The Hawk: February 28, 2020

February 27, 2020 6:48 pm


Week ending February 28, 2020

Dear IACS Families:

We integrate the four school outcomes of problem-solving, community membership, effective communication, and self-direction into the project-based work that students engage in at IACS. Our outcomes are essential competencies that we build in our students over their time at IACS. Integrating them into the curriculum gives students a common vocabulary and provides ongoing practice at these essential life skills.

After a trip to a seventh grade science classroom, I thought it might be interesting to share one example of what this project-based work looks like in the classroom. Currently, students are engaging in the “Heat Loss House project” as the end product of their unit on thermal energy. Students work in collaborative teams to create simple houses and insulate them. Using thermal images and temperature readings they collect, they create a graph and make comparisons of various parts of the house to construct an argument about how and where heat is lost in the home. They make real-world connections to consider the importance of energy efficiency in their own homes. Throughout the process, they are required to be self-directed by working with their team to manage their time moving through a complex, multi-step project. This is one example of how our mission comes to life in a science classroom.

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Enjoy the weekend, especially that extra special leap year day that only comes once every four years!


Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal

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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.

We are happy to report that the Interact Club’s book drive has been going very well. We are in our 3rd week of the book drive! We have already gathered 345 books! Special thanks to Ms. Bouzan for donating over 215 books! The books are going 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 is running until March 13th. If you want to donate books there are multiple yellow boxes, labeled “Book Drive”, around the school; they are located in the auditorium hallway, in front of the main office, in the cafeteria, in the library, and a new box in Landberg Hall. Any gently used book is accepted.

Information about book nooks can be found at

For any questions contact Hope Coleman-Plourde at:

Middle School News

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Profe Ashley Uyaguari (holding the letter C in the photo) was recognized as the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year recently at an awards banquet at the NECTFL (Northeast Regional Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Ashley also made a presentation on tracking student growth through portfolios.

Field Trips Next Week

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. Please bring a bag lunch

Fifth graders are going to the Boston Tea Party Museum- the EC team on Tuesday, March 3 and the CM team on Friday, March 6. Please bring a bag lunch and make sure your permission slip is turned in.

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!

High School News

SEQUINS! Friday March 13, 2020 at 7:30 in the Auditorium

The IACS GSA is pleased to present, SEQUINS, IACS’ first ever drag inspired gender bending fashion show! Join us for a night of pride, celebration, and fun as we welcome talented performers from the IACS student body who will lend their talents to lip sync, recite poetry, monologues and more. All are welcome and encouraged-if inspired- to partake in gender bending costume and support our performers! All admission ($5) and proceeds will go to support PFLAG and Grace Madonna’s Senior Project to have menstrual products available in school bathrooms. We hope to see you there!

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 Evans-Cole, Manu Hegde, Chloe Kefauver, Seth Lupo, Tim Panalaitis, Sarah Wagner, and Elea Zegdoun. Results will be announced later this spring.

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)


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.

Resources on Promoting Sportsmanship from the MIAA

As part of the recently renewed partnership of the MIAA and MSSADA to promote the concepts of sportsmanship and provide the on-site atmosphere that will keep interscholastic athletic events in an educational perspective, we are providing the following links. Please review these MIAA sportsmanship guidelines and NFHS videos as we enter the tournament season.

  • MIAA Sportsmanship Guidelines for Fan/Spectator Support Items

  • MIAA Taunting Policy

  • MIAA Handbook – See Page 46 for Rules 48 and 49 addressing sportsmanship

  • NFHS “The Parent Seat” Video

  • NFHS “Beyond the Scoreboard” Video

  • College Fair

    You are invited to attend the sixth annual Tyngsborough High School College Fair
    Wednesday, March 4th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Tyngsborough High School, 36 Norris Road
    See flyer for a list of colleges attending the fair

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    Photos of the Week:

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    Senior Marcus Warner seems pretty happy to be discussing his goals at his final ILP Meeting!

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    This week in "Uniquely IACS"… junior Nathan Zegdoun led a group of students to say happy birthday and present a cake and card to our school resource officer, Sgt. Manning, as he entered the building on Tuesday.

    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.*

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    Athletics News

    High School League Update

    We are thrilled to announce that our high school has been accepted into the Commonwealth Athletic Conference for the 2020-2021 school year.

    The following schools are also anticipated to be members of the CAC in the 2020-2021 school year: Academy of Notre Dame Tyngsboro, Essex North Shore Agric & Tech School, Fellowship Christian Academy, Greater Lawrence Tech HS, Greater Lowell Tech HS, KIPP Academy Lynn, Lowell Catholic HS, Lynn Vocational Technical Inst, Minuteman Regional HS, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, Nashoba Valley Technical HS, Northeast Metro. Reg. Voc. School, Shawsheen Valley Tech School, Whittier RVT High School.

    HS Lacrosse Info Meeting

    All students interested in playing HS lacrosse this spring should attend the parent and player information meeting at Nashoba Tech on Tuesday, March 10th at 5 pm.

    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

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

    We are always looking for Parent Volunteers for the Dances

    You’ll need a CORI form to be on file to volunteer for any school event.

    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.

    Raffle tickets are BACK!

    $10,000 raffle tickets were mailed home this week, will you be this years big winner?

    10 tix were sent home to each family but if you’d like more, please ask at either the main office or with Mrs Landis in the Library. Tickets are also available online here or at Good Luck!

    Casino Night is April 3rd, Do you have your tickets yet?

    Join us for IACA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, A chance to meet other parents while enjoying some dinner, casino games the silent auction and our famous live dessert auction. Tickets are $40 ea or a table of 10 for $350, so grab some friends and make a night of it.

    Tickets available online here Questions? Heather at