The Hawk: May 28, 2021

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May 28, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

This year there have been multiple opportunities to express gratitude to various IACS stakeholder groups and this week, and this week I’d like to give a special shout out to the IACS Class of 2021 who had their last day of academic classes today. Our seniors have obviously experienced not one, but two turbulent school years on the COVID roller coaster. And yet their commitment to academics and willingness to share their positive energy with each other and given our staff have exemplified the very best of our school Outcomes. While we’ll wish them our official farewell at next Saturday’s graduation, finishing classes today is certainly worth celebrating as well.

On a separate note of gratitude, it’s fitting to also recognize on this Memorial Day weekend those families in our IACS community and beyond who have experienced loss in service to our country. And in recognizing the pains of that sacrifice, we remain committed to help our students believe in the promise of a more peaceful world.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

From the Health Office:COVID-19 Pooled Testing at school

Registration for pooled testing has just been made easier! Weekly pooled testing is voluntary and you may register at any time. The link for more information and to provide consent can be found on the main IACS webpage as well as here.

IACS Covid Dashboard

This dashboard displays data regarding the number of positive cases, separating out staff from students, and high school from middle school students.

Questions? contact or at 978-649-0432, ext- 2104.

NEWLY RELEASED: 2021-2022 School Calendar

Please see the calendar on our website for the most up to date information.

IACS Theater production date change (rain date)

Please note that the show will be moved to Wednesday June 2nd see theatre news below.

Update from the RJC:

IACS is committed to anti-racism within the school community as well as equipping community members to create an anti-racist world. In order to gather stories and bring about change, the Racial Justice Committee at IACS offers you this form to report incidents of racism you experience, witness, or hear about. The goal is to create safe, accessible space where members of the IACS community can share their experiences. Reports will be reviewed by two staff members on the Racial Justice Committee, Ms. Cullen and Mr. Pereyra. Your email information will not be collected and you may choose to remain anonymous. Please note, if the reported incident violates policies outlined in the student handbook, the report may be referred to the administration. If you have any questions or input about the form or process, please contact Ms. Cullen ( and Mr. Pereyra (

Plant Sale was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who supported our first plant sale! We raised well over $1,000 for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, which will help provide over 3,300 meals, and we found loving homes for 236 edible plants in our community! Remaining plants will be used by several summer school garden programs in Lowell including the Sullivan School and Robinson School.

A huge shout out to Chloe Kefauver and Vanshika Patel, our Farm to School interns, who worked incredibly hard this semester to grow the plants. Another huge shout out to Student Government, VIA, and our facilities team for establishing our greenhouse.

If you bought plants and don’t need your containers, please don’t throw them away! We encourage you to bring them back so we can reuse them for next year. Please share pictures of your plants and recipes at farm2school@innovationcharter.orgor through our instagram @ iacs_farm2school!

Every car was earns IACS $5 from All Town

Is your car covered in pollen too? Get it washed this weekend at the car was at the All Town automatic car wash at 9697 Westford Road, Tyngsboro (the Mobile Station w/Dunkin). These great community partners will donate $5 from every car wash on Saturday May 29th and Sunday May 30th to IACS! A clean car AND $ for IACS? Sounds like a win/win to me!

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Community Cookbook

Food is the universal language that unites us all! To bring our IACS community together, we are gathering recipes and related stories to create a Community Cookbook! We have extended the deadline to April 30th.

It’s easy to participate – Submit your favorite family recipe in 1 of 2 ways:

  • a google survey has been set up to collect recipesCommunity Cookbook Entry
  • email an image of the recipe or drop a hardcopy off at the main office attn: Kdrake
  • Once we have gathered all the recipes someone from our group will reach out to you for the related story OR feel free to submit it with the recipe.

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    School Breakfast & Lunch Program

    IACS is offering FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL IACS on-campus learners. On-campus learners do not need to enroll or use a lunch account to receive free meals. Remote and hybrid learners can also receive free meals at either their town’s school or at IACS. Remote and hybrid learners, if you would like to pick up meals for days when the student is off-campus learning, enroll in this program by completing this survey. You do not need to complete the survey if you have already enrolled. Email if you have any questions

    Middle School News

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    Save the Date- Eighth Grade Moving Up

    Our virtual 8th grade Moving Up Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 11th, at 7 PM. While most of the ceremony will be pre-recorded, we have been able to maintain all of the traditions of the in-person event and will share it on the school’s Facebook page using Facebook Live to provide a shared experience for our students and families We will also be releasing our traditional Moving Up Messages Book through a special virtual presentation (each 8th grade student receives a personalized message of congratulations and encouragement from a member of our staff) that you will be able to download and keep.

    Upcoming Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Presentations

    Sixth and eighth graders have begun preparing their spring gateway jury presentation. During their jury presentation, sixth and eighth graders present their portfolio to a faculty member assessor. Jury presentations are typically 20-30 minutes long. A younger peer also attends to learn about the process and provide additional support. Students share their growth in the school outcomes, using their projects in their portfolio as evidence. Following the jury presentation, students receive feedback from their assessor including a final jury grade. Successful completion of a jury presentation is a promotion requirement for sixth and eighth grade.

    All students have received their jury rubric and their organizer(s) via their advisory Google Classroom. Sixth grade juries will occur between May 28-June 4 and eighth grade juries will occur between June 7-11. Students advisors have provided their specific date and time. Students that are fully remote can do their jury presentation virtually or can come into school for their presentation, if preferred.

    Students should be practicing their presentation at home. We recommend students get dressed up for their presentation to help put their best foot forward.

    Athletics News

    HS Soccer Preseason Meetings

    The girls soccer coaches will be hosting a preseason meeting next Wednesday (June 2nd) right after dismissal. The meeting will be held outdoors on campus under the tent behind Lamberg Hall. All athletes interested in playing HS girls soccer next fall (including JV, which is open to girls in grades 7 and 8) should do their best to attend.

    The boys soccer coaches will be hosting a preseason meeting on Wednesday, June 9th, right after dismissal. The meeting will be held outdoors on campus under the tent behind Lamberg Hall. All athletes interested in playing HS boys soccer next fall (including JV, which is open to girls in grades 7 and 8) should do their best to attend.

    Stay tuned for more information about preseason meetings for other fall sports!

    Theatre News

    Please note new date and time!

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    High School News

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    Math 315 Egg Drop

    Kaleigh Bulmer’s contraption was the only successful egg protection!

    Course Requests are due June 1st

    The Program of Studies lists all of course offerings for next Fall. Students need to request all of their courses via Aspen by June 1st. This folder contains Resources for Requesting Classes for the 2021-2022 School Year. Please reach out with any questions.


    Two more testing days…the math exam for grade 10 and those 11th graders that decided to take it will be on June 8th and 9th.

    Work Permits

    As Summer approaches many of our students are securing jobs. Work Permit Applications for HS Students should be turned into Crystal McKiel. Forms can be emailed or dropped off in person.

    Complete information about youth employment as well as a pdf of the permit application can be found here on Employers fill out and sign the first page, and parents and students must also sign the second page (pediatricians must sign the second page for students who are 14 or 15 years old).

    Please allow 3 business days for the permit to be processed.

    Photos of the Week:

    The Seniors have decided to have one last spirit week to end their high school careers. Here are some pictures from the past week.

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    Black-Out Decorations

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    TWINNING! Kaleigh and Ms. Booth

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    Tropical Day!

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    Senior Group Photo after their Parade

    Enjoy the long weekend!