The Hawk: March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017 6:00 pm

“The Hawk”

Dear IACS Community,

Due to the current weather predictions, we have decided to cancel school for tomorrow, Saturday April 1st.  

What is NOT canceled is tonight’s Casino Night.   According to, the snow is not going to really pick up until later in the evening (only 2 inches or so by 10 pm), so we look forward to seeing a big turnout- over 230 tickets were sold to the event!

I also want to bring to your attention, that next Wednesday is our high school is sponsoring the annual Spring Exhibition Night.  This event is open to the public and a great way to see great work created by our high school students.  Doors open at 6 pm- come for 15 minutes or for the full two hours!

Enjoy your snow day tomorrow!

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Upcoming Dates

March 31 Big Time Social/Casino Night

April 3 5th/6th Grade ELA MCAS testing

April 4 5th/6th Grade ELA MCAS testing

HS Field trip to Model UN Conference (Ms. Gonsalo)

April 5 Early Release – No High School Internships

HS Field trip to Model UN Conference (Ms. Gonsalo)

5th Grade ELA MCAS testing

HS Spring Exhibition

April 6 HS Field Trip to Fenway Behind the Scenes (Ms. Tupaj)

HS Field trip to Model UN Conference (Ms. Gonsalo)

7th/8th Grade ELA MCAS testing`

HS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

April 7 7th/8th Grade ELA MCAS testing

April 8 Envirothon Field Trip to ALden (Mrs. Hinkle)

April 10 5th/6th Grade Math MCAS testing

Board of Trustee Meeting

April 11 5th/6th Grade Math MCAS testing

April 12 Full Day Wednesday

7th/8th Grade Math MCAS testing

HS Community Service Field Trips

April 13 7th/8th Grade Math MCAS testing

April 14 No School – Good Friday

April 17 – 21 No School April Vacation

All School News

Substitute Cafeteria Workers:

IACS is looking to hire substitute cafeteria workers to perform various duties associated with running the school breakfast and lunch program. These tasks include, but are not limited to, daily setup and breakdown, food preparation, serving breakfast and lunch meals to staff and students, breakdown, clean-up and sanitizing of all work areas. Must be  able to work in a fast paced environment.  Prior experience working in a school cafeteria is preferred but not required.  Training will be provided.  Per diem $12.00 per hour. Contact

Reminder for parents picking up students in the afternoon: Please note that houses along Tyng Road are private property, including the white house next to the circle. Please do not park in or block driveways along the street.

The April Menu is posted here.  In addition to the daily lunch special, the following items are offered: Garden, Chef & Seasoned Chicken Salad, Ham or Turkey & Cheese Sub, Sunbutter & Jelly, Sunbutter & Fluff or Tuna Sandwich and Fresh Fruit Yogurt Parfait.  See the April Menu for breakfast choices, daily lunch specials and pricing.

IACA News  

  • Eighth Grade Semi-Formal: We're starting to plan our Eighth Grade Semi! What a blast for the kids! Here is a message from Donna Martin, who is chairing the committee as she has done for the past three years.The semi is on Saturday June 10th at 7:00.  We will be needing people to help pass out food and chaperone the dance ( this is only open to parents who do not have 8th graders).  If you can’t make it that night we could use help with food donations, decoration ideas, help with invitations, favors etc.  Once I get a committee together I will schedule a meeting of the minds.  It helps to talk about ideas and figure out who is willing and able to do what.  It is going to be a fun event to help with!  Please email me as soon as possible if you are interested  

  • 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 lastbash@innovationcharter. org . We have a meeting scheduled for 7pm at Panera in Drum Hill for April 12th.  

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

  • IACA Scholarship Committee– can you help?  We are looking for judges for our HS Scholarship Committee. Volunteer judges cannot be employed in the high school, nor can they have a student in 11th or 12th grade. For more information, please contact Michelle Balbat at  

  • Performing Arts News:  

  • Congratulations to the cast of the middle school play GAME OF TIARAS! Check your email for details, and feel free to email with questions!

