IACS Newsletter for the week ending May 4, 2018
Dear IACS Community,
Last year, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, a fictional drama series, garnered both praise and criticism in its first season. While the show attempts to portray some of the dark realities of teenhood, it has also sparked controversy due to the graphic depictions of suicide and sexual assault. Parents, educators, and mental health professionals have responded to the show’s content from different points of view and through a variety of mediums.
Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why will be released later this month. I encourage you to use the resources below to learn more about the series and to open dialogue between you and your teen regarding the content of the show.
You can find a number of resources about the upcoming season online. One that is of particular note is Netflix’s own website, which offers an array of articles, discussion guides, and information (click here).
I believe given the popularity and media attention this show has received, it is important that we educate and insert ourselves in the conversations students may be looking to have as they experience this content.
Director of Health and Wellness
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: JUNE 20
May 1 – 6 High School Student Art Show@ the loadingdockgallery.com
May 4 MS Grades 5, 6 & 7 Social 7:00 – 9:00 pm
May 5 SAT Exam 8:00 am
May 8 MS Grades 5 & 8 MCAS Science Testing
May 9 Full Day Wednesday
MS grades 5 & 8 MCAS Science Testing
IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm
May 10 HS Family Orientation 3:30 – 4:30 pm
May 11 HS Junior and Senior Prom
May 15 HS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
HS Field Trip for Calculus II Students
May 16 Early Release Wednesday
Internships end for both Semester 2 and full year
May 17 Drama Production “A Day on the Town” , “Crazy Town” Full Show 7:00 – 9:30 pm
May 18 HS Spring Fest
MS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am
Drama Production, “A Day on the Town” , “Crazy Town” Full Show 7:00 – 9:30 pm
May 19 Drama Production 2:00 MS “Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows”, A Day on the
Town” “Crazy Town” and 7:00 pm Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows” and “A Day on the Town”
May 21 IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm
May 22 HS Math MCAS testing
Junior and Senior Awards Night 6:30 – 8:00 pm
May 23 Full Day Wednesday
HS Math MCAS testing
Grades 11 & 12 Community Service 12:00 – 3:00 pm
May 24 HS Math MCAS Testing
MS and HS Performing Arts Awards Night 6:30 – 9:00 pm
May 25 Early Release
May 28 No School Memorial Day
May 29 HS Family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Music Department Concerts
May 30 Early Release Wednesday
IACS Spring Concert 6:00 -8:30 pm
May 31 5th Grade Plimoth Plantation Field Trip 8:00 am – 6;30 pm
Auditions for Grades 5 – 11, Fall Production, “Phantom of the Opera” 3:00 – 5:30 pm
HS Family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
A reminder from the Enrollment office
If you are not planning on attending IACS in the fall please contact us by phone or email and let us know as we are trying to firm up our enrollment for September.
Please fill in and return the Record Release/withdrawal Form and the Survey as soon as you have made your decision..
Click on the link below
Parent Withdrawal Survey:
Parent Authorization for Withdrawal:
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.
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.
Robotics Workshop – May 19th
Rize robotics will be hosting a hands-on robotics building and racing event on Saturday, May 19th from 9 am -1:30 pm. The program is open to students in grades 5-12. Enrollment will be capped at 40 participants and will be first-come, first-served so get your enrollment form in before the due date of 5/7. Click here for more information and to print the registration form
5/6/7 Dance Party Tonight, May 4th
IACA MEETING: Hope you can join us for our May meeting, Wednesday the 9th in the Library at 7!
MIXED BAG: Orders will be in your student’s advisory today. Be on the lookout, and thank you for all your support!
8TH GRADE SEMI NEEDS VOLUNTEERS for June 1 and 2. This gorgeous event is brought to life during setup on June 1. Early prep and chaperones are needed for the event itself on June 2, as well as assistance with cleanup. If you want to be a part of the Semi “Dream Team,” please contact Jo Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
End of Year Student/Staff BBQ: Will be held on the last day of school, June 20, 2018 Assistance is needed for this event. Please click on the link for complete details. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10ZvkXcOAaZh1ACEHIpyRTH_4qjW781giWslrdUYiSEQ/edit?usp=sharing
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show!
