The Hawk: January 31, 2020

January 30, 2020 6:48 pm


Week ending January 31, 2020

Dear IACS Community,

Earlier this week my co-advisor Erin Attfield Quinlan asked our 7th graders, "Is it me or does this feel like the 47th day of January?" That question resonated with everyone in our advisory, so perhaps it’s good news that we’re finally transitioning to the shortest month of the year.

Speaking of February, please note that our second round of ILP conferences will be occurring on the Wednesday before and after February vacation, on the 12th and 26th. If you haven’t connected with your student’s advisor, please feel free to reach out to set up a meeting time.

I hope to see many of you at tonight’s Embrace Winter event from 7pm-9pm here at IACS, especially if you’re up for a game of Cornhole!

Have a wonderful weekend and congratulations on making through all 47 days of January! 🙂

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

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.

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!

Summer Programs

For those of you looking for summer programming, Middlesex Community College has asked us to pass along their College for Kids program

Thanks to our local Cultural Councils: We are grateful to the Tyngsboro, Dracut, and Chelmsford Cultural Councils for their support of a field trip to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sciolla’s and Mrs. Lane’s high school music students attended a special performance on October 24th where they were able to watch one of the finest orchestras rehearse in one of the finest concert halls. The students were impressed by the professionalism and musicianship of the orchestra members and many have stated that it was a memorable and impressive experience. A special thanks to VIA (Vision For Innovation) for their work securing these grants.

Middle School News

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Playing a game in Spanish class in the target language

Title I Funding Parent Input Session- 2/6

Come learn about how our school uses Title I funding and share your input on we use our funding in future school years to maximize our reach with our students. The session is February 6th at 7:45 in the Landberg Hall conference room. Please RSVP to Middle School Principal Melissa Kapeckas

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 of February 12th. Dr. Erik Arnold, HS Principal, sent a form to students via email for 8th graders to fill out if they are interested in shadowing.

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:

High School News

Photo of the Week:

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Students participate in the first day of peer leader training at the Old Town Hall

Seniors of the Month for February: Congratulations to Cassie McKiel and Greer Ballam for being selected as our Seniors of the Month for February.

Cassie has been interning for a 5/6 Science class all year on Fridays and she is adoringly known by the students as “Miss Cassie”. But one internship isn’t enough, so she also interns each Saturday at the New England Aquarium as a Visitor Educator. Cassie is also described (and not just by her mom!) as one who goes out of her way to be kind to others and always has a smile on her face no matter when you see her.

Greer is another incredibly positive community member at IACS. Amazingly, Greer walks into the building each morning smiling and is still smiling when she leaves. She is either incredibly cheery or we are not working hard enough to crush her spirit during the school day:) Her teachers love having her in class. In math class in particular, she shares her thinking and struggles with the class and asks questions that help the whole class understand better. Her classmates describe her as a great person who is always there for them.


Poetry Out Loud Competition

Congratulations to Andrew Shapiro, who is our 2020 IACS Poet Laureate! Andrew will represent IACS at the state semi-finals coming up in March. Congratulations also to Georgia Row, who was the first runner-up and Hannah George, who was the second runner-up in Friday’s competition. Kudos should go to all of the finalists, who did a tremendous job! Many thanks to all of them for their preparation and dedication, and thanks also to everyone in the English department for all of their help in running this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Additionally, a big “thank you” goes to all of the teachers and aides who brought their choice blocks to the competition last Friday. Finally, a BIG thank you to Red House Trio for providing the musical interludes during judging.

Semester 1 Report Cards will be released on Tuesday

Semester 1 report cards will be posted to Aspen Family Portals on Tuesday, February 4th. An email will be sent by Dr. Arnold when they are ready to be viewed. If you need assistance accessing your family portal please contact Crystal McKiel, HS Administrative Assistant at or 978-649-0432 x2004.

Senior Project Class: Looking for Experts

Our Seniors have started working on the Senior Project topics. This form has a list of topics that our seniors are independently researching for their Senior Project class. One of their tasks is to reach out to experts in the field that might willing to speak with them about their topic, or point them in the direction of other people/books/journals/websites that may be helpful for their research.

If you have some expertise in any of the topics listed here, or know of someone else that might be helpful for them to contact, please indicate this by adding contact information or other information under the appropriate topic.

The students will be appreciative of any suggestions…thank you for help!

Driver’s Ed Classes begin March 4th – Driver’s Ed Flyer with Schedule

Future Driver’s of America will begin their next Driver’s Ed classroom session beginning Wednesday, March 4th. Classes are offered on Wednesday’s mainly from 12:30-4:30pm for 10 weeks. Students must be 15yrs 9 months by March 4th. For more information and to register visit their website at

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Great Gatsby research party in Banned Books:

Tyler, Nathan, and James play jazz records as part of their Banned Books English class as they teach the class about 1920s fashion and dancing.

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 ***Tonight*** 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


    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