January 6, 2023

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Dear IACS Community,

Happy 2023! Now that our calendars have flipped to a new year, it's exciting to think about what's in store for the remainder of this academic year. One of my favorite programs in our high school is Endersession. This unique, weeklong (June 12-16) program occurs at the very end of the school year where we say goodbye to the classrooms and engage in learning through staff designed (and led) courses.

Our staff has designed over 25 options ranging from on campus options (ex: muraling, building a musical instrument, "IACS TV", etc.) to far-ranging adventures in Iceland, Tennessee, New York, and Florida. Because these trips take months of advanced planning, all high school students and families were emailed this year's Endersession Packet. Even if your student is not in high school yet, you should definitely check out these options as a preview of adventures that they may participate in when the time comes.

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This afternoon we closed out the week with an Endersession Fair where students could circulate around the cafeteria and library to learn more about offerings so they can make better informed selections. I'm sure I speak for many high school students and staff when I say that Endersession can't come soon enough!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen,

Head of School

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Please use this link to indicate whether your student will be attending IACS next year.. You will also be able to indicate if they have a sibling that is NOT currently enrolled but that may be interested in applying for enrollment for the fall 2023 semester. Please note that an online application must also be submitted for anyone NOT currently enrolled if they are interested in applying. The link for the online application for siblings or others not currently enrolled is here as well as on our website.


Please feel free to contact the enrollment office if you have any questions or concerns.

Marybeth Bush mbush@innovationcharter.org or

Kathleen Feeney Kfeeney@innovationcharter.org

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 (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

The role of SEPAC is to advise the school district on matters that pertain to the safety and education of students with disabilities. A specific page within the IACS website has been assigned for SEPAC (click here to go directly to the SEPAC page or you can find us by... going to main page of IACS, click Current Students and Families, click Families, and click SEPAC) You can find our SEPAC meeting notes from all our meetings for this school year on the SEPAC page (scroll down all the way down). Or you can click directly below

The next meeting will be a workshop about Bullying: What Parents Need to Know presented by FCSN on Monday, January 30, 2023 at 7pm (Virtual). Please register in advance!


Please note that the registration form is prepared FCSN...you are only required to fill out the information with asterisk (*), the other questions in the registration form are completely voluntary.

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

Short-Term Substitute - HS Science Teacher

Greetings! We are in search of an individual to serve as a substitute teacher from mid-January to mid-February for a High School Science class, as a teacher finishes her maternity leave. Please reach out with any interest (or recommendations) to Melissa Kapeckas at mkapeckas@innovationcharter.org Thank you!

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Middle School News

Upcoming Dates:

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

1/20/23 No School - Teacher Professional Development

1/23/23 Semester 2 Begins

2/3/23 Semester 1 Report Cards Published

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.

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

Mrs. Baerg’s students relaxing in the chill zone during a class break .Looks like they missed each other and are happy to see one another!
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Check out some candle art that was completed during enrichment!

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High School News

Upcoming Dates:

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

2/3 Semester 1 Report Cards

Endersession, June 12-16th

Endersession, June 12-16th

Staff hosted an Endersession Fair today to enable students to learn more about the options available to them as well as ask questions.

We hope you will have a chance to sit down with your students and decide which options make the most sense for your family.

Here is the full list of Endersession Proposals.

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!

Endersession Forms are due by Friday, January 27th.

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.

High School Videos of the Week

Check out these videos from todays High School Winter Concert.


Please join us on Tuesday, January 10 for our next IACA meeting, Remember, our meetings are not just for the board, but are open to the entire IACS community. The meeting will be held at 6:30 in the IACS library. We hope to see you there!

Happy New Year!