February 17, 2023

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Dear IACS Community,

While we celebrate diverse cultures and perspectives throughout the year, we had two wonderful events today that were particularly well timed for Black History Month. This morning, Ms. DiCarlo's "Spill the Tea" high school English elective welcomed Veronica Birungi, mother of Issa Sengendo (Grade 11). Both Veronica and Issa led a lesson on Ugandan culture and language. And the tea loving members of Ms. DiCarlo's class also had the opportunity to sample Ugandan tea with ginger and cinnamon and used those sensations to inspire their descriptive writing.

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The day wrapped up with all of our high school students attending a discussion facilitated by Gordon Halm, Executive Director of the African Community Center of Lowell. Gordon is the father to two IACS alum, Isaac '16 and Tyler '21, as well as a former member of the IACS Board of Trustees. In his speech to students, Gordon described contemporary challenges faced in his home country of Ghana, but also challenged students to appreciate the diversity of our community and to be a light in their current and future communities.
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Thank you Veronica and Gordon for sharing your stories with our students. Have an amazing vacation!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen,

Head of School

All School News

Application Deadline is 2/27/23

Do you know of folks who would like to attend IACS next year?

Please let them know that the deadline for prospective students to apply is coming up in just over a week! The application is here and the Deadline for Fall 2023 application is February 27th at 4 pm.

IACS School Report Card

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. CLICK HERE to see our 2022 Report Card on the DESE website. You can also read a letter on our website that gives additional context.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA: As a public educational institution, supports families and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") with by providing information related to a student's education records. Please click here to see a full list of how educational records are defined and how educational records can be accessed.

School Messenger

IACS Families can enroll in School Messenger to receive text notices of school closures, delays and other school notifications.

Text Y or Yes to 67587

Congratulations to the following students and staff for being

selected to present work at the social justice

Connections Conference

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Equity and Counseling Updates:

Multicultural Potluck - Come share a meal!

The Students of Color Affinity Group is hosting a Multicultural Potluck at Exhibition IACS on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

The goal of this event is to bring the community together in a fun and delicious way as we share our cultures and cuisines.

We are looking for volunteers to bring a dish to share. Volunteers are asked to bring their dish and serving utensils, as well as serve the food during the event.

If you are interested in bringing a dish, please fill out this form by Thursday, February 16th!

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Advocacy Week

From March 13 - 17, 2023, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) is hosting a statewide virtual Advocacy Week! In just 5 minutes per day, over 5 days, charter public school supporters from all across the state will work together to ensure our elected officials understand the value of our schools and what our children need in order to thrive. IACS is excited to be part of this powerful week, and we hope you will join us! Sign up today to help us speak out on behalf of our school and our students!
The $10,000 cash raffle is back!

Due to popular demand the IACA $10,000 raffle is BACK! 10 raffle tickets will be sent home in the coming week, if you would like the chance to win the $10,000 prize, or the second prize of two Taylor Swift tickets, return as many of the completed tickets as you wish along with $10 each to the main office at IACS. As a special bonus, the student who sells the most tickets will win $1,000! If your student would like to sell additional tickets to family/friends/neighbors, they may request them from the front office or from Mrs Landis in room 228. This fundraiser will support the students of IACS by providing enrichment and social events for students in every grade.

If you have questions or would like more information please go to our raffle page online at www,innovationcharter.org/raffle or contact Heather Landis at hlandis@innovationcharter.org.

Tickets are also available online here.

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Middle School News

Upcoming Dates:

2/20-24 No School, February Vacation

3/1 Early Release; ILP Conference

3/2 8th graders Visit our High School

Check out the all school calendar for 2022-2023

Lost and Found

Missing anything? A water bottle? A sweater? A notebook?
Please make sure to check our Lost and Found bins located in front of Profe’s office in Landberg Hall and in the cafeteria. Bins will be cleared out over February Break!

8th Grade High School Visit

Our current 8th Graders will be touring our IACS High School on March 2nd from 10-11:30am.All 8th graders will visit the HS for a short tour of classes, an overview presentation and a HS Student Panel for Question & Answers.

Middle School After School Robotics and Technology Club

There will be a robotics club for middle schoolers Thursdays at 2:45-4:45 after school in room 241 in the High school.

