The Hawk: May 31, 2019

May 30, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending May 31, 2019

Dear IACS Community,

As this year draws to a close, I’m asking all families to take 15 minutes this week to complete our annual family survey. We use this data to guide professional conversations among staff, as well as articulate areas of success and growth in state reports. At the conclusion of this survey there are instructions on how you can enroll in a raffle to win a new Chromebook for your family. In order to enter this raffle, you must complete the survey by Friday, June 7th at 5 pm.


In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

Important Dates

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Calling all Volunteers! On Monday, June 10th we are inviting all community volunteers to kick off your morning with 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 Karen Drake (

I.AM Program

Does your teen seem easily overwhelmed by life? Do they have difficulty motivating or following through on tasks? Is their primary way of coping distraction (i.e. cell phone, Netflix, YouTube)? Do they seem lost or aimless? Are you worried about their transition to high school, college, or beyond?

This summer, IACS is offering the I.AM program to further support the social emotional well-being of our students. This program seeks to empower youth to take ownership in developing their own self-care practice, in really starting to understand who they are and what matters, and doing so in a way that embraces their authenticity and increases their motivation.

If you have additional questions or want more information about I.AM, please email Debi at

Click the link below for additional details.

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. Applications must be submitted by June 7, 2019.

HS Fall Sports Info Meetings

HS Soccer Meetings (Current 6th/7th Grade Welcome!)

The JV and varsity high school soccer coaches will be hosting informational meetings after school on Thursday, June 6th. The girls will meet in room 145 and the boys will meet in room 208. All athletes interested in playing HS soccer should do their best to attend.

7th and 8th grade students are eligible to play on the HS JV teams. The JV teams practice 3 days a week and play an 8-12 game season. Playing at the HS JV level allows MS athletes to make a greater commitment to the sport, to take their skills to the next level, and to form relationships with the HS coaches and players.

HS Cross Country Meeting

The HS cross country coaches will be hosting an informational meeting after school on Wednesday, June 5th in room B49. All athletes interested in running HS XC in the fall (including current 8th grade students!) should do their best to attend.

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

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!

Middle School News

Jury presentations continue next week

Eighth graders wrap up presentations on Monday. Sixth graders will present next week beginning on Tuesday. Students should be practicing their presentations each day until their designated jury time. During at least 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.

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.

Our last session will be:

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.

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.

Art 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.

Middle School Yearbook – Extra Copies Available

The deadline to order a 2018-2019 Middle School Yearbook for guaranteed delivery on the last day of school has passed. However, a few extra yearbooks have been ordered and so if you missed the deadline, you can submit an order for one of the extra ones. Please fill out the order form with payment and books will be awarded on a "first come, first serve" basis. Order online or with the attached form.

Order and Pay

Late Order Form Yearbook 2018-2019

Please note that at this late date, there is no guarantee of receipt of a yearbook. We will send confirmation emails to those who order first and will receive one of the extra copies.

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The band has been busy with 3 performances in 1 week! Advanced Band performed at Arts Night, community meeting, and the Great East Festival, where they earned a Gold Medal. Congratulations!

Here the beginner band performs at Arts Night with student conductor, Abby Noel. Congratulations Abby and all of the performers at Arts Night!

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Thanks to all that attended our Spring Arts Night this week. Seventh grader Cassidy poses with her awesome wire sculpture of herself at the art show.

High School News

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Dual Enrollment for 2019-2020

Just recently, Middlesex Community College has decided to stop using the Accuplacer Exam to determine a students eligibility to take a Dual Enrollment class. Instead, they will now use a students PSAT score along with the recommendation of their English teacher. Students must earn a 480 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the PSAT. Most of our students should qualify for Dual Enrollment classes based on this new criteria. For students that have not taken the PSAT, but would like to, we will be offering the exam in school next year on Wednesday, October 16th. For students that have not taken the PSAT yet, but would like to take a Dual Enrollment English class during the first semester of next year, they will be able to as long as their current teacher recommends them and they sign-up to take the PSAT exam in October.

Did you miss the Spring Concert? Here is a recording of Mr. Sciolla’s Instrumental Ensemble set. It was an unbelievable performance by Ms. Lane’s Concert Choir & Chorale as well.

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High School Yearbooks

Seniors that ordered yearbooks received them on Friday, 5/31. Everyone else will get them on Thursday, June 6th during advisory.

College Acceptances

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

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!

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.

Seniors Go Over-the-Top with their Farewell Pranks on Thursday

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HS Photo of the Week

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Last Bash – We need your help!

Hopefully you’ve already sent in your check for $20.19 to support the Last Bash, a drug/alcohol-free, safe, lock-in night for the senior class to celebrate one last time with their classmates! If not, we’d love if if you’d click here to donate now.

We are also in need of chaperones for this event; Please consider taking a shift and getting a glimpse at the epic nerf gun battles, hypnotist or soccer games, it’s a nice way for MS and undergrad parents to see what goes on at these events. (Attention Alumni: If you’ve been out of school for at least two years, we’d love to have you volunteer too!)

Contact Lynne Smith or Caitlin Leedberg if you’d like to help in any way!

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

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

IACA would like to thank Kelly Ash for coordinating the scholarship committee and would like to congratulate the recipients.

The IACA scholarship award recipients are:

Sebastian Chavez

Ben MacKinnon

Brooke Kennedy

Congratulations to these 3 outstanding students