The Hawk: March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016 8:00 am


“The Hawk”


All School News


Dear IACS Community:


After 19 years of dedicated service to the IACS Community, Middle School Dean of Students Charlene LaRoche will be retiring this summer. Charlene’s daughter, Kristin, was a sixth grader in 1996 when the Chelmsford Public Charter School opened the doors.  Charlene still remembers scrambling as a parent volunteer to help paint classrooms by opening day. After a year of volunteering at the newly formed school, Charlene was hired and moved through various roles including instructional aide, teacher (of various subject matters and grade levels), and Middle School Dean of Students. Charlene’s math students remember her clarity, real-world applications, and sense of fairness. As an administrator, Charlene’s thoughtful leadership has always put students first, encouraging students towards reflection and growth. We appreciate Charlene’s many contributions to the IACS community over her career and wish her well in retirement.


I am also pleased to share that we have hired our next Middle School Dean of Students after a six week search process that included students, teachers, and administrators. Federico Pererya will be stepping into the role in July.  Mr. Pererya has been a 7th/8th grade math teacher and coach at IACS since 2009. He also has been in the role of Co-Director of the Andover Bread Loaf Writing Workshop at Phillips Academy since 2010. We are excited by the many assets Mr. Pererya will bring to this role.


Please join me in congratulating these two staff members as they make these transitions in the days ahead.


Warm regards,

Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal


Dates At a Glance:


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

        M/S Athletic Awards 6:00 – 7:30 pm

April 9:   SAT Prep Class Practice SAT

        Envirothon Competition Practice  8:00 – 3:00 pm

April 11: Board of Trustee Meeting  6:30 – 8:30 pm

April 12: 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

April 26- 28  M/S 5 – 8 PARCC ELA Testing

April 27  Full Day Wednesday

April 28  National Honor Society Induction

May 2-6  M/S 5 – 8 PARCC Math Testing

May 6     M/S Social 6:00 – 9:00 pm

May 7       SAT Exam 8:00


IACS School Nutrition Program

The March Breakfast and Lunch Menus have been posted.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.  While pre-ordering is preferred, all meals are available cash & carry. To preview menus going to Breakfast & Lunch Menu.


Do you have a younger child that would like to begin learning Spanish?

We are offering a class after school for children ages 6 to 9. Profe Ashley Uyaguari and a group of middle schoolers will be leading this all Spanish time for children to discover and play with the language. We will meet on Thursdays 4:00-4:45, starting May 5th for 6 weeks. Cost is $40. Please contact Ashley to sign-up:

IACS Board of Trustees: Nominations Committee

The IACS Board of Trustees is currently accepting applications for new board members.  To learn more about the work of the board, interested candidates are encouraged to read the Board of Trustees section of the website, with special attention to the “Getting Involved” page.  Skills and experience in the area of grant writing, public relations, fundraising, or marketing are especially desirable at this time.

IACA News:

Our next IACA meeting will be April 14th from 7-8:30pm in the Library.

Big Time Social/Casino Night! Please see the attached flyer. Come and join the fun in this great fundraiser for our school!  But we can't do it without you! We have need of dealers, and volunteers for the night of the event, as well as assistance with ticket sales and getting the word out, and then helping with decor and set up.  Please contact JoAnne Frazier at if you are interested helping in some way.  If you would like to donate an item, small business product, or service for our silent auction please contact Sarah San Clemente at


10K Raffle: Support your school and you could be the lucky winner! We will be drawing two $5000 prizes for this amazing raffle. Tickets will be going home this week. You can also purchase a raffle ticket online at  . Students who sell the most tickets will win prizes, and advisories who sell the most tickets will win a pizza party!

Mixed Bag Fundraiser- Thank you to everyone who purchased Mixed Bag items! Our sales numbers were fantastic! We’ll be posting how much money was raised for the school within the next week or so.

We have many volunteer and donation opportunities coming up within the next few weeks, ranging from baked goods to helping to staff various events. We appreciate your help!


Eighth Grade "Moving Up" Ceremony – please contact Sarah San Clemente  at


HS Graduation Reception– Annie Accettullo will be leading this event. Please contact her at  if you are able to help.


"Last Bash" for HS Seniors- please contact JoAnne Frazier at

End of Year BBQ – please keep your eyes open for requests for volunteers for this event.  Planning for this will begin in May.  Kerry Wellenstein will be leading the charge, and we are seeking someone to shadow her next year when she has a senior.  If you are interested and would like to shadow this year as well, we would welcome the opportunity.  


Open roles – please contact JoAnne Frazier at if you are interested.

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 for more information.


Remember that you can always find the latest IACA news on our Facebook page and on our IACA website.


Drama News

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 for information!


Mark your calendars! Auditions for the Middle and High School Fall Musical are:

For students currently in grades 5 through 7: June 1, 12:30-2:30

For students currently in grades 8 through 11: May 24, 3:00-5:30

We hope to see you there!



Middle School News



Fifth graders rocked their second Quality Night of the year!


Middle School Technology & Robotics Club: The third session will meet on the following five Mondays: March 28, April 4th, 11th, 25th and May 5th. Students have a choice of activities, including the opportunity to build and program robots using Lego Mindstorms, or make Artbotics (art that responds to its environment using sensors and motors). Students may need to share a robot so sign up with a friend! Alternatively, students can try out Android App Inventor, which is on-line software for making android apps, and test them on android tablets. Club meets from 3:00-4:30 (Mondays) in room 241 of the high school. There is no cost for this club but space is limited. Please sign up by emailing Donna Harrington at


Sixth graders discovered the value of Pi, by looking at the relationship between circumference and diameter of circular objects around the room (some more creative objects than others!).


Quarter 3 Closes

Quarter 3 is set to close on Monday, April 4th. Please encourage your child to end the quarter on a strong note!         


Click the blue links for more information:


Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Presentations


Email for Sixth Grade Students


Spring Cleaning? Middle School Art Needs Your Recyclables!


Middle School Yearbooks on Sale


High School News


Click the blue link for the full text…


College Acceptance Update 3/21/16


Melissa Kapeckas
Middle School Principal
Innovation Academy Charter School
72 Tyng Rd.
Tyngsboro, MA  01879
978-649-0432 x2229