chorus will start after school on Wednesday March 14th.
Middle School Chorus meets on Half Day Wednesdays from 12:25-1:45 in the Middle School Music Room. Students must have transportation home at 1:45 and bring a lunch. MS Chorus will be working toward our last concert of the year which is Wednesday May 30th. The concert will be a combined effort with the High School groups and will include MS Chorus, Band, HS Chorus, Chorale and Instrumental Ensemble. The MS Chorus will sing a few songs on their own and one song together with the HS Chorus! This is a new project for the Music Department and we are very excited!
Questions: email Mrs. Lane – firstname.lastname@example.org
The first progress reports for Semester 2 were published to our x2 Aspen student and family portal this past Tuesday. Please log on to the portal to review the progress report with your child if you have not yet seen it.
Sock and Underwear Drive
The Jones advisory is planning a sock and underwear drive to benefit local children in foster care. Donate new in the package socks or underwear each of the next 3 Fridays- 3/9, 3/16, 3/23. Get a hand stamp to show you participated for an incentive (3/9- Hat/Hood Day; 3/16- Pajama Day; 3/23- Use your device at lunch).
High School News
IACS Science teacher, Katharine Hinkle, is a contributor to National Public Radio’s Science Friday program. Check out her lesson that is titled, “How Shrinking Sea Ice May Be Shrinking Polar Bears”
STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine
The January issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate is here! Suggestions on helping your child deal with perfectionism along with many other helpful, informative articles are waiting for you. Take advantage of this resource by downloading the Student Health 101 app and take a look at the official IACS SH101 Twitter page.
IACA MEETING RESCHEDULED — Join us Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 in the library.
DINING FOR IACA RESCHEDULED — Print your Chipotle Flyer and bring it to the restaurant in Billerica on Tuesday, April 10th for 50% proceeds of your meal to be donated to our school.
SEE YOU AT CASINO NIGHT! — Tables are selling quickly for the best, super fun, adults-only social of the year. Hope to see you on Friday, April 6 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Contact Heather Landis (email@example.com) for tickets!
GET INVOLVED — IACA is looking to fill leadership and volunteer positions THIS SPRING:
Grad Reception 2017
8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 2017
Shadow to learn Grade 12 Last Bash
Shadow to learn Grade 8 semiformal
Shadow to learn Big Time Social/Silent Auction and next year. Challenge yourself and take charge by seeking nomination for one of our board positions and committee chairs:
Dining for a Cause (this will start in May – setting up for the fall)
Middle School Socials
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your nominations!
MIXED BAG —MIXED BAG FUNDRAISER — Paper orders are due back on MARCH 20th. Please submit your order forms and payment to the Main Office. This fundraiser contributes 40% of purchases back to the school, but we have the potential to make a 45% profit on sales if everyone orders one item from each catalog! All of your purchases help to fund our IACA community events, scholarships, and classroom supplies. Please share the catalog and/or the online link with your friends too! Thank you for making this Spring fundraiser the best ever! Visit: http://iaca.weebly.com/fundraising—mixed-bag.html for more information.
To order online: www.mixedbagdesigns.com/innovation-academy-charter-school