IACS High School Principal: Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

Email: earnold@innovationcharter.org

IACS Twitter (used by grades 5-12): @IACharterschool

Phone: 978-649-0432 ext. 4154

Fax: 978-649-6337

Report Cards

posted Jun 22, 2016, 11:12 AM by Erik Arnold

Report cards should be available for viewing in your Aspen/X2 account by Friday evening. Information regarding online summer school will be available by 6/30 for those that need to recover some credits.

Summer Reading

posted Jun 22, 2016, 10:38 AM by Erik Arnold

We have developed a new plan for summer reading this year. Each student will read one book of their choice as long as it fits within their grade level topic/theme. There is one guiding question for each student to consider as they read. Students will discuss their common reading experience when they meet with their advisory in the fall. The summer reading letters were emailed home, but they are also available on the HS Principal Page. Enjoy your book!

Summer Programs from the Tyngsborough Public Library

posted Jun 15, 2016, 7:28 AM by Erik Arnold

End of Endersession...Here Comes Graduation!

posted Jun 10, 2016, 2:39 PM by Erik Arnold

It appears everyone has returned safe & happy from their Endersession courses. I look forward to learning more about them in the days ahead. For my own Endersession course with Mr. Frothingham, Service and Sports, we had a great group of students and one of our community service projects was to help clean Tyngsborough's Town Beach at Lake Mascuppic. We did a lot of raking, repaired & stained two old picnic tables, and stained four new picnic tables. We also did some trail maintenance on our own property to improve the mountain biking experience. Of course we had time for fun as well by playing basketball, badminton, cornhole, mountain biking, and multiple other activities at Kimball's Farm in Westford. You can see some photos on the Facebook page for the Tyngsborough Recreation and Parks Department https://www.facebook.com/Tyngsborough-Recreation-and-Parks-179310305425456/

As Endersession comes to an end, it is time for our seniors to graduate! Rehearsal is going on as I type this and it looks like we will have some decent weather for the ceremony tomorrow. Thank you to all of the work done by our facilities crew: Bob, Colin, Mike, and Ozzie, to get the grounds ready for the big day. I also want to thank the queen bees of IACS: Steph Kelly, Tina Lindberg, and Crystal McKiel for taking care of all of the details that surround graduation...it is no small feat. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Concert on the Patio

posted Jun 3, 2016, 10:39 AM by Erik Arnold

Today the high school students were treated to several musical acts on the patio during lunch. These students did a great job especially considering they were only able to rehearse once a week during Choice Block. Thanks for the tunes!

Endersession 2016

posted Jun 3, 2016, 10:15 AM by Erik Arnold

It is hard to believe that another school year is nearly over, and yet here we are. The seniors last day of classes is today and students in grades 9-12 will be participating in Endersession next week. Endersession is a very unique opportunity for our students; I’m not aware of another school in the state that does anything quite like it. Teachers spend a significant amount of time creating one week courses (experiences is probably a more appropriate term) for students and then a brochure of all the options is published in December. Students indicate their top 5 choices in January and if they don’t get their first choice they usually end up with their 2nd choice. This year we have several travel experiences for students: Subduction in Seattle: Volcanoes & Emerging Ecologies in the Pacific Northwest; community service in the Dominican Republic; New England by Train, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Exploring Florida’s Gulf Coast, and the Maine Seacoast. Students will also be participating in several outdoor adventure Endersessions that include: Backpacking the White Mountains, Golfing, Whitewater Rafting in Maine, and Disc Golf. Other Endersession courses have students learning about photography, open-fire cooking, film production, reality gaming, and sports mixed with some community service. I hope all students have a safe and memorable time during Endersession and that they appreciate one more example of why IACS is a unique and special experience for all students.

Beautiful Night for a Prom!

posted May 28, 2016, 5:10 AM by Erik Arnold

Student government & their Prom Committee put on another wonderful prom last night at the UMass Lowell Inn and Convention Center. The Grand Ballroom looked great and all of the students looked and behaved fantastically. Thank you to the Student Government supervisors Peter Rosania and Leanne Barnes for all of their work as well as the numerous parents that helped setup before the prom and volunteered to help clean-up after the prom. 

