The Hawk: January 26, 2018

January 25, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending January 26, 2018

Dear IACS Community,

While I normally use this space to talk about our academic program, I wanted to provide you with a couple of updates related to the weather-related events we’ve experienced this past month.

  • This year IACS has been using our school messenger system to text information regarding delays and cancellations. Our records show that a good number (almost 150) of the phone numbers in X2 have not opted into the texting system and therefore do not receive the messages. For those who have are not currently receiving text alerts of school closures, you should make sure your cell phone is listed in X2 as a contact number, and then you can opt in by texting Y or Yes to 67587.

  • The vast majority of the repairs have been made to the heating system in Murdoch Hall after multiple pipe bursts over New Year’s weekend. In fact, most students and staff will tell you the heat is now working better than ever. Thankfully the water damage was limited to the auditorium hallway and loading dock. A professional restoration company has been working all week to remove the damage and over February vacation will install new drywall, painting, etc. so that it is less disruptive for students and staff.

  • On a traffic related note, I’ve received an increasing number of parent reports about cars on Tyng Road during afternoon pick up. With snow and ice on the sides of the road, cars end up sticking further out into the street. This not only makes it less safe for passing cars, but it also slows down the rate at which our two parking lots can empty. Please help keep dismissal as safe and efficient as possible by not parking on Tyng Road.

  • Lastly, those of you who have been counting snow days know that we’ve used up our five “planned” days and we’re certainly not done with the snow season. While we have no current plans to schedule make up days during February or April vacations, we are considering having school on Good Friday (March 30th) if we have additional snow day(s). We will make this decision by Friday, March 9th so people can plan accordingly.

  • Thank you for your patience as we manage the curveballs Mother Nature is throwing our way!

    In partnership,

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School

    Important Dates:

    Jan 26 High School Semi-Formal Snowcoming Dance 7:00pm – 10:00pm

    Jan 30 Community Book Club meeting 3:15pm – 4:15pm

    Jan 31 Early Release Wednesday

    ILP conferences for Middle and High School

    Feb 1 Middle School and High School Open House for Prospective Students & Families 6:00pm

    Feb 2 Embrace Winter Social – Bingo, Raffle Baskets, Art Show 7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Feb 7 Early Release Wednesday

    ILP conferences for Middle and High School

    IACA Meeting 7:00pm- 8:30pm

    Feb 12 H.S. Innovation Morning for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30am – 9:30am

    Feb 14 Early Release Wednesday

    Feb 19 – 23 February School Vacation

    Feb 26 IACS Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 – 9:00pm

    Feb 28 Early release Wednesday

    All School News

    News from the Enrollment Office: A reminder, in order to hold your child’s spot for next year, re-enrollment forms are due today, Jan 26th.

    If you have not yet returned your form, please send them in right away, or contact Marybeth Bush ext 3218 or If you have a sibling applying, please be sure to fill out an application online or by paper copy and return it to the enrollment office by February 23rd.

    ILP conferences approach

    ILP conferences are slated to occur on January 31st and February 7th.

    This mid-year Individual Learning Plan conference is an opportunity for students to look back at progress towards goals, revise goals as needed and to share progress towards portfolio requirements. Your child’s advisor will share a sign-up with you.

    Winter Programs at Tyngsborough Public Library

    Tyngsborough Public Library has some upcoming programs for pre-teens and teens, including during the February school vacation week. Click here for more information.

    Meeting of the Community Book Club

    First book club meeting: Tuesday, January 30th 3:15pm – 4:15pm after school in the library. This month’s book is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Students, teachers, and families are all welcome! Food will be provided.

    Please email,, or if you are interested or have any questions!

    New! Important information regarding 7th and 10th Grade Health Screenings

    Per state regulations, all 7th and 10th grade students in Massachusetts public schools must be screened for vision, hearing and height/weight (BMI). As a parent/guardian you may choose to opt your student out of these school screenings.

    If you would like to opt your child out of the above screenings, please provide a written request (email is fine) to Gayle Nutile-Pimm, at by Monday, January 29th.

    Please be be sure to include your student’s full name and grade in your email.

    $10,000 Cash Raffle tickets have been sent home.

    Please contact: for more tickets or purchase them online at

    IACS School Nutrition Program: The January Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. This month’s menu features three new recipes: Chicken Cordon Blue, BBQ Pulled Pork and Orange-Chicken Rice Bowl all made with fresh wholesome ingredients in the IACS kitchen. Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Theatre News

    Mark your calendars for 4 boat-rockin performances right here on the IACS Campus!


