The Hawk: February 10, 2018

February 9, 2018 8:28 am


IACS Newsletter for the week ending February 8, 2018

Dear IACS Families:

One of our annual school goals is for 100% of IACS advisories to participate in a community service project. This connects to the overarching objective of building a sense of belonging among students and nurturing students that are positive contributors to their school and community. Next week marks an exciting week at the middle school, as we have our second round of extended advisory time to work on service projects.

Some advisories will continue projects they initiated in the fall. For example, the Kapeckas and Caffrey advisories spent the fall fundraising for supplies to assemble boxes of toys and cheers for children at Lowell General Hospital. On Tuesday, they will assemble those boxes and get ready to deliver. The Pisco advisory has been dedicated to selling snacks at many community events this year with the proceeds going to hurricane relief. The Lozeau advisory has been working on an ongoing food drive and is excited to deliver those supplies and volunteer at the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

Other advisories will be starting a new project. We will work with many local partners, including visits to local nursing homes, The Wish Project, Lowell Transitional Living Shelter, Girls Inc, and work with the Lowell Humane Society and Operation Delta Dog. Ask your child what their group is working on and stay tuned for some photos of advisories in action soon!

Many of our local partnerships have come from referrals from the local parent community. If you know of any possible future opportunities for partnerships, please reach out to Tina Lindberg, Director of Community Outreach and Advancement.


Melissa Kapeckas

MS Principal

Important Dates:

Feb 12 H.S. Innovation Morning for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30am – 9:30am

IACS Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 – 9:00pm

Feb 14 Early Release Wednesday

Feb 19 – 23 February School Vacation

Feb 28 Early release Wednesday

March 1 Middle School Parent/Principal Advisory Council 7:45am

Admissions Lottery 4:00pm

March 7 Early Release Wednesday

March 8 MS Innovation Morning Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

March 10 SAT Exam

March 13 Middle School Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 pm

March 14 Early Release Wednesday

March 15 HS Innovation Morning Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

“Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 7:00pm

March 16 “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 7:00pm

March 17 “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 2:00 and 7:00 pm

All School News

IACS Report Card: Every year the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) publishes school report cards that provide an overview of student performance on state tests and other statistics related to student demographics and staff composition. We keep this information updated on our website (“Annual Reports”) but you can read a fuller description by reading this overview letter.

News from the Enrollment Office: A reminder, applications for the 2018/2019 School Year are due February 23rd.

If you have a sibling applying, please be sure to fill out an application online or by paper copy and return it to the enrollment office by February 23rd.

ILP conferences

A reminder to all families that the second day of ILP conference will be held on February 14th. Please contact your student’s advisor if you still need to plan your ILP meeting. This mid-year Individual Learning Plan conference is an opportunity for students to look back at progress towards goals, revise goals as needed and to share progress towards portfolio requirements. Your child’s advisor will share a sign-up with you.

Winter Programs at Tyngsborough Public Library

Tyngsborough Public Library has some upcoming programs for pre-teens and teens, including during the February school vacation week. Click here for more information.

IACS School Nutrition Program: The February 2018 Menu is available. This month’s new items are: Chicken Alfredo, Tri-Color Tortellini, and Beef Quesadilla all made with fresh wholesome ingredients in the IACS kitchen. We also offer gluten free pasta & tomato sauce, gluten-free sandwiches, and gluten-free breakfast items daily. Please email if you have any questions.

Theatre News

Mark your calendars for 4 boat-rockin performances right here on the IACS Campus!


March 15, 7pm, March 16, 7pm, March 17, 2pm and 7pm

We are moving to an online ticketing system – so keep your eyes here for when those tickets go on sale!


Auditions for the May Middle School Show and High School Shows!

Details to come soon! The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show! May 17, 7pm, May 18, 7pm, May 19, 2pm and 7pm

Please check the website, for the latest information, Gilligan’s island ticket sales May production, summer camps and Phantom of the Opera Auditions.

Middle School News

Middle School Photo of the Week

Seventh grade science students design and test cars with crumple zones as they learn more about potential and kinetic energy.

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In need of Cardboard Tubes

McCarthy and Leedberg Advisories are making dog toys for the Lowell Humane Society and are in need of toilet paper or paper towel tubes.There is a bag set up in room 401 for collection until 2/15. Thanks for your help!

