The Hawk: November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019 10:00 pm


Week ending November 8

Dear IACS Community,

Since we moved to our current campus in 2008, IACS has worked with Tyngsboro School Resource Officer (SRO) Sgt. Steve Manning. Because of limitations with his schedule and the rest of the Tyngsboro Police Department, our relationship with Sgt. Manning has typically been "on call’ while he served his primary duties at Tyngsboro High School and Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Over the past two years, TPD has increased staffing of its school resource officer program since Tyngsboro is a small town of about 11,000 residents, yet is home to over 6,000 students on a daily basis. As a result of the extra staffing, Sgt. Manning has greater availability in his schedule and since early October, he has held regular office hours at IACS- usually on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

I’m grateful that Sgt Manning will be serving as our SRO this year. In addition to being a resource for students, staff, and families, Sgt. Manning will help IACS revise its safety policies and procedures. If you see Sgt. Manning around campus (perhaps you swung by his car at the Truck or Treat?), please introduce yourself so that he can get to know more names and faces in our community.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

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For up to date details, please use this link to the school calendar on our website.

Information about the Nutrition Program here & links to the online cafe payments.

All School News

IACS Board of Trustees invites you to a special presentaton:

How Will the “Future of Work” Change the Future of Learning?

Monday, 11/18 at 6:30 p.m; IACS Room 145

At IACS, we hear all the time from alumni, admissions officers, and employers about how IACS graduates truly have a "leg up" for success beyond high school. Our student-centered, student-directed, project-based approach to education continues to be cutting edge, and something not readily found in traditional public school environments. However, in order to remain at the forefront of educational practice, we need to continuously update our understanding of the newest research in educational models and cross-check it against the future of work.

The IACS Board of Trustees is charged with ensuring we remain true to our charter, in which we pledge to prepare our students "for the 21-century". In anticipation of our charter renewal application this year, it seems to be a good time to celebrate what we do so well, but also to take a peek around the corner to ensure we understand how to best prepare our students for evolving workforce needs, skills, and practices.

As a first step in sparking conversation among our community members, the Board of Trustees will be hosting an educational futurist, Clare Bertrand, from Jobs for the Future ( to speak at our next Board meeting on 11/8. We invite you to join us to hear her presentation and ask any questions about new educational approaches.

Speaker Bio

We’re looking forward to Career Week next week at the High School!

Follow us on social media for updates all week long! Twitter: @IACSAlumni, @IAcharterschool; on Instagram: @IACSthebestalumni and @iacsofficial.

Drama News

Performances are NEXT week for our productions of BRING IT ON and So You Want to Be A Cheerleader!

Please get all your tickets here:

For ticket purchase instructions and a great synopsis of these great shows by clicking here.

Performances are November 14 and 15 at 7pm and November 16 at 2pm and 7pm. Keep an eye on!

Email IACS Drama if you have questions! We are so excited to fill this auditorium!!!

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Les Miserables!

High School and Middle School: Mark Your Calendars for auditions for the enthralling musical LES MISERABLES! Auditions will take place on November 21 – 3:00-5:00. Join us for the fun and excitement!

Middle School News

Picking up Students

Middle School students are supervised until 3:05 when dismissal ends and need to be picked up by that time. If students are staying for extra help, please ensure that the student and family has made arrangements with the teacher in advance to say. If families are running late, they should make arrangements for after care program. Students are not allowed to wander around campus.

One note: students sometimes walk to local restaurants to get food on an early release, but the feedback has been that often they can be overwhelmed by many unsupervised students at the same time.

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Science can be messy! Eighth graders modelled digestion this week.

Eighth grade Transition

It is that time of year that eighth grade student and families are looking ahead to high school. If you missed our first open house, never fear…there is another one coming up on January 22nd from 6-8 pm.

For students applying to technical or private schools, please ensure that you ask teachers directly about letters of recommendation and provide at least 2 weeks notice.

Save the Date- Quality Night

Presenting at Quality Night is a promotion requirement. Fifth and seventh graders will present twice throughout the school year. Sixth and eighth graders will present in December and turn their focus to preparing for their gateway jury presentation in the spring. Family participation at Quality Night is essential in providing students individualized feedback about their work. Please do not hesitate to invite other guests (grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, etc.) that are interested in supporting your child and seeing some examples of the project-based work IACS students do.

Mark your calendars:

  • Quality Night for seventh and eighth graders is Thursday, December 12 6-7:15 pm.

  • Quality Night for fifth and sixth graders is Tuesday, December 17 6-7:15 pm.

  • Note: Quality Night prep time will be during the school day on December 3 and 5. Students will need index cards. Most students in grades 5-7 will need a poster board or trifold board to create a visual display. For students in grade 8, we encourage them to create their visual on Google slides instead of on a poster.

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    Cleaning the playroom at the House of Hope in Lowell

    Community Service Highlights

  • The Lamla Advisory created 160 cat treats and 19 dog treats to bring to the Lowell Humane Society.

