The Hawk: December 23, 2015

January 1, 1970 12:00 am

“The Hawk”

Dear IACS Community,


As we close out 2015, I hope everyone has a chance to catch up with friends and family during this vacation.  It’s often a time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and think about making future plans.  It is my sincerest hope that when you think about the future of your student’s education, you also consider the continued development of our school.   


The Annual Giving Campaign launched this month presents an opportunity to invest in the future of IACS.  All donations will support the current work of the school and also help us plan for additional facilities, staff, and programs that we want to add in the years ahead.  Donations are tax deductable and can be made online by visiting: or by mail using the return envelope sent to all families. Contributions made online on/before December 31st or letters postmarked by that date will receive a letter from the school for 2015 tax records.


I’d personally like to thank parents Beth Noel, Leslie Row, and Susan Howard who organized the campaign as well as the high school students who volunteered at the phone bank, making sure that all families received our mailing.  Lastly, I’d like to thank juniors Spencer Royston and Jeffrey Taylor who created a short (30 sec) video which captures our 20 year growth! Please check out the video:


Thank you for your ongoing support,


Greg Orpen

Head of School


All School News


Dates At a Glance:

January 4:  Classes Resume

January 6, 13, 20 and 27:   Early Release

January 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm:   Open House for Prospective Middle School Families

January 14, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm:  IACA Meeting (Potluck)

January 15: HS Semester 1 classes end

January 15: H/S Talent Show

January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day:  No School

January 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm:  7th/8th Grade Social

January 29, 7:00-10:00pm – HS Winter White Semi-Formal Dance

January 30, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm:   Open House for Prospective High School Families


Community Service in the Classroom: As part of Beth Olesen’s Civil Rights class in the high school, students are completing semester end projects, both aimed at helping the Lowell Transitional Living Center.  Here’s how you can help:


  • Clothing Drive:  Students will be collecting men’s and women’s sweatpants and boots but feel free to bring any clothing donations from January 4th through January 14th.  Donations can be dropped off in the bin marked: "Clothing Drive,"  in front of Ms. Kelly's office, on the High School side (next to the auditorium).

  • Coin War:  Please begin searching your house/car for loose/extra change this week.  Beginning on Monday, January 4th, students will be able to start filling coin collection jars throughout the school. Collection jars will be found in the following locations:  

  • Grade 5 & 6: Ms. Kapeckas’s office (Landberg Hall)

  • Grade 7 & 8: Ms. Attfield-Quinlan’s office (4th Floor)

  • High School: Ms. Kelly’s office

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    Middle School News


    The Destramp advisory surprised the Kapeckas advisory with some holiday carols this week.



    Middle School Information Session for Prospective Families


    Please help us spread the word. If you have a neighbor or friend that is interested in IACS, we are hosting an information session in advance of the March lottery about the middle school for prospective families on Saturday, January 9th from 10am – 12 or Thursday, February 11th  from 6-8 pm.


    High School Information Session for 8th Graders and their Families


    Families of 8th graders should plan to attend our High School Information Session for prospective students and families on Saturday, 1/30 from 10-­12 pm. Come learn more about our high school program and prepare your student for this important transition.


    Middle School Yearbook


    Middle School Yearbooks are now available to order for the Early Bird price of $20 until February 27th, 2016.  The regular price goes up to $27.  Order forms were given to all students during Advisory this week.  The form is also available by the main office and on the right hand side of the Yearbook Page on the Website


    High School News



    ORDER YEARBOOKS NOW. The early bird deadline to purchase a yearbook is approaching quickly! After December 23, the price of ordering a yearbook will go up from $30 to $35.

  • Order forms were handed out in the past month, and you can also order online at

  • SENIOR REMINDER. All senior stuff (pictures, quotes, remember you fors, class wills) is due JANUARY 29!

    SUBMIT PHOTOS. You can still submit photos by texting them to 657-666-8755, emailing, submitting through the ReplayIt App, or DMing the yearbook Twitter (@IACSyearbook) or the yearbook Instagram (@iacs.yearbook).


    Click the blue link for the full text…

    Endersession 2016


    College Admissions Season Has Begun


    Forensic Science Displays



    "Winter White" Semi-Formal Dance 1/29 Seeking Donations & Volunteers

    This semi-formal dance is meant to bring students together in a fun and safe environment. Now, is a great opportunity to donate to and take part in the IACS community. Student Government is looking for parent volunteers to chaperone the dance from 6:3010pm. They have also made a list of things families may donate towards the event.

    -Cookies (chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodles, butter scotch, oreos, nut free, etc…)

    -Candy Canes

    -Gallons of Blue Gatorade

    -Milk (Almond, White, Chocolate)

    -Chocolate Bars (any kind: milk, dark, white, peppermint, etc.)

    -Marshmallows & Graham Crackers

    -Wooden sticks for roasting marshmallows

    -Fire Wood


    -White Christmas Lights (Any Kind) – lend w/ name of owner or donate

    (If you are interested, email


    Thank you,

    Jen S. & Student Government


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    College Counseling Alumni Panel


    College Acceptances on Twitter

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School
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