The Hawk: June 21, 2019

June 20, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending June 14, 2019

Dear IACS Community,

On this final "official" Hawk of the 2018-2019 school year, I’d like to once again thank the entire IACS community- students, staff, and families- for an amazing year. We’ll send some occasional updates over the summer, but until then here are a couple of final announcements:

  • Spots are still available for all three Performing Arts Camps: Glee, Improv, and Drama. Also spots are available for the I. AM program offered here on campus. Please read below to find out more information about all of those opportunities.

  • Congratulations to Ed Spezzano who was selected as the third and final winner of the 2019 Family Survey Chromebook Raffle.

  • Our 2019-2020 calendar has also been finalized. Later in the summer we will be adding dates for school events.

  • Enjoy this longest day of the year!

    In partnership,

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School

    2019 -2020 Draft School Calendar

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    Reminders for the beginning of the year:

    Freshmen Orientation – August 23 9:00 – 1:00 pm

    First Day of School all gradesAugust 27 8:00 – 3:00 pm

    No School for Labor Day Weekend: Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2

    Back to School Ice Cream Social

    High School – Wednesday, August 21

    Middle School – Thursday, August 22

    All School News

    Overdue Library Materials

    Please ask your students leaving grades 6-11 to check their school email for a note from our school Library regarding overdue library materials.

    Any materials that have been found can be returned to the school over the summer on weekdays between the hours of 8am-3pm.

    Students who did not receive an email can feel good that all of their library materials have been turned in.

    If you have any questions regarding library items, please feel free to reach out to Heather Landis at:

    I.AM Program

    Does your teen seem easily overwhelmed by life? Do they have difficulty motivating or following through on tasks? Is their primary way of coping distraction (i.e. cell phone, Netflix, YouTube)? Do they seem lost or aimless? Are you worried about their transition to high school, college, or beyond?

    This summer, IACS is offering the I.AM program to further support the social emotional well-being of our students. This program seeks to empower youth to take ownership in developing their own self-care practice, in really starting to understand who they are and what matters, and doing so in a way that embraces their authenticity and increases their motivation.

    If you have additional questions or want more information about I.AM, please email Debi at

    Click the link below for additional details.

    Theater News

    Join us for Performing Arts Camps this summer, for students finishing grades 4 through 12! Camp has a free, public performance on Friday night. Don’t miss your chance to shine on stage! Sign up here.

    The first 12 students finishing grades 8 and up who sign up for Glee Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to see the musical “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”!

    The first 12 students finishing grades 8 and up who sign up for Improv Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to work with Broadway stars!

    Any students who sign up for Drama Camp to have the option of traveling into New York City to perform on Thursday, July 25!

    Find information here.

    Scholarships are available and are based on need. Please email with any questions!

    Performing Arts Camps for students grades 4-12 click here for more information

    We are so proud of the actors who are performing in a special Community Theatre showing of In The Heights in NYC! We would love to have you join us!

    Middle School News

    Thank you

    It’s been a week of celebrations- 7th/8th grade field day, 5th/6th grade field day, 8th grade Moving Up ceremony, and the last day BBQ! Thank you to the many volunteers from the community to make these events run smoothly and create end of year memories for students.

    High School News

    Grades and Summer School

    Report Cards will be available for viewing on July 1st. Summer School information will be available shortly after this date.

    Summer Reading

    All students entering 9th through 12th grade are asked to read The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser. A book discussion and activities will be held in student advisories during the first few days of school.

    Books can be borrowed from your local library, or IACS has some copies that are available for purchase. Please contact Ms. Landis, School Librarian, at

    for more information on purchasing a copy, or for information on getting an audio version of the book.

    Dual Enrollment for 2019-2020

    Just recently, Middlesex Community College has decided to stop using the Accuplacer Exam to determine a students eligibility to take a Dual Enrollment class. Instead, they will now use a students PSAT score along with the recommendation of their English teacher. Students must earn a 480 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the PSAT. Most of our students should qualify for Dual Enrollment classes based on this new criteria. For students that have not taken the PSAT, but would like to, we will be offering the exam in school next year on Wednesday, October 16th. For students that have not taken the PSAT yet, but would like to take a Dual Enrollment English class during the first semester of next year, they will be able to as long as their current teacher recommends them and they sign-up to take the PSAT exam in October.

    Another Volunteer Opportunity

    Dracut Rec Fun Run is a kids track program that runs July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 5:30-6:30 at the Dracut HS track. We are looking for volunteers to help lead groups around to the different activities. No track knowledge is needed! Please contact Shannon Talbot if you are interested!

    Work Permits

    Are you starting a job this Summer? Chances are you will need a work permit.

    Please submit a completed work permit application with promise of employment to Ms. Kelly 48 hours priors to your start date. During the Summer please email her in advance.

    HS Photos of the Week

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    IACA News

    Box Top Winners

    Middle School – Adam SanClemente

    High School – Cassie McKiel