The Hawk: December 14, 2018

December 13, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending December 14th

December 14, 2018

Dear IACS Community,

The struggle is certainly real when it comes to managing screen time with teenagers. Just as you may see your child on their device too much at home, we see similar negative habits from kids at school. Last weekend, the TV show 60 Minutes had an interesting story on a study that is looking at the impact that excessive screen time (time spent on smartphones, computers, gaming consoles) has on brain development in children. It is a long-term study and therefore has not reached any conclusions yet, but the early information certainly suggests that your concerns that these devices can be addictive is not your imagination. Thankfully, phone makers and app developers have created some pretty powerful ways for parents to control their child’s device use. Parental controls are often built-in to the device operating systems and they are also available as Apps. This article reviews the top parental control apps. Under pressure from parents, Apple’s latest iOS 12 update has built-in a parental control called Screen Time. Click here to see a video on how to use it. For Android devices, this article on Google Family Link may be of interest. If you are willing and able to put some screen time limits on your child’s device, I know our teachers would really appreciate it…and although your child may not appreciate it now, you are likely doing them a big favor as well.

In Partnership,

Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

Important Dates

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All School News

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Middle School News

Sargent Center

7th and 8th graders came back from the Sargent Center having challenged themselves and grown! Thank you to families for helping ensure students were well-prepared and to staff for their time and dedication to ensure a great trip!

At the end of the Sargent Center trip, students write about their experiences in a memory book a the Sargent Center. Here’s what 7th grader Emily Garcia wrote about her experience:

“I will always treasure the time I spent at Sargent Center.

I found inner strength and courage that I didn’t believe I had.

I learned to always believe and try hard, even if something seemed impossible. I learned to push myself to achieve my goals and to my surprise I indeed achieved great things.

Sargent Center is truly is a beautiful place where strong bonds are created, adventures always happen and you learn valuable lessons. But most importantly dreams become reality and you find your inner self.”

Sargent Medication Pick-up

Please note that any medication that has not been picked up by 12/21 will be disposed of. Medication that was not picked up this week has been transferred to the health office and can be picked up there.

Sargent Lost & Found

Also, we have a LARGE lost and found that came home from the Sargent Center. If your student did not come home with items, please have them check in with Katie Hoyer or the lost and found in the front entrance of Landberg Hall.

Winter Concert

The Middle School Bands and Chorus are excited to present their Winter Concert this Wednesday night December 19th at 7:00 pm. The concert will take place in the IACS Auditorium and will showcase performances from the Beginning Band, Advanced Band, and Middle School Chorus. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Quality Night

Thank you to families and guests for your support of Quality Night. Your participation giving feedback to students is essential in providing an authentic experience for students. Thank you!

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8th grade HS visit day- 12/19

On 12/19, all eighth grade students will participate in a HS visit day to learn more about features of the IACS HS program and hear from a student panel. For students that would like to spend an early release day shadowing a freshmen at the high school, a google form will be shared with students at a later date where they will be able to indicate who they would like to shadow so they can experience a few classes at the high school to help with their decision making process.

High School News

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Exhibition Night Feedback

Thank you to all of the families that came out to Exhibition Night on Tuesday. Your students did a great job presenting and showcasing their work. If you were able to make it please take a moment to provide us some feedback so we can make it even better next year. Thank you!!

Survey for Families

Greater Lowell Student Art Show

IACS art teachers, Mr. Pelham & Mr. Barry, have organized a new regional exhibition, the Greater Lowell Student Art Show. This show will take place at Loading Dock Gallery and feature 24 students’ artwork from six schools in the Greater Lowell area: Tyngsboro High School, Innovation Academy Charter School, Chelmsford High School, Lowell, High School, Greater Lowell Technical School, and Lowell Catholic High School. There are no exhibition themes aside from showcasing the great work of talented high school art students across the Greater Lowell region. The four students who will be representing IACS in the show are seniors: Justin Ginnett, Abbie Lyna, Leo Premru, and Maggie Torkildsen. The annual Innovation Academy Student Art Show will still occur in April.

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College Kick Off for Juniors and their Parents

1. Save the Date! This events for juniors and their parents only will be held on Thursday, January 17th, at 7pm in the high school auditorium. Topics covered at that meeting include:

  • College Process Timeline and Overview

  • Standardized Testing (SAT vs. ACT and test-optional colleges)

  • College Visits -When and How

  • Parts of the Application (Application work begins in August of the senior year with deadlines ranging from October – February of the senior year)

  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Information (brief overview)

  • 2. We recommend that students take either one SAT or one ACT this spring. Colleges do NOT prefer of one test over another. Some students "click with" the ACT better, for instance. We recommend you register for the hybrid test we are offering here at IACS on January 12th. If the PSAT wasn’t for you, or you couldn’t make it, this would be a great way to get some results and develop a study plan. Sign up asap! Additionally, I recommend Testive, which offers both SAT AND ACT prep, for free, online, on your schedule. You can "try out" both types of questions and take full length practice tests, and receive results. Check it out here.

    3. Starting this week, students who took the PSAT in October will be able to access their online score reports on the College Board site. Students should receive an email from the College Board with instructions on how to log into and access their score reports. I am also handing back paper copies of all scores tomorrow during advisory in the auditorium. There is a lot of information and data on the score reports and the College Board has created, “Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Results,” to assist you. Although it’s a little longer, this video (10 minutes) is also a fantastic explanation of PSAT results.

    Two of the most valuable resources available to PSAT testers are the “Your Question-Level Feedback” section of the score report and linking your PSAT results to Khan Academy’s free online SAT prep. Students can also see questions and answer explanations and link their results to Khan Academy when logged into their College Board account. These resources are important tools that can be used to prepare for the SAT.


    Jill Deknatel, Director of College Counseling

    Shannon Morocco, Assistant Director of College Counseling

    Poetry Out Loud

    Congratulations to the school finalists in the 2019 Poetry Out Loud competition! The following students will compete in January to become the IACS school winner:

    Kathryn Baird, Carolyn Brooks, Justin Ginnett, Nickeyla Samuel, Evelyn Sourn

    Congratulations should also go to all of the semifinalists — the presentations of their poems on Exhibition Night were simply amazing.

    Seniors of the Month for December

    SAT/ACT Prep Options 2018-2019

    IACS Chemistry Ambassadors

    Winter Semi-Formal Seeks Donations

    Student Health 101- our online Wellness Magazine

    The November issue of Student Health 101 and Student Advocate, our online, wellness magazine is chock full of some wonderful articles! Whether you’re looking for advice on how to help your child navigate potentially toxic friendships or wanting to help them figure the best time management strategy based on their personality, you will find it here. Be sure to download the Student Health 101 app onto your smartphone, and stay tuned for upcoming articles! And don’t forget to enter the raffle to win $100 for every article you or your student read!

    Yearbook Sale!

    High School Yearbook Sale: From now through December 21st, get your yearbook for $35! The price will jump back up to its original price of $40 beginning on December 22nd. This applies to online and paper order form sales. Order forms are available at the Main Office, or from Ms. Morocco or Ms. Anthony.

    Senior Parents

    Families of seniors may submit senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. Please refer to these guidelines. Reach out to with any questions.



    THANK YOU to all of our wonderful bakers who supported our Exhibition Night bake sale. We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Congratulations to Katie Proulx, winner of our holiday scratch ticket tree raffle from Dining for IACA night. Look for more exciting raffles at future events.