GET YOUR MAY SHOW TICKETS BY FILLING OUT THE FORM at innovationcharter.org/theater/
May 17 7pm: High School Plays: “A Day on the Town” and “Crazytown!”
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!
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AUDITIONS!
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 innovationcharter.org/theater/
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 https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468 or visit our page at innovationcharter.org/theater/
Middle School News
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:
Thursday, May 10, 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, May 29, 5:00-6:00pm
Thursday, May 31, 5:00-6:00pm
Please let Crystal McKiel, (firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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.
Robotics Club Sign up
Come join us afterschool for some robotics fun. The session will run for 6 weeks, on Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 in room 241 of the high school. This session will begin on April 24th right after the break. Space is limited so sign up by emailing Mr. Andy at email@example.com.
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 during the week of 5/22.
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.
MCAS Testing Update
MCAS wraps up next week at the middle school with Science MCAS testing for grades 5 and 8 only.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK
The 2017-2018 Middle School Yearbook
Is still available for pre-order at the regular price of $27 until May 18, 2018
Order forms are available by the Main Office, through the Yearbook Page on the website and a link in the Hawk.
8th Grade Childhood Pictures & Personal Pages
Here is your chance to show your friends what you looked like as a wee one.
Share a picture from your childhood in the 2017-2018 MS Yearbook.
Did you look like you? Did your personality come through?
Were you adorable, goofy, serious, funny, sloppy, stylish or mischievous?
Find that picture and submit ASAP. Do you recognize older siblings below?
Submit a digital photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit a hard copy to Main Office or Peggy Stephens-North
Write your name and advisory on back of picture, so we can return it.
Put your picture in an envelope and label it:
MS Yearbook Childhood PICTURES
DEADLINE: Friday May 11, 2018, NO Exceptions!
Create a personal page, by yourself or with friends, and be immortalized in the 2017-2018 IACS Yearbook!
Represent yourself with drawings, images and words. Submit this form with your page to
Email digital files to email@example.com
Person Pages: Check out the link below for examples from previous years and
Use these guidelines for correct dimensions and collaboration.
Quarter page: 1 person – create on 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper
Half page: 2 to 3 people – create on 5 ½ x 8 ½ (fold printer paper in half)
Full page: 4 + – create on 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper
High School News
Important HS Dates
May 4-10 Senior Projects & Presentations of Learning
May 11 Jr./Sr. Prom
May 22-24 MCAS Math Testing
May 30 All School Spring Concert, 6-8pm
National Honor Society Induction
Congratulations to the 39 new inductees to the National Honor Society!
Kavya Adabala, Jacob Babcock, Greer Ballam, Ashlyn Bisso, Emily Brown, Amy Clements, Tess Colella, Madelyn DiGesse, Declan Donahue, Connor Foley, Emma Foley, Hannah George, Isabella Green, Hannah Grinsztein, Anita Gulia, Grace Intonti, Kaitlyn Koutsoufis, Riley Lennon, Grace Madonna, Merideth McCauley, Cassandra McKiel, Christina Mennella, Sarah Milne, Ava Nickerson, Cassandra ONeil, Colin O’Neil, Nana Obeng, Alexandra Pace, Madison Pinette, Delaney Roberge, Isabela Schmalz, Keara Schmidt, Anthony Simao, Sonakshi Srivastava, MyMy Tran, Alexis Vitorino, Teshi Waruingi, Spenser Worthington-Berry, Sophia Yurkus
IACS ROBOTICS TEAM
Come and support our students at the Botball New England Robotics Competition! Science teacher Chris DiCarlo is taking his robotics students to this regional robotics competition on 4/28.
Where: Costello Athletic Center at UMASS Lowell, 375 Riverside St., Lowell, MA 01854
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 Starting around 10am
STUDENT HEALTH 101 – Online Wellness Magazine
The April Issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate are now available. Check out the article Float On, a new meditation technique to help relieve stress! High school students are going through a stressful time as the year winds down, perhaps this article can help. Don’t forget to fill out the SH101 survey after reading these articles, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win $100!