The Hawk: January 17, 2020

January 16, 2020 6:48 pm


Week ending January 16, 2020

Dear IACS Community,

The first semester has come to an end and new classes will begin on Tuesday, January 21st. Report cards will be available for viewing through the Aspen portal the first week of February and students will be given a paper copy to bring home as well. Students have already been requesting changes to their semester 2 schedule and those have been addressed. Any further requests for changes must be made by Monday, January 27th. We are fortunate to have two new teachers joining us on a part-time basis for 2nd semester. Ysabel Goutier is rejoining the Student Services Department and Jacqueline Schaefer is a new addition to our Math Department.

Our Director of College Counseling, Ms. Deknatel, hopes that all juniors and their parents will be attending the Junior College Kick Off Night on Tuesday, 1/21 at 7pm in the auditorium. The is a very important evening where the following topics will be discussed: the College Process Timeline and Overview, Standardized Testing, College Visits, the Application, Financial Aid and Scholarship Information (brief overview). Ken Sawada, Associate Director of Admissions at Syracuse University, is a guest speaker and he will be sharing what colleges are really looking for in the application process.

I would like to thank all of the students and family members that attended our multicultural pot-luck dinner and our Student Exhibition Night. It was a wonderful evening and the student work, presentations, and performances were excellent. Also, this past Tuesday we were treated to amazing performances from our Instrumental Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Chorale at the Winter Concert. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t despair, because their will be another concert in the spring and I promise you will be impressed with the high-quality of their musical performances. Lastly, I would encourage you to visit the 2nd Annual Greater Lowell Student Art Show at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. You will see the work of aspiring artists 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 show is open to the public from January 10th to February 23rd.

For those families of 8th graders that would like to learn more about the high school program, I encourage you to come to our final Open House on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6-8pm. 8th graders and their families will get to hear from current high school students, parents, and teachers. Families always leave the evening with a much better understanding of the high school curriculum and the student experience and I hope you can join us if you weren’t able to attend the first one in October.

Enjoy the long weekend and I hope everyone has a successful second semester!


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High 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

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.

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.

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.

Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser

The High School Interact Community Service Club is selling Krispy Kreme donuts for $10 a dozen. Questions or orders can emailed to club leaders,,, or Final orders and payments due by January 22. The donuts ordered will be available for pick up on Monday, January 27th! The money raised will go towards service projects such as decorating the infusion rooms for LGH, book drives to benefit Lowell’s Project LEARN, care packages for those experiencing homelessness, etc! For more information on Interact Clubs, go to THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!


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

Adults! We would love your help with Les Miserables, the upcoming production! We need help with props, costumes, chaperones, refreshments, communications, tickets, sets, setting up, cleaning up, videography, photography, and just about every other area! Please consider helping us out by emailing Rhonda Hawthorne We will be so grateful for your help!

Tickets are on sale for Les Miserables! Please go to this page: and click on “View Performances.” From there you can click on how many tickets you desire. You can “Create Account” which will give you a ticket to bring with you to the performance. We look forward to seeing you there

Middle School News

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Who will take home the sword? Seventh grader social studies students made convincing arguments about the ability of their self-designed gladiator to win a battle. Student peers decided which student made the most convincing argument in a bracket-style tournament to be finished on Tuesday when the sword will be awarded.

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.

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!

Upcoming Portfolio Prep Day

We’re excited to share some changes to our schoolwide portfolio system. Students will be focusing on their growth in the 4 school outcomes of self-direction, effective communication, community membership, and problem-solving and selecting projects as evidence to include in their portfolio. All portfolio work will be digital, so students will maintain a google site showcasing their growth from grades 5 to 12. At the middle school, students will have some extended work time on January 31st with the due date for the first half of the portfolio due by February 14th. Advisors will be in touch with families in early February if students have some wrap-up to do outside of school to finish and stay on track for the deadline.

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.

  • High School News

    Tuesday is Junior College Kick Off Night – For juniors and their parents

    Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 in the 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.

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

    Please email to make a donation!

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    Photo of the week

    Hope performs a monologue for her final project in Ms. Ford’s Dual Enrollment Modern Drama class.

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    IACA News

    Embrace Winter & IACS Art Show Friday Jan 31st 7pm-9pm

    Entry, games and crafts will all be available at no cost to families.

  • During the event we will be collecting new socks to be donated to local shelters.
  • There will be some Items for sale at the event include IACS Swag, Family Fun Raffle Tickets; $5.00 per ticket for a chance to win Nashoba Valley Snow Tubing tickets.
  • The Senior Class will have food and beverages will be available for purchase
  • Hope to see you there

    Volunteers needed, please contact Faby: – Volunteers need to have a C.O.R.I. form on file


    IACA is running a Sock drive at IACS from now until the end of the month. You can also bring your new, unused sock donations to Embrace Winter where we’ll be collecting them and donating to local shelters.

    Do you love College Basketball?

    IACA is selling tickets for a UML Basketball game.

    Game is Feb 8th at 4:00pm. Tickets are 6.00 plus fees. Click the link below to purchase tickets.

    Giving Bean Coffee and Artisan Tea Fundraiser

    Giving Bean is a gourmet coffee roaster and provider of freshly roasted whole bean, ground and K-cup coffees, fine tea, gourmet cocoa, chai, and shortbread cookies. We figure that just about everyone enjoys a great cup of coffee (or tea)! Fundraiser will be online and at Embrace Winter .This fundraiser will help support events like 8th grade semi, scholarships and dances. click here to check it out.

    Questions? or prefer a paper form? contact Cindi : tel:978-866-8380

    Book Fair Cancelled for January.