The Hawk: May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 6:00 pm

“The Hawk”

May 19, 2017

This past year IACS was invited to participate on a national project based out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education called "Making Caring Common." As stated in their website, MCC's mission is to  “use the expertise and insights of both practitioners and parents to develop effective strategies for promoting kindness in children and a commitment to the greater good, to influence the national conversation about raising and educating caring, ethical children, and to develop partnerships that enhance our work and elevate our common message."


Last December, leveraging surveys from the Making Caring Common program,  IACS asked students, staff and parents to complete unique questionnaires. MCC provided us with a summary report for the staff and student surveys which can be viewed here: Teacher Survey Results and Student Survey Results.


One very positive finding was  that the majority of students at IACS report that they have at least one adult/staff member who they feel connected to and whom they could go to for emotional support. This is encouraging as research finds that “young people who feel connected to school/staff are more likely to succeed academically and make healthy choices.” CDC 2009


Some preliminary discussions related to the data have led us to incorporate a new curriculum in the middle school Health Education program.  Starting next year, 5th and 6th graders will engage in more conversations about disability awareness and appreciation of differences.   We will continue to have discussions about the best approach for incorporating the data in order to effectively foster a community that is caring, inclusive and where all students feel safe, supported and connected. Our school wide advisory program and our Wellness program, to name a few, position us well to continue on this path.  




Gayle Nutile-Pimm

Director of Health and Wellness


Important Upcoming Dates


Important Dates:  

  • The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 29th; a complete calendar with vacation and early release days will be released within the next few weeks.  IACS is still waiting for the Department of Education to confirm dates for next year’s MCAS testing.


    May 19

    HS Drama Production 7:00 pm

    May 20

    Drama Performance 2:00 and 7:00 pm

    May 24

    Full Day Wednesday

    May 25

    HS family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm

    May 26

    Early Release

    Band Festival  6:30 am – 4:45 pm

    May 29

    No School Memorial Day

    May 30 – June 2

    HS  Endersession Week

    May 30 – June 2

    MS 6th Grade Jury Presentations

    May 31

    Full Day Wednesday

    June 1

    Enrollment Lottery 4:00 pm

    June 2

    Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:15- 9:15

    HS Graduation Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:30pm

    HS Senior Night  5:30 – 7:30 pm

    June 3

    HS Graduation 10:00 am

    SAT Exam 8:00 – 1:00 pm

    June 5 – June 9

    MS 8th Grade Jury Presentations

    June 5

    HS MCAS Science Testing

    HS family Orientation 3:30 – 4;30pm

    MS Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    June 6

    HS MCAS Science testing

    June 7

    Early Release

    MS 5th & 6th Grade “School of Rock” Auditions  12:30 – 2:30pm

    June 8

    MS 7th & 8th Grade ‘School of Rock” Auditions 3:00 – 5:30pm

    MS Sports Awards

    June 9

    MS Art Show 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    June 10

    MS 8th Grade Semi Formal

    June 12

    HS Informational  Internship Meeting for rising Juniors & Seniors

    HS Spring Sports Award Night  6:00pm

    June 14

    Early Release

    June 19

    MS 8th Grade Moving Up ceremony 8:15 am (Limit: 2 guests)

    Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 pm

    June 20

    Last Day of School, Dismissal at 1:00 pm


    All School News


    Calling all Volunteers!  On Friday, June 2nd we are inviting all community volunteers to kick off your morning with a breakfast so IACS can say THANK YOU!   It doesn’t matter if you supported an IACA event, helped a teacher with a classroom project, chaperoned a field trip, assisted with an extracurricular program like athletics, drama, after school club, etc.    


    The breakfast will begin at around 8:15 and will be informal by design to encourage conversation, reflections about the year, and maybe some exchange for new ideas.  While the event typically lasts an hour, guests can certainly leave early if you have commitments.    For planning purposes, it would be helpful to know if you are able to attend.  You can RSVP by sending a quick email to Greg Orpen (   Looking forward!


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


    Welcome to the sun….and bugs…and ticks…         


     The Health office would like to remind families that the return of the warmer weather also means the return of tick season.  One of the most important things you can do to personally protect yourself and your family is to check yourself and your children every day for ticks.  Favorite places ticks like to go on your body include areas between toes, back of the knees, groin, armpits and neck, along the hairline and behind ears. An attached tick should be removed immediately.  If your child is found to have an attached tick on their body while here at school it will be removed and you will be notified.   


    IACA News  


    Our LAST meeting of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at 7pm.  Join us for Potluck at 6:30pm.  Come learn about Volunteer opportunities for next year!

    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!