    March 15, 7pm, March 16, 7pm, March 17, 2pm and 7pm

    We are moving to an online ticketing system – so keep your eyes here for when those tickets go on sale!


    Auditions for the May Middle School Show and High School Shows!

    Details to come soon! The May Production of the Middle School Show, High School Shows and Staff Show! May 17, 7pm, May 18, 7pm, May 19, 2pm and 7pm

    Find information about our upcoming production of Gilligan’s Island, the May productions, summer camps and Phantom of the Opera auditions at

    Middle School News

    Semester 1 Assessments

    Semester 1 Assessments (report cards) were published to the x2 Aspen portal today. Please log in with your child and review your child’s progress and feedback.

    Middlesex Community College for Kids Program

    If you are looking for summer opportunities for your child, Middlesex Community College has asked us to share their College for Kids Program. The flyer is here.

    Eighth Grade Shadowing

    Each eighth grade class will be participating in a high school shadowing day. Visits are scheduled on upcoming early releases between January 24th – February 14th. Ms. Kelly, HS Dean of Students, will visit advisories on the Monday before the advisory’s scheduled visit to give students an overview and help them select classes for their shadow day. On their scheduled visit day, they will go on a tour and attend several classes. Later that week, two HS students will visit their advisory to answer any questions students have post-visit about the transition from middle school to high school. This process helps students anticipate the transition ahead to high school.

    Middle School Art Show, Grades 6 & 8 – Volunteers Needed
    We are excited to be showcasing the artwork of 6th and 8th graders at the Embrace Winter Social on February 2! Volunteers are needed to prepare for and clean up after the event. Assistance may be needed to prepare for the show from January 29 – Feb 2 from 3:00 – 4:30. Volunteers are also needed to set up the show starting at 1 pm on February 2, and to help clean up after the event at around 9 pm. Please email Jen Shaby if you are able to help out at Hope to see you on the 2nd!

    Graber Advisory Community Service Project: Support MSPCA Nevins Farm

    The Graber Advisory is collecting pet supplies for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Click her for a flyer about their supply drive and the Wish List from Nevins Farm. Supplies will be accepted until February 12th.

    High School News

    Upcoming Dates

    1/26 Winter Semi-Formal Dance

    1/31 & 2/7 ILP Conferences

    2/15 College Fair at Tyngsborough High School 6:30-8:00pm

    Winter Sports Photograph Slide Shows are Available HERE

    College Counseling Update

    Seniors: By now most seniors who are applying to college should have completed the FAFSA. If not, you still have time! Consider attending FAFSA Day, a free community workshop to help students and families fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federally required application for financial aid. There are two local workshops coming up!

    Sunday, January 28th, 1 p.m. at Burlington High School

    Saturday, Feb. 10, MIddlesex Community College, on the Lowell campus, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell

    To register, please go to

    Juniors: Also, IACS is once again partnering with Tyngsborough HS to host a College Fair. The fair will be held on February 15th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Tyngsborough HS. There will be over 70 college admission representatives attending! Juniors are strongly encouraged to attend.

    Boston Arts Academy Students Visit IACS

    Driver’s Ed Course – Future Drivers of America will be holding their next Driver’s Ed classroom session beginning on Wednesday, February 14th. Classes are held at IACS, after school on early release and full day Wednesdays. The flyer with class schedule is available here. Interested families must register with Future Drivers of America. Their website is

    STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine

    The January issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate is here! Suggestions on helping your child deal with perfectionism along with many other helpful, informative articles are waiting for you. Take advantage of this resource by downloading the Student Health 101 app and take a look at the official IACS SH101 Twitter page.

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    IACA News

    VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT — Be sure to head over to our web page to read about Angela Caputo Griswold and Kim Bilawchuk and all the great work they’ve been doing to coordinate our upcoming Embrace Winter social next week. Maybe you’ll be inspired to volunteer!

    THANK YOU for all the basket raffle donations you’ve sent in so far for the Embrace Winter social next Friday! We couldn’t make this fundraiser the great success it is without your generosity! We can’t wait to see who wins these bountiful baskets!

    BOXTOPS CONTEST: Get your labeled clips in by THIS WEDNESDAY, January 31. Top collector in each school wins a $25 gift card!

    DINING FOR IACA — See you atBertucci’s in Chelmsford on February 13! Remember to bring some cash for a chance to win our WHOLE LOTTO LOVE themed raffle!

    CONNECT WITH US ON FACEBOOK! You won’t have to wait for the Hawk to stay up to date with IACA news if you follow IACA on Facebook! See you there!

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