The Hawk: November 4, 2016

January 1, 1970 12:00 am

Subject: November 4th Edition of The Hawk

“The Hawk”

November 4, 2016


Dear IACS Community


November is a great time to spend a few minutes to recognize the many activities and accomplishments of our student body. Under the lights at 5:30 tonight, the Girls Varsity Soccer Team will be playing a tournament game against Amesbury High School. The girls have had a great season and would love to have your support at the game tonight. The game will be at Landry Stadium, 222 Main St. in Amesbury. Go girls!


We were also pleased to receive notice this week that 33 of our seniors have been awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. According to the state, in order to qualify for the scholarship these students had to score at the Advanced performance level on one of the three high school state assessment tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and score at the Proficient level or higher on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; and have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district. Congratulations!


Lastly, on the stage, it is just two short weeks before our students perform the fantastic musical, “Through the Looking Glass”. The students have been hard at work for months and they are sounding great. It is a great show for all ages and I would encourage everyone to attend. Performances are November 17 and 18 at 7pm and November 19 at 2pm and 7pm. See the ticket order form for more info! Click HERE for the Ticket Order Form


Enjoy the weekend.




Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal


All School News


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


Election Announcement: Just a reminder that IACS will operate on normal hours on Election Day, Tuesday November 8th.  A special note to Tyngsboro families that Dee Bus will run their “two bus plan” (same system as our early release Wednesdays) since Tyngsboro Elementary School does not have school that day.


Attendance Reminder:  A friendly reminder that all attendance messages (notes, voicemails, emails, etc.) should go to the main office ( and not teachers, advisors, or other staff.   Having attendance streamlined in this manner improves our internal communication systems.   Thank you.


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:

Join us for The IACS Production of

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS this November 17-19!

See the ticket order form at


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




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



Happy Halloween from the 7th/8th grade team. Who knew that you could be an emoji for Halloween?!

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


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 to give your students uninterrupted learning.  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.


College Counseling Update for November


Happy Period Project

Student Josivett Lopez has organized a collection drive to benefit women at a local shelter.  The collection bin will be located near Dr. Arnold’s office.  Feminine hygiene products such as pads, tampons, panty liners, menstrual cups and intimate cleansing & deodorants will be collected at school for the month of November. Thank you to Josie for organizing this charitable drive.


Prom Dress Collection Drive


IACS Science Teacher Becomes NPR Celebrity!


Student Health 101


Photo of the Week

Submissions can be emailed to


Pat Modrich, 

Main Office Admin
Innovation Academy Charter School
p. 978-649-0432
f.  978-649-6337