The Hawk: November 30, 2018

November 29, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending November 30th

Dear IACS Community:

Thanks to you, our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign was a success, not just because your donations allowed us to soar past our goal to raise $10,000. The success was in the stories behind the donations. We heard from families who were eager to close our goal gap, we heard from our cash-strapped alumni who recently graduated from college, and we heard from families Wednesday morning eager to know if we reached our goal. Each donation represents the appreciation that you have for IACS and what the school means to you.

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We’re grateful that so many of your donations were doubled with the match provided by an IACS family. If you know of a business or family that would like to consider a limited matching grant for IACS, please let us know. Our Annual Giving Campaign will be ongoing until June 30th and we hope to provide more exciting updates throughout the year.

In Partnership,

Greg Orpen

Important Dates

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All School News

Tyngsboro Festival of Trees

This weekend there will be two performances by IACS music students at the Tyngsboro Festival of Trees. This event is family friendly and is held at Tyngsboro Old Town Hall. There will be many festive events starting Thursday, 11/29 continuing all the way thru to Sunday, Dec. 2nd. A schedule of events can be found here. We hope you’ll consider coming out to support our students. All are welcome!

Friday, November 30 @ 5:30pm – Members of the Instrumental Ensemble will be playing festive music

Saturday, December 1 @ 4:30pm – Students in the Concert Choir and Chorale will be singing Christmas Carols

Help us support the 4th Annual Mitten Giving Tree Drive from November 13th to December 12th.Please see attached flyer for details.

4th Annual Mitten Tree Drive

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Middle School News

Quality Night

Students should be wrapping up their Quality Night preparations and practicing 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.

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. Guests at Quality Night are asked to review short student presentations of their work and are given the opportunity to provide feedback to students.

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 6th 6-7:15 pm.

  • Quality Night for fifth and sixth graders is Monday, December 10th 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.

    Sargent Center- 7th/8th grade Field Trip

    Please see our website at:

    to find the packing list and other important reminders.

    Progress Reports

    The second progress report of Semester 1 will be published to our x2 Aspen student and family portal early next week. You will receive an email when it is available. These will be the final progress reports before the close of the semester in January when report cards will be issued. Please be sure to review them with your child to help them reflect on areas of success and where they can improve. If you need your password reset, please reach out to the main office.

    2018-2019 MS Yearbook Cover Competition

    The Yearbook Committee is holding an art contest open to everyone in the Middle School.The winners will be featured on the front and back covers of the Middle School Yearbook. Entries may include original photographs and collages, as well as original drawings. Winning entries will also receive a free yearbook. Non-winning entries will be featured inside. The theme this year is At IACS, true friendship comes from being yourself and accepting others.

    Entries may be submitted digitally or as a hard copy, but must fit vertically on the 8 ½ x 11 cover (the size of regular printer paper). You may submit up to three entries, include a completed cover sheet for each one. Deadline – Friday, December 7, 2018. Submit to a Yearbook Staff Member or Advisors: Peggy Stephens-North, Rupali Pakala and Jason Willoughby.

    High School News

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    Semester 1, Progress Report #2 & Family Portals

    The second progress report for semester 1 will be available on your X2 Family Portal on December 4th. An email will be sent to parents when they are ready. If you do not know your log-in information please reach out to Crystal McKiel, or ext 2004.

    Practice Hybrid SAT/ACT Exam for Juniors

    Ready to get serious about college admissions? Join Catalyst for the upcoming Hybrid SAT/ACT Practice Exam! The first step on the path to applying to college is maximizing your test score. With Catalyst’s Hybrid SAT/ACT Practice Exam, get experienced in a simulated testing environment and stay ahead. Here’s how it works:

  • Take a Hybrid SAT/ACT Practice Exam under realistic testing conditions.

  • Get your detailed score report back, with the questions that you missed and recommendations on which exam is right for you!

  • Gain access to our dedicated testing experts that can help you with setting up a blueprint for success with the SAT and/or ACT exam.

