IACS Newsletter for the week ending May 11, 2018
Dear IACS Community,
Dear IACS Families:
Spring is a busy time on campus with culminating projects, performances, and celebrations. Congratulations to our HS students for successful Presentations of Learning (POLs) and Senior Project Presentations this week! Middle school students are also preparing for final presentations. Fifth graders will be sharing their Quality Night projects on Tuesday, 5/22 at 6 pm. Seventh graders will present their Quality Night projects to HS advisories on Thursday, 5/24. Sixth and eighth graders will make their jury portfolio presentations beginning on May 29th. We are currently looking for community members to listen to jury portfolio presentations. Volunteers play an essential role at juries by providing an unfamiliar but supportive audience for our students. Please fill out the following form ( 3-5 minutes to complete) if you can volunteer for 30 minutes or more during the school day during the weeks of May 29th or June 4th. It is a terrific experience!
Our spring plays are coming up next weekend. This is the time of year where our students and staff put on several one-act plays. Our HS students will put on “A Day on the Town” and “Crazytown!”, featuring a scene with some of your favorite IACS teachers. Our MS students will put on “Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows.” It should be an entertaining time with a lot of laughs!
As always, thank you for your support.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: JUNE 20
May 11 HS Junior and Senior Prom
May 15 HS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
HS Field Trip for Calculus II Students
May 16 Early Release Wednesday
Internships end for both Semester 2 and full year
May 17 Drama Production “A Day on the Town” , “Crazy Town” Full Show 7:00 – 9:30 pm
May 18 HS Spring Fest
MS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
Drama Production, “A Day on the Town” , “Crazy Town” Full Show 7:00 – 9:30 pm
May 19 Drama Production 2:00 MS “Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows”, A Day on the
Town” “Crazy Town” and 7:00 pm Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows” and “A Day on the Town”
May 21 IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm
May 22 HS Math MCAS testing
Junior and Senior Awards Night 6:30 – 8:00 pm
May 22 5th grade Quality Night 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
May 23 Full Day Wednesday
HS Math MCAS testing
Grades 11 & 12 Community Service 12:00 – 3:00 pm
May 24 HS Math MCAS Testing
MS and HS Performing Arts Awards Night 6:30 – 9:00 pm
May 25 Early Release
May 28 No School Memorial Day
May 29 HS Family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Music Department Concerts
May 30 Early Release Wednesday
IACS Spring Concert 6:00 -8:30 pm
May 31 5th Grade Plimoth Plantation Field Trip 8:00 am – 6;30 pm
Auditions for Grades 5 – 11, Fall Production, “Phantom of the Opera” 3:00 – 5:30 pm
HS Family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
IACS provides a Carpool List for parents/guardians seeking to connect with other parents/guardians to share transportation to and from school. If you would like to be on the list and allow your data to be shared with other parents/guardians click on this link Carpool Form. Simply follow the instructions on the link and submit to share your data.
If you have questions about transportation, busing, etc., please contact Marybeth Bush. If you have general questions about this form please contact the Main Office at (978) 649-0432 and for map related questions, please contact Tom Hinkle.
IACS School Nutrition Program: The May Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake firstname.lastname@example.org if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program. The May menu will be published on Monday, May 1st.
IACS Spring Concert, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6-8pm
The Innovation Academy Charter School Music Department will be presenting their All-School Spring Concert. The evening will feature student performances by the Middle School Bands, Middle School Chorus, High School Instrumental Ensemble and High School Chorale and Concert Choir.
Choral groups will perform at 6:00pm in the Library.
Instrumental groups will perform at 7:00pm in the Auditorium.
Light refreshments will be available at intermission.
Robotics Workshop – May 19th
Rize robotics will be hosting a hands-on robotics building and racing event on Saturday, May 19th from 9 am -1:30 pm. The program is open to students in grades 5-12. Enrollment will be capped at 40 participants and will be first-come, first-served so get your enrollment form in before the due date of 5/7. Click here for more information and to print the registration form
ATTENTION IACS COMMUNITY!!! Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. We will be holding elections for the 2018-2019 year!! (Meeting should run no longer than a half hour. Please join us – all attendees may vote!)
