The Hawk: September 8, 2017

September 8, 2017 6:00 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending September 8, 2017

Dear IACS Community,

As we head into another weekend of fall activities, I hope we’re all taking time to think about the people directly impacted by wildfires ravaging California and Oregon, as well as hurricanes Harvey and Irma. While geography distances us from these tragic events, members of the our community no doubt have close friends and/or family who have been directly impacted. IACS certainly has the capacity to help in particular, schools and students whose beginning of the year has started off on the most difficult of circumstances.

As educators, we know that students can better appreciate the importance of community service when they can directly see their impact. Accordingly, if any member of the IACS community has a personal connection to a school (ex: teacher, administrator, or student) impacted by these natural disasters, please reach out to me directly so we can think of ways to connect with them and provide support. Let’s put Community Membership to action!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

Sept 12 Substitute Teacher Training 8:15 – 9:15 am
Sept 13 Early Release
Sept 14 Middle School Back to School Night 6:30 – 8:30pm
Sept 14 High School Picture Day
Sept 18 Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 pm
Sept 20 ILP Conferences High School and Middle School
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 & MS ILP Conferences

Oct 6 Fall Festival

Oct 7 SATs 9:00 am

Oct 9 No school Columbus Day

Oct 11 Full Day Wednesday

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

Oct 13 Middle School Picture Day

All School News

Innovation Academy will host a workshop covering Basic Rights in Special Education on Tuesday September 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm in room 106. 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. Please contact Aimee Voleti with any questions.

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.

New Carpool Sign-Up Form: Interested in setting up a carpool for next year? We’ve created a new Carpool Flyer for you to view. The new process works as follows:

  • Click on the link found on the flyer to enter your contact information and street address. Remember, data you share on this form will become shared with everyone else interested in carpooling.

  • Once you’ve submitted data you will receive an automated email that gives you access to two items: a spreadsheet of names and an interactive map that allows you to see who lives near you and their contact information. Both of these documents will automatically update every time someone new enters their data.

  • Substitute Teacher Training: If you are interested in substitute teaching at IACS this year, we are holding trainings on Tuesday, 9/12 and Monday, 9/25 at 8:15 am. Come to either training 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.

    Middle School News

    Students in 7th grade Challenge came to a consensus in developing their own rules to a game they invented. Teamwork, problem-solving, physical activity, and fun on a beautiful day!

    Back to School Homework Tips:

    Use this link for some homework tips for setting up systems to support your student at home.

    Back to School Night: Middle School Back to School Night is Thursday, September 14th 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.

    Middle School Band: Band meets twice a week after school from 3 – 4:30. There are two band groups: beginner band, which is for students who have never played their instrument/read music before, and meets on Mondays and Thursdays; and advanced band, which is for students who have played their instrument for at least a year, and meets on Tuesdays and Fridays. Band instruments include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. To sign up, come see Ms. Destramp in room 510, or have your family email her at

    Middle School Chorus: The Middle School Chorus is open to all students in grades 5-8 who love to sing! Chorus meets on Half-Day Wednesdays from 12:25 – 1:45 in the Middle School Music Room (510). We do not meet on Full-Day Wednesdays. Students bring a bagged lunch, enjoy lunch together and then we sing! Students are to be picked up in front of Landberg Hall by parents at 1:45. We will be singing music in preparation of our December Concert. Middle School Chorus will start on Wednesday September 13th at 12:25 – 1:45 in the Middle School Music Room with Mrs. Lane.

    Middle School Art, Fall Session: Tuesday or Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

    Starts Tuesday, September 12 or Thursday, September 14.

    This 8 week open studio session is designed to give students access to a wide variety of materials and tools in the art room in order to create work of their choosing. Available media include drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, collage, book making, paper mache, stop motion animation and more! There is a $60 fee for this program. Please fill out the registration form and submit payment by Friday, September 8. Checks can be made out to IACS and submitted to the main office. Please indicate on the check the student’s name and "after school art". Questions about the program or to inquire about a scholarship, please email

    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

    Mark your Calendars for these Important Dates

    Thursday, Sept 14th – School Photo’s

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

    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.

    Seniors of the Month – Nate Roy & Vincent LaRosa

    9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

    Article by Ms. Derival on Green Chemistry

    SAT Prep in Tyngsborough

    PSA Contest


    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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    IACA News

    YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER: Did you know that your purchases help to fund all different kinds of social events for our school community? We have various events throughout the year- socials, luncheons, our fantastic end-of-year BBQ, but we can’t do it without your help! Our Fall Fundraiser is through Yankee Candle. Take a peek online at their beautiful selection of candles and so much more at Enter group number 990035230 to start shopping today! Sales end October 13. There is a flyer attached to this edition of the Hawk as well ( see below).

    For more information contact Annette Famolare at or Bernadette Baird at

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    Boxtops Fall Contest – Every BoxTop we collect is worth 10 cents. IACS has had some amazing yearly totals of $1000 or more! Can we top that this year? Our Fall contest runs until September 29th and the winning advisory will get a pizza party! 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 include your child’s name and advisory with the BoxTops

    We submit year round, but it’s so much more fun to throw a party! And don’t stop collecting them after Middle School! This contest runs school-wide. Thanks everyone!

    Dining for a Cause

    We all eat out. Why not make it count? EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, we are excited to be able to offer a fantastic fundraising night for IACS at a local restaurant. Make sure to put the following dates/locations in your calendar:

    October 10 Tavern in the Square, Lowell

    November 14 – Owen and Ollie’s, Dracut

    December 12 – TBD

    January 9 – Flatbread Pizza, Bedford

    We’ll send more information as we get nearer to the dates. Check your weekly Hawk for details!