The Hawk: March 2, 2014

March 2, 2014 7:00 am

Hi Everyone,

In addition to the March Edition of The Hawk, this week's edition of the IACS Dispatch is in this email. 


All School News

The Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser was canceled due to snow delay. If you have pre-ordered a credit has been applied to your account.  We've rescheduled the fundraiser for a St. Patty's Day Pancake Breakfast on 3/14! Pancake, Sausage, and Fruit, Milk or Juice only $3.00 served during regular MS (7:40)  & HS (9:25) breakfast schedule. All Proceeds to St. Mary’s Table Ministry – providing hot meals to the homeless at the Lowell Community Table. In order to get an accurate count, please either pre-order or purchase a ticket in advance.  Tickets are on sale now thru 3/7/14 in the IACS Cafe.

The March Menu is now available – CLICK HERE TO ORDER

Email if you have any questions about the breakfast or lunch program.


Music Department Announcements 


High school soloists will be appearing with the newly reorganized High School Chorale and Concert Choir at their concert on Friday March 28th.  The Middle School Chorus and Middle School Band will appear as scheduled on Thursday March 6thWe look forward to seeing you at one or both of these exciting concerts!

Athletic Announcements:

During homebase/advisory, students were recently given $10 Gift Cards to  The website provides a very large selection of custom athletic apparel for IACS.  The best part is the Athletic Department gets 12% of all sales!  This is a great way to show your HAWK pride while helping the Athletic Department keep costs down.  

Drama News


Really, Summer is Coming!  REALLY!

This summer, IACS will hold 3 performing arts camps!

Drama Performance Camp, July 7-11

Glee Musical Theatre Camp, July 14-18

Improv Camp, July 21-25

*Please note the discount if a student signs up for more than one week of camp!*


Camps are open to students entering grades 5 though 12!  Each camp runs 

8:30-3:30 daily, with a performance each Friday night.  


Keep an eye on

or email for details!

*Don't miss your chance to be a star of the stage while having a blast!*  


Auditions for the HILARIOUS Spring Show

Testing Testing

are Coming Up!

High School Auditions are Monday, March 24, 3:00-5:00 in the Auditorium!

Middle School Auditions are Wednesday, March 2612:30-2:30 in the auditorium!

  Bring lunch!


In order to try out, students need to bring a signed audition agreement to the audition found at 

No experience or preparation needed!  Just show up and have fun!


Innovation Academy Presents the Tony-Award Winning Best Musical

In the Heights

*Tickets are Selling Out!* 

March 13, 14, 15 at 7pmMarch 15 at 2pm

IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. 

IACS is especially thrilled to welcome Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winning orchestrator of In the Heights, Bill Sherman, to our campus for the show!  Mr. Sherman will be visiting to see the production and spend time talking with the cast and crew! Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Orpen for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity for us!

Ticket order forms and advertisement order forms are available at


IACA Book Fair

IACS will be holding the spring book fair from March 10 through March 13 – just over a week away! The fair is a great way to encourage reading, while earning funds for the IACA and books for the school library.  To make the book fair happen, we need the support of some more parent volunteers for the book fair during all shifts. If you can spare a few hours during that week, please contact Deb Lyons at:

Friday, March 7, 2014

8:00-12:00 Fair setup (until done – any time you can help is appreciated)

Monday, March 10, 2014

10:30-1:00 (most needed) or 1:00-3:00

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

8:00-10:30 or 10:30-1:00 or 6-7:30 pm (during Quality Night)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

10:30-1:00 or  1:00-3:00

Visit our school's Book Fair Homepage at From the homepage, you can click to volunteer, check the class shopping schedule, and even shop online.

Thank you!


Middle School News

ILP Conferences will take place March 5th, March 26th (middle school only) and April 2nd. One of our school’s accountability goals is to achieve 90% or higher participation at ILP conferences from families. ILP conferences are an important way for students to reflect upon their learning and set goals with feedback from their family and teachers.

Mark your Calendars! Quality Night for Grades 5 and 7 is Tuesday, March 11th from 6- 7:15 PM. Attendance is mandatory for all 5th and 7th graders as a promotion requirement as students get important practice in formal presentation as well as feedback, leading up to their 6th and 8th grade jury presentation. Students will participating in Quality Night prep on Friday, February 28th and should come prepared with notecards, poster board, and art supplies.

Yearbook News- Attention 8th graders and families

BABY PICTURES – The Middle School Yearbook staff is now accepting baby pictures of eighth graders. Digital photos may be emailed to  Hard copy photos should be labeled on the back with the student's name and HB and placed in a sealed envelope labelled "Middle School Yearbook, Baby Pictures, Student Name and HB."  It may be submitted to the main office or the Middle School Yearbook Staff.  DEADLINE: April 1, 2014No Exceptions


EIGHTH GRADE PERSONAL PAGES, Create a Memory for the Yearbook – Eighth Graders are encouraged to submit a personal page for publication in the 2013-2014 Yearbook.  You can use school appropriate drawings, words, or photos that represent you.  Students may collaborate using the guidelines below. 


Fill out the Personal Page form (form available on the website) and submit with your personal page to –

Peggy Stephens-North, Alyssa Zenitz or a yearbook staff member

Email digital files to


You are allowed to collaborate on a personal page as follows:

Quarter page is 1 person – use 81/2 x 11 piece of paper

Half page is 2 to 3 people  – fold 81/2 x 11 paper in half (different dimensions)

Full page is 4 to 8 people – use 81/2 x 11 piece of paper

You may only be represented in ONE submission.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2014, NO Exceptions!


High School News

Parent Volunteers for Principal Search:  In the coming weeks, finalists for the High School Principal position will be coming to campus to meet current faculty & administration, students, and parents.  Parent participation will consist of a small panel (4-6 parents) who will meet with and ask questions of the candidate. 

While the visit dates have not been finalized, they will occur on three or four days during the window of March 10th through March 24th.  To best accommodate work schedules, the panel will meet from 8:30 to 9:15 am on those days.   Parents interested in participating in this process or have other questions, should email Greg Orpen this week.


Endersession:  Thanks to all of the students and families who submitted their Endersession forms last week.  We have started to create rosters for all groups which will begin meeting before the end of March.  For those students who did not turn in forms last week, you should do so as soon as possible. 

Greg Orpen
Interim Executive Director 

High School Principal
Innovation Academy Charter School
72 Tyng Road
Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Phone: (978) 649-0432 x3141
Fax: 978-649-6337

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