Proposed Slate of Officers
President: Jo Anne Frazier
Vice President: Jessica Francisco
Secretary: Angela Caputo Griswold
Treasurer: Caitlyn Theriault
Fundraising Coordinator: Cindi Hevner
Volunteer Coordinator: Kelly Ash
8TH GRADE SEMI NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for June 1 and 2. This gorgeous event is brought to life during setup on June 1. Early prep and chaperones are needed for the event itself on June 2, as well as assistance with cleanup. If you want to be a part of the Semi "Dream Team," please contact Jo Anne at email@example.com.
GRAD RECEPTION AND 8th GRADE MOVING UP CEREMONY: These events are in need of some fantastic volunteers to run smoothly! Contact us if you are interested in helping at firstname.lastname@example.org.
End of Year Student/Staff BBQ: Will be held on the last day of school, June 20, 2018 Assistance is needed for this event. Please click on the link for complete details. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10ZvkXcOAaZh1ACEHIpyRTH_4qjW781giWslrdUYiSEQ/edit?usp=sharing
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show!
GET YOUR MAY SHOW TICKETS BY FILLING OUT THE FORM at innovationcharter.org/theater/
May 17 7pm: High School Plays: “A Day on the Town” and “Crazytown!”
May 18 7pm:High School Plays: “A Day on the Town” and “Crazytown!” with the Staff Scene!
May 19, 2pm: Middle School Play “Bad Ideas for Bad television Shows” and High School Play “A Day on the Town”
May 19 7pm: Middle School Play “Bad Ideas for Bad television Shows” and High School Play “Crazytown!”
Performing arts AWARDS NIGHT!
Awards Night for Students and Families who have participated in Productions this year! Thursday, May 24, 6:30-9:00 pm.
Get your tickets here!
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AUDITIONS!
Auditions for grades 5 through 11 for the fall IACS production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!
Auditions are May 31, 3:00-5:30pm for Grades 6-12 and June 1 during Lunch and Recess for Grade 5!
No preparation is needed except to complete an audition agreement form. (5th graders should bring their lunch to the auditorium.) These are available by the main office and at innovationcharter.org/theater/
Thank you and we hope to see you there!
*If you have and are skilled in using pointe shoes please bring them.*
Performing Arts Camps:
Join us for 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 where we will learn songs, dances and scenes from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 13 at 5pm!
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 and skills. Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 20 at 5pm!
July 23-27: DRAMA CAMP Where we will learn the play THE GOOD DOCTOR which we will perform at a theater, right off Broadway on Tuesday, July 31! This performance will be open to actors of all ages at camp. If there are adults who can’t make those rehearsal times and would like to take part in the show as well, we can be flexible with your schedule so that we can have you with us as actors!
For information and registration please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468 or visit our page at innovationcharter.org/theater/
Middle School News
Seeking Jury Presentation Volunteers- Week of 5/28 and 6/4
Jury Presentations are one of the cornerstones of our curriculum. Sixth and eighth graders present portfolio pieces and their progress towards their Individual Learning Plan goal to build an argument as to why they should be promoted to the next grade level. Their audience includes their staff assessor, a younger student buddy, and a community volunteer. Volunteers play an essential role at juries by providing an unfamiliar but supportive audience for our students. Please fill out the following form ( 3-5 minutes to complete) and reach out to the main office if you have not heard from Katie Hoyer (email@example.com) within two business days. Thank you!
Messages to Students
We avoid calling classrooms to deliver messages for students as it interrupts the lesson. We encourage families to use their child’s planner to write messages about transportation, schedule changes, etc. If you do find yourself needing the main office to deliver a message to your child, we will do so at lunch/recess/advisory only to avoid classroom interruptions.
Eighth Grade Families: High School Family Orientation
All incoming 9th grade families need to attend a high school orientation meeting. The student and at least one parent/guardian should attend the orientation meeting. Each session will be led by the high school principal and he will give you important information about the transition to high school. Please plan to attend one of the following sessions:
Thursday, May 10, 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, May 29, 5:00-6:00pm
Thursday, May 31, 5:00-6:00pm
Please let Crystal McKiel, (firstname.lastname@example.org ) know which orientation you will be attending so that we can plan accordingly.
8th grade Families: Click here for more information about the 8th grade semi-formal and the Moving Up Ceremonies.
