The Hawk: January 10, 2020

January 9, 2020 6:48 pm


Week ending January 10, 2020

Dear IACS Families:

Yesterday, I had the privilege of chaperoning the grade 6 Social Studies field trip to 5 area houses of worship in support of their curricular study of world religions and cultures. We visited St. George’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell, Congregation Shalom in North Chelmsford, the Monks of Wat Khmer Samaki Santikaram buddhist temple in North Chelmsford, the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell, and the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple. Students had previously learned about the central tenets of the world’s major religions and completed a packet of notes observing each space and comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences between the religions.

I could not have been more impressed by our students’ thoughtful and respectful questions. Over the course of the day, in addition to learning about various religions, they also learned some words in Arabic, Hebrew, and Khmer. It was a rich cultural experience for students to see the diversity of people within their own community and also to realize at the core, despite our differences, there are so many more things that unite us.

Another highlight was being reunited with alum Jay Patel. Jay is currently a sophomore at UMASS Lowell studying computer science. As a member of the Hindu temple, he shared the central tenets of Hinduism with us.

I’d like to think the seeds of his eloquent presentation styles began at those first Quality Nights!

Thanks to Ms. Krakauer and Ms. Angelone for planning such a thought-provoking day for our students and all of the chaperones that attended as well!

Enjoy the weekend!

In partnership,

Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal


Calendar Reminder

A reminder that there is no school on Friday, 1/17 as it is a teacher professional development day. There is no school on Monday, 1/20 for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

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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

Re-Enrollment for 2020

We hope your holidays were fun & restful. It already time to start thinking about Fall of 2020!

This year you will find your students re-enrollment form coming to you via email. Please fill out the google survey for all current IACS students.

Please be sure to complete the survey by January 24th ,slots not retained will be made available to new students on our March 2nd 2020 lottery.

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

Enrollment office

978-649-0432 ext 2218 Kathleen Feeney

978-649-0432 ext 3218 Marybeth Bush

!!!!!Reminder for 8th grade students!!!!!! High School Open House is coming up!

Date Wednesday January 22

Time 6:00 – 8:00 pm

For students and their parents/guardians.

Open Houses are 2 hours long; families should plan to stay for the duration of the program.

During Open House events, childcare is provided for children under 10 years old.

Upcoming Middle School Enrollment Open House

We have an upcoming enrollment open house session at the middle school- February 13th from 6-8 pm. During the open house, tour groups cycle through sessions by teachers and students to learn about the middle school curriculum at IACS. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors.

IACS Board of Trustees Meeting: On Monday, January 13th the IACS Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 pm. Public is welcome to attend. Agenda will largely focus on fundraising and can be viewed here.

DATE CORRECTION: Please note that the dates on the MS/HS Magnets for the Performing Arts Production, “Les Miserables”, are incorrect. The magnet states 3/12-3/14, but they actually are 3/19-3/21.


What: $2 tacos, $1 hot chocolate and coffee, and bake sale table

When: Friday, January 31st at the Embrace Winter Social

Why: Fundraiser for high school IACSFest

We’re also looking for donations! Look below for a list of food we need. If you’d like to donate something, email Craig at or sign up on this spreadsheet.

Theater News

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Join us for the Musical Masterpiece, "Les Miserables, School Edition." Follow the instructions at and get your tickets for March 19 at 7pm, March 20 and 7pm and March 21 at 2pm and 7pm.

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 70 million, this musical phenomenon is an epic tale of passion and redemption in the throes of revolution.

Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical — a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. The multi-award-winning Les Misérables is as groundbreaking today as it was when it first premiered in London in 1985.

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.

Middle School News

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Thank you for your support of 5th/6th grade Quality Night. It was wonderful to have so many family members and guests in attendance to help make this an authentic presentation experience for our students. Great work to our youngest students on their presentations and to the staff that helped guide them!

Upcoming 7th/8th Grade Field Trip Paperwork

The 7th and 8th grade advisories will be going on an advisory field trip to Boda Borg in Malden, MA. Here’s some quick information about the trip:

  • The Problem Solving Team (Advisories Baerg, Grabeyra, Johnson, LamLa, Leonard, Pisco, Uyaguari, and Willoughby) will attend the field trip on Thursday, February 13th. Please complete the field trip permission slip and the online Boda Borg Boston Waiver Innovation Academy Charter School – Feb, 13th Visit .

  • The Self Direction Team (Advisories Edwards, Kent, Leedberg, Lozeau, O’Donnell, QuinOrp, Schmalz, and Stephens-North) will attend the field trip on Friday, February 14th. Please complete the field trip permission slip and the online Boda Borg Boston Waiver Innovation Academy Charter School – Feb, 14th Visit .

  • The field trip fee is $34. Financial aid is available by contacting Federico Pereyra at

  • The paperwork and fee will be due to your student’s advisor by Tuesday, February 4th.

