The Hawk: October 2, 2017

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IACS Newsletter for the week ending September 29, 2017

Dear IACS Community,

It’s hard to believe that we’ve wrapped up our first full month of school and I’m grateful that our students, staff, and families have brought so much energy to this school year. At our Middle Schol and High School Back to School Nights, ILP conferences, and our first IACA meeting, parents have been commenting about the enthusiastic “vibe” they’ve been feeling since school started. Now comes the trickier work: keeping it up. This is another example of how the IACS Outcomes can help us maintain this great start.

Effective communication among parents, students and staff is a prerequisite to problem solving when academic assignments, not to mention extracurricular and social events, begin to mount. And when we start feeling a bit run down, being self-directed will prompt us to get the rest we need. And of course, none of this work can happen alone, which is why community membershipasks us to commit to be aware when others need support.

So thanks for a great September and here’s to an even better October!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

Oct 4 Early Release HS and MS ILP Conferences

Oct 7 SAT Exam 7:45 am

Oct 9 No school Columbus Day

Oct 11 Full Day Wednesday

Oct 12 High School Innovation Morning for Prospective New Students 8:30-9:30am

Oct 13 Middle School Picture Day

Oct 14 PSAT Test 8:00 – 11:30 am

Oct 16 Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-9:00 pm

Oct 18 Early Release Wednesday

Oct 20 Fall Festival

Oct 25 Early Release Wednesday

Financial Aid Night for Seniors and Parents 7:00-9:00pm

Oct 26 Pumpkin’ Run 3K trail race w/ Spooky Surprises 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Oct 27 MS 5th & 6th Halloween Social

Oct 28 MS 7th & 8th Halloween Social

All School News

Amazon Smile – Vision for Innovation Academy

Here is a way to help IACS that doesn’t cost you anything. If you shop on Amazon and choose Vision for Innovation Academy as your charity Amazon will donate 0.5% to IACS on eligible purchases.

Here’s how:

  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

IACS School Nutrition Program: The October Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. To better serve IACS families, an innovative point of sale (POS) system, specifically designed for school nutrition programs, is available to all families. To create an account or to add funds to an existing account go to our website: IACS School Nutrition Program. We also accept cash and checks at the register as well. Contact Karen Drake if you are interested in volunteering in the kitchen or if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

Pumpkin Run: Come join us for a FUNdraiser, Run (or Walk) our 3K trail race, or if that’s not your style, join our cornhole tournament, check out our first ever Trunk or Treat, enjoy some delicious food, play some games and have FUN, all while raising money for IACS.

For more information, to register or volunteer go to

Questions? – contact Heather Landis at

Theatre News

Who’s gonna ROCK with us? Tickets are on sale for our Fall production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK! You’re not going to want to miss this amazing show with SO much talent! Click on the link for a printable ticket form: Theater – Innovation Academy Charter School

Would you like a great opportunity to promote your business? Consider purchasing ad space in our "School of Rock" program! Our IACS kids will be putting on an awesome show in November and YOUR business would look great in our program! Click here to print the form and return it to Innovation Academy, 72 Tyng Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879 Attn: IACS Theater

Middle School News

Eighth grade Science students compared the friction of various types of sneakers during an experiment this week.

MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council:

The MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council will meet five mornings this year from 7:45-8:30 am. This year the council will be meeting on 10/17, 11/30, 1/11, 3/1, and 4/26. 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 13th.

X2 Aspen

We encourage all students to log on to the parent portal weekly to review their child’s progress in their classes. To review our grading system and how to navigate the website, please read the Parent Guide to MS Grading.

If you cannot access your account, please reach out to the main office to have your password reset-

Extracurriculars Reminder:

Band, chorus, art, fall athletics, Dungeons & Dragons, The Scribbler Literary Magazine and drama have begun. For more information, click here

High School News

Mark your Calendars for these Important Dates

10/4 ILP Conferences

Volleyball Photos

Click here to see our volleyball team in action. Photos courtesy of Vera Crane.

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Plum Island Beach Erosion Field Work

Students from Ms. Hinkle’s Geology & Astronomy class conducted field research at Plum Island on Thursday. The students took measurements of the beach profile and then they will return in the spring to measure how any winter storms may have impacted the beach. They had beautiful weather and they were also fortunate to see Dolphins in the ocean. Ms. Hinkle said the students did such a great job that they were rewarded with ice cream on the way home!

Lecture Hall Live Returns!

Seniors Emily Lyons and Isaac Richman have taken over the reigns of Spencer and Jeff’s creation, "Lecture Hall Live", and treated all grades to a fantastic show during advisory today. Highlights included: fun facts about new faculty, the largest # of Kahoot quiz participants ever at IACS, and the first IACS lip sync battle that featured Mr. Frothingham, Ms. Stafford (with assistance from Ms. Gonsalo, Ms. Tupaj, and Mr. Billings), and Dr. Arnold. Guess who won?? Rumors are already swirling about which teachers might be participating in the next battle…


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YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER: Look out for those catalogs! Yankee Candle catalogs have been distributed this week to advisories. Please return your order form to the Main Office before October 13. You can also visit online at http://www. store.htm and enter group number 990035230. Thank you! For more information contact: Annette Famolare at Bernadette Baird at

DINING FOR A CAUSE: We’re excited to be offering this GREAT fundraising activity this year! EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH will be a fundraising night for IACS at a local restaurant. We’re happy to announce the following dates:

OCTOBER 10 – Tavern in the Square, Lowell (PRINT AND BRING the attached flyer to the restaurant)

Plan Ahead: NOVEMBER 14 – Owen and Ollie’s, Dracut

RAFFLE BASKETS/DINING FOR A CAUSE: With so many of our friends coming together to dine for a cause, we would love to offer some fun raffle items on our dining out nights! If you are interested in donating a raffle basket for any one of our 9 dinner nights, please contact Bernadette Baird at Your participation is greatly appreciated!

FALL BOXTOPS ENDED TODAY! But keep on clipping, folks! We’ve had an excellent turnout for this contest and will name the winning advisories soon! A special thank you to high schoolers who continue to clip after middle school — every little bit helps! Please remember the following when submitting BoxTops:

  • Please send in only non-expired, clipped BoxTops
  • Do not tape them to a paper- we submit them in batches of 50.
  • PLEASE send along your child’s name and advisory along with the BoxTops
  • Don’t toss them if you miss the deadline! We run contests year-round. Thanks everyone!

    MS HALLOWEEN DANCE WEEKEND is coming up soon! Can you volunteer to spend some time with the kids? If not snack donations would be a huge help too! We need adults for 5/6 on Friday, October 27 and 7/8 on Saturday, 10/28. We’re looking for Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Single Serve Rice Krispies Treats, Cheese Puffs, or Single Serve Pretzels from your wholesale club. Contact to volunteer.