Save the Date- Spring Quality Night
Fifth grade Quality Night is Tuesday, 5/22 from 6-7 pm. Please make sure this date is on your calendar. Attendance is mandatory.
Seventh graders will also be making presentations as well, but we’ll be altering the format for the spring. We will partner with HS advisories so that seventh graders will be making their presentation to older students as well as receiving feedback. These presentations will occur during the school day during the week of 5/22.
A reminder that all sixth and eighth graders have their assigned jury presentation date/time. Eighth graders will jury during the week of May 29th. Sixth graders will jury during the week of June 5th.
MCAS Testing Update
MCAS wraps up next week at the middle school with Science MCAS testing for grades 5 and 8 only.
Robotics Club Sign up
Come join us afterschool for some robotics fun. The session will run for 6 weeks, on Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 in room 241 of the high school. This session will begin on April 24th right after the break. Space is limited so sign up by emailing Mr. Andy at email@example.com.
Middle School Art Show, Friday, June 1, 7-9 pm
Please join us for our end of the year art show! Bring your friends and families to enjoy 5th grade 2D work, 7th grade 3D and Stop Motion Animated Movies, and 8th Grade Design projects!
Want to help? Volunteers are needed to help prepare work for display and to help clean up after the show. Volunteer hours are Thursday, May 31 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm or Friday, June 1 any time from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm and clean up from 9:00 pm – ?. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer!
Hope to see you at the show!
MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK
The 2017-2018 Middle School Yearbook
Is still available for pre-order at the regular price of $27 until May 18, 2018
Order forms are available by the Main Office, through the Yearbook Page on the website and a link in the Hawk.
8th Grade Childhood Pictures & Personal Pages
Here is your chance to show your friends what you looked like as a wee one.
Share a picture from your childhood in the 2017-2018 MS Yearbook.
Did you look like you? Did your personality come through?
Were you adorable, goofy, serious, funny, sloppy, stylish or mischievous?
Find that picture and submit ASAP. Do you recognize older siblings below?
Submit a digital photo to email@example.com
Submit a hard copy to Main Office or Peggy Stephens-North
Write your name and advisory on back of picture, so we can return it.
Put your picture in an envelope and label it:
MS Yearbook Childhood PICTURES
DEADLINE: Friday May 11, 2018, NO Exceptions!
Eighth Grade Baby Pictures 2017-2018
Create a personal page, by yourself or with friends, and be immortalized in the 2017-2018 IACS Yearbook!
Represent yourself with drawings, images and words. Submit this form with your page to
Email digital files to firstname.lastname@example.org
Person Pages: Check out the link below for examples from previous years and
Use these guidelines for correct dimensions and collaboration.
Quarter page: 1 person – create on 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper
Half page: 2 to 3 people – create on 5 ½ x 8 ½ (fold printer paper in half)
Full page: 4 + – create on 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper
High School News
Important HS Dates
May 11 Jr./Sr. Prom
May 22-24 MCAS Math Testing
May 30 All School Spring Concert, 6-8pm
DONE! POL & Senior Project Week
Congratulations to all of our students for completing a very successful POL and Senior Project week. We realize it can be a challenging experience for the students, but we are continuously impressed with their presentation skills and with the respect that they demonstrate towards their classmates when they are in the audience or paneling.
Congratulations to junior Selena Ou for being selected for a very competitive summer program at Tufts Medical School! She will be assigned a mentor and will get to spend 5 weeks this summer learning about careers in the biomedical sciences.
Parent Tutorial on How to View Course Requests in Aspen/X2 Family Portal
STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine
The May Issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate are now available. Check out the article How to Mindfully Reduce Screen Time and learn how to give advice to your child in regards to helping a friend in an abusive relationship. Don’t forget to fill out the SH101 survey after reading these articles, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win $100!
STUDENT HEALTH 101 – Online Wellness Magazine
The April Issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate are now available. Check out the article Float On, a new meditation technique to help relieve stress! High school students are going through a stressful time as the year winds down, perhaps this article can help. Don’t forget to fill out the SH101 survey after reading these articles, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win $100!
Freshman Keyanuu Alcantara is happy to successfully complete his first Presentation of Learning!
Innovation Academy Charter School