    BoxTops End-of-Year Contest:

    Keep clipping! This is the last opportunity to get those BoxTops in for your child's advisory! The winning Middle School and High School advisories will receive a pizza party! Please remember to label your bags of BoxTops with your child's name and advisory name, and remove any expired BoxTops before submitting. This contest runs until May 24th. Thank you!


    Graduation Reception (6/3/17)

    We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help out with the Graduation reception.  Junior parents, this is a great place to volunteer – even if you've never volunteered before!  It will be your turn to sit back and enjoy next year!  Please contact Lisa Reed:


    Last Bash (6/3/17)

    We are looking for volunteers who can give us two hours of their time overnight for Last Bash!  This event will take place at the NEW Tyngsboro Sports Center from 10pm June 3 through 6am June 4.  We need people to help with setup, overnight chaperoning and cleanup.   Please contact the Last Bash committee at .


    8th Grade Semi (6/10/17)

    The 8th Grade Semi-formal is in a month. We are looking for donations to make this event successful! Please contact Donna Martin at for more details.


    End of Year BBQ (6/20/17)

    Our Annual End of Year BBQ is coming up and we need YOUR help to get things off and running! Please see the attached flyer for information and links to needs, as well as the email address for contacting Kerry with your support:  


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    To volunteer or donate – please visit the most current list of needs at (case sensitive) then kindly respond with your selection. Kerry Wellenstein at

    Performing Arts News:  

    Come join us this weekend- productions Friday, 5/19 at 7 pm and Saturday, 5/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door!


    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!



    June 7, 12:30-2:30: Grades 5 and 6 audition

    June 8, 3:00-5:30: Grades 7 through 11 audition

    For details on all of these opportunities check out:

    Questions? Email

    Click here for registration information about camp!

    Middle School News

    Middle School Spirit Week

    Get excited!

    Monday, 5/22: Pajama Day

    Tuesday, 5/23: Superhero Day

    Wednesday, 5/24: Crazy Hair Day

    Thursday, 5/25: Tropical Thursday

    Friday, 5/26: Fashion Disaster Day


    Middle School Art Show

    Join us on Friday, June 9 from 7 – 9 for an exhibition of student work from semester 2. We're excited to feature drawings, paintings & prints by 5th graders, stop motion animation by 7th graders, and design projects by 8th graders. Hope to see you there!


    Volunteers needed for MS Art Show Preparation

    We are looking for some help preparing and hanging work for the June 9th middle school art show. Volunteers are needed during the following times:

    Monday 6/5, Wednesday 6/7 and Thursday 6/8  from 3:00 – 4:30

    Friday 6/9 from 1:00 – 7:00 to set up

    Friday 6/9 from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm for clean up

    Please contact Jennifer Shaby at if you're able to help out. Thank you so much!


    Jury Volunteers Needed

    Sixth and eighth grade students will be making their jury portfolio presentations this spring and we are looking for community members to sit in on the presentations. Staff members act as assessors for the presentations; we have found that it enriches the presentation to have a second adult present to both listen and ask questions of the student presenter. It’s also a lot of fun and a terrific way to learn more about student work at IACS! We are looking for volunteers during the week of May 30th and June 5th that have one or more hours free during the school day to attend a presentation. Please sign up with the main office the next time you stop in or email to sign up for a time slot. Spread the word to grandparents, neighbors, etc. that you think might be interested!


    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.  8th Grade Semi-Formal: Saturday, June 10th from 7:00- 10:00 PM.  Click here for more details.

    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.




    Reading in the new outdoor classroom!


    High School News


    FREE High School Math Booster 2017 (for rising HS 9th-11th grade students)

    This is a FREE accelerated developmental math program that provides first, second, and third year High School students the opportunity to develop math skills. Participating students are provided extensive academic support. This program helps students review, practice, and get ahead in math.


    The 2017 High School Math Booster will run for 5-weeks (from June 26 to August 03), every Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9am-12:30pm on the Lowell Campus.

  • This program is only for 1st-3rd year High School students: I’ve attached the HSMB flyer for your convenience. The application can be found here:


  • 2017 High School Graduates seniors should apply for the MCC Math Booster program here:


    If you have questions or need more clarification, please contact:

    Joyce Wang

    Project Coordinator, STEM Starter Academy

    Pathways Center, Suite 300 Pollard Building, Lowell, MA

    Middlesex Community College; 978.656.3042



    May 25th Virtual College Fair


    June 4th STEM Workshop for Girls in Grades 7-12


    Photo of the Week

    Josh, Elisa, Spencer, Akesh, and Jeffrey looking fly at the Prom!


    Pat Modrich, 

    Main Office Admin
    Innovation Academy Charter School
    p. 978-649-0432
    f.  978-649-6337