The club welcomes all students interested in building and programming a Lego Mindstorms robot.

If there is time and interest, we’ll do some other programming challenges.

Gaming and phone use will not be allowed during the club.

  • Session One will meet on February 9, 16, March 2, 9, 16, 23.
  • Session Two will meet April 6,13, 27, May 4, 11, 18.

Space is limited. Please email Donna Rucinski Harrington at dharrington@innovationcharter.org to sign your student up for the club. Specify which session you'd like your student to attend.

Please include the student's name, guardian's name, email, and contact phone number.

Check out this photo of the first Math Team meeting!

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Theater News

To purchase tickets please click here
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High School News

Upcoming Dates:

2/20-24 No School, February Vacation

3/1 Early Release; ILP Conferences

3/12 Grades Close for Progress Report #1

3/20 Progress Report #1 Published

3/24 HS Semi-formal Dance

3/28-3/29 ELA MCAS Exam for Grade 10

ILP Conferences: Wednesday, March 1st

All of our students create Individual Learning Plans (ILP), which articulate the goals students have been creating for themselves. These are student run meetings with parent/guardians and advisor. ILPs allow us as a whole team to check in about how the year is going, concerns, set goals, and reflect on those goals. A typical ILP is 20-30 minutes. Advisors will be reaching out to schedule your students' meetings. If you haven't already connected with your student's advisor, please book a meeting on the afternoon of March 1st.

For new families who have not participated in an ILP conference you are invited to check out the following ILP Video we created several years ago. It is only about 5 minutes long but will hopefully give you a deeper understanding of why we've been holding these conferences for over 25 years.

Parking Permit Application

Students that drive to school must fill out an online Parking Permit Application. The cost is $15 and maybe paid online or in person to Crystal McKiel.

College and Post HS Planning Kick-Off:

Ms. Deknatel will be hosting an informational chat for parents of juniors (parents across all grades are also invited to attend, as well) on Wednesday, March 1st. The meeting will be on Zoom and will begin at 8pm.

College & Post-HS Planning Kick-Off: Info Night for Parents

https://iacs-mobi.zoom.us/j/84262775192?pwd=NER0K2dVaEhRRk1LdnZMcGxEdnY1Zz09 Meeting ID: 842 6277 5192 Passcode: afterIACS

Interested in helping start a High School Robotics Team??????

Mr. Craig, with the help of student Devon Morrison, is collecting information from students and families in order to determine interest and experience with Robotics. We are still in the EARLY stages of this process, but hope to make progress forming a team by the end of the school year ... with a goal of potentially competing in the Fall, 2023. Details are not yet nailed down, but you can click HERE to complete an interest form.

Thank you in advance!!!


Exhibition IACS

March 21st 3:15-6pm

Exhibitions: 3:15-5pm

The hallways and classrooms of IACS will be transformed into a museum of student work, with all students contributing at least one piece of academic work of their choosing. The atmosphere is relaxed as students, families and community members peruse the exhibits at their own pace. Expect to see students on hand to answer questions about their projects or conducting a short presentation. This is a great way to see the project-based work that our students create during the school year. Community members are needed to observe, comment & inspire our students.

Multicultural Potluck: 5-6pm

The Students of Color Affinity Group is hosting this year’s Multicultural Potluck on Tuesday March 21, 5-6pm.

What foods do you and your family enjoy? Can you bring that fave dish from home?

Sign up here to volunteer bringing and serving a dish at the potluck. Deadline to sign up is Thursday February 16th.

High School Photo of the Week

Twinning in red on Valentine's Day!

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2023 Casino Night and Silent Auction

Friday, March 31st, 7pm

50 Warren Street

Lowell, MA

We are so excited to be able to gather together in person at this year's Casino Night after 3 years of online events! This is an adult event (21+) that includes a buffet dinner, Casino Games for fun, DJ, Cash Bar, a Silent Auction and our own live Dessert Auction. Tickets for this event are $50ea or $400 for a table of 10 so grab some friends and make a night of it! To purchase tickets email Heather Landis at domeafavorheather@hotmail.com or 978-502-9450.

If you or your business would like to make a donation, purchase ad space in our silent auction booklet or sponsor a gaming table. Please contact Heather Landis domeafavorheather@hotmail.com

Stay in Touch

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Enjoy the break!