The Hawk: January 4, 2019

January 3, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending January 4, 2019

Dear IACS Community,

Today in advisory I learned that I was the only one in the room who was asleep before midnight on New Year’s Eve. While my advisees might label me as being lame, they also agreed that television coverage of Times Square wasn’t exactly "must see TV". Joking aside, this extra rest felt necessary not just because of a busy 2018, but also to prepare for an equally busy 2019.

As you’ll read in the sections below, there are many academic benchmarks and extracurricular activities taking place in the coming weeks. On an academic note, it’s important that we help our students stay focused as they finish Semester 1, which ends on Thursday January 17th. It’s often said in the sports world that most games are won or lost in the final minutes; the same can be said for school given that classes have end of semester exams and projects.

On another 2019 note, we’re entering the busiest time of year for 2019-2020 student enrollment. Tomorrow our middle school will be hosting its first Open House (the second will be February 7th), while our high school will host its second Open House on January 16th. If you have friends and/or neighbors who are interested in IACS, please encourage them to attend.

Happy 2019!

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

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All School News

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Middle School News


MAFLA (the Massachusetts Association of Foreign Language Teachers) interviewed Ashley Uyaguari for a profile in their newsletter on pages 4-5:

Congratulations to Ashley for this recognition of her work in the classroom and the IACS Spanish program!

Calling All Middle School Singers!The Middle School Chorus welcomes all who like to sing in grades 5-8 as we resume rehearsals on Wednesday, January 9th.

Chorus meets on Half-Day Wednesdays and we will be working on new music in preparation for our May Concert. Rehearsals are 12:25-1:45 on Half Day Wednesdays in the Middle School Music Room. Bring your lunch and your singing voice!
Questions? Email Mrs. Lane

Semester Shift Ahead

The semester closes on Thursday, January 17th. Please remind your student about finishing out the semester on a strong note, completing any outstanding work or revisions as needed. Semester 1 Assessments (Report Cards) will be distributed roughly 2 weeks later. Students and families will receive an email when they are published to the portal.

Semester 2 will bring some shifts to student schedules. At the middle school, students will be shifting their semester-long classes. Students that started the year in Science will shift to Social Studies (and vice versa). Students that started the year in Wellness (Health and Challenge) will move to Art and Music (and vice versa).

High School News

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Winter Concert on Tuesday, January 8th at 6pm

The Instrumental Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chorale will be performing on Tuesday, January 8th at 6pm. Please join us for this spectacular evening of music. Here’s a little taste of what you will see on the 8th!

Stand in the Light – Concer Choir & Chorale

If You Want Me to Stay – Instrumental Ensemble

Semester 2 Schedule Change Requests

Students were sent an email this week on how to request changes to their schedule for semester 2. Requests for changes will be accepted up until 5pm on January 28th (5 school days after the semester begins on 1/22). All changes that can be made will be done by the morning of 1/22 and students will receive a printed copy of their schedule during a short advisory block that morning.

Winter Semi-Formal

Snowcoming is 23 days away! Tickets will be sold during every lunch from now until January 25th for $10. Students that have not completed their community service hours for tardies to school may not attend this dance.

Are you able to donate any of these items to the Winter Semi-Formal?

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If so, please contact Sebastian at

Thank you in advance for any support you can offer.

Another Record Breaker

Last Friday over vacation Aiden had another monster of a throw in the shot put, 67’ even. This broke the indoor New England record in shot put and he is currently leading the country by 5 and a half feet!! Additionally, this throw actually puts Aiden in the top 25 throws for high school students nationally for all time! Congratulations Aiden!! Watch this record shattering throw in the link below:

Emma’s Mitten Tree

Thank you to everyone who bought a gift for Emma’s Mitten tree this year. We received 228 gifts totaling $2,909! You all helped make this holiday season special and joyful for those in need in our community. Thank you again for your endless generosity and kindness towards others.

IACS Emerging Artists – more good news!

Congratulations to Abbie Lyna and Leo Premru, who were accepted to the Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists Recognition Show, which is a juried competition of high school art from throughout the state. Along with the other selected artists, they will each have a piece of art on display at the State Transportation Building in Boston from February 11th to March 27th with a ceremony on March 3rd. Additionally, Abbie Lyna was awarded the Virginia M. Diani-Adams Award for her sculpture which can be viewed at the Greater Lowell Student Art Show (see below).

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Start the New Semester Organized!

We still have some planners for sale. Keep track of all the due dates for homework, revisions and projects! Only $3. Students should contact Crystal in room 230 to purchase.

College Kick Off for Juniors and their Parents

SAT/ACT Prep Options 2018-2019

Senior Portraits, Baby Photos & Parent Pages are due Jan 4th!!

Families of seniors may submit senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. Please refer to these guidelines. Reach out to with any questions.


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HAPPY NEW YEAR! IACA wishes our entire school community a happy, healthy 2019!

IACA MEETING: See you at the first meeting of the year, Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 in the library. Never been to a meeting? Make it a new year resolution to come and join us! You won’t regret it.

COMING THIS WEEK: Giving Bean Coffee & Tea fundraiser! If gourmet beverages are your thing, this fundraiser is for you! Order forms will be distributed on January 7, with orders due by 1/18. You may also purchase online. Giving Bean roasts and ships right away, directly to the customer.

EMBRACE WINTER SOCIAL: We haven’t had much snow, but we’re still ready to warm up to winter at our annual Embrace Winter social. Save the date for Friday, February 1 from 7-9. You’ll be able to tour the middle school art show, play bingo with the family, and enter the raffle for one of 8 gorgeous raffle baskets. Stay tuned for more information and ways to help!