  • After School Art – Winter Session starts next week! There’s still some space left in both the Monday and Thursday groups. Here’s a link for more information, including registration.

    MS Art Show/Embrace Winter – Join us on Friday, January 31 from 7 – 9 pm for an evening of fun, food, and the Middle School Art Show! Volunteers are needed both to set up and break down the art show. Please email if you are able to lend a hand any time during set up on Friday (1:30 – 7 pm), or afterwards at 9 to clean up. Thank you in advance for your support! Look forward to seeing you there!

    Calling all students in grades 5-8 who like to sing!

    Middle School Chorus will resume on Wednesday, January 15th from 12:25-1:45.

    Chorus meets on half-day Wednesdays in the MS Music Room. All you need to bring is your lunch and you must have transportation home at 1:45.

    We will be starting music for our May Concert – new members welcome!

    Questions? Email Mrs. Lane – HS & MS Chorus Director –

    Middle School Semester Shift

    Semester 1 will close on Tuesday, January 21st. Semester 2 begins on Wednesday, January 22nd. Students will shift from Science Project to Social Studies Project (or vice versa) and Wellness (Challenge/Health) to Music and Art (or vice versa). Semester 1 report cards will be published to our Aspen student and family portal by February 3rd. Please remind your student to close the semester on a strong note by taking advantage of any revisions or retakes that are available to them and making sure all work is completed.

    High School News

    Multicultural Potluck & Exhibition Night

    Thank you to all our families and staff that came out to support our first annual Multicultural Potluck. It was wonderful to try new and familiar foods as well as have time to mingle with our community members. Congratulations to all of our students who presented and performed at Exhibition Night. You did a fabulous job! The Exhibits were an incredible look at all of the work that goes on during the school year. Thank you for coming out to support our students!!

    Winter Concert, Tuesday, Jan 14th at 6pm

    This Tuesday, our Concert Choir, Chorale and Instrumental Ensemble will be indulging us in a winter concert. What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the first semester. The concert begins at 6pm in the Auditorium.

    Here are a couple of samples of what you will hear at the Winter Concert:

    Java Jive by the Concert Choir

    Moanin’ by the Instrumental Ensemble

    Semester 1 Ending next Thursday, Jan 16th

    Semester 1 will be coming to a close next Thursday, Jan 16th. There will be no school on Friday to allow teachers and staff to transition and prepare for Semester 2. Please remind your student to close the semester on a strong note by taking advantage of any revisions or retakes that are available to them and making sure all work is completed. Please make sure all medical notes that may affect class absences have been given to the main office. Semester 2 will begin on Tuesday, January 21st. Students will begin the day in Advisory and receive their Semester 2 schedules. Report Cards will be released the first week of February via the Aspen Family Portal.

    2nd Annual Greater Lowell Student Art Show

    Today, Friday, January 10th will be the opening of the Greater Lowell Student Art Show. The Greater Lowell Student Art Show features the work of aspiring artist from eight schools in the Greater Lowell area: Tyngsboro High School, Innovation Academy Charter School, Chelmsford High School, Lowell High School, Greater Lowell Technical School, Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro, Groton Dunstable High School, and Lowell Catholic High School. IACS will be represented by Grace Madonna, Amy Clements, and Gabby Renaud. The opening reception will be from 5-7pm, taking place at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. The show will also be open to the public from January 10th to February 23rd. Come see the future artistic voices of the Greater Lowell Region and support local art.

    Save the Date for Junior College Kick Off Night

    For juniors and their parents

    Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 in the HS Auditorium

    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)

    We will also hear from Ken Sawada, Associate Director of Admissions at Syracuse University, about what colleges are really looking for in the application process.

    Winter Semi- Formal

    Donations are still needed for the Winter Semi-Formal "Rosy Night"!

    Here is what we are asking for:

    -Pink Gummy Bears

    -Pink Gumballs

    -Hershey’s Kisses

    -Rose Gold Balloon Weights

    -Pink Lollipops

    -Pink and White Jelly beans

    -Pink Starbursts

    -White Rock Candy

    -Rose Gold Balloon Weights

    -Pink/Rose Gold and White cups

    -Pink/Rose Gold and White napkins

    -Pink/Rose Gold and White mini-plastic plates

    Photo of the week

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    Congratulations to Joyce Nabagereka for placing 2nd overall in the Freshman Sophomore meet this weekend. Her throw of 32’ 7 ¼” also broke the school record set back in 2017 at 31’.

    From Exhibition Night

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    IACA News

    Embrace Winter & IACS Art Show

    Embrace Winter will be a FREE Event! Entrance, games and crafts will be available at no cost to families.

    During the event we will be collecting new socks to be donated to local shelters.

    Items for sale at the event include IACS Swag, Family Fun Raffle Tickets; $5.00 per ticket. Proceeds will go towards our Nashoba Valley Snow Tubing. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Senior Class. Hope to see you there

    PS: volunteers always appreciated, however you must have completed a Cori check.

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