The Hawk: March 2, 2018

March 1, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending March 2, 2018

Dear IACS Community,

Last November, my letter for The Hawk provided a brief overview of the IACS 2025 conference that brought multiple stakeholder groups together to think about ways in which our school could grow over the coming years. I’d like to share two resources for you to review:

  • Anyone interested in learning more about our work at IACS 2025 is invited to read the conference proceedings which give a more complete account than my November letter. You’ll see pictures and text that describes how we worked together over the two days.

  • At the end of the proceedings document there are a list of seven themes that emerged from the conference. Each theme will have a task force designed to create short and long term objectives. If you would like to join a task force please complete this survey by Tuesday March 6th. Parents can email me directly if they have questions. Task force groups will be meeting this month.

  • Once task force groups have meet, their work will be synthesized into a strategic plan to be completed by the end of the year.

    In partnership,

    Greg Orpen

    Head of School

    Important Dates:

    March 7 Early Release Wednesday

    Driver’s Ed 12:30pm

    March 8 MS Innovation Morning Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

    March 10 SAT Exam

    March 13 Dining for a Cause, Chipotle, Billerica

    Middle School Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 pm

    March 14 Early Release Wednesday

    Driver’s Ed 12:30pm

    IACA Meeting 7:00 pm

    March 15 HS Innovation Morning Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

    “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 7:00pm

    March 16 “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 7:00pm

    March 17 “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” Performance 2:00 and 7:00 pm

    March 20 MS Innovation Morning Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

    March 21 Early Release Wednesday

    5, 6, & 7th Grade Auditions for May Show (Bring Lunch) 12:30 – 3:00pm

    Driver’s Ed 12:30pm

    March 22 HS and 8th grade Auditions for May Show 3:00 – 4:30 pm

    March 23 HS Athletic Awards Night

    March 28 Full Day Wednesday

    Grade 11 & 12 Community Service noon – 3:00 pm

    March 30 No School – Good Friday

    April 2 MS ⅚ ELA MCAS Testing

    April 3 MS 5/6 ELA MCAS Testing

    IACA Meeting 6:30 pm

    April 4 Early Release Wednesday

    April 6 Casino Night 7:00 – 10:00 pm

    All School News

    Mark your calendars for 4 boat-rockin performances right here on the IACS Campus!


    March 15, 7pm, March 16, 7pm, March 17, 2pm and 7pm

    New! GET YOUR TICKETS Online HERE! Don’t forget to print out your tickets!

    Auditions for the May Middle School Show and High School Shows!

    GRADES 5, 6 AND 7 – Auditions for your hilarious comedy, “Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows” are Wednesday, March 21, 12:30-3:00. All you need to bring is lunch and an audition agreement form found at Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays after school. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE! AND you would get to work with a star of NYC Stage and Screen, Tori Hines!

    GRADES 8 through 12 – Auditions for your May shows are Thursday, March 22, 3:00-4:30. All you need is an audition agreement form found at:

    Raffle Tickets

    We’ve received lots of emails and calls about when the $10,000 raffle tickets are due. All tickets are due by April 5th, but we strongly encourage you to turn them in sooner since all advisories that sell at least 25 tickets combined will win a Pizza party!

    Also, the student who sells the most tickets wins $1000!

    IACS Community Book Club

    For the next Book Club meeting, we will be reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This book is about suburban mother-daughter duo living in a small town in Cleveland and the lives they lead. Join us on March 22nd in the library from 3:15-4:15 for snacks and discussion! At last month’s meeting we had a great group of Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members, All are welcome!

    IACS School Nutrition Program:The March Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. This month’s menu features: Pasta w/ choice of Pesto or Marinara Sauce, BBQ Chicken, Vegetarian Pad Thai and much more made with fresh wholesome ingredients in the IACS kitchen. Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Theatre News

    Join us for The IACS Production of GILLIGAN’S ISLAND – THE MUSICAL! March 15th at 7pm, 16th at 7pm, March 17th at 2pm and 7pm! Tickets are available at

    We are looking forward to summer and 3 weeks of Performing Arts Camp that are open to the Community of and outside IACS! Camps are open to any students finishing grades 4 through 12. Camp begins at 8:30am and finishes at 3:30pm daily.

    July 9-13: GLEE CAMP with free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 13 at 5pm! For an additional cost, the first 10 students entering grades 9 and up who sign up will have the option of traveling into New York City to see the matinee show of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway on Thursday, July 12!

    July 16-20: HAMILPROV WEEK where students will spend 1/2 the day learning about the Broadway sensation Hamilton, and 1/2 the day working on Improvisational games, activities & skills. Free, public performance of the students’ work on Friday, July 20 at 5pm! For an additional cost, the first 10 students entering grades 9 and up who sign up will have the option of traveling into New York City to see Hamilton on Wednesday, July 18!

    July 23-27: DRAMA CAMP! Where we will learn the play THE GOOD DOCTOR which we will perform at a theater, right off Broadway (RIGHT next to Kinky Boots!!!) on Tuesday, July 31!

    For more information please check out and sign up at about camp, May show auditions, Phantom of the Opera Auditions, and all else that is coming up!

