The Hawk: September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017 6:00 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending September 22, 2017

Dear IACS Community,

On Thursday, October 26th you are encouraged to participate in our first ever “Pumpkin Run” to be held here at IACS. The race will start at 4:15 and wind its way through 3 km (about 1.7 mile) of our trail system. Of course it’s the Halloween season, so runners can wear costumes and beware there may be some terrifying staff members on the course that will scare you to finish in record time!

The Pumpkin Run will consist of a race and cash prizes for active runners as well as a “Fun Run/ Walk” for who want to take a more leisurely pace. In addition to fun on our trails, there will be family activities, including our first ever “Trunk or Treat”, as well as games, food and music. Please check out the event webpage by clicking here.

Race registration will be managed through an online system by clicking HERE.

So pick out your running outfit (or costumes?), start stretching the hamstrings, and we’ll see you on October 26th!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

Sept 25 Substitute Teacher Training 8:15 – 9:15 am
Sept 26 High School Back to School Night 6:00 – 8:00pm
Sept 27 Full Day Wednesday
High School Internships Begin

Oct 4 Early Release HS and MS ILP Conferences

Oct 7 SAT Exam 9:00 am

Oct 9 No school Columbus Day

Oct 11 Full Day Wednesday

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

Oct 13 Middle School Picture Day

Oct 14 PSAT Test 8:00 – 11:30 am

Oct 16 Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00-9:00 pm

Oct 18 Early Release Wednesday

Oct 20 Fall Festival

Oct 25 Early Release Wednesday

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

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

Oct 27 MS 5th & 6th Halloween Social

Oct 28 MS 7th & 8th Halloween Social

All School News

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 available to all families. To create an account or to add funds to an existing account go to our website: IACS School Nutrition Program. As always, 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.

Language Screenings: Language screenings are part of the state-mandated process to ensure that all students are receiving appropriate services to suit their individual needs is that when a family indicates on the home language survey that a language other than English is spoken at home, that student will partake in a language screening in order to assess their English language proficiency.

Substitute Teacher Training: If you are interested in substitute teaching at IACS this year, we are holding training on Monday, 9/25 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.

Theatre News

Who’s gonna ROCK with us? 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! Click here to print the form and return it to Innovation Academy, 72 Tyng Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879 Attn: IACS Theater

Middle School News

Sixth graders played a counting game in Spanish this week.

X2 Aspen:

X2 Aspen is our online database & open gradebook. Passwords for new students were mailed home this week. Passwords have not changed for returning students and families. Students will be learning how to log on in advisory to review their current progress and see if they have any missing work. We encourage all students to log on to the parent portal weekly to review their child’s progress in their classes. To review our grading system and how to navigate the website, please read the Parent Guide to MS Grading.

If you cannot access your account, please reach out to the main office to have your password reset-

Dungeons & Dragons:

Calling all wizards, fighters and dungeon masters! Dungeons and Dragons is starting again. We will be meeting every Monday after school, from 3:00-4:00, in room 207. If you are interested in signing up, families should email Ms. Muhigi at The start date for D&D will be Monday, September 25th. All levels are welcome, and please come prepared to play!

The Scribbler

Calling all middle school artists and writers!

Looking to find a place to publish your work?

We’re looking for editors and anyone interested in putting together a literary magazine for the year. This is a yearlong commitment, and we are looking for middle school students in good academic standing, who are hardworking and dedicated to publish a literary magazine by the end of the year.

The Scribbler will meet on Thursdays after school from 3:00-4:30 PM in Room 408.

Mr. Pisco is the Literary Magazine Advisor.

Meetings begin on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

To join, return a signed permission slip to Mr. Pisco.

(Permission slips are also available online and by the Main Office in Murdoch Hall)

You can start attending meetings once the permission slip is signed.

Extracurriculars Reminder:

Band, chorus, art, fall athletics and drama have begun. For more information, click here

High School News

Mark your Calendars for these Important Dates

Tuesday, Sept 26th 6-8pm – Back to School Night for Parents

IACS Students Help with Hurricane Relief

Penny Wars for Abandoned Pets

Article by Ms. Derival on Green Chemistry

SAT Prep in Tyngsborough

Future Driver’s of America Offers Classes at IACS

We are pleased to be able to offer students an opportunity to take the Driver’s Ed class thru Future Driver’s of America at IACS on Wednesday afternoon’s. Classes begin Wednesday, September 27th. Families must register through Future Driver’s of America. Register on-line at

For more information and for the class dates check out the flyer by clicking here.

Planners for Sale

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail” Sir Winston Churchill

Start the year off organized! Write down all those projects, assignments and college meetings!

Purchase an IACS planner for $9. (Cash or Check accepted)

See Crystal McKiel in Room 230 during Longpass or speak to your advisor about purchasing one.


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.

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After a lot of trial and error and some serious problem solving,

the Johnson/Arnold 9th grade Advisory finally found success

balancing the "Whale Watch" on the Low Ropes Course.


WATCH FOR YOUR YANKEE CANDLE CATALOGS! Paperwork and catalogs will be sent home THIS WEEK for our awesome fall fundraiser. Catalog sales only run from September 29 to October 13. Can’t wait for that scratch and sniff? Start shopping now! Visit and enter group number 990035230. Remember! Every purchase from our Big Fall Fundraiser helps to fund the many things we do at IACA. We can’t do it without your help!

For more information contact Annette Famolare at or Bernadette Baird at

SAVE THE DATES TO DINE WITH US: By now, you’ve probably seen our Facebook event for our first Dining for a Cause Tuesday at Tavern on the Square in Lowell on October 10. This awesome fundraiser runs at a different restaurant around our towns EVERY SECOND TUESDAY of the month. The Tavern will donate 15% of your total bill to IACA, just print the attached coupon and bring it with you to the restaurant. Anyone with a coupon can participate, so tell your friends and family!

  • OCTOBER 10- Tavern in the Square, Lowell
  • NOVEMBER 14 – Owen and Ollie’s, Dracut
  • FALL BOXTOPS CONTEST ENDS THIS WEEK! Your student has until FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 to turn in BoxTops to count toward our first contest of the year. The middle school and high school advisory with the highest return gets a pizza party! But keep clipping, because every BoxTop we collect is worth 10 cents. All together, it definitely adds up. Can we top $1,000 this year? Here’s how to submit your BoxTops:

  • Send in only non-expired, clipped BoxTops
  • Do not tape them to a paper — we submit them in batches of 50.
  • PLEASE send along your child’s name and advisory along with the BoxTops
  • WANNA DANCE? The kids do, so we’re looking for some volunteers! We hope you can join us for some spooky fun at the middle school Halloween dances. We need CORI-approved chaperones for the 5/6 dance on Friday, October 27 and the 7/8 dance on Saturday, October 28. The office can process CORI requests up to days before so don’t worry if you don’t have one on file.

    Can’t make it but still want to help? Snacks are greatly appreciated. Let us know if you can pick up Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Single Serve Rice Krispies Treats, Cheese Puffs, or Single Serve Pretzels from your wholesale club. Contact to volunteer.