October 28, 2022

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Dear IACS Community,

While we often talk about Community Membership in the context of our daily interactions in the classroom, today exemplified how we extend this IACS Outcome beyond our campus. This morning, grades 9-12 participated in community service projects both on and off campus. The entire 9th grade partnered with the Tyngsborough Council on Aging to rake yards for senior residents, many of whom cite yard work as one of the biggest challenges of living independently. Our sophomores participated in a number of on campus activities including designing gratitude rocks and cards for the Tyngsborough Fire and Police Departments as well as for the Library and Town Hall. In addition, tenth graders made superhero capes to benefit children at Lowell’s House of Hope as well as felt animal toys for both the Lowell Humane Society and MSPCA in Methuen.

Juniors all showed support for toward troops as they wrote letters and made paracord survival bracelets for Operation Gratitude. The senior class helped the town of Tyngsborough Parks and Recreation Department set up for their upcoming Festival of Trees and Winslow Wonderland, decorated Halloween cookies with the Dracut Senior Center and created placemats for Meals on Wheels.

In the midst of a busy semester, it was amazing to see our students and staff engaged in these projects and it certainly helped that today's weather was so gorgeous.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen,

Head of School

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The Goldstein Advisory headed to the Tyngsboro Common where they assisted with preparations for the Tyngsboro Festival of Trees and Winslow Wonderland.

All School News

Car Wash fundraiser Oct 29 & 30th

Is your car scary dirty?

Make it BOO-tiful at the AllTown Carwash on 9597 Westford Road in Tyngsborough, MA. AllTown will donate $5 for every car washed on Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th.

MCAS Results

All families should be on the lookout for their student's MCAS Report from Spring 2022. These reports provide information about individual performance levels as well as how those scores compare with IACS and state averages. If you have any questions, please send them to Greg Orpen.

School Messenger

IACS Families can enroll in School Messenger to receive text notices of school closures, delays and other school notifications. To do so Text Y or Yes to 67587 on your cellphone.

IACS Ski and Snowboard Club

IACS Ski and Snowboard Club is open for registration through November 1st and lesson spots are limited! Please read and fill out the google form to hold your spot!

Clothes Drive to Benefit Catie’s Closet - November 1-14th

High School Senior Caroline Bishop, an intern at Catie’s Closet, is conducting a clothing drive to benefit local Pre-K-12th grade students.

Donations of New & Gently Used Clothing are needed in Youth Sizes 4-20 and Teen Sizes XS-3X. New Full Size Toiletries are also needed. More information can be found here or on the flyer.

Please drop off donations here :

Middle School - Outside of room 502 (Ms.Un's office)

High School - In the auditorium hallway outside of Mr.Orpen’s office

SEPAC Meeting - November 15th, 2022

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Nov 15, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Equity and Counseling Updates:

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 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

IACS School Breakfast and Lunch Program

An important reminder: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has extended FREE school meals for all students through SY22-23. Students are allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch provided the student takes a reimbursable meal (generally speaking, taking a fruit or vegetable with the meal). Student's will be charged when non-reimbursable meals, second meals and snacks are selected. For more information about what constitutes a reimbursable and other school breakfast and lunch program policy information email kdrake@innovationcharter.org or go to IACS School Nutrition Webpage

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Middle School News

Upcoming Dates:

11/8- 5th and 6th Grade Community Service
11/10 - 7th and 8th Grade Community Service
11/11 - Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL
12/6 - 7th and 8th Grade Quality Night
12/8 - 5th and 6th Grade Quality Night

Check out the all school calendar for 2022-2023

Attention Middle School Parents:

Next Thursday night (November 3rd) from 6 pm to 8 pm, IACS will be hosting its first HIgh School Open House of the year. All 8th grade families were invited via direct email from Greg Orpen last Friday, however families of younger IACS students are also welcome to attend if they are interested in a sneak preview of our high school program.

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.

Lost and Found

Missing a sweater? A water bottle, maybe?
Please make sure to check our lost and found bins!
We’ve got two: one in the cafeteria and one in Landberg Hall and both are beginning to overflow!
Make sure to go check each bin before they get cleaned out on November 23rd, all articles left on the 23rd will be donated to the Wish Project!

Fifth Grade Field Trip:

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Grade field trip to Nashua River in Groton a success!!! We appreciate all of the parents who took the time to chaperone our kiddos!

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Pumpkin Decorating

Last week, our 7th and 8th grade advisories took a trip to Parlee Farms in Tyngsborough.
The Schmalz Advisory decided to show their creative side in decorating their pumpkins!

Middle School Yearbook Cover Contest

Calling all artists! Do you want to see your art in the yearbook, maybe even on the cover?!
The Yearbook Committee is holding a contest for students to submit yearbook covers! Our theme this year is OUTER SPACE!

Your submission MUST be completed on a specific form that can be picked up in Miss Un’s office.
We can’t wait to see your submissions!

All submissions are due Monday. November 14, 2022!

Middle School Photo of the Week

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Professora Marjomaa’s class learned Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance this week!

High School News

Upcoming Dates:

11/11 Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL

Progress Report 1

Progress report 1 for Semester 1 was published to the Aspen Guardian/Family Portals on Tuesday, October 18th. Mr. Pereyra, Principal, sent an email to guardians. All attempts are made to correct any errors or missing grades in advance. Please reach out if you notice any irregularities.

Anyone needing their Aspen portal's login credentials may contact Crystal McKiel, cmckiel@innovationcharter.org. You may reach out to the mainoffice@innovationcharter.org if you would like to request a paper copy of the Progress Report.


Planners are still available for purchase, $5. Students can purchase from Ms. Crystal during longpass or lunch.

High School Photos of the Week

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Ms. Deknatel accompanied students to Behind the Stands at Gillette Stadium, an event for students interested in careers in the sports and entertainment Industry. The day included meeting with Kraft sports & entertainment staff, Dean College admissions staff and students as well as a Behind–the-Scenes Gillette Stadium Tour.

Athletics News

High School Winter Athletics Registration Information

Here are our winter offerings for high school athletics:

  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls Indoor Track & Field
  • Boys Indoor Track & Field
  • Swim (co-op with Lowell Catholic)
  • Wrestling (co-op with Lowell Catholic)

Most winter high school sports begin the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Please click here for more information about teams, tryouts, practice times, and the registration process. The deadline to register is Monday, November 21st.

Middle School Winter Athletics Registration Information

Here are our winter offerings for middle school athletics:

  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Archery
  • Cheerleading

Most middle school winter sports begin the second week of November - the winter season runs through March.

Please click here for more information about teams, tryouts, practice times, and the registration process. The deadline to register is Thursday, November 3rd.

Fall Updates

  • Congratulations to our high school girls volleyball team and high school boys cross country teams, who both are Commonwealth Athletic Conference Lower Division League Champions! Both teams now look to the postseason MIAA state tournament.
  • Senior Darrius Lupo was additionally voted CAC Cross Country League MVP this past Sunday after going undefeated this season in divisional dual meet action.
  • And on the middle school side, our girls cross country team won the Ecumenical Athletic Association Overall League Championship!

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IACA meeting on Tuesday November 1st in the school library on the second floor.

Join us to hear (and give your thoughts) about what is being planned for the rest of the year!

Have a spook-tacular weekend!