Welcome Back! Mother Nature certainly saved some warm weather during our first week back to school, but that didn’t get in the way classes getting off to a great start. This marks our first edition of “The Hawk” (formerly known as The Dispatch), which we send out on a weekly basis. In addition to providing you with a rundown of current news and notes, we’re also going to include some “big picture” perspectives regarding the past, current, and future work of IACS. We know from our family survey that people have a wide range of preferences when it comes to the volume and formatting of these updates, however if you have ideas you’d like share or topics you’d like to see us include in The Hawk, please let me know.
Here’s to another great year,
Head of School
Next Week’s Dates At a Glance:
September 7- No School, Labor Day
September 9- Early Release, 12:25 Dismissal
September 10- Substitute Teacher Training 8:15 am
September 17- High School Back to School Night 6 pm
September 21- Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 pm
September 24- Middle School Back to School Night 6 pm
Family Survey: Thanks to all IACS families who took time to provide feedback by completing the annual Family Survey last June. Our administrative team reviewed the data and incorporated that feedback in summer meetings with faculty. You might have noticed one step we’ve taken as a school. Many families requested that we add 15-Minute visitor parking spaces and those have been added near the main entrance. For families who left contact information, you should expect to be contacted in the coming weeks. Lastly, congratulations to the Candor and Hastie families who won the raffle prizes, new Chromebooks, for completing the survey.
Annual Report: In addition to our Family Survey, part of our annual internal review process occurs when we submit our Annual Report the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Attached to this email is a copy of our 2015 Annual Report; we encourage all of our families to read this report which reviews the work of the school. Annual Reports for the previous three years can be found on our school website.
Pick-Up Reminders: Over the first three days of school, our staff has continued to move hundreds of cars safely in and out of our parking lots at dismissal time. Because drivers are attentive and patient, we have the parking lots for the most part clear by 3:12 everyday. In the spirit of safety for students and drivers, we ask that families do not park along Tyng Road at dismissal time. Having students walking out to the road presents a hazard to the traffic flow in the parking lot, plus cars parked on Tyng Road reduces visibility on the street and makes it more difficult for busses to turn on the street as they leave campus. Thank you for your support.
Opportunity for Students: Innovation Athletics is looking for ball boys and ball girls for every home soccer game this season. The position pays $10 for a game, and is open to all 7th through 12th graders. If you are interested please email Nolan McKinnon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Substitute Teachers Needed:
We are offering substitute training sessions for those that would like a refresher as well as new substitutes. The next substitute teacher training session for those interested will be held on 9/10 and 9/21 from 8:15-9:15. New and returning subs should attend. If you are interested but unable to attend the training at this time, please email Melissa Kapeckas, Middle School Principal at email@example.com or Crystal McKiel, High School Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org
IACS Fruit Trees- Help Wanted:
We have 5 beautiful apple trees on the school property that are in need of pruning. If there are any families who know someone with expertise in pruning and caring for fruit trees, we need your help! We are looking for someone to donate their time in pruning back these trees. Please contact Bernadette Baird email@example.com more information. Thank you!
Spanish for Elementary-Aged Students:
Do you have younger children who want to get a jump on learning Spanish? Profe Ashley Uyaguari and some Middle School Students are leading an OWLet Spanish Class for kids ages 6-9! We use the Organic World Language Methodology (OWL). This 10 week program starts Tuesday September 22nd from 4-4:45 at IACS for $50. Please contact Profe Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign-up.
IACS School Nutrition Program: The September Breakfast & Lunch Menu has been posted: CLICKHERE TO ORDER. Visit the IACS websitewww.innovationcharter.org/food-menu or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Middle School News
What is Advisory?: It’s been a great first week at IACS! Students spent much of their first day at school in their advisory getting to know their “home group” and getting oriented to school. Each student is a member of a small advisory group at IACS in which they develop and enhance their social and emotional skills, develop positive organization and work habits, and practice local and global citizenship. Students meet in a multi-age configuration (a mixed 5th/6th grade group or 7th/8th grade group) on every full school day with their staff advisor. The advisory program exists to develop trusting and supportive relationships between adults and students to improve on the overall experience of students while at IACS.
