IACS Gives Back
Very Good Dating Advice
Student Poetry and Art
New PE Class: Living Everyday Like Our Last
Dr. Arnold's True Identity
Cryptids Of IACS
Vol. 12 Issue 4. April 1st 2019
by Everly Orfanedes
Vol. 13 Issue 2. January 2020
Very Good Dating Advice with Lauren Donald pg.6-7
Art and Writing pg.8-9
Exhibition Night pg.8
Other art pg.8
A Traveler pg.9
To My Crush pg.9
Features and Opinions
Students Support Extra Help Blocks pg.4
IACS Gives Back pg.5
GSA Plans "Sequins" pg.7
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About the cover:
Illustrated by Penelope McDonald and Lauren Donald the cover references the poem Egg by Nathan Zegdoun.
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n the 10th of December, IACS high school students were able to spend their time in school getting extra help from teachers they would normally have to stay after for.
The general high school population was informed of the extra help block in the IACS Hawk by Head of School Greg Orpen, about a month beforehand. He wrote, “We all recognize how busy and stressful the lives of teenagers can be at times and our hope is that this additional support can provide some small relief for our students.”
The two extra help blocks — which were each 40 minutes long — were scheduled right after long pass. The first three classes on Tuesday (C Block, E Block, and F Block) were all shortened to 50 minutes. Students signed up for two 40-minute periods, which they could spend doing work by themselves or in groups, meeting with a teacher for help, or participating in restorative yoga. Seniors could also spend their time off campus, if they were allowed Senior privileges.
“I felt like with an extra help day, the overall theme is that people are feeling behind, and sometimes stress can get in the way of clear thinking, and restorative yoga can really help to calm the amygdala,” said Yoga Teacher Donna Harrington, who hosted the Restorative Yoga blocks for students. “The thinking was that, there are some kids who can’t stay after for extra help. So I think the school was trying to address the fact that not all kids are available or can get a ride.”
Teachers weren’t the only ones who felt that the block helped. Junior Caitlyn Pennie said, “I liked it because I could always use more time to get homework done. ...I think the school should continue having these blocks.”
After the success of the first extra help day, another extra help blocks was scheduled for Thursday, January 9th.
These periodic extra help days seem to be welcomed by the majority of the IACS community.
IACS Gives Back
By Emily Brown and Sarah Wagner
A box of Christmas cards for Carlos
Students Support Extra Help Blocks
Over the years, IACS has put forth an effort to “Give Back” to the community around Christmas time. This year there is an overwhleming abundance of projects working to collect help those in need, and in general Give Back to those who need it.
Emma’s Giving Tree
Emma Chaitin, an IACS alumna, has continued her Present Drive, known as The Giving Tree for since her Junior year at Innovation about four years now. She began this drive with her internship with Thom Anne Sullivan Center, a local non-profit early intervention center in Lowell. The drive ran from November 19th to December 13th.
Students were able to take a snowman tag from the tree, located in the cafeteria, and purchase a gift listed on the tag. All gifts had to be new and unwrapped before being placed in the bin. Once the presents had been collected, they were given to the families part of the organization.
Students and staff participating in this fundraiser were able to give back as a part of the IACS community.
This year, from December 2nd to the 20th, Bridget McAndrews had been hosting a clothing drive in the high school. Catie’s Closet is a non-profit organization that helps to improve school attendance with donated clothes, by giving students in need of new clothes the confidence they need, through clothing and other necessities, to attend school feeling their best.
Boxes located throughout the school were open for students at IACS to donate clothing they either don’t wear or don’t want.
Merrimack Food Drive
Up until the 18th of December, IACS had been hosting a food drive throughout the school with Merrimack Valley School Canned Food Donation Drive. This organization has been working to provide food to families in need since 1991.
Each advisory had a box which students were able to place canned goods and other non-perishables. As motivation for students to donate, the school created an incentive where the advisory who donated the most, would win their choice of either an ice cream or pizza party. At the end of the drive, the school was able to collect a total of 226 goods. Congratulations to the winners of the pizza party, the Kelly/Morocco advisory.
Cards For Carlos
Carlos, a six year old boy, has been in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant for a few months when he had requested to be sent Christmas cards so that he could decorate his hospital room with them. IACS had decided to take part in this give back service project and had a box in both the staff room and front office for students and staff to bring their signed and sealed Christmas Cards for Carlos.
