The Hawk: May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016 8:00 am

Here is this week's edition of The Hawk. Have a great weekend.


“The Hawk”

May 6, 2016

One of the great events for our high school students this spring was the art exhibition that was on display this past weekend at the Brush Gallery in Lowell. Below is a description of the event that was featured in an article in the Lowell Sun on May 1:


Juniors and seniors at Innovation Academy Charter School participated in their first commercial gallery exhibition at Brush Gallery in Lowell. The show includes two student exhibitions featuring recent works by high-school juniors and seniors completed through the school's Visual Art program. The show was assistant-curated by IACS senior Luke Sheehan, who has been interning at Brush Gallery this year.

The 12th grade exhibition, Senior Series, includes work by seniors Vivian Cook, Emily Gibbs, Cassidy McAuliffe, Victoria Miller, Luke Sheehan and Kayleigh Sorrentino. The senior series is a thesis body of work developed by seniors over the course of their senior year. Students are tasked with developing a series of at least five works of art that are in some way related. Each student's series represents his or her creative vision, developing skills and unique artistic voices.

The 11th grade exhibition, Junior Portfolio, is a showcase of high-school junior portfolios made by nine students pursuing advanced classes and developing portfolios of their work that may be used to apply to art school. The exhibition includes artworks made in a variety of different classes and contexts, in a variety of mediums, materials and assignments.

Two of the exhibiting juniors, Chelsea Costa and Allison Digesse, were recently accepted to represent IACS at the 2016 Massachusetts Art All-State, an annual juried event run by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, at which accepted students participate in a weekend workshop in June. Seniors Victoria Miller and Vivian Cook were accepted to the program last year and enjoyed their experience. The event is hosted by UMass Dartmouth and includes some of the best art students from around the state, admitting only 145 students from around 300 applicants.

Congratulations to all of the students that presented their work at the gallery and to Mr. Pelham and Mr. Barry for helping the students develop the skills needed to produce such great work. The great photographs featured here were taken by one of our students, Christian Alley. Over 150 people attended the reception at the gallery this past Saturday, but if you missed it I’m sure there will be more great work on display next Spring.

The next “can’t miss” event coming up will be the spring drama production, “A Night of Comedy”. The shows will be on May 13 and 14 and it will be a great performance of five, short comedic plays…including one that features some faculty. Get your tickets today!

Best –

Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

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All School News

Dates At a Glance:

May 7       SAT Exam 8:00

May 9       IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30pm

May 10   M/S Grades 5 & 8 Science MCAS Testing

              Innovation Morning for Prospective High School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am

May 11  Early Release

May 12  M/S Grades 5 & 8 Science MCAS Testing

     State Envirothon Competition – Ms. Hinkle/Green Team 8:00 – 3:00 pm

May 13 Spring Drama Production  7:00 pm

May 14 Spring Drama Production  2:00 & 7:00 pm

May 16 Internship Breakfast Celebration 8;45pm

             High School Orientation Meeting 5:00 pm

      Board of Trustee Beeting   6:30 pm

May 17 H/S MCAS Testing

            H/S Junior and Senior Awards Night

May 18 Full Day Wednesday

     H/S MCAS Testing

May 19 7th Grade Middle School Quality Night 6:00 pm

May 20  H/S Presentation of Learning

     Innovation Morning for Prospective Middle School Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am

May 21 8th Grade Semi Formal 7:00 pm

May 23 H/S Presentation of Learning

May 24 H/S Presentation of Learning

     M/S parent Advisory Council 7:45 am

May 25 Full Day Wednesday

     H/S Presentation of Learning

     H/S Orientation Meeting 5:00 pm

May 26 H/S Presentation of Learning

     H/S Orientation Meeting 3:30 pm

May 27  Early Release

          H/S Promenade 6:00 pm

     H/S Prom 7:00 pm

May 30 No School

May 31 6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

    High School Orientation 5:00 pm

    Spring Concert     6:00 pm

June 1  HS MCAS Science Testing

    Early Release

    Middle School (grades 5 – 7) Auditions for fall show 12:30 – 2:30

June 2    HS MCAS Science Testing

    6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

    Admissions Lottery 4:00 pm

June 3    MS Art Show 7:00 -9:00 pm

June 4    SAT Exam 8:00 – 1:30pm

June 6 – 10 HS Endersession Week

June 6  6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30pm

Middle School Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 – 8:00 pm

June 8 Early Release

June 9 6th & 8th Grade Jury presentations

          Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:15- 9:15 am

June 11 HS Graduation 10:00 am  – 12:00

           Rain Date for HS Outdoor Movie Night 8:00 – 10:00 pm

June 15 Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm

          Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony 8:15-9:15 am

    Early Release

June 16 Last Day of School, End of Year BBQ


IACS Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast June 9th:  Please join IACS Head of School, Greg Orpen on Thursday, June 9th from 8:15-9:15 in the IACS Cafe for our annual IACS Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.  Kindly, RSVP to by May 23rd.

Library Updates

Please click here:  to see what's going on in the Library!

IACS School Nutrition Program

IACA News:  Join us for our monthly IACA meeting on Monday, 5/9 in the library from 7-8:30pm.  Please don't forget that we will have NHS student there to help with child care/homework.

