The Hawk: September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 8:00 am

“The Hawk”

Dear IACS Community,

The  Innovation Academy Wellness Program is thrilled to introduce a new, interactive digital magazine: Student Health 101, to students and parents. Student Health 101 is an online magazine that targets high school students  with a  focus of promoting lifelong wellness. Topics range from from nutrition, healthy relationships, managing stress, dealing with difficult social situations, and preparing for college. The magazine is not only highly relevant, but also accessible and engaging, incorporating video, images, and text. Context will be customized by the IACS Wellness staff to best meet the needs of our students.  It will feature new content and articles every two weeks  and will be freely accessible to all of the high school students, as well as all  parents and staff.  Student Health 101 will be used as part of the 10th grade Health Education curriculum but will also be available to be used in any other high school classes, including advisory.   

Starting soon, high school students will receive bi-weekly emails highlighting new content in the magazine. They will also have the choice to opt in to receive magazine updates via text message.

All parents also have access to the student magazine IACS/Student Health 101, as well as an additional supplement that is aimed at supporting parents/guardians called Student Advocate. By clicking on the above links you will be brought to the magazine and the parent supplement.  Once on the site,  you may sign up for automatic email or text message reminders as new issues are published.

It is our hope that parents will choose to make use of this  free resource, signing up for email and text message reminders.  The articles are timely and a great  way to stay connected with your teen regarding the current issues and concerns of today’s high school students.

The goal of introducing this program to our high school population is to help develop a school wide culture of wellness.  We sincerely hope that use of Student Health 101 will initiate conversation whether in health class, advisory,  the hallways, the sports field or at home; encouraging open dialogue and support regarding  some the most important issues facing teenagers today.

We are very excited about Student Health 101, and see it  not only as resource and support for students , but also for parents and the community at large.  

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Gayle Nutile-Pimm at  

Best from the Wellness Department,

Donna Harrington  Kelly Kyles  Nolan McKinnon  Gayle Nutile-Pimm and  Kyle Thornton

You can't educate a child who isn't healthy, and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated.     Joycelyn Elders

All School News

Parent Survey: Thanks to the over 250 families who have completed the short survey sent out this week.  This survey will allow us to know your preferences for how the school uses you contact information as well as names/images for students in publications.  If you haven’t completed it already please CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

IACS School Nutrition Program:  The September Breakfast & Lunch Menu is posted here. To better serve IACS families, an innovative point of sale (POS) system, specifically designed for school nutrition programs, is being implemented this year.  This eliminates the need to pre-order meals. More information can be found on our website: IACS School Nutrition Program.  Contact Karen Drake if you have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

Substitute Teacher Training: If you are interested in substitute teaching at IACS this year, we are holding a training on Thursday, 9/22 at 8:15 am. Come to learn more about substitute teacher training and to complete paperwork to get started. We are lucky to have many caring IACS parents in our substitute teaching pool.

Performing Arts News:  The Performing Arts Program is looking for awesome volunteers! Could you help in the areas of publicity, supervision of middle schoolers (on Wednesday half days and/ or the weekend of the show) organizing props and costumes and more? Please email

Mark your calendars for an amazing year in IACS Performing Arts! The IACS Middle School Drama Club will start on November 30 and run on Wednesday 1/2 days, 12:30-2:30, for 8 weeks. See the attached registration form for details! Questions? Email

Middle School News

Homework Tips:

At Middle School Back to School Night, we shared some homework tips to help with making the transition to middle school. They are shared by clicking this link.

X2 Follett Aspen Passwords: x2 Follett Aspen is our online gradebook and database. Families and students can use it to view student schedules, view attendance records, get a sense of current progress based on grades, and note any missing assignments. Passwords for new middle school families will be mailed home next week. Returning families and students have maintained the same user name/password. If you have forgotten yours or need your password reset, please contact the main office at

Dungeons and Dragons Club Sign-ups: Do you like to travel through deep, creepy tunnels, fighting monsters and gaining treasure?  D&D is a role-playing game, where all of the action happens in your imagination. New and experienced players are all equally welcome!  Email Mrs. Muhigi at to sign up. D & D will start on Monday, September 26th, in room 207 of the Murdoch building, Bring any supplies you have. We will meet every Monday from 3-4.

Middle School Chorus News: Middle School Chorus has started singing! New students are still welcome to join if they would like to sing with Chorus.  Parents should email Mrs. Lane ( if their child wishes to participate and they were unable to attend our first week.   Chorus will meet after-school on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 (note new time) and Wednesdays from12:30-2:00pm.  Students will meet Mrs. Lane on the patio and will be given time for a snack break prior to rehearsal. Please have your children bring a snack on Mondays and lunch on Wednesdays. Students are to be picked up promptly at the Middle School Patio by parents at 4:00 pm on Mondays and 2:00pm on Wednesdays.

Upcoming 7th/8th Grade Overnight Field Trip: Sargent Center paperwork was due today. Please submit on Monday, if you missed the deadline. Click here for more information on the trip.

Extracurriculars: MS Band, MS Chorus, 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:

Volunteer Opportunity: We are arranging volunteers to help take away some of the administrative tasks that teachers need to complete in order to give more time to focus on teaching and learning. If you are interested in making a regular (weekly or biweekly) commitment to help with making photocopies for classes, please contact Sandy Turner at

High School News

Back To School Night, Thursday, September 29th 6-8pm

Tardies to School

Earth & Space Science Class Field Work

Students in Mrs. Hinkle’s Earth and Space Science Dual Enrollment class are seen here measuring stream flow at Mine Fells in Nashua this week.  Mrs. Hinkle normally takes her students to conduct this study at a park in Westford, but the stream was so low because of the drought that she had to fine another stream nearby that had enough water flowing.


Student Government

College Counseling News for September

PSAT’s, SAT’s, Financial Aid Workshops and more…

Photo of the Week

I’m going to start a new feature for The Hawk titled, “Photo of the Week”. I may take the picture or a picture can be submitted by a student or teacher. While mountain biking on our trails this week, I found an interesting spot on our property. Have some fun naming the photo as well. Submissions can be emailed to

I think I shall title this photo…

“Picnic Table Graveyard”


Pat Modrich, 

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