The Hawk: February 6, 2016

February 6, 2016 7:00 am

“The Hawk”


Just when it looked like spring had arrived in early February, winter decides to make an appearance with our first snow day. Our Community Association and school administration are exploring possible make up dates for last night's "Embrace Winter" event.

I would like to invite everyone to the Boys Varsity Basketball game Saturday night to celebrate Senior Night. The boys are having a great season and they will be playing at Rogers Middle School in Lowell from 8:00-9:30.


Even though we are just past the halfway point in the school year, we have already begun preparations for scheduling students for next year. One change for next year will be with the weekly bell schedule. The faculty has decided to return to a model similar to last year. This schedule (which you can see here) allows for more frequent contact with advisories and more time on learning for our students. Students will appreciate having lunches with their entire grade again, but unfortunately there is only room for one choice block. We will still be able to offer some of our new choice blocks like Driver’s Education and SAT Prep, but it may mean some class time might need to occur after school. A major reason for this change is to avoid some of the scheduling problems that occurred as a result of having advisory in the regular rotation of classes.

Depending on when a student had advisory meant that they could be blocked from taking certain classes that they wanted. Next year, advisory will rotate with lunch block which will alleviate this problem. Teachers are finalizing course offerings for next year and there are some exciting new offerings across the departments that you will be learning about in March. The next couple of months are especially busy as both students and faculty have the following events to tackle: Endersession planning, scheduling for next year, MCAS, ILP conferences, and probably several other things I am forgetting. Given all of this, today is a perfect day to slow down and enjoy one of the reasons we all love living in New England.


Best –


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal


All School News


Dates At a Glance:


February 8: Board of Trustee Meeting  6:30 – 8:00 pm

          IACA Meeting  7:00 – 8:30 pm

February 10: Full Day Wednesday

February 11: Innovation Morning for Prospective Middle School Parents/Guardians 6:00-8:00 pm

February 12: MS Grade 5 & 6 Social 7:00 – 9:00 pm

February 15February 20 – NO SCHOOL VACATION

February 17: NO H/S Internships

February 21: FAFSA Day   1:00 – 3:00 pm

February 22 – 26 High School Spirit Week

February 24: Early Release


       Middle School Drama Workshop    1:30 – 2:30 pm

February 25: Innovation Morning for Prospective H/S Parents/Guardians 8:30 – 9:30 am

       IACS/THS College Fair  6:30 – 8:00 pm                

Spring ILPs are on the way: Stay tuned for more information from your child’s advisor about signing up for an Individual Learning Plan conference to look back with your child at their learning goals. Conferences will take place February 24th and March 9th. One of our school’s accountability goals is to achieve 90% or higher participation at ILP conferences from families. ILP conferences are an important way for students to reflect upon their learning and set goals with feedback from their family and teachers.


IACA News :


So much news to share for late January and February! Remember that you can always find the latest IACA news on our Facebook page and on our IACA website.


  • 5/6 Grade Social: Our 5/6 Grade social will be on February 12th from 7-9pm. We are always looking for chaperone help and snack donations. For more information, visit our website page–socials.html

  • Boxtop Contest: Whose advisory will win this year!?? Please continue to send in all of your Boxtops! Every Boxtop is worth 10 cents and since last year we've made $1700.

  • IACA Board Position Open: Are you able to attend monthly meetings and take notes? This may be the board position for you!  For more information, please contact  Jo Anne Frazier at



    IACS School Nutrition Program


    The New Breakfast and Lunch Menus for February have been posted.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER or preview menus by going to Breakfast & Lunch Menu.  While pre-ordering is preferred, all meals are available cash & carry.


    IACS High School Proudly Presents the Modern Musicals

    35MM: A Musical Exhibition

    by Ryan Scott and Michael Murphy

    with 21 Chump Street

    by Lin-Manuel Miranda


    March 10 & 11 at 7pm,

    March 12 at 2pm and 7pm, 2016

    Ticket order forms at the main office and


    Mark your calendar for Middle School Auditions for the Spring Play! March 16, 12:30-2:30.  High School Auditions for the Spring Play are March 22, 3:00-5:00!

    No preparation or experience needed – see you there!


    SUMMER IS COMING and we want you to join us for

    IACS Performing Arts Camps

    for students completing grades 4-12!


    July 11-15: Improv Camp


    July 18-22: Glee Camp

    With a Middle School Performance of Star Wars the Musical


    a High School Performance of Scenes and Songs from Hamilton

    and Star Wars the Musical


    July 25-29: Drama Camp!

    With a Middle School Performance of Treasure Island


    a High School Performance of Sherlock Holmes


    Camp is 8:30-3:30 daily, with a public performance on Friday night!

    Staff includes Rhonda Hawthorne, Alec Willis, Jen Shaby, Melissa Connors Rodgers,

    Lauren Boucher (Hunt) and Andrea Watson!


    More information and registration forms at



    Middle School News


    Advisory Service Projects: Advisories will be launching into planning service projects during the months of February and March. On this coming Tuesday, 2/9, advisories will have some extended time during the school day to work on projects. For some groups, this will serve as a kick-off to planning. Be sure to ask your child about what their advisory’s project. As groups get further with their projects, we will look forward to sharing their work in The Hawk and on the school website.


    8th grade/HS Shadowing – Click the blue link to read more


    After School Art Classes: The final 8 week session for after school art begins the week after February break and is offered on either Monday or Tuesday from 3:00 – 4:30. The class is set up as an open studio, where students can work with a wide variety of media to create work independently or with others. The cost for the program is $60. Space is limited, so sign up early. Please send registration form  and payment to MS After School Art Class via the main office.


    Save the Date for Spring Quality Night

    We’ve needed to make some changes in our spring calendar now that the state testing window has been finalized.


    Please save the date for upcoming spring Quality Nights-

    5th graders- March 22nd 6-7:15 pm

    7th graders- May 19th 6-7:15 pm


    Middle School Yearbooks on SaleClick the link for more info


    High School News


    Click the blue link for the full text…


    Come support the IACS HS Boys Varsity Basketball Team and the HS Girls Cheerleading Team for their Senior Night game! (Admission is Free.)

    February 6, 2016 at the Rogers Middle School in Lowell, MA from 8-9:30pm.


    Boys Varsity Basketball Seniors:

    Mike Mele, Zeandre Victor, Matt Smith, Jeff Barron, Jake Vitali


    Girls Varsity Cheer Team Seniors:

    Kaelyn Shelley, Maggie Loiselle, Lily Houth, Ruby Ndouop, Hailey Vieira



    Save the Date!


    Talent Show Highlight Video

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    Got Skates? IACS is looking for used pairs…




    Order your Yearbooks today! If you order before February 12 (or have already ordered), you'll be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! You can get an order form at the main office, or order online at The absolute last day to order a Yearbook is March 25! We will not be selling any Yearbooks after that date. Please don't forget to order yours today!


    Seniors- please submit your baby pictures as soon as possible! They are due no later than February 26.


    SENIOR REMINDER. All senior stuff (pictures, quotes, remember you fors, class wills) is due JANUARY 29!

    SUBMIT PHOTOS. You can still submit photos by texting them to 657-666-8755, emailing, submitting through the ReplayIt App, or DMing the yearbook Twitter (@IACSyearbook) or the yearbook Instagram (@iacs.yearbook).

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School
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    Fax: 978-649-6337

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