  • Location: Innovation Academy Charter School

  • Date & Time: Saturday, January 12th from 9am – 1pm

  • Cost: Just $10 to enroll by Wednesday, January 9th. We unfortunately cannot accommodate walk-in students.

  • For more information on this special prep opportunity or to enroll, call 800.235.0056, sign up at, or email

  • Exhibition Night is Coming Soon!

    Mark your calendars for December 11th. At Exhibition Night, the hallways and classrooms of IACS are transformed into a museum of student work, with ALL students contributing at least one piece of academic work of their choosing in the subjects of English, Math, History, Science, Spanish, Art and Music. The atmosphere is relaxed as students, families and community members peruse the exhibits at their own pace. Expect to see students on hand to answer questions about their projects or conducting a short presentation. The evening will begin with a quick preview of the music that our Choral, Chorale and Instrumental Ensemble classes will be performing on Tuesday, January 8th. This is a great way to see the project-based work that our students create during the school year. Community members are needed to observe, comment & inspire our students.

    We look forward to seeing you there! December 11th, 5:30-8pm

    Student Health 101- our online Wellness Magazine

    The November issue of Student Health 101 and Student Advocate, our online, wellness magazine is chock full of some wonderful articles! Whether you’re looking for advice on how to help your child navigate potentially toxic friendships or wanting to help them figure the best time management strategy based on their personality, you will find it here. Be sure to download the Student Health 101 app onto your smartphone, and stay tuned for upcoming articles! And don’t forget to enter the raffle to win $100 for every article you or your student read!


    Yearbooks are currently for sale for $40.00. They may be purchased online at or by turning in a paper order form to the Main Office along with check or cash payment. Order forms were distributed in advisory, but extras are available from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco. It is possible to personalize the cover of the yearbook with a name or icons. If you would like to personalize the yearbook, please order it online or pick up an updated order form from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco (order forms handed out previously did not have personalization information). The order deadline is March 22, 2019.

    Senior Parents

    Families of seniors may submit senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. Please refer to these guidelines. Reach out to with any questions.


    JOIN US AT BLAZE! December’s Dining for IACA will be held on Thursday, December 6 from 5-9 p.m. at Blaze Pizza in the Pheasant Lane Mall. What a great way to celebrate a successful Quality Night! Remember to bring the attached flyer with you for a portion of your bill to be donated to IACA.

    SCRIPS DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 7: If you’d like to receive your gift cards in time for the holidays, please submit your orders by Friday, December 7. We’ve attached the flier here as a reminder of how the program works. SCRIPS IS HERE!

    CALLING ALL BAKERS! If you can help out with donating baked goods for our Exhibition Night bake sale on December 11, it would be greatly appreciated. IACA Contact Kelly Ash at if you can contribute your favorite treats.

    MEETING: There will be not be an IACA meeting in the month of December.

    Student Government

    Winter Semi-Formal Seeks Donations

    This semi-formal dance is meant to bring students together in a fun and safe environment. Now, is a great opportunity to donate to and take part in the IACS community. A list has been made of items families may donate towards the event:


  • Cupcakes

  • Cookies

  • Candy

  • Small candy canes

  • Hershey kisses

  • Rolo’s

  • M&M’s

  • Popcorn

  • S’Mores Materials

  • Chocolate

  • Crackers

  • Marshmallows

  • Or similar…

  • Beverages

  • Soda

  • Sparkling Cider

  • Lemonade

  • Hot Chocolate Powder

  • Blue Gatorade Mix/Powder

  • Or Similar

  • Materials

  • Utensils

  • Plastic champagne glasses

  • Small, clear plastic plates

  • Styrofoam cups

  • Navy Blue & White Table Cloths

  • Fire

  • Fire Wood

  • Firepit

  • Decorations

  • Ornaments

  • Silver

  • Blue

  • Battery-powered tea lights

  • Artificial Flowers (& more)

  • Flowers

  • Pine Cones

  • Christmas Trees

  • Any donations can be dropped off at the main office with a note addressing them to “Student Government Semi.” For any inquiries regarding donations, feel free to contact us at . We thank you in advance for any support you may be able to provide.

    Photos of the week

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