  • BELIEVE IT OR NOT, SUMMER IS COMING! Join us 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!

    Information about camp and tickets to the show is attached!

    Middle School News

    Emma Goldman 2.jpg

    Nelson Mandela 2.jpg

    During the Most Influential Person Research Paper and Presentation, students chose a historical figure to research.  Students were asked to create a thesis that spoke to their figure's most significant accomplishments and how we are still impacted today by the efforts of this person. After completing their research paper, students created a presentation about their person. Here Sophia takes on the role of Emma Goldman and Gabby acts as Nelson Mandela.

    Staff Celebration

    Mike Edwards and Erin Jones represented Innovation Academy at the New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference today, hosting a workshop session on project-based learning. Congratulations Mike and Erin!

    Cautionary Note on Making “Slime”

    A current trend among our middle school students is kids making homemade “slime” from simple ingredients. We’ve seen many students recently bringing in their creations to school to share with friends at recess recently. This news report shares the story of a Massachusetts girl that suffered chemical burns from the exposure to Borax, one of the ingredients. We thought we’d pass along as making this “slime” has gained in popularity among our students.

    Save the Date- Events for 8th graders

    The 8th Grade Moving Up Assembly will be held in our school auditorium from 8:15-9:15 am on Monday, June 19th. Eighth grade students have a ceremony including a retrospective account of middle school written by students and recognition of students’ completion of middle school. This

    will be followed by a continental breakfast for students and their guests. Due to space constraints in the auditorium, students are limited to no more than 2 guests at the assembly. Please respect this rule to ensure all that attend can be seated.

    8th Grade Semi-Formal: Saturday, June 10th from 7:00- 10:00 PM. This is always a fun night, and we are hoping to have 100% student participation. At school, we will share plans with students so that they may look forward to this last celebration with their eighth grade classmates, while at the same time ensuring that students understand how this is distinguishable from a formal event, like a prom. Girls may opt to wear a simple party dress. Gowns, short mini-dresses or other revealing dresses are not permitted. Boys may opt to wear a collared dress shirt and dress pants. Tuxedos are not permitted. Limousines are not permitted. Tickets will be on sale closer to the event and details of this fun event will be discussed with students as the dance approaches.


    Middle school students are in the thick of getting their portfolios complete for the year. At this juncture, they should have 4 or more pieces in their portfolio. Students have a requirement for each class, selecting a piece that represents their best work. Additionally, students show their proficiency in systems thinking, practical application skills, independent and collaborative skills through their portfolio. Teachers and advisors will be reaching out to families when students are not on track for portfolio completion to share specific information about what the student needs to complete.

    MCAS Approaches:

    The MCAS schedule is as follows:

    4/3-4/4 Grades 5 and 6 English/Language Arts

    4/5  Grade 5 English/Language Arts

    4/6-4/7 Grades 7 and 8 English/Language Arts

    4/10-4/11 Grades 5 and 6 Mathematics

    4/12-4/13 Grades 7 and 8 Mathematics

    4/25 & 4/27 Grades 5 and 8 Science/Technology/Engineering

    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. For more detailed information about MCAS, see our website here. If you have any questions about MCAS testing, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 978-649-0432 x 2229.

    Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Packets- Click here for more information

    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.  Due Friday, 4/28. See the yearbook page for more information.

    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

    Have Fun Painting and help raise money for the London/Ireland Endersession Trip

    Dual Enrollment Geology & Astronomy Students Measure Beach Erosion

    IACS Student Wins Literary Award

    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

    This weekend is your last weekend to order a Yearbook online! Yearbook sales close Sunday online and we will not be selling any Yearbooks after that. We won't be selling any the last few days of school so be sure to get yours this weekend. Order online at

    Photo of the Week

    Congratulations to My My Tran and Gabrielle Renaud for being the first Engineering students to successfully redesign their Putt Putt boat. Their new boat is way faster than the original design and literally does circles around the old design.

    Greg Orpen

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

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