The Hawk: November 27, 2019

November 27, 2019 10:00 pm


Week ending November 29

Dear IACS Community,

As we enter Thanksgiving break, I’m reminded how much we depend on each other when engaging in the important, and yes challenging, work of supporting the academic, physical, social, and emotional development of our students. This shared responsibility doesn’t stop at 3 pm and it certainly doesn’t take weekends off, but the payoff of this investment is seen daily inside and outside of our classrooms. I personally feel lucky to be part of such a dedicated community of parents, students, and staff.

I certainly hope that everyone in our community has extra time to rest, connect with friends and family, and be reminded of what makes us grateful. Here’s to a great Thanksgiving.

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.

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

Giving Tuesday 12/2

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off with us on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, December 2nd, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart. This Giving Tuesday, help us give our students the tools they need to be productive and successful. By joining the movement, you’ll be helping us improve our technology for the benefit of our entire community. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and stay tuned for more details!

Can’t wait till Giving Tuesday? Donate today.

All School News

The Giving Tree fundraiser will be running until December 13th to donate gifts and living essentials to those in need. More information and details are here

How it works!The tree along with the donation box can be found in the cafeteria.

  1. Take a mitten or snowman from the tree!

  2. Purchase one of the gifts listed on the mitten/snowman or an appropriate gift for the age group on your mitten/snowman. GIFTS MUST BE NEWLY PURCHASED. PLEASE LEAVE ALL GIFTS UNWRAPPED.
  3. Bring the gift back by the date of Friday, December 13th

If you have any questions contact Thank you !

Farm to School Fundraiser!

Do you like to garden? Do you know anyone who would appreciate a gift of flower and vegetable seeds? Support our Farm to School Program by purchasing individual seed packets and seed gift boxes from High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont. Please contact Ms. Cynar ( for more details and to purchase seeds. The full list of seeds can be found here. Orders and payment (cash or checks written out to Innovation Academy Charter School) are due by first period on Friday Dec. 6th. Help us get growing!

Middle School News

School Pictures

School pictures were distributed by advisors today. Picture Retake day is Wednesday, December 4th. Families should keep the class picture provided in the original package. However, the individual prints should be returned if you are choosing to have the photograph retaken. All students that were absent on Picture Day should have their photos taken on 12/4.

Progress Report # 2

The 2nd Progress Report of Semester 1 was released last Friday and is available on your Aspen Family Portal. Not sure of your login/password? Contact Katie Hoyer, or 978-649-0432 x2142.

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. For families’ convenience, IACA will host a store during Quality Night prep in the library for students to pick up supplies. Here is the flyer with prices.

    Middle School Photo of the Week

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    Thankful turkey art project in Spanish class

    High School News

    Please come and support your school community by purchasing food at Chipotle located at Drum Hill in Chelmsford on Wednesday, December 4th between 5:00 and 9:00 PM. The proceeds will benefit the high school students of IACS for an end of year celebration.

    Peer Leadership Program

    A representative from the ADL visited IACS last week to inform the students about our new Peer Leader Program, known as “A World of Difference”. It was a great presentation and the students were an excellent audience. An application form to be a peer leader was emailed to all sophomores and juniors. Students that are selected for the program will participate in 3-days of training to help prepare them for this new role. Thank you to English teacher Lise Brody for advising the new program at IACS.

    Save the Date – Thursday, Jan 9th!

    Exhibition Night will be held on Thursday, January 9th. Join us as the school is transformed into a gallery of student exhibits and presentations. All students will be contributing at least one piece. This is a great way to see the project-based work that our students create during the school year. Come celebrate our students’ achievements.

  • Come early for a multicultural potluck in the cafe from 5-6pm. Sign up to bring a dish!

  • Exhibits & Presentations begin at 6pm.

  • The Combined Choral & Chorale will give us a quick preview of their upcoming winter concert.

  • Notes from the College Counseling Office

    Shortly after the Thanksgiving break, sophomores and juniors will receive their PSAT results, so students should be checking their email! At the start of the second semester, our college counselor will soon begin working with the junior class as they prepare to think about transitioning from IACS. College-bound students should study for either the SAT or ACT (usually, the spring of junior year is the first time to test). Here is a guide to SAT/ACT Prep Options!


    The high school winter sport sign-up deadline has been extended to Sunday, December 1st. Please be sure to register on FamilyID before that date.

    This winter, we are offering the following sports to HS athletes: basketball, cheerleading, indoor track & field, swim.

  • Registration instructions, along with information about tryouts and practice times/days are here.
  • The link to FamilyID (the online registration portal) is here.
  • Please contact the Athletic Department at with any questions or concerns.

    Gratitude Corner

    On the eve of Thanksgiving and every day, IACS is grateful for our community, for all the ways you support the school and our students. We appreciate you and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    IACA News

    Scrips – please see links to order forms and detailed explanation here:

    The link to the order form is here

    For all other questions or comments related to orders, please contact Cindi Hevner at or 978-866-8380 (call or text).

    Lowell River Hawks – Ice Hockey

    Join us for our 1st annual Innovation Academy Charter School Night at the River Hawks on December 7th. Tickets are only $11 and are available here:

    Questions? contact Dawn at

    IACA would like to wish all of our community a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving