The Hawk: March 3, 2017

March 3, 2017 7:00 am

“The Hawk”

March 3, 2017


Even though it is only March, the teachers of Innovation Academy have already begun thinking about new courses for next year and ways to improve existing courses and curriculum. One recent example of this relates to our Biology class. All of our sophomores take Biology and teacher Ashley Young has recently received a significant grant that will open up new lab experiences for our students.

The grant is from the MassBioEd Foundation, whose mission is to increase student access to lab-based activities in the life sciences and biotechnology and inspire students to consider the possibility of a career in the life sciences.  The grant will provide lab equipment to implement two new biotechnology labs in the 10th grade biology courses this spring.  

As part of the genetics unit, all 10th grade students will learn basic biotechnology skills that allow for the study of living things at the molecular level.  Students will put these skills to use in a lab where they will use restriction enzymes to cut apart bacterial DNA at specific sites and then visualize the cut DNA using gel electrophoresis.  This lab will supplement the discussion of genetic engineering as students will have hands-on experience with the lab techniques genetic engineers use.


Biology honors students will perform a second lab in which they will transfer a gene for antibiotic resistance into a bacteria strain that is susceptible to the antibiotic.  They will test if their transformation is successful by growing the transformed bacteria in the presence of the antibiotic.


Congratulations to Ashley Young on receiving this grant and I will have more information on new course offerings for next year in the coming weeks.


Best –


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal


Important Upcoming Dates



March 6            MS   Band and Chorus Concert  6:00pm

March 7            IACA Potluck Meeting 6:30 – 7:00pm

March 8            Early Release

March 9            MS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

March 11        SAT Exam  8:00 am

March 15        Early Release

March 16        HS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

            WInter Drama Production  7:00pm

March 17        MS Parent Principal Advisory Council 7:45 am

            WInter Drama Production  7:00pm

March 18        WInter Drama Production  2:00pm & 7:00pm

March 20        IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30pm

March 21        HS MCAS ELA Testing

            HS Auditions for “I;m a Teenager Get Me Out of This”  3:00 – 4:00 pm

March 22        Full Day Wednesday

            HS MCAS ELA Testing

March 23        HS MCAS ELA Testing

            HS Athletic Awards for Winter Sports 6:00 pm

March 28        MS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

March 29        Early Release

            MS Auditions for May Show 12:30 – 3:00 pm

March 30        HS Field Trip to Plum Island (Mrs. Hinkle)

All School News


Tyngsborough Public Library has a program for teens and parents:

College Financial Planning – free seminar, Wed., March 8, 7-8 p.m.

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  • IACA Meeting next Tuesday: Come join us for our potluck IACA Meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Potluck begins at 6:30pm, meeting at 7pm.    

  • Mixed Bag Designs Fundraiser:  Parents keep a watch for our Mixed Bag catalogs!  Have fun selling beautiful bags to family and friends while earning great prizes. Fundraiser money due to the main office on 3/16. Please do not collect tax and make check payable to IACA. Friends and family can order online  Contact Donna Martin at with questions.

  • Last Bash planning is starting up! If you aren't familiar with Last Bash – this is the safe, all night, lock-in party for Seniors that takes place the night of Graduation!  If you are interested in helping to plan the event (scheduled for June 3, 2017), please email Holly Ballam and Lynn Smith at . We have a meeting scheduled for 7pm at Panera in Drum Hill for March 22, 2017.  

  • We are looking for new leaders to join IACA! Contact if interested in learning more. Come to our next meeting to see what IACA is all about!

  • Applications for IACA Scholarship have been shared with the Senior Class.  Seniors, be sure to get your applications in by Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  We have attached a copy of the paperwork to this issue of the Hawk.

  • Save the date for CASINO NIGHT: Come Get Lucky at our upcoming Casino Night and Fundraiser!  It'll begin at 7pm on Friday March 31st at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference center on Warren Street in Lowell. This years event will feature a buffet dinner, casino games, cash bar, silent auction and our now famous Live Dessert Auction! The tickets will be $35 each or $300/table of 10, so grab some friends and make a night of it! Hope to see you there.  If you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, please email Heather Landis at or by phone at 978-502-9450.​

  • Athletics News:  

    Spring Sports:  All Athletic paperwork for both Middle and High School is due Friday, March 10th.Please take a moment to check out the most recent edition of the Athletics Winter Newsletter.  It’s one-stop shopping to see how all of our Middle and High School teams are doing.  Go Hawks!  


    Performing Arts News:  

  • Tickets are available for our March Tony Award Winning Musical  production of MAN OF LA MANCHA! Please find the ticket order form at

  • Do you have a business you would like to promote? Or a message you would like to share with about 900 people? If so, please consider supporting the drama program by purchasing program space! Information is found at

  • Mark your calendars! Auditions for the MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAY are on Wednesday, March 29, 12:30-3:00pm in the auditorium! It's an early release day so bring a lunch! We hope to see you there so you can have your turn to light up the IACS stage! Auditions are open to any current middle school students – with or without acting experience! The play, which features numerous monologues as well as full scenes, is called "Game of Tiaras" and you can find details about the hilarious spoof at Rehearsals will be on half day Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00, and performances are on May 20 at 2pm and 7pm.

