The Hawk: November 9, 2018

November 8, 2018 6:49 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending November 9th

Dear IACS Community –

Every parent knows that our children do not always provide a wealth of information with regards to questions like “what’s going on in school?”, or “how was your day?” Usually, we will get a one word response such as “nothing”, or “fine”. Given this reality, I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on the latest news with regards to the high school.

Next week is the culmination of months of work by our student actors that participate in the drama program. Please consider attending one of the four performances next week because the talent of our students is amazing and you won’t be disappointed. The Phantom of the Opera will be on November 15 & 16 at 7pm, and on Saturday November 17 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online at the Eventbrite website.

While Endersession is not until June 10-14, teachers are already doing research and making plans for the variety of opportunities that will be available for students. Traditionally, we have shared the Endersession packet with students and families before December break, but feedback from families has indicated that they would appreciate getting the packet earlier in order to help with financial planning. As a result, we will be sharing the Endersession 2019 packet before Thanksgiving. While all of the proposals are not yet complete, I can tell you that there will be a good number of exciting opportunities available to students this year.

Similar to last year, our advisory program has a strong social-emotional curriculum. Five themes are integrated throughout the year. We begin with “connectivity” during the months of September and October. The focus is on team and relationship building. Currently, the theme is “gratitude”. One example of how this theme is worked into advisory is that we ask students to think about people in their recent past that have done something that they admired. They are then asked to focus on one person and to write about what they did and how it made them feel and why they admired what they did. Journal writing is often used throughout the year. In the months of December and January, the themes are “self awareness” and “restoration”. “Compassion, empathy, and kindness” is the next theme and then the year ends with “resilience”. We feel our advisory program is one of the pieces that makes IACS unique and helps us focus on the whole child.

I hope you all have a great fall season and that we see you next week at one of the Phantom of the Opera performances.


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

Important Dates

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All School News

Parent Workshop: What are you Puffing? Vaping and our Youth

Mark your calendar- Thursday, 11/29 6:45 pm

Middlesex Partners for Youth will share this presentation focused on the trend of student vaping, how to recognize vaping devices, vaping products, and the physical impact vaping has on the body. This workshop is designed for parents and staff.

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

Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Worker

IACS is looking for a part-time cafeteria worker to assist in the preparation and serving of meals to its students and staff. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is looking to work parent hours and enjoys working in a fast paced environment. Hours are: Tuesday & Friday – 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Hourly Rate: $12 – $14hr Contact: Karen Drake if you are interested in the opportunity.

Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Cook

IACS is seeking a skilled part-time Cook to prepare and serve healthy, nutritious and delicious meals to its students and staff. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: assistance in menu planning, food production, food safety and customer service. Requirements include training in culinary arts. A degree or diploma from a culinary school and/or experience working in a school cafeteria will be an advantage. Compensation is commensurate with experience and training. Send resume to Karen Drake, IACS Director School Nutrition

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Theatre News

We would love for you to join us for the IACS production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enthralling score includes “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” “‘Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” “Masquerade” and the title song.

Performances are November 15, 16 and 17 at 7pm and November 17 at 2pm. A link to ticket purchases is found at

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MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL! Join us for auditions for the hilarious musical SPAMALOT: SCHOOL EDITION! Auditions are Monday, November 19, 3:00-5:00. All you need is a form available at the main office and at

We would love to see you there!

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Middle School News

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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 6th 6-7:15 pm.

  • Quality Night for fifth and sixth graders is Monday, December 10th 6-7:15 pm.

  • Note: Quality Night prep time will be during the school day on November 29th and 30th. 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 are encourage them to create their visual on Google slides instead of on a poster.

  • MS Photos

    Students who were absent or would like to have their photo re-taken will be able to on Thursday, November 15th. For re-takes please make sure to bring all of the pictures back in the photo envelope.

    7th/8th Grade Sargent Center Permission Slips and Upcoming Parent Night

    Please return the permission slip, health form and fee for our upcoming Sargent Center trip by Friday, 11/16. Larry Chambers, the Sargent Center, will be coming to school on Wednesday, 11/14 for a student assembly during the school day. He will also be present for a Sargent Center Q & A with families on Wednesday, 11/14 at 7 pm. For a copy of the information packet, please go to:

    After School Art Program Winter Session Registration

    Winter session starts week of 11/27

    Tuesday or Thursday, 3:00 – 4:30

    The after school art program is designed to give students access to a wide variety of materials and tools in the art room in order to create work of their choosing. There is a $60 fee for this program and scholarships are available. Please fill out the registration form by Wednesday November, 21 or email for more information.

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    High School News

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    John and Abigail Adams Scholarship 2019

    This year 26 seniors, representing 28% of the Class of 2019, at Innovation Academy Charter School (IACS) earned the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. This award marks high achievement on the Math, English Language Arts, and Science MCAS exams. Recipients of this four-year scholarship are granted a tuition credit each year. The amount will depend on the specific state college or university a student attends, but at UMass it is currently equivalent to $1575 per year. This year’s recipients are: Carolyn Brooks, Katelynn Brown, Sebastian Chavez, Kaylin Donoghue, Ian Fastert, Aiden Felty, Shaun Fraser-Mines, Leticia Freire, Hannah Goldthwait, Emily Green, Abigail Kelsey, Jennifer Klein, Ira Libby, Grace Linskey, Sydney Malen, Natalie Mayo, Chris Mennella, Carter Morgan, Selena Ou, Marcel Paolillo, Lauren Pichette, Amanda Pollicelli, Tristan Row, Anthony Simao, Margaret Torkildsen, and Benjamin Vig. Congratulations to all for earning this recognition.

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    Rally for Transgender Rights

    On Tuesday, November 6, members of the IACS Gender Sexuality Alliance organized a walkout/rally in support of the rights of transgender people. Ballot Question #3 and the possibility of the federal government removing protections for transgender individuals under Title IX prompted the rally. High school and middle school students that chose to attend heard powerful speeches by Abigail Lyna, Em McDonald, Chris Mennella, and Leo Premru.

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    November Seniors of the Month

    Congratulations to Tristan Rowe and Leo Premru for being recognized by their peers and teachers as our Seniors of the Month for November. Tristan is known for happily helping others. Tristan has been an asset to his classmates in his computer class this semester and was also consistently there to help a friend finish his Eagle Scout project. Leo was recognized by his classmates for being an exceptional community member. Leo goes out of his way to be kind to others and a good friend to all. Leo also gave a powerful speech at the rally for transgender rights in addition to helping plan the event. Congratulations again to both Tristan and Leo!

    IACS eSports Team plays 1st Match

    Picture Day

    Students who were absent or would like to have their photo re-taken will be able to on Thursday, November 15th. For re-takes please make sure to bring all of the pictures back in the photo envelope.


    Order forms for the high school yearbook were distributed in advisory this week. Yearbooks are $40.00 this year, and must be purchased by March 22, 2019. Paper order forms may be turned in (with cash or check) to the Main Office.

    Yearbooks may be personalized with student’s name and icons for an additional cost. If you would like to personalize your child’s yearbook, please order online at

    If you have photos from school events that you would like to see in the yearbook, please submit them to

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    IACA MEETING THIS WEEK: Hope to see you on Wednesday, November 14 at our November meeting. Remember, the location for the 7 p.m. meeting has been moved this month to room 145. Watch for signs.

    THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT: Thanks to all who participated in the Meadow Farms and Dining for IACA fundraisers this month! We couldn’t do it without yo

    SCRIPS IS HERE! That handy gift card fundraiser is back just in time to order for the holidays. Check out the attached flyer for complete instructions and happy selling!