The Hawk: May 25, 2018

May 24, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending May 25, 2018

Dear IACS Community,

This Memorial Day Weekend, I hope you are able to spend extra time with friends and family. On Wednesday a group of high school students planted 800 miniature flags at our traffic circle. We display these flags to not only honor those whose lives have been lost in war, but with the hopes that all 800 students of ours may grow up in a world without war.

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In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

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2018-2019 Transportation News:

By now all families should have received an email for the option to sign up for carpooling, and a letter mailed home with information about busing. If you have not received this information please contact Marybeth Bush, or 978-649-0432 ext 3218.

The out of town Christianson buses are filling up so if you are interested in using that transportation option do not delay in signing up.

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 June 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.

Middle School News

We tried out a new format for 7th grade Quality presentations with seventh graders presenting to HS junior and senior advisories. It was a win! Seventh graders worked hard to refine their presentations and our HS students were attentive audience members and gave excellent feedback. Congratulations to our seventh graders and thank you to all that participated!

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Fifth Grade Field Trip- 5/31

Fifth graders will be headed to Plimoth Plantation on Thursday in support of their study of colonial times. Please remember to bring a lunch, notebook/pencils, water bottle, and sunscreen. Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and layers for the weather (we go rain or shine). Students will eat dinner at Papa Gino’s (which was part of the field trip fee) and return to school at 6:30 pm.

Congratulations IACS Advanced Band

The IACS Advanced Band traveled to the Great East Festival at Burlington High School today where they performed for an audience of adjudicators and their peers from other schools in the area. They earned a silver medal for their performance! The band headed to Canobie Lake Park to celebrate their accomplishment afterward.

Jury presentations start on Tuesday

Eighth grade jury week is here! Sixth graders will present the week after beginning on 6/5. Students should be practicing their presentations each day until their designated jury time. During one of these practice sessions, please have them practice with an older sibling or parent to give your child feedback on adjustments they can make before their jury presentation. Please also remind your student to dress professionally for their presentation.

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!

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!

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.

High School News

Important HS Dates

May 30 All School Spring Concert, 6-8pm

June 4 Last Day for Seniors

June 6-7 Biology MCAS Exam for Sophomores

June 9 HS Graduation

June 11-15 Endersession


Congratulations to our sophomores for completing another session of MCAS…this time it was math. Only one more to go – Biology which will be June 6-7!

Disc Golf at IACS

Wellness teacher & coach Kyle Thornton, with the help of our great Facilities Crew, has installed the beginning of a new Disc Golf course on the IACS campus. Two baskets (think “greens” in traditional golf) have been installed and more will be installed in the future. Click HERE if you want to learn more about the sport.

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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

High School Video of the Week

Seniors Lily & Nathan try to show the freshmen how to “Dance Dance Revolution” during Advisory on Wednesday

Theatre News


Auditions for grades 5 through 11 for the fall IACS production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Auditions areMay 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

*If you have and are skilled in using pointe shoes please bring them.*

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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


8TH GRADE SEMI VOLUNTEERS: Desperately seeking adult volunteers to staff fantastic event on June 1 or 2! If you can help, please contact Jo Anne at

DINING FOR IACA: Join us at Not Your Average Joes, Tuesday, June 12. Remember to print the attached flyer and present to your server and IACA will receive proceeds from your bill!

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:

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!