  • Auditions for the next HIGH SCHOOL PLAY are on Tuesday, March 21, 3:00-4:30 in the auditorium! Auditions are open to any current high school students – with or without acting experience! The play, which features numerous monologues as well as full scenes,  is called "I'm A Teenager Get Me Out of This Family" and details can be found at  (If you are in Darts or Shards you may still audition for this show, as long as rehearsals do not conflict. Priority will go to those who do not currently have other roles. Performances will be on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 at 7pm.)

  • BELIEVE IT OR NOT, SUMMER IS COMING! Mark your calendars for 3 Performing Arts Camps right here on the IACS Campus! Camps are open to students finishing 4th through 12th grades.


    * July 10-July 14: Drama Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of Ghostbusters on Friday night

    * July 17-July 21: Glee Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of songs and scenes from School of Rock on Friday night

    * July 24-July 28: Improv Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance created ON THE SPOT by the campers on Friday night


    **The first ten Improv Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to see Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on the Wednesday of Improv Camp! (Unfortunately, the NYC component of Drama Camp and Glee Camp trips are full.)

    **There is still availability for at all three camps for every age!


    Middle School News

    Middle School Art Needs Newspaper: Please send newspapers (no circulars, please) to be used in upcoming 7th grade projects. Thank you!!!

    Hygiene Kits for the Homeless Service Project: Greetings from the Kyles advisory! For our community service project this year we have decided to create hygiene kits for the homeless. The kits will be donated to the Lowell Transitional Center. Instead of asking for money donations, we are asking for help in donating small/hotel size soaps, shampoos, conditioners, combs, deodorant, Q-tips, shaving cream, razors, and anything else you can think of! We can also use any size you can get (toiletry sized or larger). We will be collecting these in the Kyles room (512 in Landberg Hall) up until Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Our advisory will also be making rounds on Fridays during advisory time to collect items. Thanks so much in advance!

    Middle School Chorus begins new session on Wednesday March 8th!

    Calling all Middle School Singers! The Middle School Chorus welcomes all who like to sing! Chorus will meet after school in the Middle School Music Room on half-day Wednesdays from 12:25-1:45. Bring a lunch and your singing voice as we learn new music for concert in June.

    If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Lane  –

    Middle School Yearbook:

    It is the time to create 8th Grade Personal Pages and find 8th Grade Baby Pictures for the 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook.  

    Students will receive instructions and submission forms in Advisory, but they are also available on the Yearbook Committee Page on the website.

    8th Grade Personal Page Instruction and Submission Form

    Submit this form with your page to Peggy Stephens-North or a yearbook staff member

    Email digital files to

    Deadline: Friday, April 28th, 2017

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    8th Grade Childhood Picture Instructions and Submission Form

    Dig through those old photos and find a GREAT picture from childhood and have it printed in the 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook! Show your friends what you looked like as a wee one.  

    Did you look like you? Were you adorable or goofy, serious or funny, sloppy or stylish?

    Deadline: Friday, April 28th, 2017


    To guarantee delivery of a 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook on the last day of school, order at the regular price of $27 by Friday, May 19, 2017.


    High School News


    IACS Student Recognized at Boston Model UN Conference

    A big congratulations to sophomore Carter Morgan for being one of a select number of students to receive the Honorable Mention Award at the Model UN convention last month. Carter was on the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee as a delegate from Ukraine. Carter was recognized for his diplomatic skills and preparation with regards to the following two topics: (1) Global Bioethics and Reproductive Rights, and (2)Food Safety and Security in the 21st Century. Approximately 1,400 students from all over the country participated in the Boston Model UN, so this is a significant honor.


    1st Place in Division 5 Shot Put

    Congratulations to track athlete Aiden Felty. On the Friday before vacation he placed first in shot put at the Division 5 indoor track meet with a throw of 51’ 1 ¼”.  This not only broke our school record but also broke the Division 5 meet record as well!  Aiden then competed in the All-State meet this past Sunday and placed 10th overall.

    Photo credit to Vera Ann Crane

    March Seniors of the Month

    Paying for College Presentation


    College Acceptance Update


    High School Future Sports Survey

    The Athletics Department is requesting all parents of high school students take the survey below.    These surveys will provide the Athletic Department with important information to consider when looking at the future addition of sports to our program.  If you have any questions, please email Nolan McKinnon at .


    2016-2017 HS Athletic Survey: )


    Student Health 101

    The  March  IACS Student Health 101 and the accompanying Student Advocate for parents and supporters are now available online. For the months of March and April you can enter your student to win $500 simply by reading an article and answering a few questions!  We have already had a $100…let’s get us a few $500 winners!!


    High School Yearbook

    It’s not too late to buy your yearbook! The cost has increased to $35. You can get an order form outside Ms. Kelly’s office or at the Main Office. Or you can order online at Anyone who buys before February 17, 2017 will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card (this includes those who have already ordered)!


    Driver’s Education

    Future Driver’s of America will begin their Spring class at IACS on Wednesday, March 1st from 12:30-4:30pm.   Registration can be made directly thru the Future Driver’s of America website at  Classes will be held every Wednesday (half & full days) with the exception of April Vacation week.   The schedule can be found on this flyer.   Questions?   Contact Ron Vincent at Future Driver’s, 978-455-0290 or Crystal McKiel at IACS, 978-649-0432 x2004.


    Photo of the Week

    The ice rink might be closed, but the wading pool is now open!


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