    Middle School News

    Progress Reports

    The first progress report of Semester 2 will be published on Monday, March 12th. You will receive an email when it has been published.

    Sock and Underwear Drive

    The Jones advisory is planning a sock and underwear drive to benefit local children in foster care. Donate new in the package socks or underwear each of the next 3 Fridays- 3/9, 3/16, 3/23. Get a hand stamp to show you participated for an incentive (3/9- Hat/Hood Day; 3/16- Pajama Day; 3/23- Use your device at lunch).

    After School Art: New Session Starting March 5. Now on Mondays!

    Meetings are Monday or Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

    This 8 week open studio session is designed to give students access to a wide variety of materials and tools in the art room in order to create work of their choosing. Available media include drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, collage, book making, paper mache, stop motion animation and more! There is a $60 fee for this program.

    Please fill out the registration form and submit payment by Friday, March 2. Questions about the program or to inquire about a scholarship, please email

    The 2017-2018 Middle School Yearbook

    Is now for sale at the Early Bird price of $20 until Friday, April 13, 2018

    The Regular Price is $27 after April Vacation

    Order forms will be given to each student in Advisory after February vacation. They can also be accessed via the link in The Hawk and are available on the website as well.

    The Middle School Yearbook contains over 120 color pages of IACS memories: sports, academics, clubs, fun, teachers, events, field trips, original art, personal pages and much more . . . . . . !

    Yearbook Order Form 2017-2018

    High School News

    March Seniors of the Month

    Congratulations to Kiersten Callery, Nate George, and Lexi Wright for being recognized as our Seniors of the Month for March. Kiersten Callery’s teachers have recognized her for excellent leadership in class. She has done a great job helping underclassmen in her Forensics Science II class with lab activities. She volunteers to help teachers and her peers, showcasing an excellent level of community membership. Lexi Wright has been doing a great job balancing a part-time job at a restaurant along with maintaining a rigorous course load at IACS. She is taking her 2nd Dual-Enrollment class and is enthusiastic about the connections between the arts and sciences. She helped lead the way in getting the Earth and Space Science class and others to a production at the Merrimack Rep theater of a play about the life of an early woman astronomer. That enthusiasm and her engaging writing style make her a pleasure to work with. Not to mention that one of her friends describes her as a “cool cat”. Nate George demonstrates exemplary community membership. He patiently helped guide his peers in chemistry class when they worked on the Molecular Shapes project. At his internship site, Beyond Benign, he helped create videos that teach other students and teachers how to perform safer chemistry lab experiments. His videos have been shared with science educators interested in green chemistry around the world. Nate is also an accomplished musician who performs in the Instrumental Ensemble.

    Science Friday

    IACS Science teacher, Katharine Hinkle, is a contributor to National Public Radio’s Science Friday program. Check out her lesson that is titled, “How Shrinking Sea Ice May Be Shrinking Polar Bears

    Model UN Team Attends MIT Conference

    Here is a list of the colleges and universities that our seniors have been accepted to as of 2/14/18…congratulations seniors!

    NHS Volunteer Superstars!

    Every semester, members of the National Honor Society must meet a minimum community service requirement of 25 hours. Two students went above and beyond the call, hitting over 100 hours of service in the 1st semester. Alyx Dunn completed 104 hours and Nate Roy completed 141. Thank you for all that you do for our community!

    STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine

    The January issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate is here! Suggestions on helping your child deal with perfectionism along with many other helpful, informative articles are waiting for you. Take advantage of this resource by downloading the Student Health 101 app and take a look at the official IACS SH101 Twitter page.

    Both the boys and girls basketball seasons came to a close this week in the tournament, but congratulations on a great season!

    IACA News

    IACA MEETS MARCH 14th–Our luck ran out last month with all the snow, and we sadly had to cancel our dinner and meeting. All the more reason to join us this month for our March meeting! We’ll be sharing potluck at 6:30 in the library, with the meeting to follow at 7. Come celebrate and help us make plans for SPRING!

    BOXTOPS WINNERS! — Congratulations to Chloe Botsis (MS) and Anita Giulia (HS) for bringing in the most Boxtops during our Winter contest! Each student will receive a $25 gift card. We will be doing one more advisory/pizza party contest before the end of the year. Stay tuned for more information!

    CHIPOTLE, ANYONE? — Our next Dining for IACA event will be at Chipotle’s in Billerica on March 13 from 4-8pm. Chipotle donates 50% of your purchase back to IACA! Please use the attached flyer when ordering. Thank you for your support!

    MIXED BAG — It’s that time of year again! Our Spring fundraiser flyers will be distributed this week. We’ll be offering the Mixed Bag Home Designs catalog. This fundraiser contributes 40% of purchases back to the school, but we have the potential to make a 45% profit on sales if everyone orders one item from each catalog! All of your purchases help to fund our IACA community events, scholarships, and classroom supplies. Please share the catalog and/or the online link with your friends too! Thank you for making this Spring fundraiser the best ever!

    FAQs for the sale will be posted on the IACA website shortly. Please contact Bernadette Baird at if you have additional questions.

    To order online:

    Welcome to our Mixed Bag Designs Fundraiser!

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