The Hawk: March 15, 2019

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IACS Newsletter for the week ending March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Dear IACS Community –

It’s been a full week at IACS! One of our annual school goals is for 100% of IACS advisories to participate in a community service project. This week all middle school advisories participated in a wide variety of service projects. Some examples including lead activities at area nursing homes, filling donation bags at Merrimack Valley Food Bank, doing clean-up projects at House of Hope and Nashua Soup Kitchen, and working with the MSPCA and Lowell Humane Society. This work connects to the overarching objective of building a sense of belonging among students and nurturing students that are positive contributors to their school and community. If you haven’t already heard about your child’s project, please ask them about their service work.

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Kapeckas Advisory Students doing crafts with the residents at the Atrium at Drum Hill.

Today, several students and staff members traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to represent IACS at DynamiQueSt. This annual event aims to help students further their understanding of systems thinking with simulations, workshops, and sharing of student work. Below is a photo of some eighth grade students simulating a world climate change negotiation at DynamiQueSt.

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Spamalot opened last night and it was the talk of IACS today! There are remaining performances this evening at 7pm and Saturday, March 16 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available by searching "Innovation Academy" on or by following the link at or at the door.

And, finally, we’re celebrating senior Aiden Felty’s win at last weekend’s national indoor track championship in the shot put. We’re all so proud and excited of Aiden’s commitment and drive that helped him earn the national championship. Congratulations Aiden!

Enjoy the weekend ahead.


Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal

Important Dates

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All School News

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Spring is just around the corner…we hope! Mark your calendars for the:

IACS Spring Arts Night – Wednesday, May 29th. The Spring Arts Night will be a showcase of Middle School Art, Middle School Bands and Chorus, High School Chorus, Chorale & Instrumental Ensemble. Middle School Art will be on display starting at 5:00 pm. Performances by the musical groups will be starting at 6:00 pm and will take place in the auditorium and library. Join us for a great evening of art and music!

The Caffrey, Krakauer, Destramp, Bresnahan advisories have already won a pizza party, and you can too!

Please turn in your raffle tickets by March 28th (the sooner the better).

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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! Find information here.

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

Sign up here.

Middle School News

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Congratulations to IACS Archery League Champions Team IACS Hawks!

The IACS Archery program completed a very successful year and was able to send two teams of archers to the league finals. The IACS Hawks won the league championship and multiple archers won individual accomplishment awards. Congratulations to Sawyer Morgan, Tim Panilaitis, Alex Grove, and Emily Hanlon for bringing home the championship trophy!

Progress Reports

The first progress reports for Semester 2 were published to our x2 Aspen student and family portal today. Please log on to the portal to review the progress report with your child. If you need your password or your account needs to be reset, please reach out to the main office.

MCAS Testing Update

The MCAS schedule is as follows:

April 1-2- 5th/6th grade MCAS ELA testing

April 8-9- 7th/8th grade MCAS ELA testing

April 26 & 29- 5th/6th grade MCAS Math testing

April 30 & May 2- 7th/8th grade MCAS Math testing

May 6-7- Science MCAS testing for grades 5 and 8 only

Massachusetts has transitioned to computer-based testing and this year, all middle school grades will participate in computer-based testing. In preparation for this, we’ll have all students participate in a tutorial to show students how to utilize the TestNav platform and a practice test. This will help students become familiar with the computer-based platform before they utilize it for testing and help our IT department and staff ensure everything is running smoothly before testing. This will occur on Thursday, 3/21 for students in grades 7 and 8 and Friday, 3/22 for students in grades 5 and 6. If you’d like to see the TestNav tutorial and/or review computer-based or paper-based practice tests, they are available at this website:

Families often ask us what they can do at home to help their child be prepared and do their best on the day of the exam. Please be sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast on testing days. Remind your child that the tests are not timed and s/he is well prepared for the exams. We want our students to remember to go back into the passages as they work through the tests and to check all of their work prior to finishing. Be certain to arrive to school on time. Once a testing session has begun, students who are tardy are not permitted to enter the testing room. If you have any questions about MCAS testing, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 978-649-0432 x 2229.

Eighth Grade Childhood Pictures

Here is your chance to show your friends what you looked like as a wee one.

Share a picture from your childhood in the 2018-2019 MS Yearbook.

Did you look like you? Did your personality come through?

Were you adorable, goofy, serious, funny, sloppy, stylish or mischievous?

Submit a digital photo to or Submit a hard copy to Main Office or Peggy Stephens-North

  1. Write your name and advisory on back of picture, so we can return it.

  2. Put your picture in an envelope and label it: MS Yearbook Childhood PICTURE. (Print Name and Advisory)

DEADLINE: Friday April 26, 2019, NO Exceptions!

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

0 Yearbook Order Form 2018-2019

High School News

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Semester 2 Progress Report 1

The first Progress Report for Semester 2 should be available for viewing in the Aspen Family Portal on Tuesday, 3/19 and students will be given a paper copy during advisory as well. Ask your student to see it! If you are having problems accessing Aspen, please contact Crystal McKiel at or x2004. Reports card are not mailed to parents unless requested.

Track Update

This past Saturday Aiden Felty competed in the Indoor Track and Field Nationals Meet in New York City. Coming down to the very last throw, Patrick Piperi of Texas was the current leader at 66’ 3”. On the very last throw of the meet Aiden threw 66’ 8 ¾”. This throw won him the meet and he became the National Champion! Throughout the season, Aiden has been a dominant thrower; breaking both the Massachusetts State and New England shot put records. He also holds the top 10 throws of all-time in New England. We are very proud of what this young man has accomplished and we are excited to see how this last season as an athlete for our school unfolds during the outdoor track season!

Here is a video of the winning throw:

March Seniors of the Month

Congratulations to Shelby Sylvain and Abby Kelsey for being recognized as our new Seniors of the Month! Shelby has been busy with the Cheerleading team, planning her senior project and also helping Ms. Deknatel educate the freshmen about the importance of having a good start in their first year of high school. Abby does an excellent job balancing her school work, chorale, and performing in the school theatre productions. Come see her next week in Spamalot! Both Shelby and Abby are kind and thoughtful classmates that always (almost always) have a smile on their faces that brings a real positive energy to our community. Congrats again to Shelby & Abby!


As the first semester ends and the second begins its time to start thinking about all the cool things to come like Snowcoming, Endersession, and spring sports. But don’t forget about yearbooks, so you’ll be able to remember all those awesome events! Buy your yearbook today for only 40 dollars. You can either order online at or with an order form (available from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco). It’s simple to do and it’s worth it! The last day to order is March 22nd.

LRTA Bus Tickets

Bus tickets for the Lowell Regional Transit Authority are on available to purchase for $1 per ticket. See Dr. Arnold or Crystal to purchase. Monthly passes are still only available from the Gallagher Terminal in Lowell.

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CASINO NIGHT – Selling out quickly!

There are only 4 tables left! 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!

Need more tickets?

Have you sold the 5 tickets that were sent home before February break? If so please send them in with your student to the main office. The student who sells the most tickets will win $1,000 and EVERY advisory that sells a total of 25 tickets will win a pizza party. If you need more tickets please see Mrs Landis in the Library. Good Luck to all!