The Hawk: October 20, 2017

October 19, 2017 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending October 20, 2017

Dear IACS Families –

The weather was absolutely perfect today for our 2nd Annual Fall Fest. This is the only day of the year when you will see all 800 students in grades 5-12 participating together in fun events around the campus in an effort to build a stronger community. The High School Student Government, led by co-presidents Sebastian Chavez and Jade King, and supervisors Leanne Barnes and Bill McCarthy, put a lot of work into planning the event. It takes a village to pull this event off and a lot of thanks also goes to students Andrew Girouard, Ben MacKinnon, Katie White, Caleb Gierke, Kaylin Donoghue, Jenna Green, and many other student volunteers. Students traveled through six different stations with their advisory and each station had a different game or activity. The activities were: Pterodactyl, Ladder Ball, 3 Legged Race, Scavenger Hunt, Whiffle Ball Toss, Inflatable Softball, Dodgeball, Volleyball, and Soccer. The day culminated with the staff vs. students tug-of-war and I’m pleased to share with you that the staff redeemed themselves from last years loss by defeating the students today. It was a great way to end spirit week so thank you to everyone that played a role in making today such a success.


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

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Important Dates

Oct 24 Costa Rica Informational meeting for parents and students (Grade 8 & 9) 6-7 pm

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

Nov 1 Early Release Wednesday

Nov 2 Middle School Innovation Morning for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30am

Nov 4 SAT Exam 9:00am

Nov 5 High School Open House for Prospective Students 1:00 – 3:00

Nov 7 High School Picture Re-take Day

Nov 8 Full Day Wednesday

IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Nov10 No School Veteran’s Day

Nov14 High School Innovation Morning for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30am

Nov 15 Early Release Wednesday

All School News

Pumpkin Run is THIS WEEK!

Wow ! Only a few more days till our first ever Pumpkin Run 3K trail race, run (or walk) right past those spooky staff members on the trail and collect your drawstring bag at the finish line! Use your bag to collect candy at our trunk or treat cars or get your face painted in our kids games area. There will be food for sale, cornhole games, music and fun for all!

Save $5 by registering today vs waiting for Thursday!

Questions? ask Heather:

High School Open House: It’s that time of year again. The high school will be hosting its first Open House of the year on Sunday, November 5th, from 1 pm – 3pm.

Please keep in mind two points:

  • Students and families who currently attend our middle school are certainly welcome and will definitely learn new information about ways in which our high school program differs from our middle school.

  • Word of mouth is key! While we advertise in several area newspapers, please share this events with friends and neighbors who are looking for an outstanding option for high school.

  • Costa Rica – 8th & 9th grade families

    The planning for the Costa Rica Trip April Vacation 2018 trip has begun!

    This immersion trip is open to 8th and 9th graders who have been in the Spanish program for at least two years, or are in a level 2 high school class. We are having an informational meeting for parents and students next Tuesday, October 24th 6pm – 7pm in the auditorium. If you are at all interested, please come to this meeting. The itinerary and all other details will be presented at the meeting. Our spots filled up quickly last year.

    If you are interested but can’t come or have any questions, please contact Estela Schmalz at or Gale Stafford at

    IACS School Nutrition Program: The October Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. 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.

    Athletics News

    Winter Athletics season is right around the corner. Sign up using this link Middle School Winter 17-18 Registration Paperwork. All paperwork is due on October 25, 2017 to the Main Office. Be sure to complete your NFHS concussion certificates if they were not already done for the fall season (and hand in hard copies!). Hard copies of registration paperwork can be picked up at the Main Office.

    High School winter sports registration FamilyID registration link with instructions will be emailed next week.

    BASEBALL: This spring, we are hopeful that we will be able to offer a high school baseball team. In order to gauge the feasibility of this, we are asking athletes to sign up now. Once we get an idea of the amount of interest, we will be able to determine if we are able to offer the team at all, where and when the team will practice, and who will coach the team. At this point, we do know that if the team is offered, there will be practices held 4 or 5 days per week. If you are interested in joining the high school baseball team, please complete FamilyID (the page can be found here) by November 10th. We do not need payment for baseball or any other paperwork until the spring season, just FamilyID. We are asking that only players who are seriously committed to potentially joining the baseball team sign up.

    If you have any questions about the registration process, please do not hesitate to email the Athletic Department at We are happy to help!

    Theatre News


    We will perform in NYC on December 12. Auditions were held this past Tuesday. Stay tuned for more information! Children of Eden video clip

    School of Rock! Nov 16, 17, and 18: (Rated PG.)

    Don’t have tickets? Don’t worry! Tickets are on sale now…BUT…if you order 5 or more tickets in the month of October, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a GUITAR LESSON STARTER SERIES at Music Academy of Chelmsford!

    That’s eight weeks of guitar lessons for FREE! Tell your family and friends!

    Ticket order form here!

    Like us on Facebook! Did you know that we have a theater Facebook page? Find us at Innovation Academy Performing Arts to see news, photos and videos of our IACS "rock stars!"

    Middle School News

    Progress Reports

    The first progress report for Semester 1 was posted to our x2 Aspen student and family portal this week. If you need your password reset or a reminder of what it is, please contact the main office. If you do not have consistent computer or internet access, you may also reach out to the main office to request that a paper copy is sent to you. Thank you for reviewing your child’s current progress with him or her.

