The Hawk: May 18, 2018

May 17, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending May 18, 2018

Dear IACS Families –

The leaves are out, the temperature has risen, and a case of senioritis has struck the Class of 2018 at Innovation Academy:) Despite this dreadful virus, our seniors have persevered and wrapped up a very successful week of Senior Project presentations. The countdown is on as our seniors only have 10 school days left before grades close on June 4th. A big thank you to all of our teachers who have helped to get the seniors across the finish line and to our College Counseling Department, Mrs. Deknatel and Mrs. Morocco, for all of their work to help students find the right college for them.

The Class of 2018 should be congratulated for gaining acceptance to many different colleges and universities across the country. The list below indicates the colleges that our students have decided to attend. One student is attending each college unless otherwise indicated.

Big picture


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

Important Dates

Big picture


Carpool Information

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.

Parents of students with IEPs are encouraged to complete the survey linked below related to the Massachusetts IEP Improvement Project:


IACS School Nutrition Program: The May Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Worker

IACS is looking for a part-time cafeteria worker to assist in the preparation and serving of meals to its students and staff. This is a perfect opportunity for a IACS parent who is looking to work “parent hours” and enjoys working in a fast paced environment. Primary responsibilities include; food preparation, cashier, and dishwashing. Hours are: Tuesday,Thursday & Friday – 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Hourly Rate: $12/hr Contact: Karen Drake or (978) 649-0432 x2008 if you are interested in the opportunity.

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.

Calling all musical community members!

The high school graduation committee is looking for one or more community members (adults or students) to play the Pomp and Circumstance for our high school graduation pre ceremony on June 9th at 10am.

Please contact Tina Lindberg at if you may be interested for more details.

The IACS community is invited to the 4th annual IACS Student Art Exhibition. This year the show is being hosted at Loading Dock Gallery, Western Ave Studios, 122 Western Avenue, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01851. The exhibition will be on view from May 1st – May 26th. Gallery hours are Wed-Sat: 12-5:30 pm, Sunday: 12-4 pm. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 5th from 5-7pm.

Middle School News

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 to sign up to volunteer!

Hope to see you at the show!

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 ( 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:

Tuesday, May 29, 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, May 31, 5:00-6:00pm

Please let Crystal McKiel, ( ) 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 on 5/24.

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.

Middle School News Photo

This week, students in Spanish have been acting as “Teachers for the Day”, teaching new vocabulary through fun and play. In these photos, students took an imaginary airplane trip from IACS to Mexico, complete with boarding passes, TSA inspection, safety instructions, in-flight snacks, and activities during the plane trip….all in Spanish!

Big picture

High School News

Important HS Dates:

May 23-24 MCAS Math Testing for Sophomores

May 30 All School Spring Concert, 6-8pm

Prom Pictures

Student Government put on another great prom and the students were wonderful. The photographer has uploaded pictures from the evening and they can be downloaded for free. Click on the link below and enter your email and the password is prom2018

Eagle Scout Students

Congratulations to seniors Ben Procter and Steven Buck for successfully completing their Eagle Scout requirements. Their achievement will be recognized in June at their Court of Honor Ceremony.

IACS Student Selected to Tufts Summer Program

High School Photo of the Week

Big picture

Prom photo or album cover from the 90’s?

Theatre News

The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show!


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!


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

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 or visit our page at


END of YEAR STUDENT/STAFF BBQ: This much anticipated event is held on the last day of school, June 20, 2018. Your food donations and volunteer efforts make it all possible! Sign up to help here:

THANK YOU to all those who came out to the 99s last week to dine for IACA. Our last Dining for a Cause event will be held on Tuesday, June 12. Save that date and stay tuned for more details.

FINAL IACA MEETING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!!! Join us Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library to help us elect officers for the 2018-2019 year!!

(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

Read More About It!

8TH GRADE SEMI VOLUNTEERS: If you can help out with this fantastic event on June 1 or 2, Contact Jo Anne at

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

STUDENT HEALTH 101 – Online Wellness Magazine

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!