The Hawk: October 15, 2021

October 14, 2021 6:48 pm

IACS Hawk

October 15, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

Next week we will be publishing the first round of progress reports for the school year. We hope this feedback offers students and families an opportunity to reflect upon accomplishments achieved so far as well as identify areas to improve. In addition to monitoring academic progress of our students, IACS remains committed to looking out for the holistic needs of our entire community. While it has been wonderful to be connected through in-person instruction this fall, our time together has also revealed the deep and complex needs that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. In an effort to help support our community, we are sharing a document that has a wide variety of resources to help navigate food and housing insecurity, access to behavioral and mental health services, and more. Many thanks to Shantelle Castle, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for assembling this comprehensive list.

Click here for the Community Resource List

May this weekend provide time for rest and rejuvenation.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

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Let us know….

Families should report all absences, tardies and dismissals to the main office by 8am. The main office can be contacted at 978-649-0432 or mainoffice@innovationcharter.org.

Special Education Workshop on Basic Rights: Evaluation and Identification presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs to be held Tuesday, November 9th from 6:30 -8:30pm. This virtual workshop will cover evaluation and eligibility for special education services. Please see the attached flier for more information. Participants must register here: Registration Link in order to receive the meeting link and password. This workshop is open to all and is not limited to the IACS community.

Preview attachment Basic Rights Evaluation and Eligiblity Workshop.pdf

Per diem Substitute Teachers Needed

Substitutes are valued members of our community that we rely heavily on to ensure your student receives uninterrupted learning. We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. If you or a friend are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please fill out the availability form. Half day and full day subbing opportunities are available. IACS pays $25 per hour up to $100 per day maximum.

School Breakfast & Lunch Program

IACS is providing FREE breakfast and FREE lunch meals to ALL students under the USDA’s Child Nutrition Program. All students enrolled at IACS are eligible for these free meals regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022. Email kdrake@innovationcharter.org or go to the School Nutrition page for more information.

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Theatre News

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Middle School News

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8th graders worked to optimize the ideal ratio of baking soda to vinegar to raise their ping pong ball the highest possible.

Upcoming Events:

10/18 Progress Report 1 will be Published to Aspen Family Portals

Ski Club

Are you interested in joining the 2022 Friday night IACS Ski Club at Nashoba? If yes, please read the below information and fill out the google form to let us know you’re interested. Registration runs October 18th through November 1st and Ski club kicks off January 7th!

Afternoon Ski/Snowboard Group Programs @Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford MA

(*Includes 1 hr lesson & lift ticket valid 1-9pm)

  • Lift ticket with lessons (6 weeks)- $380
  • Lift ticket ONLY(6 weeks)- $280
  • Bus fee – $25 (Required) *Bussing is one way to Nashoba. Rides home and carpools can be arranged
  • Google form for 2021/2022 IACS Ski Club

    Athletics News

    Middle School Winter Sports

    We offer the following sports to middle school students:

  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Archery
  • All sports are open to athletes in grades 5-8. We have a no-cut policy across the program at the middle school level and encourage students to try new sports.

    Please click here for further details and instructions on how to register.

    All middle school winter athletics registrations are due by Thursday, October 28th. Middle school practices will begin in November, please check the packet for specific dates.

    Please contact the Athletic Department (iacsathletics@innovationcharter.org) with any questions or concerns.

    HS Winter Sports Information will be available next week.

    High School News

    Upcoming Events:

    10/18 Progress Report 1 will be published to Aspen family portals

    10/22 Last Day to Drop Classes for Honors Credit.

    10/26 HS Picture Re-take Day

    Retake Day is Tuesday, October 26th

    Any Students that did not have their picture taken in September should have it taken on this day. Any student that has purchased images, and would like to have their photo retaken should bring in their original purchase and give it to the photographer on Retake Day. These retakes will automatically have a new package ordered to replace the returned package, and there is no charge for the exchange.

    NOTE: A new ID will not be created for students having their photo taken again. ID’s are only created for students having their picture taken for the first time this year. Coffee Pond Retake Information. Order Form for Students that did not have their photo taken yet this year.

    Customer Care information: Lifeguards@coffeepond.com, 508-907-6633 ext 0

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    Outdoor Music at IACS!

    Enjoy the Weekend!