  • The middle school advisories raked yards of 8 senior citizens in Tyngsborough.

  • Between the Angelone, Schrader and Solomon advisories, cards, candy and 45 paracord survival bracelets will be sent to troops.

  • Behind the scenes work was done to prepare for Tyngsboro’s upcoming Festival of Trees.

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    Playing games with residents at The Atrium at Drum Hill.

    High School News

    Congratulations to our Seniors of the Month for November:

    Christian Giuffrida

    Christian has always been a good representative from the Class of 2020 and his teachers and classmates have noticed that this year as well. He is described as pleasant, kind, and during extra-help sessions, his teacher has noticed him helping his classmates while patiently waiting to get his own questions answered. As one of his classmates said, “he is a good fella who is always there for his classmates and friends.”

    Connor Foley

    Connor’s teachers have described him as consistently kind, respectful, and hard-working. He includes everyone in activities and is always willing to help anyone out. Connor goes out of his way to say hi to his former teachers and there is always a real sincerity in how he asks how you are doing. While he may be kind in class, he also displays great sportsmanship while playing flag football…which is a great quality to have, especially given how often he loses 🙂

    Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Soccer Team!

    The girls won the first soccer tournament game in our schools history on Wednesday by defeating St. Joseph Prep 2-1 in the Quarter Finals of the MIAA D4 North Tournament. Their semi-final game will be at noon on 11/11 at Whittier Tech. They will be playing Manchester-Essex, so come on out to show them your support!

    Celebration Video! (Directed & Edited by Jidelys Lopez)


    Just a reminder, Yearbooks are on sale! They are $35 until December 31, after which they will be $40. Please order and pay online at The online order form includes personalization options (i.e. your name and icons). The deadline for ordering is Friday, April 3, 2020. Senior photos, baby pictures, and parent pages are due no later than Friday, January 3, 2020.

    Donations for Winter Semi-Formal 2020!

    This year’s Winter Semi-Formal is on January 24, 2020! The theme this year is going to be Rose Gold! Student Government is looking for some donations, we have a list below for some materials that we need. Please email if you are interested in donating. We appreciate all the help we could get!

  • Smores Ingredients – Marshmallows, Gram crackers, Hershey chocolate

  • Metal smores skewers/sticks

  • Any Rose Gold, Pink or White Decorations

  • Single Serve Hot Chocolate mix

  • Lemonade/Fruit Punch Mix

  • Candies & Chocolates ~ no nuts, please!

  • White String Lights

  • Plastic utensils

  • Paper Napkins

  • Finger Foods

  • Desserts ~ No nuts, please

  • White Tablecloths ~ Rectangle

  • Any Snacks ~ No nuts, please!

  • Plastic Cups

  • Wire Command Hooks

  • More volunteers needed for Mulit-Cultural Night!

    We are looking for more people to bring in a dish for Mulit-Cultural Night that will happen on Exhibition night: January 9th, 2020 at 5pm. The goal of this event to bring the community together in a fun and delicious way! Please fill out this form by December 10th to sign-up to bring a dish!

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    Videos of the Week:

    The Lad’s Lavatory Choir performs "The Monster Mash"

    Lads Lavatory Choir: The Monster Mash!

    IACS Garage Band Performs “Fire on the Mountain”

    IACS Garage Band


    HS Girls Soccer Semifinal Game @ Whittier on Monday – Ticket Information!

    Congratulations to our HS girls soccer team, who pulled off a huge win against Saint Joseph Prep in the MIAA Division 4 North Quarterfinals at home on Wednesday. The team travels to neutral site Whittier Tech in Haverhill on Monday 11/11 to take on the #3 seed, Manchester-Essex, in the Division 4 North Semifinals. The game starts at 12 noon.

    Please come support the girls and show your Hawks pride during Innovation’s first ever appearance in the MIAA sectional semifinals! Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students at the gate. To avoid lines, tickets can be purchased in advance using the following link:

    Congratulations to League Champions!

    A hearty congratulations to our MS teams who came out on top with EAA championships this fall!:

    MS Varsity Hawks Volleyball

    MS Girls Hawks Soccer

    MS Girls Cross Country (Large School Division Champions)

    MS JV Basketball Sign-Ups Still Open!

    There are still a few open spots on the MS JV basketball teams. Any athletes who are interested should email the Athletic Department at, and turn in their paperwork on Monday (the registration packet can be found here).

    Gratitude Corner

    On this Veteran’s Day weekend, we’d like to thank all veterans out there and give a special tip of the cap to the veterans on our staff: Colin Kennedy, Shelley Hachman, and Bob Feeney.

    IACA News

  • Please join us for the IACA Meeting coming up on Wednesday 11/13.
  • Meadow Farms fundraiser pick up date is 11/18/19 from 4:00 – 6:30 in the high school auditorium hallway.