The Hawk: November 18, 2016

January 1, 1970 12:00 am

“The Hawk”

This month’s Wellness Hawk letter comes to you from Kyle Thornton, High School Wellness Educator. Learn how he is using Student Health 101, our online wellness magazine,  in his classes.  

I’m sure by now most of our community knows about Student Health 101.  However, if you don’t, this is an online magazine that comes out monthly and is available to all high school staff, students, and parents at IACS.  There are articles, videos, and other resources all pertaining to the health and wellness of our youth.  For this weeks Wellness Letter I wanted to highlight an article from our November issue titled How online profiles make a difference.  When most people hear of a “health” magazine their minds immediately go to nutrition, substance abuse, and sex ed.  Too many of us forget how colleges and careers and the stressors along with those can affect our health and well being.  

This article highlights that aspect of our health and is geared towards how to make your child’s social media work for them.  We tend to only hear of the problems that arise from bad posts or inappropriate pictures that come from social media pages and this leaves many adults with the view that these accounts are “bad things”, when in fact they can be a key stepping stone towards you child achieving their goals.  According to the article,  “More than a third of hiring officials say they wouldn’t extend a job offer to someone who didn’t have a social media footprint, according to a CareerBuilder survey.”

This article also talks about how to structure your social media page to be a positive in your life and what ways it can help put you ahead of your competition.  I will be reading and discussing this article with my junior advisory next week as we discuss college readiness and setting yourself up for success.  This magazine truly is a phenomenal tool for advisors, teachers, parents, and peers to help create a healthier more aware society.  If you want to read more about this article or want to see what else Student Health 101 has to offer click on the link below.  Stay tuned for your new issue each month, start a conversation, a happy healthy life starts now!

Kyle Thornton

High School Wellness Educator

All School News

7th and 10th Grade School Health Screenings:  Each school year IACS conducts school health screenings for all current 7th and 10th grade students.  The screenings include a vision screen, hearing screen and a height/weight screen (BMI).  All screenings are done privately and all results are kept in confidence.  Per law parents are allowed to opt their child out of the BMI screening.

If you would like to opt your child out of the height/weight (BMI) screening please notify the health office in writing  by Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

You may send in a written note or you may email your request to    BE SURE TO MENTION YOUR CHILD’S FULL NAME AND GRADE  LEVEL IN THE NOTE AND EMAIL.  

If you have any questions you may reach out to Gayle Nutile-Pimm, Director of Health and Wellness at 978-649-0432, ext. 2104 or

Per diem Substitute Teachers Needed: We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool.  As the winter and flu season approach we want to ensure we have enough substitutes.  If you are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please contact Crystal McKiel,  Half day and full day subbing opportunities are available.  IACS pays $25 per hour up to $100 per day maximum.

Do You Know Of A Community Service Need?: At IACS, we know that teaching goes beyond the classroom walls. We have seen the results first hand when students participate in community service. It fosters team work, encourages critical thinking, problem solving and generates self-esteem, not to mention the benefit it serves to others.  

Each year, all IACS students engage in at least one community service project with their advisory. So far this school year, we have had over 100 students from 11/12 grade advisory groups participate in community service. They visited the House of Hope, Lowell Transitional Living Center and the Lowell Humane Society to name a few locations. Some of the services included painting, raking and sorting donations. We have many more community service projects and locations to serve later this year. If you have any ideas of organizations or community members that could use our help, please don't hesitate to share that with us. Suggestions are welcome! Please contact Director of Community Outreach and Advancement, Tina Lindberg at or 978-649-0432 ext. 2166

IACS School Nutrition Program:  The November Breakfast & Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake if you have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

Drama for MS & HS:

The fall and winter middle school drama workshop is already filling up! Please see information and registration forms at  for details!

What's the next IACS Production? The March show will be the Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha! See at   for details and an audition agreement form! We would love to see you at auditions – whether you've been in numerous shows or have never even seen a show! Students in grade 8 may audition with the high schoolers on November 29. 3:00-5:30.

Students in grades 5-7 may take part in the show as a dancer OR (this just in) as an ACTOR! Rehearsals will be Mondays, 3:00-4:00. Auditions will take place on Monday, November 28, 3:00-4:00.

