The Hawk: February 14, 2020

February 13, 2020 6:48 pm


Week ending February 14, 2020

Dear IACS Families:

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s report card is available at:

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.

You will notice on our report card that we have a higher percent of high school students completing the MassCore Graduation requirements (93% to 81% at the state), our students have greater access to the arts, and we outperform state results on MCAS at both middle and high school grade levels. To improve student performance in our school, we are looking for ways to improve 9th grade course passing and further closing gaps on improvement targets on MCAS.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Finally, because IACS receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,

  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,

  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and

  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

  • If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact either Middle School Principal Melissa Kapeckas or High School Principal Erik Arnold. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit


    Greg Orpen

    Head of School

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    For up to date details, please use this link to the school calendar on our website.

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    Information about the Nutrition Program here & links to the online cafe payments.

    All School News


    There is a free “Hackathon” to be held at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub on Saturday March 7th. The event is an all-day experience open to middle and high school students which includes tech workshops presented by experts in the field and includes meals for all attendees as well as prizes awarded to the winning teams. No coding experience is necessary. Learn more and register here.

    ILP Conferences

    If you didn’t already have your child’s ILP conference, please reach out to their advisor to schedule. Our goal is 100% family participation.

    Donate Childrens’ and YA books at IACS

    The Interact Club is wondering if you have any children’s books or YA Novels that are sitting around collecting dust. Donate to the Interact Club’s book drive and give kids something to read! The Interact Club will be donating the books to BookNooks as a part of Project Learn. BookNooks are bookshelves that are located in family-friendly places around Lowell, delivering free, new, and gently used books directly to kids in our community. The book drive will be running until March 13th. Books will be collected in boxes around the school. Boxes are located in the auditorium hallway, in front of the main office, in the cafeteria, and in the library. More information about book nooks can be found at

    Questions? Contact Hope Coleman-Plourde at:

    Middle School News

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    Recently the residents at Carleton-Willard Village have been quarantined due to the flu and so Stephens-North and Schmalz Advisories made Valentines Day cards to cheer isolated residents up. Great work!

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    PS Team Field Trip Rescheduled

    The Problem-Solving team field trip to Boda Borg has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 3. We will use the same permission slips and waivers that have been submitted.

    Title I Funding Parent Input Session- 3/10

    Come learn about how our school uses Title I funding and share your input on we use our funding in future school years to maximize our reach with our students. Due to the snow delay, the session has been rescheduled to March 10th at 7:45 in the Landberg Hall conference room. Please RSVP to Middle School Principal Melissa Kapeckas

    Middle School Poetry Slam

    We’re hosting a poetry slam for middle school students and staff to read their original poems out loud in a poetry SLAM style on Thursday, March 26th from 3:00-4:30 pm in the auditorium. Come share your poetry or listen and enjoy! If you are interested in sharing your poetry, please sign up at

    Thanks to 8th grader Ashley Barrus for organizing this event!

    Shadowing for 8th Graders

    Current 8th graders heard a short presentation from the high school principal on December 19th about the high school academic program. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session with a panel of current high school students.

    If they have not already shadowed, students that have signed up will have the opportunity to shadow a high school student for the morning of February 12th or February 26th. An email will be sent to students to confirm which date they will be attending. Students should report to the Cafeteria by 8am on the day they will be shadowing.

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    Having fun at Boda Borg!

    High School News

    IACS High School Inaugural Participation in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC)

    This past Wednesday IACS high school students participated for the first time in the AMC10 (for students in grade 10), a very demanding national math competition, designed to encourage students to challenge themselves to go beyond the standard math curriculum. Kudos to the pioneering students: Anagha Babu, Patrick Durgin, Spencer Evens-Cole, Manu Hedge, Chloe Kefaufer, Seth Lupo, Tim Panalaitis, Sarah Wagner, and Elea Zegdoun. Results will be announced later this spring.

