The Hawk: July 2, 2021

July 1, 2021 6:48 pm


July 2, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

As our 25th year as a school comes to a close, we’re sending a final edition of The Hawk. This year posed unprecedented challenges to IACS (and schools nationwide) and I’m so proud of how well we worked together as a community. As we look forward to our next five-year charter term, I want to share some updates for next year.

In an effort to create more connections between our middle school and high school academic programs, Melissa Kapeckas (our long-serving Middle School Principal) will become our Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In this position she will oversee the school’s academic program, grades 5-12. Clare Ringwall, our former High School Dean of Faculty, will support Melissa in this work as our new Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Federico Pereyra and Stephanie Kelly (formerly Deans of Faculty) will continue overseeing student life and school culture as Middle and High School Assistant Principals, respectively. As before, Federico and Stephanie will focus their efforts on building and fostering the positive relationships shared between students, families, and staff, all of which are essential to a strong school culture. Erik Arnold, our high school principal, will expand school wide administrative responsibilities by being the Grade 5-12 Principal. Our Student Services department will continue to be lead by Director Aimee Voleti and Assistant Director Leanne Barnes.

Joining our administrative team, I’m also excited to welcome Shantelle Castle as our first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Shantelle is new to our school community and comes with versatile experiences supporting students and leading professional development with adult learners. The DEI Director role is one that will work with students and families of all grade levels.

The Hawk may be resting for much of July, but we’ll start ramping up new editions for the 2021-2022 school year in early August. In the meantime, if you have general questions please contact our main office which remains open 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday: or (978) 649-0432 x 0.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

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Please return all Library books and Chromebooks!

Please turn in all books, chromebooks (with chargers) and hotspots so that we can update them for next year.

Questions? – Please email Mrs. Landis –

Middle School News

Summer Packet

Students have some summer reading to do for ELA and some math practice on IXL for Math this summer. They can find their work on Google Classroom (in the classroom marked Summer Packet) and should be submitted via Google Classroom. It is also uploaded to our website here.

Generation Teach Virtual Academy

One of our IACS alums will be teaching at our Generation Teach Virtual Academy, which is a free virtual summer academy for rising 5th graders – rising 8th graders, which starts soon. Check here for the flyer.

High School News

Fond Farewell Our High School Social Worker Debi Rogers will be moving to Portland, Maine this summer and wanted to share her appreciation with the community. "It has been a true joy & such a beautiful gift working with your students. I want to also extend gratitude to all of you, the families of IACS, for all of your support & collaboration over the years." You can read the letter Debi shared with all students here.

Summer Funner! Optional Summer Enrichment

All high school students have been added to a google classroom full of optional enrichment activities for how to make your summer funner with optional interesting activities from staff members in all of your favorite subjects.

Award yourself gold stars! You can give yourself five stars for every option you choose, and an additional 10 stars if you complete an option from each discipline.

It’s like summer reading, only funner.

Work Permits

As Summer approaches many of our students are securing jobs. Work Permit Applications for HS Students should be turned into Crystal McKiel. Forms can be emailed or dropped off in person.

Complete information about youth employment as well as a pdf of the permit application can be found here on Employers fill out and sign the first page, and parents and students must also sign the second page (pediatricians must sign the second page for students who are 14 or 15 years old).

Please allow 3 business days for the permit to be processed.

Happy Summer!