The Hawk: February 5, 2021

February 4, 2021 6:48 pm


February 5, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

As we enter Super Bowl weekend, I’m having a hard time staying positive for two reasons. First, the Patriots aren’t playing (sounding spoiled I know) and Tom Brady playing doesn’t cut the mustard. Secondly, I won’t see friends due to public health recommendations to refrain from indoor social activities. Or as Dr. Fauci advised, my family will "lay low and cool it." So where can I find optimism? Food. In that spirit, here are recipes for three "can’t miss" Super Bowl classics that I’ll be enjoying no matter who is playing:

1) Buffalo Chicken Dip. 5 minutes to prep and four quarters to enjoy.

2) Pepperoni/Cheese/Triscuit: totally simple and suspiciously delicious. Put a slice of sharp cheddar cheese and a single slice of pepperoni on a Triscuit cracker. Bake at 375F for 5-10 min.

3) Onion Dip with a kick: A spicy take on an old standby.

Here’s hoping that one (or more) of these bring you joy this weekend. On a more serious note, please take a few minutes to review the Hawk for important dates and truly wonderful work that continues throughout our school.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

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IACS Covid Dashboard

This dashboard displays data regarding the number of positive cases, separating out staff from students, and high school from middle school students.

Questions? contact or at 978-649-0432, ext- 2104.

Re-Enrollment for 2021

Please remember to fill out your re-enrollment survey that you should have received via email, if you did not receive an email please call the enrollment office or email Kathleen Feeney.

The survey needs to be completed by January 29, slots not retained will be made available to new students on our March 1st lottery.

If you did not receive a survey, please respond in an email to us with a Yes or No that will let us know if you are returning or Undecided and hold my spot

As always if you have any questions feel free to contact the Enrollment office.

978-649-0432 ext 2218 to reach Kathleen Feeney or email

Enrollment office reminder for Siblings

If your student has a sibling that is thinking about attending IACS next year, please remember that you need to fill out an application for all siblings.

You can find one on our under the enrollment tab.

Virtual Open House for Prospective Families

We have several virtual open house sessions coming up for prospective families ahead of our lottery. Please share this form to register with friends who are interested in learning more about IACS.

Per diem Substitute Teachers Needed:

We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. As we start to make plans for the return of students and teachers to classrooms, Virtual and In Person, we want to also have a working list of substitutes so that we can ensure that we provide 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.

HS & MS School Calendar

We have included the pdf for the 2020-2021 HS & MS Calendar. Please see the calendar on our website for the most up to date information.

School Breakfast & Lunch Program

IACS is offering FREE breakfast and lunch meals to ALL IACS on-campus learners. On-campus learners do not need to enroll or use a lunch account to receive free meals. Remote and hybrid learners can also receive free meals at either their town’s school or at IACS. Remote and hybrid learners, if you would like to pick up meals for days when the student is off-campus learning, enroll in this program by completing this survey. You do not need to complete the survey if you have already enrolled. Email if you have any questions

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What is P-EBT?

The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program was created in Spring 2020 to provide funds for families to buy food while schools were closed due to COVID-19. More P-EBT funds are being issued for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Eligible students in hybrid learning situations: you will get $58.60 per month.
  • Eligible students in remote learning situations: you will get $117.20 per month.
  • Using P-EBT does NOT impact you or your student’s immigration status. The public charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT funds.
  • You can use P-EBT funds and also get food from grab and go student meal sites
  • For more information please go to: or check out this flyer from

    Athletics News

    Fall II Volleyball

    We are excited to be able to offer an interscholastic volleyball season to our students in the fall II "floating" season. This season will run February 22nd-April 25th. Our high school team will play an interscholastic varsity CAC schedule and our middle school team will play a high school sub-varsity (mostly freshman) season in the CAC.

    All interested athletes need to register by Friday, February 12th in order to secure a roster spot. Athletes who participated in fall intramural volleyball still need to register for fall II.

    MS registration paperwork can be found here

    HS registration paperwork can be found here

    IACS COVID-19 athletic procedures and sport-specific modifications can be found here

    Please contact the Athletic Department ( with any questions or concerns.

    Middle School News

    Picture Day(s)

    Red team students on campus on Tuesdays will have their photos taken for our yearbook on Tuesday, 2/9 while blue team students will have their photos taken on Thursday, 2/11.

    Photos can be ordered online using the following steps:

    1. Go to and click on the big red button that says “Order School Portraits and shop our exclusive products”.

    2. Using the drop-down menu, select the city and state where your school is located, then select the name of your school.

    3. Enter your child’s information, including full first name (as it appears on Aspen).

    4. Select your packages and add them to your cart. If you have another child, click “Order for Another Child” and repeat the steps above.

    Orders placed after Picture Day are subject to a $7 handling fee.

    We will have a retake day later in the spring and invite families of students that are remote to take part on that day, if they choose.

    Virtual Learning Kits

    We contacted individual families of remote students that have an item to pick up for the next virtual learning kit and pick-up days were this past week. If you were notified and didn’t have a chance to pick up the item, please stop by our main office any time between 8:00-4:00 (avoiding arrival and dismissal times). Please return any books, unneeded chromebooks or library items as well when you come. Thank you!

    Hybrid Status Shift

    A reminder to families that are currently remote that if you’d like your child to move to hybrid, please email our Dean of Students, Federico Pererya. We ask for two week’s notice to ensure enough time to make adjustments to schedules/classrooms to ensure proper spacing.

    High School Transition

    It is that time of year that eighth grade students and families are looking ahead to high school. Eighth graders continuing onto High School at IACS do not need to reapply.

    For students and families that are interested in learning more about our high school program, we are offering three virtual open house events. Attendees must register beforehand by emailing: in order to receive the Zoom link.

    There is one more meeting left to join in: Thursday, 2/11 7-8pm

    For students applying to technical or private schools, please ensure that you ask teachers directly about letters of recommendation and provide at least 2 weeks notice.

    Please contact Kathleeen Feeney in the enrollment office to request transcripts that are sent along with your application. (

    High School News

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    Don’t forget to buy your yearbook before Friday, April 2! It is $40. Please order and pay online at The online order form includes personalization options at no additional cost (i.e. your name and icons).

    Switching between Hybrid and Remote Learning

    At any point this semester, if you would like to notify us of your intent to either have your child learn in-person, or switch back to fully remote learning, please use this google form:

    To help with our planning, please give us a 2-week notice before requesting to switch to in-person learning. We do not need a 2-week notification if your child is going to return to fully remote learning.

    Save the Date for Junior College Kick-Off Night (virtual)

    For juniors and their parents

    Tuesday, February 9th at 7:30pm

    Reach out to our College Counselor, Ms. Deknatel with any questions:

    Topics covered will include:

    -College Process Timeline and Overview

    -Standardized Testing (SAT vs. ACT and test-optional colleges)

    -College Visits -When and How

    -Parts of the Application (Application work begins in August of the senior year with deadlines ranging from October – February of the senior year)

    -Financial Aid and Scholarship Information (brief overview)

    Parking Permits

    Parking Permits are needed for anyone driving themselves to school. Applications can be found outside Ms. Kelly’s office and turned into Crystal.

    High School Open House

    Do you know a family that is interested in attending Innovation Academy? This coming Thursday, 2/11 from 7-8pm we will be offering our last virtual open house before the Lottery on March 1st. Attendees must register before hand by filling out this form or emailing: in order to receive the Zoom link.

    Photo of the Week

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    The life sciences lab was back in action this week as students

    extracted DNA from strawberries.