The Hawk: October 15, 2016

January 1, 1970 12:00 am

“The Hawk”

Good morning IACS Community,

My back and hands are still sore from the tug-of-war and my core body temperature has returned to normal after plunging in the dunk tank.  It’s a small (and yes, fun) price to pay to participate in yesterday’s Fall Festival.  


MS and HS students participate in a Pass the Hula Hoop Challenge

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HS staff takes on HS students

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HS Math teacher Kerrie Pratt takes a plunge

The afternoon component (1:00-2:40) of the Fall Festival represented the first time IACS has ever held activities where students from all grade levels engaged in shared activities.  The level of adult and student engagement reinforced some really important ideas about school in general, and IACS in particular:

  • Creating time in the school day to build a sense of community is critical.  One of the principles clearly articulated in our charter is that social and emotional development are as important as academic development. We honor this commitment by building events like this into our school calendar.

  • Having a student-centered school requires their involvement when planning and executing activities. The fall festival grew from the desire of high school students to have a fun event that also included middle school students.  Yesterday, several high school students helped facilitate advisory activities, not to mention assisting with the set up and clean up well after the crowds had departed.  

  • When I talk to parents or read survey feedback, one of the distinguishing features repeatedly associated with IACS is the strong connections between students and staff.  Clearly, the Fall Festival reinforced that unique element of our school.

  • Special thanks to Tina Lindberg, Leanne Barnes (HS student government advisor), and Ellynmarie Theep (HS National Honor Society advisor) and the many students who made yesterday’s event so fun.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    In partnership,

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School

    All School News

    Special Education Workshop: Innovation Academy will host a workshop covering Basic Rights in Special Education on November 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30.  This workshop will be led by a representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs and will provide an overview of special education laws and procedures with time for questions as well.  RSVP at is encouraged but not required.   

    Internship Mentors Requested:   As part of our mission at IACS, we offer our upperclassman an opportunity to take advantage in an Internship program on Wednesday afternoons (1-5pm). The program gives students the opportunity to obtain some first hand exposure and experience in the work force, and has brought a lot of benefits to local organizations. Last year one of our mentors at Lawrence General Hospital shared that her intern's "eagerness to learn inspires our knowledge, which we greatly appreciate."

    To help place all interested students, we are looking for additional mentors and organizations that may want to mentor a student intern. We are currently still looking for placements in the medical field (anywhere from physical therapy, pharmaceutical, medical research, nursing and labs) as well as computer science.

    If you, your neighbor, relative or friend may be interested in having an unpaid student intern, we would love the opportunity to see if we may have a good match! Please contact Director of Community Outreach & Advancement, Tina Lindberg at

    Spanish immersion trip to Costa Rica April 14th to the 22nd

    This immersion trip is open to 8th and 9th graders who have been in the Spanish program for at least two years. If you are interested and were not able to go to the meeting, please contact Stel Schmalz: or Gale Stafford:  for more information.

    IACA Drama News:

    Join us for The IACS Production of

    THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS this November 17-19!

    See the attached form for information about tickets and about purchasing space in the program!

    The fall and winter middle school drama workshop is already filling up! Please see the attached information for details!

    What's the next IACS Production? The March show will be the Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha! See the attached information 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!

    Questions about the performing arts program? Please email

    Middle School News

    MS Picture Day

    Middle School Picture Day is Friday, 10/21. Students were given an order form in advisory today. Please return it on Friday, 10/21 with your child if you would like to order photos.

    MS Progress Reports Delayed

    Our new progress reports are still in the final stages of coding with the Follett Aspen developers. We are planning on publishing the progress report to the portal on Wednesday, 10/26. We will update families in the Hawk if the date changes. Families and students will receive an email as well when the progress report is published to the portal.

    MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council:

    The MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council will meet five Fridays a year from 7:45-8:30 am. This year the council will be meeting on 10/21, 12/2, 2/3 , 3/17, and 5/19. Parents that join the group are asked to commit to the council for one year. The purpose of the council is to assist in developing short and long-term goals for the school and to provide input and feedback. Any parent that is interested in joining should email MS Principal Melissa Kapeckas at by October 17th.

    Join Garden Club: The IACS Hawkmoths are the school's outdoor experts! Come join us in Garden Club from 12:30-2:30pm on Wednesday half days, and 3-4pm on Wednesday full days. We will plant in the garden, learn about and enjoy the land around our beautiful school, make and maintain wildlife habitats, and grow food and flowers. New this year, we'll enjoy indoor projects as we continue Garden Club over the winter! Students can join any time; if you have other activities, like sports or plays, you can come in the off-season or between shows.

    To sign up, fill out this form. To see what we're all about, check out the IACS Hawkmoths website! If you have questions, please contact:

    Natalie Kelsey

    Cori Rose

    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:

    MS Winter Sports:  Winter sports packets were handed out to all middle school students. All paperwork is due back to the Athletic Department by Tuesday, November 1st. Please read through the packet information to see if your child is interested in any of the winter sports that are offered. If you have any questions regarding paperwork or winter sports in general, please feel free to contact the Athletic Office at

    High School News

    Senior Night for Girls Soccer

    Next Friday (10/21) at 4pm the girls soccer team would like to invite you to their game because it's senior night!! We will be celebrating our seven seniors and it would be great if everyone could come to show them support. It's a home game so get your friends to go with you…the more the merrier!!

    School Picture Day is Thursday, October 20th:  ALL students are required to have their picture taken.  If you wish to order pictures you may place a order online at or via order forms that will be given out in Advisory on Monday, October 24th.

    Camp Sunshine Fundraiser

    Student Health 101

    Photo of the Week

    Submissions can be emailed to

    Some of our juniors dressed in white for Class Colors day for Spirit Week….more pictures will be in next week’s Hawk!


    Greg Orpen

    Head of School
    Innovation Academy Charter School
    72 Tyng Road
    Tyngsboro, MA 01879
    Phone: (978) 649-0432 x3141
    Fax: 978-649-6337

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