The Hawk: February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017 7:00 am

“The Hawk”

Dear IACS Community,

Growing up in a household with parents who held different political perspectives, I often found humor in their occasional bickering and joking.  Laughter aside, when I would speak to my parents about current events it always forced me to examine both sides of issues before jumping to conclusions or engaging in mean-spirited conversations.  Unfortunately, our students today are seeing less civilized conversations in the public, and they deserve better.

What makes IACS such an amazing community is that we are linked by a mission that embraces systems thinking over simplistic cause and effect relationships, effective communication over ranting against those with whom we disagree, and community membership that is dependent on inclusiveness.  Because of the new federal orders restricting immigration, I am increasingly worried that some families in our school community are feeling scared and uncertain.  These concerns are not theoretical, as they were when debating with my mom and dad, but practical.  We know students learn best when they are well-fed and rested; similarly, students can only achieve in the classroom if they feel safe inside and outside of school.  

To that end, IACS remains committed to supporting our entire community, be it listening to students more closely in school or helping families access outside agencies.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly.  

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Upcoming Dates

February 8 Early Release/ NO HS INTERNSHIPS

February 9 Your Financial Aid Letter Workshop (seniors&parents) 6:30 – 8:00pm

February 10 HS Field Trip Model United Nations (Gonsalo)

Grades 7 & 8 Movie Night  6:30 – 9:00 pm

February 11 HS Field Trip Model United Nations (Gonsalo)

Destination Imagination Appraiser’s Training

February 12 HS Field Trip Model United Nations (Gonsalo)

February 13 Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Feb 20 – 24 No School February Vacation

February 28 New Enrollment Applications due by 12:00 noon

March 1 Early Release

Enrollment Lottery  4:00pm

March 6 MS   Band and Chorus Concert  6:00pm

March 7 IACA Potluck Meeting 6:30 – 7:00pm

March 8 Early Release

March 9 MS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

March 11 SAT Exam  8:00 am

March 15 Early Release

March 16 HS Innovation Morning for Prospective Parents 8:30 am

March 17 MS Parent Principal Advisory Council 7:45 am

March 17 WInter Drama Production

All School News


Embrace Winter Social TONIGHT!: Our Embrace Winter Social will take place tonight, Feb. 3 from 6-9pm.  We'll have pizza/ice cream, Middle School Art Show,  our big raffle drawing, vendors selling items, school groups showcasing their talents, and winter fun!

BoxTops contest starts Monday, Feb 6th: Who wants to be the next BoxTops champion?? Our next BoxTops contest begins Monday, February 6th and runs until Friday, February 24th. This contest will have ONE student winner from middle school and ONE student winner from high school. The student who brings in the most BoxTops gets a $25 gift certificate! Here are a few submission tips: 1) ALWAYS include your child's NAME AND ADVISORY when submitting BoxTops. Written room numbers are sometimes reversed and we cannot identify who submitted them : 2) If possible, please TRIM your Boxtops, and 3) Please do not submit any expired BoxTops. All of these tips allow for proficient submission and quick expediting of monies awarded to our school! Every little BoxTop is worth 10 cents!

Save the date for CASINO NIGHT: Come Get Lucky at our upcoming Casino Night and Fundraiser!  It'll begin at 7pm on Friday March 31st at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference center on Warren Street in Lowell. This years event will feature a buffet dinner, casino games, cash bar, silent auction and our now famous Live Dessert Auction! The tickets will be $35 each or $300/table of 10, so grab some friends and make a night of it! Hope to see you there.  If you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, please email Heather Landis at or by phone at 978-502-9450.

7/8 Movie night will be Friday, Feb 10 from 6:30-9:00pm.  (Movie starts promptly at 6:45).   Admission is $5.00 and includes bottle of water, popcorn, and a movie.  We will also have fruit snacks and additional water bottles for sale.  (No sweetened drinks will be allowed in the auditorium.  Movie selection is The Fault in Our Stars.

Step up and Help your school: We are always looking for people to help with events, create events, and step into leadership roles of our parent organization.  There may be 3 or more open roles for the upcoming school year.  Would you like to know more?  Please email Jo Anne at for more information.

Performing Arts News:  

  • Tickets are available for our March production of MAN OF LA MANCHA! Please find the ticket order form at

  • Do you have a business you would like to promote? Or a message you would like to share with about 900 people? If so, please consider supporting the drama program by purchasing program space! Information is found at

  • Mark your calendars! Auditions for the MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAY are on Wednesday, March 29, 12:30-3:00pm in the auditorium! It's an early release day so bring a lunch! We hope to see you there so you can have your turn to light up the IACS stage! Auditions are open to any current middle school students – with or without acting experience! The play, which features numerous monologues as well as full scenes, is called "Game of Tiaras" and you can find details about the hilarious spoof at Rehearsals will be on half day Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00, and performances are on May 20 at 2pm and 7pm.

  • Auditions for the next HIGH SCHOOL PLAY are on Tuesday, March 21, 3:00-4:30 in the auditorium! Auditions are open to any current high school students – with or without acting experience! The play, which features numerous monologues as well as full scenes,  is called "I'm A Teenager Get Me Out of This Family" and details can be found at  (If you are in Darts or Shards you may still audition for this show, as long as rehearsals do not conflict. Priority will go to those who do not currently have other roles. Performances will be on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 at 7pm.)