    Endersession Meeting Postponed

    The endersession meeting, scheduled for today, has been postponed until Friday, February 28th. All students who submitted paperwork have been assigned. Placements were announced on February 3rd. Staff will be reaching out to families after vacation with Endersession information.

    Driver’s Ed Classes begin March 4th

    Future Driver’s of America will begin their next Driver’s Ed classroom session beginning Wednesday, March 4th. Classes are offered on Wednesday’s mainly from 12:30-4:30pm for 10 weeks. Students must be 15yrs 9 months by March 4th. For more information and to register visit their website at

    Driver’s Ed Flyer with Schedule


    The deadline for ordering yearbooks is fast approaching: Friday, April 3! They are $40, and you can pay online at

    HS Athletic Sign Ups

    This year, we are offering the following spring sports to HS students:

  • Track & Field
  • Softball (open to grades 7-12)
  • Dance
  • Lacrosse (co-op with Nashoba Tech)
  • Information about spring teams, including practice schedules and tryout details, can be located here. The FamilyID registration portal can be accessed here.

    All paperwork and registrations are due Wednesday, March 11th.

    Mighty Micro Greens

    To learn about seeds and seed germination, students in Garden and Culinary Science grew their own microgreens and made a tasty snack of avocado toast garnished with the greens (radishes, carrots, kale, chard, etc.). Microgreens are plants that are harvested after the first leaves emerge. They are quick and easy to grow, packed with flavor, can have around 40% more nutrients than the adult plants, and are delicious on salads, sandwiches, soups, etc.

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    Photo of the Week:

    The Lads Lavatory Choir strikes again…

    Singing a beautiful rendition of L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole

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    Drama News

    Join us and bring your family and friends to see the epic tale of passion and redemption in the throes of revolution, Les Miserables, Student Edition. Tickets are currently on sale. Please go to this page: and click on “View Performances.” From there you can click on how many tickets you desire. Tickets are currently $16 and go up to $18 on March 1. Please join us for this masterpiece of multi-award-winning musical theatre!

    Get Ready for a Summer of Performing Arts! Mark your calendars for the weeks of July 13, 20, 27! Show Names and Camp Descriptions to come! Questions? Email See you this summer! *Camp is open to students completing grades 5 through 12.*

    Athletics News

    HS Spring Sports 2020

    This spring, we are pleased to offer the following athletic opportunities to our high school students:

  • softball (open to students in grades 7-12),
  • track & field,
  • dance
  • lacrosse.
  • For more information, including practice schedules, start dates and requirements, please click here for the HS spring 2020 athletic registration packet. The FamilyID registration portal can be accessed here.

    All registration paperwork is due on Wednesday, March 11th. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Athletic Office (

    Athletic Awards Nights

  • HS winter athletic awards will be Wednesday, March 25th at 6 pm in the IACS auditorium.
  • MS winter athletic awards will be Wednesday, April 1st at 6 pm in the IACS auditorium.
  • All winter athletes and families are invited and encouraged to attend these ceremonies.

    IACA News

    Happy Valentine’s Day IACS Community! Looking for a quick, easy way to show your love for IACS today? Consider donating an item to our upcoming silent auction.

    Friday Feb 28th 7pm-9pm will be the 7 & 8 grade dance!

    1st annual Sign Making Night Out

    Calling All Adults….

    Who needs a night out??? Join us for DIY SIGN making !!

    March 12th @ 7:00pm at The Establishment in North Chelmsford (food and beverage will be available for purchase)

    Register here:

    20% will be donated back to IACA by the company running the event, April’s Way Custom Creations.

    Giving Bean Coffee and Artisan Tea

    Giving Bean is a gourmet coffee roaster and provider of freshly roasted whole bean, ground and K-cup coffees, fine tea, gourmet cocoa, chai, and shortbread cookies. We figure that just about everyone enjoys a great cup of coffee (or tea)! Fundraiser will be online and at Embrace Winter .This fundraiser will help support events like 8th grade semi, scholarships and dances. click here to check it out.

    Prefer a paper form? Questions? contact Cindi : tel:978-866-8380