Engineering MCAS Exam June 1-2

posted May 28, 2016, 4:59 AM by Erik Arnold

The Engineering and Technology MCAS exam for all grade 9 students is on Wednesday and Thursday next week. It generally takes the students about an hour each day to complete the exam, but it is an untimed exam so we always plan on two full class blocks for the testing period so everyone has enough time to finish. We also have a small number of students that will be taking the Biology MCAS exam. If one of your children is testing next week please encourage them to get a good nights sleep as this is the first of three exams that are required to earn a high school diploma (Math and English Language Arts are taken during grade 10). The faculty and staff have always volunteered to bring in breakfast items for the students in the morning so none of our students are ever taking the exam on an empty stomach...a big thank you to them!

EMC sponsored 4-day summer workshop for students

posted May 23, 2016, 4:53 AM by Erik Arnold

The Student Star Program is a free summer workshop that is open to members of the Classes of 2016, 2017, & 2018. The application and more information can be found here: https://education.emc.com/student_star/

Thank you to Mr. Nsilo-Swai for letting us know about this opportunity.

Overview (from their website):

The program exposes students to several career fields and highlights how each operates across all industries, including within EMC. The sessions are led by Subject Matter Experts and are structured as open forums with team building exercises for application and practice. Sessions on Life Skills are included to strengthen ‘real world’ potential, and to convey the significance of continuing personal development along with their professional development. The program features several College-focused segments to help students prepare for the important transition into university life.

During the week, teams conduct a case study on an EMC product; and at the end of their session they present their projects to a panel of judges. The students utilize skills and information learned throughout the week along with their own creativity to complete the projects.

The program is intended to expose students to new areas of interest. Each year the curriculum is slightly altered to ensure the content and presenters are meeting the needs of the dynamic audience.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must be starting their junior or senior year of high school, or their freshman year of college. Applicants must submit a completed application form on the Student STAR website. Qualified applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students who have already attended their first year of college are not eligible to participate in the program. Students who have already participated in the Student STAR Program are also not eligible to reapply.

Presentations of Learning & Senior Project Presentations Begin!

posted May 19, 2016, 10:27 AM by Erik Arnold

POL's will be held 5/24-5/26. Senior Project presentations begin on 5/20 and continue through 5/26. We really hope you can attend your student's presentation to see some of the great work they have completed this year. Below is some more information on POL's and Senior Project that is taken from our Academic Program page.

Also, here is a small sample of some of the Senior Project titles for this year: 

  • Biorobotics: Recreating animal movement
  • Creating a script and storyboard for a short film
  • Digital Art
  • Gluten-Free Options in Schools
  • Art therapy and relaxation guide for teens undergoing surgery
  • Teaching loom knitting
  • American Attitudes on Religion
  • Exploring careers as a pharmacist
  • Misdirection in Magic
  • Exploration: A Handbook for the beginning sailor
  • Building social skills in children
  • Tiger Parenting vs. Western Parenting
  • Preparing for College Basketball
  • Improvised Construction (Building a Giraffe Unicycle)
  • ER Nursing
  • Music composition and arrangement
  • The history of baking and creating a cookbook
  • Feminism on Broadway

Presentations of Learning

Each spring, IACS 9th-11th graders create Presentations of Learning. These formal presentations serve to reflect upon important learning, improve public speaking skills, and to revise work to a level of excellence worthy of public presentation.

In the presentations, students talk about their personal and academic growth, highlighting several pieces of work as evidence of that growth. Students present to an audience of peers, adults and family members.

More information

Senior Project

All seniors work on a year-long independent project of their own design: the Senior Project. The project is based around three fundamental components: completing academic research, seeking out a mentor, and creating an "applied piece" that represents the hands-on culmination of their year of learning. In the Spring, Seniors present their work in a formal presentation.

Read about past Senior Projects | Go to Senior Project Course Page

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