The Hawk: May 4, 2018

May 3, 2018 6:48 pm


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).

Additionally, I would recommend the article “How to Talk to Your Kid about 13 Reasons Why” from CBS News and the 3 minute video segment from Good Morning America about the series (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.

In partnership,

Gayle Nutile-Pimm

Director of Health and Wellness



Important Dates:


May 1 – 6 High School Student Art Show@ the

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

No Internships

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



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..

Thank you,

Kathleen Feeney


Marybeth Bush

Click on the link below

Parent Withdrawal Survey:

Parent Authorization for Withdrawal:

Carpool Information

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 School Nutrition Program: The May Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program. The May menu will be published on Monday, May 1st.






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.


The IACS community invited to the 4th annual IACS Student Art Exhibition. This year the show is being hosted at Loading Dock Gallery, Western Ave Studios, 122 Western Avenue, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01851. The exhibition will be on view from May 1st – May 26th. Gallery hours are Wed-Sat: 12-5:30 pm, Sunday: 12-4 pm. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 5th from 5-7pm.

Robotics Workshop - May 19th


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

Robotics Workshop - May 19th





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

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

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.




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Restoration work has begun on the front stairs to the Murdoch Building

Theatre News

The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show!


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!


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

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 or visit our page at


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, ( ) 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

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.



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.

Yearbook Order Form 2017-2018

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


Submit a hard copy to Main Office or Peggy Stephens-North

  1. Write your name and advisory on back of picture, so we can return it.

  2. Put your picture in an envelope and label it:

MS Yearbook Childhood PICTURES



DEADLINE: Friday May 11, 2018, NO Exceptions!


Eighth Grade Baby Pictures 2017-2018

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

Peggy Stephens-North

Email digital files to

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

Eighth Grade Personal Pages 2017-2018


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




Tristan Row and Kevin De La Cruz setting up for one of the seeding rounds
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Congratulations to the IACS Robotics team! They brought home a trophy for finishing first for the Alliance Challenge (consolation round). The team came in 10th out of 19 teams in the seeding round and won two rounds in the double elimination tournament.
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Morrocco Advisory Need help with Mother’s Day Gift Bags!!! Do you have any items on the list attached for a mother’s day gift bag? Do you want to help out those in need? The Morocco advisory is partnering with The Wish Project to create Mother’s Day Gift Bags for people who have been impacted by abuse or poverty. There will be bins located near the main office and by the auditorium where you can drop the items. We will be collecting goods beginning Monday, April 2nd through April 30th. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated!


Robotics Rocks!

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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!