December 23, 2022

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Dear IACS Community,

This week leading up to December vacation showcased IACS creativity at its finest! Our high school spirit week had some incredible categories that I don't remember ever being a part of past spirit weeks. On Monday we had "Soccer Mom and BBQ Dad" day which allowed to student to poke fun at adult sense of fashion. On Tuesday, "Anything but a backpack" was the theme; students carried around their school supplies in everything from a picnic cooler, to a traffic cone, to guitar cases, to a shopping cart from a nearby department store. But the what took the prize was the creative use of a snow sled used to tow supplies- not to mention friends- from class to class.

The final category of "firsts" was "Swinter" attire on Thursday. As you might infer, this category had students and staff combining winter and summer attire, an idea inspired by Phineas and Ferb. Mr. Craig did a wonderful job not only nailing his Swinter look, but also incorporating his passion for Purple Thursdays.

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And lest you think all of the creativity was on display at the high school, our 7th and 8th grade advisories continued their annual tradition of building the most innovative Gingerbread Houses this week. And while you should really check out ALL of the entries in the December Advisory Challenge (CLICK HERE to see them all), here are a couple of entries that impressed the judges:

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I hope everyone in the IACS community has a safe and restful vacation spent with friends and family. Looking forward to reconnecting in 2023!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen,

Head of School

All School News

School Health Screenings Opt-out

Each school year, in accordance with state mandate, IACS conducts school health screenings for all 7th and 10th-grade students. The screenings include a vision screen, a hearing screen, and a height/weight screen (BMI). All screenings are done privately and all results are kept in confidence. Per law, parents are allowed to opt their child out of these screenings.

If you DO NOT want your student to participate in the screenings, please complete this brief form by January 13th, 2023. CLICK HERE

If you would like your child to participate in the screenings, you do not need to do anything. The screenings will be conducted in early 2023.

SEPAC Meeting

January 30, 2023 7:00 pm WORKSHOP

“What Parents Need to Know” Presented by FCSN

Please register https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpduuvrjMvHdRY0byPqVvAVsEy5j4-lPoi

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

Alumni Hawk

The latest issue of the Alumni Hawk is now available. Know an alumni who wants to be featured in our next edition? Reach out to Shannon Morocco (smorocco@innovationcharter.org).

Substitutes Needed

Substitutes are valued members of our community that we rely heavily on to ensure your student receives uninterrupted learning. We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. If you or a friend are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please fill out the availability form and we will reach out to you with more information. IACS pays $18.50 per hour. A full day of 6.5 hours would be $120.

Equity and Counseling Updates: December Equity and SEL Newsletter

Care Solace for finding community-based counseling, psychiatry or behavioral health services: Care Solace Self-Referral

If you or your family could benefit from food being provided from Friday-Sunday night for your child, please complete this brief form. End68 is a program that provides a back of meals to students who may need it through the weekend. Click here for more information about End68 Program.

IACS Community Resource List

End of Year Giving

While we surpassed our goal for the Giving Tuesday kickoff to our end of the year Giving Campaign, we still have a ways to go to reach our goal of $50,000 for this calendar year. If you are in a position to help, please consider a donation to allow us to continue to provide the excellent project based, student centered education that drew you to IACS. Donations can be made online or by returning the tear away from the Annual Giving Mailer. Thank you for all the ways you make our community great!

Middle School News

Upcoming Dates:

12/23 - Early Release Dismissal at 12:30pm

12/26 - 1/2 Winter Vacation

1/3/23 - Classes resume after break

1/16/23 No School Martin Luther King Jr Day

1/20/23 No School - Teacher Professional Development

Check out the all school calendar for 2022-2023

Student Planners

Student planners are available for purchase for anyone who would like one! They are $5 a planner, and students can either ask their advisor or Miss Un in Room 502 about purchasing one.

5th Grade Science

Check out our 5th Graders engineering boats that could hold 10 washers for at least 10 seconds out of Saran Wrap and straws. Looks like they had fun!

If interested, please reach out to Mrs. Porter at mporter@innovationcharter.org!
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Middle School Photo of the Week:

The Knapp Advisory working on their gingerbread houses!
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High School News

Upcoming Dates:

12/23 Early Release, 12:25pm

12/26 - 1/2/23 Winter Vacation

1/3 School Resumes, 8:10am

1/16 No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/19 End of Semester 1

1/20 No School for Students, Professional Development Day

1/23 Semester 2 Begins

1/27 Last day to Submit Schedule Change Request Form

Endersession, June 12-16th

When students and faculty are asked about their favorite aspects of our school, one of the most common answers from both groups is “Endersession”. Every year our faculty designs week-long courses that bring adults and students together to learn in unique ways. We feel that Endersession is one of our programs that acknowledges and fosters educational methods that reach beyond the classroom walls, encouraging students to develop varied interests and insights that allow them to embrace and reflect upon the world around them.

As you can read from the descriptions in this packet, there is a wide range of course offerings. Our staff has proposed courses that hopefully meet our goal of creating a wide range of options for all students and all budgets. The efforts by staff to make these courses possible are tremendous. We hope students and families are as excited by the options as we are!

Keep an eye out for an email from Mr. Pereyra with this year’s Endersession Packet!

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.

HS Winter Concert Photo

The High School Winter Concert was held Wednesday December 21 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium. The Choral and Instrumental students prepared all semester for this entertaining performance.

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Children of Sanchez IACS Instrumental Ensemble
Video: Children of Sanchez played by Instrumental Ensemble with Special Guest Mrs. Porter

Harvest of the Month

On December 19th the Farm to School interns created the first Sample from the Harvest of the Month protocol. This program is throughout America to help educate and promote fresh local produce in schools. Interns prepared 15 lbs. of carrots from local Farmer Daves and used honey from Ms.Cynar’s mom to turn out the dish of the month. Students and staff enjoyed the honey-glazed carrots. We look forward to preparing new crops every month. Get excited about an apple dish for January.

High School Video of the Week

Greensleeves played by Keyboard Class and Special Guest, Ms. Kelly.

Greensleeves - IACS Keyboard Class S1 2022


The next IACA meeting will be held Tuesday January 10th in the IACS Library. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy the break, See you in the new year!