Through advisory, students practice and build proficiency in the four IACS outcomes of Self-Direction, Problem Solving, Community Membership, and Effective Communication. Advisories engage in fun, non-academic activities or challenges that build group spirit and cohesiveness, and encourage students to develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. Students also learn strategies to manage the academic demands of middle school. The advisor helps develop and monitor Individual Learning Plans (ILP). The advisor acts as a liaison with families, partnering to ensure students are making strong academic, social, and emotional growth.
MS Student and Family Handbook: The MS Student and Family Handbook is posted on our website. Next week your student will bring home a copy of our Student & Family Covenant associated with the handbook.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off: Thank you for your cooperation with our facilities team to help ensure a safe pick-up and drop-off procedure for students! Please note that students can be dropped off beginning at 7:40 am and should arrive by 7:55 am to ensure they are on time for their first class.
Back to School Night: IACS will be holding our annual “Back to School Night” on Thursday, Thursday, September 24th (MS) from 6-8 pm. This events is an opportunity for families to connect names to faces among our teaching staff, as well as learn about some of the curricular themes of the upcoming year. During this event, families will follow a modified schedule of their child’s day.
“IACS New Parent” Mentor: As a result of a terrific suggestion given in last year’s family survey, the middle school is looking for a couple of volunteers to act as “IACS new parent” mentors. These volunteers will provide their contact information to families that are new to the community and will be available to new families to provide guidance on a variety of topics- helping your middle schooler stay organized and gain independence, navigating adolescence, and getting involved at IACS, for example. If you are interested in volunteering for this role, please email Middle School Principal Melissa Kapeckas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plimoth Plantation Overnight Field Trip for Grade 5 & 6 Students: This fall will bring a fabulous overnight field trip for all 5th and 6th graders to Plimoth Plantation. Students will experience life in the colonies and visit the Wampanoag village to learn more about the Native Americans that inhabited Massachusetts during this era. Students on the Community Membership team will attend October 8th -9th. Students on the Effective Communication team will attend October 15th -16th. Cost of the overnight and bussing is estimated to be around $90. Financial assistance will be available. More information will be distributed to students soon.
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. We are looking for parents that will make a regular (weekly or biweekly) commitment to help with making photocopies for classes. Please contact Sandy Turner at email@example.com if you can make a regular commitment to volunteer this
Sign-Up for Band: Band is a fun extracurricular activity that meets after school twice a week until 4:30. Students who have never played a band instrument before can join beginner band, which meets on Mondays and Thursdays -- no previous experience on an instrument or reading music is required! Students who have played a band instrument before for at least one year can join advanced band, which meets on Tuesdays and Fridays. Instruments students can choose from are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. Email Ms. Destramp at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up!
Sign Up for Chorus: Middle School Chorus is pleased to announce our new season starting on Tuesday, September 15th after school from 3:00-4:30. Our class meets in room 146 in the high school and is free of charge! We meet every Tuesday and Thursday, and any student in grades 5-12 is welcome to attend. Email email@example.com with further questions. We hope to see you there!
After School Art Classes: We are excited to be starting our first after school art classes on Tuesday 9/15! Classes are held on Tuesday or Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 in the art room. During the first 8 week open studio session, students will have access to a wide variety of media and tools in the art room. This session is intended to provide students with the space and time to create work of their choosing among a group of peers. Available media include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media sculpture, silk-screening, collage, book making, photography, and paper mache.
Space is limited, so sign up early! Please fill out theregistration form and return to the main office as soon as possible! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ms. Brody is looking for good books of all kinds for her Take-a-Book / Leave-a-Book classroom library. Books should be high school appropriate, any reading level is welcome. Please leave any donations for her at the Main Office. Thanks!