Questions about the performing arts program? Please email


Book Fair:  Our annual book fair is scheduled for Monday 11/28 through Friday 12/2. Students will be attending the fair with their advisories. Please refer to the Book Fair Schedule  to see which day your child will be attending. We are also in need of 2 volunteers for of each these days, from 10:30am-12:30pm. If you have not already volunteered, please click here to do so. You will be contacted by the book fair coordinators shortly. Thank you!

Quality Night (Dec. 13 and 15)  and Embrace Winter Social  ( Feb. 10) : If you have volunteered to assist with our Quality Night and Embrace Winter social, you will be contacted within the next two weeks with more information. If you would like to help, please be sure to fill out our Volunteer form on the IACA website Volunteer!

Middle School News


Eighth graders recently made extension presentations on a text they read that parallels some of the same themes of the class novel, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

Staff Celebration:

Stel Schmalz, MS Spanish teacher, is presenting at the national ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference this weekend. Her session is entitled, “Community Building in the Target Language.” Congratulations Señora Schmalz!

Quality Night- coming in December:

December 6th and 7th mark our first Quality Night Prep Days in advance of Quality Night. Students will be selecting one of their projects to present at Quality Night. During Quality Night prep time, students will make any revisions, if necessary, prepare their presentation, and create a display. Students should come prepared with note cards, a trifold or poster board, and art supplies. In between Quality Night prep day and their scheduled Quality Night, students should practice their presentation at home. Families can help ensure readiness for this important event by listening to the presentation. Asking your child questions about how the work relates to the real-world and making connections to the four school outcomes as well as providing feedback about their presentation skills will help your child polish their presentation.

Guests are asked to review short student presentations of their work and are given the opportunity to provide feedback to students. Quality Nights give students the opportunity to share an example of their best work with the public. We believe that this is not only an experience for adults to learn about what we do at Innovation Academy, but an opportunity for students to learn very important public speaking and presentation skills.

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:

Self-Direction and Effective Communication Teams Tuesday, 12/13 ~ 6-7:15 pm

Community Membership and Problem-Solving Teams Thursday, 12/15 ~ 6-7:15 pm

Please remind your child to dress professionally. A suit or fancy dress is not necessary, but a nice shirt, slacks, and/or skirt  would all be good choices.

For 8th graders Applying to Technical or Independent Schools

Please be aware that deadlines can be quite early. Please provide 2 weeks or more notice for letter of recommendations in order to give staff adequate time. Any requests for other documents (transcripts, attendance/conduct record, etc.) can be made to Federico Pererya, Dean of Students.

2016-2017 IACS MS Yearbook Cover Competition- Deadline 12/16/2016

The Yearbook Committee is holding a cover contest open to everyone in the Middle School.  Click here for more information.

Middle School Art Needs Your Recyclables: We are in need of clean cereal boxes or other similar cardboard packaging for an upcoming 6th grade project. Please have students bring materials to the art room. Please no packaging from foods containing nuts.  Thank you!


Extracurriculars: Crochet Club, Garden Club, MS Band, MS Chorus, Dungeons and Dragons, Yearbook, After school Art classes, and the Literary Magazine are all accepting new members. Look for more information on the extracurricular page of our website:

High School News

NHS Conducts Kindness Rock Project

This year, NHS acknowledged World Kindness Day by participating in the Kindness Rock Project and the results were amazing! The Kindness Rock Project began in Sandwich, Massachusetts and has gone global. The NHS masterpieces met the first goal of the project “inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way…”as they were distributed to IACS faculty, staff and placed around Murdoch Hall.   NHS hopes this small act of positivity will promote gratitude and awareness and will cultivate kindness in our community.

More NHS Updates

IACS Envirothon Team

College Counseling Update for November

Prom Dress Collection Drive

Student Health 101

Beautiful Day for some Community Service

The Gripp/Arnold 9th grade advisory raked the yard for a Tyngsborough resident who is disabled. Nice work everyone!


Photo of the Week

Submissions can be emailed to

Adrik and Gio, sponsors of the Skateboard Choice Block, performing some of their tricks.

Greg Orpen

Head of School
Innovation Academy Charter School
72 Tyng Road
Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Phone: (978) 649-0432 x3141
Fax: 978-649-6337

This email may contain confidential or privileged information. If you
are not the intended recipient, please advise by return e-mail and
delete immediately without reading or forwarding to others.