Donations Sought for Happy Tails Pet Rescue by the Coes Advisory

We are currently collecting donations for “Happy Tails Pet Rescue,” for our community service project. The things that we are looking for or would be most helpful to all the little pets are:
Cat Toys
Canned Cat Food
We hope that you consider donating, please bring to room 517 by, February 12, 2018. Try to bring in as soon as you can it would be a big help to every animal there! Thank you for your help!

Eighth Grade Shadowing

Each eighth grade class will be participating in a high school shadowing day. Visits are scheduled on upcoming early releases between January 24th – February 14th. Ms. Kelly, HS Dean of Students, will visit advisories on the Monday before the advisory’s scheduled visit to give students an overview and help them select classes for their shadow day. On their scheduled visit day, they will go on a tour and attend several classes. Later that week, two HS students will visit their advisory to answer any questions students have post-visit about the transition from middle school to high school. This process helps students anticipate the transition ahead to high school.

Graber Advisory Community Service Project: Support MSPCA Nevins Farm

The Graber Advisory is collecting pet supplies for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Click her for a flyer about their supply drive and the Wish List from Nevins Farm. Supplies will be accepted until February 12th.

After School Art: New Session Starting March 5. Now on Mondays!

Meetings are Monday or Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

This 8 week open studio session is designed to give students access to a wide variety of materials and tools in the art room in order to create work of their choosing. Available media include drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, collage, book making, paper mache, stop motion animation and more! There is a $60 fee for this program.

Please fill out the registration form and submit payment by Friday, March 2. Questions about the program or to inquire about a scholarship, please email

High School News

Upcoming Dates

2/14 ILP Conferences

2/15 College Fair at Tyngsborough High School 6:30-8:00pm

College Counseling Update

Seniors: By now most seniors who are applying to college should have completed the FAFSA. If not, you still have time! Consider attending FAFSA Day, a free community workshop to help students and families fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federally required application for financial aid. There are two local workshops coming up!

Saturday, Feb. 10, MIddlesex Community College, on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell

To register, please go to

Juniors: Also, IACS is once again partnering with Tyngsborough HS to host a College Fair. The fair will be held on February 15th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Tyngsborough HS. There will be over 70 college admission representatives attending! Juniors are strongly encouraged to attend.

Boston Arts Academy Students Visit IACS

Driver’s Ed Course – Future Drivers of America will be holding their next Driver’s Ed classroom session beginning on Wednesday, February 14th. Classes are held at IACS, after school on early release and full day Wednesdays. The flyer with class schedule is available here. Interested families must register with Future Drivers of America. Their website is

STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine

The January issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate is here! Suggestions on helping your child deal with perfectionism along with many other helpful, informative articles are waiting for you. Take advantage of this resource by downloading the Student Health 101 app and take a look at the official IACS SH101 Twitter page.

High School Photo of the Week

Team Sports Wellness Class plays “9 Square Up In The Air”…even in the snow!

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ICYMI — EMBRACE WINTER WAS A HIT! We had a packed house of bingo and cornhole players and basket winning hopefuls! If you couldn’t join us, you’ll enjoy the pictures. It’s definitely an event you’ll want to participate in next year. Thank you to all the generous families who donated items for our beautiful baskets — we’d be hard pressed to say which grade made the best basket! Thanks also to Fran Bilotta, Jen Gierke, Jenna Heroux, Ann Marie Palmer, and Andrea Rhodes, the crew who lovingly assembled all the baskets, and the many people who purchased raffle tickets to win! Your involvement helped us to make the evening a great success!

DINING FOR IACA — See you at Bertucci’s in Chelmsford THIS TUESDAY, February 13! Remember to bring some cash for a chance to win our WHOLE LOTTO LOVE themed raffle!

MIXED BAG DESIGNS SPRING FUNDRAISER- It’s just around the corner! This year’s catalog has something for everyone! We’ll be rolling out the catalogs within a few weeks. Stay tuned!

DINING FOR IACA — See you atBertucci’s in Chelmsford on February 13! Remember to bring some cash for a chance to win our WHOLE LOTTO LOVE themed raffle!

CONNECT WITH US ON FACEBOOK! You won’t have to wait for the Hawk to stay up to date with IACA news if you follow IACA on Facebook! See you there!