The Hawk: November 24, 2021

November 24, 2021 10:00 pm

IACS Hawk

November 24, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

November represents a time of year to reflect upon all that we have to be grateful for. With that in mind, gratitude has been a theme in our work with students this month and prompted me to express my appreciation for IACS students, staff, and families recent Hawk letters. Being in community with so many creative, thoughtful, and dedicated students, staff, and families fills me with a sense of gratitude every day.

Next week, which includes “Giving Tuesday,” IACS will launch its Annual Giving Campaign, and you will likely receive a mailing regarding this over the weekend. These past 20 months have focused so much on meeting the short term needs required to run our school in a "COVID World", but as we slowly emerge to a more familiar version of school, it’s critical that our community continues to invest in the resources needed to enrich the student experience. Monday morning, we’ll launch the day with more information about the campaign as well as updates on our progress throughout the day on Tuesday. But until then, I hope our immediate and extended IACS families have a safe and restful Thanksgiving break.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

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Substitute Teachers Needed

Substitutes are valued members of our community that we rely heavily on to ensure your student receives uninterrupted learning. We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. If you or a friend are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please fill out the availability form. Half day and full day subbing opportunities are available. IACS pays $100 per day.

Emma’s 6th Annual Giving Tree

Want to bring joy to families and children around the Greater Lowell area!? What better time to do so than the upcoming holiday season? Starting Tuesday, November 16th through Friday, December 10th, Emma’s Giving Tree will be set up in the cafeteria with mitten and snowmen ornaments which include children’s names, age, and desired gifts. With help from the Thom Anne Sullivan Center in Lowell, your generous donations will reach families in the Merrimack Valley, giving them a wonderful festive season. If you have any questions contact Ms. Morocco (smorocco@innovationcharter.org) and contact Lyndsay Kilgour (lkilgour@thomchild.org) regarding questions about Thom Anne Sullivan or visit ThomChild.org.

Seeking Long Term Substitute

Innovation Academy Charter School seeks a full-time, long-term substitute position for High School Science Teacher, beginning in late December or January. Successful candidates will be passionate learners and collaborators who are committed to the school’s mission and invested in the academic and social-emotional learning of all students. Responsibilities include teaching HS Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and serving as an advisor to a small group of students. For more information please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job?3727116

School Breakfast & Lunch Program

IACS is providing FREE breakfast and FREE lunch meals to ALL students under the USDA’s Child Nutrition Program. All students enrolled at IACS are eligible for these free meals regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022. Email kdrake@innovationcharter.org or go to the School Nutrition page for more information.

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Middle School News

Upcoming Events:

11/26 No School

11/29 Progress Reports Close

11/30 Auditions for "A Girl Like Her" 3-4:30

12/01 Early Release dismissal at 12:25pm

12/03 H.S. Innovation Morning 8:30-9:30 for interested incoming High School families

Progress Report Grades Close on November 29th!

Now is a good time to finish those missing or late assignments and get them turned in. Progress report grades will close on November 29th. It sounds far away but it is only 8 school days away. Progress reports will be published to Aspen Family Portals on December 6th.

Picture Day Retakes
Picture Day Retakes have been scheduled for Friday, December 10th.
Retake day is open and free to anyone who missed our original picture day, is not happy with their pictures that were taken in October, or has been asked by the photography company to have their photo retaken. Visit www.coffeepond.com to order photos online. Don’t forget to bring your best smile!

After School Pick-Up
As we push forward in the year, we are entering the chillier months and we don’t want our kiddos standing outside for too long.
If you are unable to, or do not think that you will make it to campus by 3:10pm for pick up, please utilize our after school program. The first 30 minutes of care are free! You can also sign up for your child to attend our after school program on a regular basis!

Quality Presentations

Students soon will be working on their Quality presentation. Quality prep time is scheduled for during school the week of December 6. During Quality Night prep time, students will prepare their presentation, and create a visual. Students should come prepared with note cards. Most students in grades 5 and 6 will need a trifold or poster board and art supplies for their visual. Students in grades 7 and 8 will create their visual using Google slides.

In between Quality prep and their scheduled Quality presentation, 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.

Students will make their presentations to an older high school buddy and receive feedback. Later in the spring, we hope to include families as audience members.

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This week, students in the Interact Club visited middle school buddy advisories to lead activities. Anna, Pankti, and Vanshika led activities for this 5th grade advisory.

Theatre News

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High School News

Upcoming Events:

11/26 No School

11/29 Progress Reports Close

11/30 Auditions for "A Girl Like Her" 3-4:30

12/01 Early Release dismissal at 12:25pm

12/03 H.S. Innovation Morning 8:30-9:30 for interested incoming High School families

Alumni Panel Returns to Speak with our Seniors

Thank you to graduates from the classes of 2017-2020 for returning to IACS to speak about their college experience with our current seniors. Some students on the panel are attending college in Massachusetts or nearby states, one is in California, another at Westpoint, and another is a recent graduate and already working full-time at a venture capital firm in Boston. It was so great to hear how well they all are doing and they had great advice for the Class of 2022. Thanks to Ms. Deknatel for organizing the event.

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(L to R) Peyton Ballam (‘19), Justin Ginnett (‘19), Jenna Green (‘19), Sonakshi Srivastava (‘20), Emily Matthews (‘20), Mitch Monahan (‘17), Ryan Roberge (‘17)

Progress Report Grades Close on November 29th!

Now is a good time to finish those missing or late assignments and get them turned in. Progress report grades will close on November 29th. It sounds far away but it is only 8 school days away. Progress reports will be published to Aspen Family Portals on December 6th.

Parking Permits

Student Drivers are required to apply for a parking permit. Our application has gone online this year: 21-22 Parking Application Students will need to provide a copy of their license and registration.

The $15 fee can be paid online or brought to Crystal McKiel. Please contact Crystal x2004 with any questions.

Work Permits

All teenagers under 18 years of age must complete a work permit application and obtain a permit before starting a new job. Complete information about youth employment as well as a pdf of the permit application can be found here on mass.gov. Employers fill out and sign the first page, and parents and students must also sign the second page (pediatrician must sign the second page for students who are 14 or 15 years old). Completed applications can be turned into the main office or emailed directly to Crystal McKiel, cmckiel@innovationcharter.org.

Please allow 3 business days for the permit to be processed. Students must be present to collect the permit as they must sign the permit before a copy is made for school records.

Arts_at_IACS Instagram Account

Check out more great work like the ones pictured below on the Art Departments Instagram page.

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Girls With Impact Business & Leadership Program

Interested in creating your own small business, your own product or brand, or your own non-profit?

IACS has received fully funded scholarships for our students for Girls With Impact, a 10-week business and leadership program for young women, 14-18. IACS students that identify as female are invited to participate in this program to develop their leadership and business skills and bring any ideas they may have to life. For just one hour a week- (you get to choose your schedule!) you’ll learn leadership skills, public speaking, and how to pitch your own business idea or product! See the flyer or ask Ms. Deknatel if you have any questions! Classes begin in January, February, or March.

HS Photo of the Week:

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Students in Green Chemistry worked to optimize their lab procedure to utilize green chemistry principles this week in class.

Athletics News

Middle School Winter Sports

We are still accepting registrations for certain middle school winter sports on a rolling basis. If you are interested in joining a middle school team, please contact the Athletic Department at iacsathletics@innovationcharter.org.

Happy Thanksgiving!