The Hawk: May 17, 2019

May 16, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending May 17, 2019

May 16. 2019

Dear IACS Families:

Often, charter school leaders receive emails from the Department of Education sharing news, logistics, and vision about education statewide. Yesterday, we received one from our new DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley who just finished his first full year on the job. His intentions were to focus on listening in his first year and then speaking out on where he thought MA schools should be headed at the start of his second year. In this email, he shared the "big reveal" which came at a conference this past March. In his own words, Commissioner Riley sees a future with:

"a shift to applied, deeper learning. I (Riley) define this as engaging students in interdisciplinary tasks aligned to state standards, where students use critical thinking skills and work collaboratively to solve problems with relevance to their lives.(italics his)"

It’s exciting to see the state take this direction, as a school actively working towards this vision of education since our inception 24 years ago!

Enjoy the weekend.


Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal

All School News

Mark Your calendar for these Important Dates

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Busing Information: An email regarding the 2019-2020 transportation program will be sent out on May 15. Here are a few highlights! This year, both Christianson and Tyngsboro bus applications will be online forms. You will be able to pay for Christianson busing using a credit card, if you choose, and pricing has been decreased. A 50% deposit will be needed to secure a seat on the bus and seats fill on a first come first serve basis. The email on May 15th will contain all the links and details you need to sign up.

Contact Marybeth Bush at if you have any questions.

Seeking community members to attend Jury Presentations

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. This is a great way to learn more about our school’s curriculum and mission as well.

If you have any availability during the school day to join us, 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 ( within two business days. Jury dates and times are listed on the second page of this form. Your information is saved when you complete the first page but not submitted until you complete both pages of the form. You will receive an immediate "receipt" with a copy of the information you submitted to us. If you would like to update the information you submitted to us, please email Katie Hoyer (

Please send the link to anyone that you think would enjoy volunteering!

Innovation Academy Charter School seeks a part-time library staff person. (8am-3pm on Tues & Thurs during the school year, with flexible hours during the summer) Preferred candidates will have some library experience (cataloging & circulation), excellent communication and organizational skills as well as the ability to work independently. Please send resume and cover letter to For more information please see the "Employment" page of our website.

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IACS Spring Arts Night – Wednesday, May 29th.

The Spring Arts Night will be a showcase of Middle School Art, Middle School Bands and Chorus, High School Chorus, Chorale & Instrumental Ensemble.

Middle School Art will be on display starting at 5:00 pm. Performances by the musical groups will be starting at 6:00 pm and will take place in the auditorium and library. Join us for a great evening of art and music!

Theater News

Join us for Performing Arts Camps this summer, for students finishing grades 4 through 12! Camp has a free, public performance on Friday night. Don’t miss your chance to shine on stage! Sign up here.

The first 12 students finishing grades 8 and up who sign up for Glee Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to see the musical “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”!

The first 12 students finishing grades 8 and up who sign up for Improv Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to work with Broadway stars!

Any students who sign up for Drama Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to perform on Thursday, July 25!

Find information here.

Scholarships are available and are based on need. Please email with any questions!

Performing Arts Camps for students grades 4-12 click here for more information


We are especially excited for Thursday and Friday night’s productions where we will see some of our favorite staff members perform in a comedy called "The Good Doctor"! Don’t miss Dr. Arnold, Mrs. Henry, Mr. Willoughby, Mr. Pisco and Profe Ashley!

Enjoy Cheerleading? Or are you interested in taking part in a musical by Lin Manuel Miranda that tells the story of going through High School? Please join us for auditions for this Tony-Award Winning Musical!

We are so proud of the actors who are performing in a special Community Theatre showing of In The Heights in NYC! We would love to have you join us!

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Tickets must be ordered for Awards Night by Sunday, May 26

We will meet for appetizers on the high school side patio, hold an awards ceremony in the auditorium where all nominees receive prizes, and finish the night with a dance party. Nominees will need a ticket. Friends and family members of those in the theatre program are welcome to attend at the same price. Questions? Please email IACS Drama

Order tickets here!

Middle School News

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The middle school band and chorus presented at community meeting this week in preparation for the spring arts night on 5/29. Additionally, the advanced band will be competing at the Great East Festival on 5/24. Good luck!

Spirit Week

The Student Advisory Council has planned a spirit week for next week.

Here are the days:

Monday- Pajama Day

Tuesday- Multiples Day (dress like other classmates)

Wednesday- Meme Day

Thursday- Blackout Bullying Day (wear all black)

Friday- School Spirit Day (wear school colors)

Eighth Grade Families: HS Family Orientation

Families and students that will be attending IACS High School next year please be sure to sign up for one of the HS Family Orientations. The student and at least one parent/guardian should attend the orientation meeting. Each session will be led by our high school principal, Dr. Arnold, who will discuss with you important information about the transition to high school.

