The Hawk: October 27, 2017

October 26, 2017 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending October 27, 2017

Dear IACS Community,

In the coming weeks you will be receiving an invitation to participate in this year’s Annual Giving Campaign (AGC). IACS has hired an architectural firm to design plans to restore our historic front steps, which are nearly 100 years old and cannot be used in their current state. We anticipate that plans will be created over the winter months and that you’ll see signs of construction next spring and summer.

As a charter school, IACS receives some funding from Massachusetts to support facilities, however the amount does not adequately cover the mortgage payments and other capital projects we undertake to keep our campus and buildings looking beautiful and safe. In order to keep our state tuition funds focused on our academic and extracurricular programs, IACS engages in fundraising campaigns like this to support building projects.

Thank you in advance for “stepping up” in this year’s Annual Giving Campaign!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

Important Dates:

October 27 MS 5 & 6th Halloween Social 7pm- 9pm

October 28 MS 7th & 8th Halloween Social 7pm-9pm

November 1 Early Release Wednesday

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

November 4 SAT Exam 7:45am

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

November 7 High School Picture Re-take Day

November 8 Full Day Wednesday

IACA Meeting 7:00 – 8:30 pm

November 10 No School Veteran’s Day

November 14 High School Innovation Morning for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30am

November 15 Early Release Wednesday

November 16 IACS Production of “School of Rock” 7:00 – 9:30 pm

November 17 IACS Production of “School of Rock” 7:00 – 9:30 pm

November 18 IACS Production of “School of Rock” 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

November 20 Middle School Fall Athletics Awards Night 6:00 – 8:00 pm

IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm

All School News

The Pumpkin Run committee wants to express their extreme gratitude to all of those who came out and ran/walked, trunk or treated, or played cornhole. It was your participation, along with the army of volunteers that came out to support this event that made it a success! Thank you for making it a fun day and we hope to see you again next year!

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.

  • Amiguitos:

    Do you have a child in 3rd-5th grade who would like to learn Spanish? Join our "Amiguitos" Spanish class, running for 6 weeks on Tuesdays starting November 7th at 4:15! Register before November 3rd. See flyer for details.

    IACS School Nutrition Program: The November Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. This month’s menu features Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Fajita, Steak & Cheese Sub, homemade soup and much more. Monday’s are meatless and we offer gluten-free and vegetarian options daily. 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 have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Lost and Found Bins Overflowing

    Our lost and found bins are overflowing. We’ll be cleaning them out and donating the items to local charities on 11/6. Please ask your student to look through them or come by school if you are missing items.

    Athletics News

    HS Swim Team
    High School Families, there is a possibility of a high school swim team co-op this winter if there is enough interest by IACS students. Please have your students check their student email and respond to if they have interest.

    High School winter sports registration will be opening next week so keep an eye out in your email for the FamilyID registration link with instructions on how to sign up.


    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. So exciting! Rhonda has e-mailed the cast and chaperones regarding trip information- check your e-mail! 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!

    T-SHIRTS! It’s not too late to get a School of Rock T-shirt! Wear some cool swag AND show your theater love! Return the form with $15 to the Main Office by Tuesday, Oct 31st

    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

    Advisory Service Projects

    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.

    Student Pick-Up

    Students should be picked up promptly at dismissal or after their extracurricular activity. Extra help sessions should be arranged with teachers 48 hours in advance. Recently, we have seen an uptick of middle school students that are unsupervised on campus after hours, resulting in a safety concern.

    High School News

    Upcoming Dates

    10/30 Lecture Hall Live

    10/31 Costumes allowed to be worn (school appropriate and no masks)

    Parent Volunteers Needed 11/5

    On Sunday, November 5th, we will be holding an open house for prospective students and their families. I am looking for a few current parents of high school students that would be willing to share about their experience with IACS and answer questions that prospective families may have. You would need to be here from 1:00 to 2:45 – don’t worry it is the Patriot’s bye week:) If you are willing to serve on this panel please just send me (Dr. Arnold) an email. Thanks for considering.

    John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients

    This year 30 seniors, representing 32% of the Class of 2018, at Innovation Academy Charter School (IACS) earned the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. This award marks high achievement on the Math, English Language Arts, and Science MCAS exams. Recipients of this scholarship are granted free tuition (not fees or room & board) at Massachusetts state colleges and universities. This year’s recipients are: Dylan Barrus, Kiersten Callery, Clara Casale, Johannes Crueger-Cain, Jonathan Doliver, Cameron Frazier, Nathaniel George, Antonio Gulia, Zachary Hamann, Maya Hegde, Seth Henry, Aniruddha Kailasam, Jade King, Holly Lee, Emily Lyons, Ebony Moore, Marina Morse, Tyler North, Zachary Palmer, Benjamin Procter, Kaelani Ramirez, Emily Reed, Rebecca Reynolds, Isaac Richman, Nathaniel Roy, Araceli Schmalz, Olivia Silva, Benjamin Smith, Devin West, and Daniel Wight. Congratulations to all for earning this recognition.

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    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.

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    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! Thank you all who turned out to support the First Pumpkin Run. Whether you helped out, ran, trunk or treated or just hung out, it was a great event! Hope to see you all at the Halloween Dances tonight and tomorrow!

    VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Bernadette Baird, fundraising coordinator extraordinaire, in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! Just swing by our website and say hello next time you see her! Remember, we’re always looking for feature nominations! Drop a line to

    JINGLE BELLS, OUR TEAM SELLS!SCRIPS gift cards, that is! 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!

    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.

    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!

    SAVE THE DATE: For the next IACA meeting and potluck, starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, in the library.

    BOXTOPS SUPERSTARS: Kids of the Coes (MS) and Wetmore (HS) advisories, you ROCK! Bernadette Baird will give you all the details of your PIZZA 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!

    Next up: Gilligan’s Island- The Musical!

    Calling all CAST-aways! Our winter production is Gilligan’s Island- The Musical! Don’t know who Gilligan is? Just ask your parents!

    Seriously, though- you don’t have to know anything about the popular TV show to have a blast with friends and family in our winter musical!

    Middle and High school students are invited to audition on Thursday, November 30th from 3:00pm-5:30pm. If middle school students cannot stay for the entire audition time it’s ok! All you need is a signed agreement form. No experience necessary- just come and prepare to have fun!

    Please note that the middle school cast will rehearse on half-day Wednesdays. Rehearsal schedules will be arranged so that students may take part in the show and chorus if they wish.