The Hawk: January 24, 2020

January 23, 2020 6:48 pm


Week ending January 24, 2020

Dear IACS Community,

Enrollment season is in full swing here at IACS. Attendance at Open House events have been very well attended and we continue to see a surge in applications. In fact with a month left to go until our application deadline, we’re projecting to set yet another record number of applications for next year.

When we ask Open House visitors, "How did you hear about IACS?", the most frequent answer we receive is "From another IACS family". This feedback reinforces an assumption we know to be true: Our students and our families are the most powerful endorsements of the culture and academic program we’re creating at IACS. Thank you so much for continuing to endorse IACS to the broader community by encouraging them to come to Open Houses and apply. Please be sure that these hopeful families know that in order to be included in the March 2nd lottery, we must receive their application (online or in paper) by 4 pm on Monday, February 24th.

Finally, if you know of a family interested in IACS please let them know of our last Middle School Open House on Thursday, February 13th at 6 pm or encourage them to attend an "Innovation Morning" tour date listed on our website.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School


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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

Not getting the Hawk? Obviously if you are reading this message, then you’re all set. However, we occasionally get feedback from community members who say, "I’m not getting the Hawk" or "How do I get the Hawk?", please encourage them to email our main office: and we’ll be sure to add you to the Hawk distribution list.

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.


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.

Traffic Reminder: Families who drive to/from campus might may have noticed an increased presence of Tyngsboro Police Department conducting speed enforcement along Tyng Road. We (IACS) want to be good neighbors, so please exercise caution as you approach on our campus by honoring the speed limit, eliminating texting, etc. In addition to modeling good driving behaviors to student passengers and drivers, it just might save you a few dollars as well!

Middle School News

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Pictured above, the following students’ poems were selected to be published within the Fall 2019 Creative Communications anthology:

Mackenzie Beaulieu, Lana Dang, Alexander Frey, Sarah Gierke, Owen Griswold, Graison Johnson, William Kaddu, Chloe Mason, Liam McGann, Sophia Olson, Brandon Sierra, Colleen Smithers, Christopher Spanos, Joseph Valente

Thanks as well to Ms. Laureano for encouraging students to submit their work!

Shadowing Option for 8th Graders

Current 8th graders heard a short presentation from the high school principal on December 19th about the high school academic program. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session with a panel of current high school students.

Students will also have the opportunity to shadow a high school student for the morning on January 29th, or February 12th. 8th graders were emailed a google form to complete if they would like to do this.

Middle School Pick Up Reminder

It is important that any student who is not signed up for extra help, an extracurricular, or After School Care be picked up by 3:15pm. If something unexpected comes up and you anticipate running late, it would be helpful to let the main office know. However, if you anticipate difficulty arriving by 3:15pm for pick up, weekly or more often, please considering signing your student for After School Care.

We would appreciate your support in helping to ensure that students are supervised and safe.

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 school wide 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 The paperwork and fee will be due to your student’s advisor by Tuesday, February 4th. For another copy, click here for more information:

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Seventh grade scientists hard at work!

High School News

Photo of the Week:

Congratulations to Marissa, Monica, and Joyce for taking 2nd place overall in the shot put relay this past weekend at the Division 5 State Relay Meet

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Honors Forms are due on Friday, Jan 31st

Students that wish to take a class for honors should complete the Google Honors Form as well as have their teacher/advisor/parent sign the (paper) Honors Declaration Form. Forms should be submitted to advisors no later than 3pm on January 31st.

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Jillian Deknatel presents to juniors and their families at the College Kick-Off Night on Tuesday.

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

Athletics News

Please take a moment to check out the IACS Athletics Newsletter where you’ll find updates and photos on each of our sports teams:


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.