Dear IACS Community:
The high school has had a great start to the 2015-2016 school year. With a full month of school under our belts and ILP conferences set to begin next week, I’d like to share with you some of the program changes that have been implemented this year at the high school.
One major change is that now all students are participating in a new physical education (PE) program 1-2 times per week. Mr. Thornton and Ms. Harrington work with each advisory weekly and engage the students in a variety of mostly non-traditional PE activities. With our wonderful 200-acre campus students will be participating in activities outdoors in all types of weather. These activities will include: ultimate frisbee, yoga, a low-ropes challenge course, mountain biking, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other team building activities. Additionally, all of our sophomore students are participating in a health & wellness curriculum. Below is one element of the low-ropes challenge course.
Another change has been the addition of a 2nd Choice block to the weekly schedule. With this additional time, students are now able to participate in two different choice blocks. For example, students that were previously committed to Student Government or The Innovator for the year, can now participate in another choice block offering as well. The additional time has allowed for expanded course offerings that include: driver’s education, green team, rock band, SAT Prep, robotics club, and lecture hall live.
The 2015-2016 High School Program of Studies that can be found on the school website contains several smaller updates to the academic program at IACS. One change is that Progress Reports and Semester Report Cards will look slightly different this year since pluses and minuses are now part of our grading scale. Additionally, graduation requirements have been updated to reflect the additional 3 credits that can be earned with the new Advisory/PE program. You can also find information on our Dual Enrollment program. Dual Enrollment allows a Junior or Senior to take some classes at Middlesex Community College and earn high school credit at the same time. Please contact me if you have any questions about these changes and I wish everyone a productive 2015-2016 school year.
Erik Arnold, Ed.D.
High School Principal
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Dates At a Glance:
October 6 – Costa Rica Spanish Immersion Trip Info Meeting
October 7- Early Release; ILP Conferences
October 12- No School
October 14- IACA Meeting 7 – 8 pm
October 14 – Full Day Wednesday
October 14 – IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:00 pm
October 15 – Innovation Morning Prospective High School Students
October 16 – High School Picture Day
October 16 – 7th & 8th Grade Middle School Dance 7:00 – 9:00 pm
October 19 – Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 8: 30 pm
October 21- Early Release; ILP Conferences
October 23 – Middle School Picture Day
October 23- 5th & 6th Grade Middle School Dance 7:00 – 9:00 pm
October 27 – MS Parent Advisory Council 7:15- 8:00 am
October 28 – Early Release
October 30 – Grade 5 & 6 Advisory Breakfast
October 30 – High School Halloween Dance 7:00 – 10:00 pm
October 31- IACS Fall Festival
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Costa Rica Trip April Vacation 2016:
This immersion trip is open to 8th and 9th graders who have been in the Spanish program for at least two years. We are having an informational meeting for parents and students on Wednesday, October 7th at 6pm in the auditorium. If you are interested in learning more about the trip, please come to the meeting. Our 20 spots filled up quickly last year. Sra. Schmalz and Profe Ashley are looking forward to seeing you there! If you cannot attend, please email Ashley Uyaguari at email@example.com by 10/7.
ILP (Individual Learning Plan) Conferences:
October marks the start of students working with their advisor and family to set goals for the school year. During the ILP conference, students share their initial ideas for their goals and get feedback from their advisor and family in order to establish a finalized Individual Learning Plan. Students reflect upon their progress towards their goals throughout the year. Advisors are currently setting up conference times with students and their families during the month of October. The afternoons of October 7th and October 21st (early release days) have been set aside for advisors to hold conferences. As a school, our aim is to have all families participate. Please connect with your child’s advisor to set up a conference time.
IACS School Nutrition Program:
Middle School News
5th and and 6th grade Social Studies students participated in the “Inno-Vator” Shop, buying and selling products as they try to help their companies earn a profit. Talk about real-life learning about economics! To see more photos and read more about this project, check out teacher Sara Krakauer’s blog entry here.
Midquarter interim progress reports:
Midquarter interim progress reports will be mailed home next week for any student at risk of not passing the first quarter. This information is shared to help families structure dialogues with students and teacher around problem-solving and improving performance at the midpoint of the quarter. Quarter 1 ends November 6th.
Middle School Parent-Principal Advisory Council: The Middle School Parent-Principal Advisory Council is forming. The group will be limited to 8-10 parents (preferably equally representing grades 5-8). We will meet five Tuesdays a year from 7:15-8:00 am in the morning. This year the council will be meeting on 10/27, 12/8, 2/9, 4/12, and 5/24. Parents that are selected would be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by October 2nd.
Middle School Dance Socials:
Got Newspapers?: Ms. Shaby is looking for newspapers to use in middle school art. Please send any extras in with your child.
Plimoth Plantation Overnight Field Trip for Grade 5 & 6 Students: Click here for more information.
High School News
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