The Hawk: October 7, 2016

January 1, 1970 12:00 am


“The Hawk”

October 7, 2016

Dear IACS Community,

Last year I informed the IACS community of the plans to have our own teachers teach Dual Enrollment classes at IACS this year. Dual Enrollment is a state supported early college program that allows high school students to take college level classes and earn both high school credit and college credit at Massachusetts state colleges, universities, and community colleges. A key feature of Dual Enrollment is that financial support from the state reduces the cost for students to earn college credit. The cost savings are incredible: the equivalent of one year of college (10 classes) through Dual Enrollment is approximately $2,610 while the same classes at UMASS Amherst with room, board, and books will cost you $26,674. Students could easily save over $40,000 by earning two years of community college credits while they are still in high school and then transferring those credits to a four-year state college or university. Private colleges may also accept the transfer credit, but the level of acceptance could vary so students should contact the colleges they may be interested in to see what they are willing to accept as transfer credit.

To make Dual Enrollment classes more accessible to our students, we received approval to offer several Dual Enrollment classes on campus. Science teacher Katherine Hinkle and English teacher Ryan Deery have both been granted adjunct faculty status through Middlesex Community College. Mr. Deery is teaching an English Composition class (College Writing) as well as a Classics of Children’s Literature course. Ms. Hinkle’s Earth and Space Science course is the equivalent of MCC’s Introduction to Geology course and their Astronomy course. She is also teaching an Environmental Studies class during second semester.

A total of 52 students are enrolled in at least one of our Dual Enrollment offerings, and several of the 52 students are taking more than one. Our Dual Enrollment classes are open to juniors and seniors who successfully pass an exam required by MCC known as the Accuplacer exam. We will be offering the test to interested sophomores and juniors later this year so they can be eligible for Dual Enrollment classes next year. We hope to see the program grow for our students and I would like to thank Mr. Deery and Ms. Hinkle for getting the program started this year at IACS.


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal


All School News


IACS Fall Festival:  Friday, October 14th

This event is designed to build community across all grades as they engage in fun activities.  Students and staff will apply our school outcomes to tackle different challenges during the school day.  Families are welcome to watch the festivities on campus after 3:15pm  when the parking lot has cleared from dismissal and there is room to park. There will be some performances highlighting student talent, followed by a High School Boys Varsity Soccer game at 4pm. We will have light food and refreshments as well as some activities for younger family members.

Starting at 3:25pm there will be a series of activities including:

  • Staff vs. student (high school) tug of war

  • A dunk tank of IACS staff members (cost $1 for 3 balls)

  • Pumpkin painting/carving, face painting ($1), candy apples ($0.50) and more!

  • Performances a from our High School Dance Unlimited and Improv choice blocks, a drama club preview to the upcoming play, "Through the Looking Glass"

  • High School Chorus group will open with the National Anthem for the 4pm Boys Varsity Soccer game.

  • Save the date! We hope to see you then!

    Special Education: Innovation Academy will host a workshop covering Basic Rights in Special Education on November 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30.  This workshop will be led by a representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs and will provide an overview of special education laws and procedures with time for questions as well.  RSVP at is encouraged but not required.   

    Internship Mentors Requested:   As part of our mission at IACS, we offer our upperclassman an opportunity to take advantage in an Internship program on Wednesday afternoons (1-5pm). The program gives students the opportunity to obtain some first hand exposure and experience in the work force, and has brought a lot of benefits to local organizations. Last year one of our mentors at Lawrence General Hospital shared that her intern's "eagerness to learn inspires our knowledge, which we greatly appreciate."

    To help place all interested students, we are looking for additional mentors and organizations that may want to mentor a student intern. We are currently still looking for placements in the medical field (anywhere from physical therapy, pharmaceutical, medical research, nursing and labs) as well as computer science.

    If you, your neighbor, relative or friend may be interested in having an unpaid student intern, we would love the opportunity to see if we may have a good match! Please contact Director of Community Outreach & Advancement, Tina Lindberg at

    IACS Gear:  IACS Student Government and National Honors Society have teamed up to launch a fundraising event.  All proceeds will benefit both organizations.  Beginning September 29th, IACS Swag is available for purchase. Please complete the attached order form and submit with payment. (Cash or Check)

    Merchandise will be available to view at varying Long Passes, in the auditorium lobby, and at Fall Festival.  We hope you will consider supporting our organizations!

