The Hawk: June 11, 2021

June 10, 2021 6:48 pm


June 11, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

Since writing last Friday, we’ve experienced so much joy on our campus. On Saturday we celebrated the Class of 2021, our 10th cohort of graduates, who left a lasting impact on our school.

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This week our 8th grade students presented their juries and we celebrated their completion of middle school with the virtual "Moving Up" ceremony which was shared on Facebook live last night.

While Monday is our last day of school, we will continue to share editions of the Hawk throughout the summer. These summer editions might not be as dense as they are during the school year, but there’s always exciting news to share and we invite you to stay connected.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Family Survey Responses needed!

As of today (June 11th), we have collected about 260 responses for this year’s Family Survey, but we hope to collect at least 400.

So if you haven’t had a chance to complete this year’s family survey, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The Chromebook raffle survey will be extended to 12 noon Monday.

All School News

“Drive-In” Movie on the Turf this Sunday (6/13) – Jurassic World (2015)

No car needed for this show. The screen is set up on the scoreboard and we will have speakers to broadcast the sound for all. All you need is a lawn chair or blanket. No need to register for this event since we will have plenty of room for everyone that would like to come. Open to grades 5-12. The movie will begin promptly at 8:30. Bring some snacks for yourself and maybe some bug spray.

2020 DESE School Report Card

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas.

  • Click here to see our report card

  • Click here to read an accompanying letter providing additional context about IACS.

  • IACS Covid Dashboard

    This dashboard displays data regarding the number of positive cases, separating out staff from students, and high school from middle school students.

    Questions? contact or at 978-649-0432, ext- 2104.

    2021-2022 School Calendar

    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. It is very helpful if the chromebook is somewhat charged when returned so that it can be checked back in.

    Questions? – Please email Mrs. Landis –

    Part Time Cafeteria Worker

    IACS is looking for a part-time cafeteria worker to assist in the preparation and serving of meals to its students and staff for the 2021-22 school year. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is looking to work parent hours and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must be in good physical condition and stamina, able to stand for long periods of time, and lift fifty pounds off the floor. Hours and Compensation: Monday, Tuesday,Thursday & Friday – 8:00 am-3:00 pm (Subject to change as needs change) Hourly Rate: $14/hr or commensurate with experience. May include health benefits. Contact: Karen Drake if you are interested in the opportunity.

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    Middle School News

    Spirit Week- Let’s End the School Year with Some Fun!

    Monday 14th: IACS day (wear your IACS gear or school colors)

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    Sixth grade scientists completed the marshmallow challenge, while learning about the engineering design process. Their goal was to build the largest tower possible using only uncooked spaghetti, tape, and paper while having a marshmallow sit on top.

    Swag for 8th graders

    Thanks to IACA for providing IACS T-shirts for all of our eighth graders and bracelets. If your child is remote, please drop by the main office some time this summer to pick it up. Our summer hours are 8am – 3 pm.

    Summer School

    More details about summer school will be shared after report cards which will be published on June 23rd. There will be both an in-person and an online course option for students that did not pass one or more courses.

    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). It will also be on our website soon.

    Great Seal Assignment

    While George Washington prepared for war, Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to design a Great Seal for the United States. Patriots wanted a seal with colors and symbols that represented their values and beliefs to the world. The symbol went through many revisions over six years. This week, fifth grade Social Studies students learned about the symbols in the Great Seal and imagined that they were hired to update the Great Seal and use images to represent the values of our country. Here is one example. Ms. Caffrey was so impressed with their work that she will be sending them off to the White House. Great work!

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    The Orpen Advisory dressed like Mr. Orpen for “Dress like Your Favorite Teacher Day”

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    Mr. Cochran catches the spirit of Spirit Week

    Theatre News

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    Here is the audition form!


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    Please take a look at the camp registration form! Scholarships are available and are based on need. Please email!

    Athletics News

    Boys Soccer Preseason Zoom Meeting

    The boys soccer team will be meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, June 15th at 7 pm to discuss summer workouts and plans for the fall season. All students in grades 7-12 who are interested in playing HS boys soccer in the fall should do their best to attend.

    Topic: IACS Boys Varsity Soccer Meeting

    Time: Jun 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 822 5225 7269

    Passcode: sM4Dwb

    HS Fall Sports

    All high school fall sports will start practice or tryouts on Monday, August 23rd. Athletes interested in participating on a high school fall team should be prepared to start attending sessions that week.

    Tryouts and practice schedules will be posted on team webpages (on the IACS website) in the coming weeks.

    Contact the Athletic Department with any questions or concerns,

    High School News

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    Summer School Information

    Some students and families are wondering about summer school. For this year, any student that needs to recover credits for one or more classes that they did not pass will be automatically enrolled in an online credit recovery class at no charge to the family. Grades for 2nd semester will be posted by June 23rd, so credit recovery classes will be assigned on June 24th. An email will be sent to students and families to indicate that this has been completed and with information on how to login and get started.

    Credit Recovery Summer Academy

    Also new for this year, students will be encouraged to attend our in-person Credit Recovery Summer Academy in order to receive support from a teacher when needed as they work on their online classes. This support would involve keeping students on task, monitoring their progress, and assisting students with questions they may have. Students have access to online teacher support through instant chat with Edgenuity core courses, but this in-person support will be with our own teachers.

    Here are the details for the in-person Credit Recovery Summer Academy:

  • July 6th – August 5th

  • Monday-Thursday (4 days a week)

  • 8:30-12:30 at Innovation Academy

  • 9th and 10th Grade Field Day

    The 9th and 10th graders will be having a field day on Monday the 14th. Please be sure your student is dressed to be outside all day, wears sunscreen, and brings in a reusable water bottle. When they get home at the end of the day they should be sure to do a thorough tick check.

    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.



    High school students and their families are invited to join us virtually to learn how to complete your FAFSA, access scholarships, pay for books and create a college budget. Create your own schedule of sessions! Our staff knows that paying for college can be stressful. Let us help you figure it all out! Click here to register<>.

    *More events will be available throughout the summer!

    Photos of the Week:

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    Ms. Kinugawa and Ms. Pouliopoulos gave their math students the opportunity to earn points during their MCAS prep the last few weeks. Points could be redeemed to throw a whip cream pie or water balloons at them – here’s the aftermath! Now that’s dedication to student learning!

    Last day of school is Monday June 13th.