Spinner’s Toy Drive
This holiday season, the Spinners Softball and Jr. Baseball programs were collecting new, unwrapped toys at their indoor facility located in Lowell, MA. This collection ran until December 21st, where final donations were collected and donated to children in the House of Hope. Sophomore, Kacey Dean, has offered to bring gifts there, that students from IACS would be willing to donate. Everyone who had been able to donates toys were entered to win 4 Lowell Spinners game tickets. The results of the drawing have yet to be reported.
By Penelope McDonald and Nam Bui
Photo by Jesena Kalabokis
How do you get someone to like you?
I get this question quite often. I think the best way to go about it is the way animals attract mates in nature — by showing off your hunting skills. This does not necessarily mean you have to go hunting, though. If you can figure out how to make store bought steak look like something you caught, great. But I feel like that can look unrealistic at times, so I would suggest finding some roadkill, giving it a nice hat, and carrying it around with you. Soon, you’ll have hundreds of suitors!
GSA Co-President Hayden Myerov
I think my boyfriend is cheating on me. How do I find out?
Kidnap your boyfriend. I know it sounds drastic, but it’s really the only way to do it. Blindfold him and disguise your voice so you can ask him about how committed he is to you. He won’t suspect anything, and you’ll get the answers you need.
By Penelope McDonald
I want to break up with my girlfriend but I don’t want to hurt her. How should I do it?
Breakups are always hard, and there’s no real way to go about them without someone being emotionally hurt. In my experience, I find heartbreak to be far more tolerable when it’s a physical experience. Don’t break her heart — give her heart failure. My favourite way to do this is through mercury poisoning, which can be a long term venture or a short term one. You can do this by purchasing fish that have been exposed to mercury and feeding it to them, or you can smash an old thermometer and put it into their drink. Works like a charm!
I like this person, and they like me back, but they don’t want to be in a relationship. What should I do?
Honestly, just be grateful that you have that person in your life. Relationships are complicated, and sometimes it’s better to have a friend. Maybe one day you’ll both be ready for a relationship, but until then, have fun being single.
How much internet stalking is too much stalking when it comes to your crush?
There can never be too much internet stalking. Find their distant relatives and follow them so you can screenshot pictures of your crush in the second grade. Like all of their posts — even the ones from 2015. Become best friends with their sister using a fake account. As long as you aren’t hiding under their bed, the sky is the limit.
GSA Plans "Sequins"
Innovation’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) will be hosting a gender bending fashion show on March 13th, and they’re inviting everyone from the high school to participate.
This “gender-bending fashion show” will consist of various performances -- from lip syncing and singing to poetry reading to the showcase of fashion.
Co-presidents of the GSA Hayden Myerov and Em McDonald have stated, “We want to keep participation just to high school students and staff, but anyone can come watch. Participation includes performing, tech, makeup… it can be anything.”
The hope is that the event may go on again next year, but the GSA is focusing on preparing for this first year.
Everyone is invited to attend, but those from the high school who would like to perform must fill out a form that was emailed out or contact GSA Staff Advisor Melissa Connors.
With a piercing blue gaze
that seems to change with the waves,
my heart soars as it fills up with glee.
I think that his mind
is on someone more kind
but I still really hope that it’s me.
She was an old soul stuck in the rubble of someone struggling to find herself, the woman she was
destined to be hidden under years of a mundane facade.
You could even see it in her eyes, almost just almost it was as if you could see her fire from
inside burning its way out.
Screaming to be released into the world, begging to show the world of grey the color crimson.
She loved all the broken little things.
The soul left where others overlooked, like wildflowers that grew between the cracks in the
sidewalk and rusted typewriters with missing letters.
She loved the books that had been loved so dearly their worths were engraved on their spines
from years of travelers like her jumping between the pages into their most beloved realities.
She loved the small cafes downtown, though only the ones that reeked of aspiring heroes and
cheap french vanilla lattes.
The girl was a fantasy, a harsh reality, a blackhole of the perfect amount of hell, of insanity, of
risk, and love, and sun lit Sunday mornings in bed.
A perfect balance of a poetess.
To My Crush
by Jesena Kalabokis
By Nam Bui
By Emily Brown
By Janslyn Williams
By Nathan Zegdoun
Egg? Where egg :(
1. GSA is planning IACS first Gender Bending Fashion Show known as _____
3. The name of the 6 year old boy receiving Christmas Cards
7. You can get any crush to like you back by showing off your ______ skills
8. In what month did IACS test out their first round of Extra Help Blocks?
2. According to our satire comic, what motivates students to participate in Exhibition Night?
4. When is IACS' Show Sequins?
5. Total number of poems in this issue
6. ____ Where ____?
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