  • BELIEVE IT OR NOT, SUMMER IS COMING! Mark your calendars for 3 Performing Arts Camps right here on the IACS Campus! Camps are open to students finishing 4th through 12th grades.

  • July 10-July 14: Drama Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of Ghostbusters on Friday night

    July 17-July 21: Glee Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of songs and scenes from School of Rock on Friday night

    July 24-July 28: Improv Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance created ON THE SPOT by the campers on Friday night

    *The first ten Drama Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to see Wicked on the Wednesday of Drama Camp!

    *The first ten Glee Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to see School of Rock on the Wednesday of Glee Camp!

    *The first ten Improv Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to participate in an IMPROV THEATRE workshop, meal and show on the Wednesday of Improv Camp!

    Re-enrollment Forms have been mailed to current families. They need to be returned to the main office by January 27th.  Please remember if you have a sibling that would like to enroll at IACS for the 2017-2018 school year  you will need to fill out an application by February 28, 2017 to be entered into the March 1, 2017 lottery.   ALL admissions to IACS is done by lottery.  

    If you have any questions please contact Marybeth Bush,978-649-0432 ext 3218, or or Kathleen Feeney at ext 2218 or

    IACS School Nutrition Program:  The February Breakfast & Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake if you have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Middle School NewsIMG_7381.JPG

    Gearing up for Superbowl Sunday!

    Extended Writing Practice

    Middle school students will utilize some time in school on February 10th and March 10th for practice essay writing. While students frequently are working on their writing skills in English/Language Arts and across the curriculum, they typically are not working on all aspects of the writing process from prewriting, drafting, and revising/editing in one session as they will be expected to do during the spring MCAS session. We will incorporate some time in the school day on these dates to practice our essay writing from start to finish. This will provide our English/Language Arts teachers diagnostic data to see how students are applying their writing skills.

    Advisory Service Projects

    All middle school advisories will be participating in community service projects. Our school day has some extended advisory time incorporated on February 14th and March 22nd to develop and participate in projects. Some advisories will be off campus, visiting residents at local nursing homes or sorting food or clothing donations at area non-profit organizations. Other groups may complete their project on-campus, such as groups that are making blankets for the Lowell Humane Society or making sleeping mats for the homeless. Stay tuned for news of our projects soon!

    After School Art Upcoming Session:

    Our next 8 week session will be starting at the beginning of March. This session's classes will be on Monday and Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30. Please send in registration form and fee by 2/17/17 to secure your student's space in the program.  Find the registration form here. For more information, email  

    7/8 Movie night will be Friday, Feb 10th from 6:30-9:00pm.  (Movie starts promptly at 6:45).   Admission is $5.00 and includes bottle of water, popcorn, and a movie.  We will also have fruit snacks and additional water bottles for sale.  (No sweetened drinks will be allowed in the auditorium.  Movie selection is The Fault in Our Stars.

    Middle School Art Exhibit at Embrace Winter Social

    Come and enjoy the work of 6th and 8th graders on display at the Embrace Winter Social Friday, February 3 from 6-9 pm!  Interested in helping set up or break down the exhibit? Email to lend a hand.  Hope to see you there!

    Looking for fun events for February Vacation?

    The MIT Museum is hosting Feb Fest, their annual celebration of National Engineers Week, during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities and workshops for students. This is a terrific connection to our middle school engineering units. Check it out and learn more about registering here

    Middle School Yearbook:

    2016-2017 IACS Middle School Yearbook Order Forms are now available.  They have been passed out in Advisory and are available on the MS Yearbook page on the website.

    Order your Middle School yearbook NOW for the EARLY BIRD price of $20 is available until Friday, February 17, 2017. Orders placed after February 17, 2017 will be at the regular price of $27

    High School News

    Upcoming Events to Note:

    Friday 2/3 – Embrace Winter 6-9pm

    Astronomy trips and labs

    February Seniors of the Month

    All-State Chorus

    College Fair

    College Counseling News and Notes

    Student Health 101IACS parents and supporters, February’s IACS Student Health 101 and the accompanying Student Advocate for parents and supporters are available online.  Check out the new article “Chasing Perfection -how to help teens see through social media”.   Keep reading Student Health 101 articles and enter to win $100…it is that simple!  We have already had one student winner here at IACS.  If parents enter…their student wins also!!   $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    High School Yearbook

    It’s not too late to buy your yearbook! The cost has increased to $35. You can get an order form outside Ms. Kelly’s office or at the Main Office. Or you can order online at Anyone who buys before February 17, 2017 will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card (this includes those who have already ordered)!

    Student Health Info

    New articles this month highlight  how students can quit competing against and comparing themselves to peers as well as information for parents regarding concerns that your child may by in an unhealthy relationship.

    I hope you find Student Health 101 a valuable resource, it certainly has a lot to offer both parents and students.

    Photo of the Week

    Street Hockey in February…perfect weather for an Edelman jersey and some shorts…go Patriots!

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School
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