    Recruiting Parent Volunteers for Extracurriculars

    We are looking to recruit parent volunteers to act as a team manager for Destination Imagination as well as a parent to run a Chess Club or Board Game club after school. If you are interested in either of these, please contact MS Principal, Melissa Kapeckas.

    Class Webpages

    Each teacher has a webpage for their course. You can find this on our website via our staff directory (Go to About IACS- The Staff) and click on the photo of your child’s teacher for their website.

    Advisory Service Projects

    All middle school advisories will be participating in community service projects. Our school day has some extended advisory time incorporated to develop and participate in projects this week. Some advisories will be off campus, visiting residents at local nursing homes or sorting food or clothing donations at area non-profit organizations. Other groups may complete their project on-campus, such as groups that are making toys for the Lowell Humane Society or organizing a fundraiser. Stay tuned for news of our projects soon!

    Diagnostic Writing

    Middle school students will utilize some time in school this week to demonstrate their writing skills in a diagnostic assessment. While students frequently are working on their writing skills in English/Language Arts and across the curriculum, they typically are not working on all aspects of the writing process from prewriting, drafting, and revising/editing in one session as they will be expected to do during the spring MCAS session. We will incorporate some time in the school day on either Tuesday or Thursday of this week to practice our essay writing from start to finish. This will provide our English/Language Arts teachers diagnostic data to see how students are applying their writing skills.

    Extracurriculars Reminder:

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

    High School News

    Upcoming Dates

    10/27 Honors Drop Deadline

    The October issue of Student Health 101 is in full swing and it’s full of some wonderful articles! Whether you’re looking for different ways to cope with your stress, or are trying to help a friend cope with theirs, there are articles for all different personalities. Be sure to download the app onto your smartphone, and stay tuned for upcoming articles!


    High school yearbooks are now on sale! Yearbook order forms were handed out during Advisory this week, and extras are available outside of Mrs. Kelly’s office. The early bird deadline to purchase a yearbook for $30 is December 22. After December 22, the price will go up from to $35. Order forms can be turned in at the main office. Orders can also be placed online at

    Families of Seniors: Please read the email that was sent out last week for information on senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. They should be sent to by January 5, 2018.

    New Basketball Hoops

    A big thank you to Bob, Colin and Mike from our Facilities crew for purchasing and installing the new basketball hoops down by the track this week. Both Middle School and High School students should get a lot of use out of these park-quality hoops. Nice work!

    Prescription Drug Abuse Presentation

    All students attended a presentation on Thursday about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Thank you to CVS Pharmacy for providing further information for our students on this important topic.

    Spirit Week

    The Class of 2018 did a beautiful job decorating the school today for the annual “Black Out” (black is the senior class color).

    Did you miss the Ice Cream Social or Open House?

    If so you missed out on picking up our new magnet.

    It has a school calendar with all of the early release days highlighted for you. There’s a list of our important dates such as MCAS and prom too!

    Contact Crystal McKiel,, to have one sent home to you.

    IACA News

    HALLOWEEN FUN! Our middle school socials are next weekend. Do you have a couple of hours to chaperone? Please contact our coordinator, if you can help out on Friday or Saturday night, 10/26 or 10/27 or are willing to donate snacks for sale.

    4 DAYS ONLY: ONLINE YANKEE BOOST! Catalog sales are over, but if you order online between October 19-22, IACS receives 50% of all sales! That’s 10% more than usual! Did you forget to order a holiday gift? Run out of wrapping paper? Love that candle and want another one? Go to http://www. with group number 990035230. THANKS!

    AND THE BOXTOP FALL CONTEST WINNERS ARE…Congratulations to the Coes (MS) and Wetmore (HS) advisories, winners of our fall season pizza parties! Teachers, please contact Bernadette Baird to schedule your party! Keep clipping, everyone! Our next count is in December, when we award the one middle schooler and one high schooler bringing in the most BoxTops with a $25 gift card!

    MONDAYS are BROTHER’S PIZZA DAYS: Ordering lunch out on a Monday? Call Brother’s Pizza next door to Innovation Academy! They’ll donate 9% of your order back to the school. Be sure to mention Innovation Academy when you place your order. Dine in or dine out orders apply.

    SHHHHH! LOOKING FOR A QUIET VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY? Heather Landis has just the thing! Send her an email if you’re interested in helping her out in the school library,

    SCRIPS FUNDRAISING: Just in time for your holiday shopping, we are excited to announce our partnership with SCRIPS, where you can buy gift cards for just about everything! For every card purchased, SCRIPS donates a percentage back to our school. Stay tuned for more information in next week’s Hawk.

    NEXT IACA MEETING: See you Wednesday, November 8, 7 p.m. in the library.

    SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT: Email with your nominations for our next featured volunteer!

    DINING FOR A CAUSE: THANK YOU to everyone who came out for food, fun, and friendship! We made almost $200 on October 10! Congratulations to the Long family, winners of our beautiful seasonal apple basket.

    See you on November 14 at Owen and Ollie’s in Dracut, and December 12 at the 99’s in Tewksbury! Print the attached Owen and Ollie’s coupon and bring it with you to the restaurant.

    RAFFLE BASKETS/DINING FOR A CAUSE: Can you donate some fun raffle items on our dining out nights? We have 9 dinner nights planned if you’d like to contribute. Just contact Bernadette Baird at Thanks!