The Hawk: March 1, 2019

February 28, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending March 1, 2019

Dear IACS Families:

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. A link to our school’s report card is available by clicking here. If you would like to search for other schools’ report cards, visit

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.

You will notice on our report card that we are giving great educational opportunities to students as measured by access to the arts, advanced coursework, 9th grade course completion, and satisfying the MassCore requirements in high school. To improve student performance in our school, we are working to help more students reach growth targets on the MCAS exams. We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.

Finally, because IACS receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,

  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,

  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and

  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

  • If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact either Middle School Principal Melissa Kapeckas or High School Principal Erik Arnold.


    Greg Orpen

    Important Dates

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    All School News

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    ILP Meetings

    On Wednesday March 6th students will be meeting with their Advisor and family members to discuss their ILP goals for Semester 2. Please be sure to reach out to your child’s advisor if you haven’t already setup a time or rescheduled an ILP that was missed due to snow.

    Parent Presentation on Vaping- 3/7

    Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will present a parent workshop on vaping on 3/7 at 6:45 pm in the auditorium.

    Vaping has become a major issue in our schools and communities nationwide. This presentation will focus on the trend of student vaping, how to recognize vaping devices, vaping products, and the physical impact vaping has on the body. This workshop is designed for parents and staff.

    Per diem Substitute Teachers Needed

    We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. As the winter and flu season are now in full swing we need to ensure we have enough substitutes to give your students uninterrupted learning. If you or a friend are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please fill out the availability form. Half day and full day subbing opportunities are available. IACS pays $25 per hour up to $100 per day maximum.

    Looking for summer programming for your child? Stop by the Old Yellow Meeting House in Dracut on 3/12 at 7 pm to learn about area activities for kids this summer. Click here for more details, including which programs plan to attend.


    HS & MS Spring Sports Registration Now Open!

    Please find the MS spring registration packet here. We are offering the following sports to MS students this spring: outdoor track & field, baseball, softball and dance.

    Please find the HS spring registration packet here. We are offering the following sports to HS students this spring: outdoor track & field, softball, dance and lacrosse.

    Email the Athletic Department at with any questions or concerns.

    Theater News

    Please join us for the School Version of the hilarious musical SPAMALOT!

    March 14, 7pm

    March 15, 7pm

    March 16, 2pm and 7pm

    Follow the link for ticket information!

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    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!

    Middle School News

    Sixth graders worked on graphing their observations of moon phases and answering questions

    Middle School Band Pops Concert

    Come one, come all to the middle school band pops concert next week at on Wednesday (3/6) at 7pm! Hear our own renditions of Take on Me, You’re Welcome, and Handclap, plus student soloists. It’s going to be a great time!

    Upcoming 5th grade Social Studies Field Trip

    Fifth graders will be headed on a Social Studies field trip next week to the Old North Bridge in Concord and the Boston Tea Party Museum. Students on the Effective Communication team will attend on Thursday, 3/7. Students on the Community Membership team will attend on Friday, March 8th. Please be sure to return the permission slip and bring a bagged lunch.

    Advisory Service Projects- 3/12 and 3/15

    All middle school advisories will be participating in community service projects. Many advisories will be off-campus at local partners, such as local food pantries, nursing homes, and other community organizations. Ask your student what their advisory will be doing and look for a permission slip soon if your child will be off-campus.

    IACA Socials

    7th/8th grade Winter Social is tonight from 7-9 pm.

    5th/6th grade Winter Social is March 8th from 7-9 pm.

    Tickets are $5. Pizza and snacks will be for sale.

    Come join us!

    Momo Challenage

    This week at school we’ve heard some of our fifth and sixth graders talking about the Momo Challenge, a concerning internet viral challenge targeting kids that promotes dangerous tasks, including self-harm. This news article shares more information about this latest viral trend and ways in general to keep kids safe online.

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    Does it flink? Science students recently created “flinkers”, an object that matches the density of water so it will neither sink nor float.

    2018-2019 IACS Middle School Yearbook now available to order

    Early Bird Order Form $20 until Sunday, April 21st, 2019

    NEW THIS YEAR! You can now order and pay

    Regular Price $27 after April Vacation

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    High School News

    Interesting Article: 10 Reasons Teens Have So Much Anxiety Today

    Music Update

    Congratulations to junior Jacob Babcock on his selection to participate in the UMass Lowell String Project Lowell Youth Orchestra. Today he will be playing the viola at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Music Festival. The festival is held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA and the students will be performing as part of a clinic addressing community-centered music initiatives and the benefits therein.

    Also happening at the All-State Music Festival…on Saturday Mr. Sciolla will be bringing the Instrumental Ensemble to perform two songs at the MMEA Innovations Festival (sounds like it was created just for us!). The program is designed to showcase schools with non-traditional instrumental groups. We hope all our musicians have a great weekend of performances.

    Driver’s Ed Classes are starting up on March 6th!

    Future Driver’s of America will be holding Driver’s Ed classes on Wednesday’s from March 6th to May 1st at IACS. You must sign up through their website:

    Student need not have their permit yet but should be at least 15 years and 9 months.

    The program includes:

    – 30-Hours of Classroom

    – 12-Hours of Road Lessons

    – 6-Hours of Observation Time

    – 2-Hour Parent Class (held in N. Chelmsford Office)

    – Driver Ed Certificate

    My face when you don’t buy the yearbook.

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    My face when someone buys a yearbook.


    Act fast! As of Friday, March 1, there only 21 days left to buy a yearbook, and you definitely won’t want to miss out on getting one. Yearbooks are a great way to remember the school year, and look back on all those fun memories with your friends! The last day to buy a yearbook is March 22nd, so buy yours today! Yearbooks are $40 and you can either order them online or order forms can be found near Ms.Kelly’s office and passed in at the main office or passed in to Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco.


    “Karate” – Galactic cover by the Instrumental Ensemble



    Pick up your tickets now for our annual Casino Night, to be held at the UMass Inn and Conference Center on March 29. (this is a 21+ event) Tickets are just $35, or grab some friends and fill a table (10/table) for $300! This fantastic night of fun includes a buffet dinner, Casino games (for fun) silent auction and live dessert auction. Contact Heather Landis to purchase tickets – 978-502-9450 or Hope to see you there!

    YOU COULD BE OUR $10,000 WINNER! Look for your IACA $10,000 raffle tickets coming home this week. 5 tickets will be sent home but you are welcome to sell as many as you can, in fact the student who sells the most will win $1000! Ticket are $20 each and can also be purchased online. If you would like additional tickets to sell during vacation week, contact Heather Landis at or 978-502-9450 and she make arrangements to get you some.

    THE FIRST WINTER DANCE is tonight! Volunteers are still needed for next week’s event as well. Thank you to everyone who has pitched in with time or donations. Contact Faby Kelley if you can help next week.