The Hawk: September 14, 2018

September 13, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending September 7th

Dear IACS Community –

The students are exhausted after their first full week of school, but they still left the building with smiles on their faces:) We had our first “Choice Block” today, which meets last block on Fridays. Students chose from a variety of clubs and activities and new options are available each season (Fall, Winter, Spring). Choice Block options this fall included the following: Student Government, Flag Football, Yearbook, Garage Band, Art Club, Dungeons & Dragons, Basketball, Choir, Debate, Disc Golf, Envirothon, Improv, The Innovator, Magic in the Lab, Model UN, Mountain Biking, SAT Math Prep, Slam Poetry, Yearbook, Hiking, Yoga, and Volleyball. It is a great opportunity for students to pursue various interests that might not be available to them at other times due to their busy lives.

Have you heard of eSports? It is basically playing video games in a competitive environment. Colleges have teams (one of our recent graduates actually was awarded a scholarship to play eSports in college) and Massachusetts has decided this year to be one of the first states to take part in a high school eSports league. The game that schools will be competing in this year is called “League of Legends” and it is the most played PC game in the world. The game requires critical thinking and teamwork, where each player on a team of five must support one another to succeed. You can find out more information about it by clicking HERE. I wanted to make you all aware of it just in case your child comes home and says they want to join the IACS eSports team…they’re not lying…it’s a real team!

On another note, our first Individual Learning Plan conferences are planned for Wednesday, September 19th. This is a student led meeting where they will share with you and their advisor their goals for the year. Lastly, please plan on attending our “Back to School” night on September 27th. Please arrive at 5:50 to receive your schedule for the night, so that you can meet all of your child’s teachers and advisor.


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

Important Dates

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All School News

No Snow Days yet but….

IACS uses a program called "School Messenger" to alert the community with more urgent messages: weather delays/closings, power outages, etc.

To make sure you receive these messages, you need to opt into the School Messenger System. It’s really easy:

Step 1. Confirm that we have your cell phone number in X2. You should be able to see this when you login then go to my info/details.

Step 2. Send Y or Yes to 67587

Not sure if you’ve already opted in? Please feel free to send Y to 67587, doing it again will not cause any problems and will insure that you get all updates and messages.

Reminder: If any community member would like to join one of the three IACS 2025 committees (Classroom, Community, Campus) please contact Greg Orpen: by Friday, September 21st. These groups will work collaboratively to move forward the initiatives articulated in our strategic plan.

Substitute Teacher Training: If you are interested in learning more about substitute teaching this year at IACS, we will hold a training on and Tuesday, 9/18 from 8:15 am-9:15 am. RSVP using this form:

Innovation Academy will host a workshop covering Basic Rights in Special Education on Thursday, September 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm in room 100. 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 to is appreciated but not required.

ILP conferences approach:

Reach out to your child’s advisor if you don’t have a conference scheduled.

IACS School Nutrition Program:

If you have any questions about the School Nutrition Program, contact Karen Drake, Director of Food Services,

Middle School News

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Back to School Night: Middle School Back to School Night is Thursday, September

20th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Mark your calendars! Come meet your child’s teachers

and follow a modified version of their day to hear more about the curriculum.

Extracurriculars Reminder: Band, chorus, and JBOP have begun but are accepting more students. After school art, The Scribbler, yearbook will be starting up soon. Click here for more information.

MS Student Advisory Council: Mr. Pererya and Mrs. Kapeckas are forming a Middle School Student Advisory Council with the focus on improving school culture and students’ experience at IACS. The group will meet every other Friday during lunch/recess/advisory beginning on 10/5. Students that are interested in joining should write a paragraph about why they are interested in joining and what they would contribute to the group. Please an email with this information to Mr. Pereyra ( and Mrs. Kapeckas (

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 10/11, 11/27, 1/8, 3/14, and 5/14. 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 1st.

Thank You: On Tuesday, 9/11, the Angelone, Muhigi and Destramp advisories commemorated the 9/11 terrorist attacks by welcoming first responder Kyle Sencabaugh, father of 6th grader Josh, as a guest speaker during advisory time. Kyle is a dispatcher from the Wilmington Fire Department. Students enjoyed the visit, and had a chance to ask Kyle several questions about what first responders do to help in the case of an emergency. Kyle talked about the importance of the 911 system and discussed appropriate actions students can take in case of emergencies. As a way to thank the first responders for their service, students then presented Wilmington Fire Department with several thank you cards.

High School News

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Articles of Interest

At Innovation Academy, we have four social outcomes for students that are based on our mission and charter. These social outcomes (described in detail on pages 9-10 of our handbook) are: self-directed learning, problem solving, effective communication, and community membership. Last week, when I met with students about our school rules and expectation, it was largely focused on community membership. This week I would like share with all members of our community a couple of articles that are connected to the outcomes of self-directed learning, problem solving, and effective communication.

  • Karen Fancher on Parenting

  • Lawnmower Parents


    Picture Day is this coming Thursday – Order forms will go home on Monday. You can also place an order at All students will have their picture taken regardless of whether they place an order or not.

    Planners for Sale – Students, stay on top of those project and test dates with a planner! We have a new smaller, inexpensive version this year. $3 while supplies last.

    See Crystal in room 230

    Driver’s Ed Future Driver’s of America will again be holding classes at our IACS campus on Wednesday afternoons. Classes will begin on Wednesday, October 10th. Watch for an email soon with a full list of dates and registration information!


    Students driving themselves to school will need to apply for a parking permit. Forms are available outside of Ms. Kelly’s office or by following this link. Please make sure you complete all parts and bring the copies of required documents before turning them into the main office.

    Substitute Teacher Training: If you are interested in learning more about substitute teaching this year at IACS, we will hold a training on and Tuesday, 9/18 from 8:15 am-9:15 am. RSVP using this form:

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    HAVE YOU SIGNED UP ON OUR VOLUNTEER LIST? Even if you’ve put your name on the list in the past, we update our list every year.

    Click here to be sure your name is included for 2018-19.

    BOXTOPS: Our first contest runs through September 28. Group your clippings in batches of 50, labeled with your child’s name and advisor, and get them to the main office.

    FALL FUNDRAISER: The Meadow Farms PIES and catalog fundraiser runs from Sept. 11th through the 24th. Perfect for holiday dessert planning, and they have some great gift ideas as well. Please note, pies cannot be ordered online, and require prompt pickup when orders come in.


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    Questions? Contact Annette Famolare

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