Please plan to attend one of the following sessions:

Thursday, May 30, 5:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, June 5, 5:00-6:00 pm

Please let Crystal McKiel, ( ) know which orientation you will be attending so that we can plan accordingly.

Middle School Photo of the Week

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Eighth Grade Families: Save the Date- Moving Up Ceremony

The 8th Grade Moving Up Assembly will be held in our school auditorium from 8:15-9:15 am on Tuesday, June 11th. 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.

Eighth Grade Families: Save the Date: Eighth Grade Semi-Formal

Save the Date- Spring Quality Night

Fifth grade Quality Night is Tuesday, 5/21 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 5/20. Students should be practicing their presentations at home.

A reminder that all sixth and eighth graders have their assigned jury presentation date/time. Eighth graders will jury during the week of May 27th. Sixth graders will jury during the week of June 3rd. A significant amount of preparation occurs at home, including practice, to ensure students are ready for this important presentation.

Middle School Visual Arts Camp

We’re excited to be offering 2 week-long sessions of Visual Arts Camp for IACS students entering grades 5 – 8!

There will be morning and afternoon programs available, each with a different focus.

Visual Arts Camp will run the weeks of 7/8 – 7/12 & 7/15 – 7/19.

More information, including how to register, can be found here.

2018-2019 IACS Middle School Yearbook

URGENT: Middle School Yearbook Order Processing Problem!!

If you ordered a Middle School Yearbook, please confirm with your student’s advisor that your order was received.

There has been a problem with people who have ordered online by going directly to the IACS website, using the "Make a Payment" option in the dropdown menu. This bypasses the link we created that requires completion of an online order form. If you ordered a Middle School Yearbook without completing an online order form we have no record of your order! If you did not complete an order form (hard copy or online form), please send an email to with confirmation of your payment. I will respond via email to confirm your order.

For those of you who have not yet ordered a yearbook, it is not too late. The deadline is this Friday, May 17, 2019, to ensure receipt of a yearbook by the last day of school. PLEASE: use this link – or use the attached form to send in cash or a check.

0 Yearbook Order Form Regular 2018-2019

High School News

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Lowell Sun Prom Photos

College Acceptances

Our students will be attending fantastic colleges and universities next year…view the complete list HERE.

Tuning up for the Spring Concert

Even with several members of the Instrumental Ensemble on a field trip and Mr. Sciolla home with the sniffles, Tyler and the band keep jamming!

College Fair at Merrimack College

There is a college fair coming up on May 21st (Tuesday). It’s located at Merrimack College in their athletic facility (6:30-8:30pm, Lawler rink). There will be 150 New England colleges in attendance.

Check out the list here:

Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, May 19 is Family Day for the Tyngsboro Park and Rec town Softball teams. They’re looking for any interested high school students who may be able to do some face painting! (This would also count as community service hours if you need it). Seems like it would be a fun time! Please let Tina Lindberg know if you are interested.

Another Volunteer Opportunity

Dracut Rec Fun Run is a kids track program that runs July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 5:30-6:30 at the Dracut HS track. We are looking for volunteers to help lead groups around to the different activities. No track knowledge is needed! Please contact Shannon Talbot if you are interested!

IACS Science Teacher is Honored

Ms. Derival has been selected by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society’s Aula Laudis Society…also known as the "Hall of Fame" for chemistry teachers! The Aula Laudis Honor Society is for Distinguished Contributions to Chemistry Education. Ms. Derival was one of only two teachers in the the Northeastern Section that were selected for the Society this year.

Caps & Gowns!!

Caps and Gowns will be distributed to Seniors in good standing on Friday, May 31st. To be in good standing:

  • All Cafe fees must be paid

  • Athletic uniforms and fees must be returned/paid

  • Any borrowed Library items (books & Chromebooks) must be returned or paid for

  • The graduation fee must be paid

  • Feel free to reach out to each department or Ms. Kelly with questions.

    Do not iron the gowns. Hang them up to release the wrinkles.

    Work Permits

    Are you starting a job this Summer? Chances are you will need a work permit.

    Please submit a completed work permit application with promise of employment to Ms. Kelly 48 hours priors to your start date. During the Summer please email her in advance.

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    IACA News

    End of Year BBQ Your assistance is needed for our annual BBQ.

    To volunteer or donate – please visit the most current list of needs here:

    or contact Cindi Hevner at:

    978-866-8380 or

    Last Bash

    We are kicking off our 2019 Campaign!

    Look for a letter in your mailbox for more details, but by donating $20.19 you are helping to support Last Bash for the Class of 2019! This is a drug/alcohol-free, safe, lock-in night for the senior class to celebrate one last time with their classmates! Pay it forward, and click this link to donate now:

    Additionally, you can find a list of wishes for our Last Bash grad gifts here:


    Contest runs until May 17th

    One Advisory Winner for the Middles School and 1 Advisory for the High School will win a Pizza Party for the most clipped Boxtops!

    Thank you for all you do for our school!!