5K Raffle Reminder! Help IACS achieve our goal of installing water filling stations in our buildings.  The most efficient method to purchase tickets is to go online at:

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"Last Bash" for HS Seniors

It's hard to believe the end of the year is nigh upon us, and yet here we are!  The time for planning Last Bash is upon us, and I'd like to have those interested in helping to put it together meet the week after vacation!!!  Please email Jo Anne Frazier at to be put on the list and I'll email details for the first meeting before vacation begins! Help comes in the form of ideas, donations, and planning, not just chaperoning.  Please let me know that you'd like to join us!!!

Eighth Grade "Moving Up" Ceremony

Please contact Sarah San Clemente  at

HS Grad Reception

Annie Accettullo will be leading this event. Please contact her at  if you are able to help.

Open roles – please contact JoAnne Frazier at if you are interested.

Drama News:

The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang*

Impromptu by Tad Moesel*

The Rehearsal by Don Zolidis*

15 Reasons NOT to Do a Play by Alan Haehnel*

OMG It’s Another Play by Rich Orloff*

Ticket order forms at theater and at the main office!


SUMMER IS COMING and we want you to join us for

IACS Performing Arts Camps

for students completing grades 4-12

July 11-15: Improv Camp!

July 18-22: Glee Camp!

With a Middle School Performance of

Star Wars the Musical


a High School Performance of Scenes & Songs from Hamilton

**Please note: Students finishing grades 8 through 12 are invited to a trip to NYC on the Wednesday of Glee Camp! To register, students’ forms need to be entirely filled out and paid for and in the main office on April 6. If there are more registrants than we are able to take, we will choose them lottery-style. There will be an extra $50 charge for those going on the NYC trip, collected during or before camp.**

July 25-29: Drama Camp!

With a Middle School Performance of Treasure Island and

a High School Performance of Sherlock Holmes



JUNE 1, 12:30-2:30: CURRENT GRADES 5-7

Middle School News:


7th grade Quality Night

A reminder that 7th grade Quality Night approaches on Thursday, 5/19 at 6 pm. Attendance is mandatory for all seventh graders as a promotion requirement as students get important practice in formal presentation as well as feedback, leading up to their 8th grade jury presentation.

8th Grade Semi-Formal

The annual 8th grade semi-formal dance will be held on Saturday, May 21st at the school from 7:00- 10:00 PM. This is always a fun night, and we are hoping to have 100% student participation. We want to be sure that students understand how this dance is different from a formal event, like a prom. Boys may opt to wear a collared dress shirt and dress pants. Tuxedos are not permitted. Girls may opt to wear a simple party dress. Long gowns, short mini-dresses or other revealing dresses are not permitted. Limousines are not permitted. Invitations with a ticket order form were distributed recently. Please bring ticket order forms and payment to the main office and make sure the student’s name is on the envelope.

Middle School Art Show

Our annual Middle School Art Show is on Friday, June 3 from 7 – 9 pm.  This year we are excited to display paintings, drawings and prints by the ⅚ students, stop-motion animated movies created by 7th graders, and garments created from recycled materials by the 8th graders. In order to prepare for this event, your help is crucial!  Volunteers can assist in a variety of ways, both on the day of the show and the weeks prior. Here are some ways you can help:

* Editing artist statements (can be done anytime between 5/16 – 5/27 via Google Docs)

* Mounting student artwork (at school)

 Thursday 5/19 3:00 – 4:30

 Monday 5/23 – Thursday 5/26 3:00 – 4:30

 Tuesday 5/31 3:00 – 4:30

 Thursday 6/2 3:00 – 4:30

* Setting up on 6/3

 Anytime between 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

* Breaking down after the show on 6/3

 9:00 pm


If you’re able to help out, please email

Please consider lending a hand – with over 400 students in the middle school, there is much

need for your support!  Even if you’re not able to help out, the art show is always a fun and well-attended event, and we hope to see you on June 3!

Jury Volunteers Needed


Sixth and eighth grade gateway jury presentations are soon upon us! Sixth grade juries participate in a 20 minute jury presentation. Eighth graders participate in a 30 minute jury presentation. Students share pieces of work and provide evidence of why they believe they are ready to be promoted to the next grade. Successful completion of a jury presentation is a promotion requirement for sixth and eighth graders. Student juries are assessed by an IACS faculty member.  A younger peer also attends to learn about the process and provide additional support. We will need many community members to volunteer as a member of a jury panel. Contact: Michelle & Pat in the main office at

Juries will occur during the school day on the afternoons of 5/31, 6/3, 6/6, and 6/9. If you can volunteer for 30 minutes or more on any of these days, we would love to have your participation. Please spread the word to grandparents, prospective families, or other community members as this is also a wonderful way to learn more about our middle school program.

Middle School Robotics and Technology Club will continue to meet for the following Mondays in May: 9th and 16th. Club runs until 4:30. All current students are welcome to continue, new students can email Donna Harrington at to sign up. Come build a robot, program an android app, or work on computer animation!

Click the blue links for more information:

Middle School Robotics and Technology Club

April/May Testing Schedule


For 8th grade Students & Families- Moving Up Ceremony

Sign Up for Garden Club

MS Yearbook- Orders and 8th grade personal pages

MS Literary Magazine Orders

Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Presentations

               High School News

Click the blue link for the full text…

IACS Slam Poetry has strong showing at Boston competition

IACS visits the BSO

Prom Committee Looking for Parent Volunteers