The Hawk: October 26, 2018

October 25, 2018 6:48 pm

IACS Hawk

IACS Newsletter for the week ending October 26th

Dear IACS Community,

This past week, students engaged in activities that focused on enhancing student connection and a sense of community. It is always a pleasure to share “feel good” news with the IACS community and these stories are exactly that!

Middle school students, as part of Advisory this week, participated in the program “Start with Hello.” “Start with Hello” is a program offered through the Sandy Hook Foundation. The goal of the program is to help end social isolation in schools and make all students feel welcome and connected to their school community. Middle school students shared what it might look and feel like to feel lonely or left out. They also talked about ways to reach out to those who may be in need and reasons why we all carry this responsibility ,and the positive impact it can have on the entire school community. One 7th grade student shared that the Start with Hello activity “made me think about the kids who do feel left out, and how and why I should help.” Another 8th grade student acknowledged, that “everyone feels left out at sometime and many kids don’t know what to do about it.”

This past week high school students participated in “Mix it Up” day. “Mix it Up” is a program sponsored by Teaching Tolerance. The goal is to encourage students to reach beyond their immediate circle, and interact with peers who they may not have believed to share common ground or a social connection. Student leaders, along with the high school advisory coordinators, created a hype video and planned the event held during lunch period on October 23rd, international “Mix it Up” day. Student leaders Peyton Ballam and Kaylin Donoghue shared how validating it was to hear feedback like “I never thought I would become friends with a junior,” or “who knew that the senior class was so friendly?” The buzz around the lunch hour on Tuesday was palpable; congratulations to the students who made this happen!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Gayle Nutile-Pimm

Director of Health and Wellness

Important Dates

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All School News

Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Worker

IACS is looking for a part-time cafeteria worker to assist in the preparation and serving of meals to its students and staff. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is looking to work parent hours and enjoys working in a fast paced environment. Hours are: Tuesday & Friday – 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Hourly Rate: $12 – $14hr Contact: Karen Drake kdrake@innovationcharter.org if you are interested in the opportunity.

Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Cook

IACS is seeking a skilled part-time Cook to prepare and serve healthy, nutritious and delicious meals to its students and staff. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: assistance in menu planning, food production, food safety and customer service. Requirements include training in culinary arts. A degree or diploma from a culinary school and/or experience working in a school cafeteria will be an advantage. Compensation is commensurate with experience and training. Send resume to Karen Drake, IACS Director School Nutrition kdrake@innovationcharter.org.

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2nd Annual Pumpkin Run – Thank you!

Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the brisk but sunny day we had for Pumpkin Run.

We doubled the number of runners in our 3K Trail race and want to thank Bill Rozen/Yankee Timing for timing this event and helping us organize. We’d also like to thank the small army of volunteers that came out to monitor the trails, bake, cook and serve the food, organize the trunk or treat cars, supervise the kids games, create a cool selfie station and register our runners.

A special thanks to our amazing facilities crew for marking and grooming the trails so that they would be ready for Pumpkin Run. We’d like to thank our sponsors and donors as well. Allways Healthcare, Circle Health, Century 21, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Bodega Shoe Store, Laser Craze, Showcase Cinema and Parlee Farms.

Hope to see you at next year’s race!

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Theatre News

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Please join us! Tickets may be purchased by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468

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Middle School News

Advisory Service Projects

All middle school advisories will be involved with community service projects this week. Many students will be going off-campus to local organizations, such as local nursing homes, food banks, etc.. All details are on the school calendar. Please be sure to return any permission slips for trips and ask your child about their advisory’s project.

7th/8th Grade Sargent Center Permission Slips and Upcoming Parent Night

An information packet about our upcoming 7th/8th grade overnight trip to the Sargent Center was shared with students this week. Please return the permission slip, health form and fee by Friday, 11/16. Larry Chambers, the Sargent Center, will be coming to school on Wednesday, 11/14 for a student assembly during the school day. He will also be present for a Sargent Center Q & A with families on Wednesday, 11/14 at 7 pm.

Winter Athletics Registration: It is time again for winter sports. This year, we are offering the following sports for middle school students: basketball, cheer, archery and high school indoor track (7/8 only). Please find the registration packet here. This packet includes specific team offerings, practice times/locations and the steps to register. All middle school athletic registration paperwork is due October 29th. Please do not hesitate to contact the Athletic Department at iacsathletics@innovationcharter.org with any questions or concerns.

Walkathon

Thank you to all who came out and walked in our Walkathon on Monday and Tuesday of this week, we were lucky to have beautiful weather and we had a lot of fun walking around the track and singing along to some tunes. Thanks to your hard work we raised over $6000! An extra special thank you goes to our top individual fundraisers: Maddie Evans-Cole (1st place) Abby Noel (2nd place) and Sarah Gierke (3rd place). The top fundraising advisories were: Grove, Patterson, Stephens-North, and Kent advisories. The advisory that showed the most school spirit was the Moodie/Schraeder Advisory! Way to go and Thank You!

High School News

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Yearbook

Order forms for the high school yearbook were distributed in advisory this week. Yearbooks are $40.00 this year, and must be purchased by March 22, 2019. Paper order forms may be turned in (with cash or check) to the Main Office.

Yearbooks may be personalized with student’s name and icons for an additional cost. If you would like to personalize your child’s yearbook, please order online at schoolannual.com.

If you have photos from school events that you would like to see in the yearbook, please submit them to yearbook@innovationcharter.org.

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MEADOW FARMS PICK UP DATE: If you ordered from the Meadow Farms fundraiser, you can plan to pick up your pies on Thursday, November 8 at 3 p.m. Please be advised that you must pick up your orders; they will not be held for you after this pickup window. See the attached flyer.

DINING FOR IACA: Save the date for Wednesday, November 7, for our next dining event. This month’s eatery is the Tavern on the Square in Lowell! Print the attached flyer and bring it with you and the Tavern will contribute to our school.

THANK YOU! To all who came out to support the Pumpkin Run and Trunk or Treat yesterday! What a great afternoon and a wonderful way to celebrate the fall season!