The Hawk: October 6, 2017

January 1, 1970 12:00 am


IACS Newsletter for the week ending October 6, 2017

Dear IACS Community,

Hardly a day goes by that we are not reminded, unfortunately, of the reality of our times and how difficult it can be as young adult or a parent in today’s world. IACS strives to work in partnership with our students and parents to help navigate these difficult waters. Our Advisory Program as well as offerings through our Wellness Department provide us the opportunity to do this important work.

In an effort to provide parents with up-to-date information regarding health and wellness issues facing the older students, IACS has once again purchased a subscription to Student Health 101, a digital resource available both online and through their app. Refreshed monthly, the content is geared toward high school student and parents. Student Health 101 can be used by parents to help understand what is happening in their teens’ world today and give them information and tools to best help support their children. Simply go to our site, or download the app here.

Although social media can sometimes be a distraction, , the Student Health 101 tool can actually be a productive use of their social media time. The ease of accessing this resource directly from their smartphone gives students even more reason to engage with it in their free time. In addition to wide-reaching health and wellness content,we will be complementing each issue with IACS student-written articles specific to our community and issues most relevant to our students.

At the middle school level, the Wellness Team is thrilled to introduce a new program to our curriculum this year: “Changing Perspectives”. Changing Perspectives is a disability awareness curriculum that integrates well with our current work on empathy and respect. For example, the unit on autism and aspergers has allowed students to make eye-opening personal connections. We will continue to delve into other disabilities and differences (learning, cognitive, physical, etc.) as we progress in this unit. We are proud to be the first school in Massachusetts to be implementing the curriculum, as we believe strongly in raising students’ awareness in order to cultivate community members and allies inside and outside of our school walls. Wellness teacher Kelly Kyles, says “ The students are focused and engaged, and the overall environment of the classroom feels more “comfortable” and “safe” for all of our students. Listen to what some of our students have to say about the program:”

  • “I enjoy learning about disabilities so now and when I grow up I can help people with disabilities”- Amadeos, 5th grader
  • “I actually have a connection to this! My friend from my old school uses a wheelchair and she can still do amazing things!”- Ella, 5th grader
  • “I’m happy we’re learning about disabilities, I enjoy learning about it”- Hunter, 7th grader
  • We look forward to continuing conversation as way work to holistically support our students and community.

    Enjoy the long weekend with your families!

    Gayle Nutile-Pimm

    Director of Health and Wellness

    Important Dates

    October 7 SAT Exam – Must be here with ID by 7:45am

    October 9 No school Columbus Day

    October 11 Full Day Wednesday

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

    October 13 Middle School Picture Day

    October 14 PSAT Test 8:00 – 11:30 am

    October 16 Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00 – 9:00 pm

    October 18 Early Release Wednesday

    October 20 Fall Festival

    October 25 Early Release Wednesday

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

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

    October 27 MS 5th & 6th Halloween Social

    October 28 MS 7th & 8th Halloween Social

    All School News

    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: Have you registered?

    Are you aiming to be the fastest runner?

    Cornhole Champion? Best Trunk or Treat car?

    Register today!

    Questions? ask Heather:

    Theatre News


    School of Rock is coming up, Gilligan’s Island the musical will be the next big show (auditions on November 30) and in between we are taking a group to BROADWAY TO PERFORM CHILDREN OF EDEN! If you would like to join us in performing in NYC, auditions are on Tuesday, October 17, 3pm-5pm. Students, parents, staff, as well as any members of the community are welcome to audition for this beautiful musical. We will perform in NYC on December 12. All you need is an audition agreement form here in the Hawk, or on our facebook page at, or available at the main office. No experience necessary! (Please note: Typical School of Rock Rehearsal will not be held that day.) We hope to see you there!

    Come and see the show! 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! Fill out the form attached and return it to Innovation Academy, 72 Tyng Rd. Tyngsboro, MA 01852 Attn: IACS Theater. Click here for more details!

    Mark Your Calendar! Want to be part of our next show? November 30th, from 3:00-5:30 we’ll be holding auditions for our SPRING production, Gilligan’s Island The Musical! No experience needed- just show up and have fun! Students must have a signed audition form in order to participate. Audition forms are attached below and are also available in the main office.

    Middle School News

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    Join the Middle School Robotics Club! Students will have the opportunity to build and program robots using Lego Mindstorms equipment. In order to involve as many students as possible, we’ll cap enrollment at 12 students, but run sessions of 6 weeks. The first session will run on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 Club in room 241 of the high school on 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21, and 11/28. Robotics will not meet on Tuesday, 10/31. Please sign up your child by emailing instructor Andy Morrison at with robotics in the subject-line. Sign-ups will be first-come, first-served with a second six-week session starting in December to get as many students involved as possible.

    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.

    Extracurriculars Reminder:

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

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    High School News

    Upcoming Dates

    10/7 SAT Exam

    10/17 Progress Reports Published

    10/20 Fall Fest

    10/26 Pumpkin Run

    10/27 Honors Drop Deadline

    Seniors of the Month

    Congratulations to seniors Madison Lima and Araceli Schmalz for being nominated by their classmates and teachers for October Senior of the Month.

    Back to School Night Feedback

    If you haven’t already done so, here is the link to the parent survey on Back to School Night. Thank you to all that have already responded!

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    School Pictures : School photo’s have arrived and were sent home with students this week. Re-take day is Tuesday, November 7th. If you will be having your photo re-taken you will need to bring in the original photo’s to hand back to the photographer on November 7th. Student ID’s have not arrived yet but we expect them within the next week.

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    IACA News

    BE PART OF THE ACTION: Our monthly IACA meetings are a great way to get involved, meet other members, and find out about the many opportunities to support the work we do. Join us for an hour this Wednesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. in the Library. Check out our website over the weekend to review last meeting’s minutes and our upcoming agenda.

    MONDAYS ARE PIZZA DAYS! Or subs, or salads, or anything from Brother’s Pizza in Tyngsboro! Place an order on Mondays, dine in or take out, and Brother’s Pizza will donate part of your purchase back to IACS! Remember to mention Innovation Academy when you place your order: 978-226-5791

    YANKEE CANDLE PAPERWORK DUE NEXT WEEK: 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 or Bernadette Baird at

    PLANNING YOUR MEALS FOR THE WEEK? Save yourself at least one day of fuss and join us on TUESDAY (OCT 10) at Tavern on the Square in Lowell! Stop by for food, drinks and fun with your family and friends and support IACA at the same time! Remember to print the attached flyer and present it with your bill.

    And mark your calendar for November 14 at Owen and Ollie’s in Dracut!

    RAFFLE BASKETS/DINING 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 Thanks!

    VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the newest feature of our IACA website, the Volunteer Spotlight, where we recognize the many contributions of people from our community. In our first spotlight, we got to know our president,

    Jo Anne Frazier. Who do you want to meet next? Nominate a volunteer at

    CHAPERONING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SPOOKY! In fact, it can be a lot of fun. We’re still looking for adults to watch the kiddos have fun at our middle school Halloween dances on Friday/Saturday, October 27/28. Snack donations are also much appreciated! Contact