The Hawk: February 15, 2019

February 14, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending February, 15 2019

Dear IACS Families:

Within our advisory program, we’ve incorporated overarching themes from grades 5-12. The current theme is Balance: Self-Awareness and Restoration. Within this theme of balance, we’re working to help students build self-awareness by better understanding personal strengths and areas of growth. We’re also helping students identify and reflect on stressors and develop strategies to adapt and manage stress in healthy ways. This looks different for advisories of various grade levels, but is relevant to all age groups and important to help our students in developing healthy habits of managing responsibilities in a balanced way as we prepare them for adulthood.

This feels particularly relevant to share with you as we head into a vacation week. While we often encourage our staff to take some time to recharge over school breaks, it’s important for kids to do that, too, and their needs and what helps them recharge can vary. When we return from break, we’ll hit the ground running and be getting into the thick of Semester 2. Talking with your child about ways your family finds balance and recharges would echo our advisory theme and might be a great way to kick off the break.


Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal

Important Dates

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All School News

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ILP Meetings

On Wednesday, February 27th and March 6th students will be meeting with their Advisor and family members to discuss their ILP goals for Semester 2. Please be sure to reach out to your child’s advisor if you haven’t already setup a time or rescheduled an ILP that was missed due to snow.

Parent Presentation on Vaping- 3/7

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will present a parent workshop on vaping on 3/7 at 6:45 pm in the auditorium.

Vaping has become a major issue in our schools and communities nationwide. This presentation will focus on the trend of student vaping, how to recognize vaping devices, vaping products, and the physical impact vaping has on the body. This workshop is designed for parents and staff.

Upcoming Programs at the Tyngsboro Public Library

Check out the upcoming programs at the Library, space is limited sign up soon.

Slippery Science

Henna Tattoos

Mosaic Art

Art Circles

Per diem Substitute Teachers Needed

We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. As the winter and flu season are now in full swing we need to ensure we have enough substitutes to give your students uninterrupted learning. If you or a friend are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please fill out the availability form. Half day and full day subbing opportunities are available. IACS pays $25 per hour up to $100 per day maximum.

Reminder from the Enrollment Office

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 25th.


HS & MS Spring Sports Registration Now Open!

Please find the MS spring registration packet here. We are offering the following sports to MS students this spring: outdoor track & field, baseball, softball and dance.

Please find the HS spring registration packet here. We are offering the following sports to HS students this spring: outdoor track & field, softball, dance and lacrosse.

Email the Athletic Department at with any questions or concerns.

Theater News

Please join us for the School Version of the hilarious musical SPAMALOT!

March 14, 7pm

March 15, 7pm

March 16, 2pm and 7pm

Follow the link for ticket information!

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Join us for Performing Arts Camps this summer, for students finishing grades 4 through 12! Camp has a free, public performance on Friday night. Don’t miss your chance to shine on stage!

Sign up here.

The first 12 students finishing grades 8 and up who sign up for Glee Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to see the musical “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”!

The first 12 students finishing grades 8 and up who sign up for Improv Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to work with Broadway stars!

Any students who sign up for Drama Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to perform on Thursday, July 25!

Find information here.

Scholarships are available and are based on need. Please email with any questions!

Middle School News

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Archery: The IACS archery team just completed its regular season. This is the first year that the archery team has had its own equipment, coaches, and practice range. We had 4 teams representing IACS out of a total of 8 teams within the league. Practices have been held at the Lowell Sportsman’s club and competitions have been held in the function hall at Saint Rita’s Parish in Lowell. Wish the archers good luck as all of our teams compete in the playoffs!

2018-2019 IACS Middle School Yearbook now available to order

Early Bird Order Form $20 until Sunday, April 21st, 2019

NEW THIS YEAR! You can now order and pay

Regular Price $27 after April Vacation

The MS Yearbook contains over 120 color pages of IACS memories: sports, academics, clubs, fun, teachers, events, field trips, original art, personal pages and much more . . . . . . !

To send cash or a check please, complete the hard copy order form which is attached (and has been sent home with your student)

0 Yearbook Order Form 2018-2019

After School Art Program:

* Now offered Monday or Thursday for 10 weeks!

A new session of After School Art is starting soon! During this 10 week session, we’re offering Monday and Thursday groups from 3:00 – 4:30. The fee for the session is $75 and can be paid online.

The session begins the week of February 25 and runs through May 9. Please submit registration form and payment of $75 by Friday, February 15. Email with questions.

Fifth and sixth graders had a “Camp Read a Lot” day today. Students came in their pajamas and brought pillows and blankets to get cozy while reading. Ms. Caffrey got into the fun with her sixth grade readers!

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High School News

Chemistry Students

Congratulations to IACS Green Chemists Kristina Hnath and Jess Landry for educating 80 grade five students at Socrates Academy in Charlotte, NC over Google Hangout to teach them about green chemistry and safer fire extinguishers. Most importantly, they inspired the younger students to follow their dreams! Thank you to these students and to Ms. Derival for showing the youth how we can save the world through science.

IACS Paint Nite is Tonight!

When: Friday, February 15, 2019

Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

What: A family-friendly Paint Nite event with free snacks* and drinks provided!

Where: IACS Cafeteria

Cost: $20 per ticket (additional donation is greatly appreciated but not required)

*gluten-free and vegan friendly options also available

All proceeds will benefit students attending the Benvenuto in Italia – Welcome to Italy Endersession

For more information, email Raks Derival at

Driver’s Ed Classes are starting up on March 6th!

Future Driver’s of America will be holding Driver’s Ed classes on Wednesday’s from March 6th to May 1st at IACS. You must sign up through their website:

Student need not have their permit yet but should be at least 15 years and 9 months.

The program includes:

– 30-Hours of Classroom

– 12-Hours of Road Lessons

– 6-Hours of Observation Time

– 2-Hour Parent Class (held in N. Chelmsford Office)

– Driver Ed Certificate

Indoor Track Update

Congratulations to all the athletes that competed in Wednesday’s Division 5 Championship meet. Top Performances went to Xavier MacShane taking 2nd place overall in the high jump clearing 6’ and Aiden Felty taking 1st place in the shot put with a throw of 64’ 9” This broke the meet record (which was set by Aiden last year) by 8’. Both boys will be competing at the All-State meet on Saturday the 23rd!


As the first semester ends and the second begins its time to start thinking about all the cool things to come like Snowcoming, Endersession, and spring sports. But don’t forget about yearbooks, so you’ll be able to remember all those awesome events! Buy your yearbook today for only 40 dollars. You can either order online at or with an order form (available from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco). It’s simple to do and it’s worth it! The last day to order is March 22nd.


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Pick up your tickets now for our annual Casino Night, to be held at the UMass Inn and Conference Center on March 29. (this is a 21+ event) Tickets are just $35, or grab some friends and fill a table (10/table) for $300! This fantastic night of fun includes a buffet dinner, Casino games (for fun) silent auction and live dessert auction. Contact Heather Landis to purchase tickets – 978-502-9450 or Hope to see you there!

YOU COULD BE OUR $10,000 WINNER! Look for your IACA $10,000 raffle tickets coming home this week. 5 tickets will be sent home but you are welcome to sell as many as you can, in fact the student who sells the most will win $1000! Ticket are $20 each and can also be purchased online. If you would like additional tickets to sell during vacation week, contact Heather Landis at or 978-502-9450 and she make arrangements to get you some.

WINTER DANCES are right around the corner. Contact Faby Kelley to get involved in these fun dances for the kids, March 1 and March 8, 7-9 p.m..