    Costa Rica Trip:  The planning for the Costa Rica Trip April Vacation 2017 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. We are having an informational meeting for parents and students next Tuesday, October 11th from  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.  This is an amazing opportunity for our students to apply what they have been learning in the classroom.  Our spots filled up quickly last year.  We  are looking forward to seeing you there!

    For more information contact Señora Schmalz at

    IACA Drama News:

    Join us for The IACS Production of

    THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS this November 17-19!

    See the attached form for information about tickets and about purchasing space in the program!

    The fall and winter middle school drama workshop is already filling up! Please see the attached information for details!

    What's the next IACS Production? The March show will be the Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha! See the attached information for details and an audition agreement form! We would love to see you at auditions – whether you've been in numerous shows or have never even seen a show!

    Questions about the performing arts program? Please email

    Middle School News

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    Progress Reports Delayed

    We had originally shared that our first round of progress reports would be posted to our Aspen student and family portal on Friday, 10/14. Our new progress reports are still in the final stages of coding with the Follett Aspen developers. We are hoping to be able to publish the progress report to the portal by Friday, 10/21. We will update families in the Hawk if the date changes. Families and students will receive an email as well when the progress report is published to the portal.

    MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council:

    The MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council will meet five Fridays a year from 7:45-8:30 am. This year the council will be meeting on 10/21, 12/2, 2/3 , 3/17, and 5/19. 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 17th.

    MS Parent Night: MS Grading System and x2 Aspen Follett Training- Wednesday, 10/12 6-7 pm

    Recently middle school families received x2 parent and student portal passwords and a written overview of our middle school grading system. Do you have follow-up questions about our middle school grading system? Would you like a tutorial on how to use x2 Aspen Follett to support student learning? If so, please come to a parent night on Wednesday, 10/12 from 6-7 pm. Bring a laptop, if you have one. We’ll also have school chromebooks available.



    Join Garden Club: The IACS Hawkmoths are the school's outdoor experts! Come join us in Garden Club from 12:30-2:30pm on Wednesday half days, and 3-4pm on Wednesday full days. We will plant in the garden, learn about and enjoy the land around our beautiful school, make and maintain wildlife habitats, and grow food and flowers. New this year, we'll enjoy indoor projects as we continue Garden Club over the winter! Students can join any time; if you have other activities, like sports or plays, you can come in the off-season or between shows.

    To sign up, fill out this form. To see what we're all about, check out the IACS Hawkmoths website! If you have questions, please contact:

    Natalie Kelsey

    Cori Rose

    Extracurriculars: Crochet Club, Garden Club, MS Band, MS Chorus, Dungeons and Dragons, Yearbook, After school Art classes, and the Literary Magazine are all accepting new members. Look for more information on the extracurricular page of our website:

    MS Winter Sports:  Winter sports packets were handed out today to all middle school students. All paperwork is due back to the Athletic Department by Tuesday, November 1st. Please read through the packet information to see if your child is interested in any of the winter sports that are offered. If you have any questions regarding paperwork or winter sports in general, please feel free to contact the Athletic Office at


    High School News

    Camp Sunshine Fundraiser

    October Seniors of the Month

    Congratulations to our October Seniors of the Month, Katie Shapiro and Alex Girouard! Both students were recognized for their outstanding displays of community membership. Katie is known to help other students in class by leading study group sessions and for helping teachers with tasks without being asked. Alex volunteered in the IACS library this summer, is a dedicated NHS member, and has been working hard planning for the Fall Festival as one of the C0-Presidents for Student Government.  Nice work to both of you!

    Spirit Week is next week!!! October 11-14

  • Monday: No school!

  • Tuesday: pajama day

  • Wednesday: twin day

  • Thursday: favorite sport/sports team day

  • Friday: class colors for the Fall Festival. You should plan for active-wear for the day due to the nature of the games.

  • Freshman: Blue         

  • Sophomores: Red

  • Juniors: White           

  • Seniors: Black

  • Student Health 101

    Photo of the Week

    Submissions can be emailed to

    The Girls Varsity Soccer Team…photo thanks to Vera Crane!

    Pat Modrich, 

    Main Office Admin
    Innovation Academy Charter School
    p. 978-649-0432
    f.  978-649-6337