The Hawk: March 22, 2019

March 21, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending March 22, 2019

Dear IACS Community,

Last spring we began the first stages of developing a disc golf course on our campus. For those who don’t know what disc golf is, it is played with the same rules as regular golf but instead of clubs, a ball, and a hole, you are trying to throw discs into a metal basket. This is a sport that all ages and abilities can play together and enjoy some time with friends and family in the outdoors. The discs themselves are very cheap and sold at most sporting goods stores.

We currently have 4 baskets installed and are anxiously awaiting the ground to thaw so we can install the remaining baskets for a full 9 hole course (hopefully before April vacation). And who knows, we might be able to add even more holes in the future. Disc Golf is integrated into our wellness curriculum, but our real hope is that students, families, and other community members will start using this course on weekends and during the summer so get some fun exercise in while enjoying all our campus has to offer. In the future we hope to run some beginner clinics to help teach the sport, but until then if you want to understand the basics of the game check out this video: I hope to see lots of people from our community out enjoying the sport soon!


Kyle Thornton

Wellness Educator

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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!

Raffle tickets are due this Thursday!

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

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

click on the ticket below to purchase tickets online

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! Find information here.

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

Sign up here.

Middle School News

Mr. Pereyra joined Spanish class for an activity recently where the student had to describe their drawing in Spanish to a classmate (Mr. Pererya) in an effort to describe so accurately that the picture could be recreated without viewing it. Well done!

Curiosity Cube

Millipore Sigma’s Curiosity Cube is traveling to IACS next Friday! The Curiosity Cube is a 22×10 foot, retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a mobile science lab. Our middle school 6th and 7th grade classes will attend to complete interactive science experiments and encourage students to learn about possible careers in STEM. Thank you to parent Jaivin Patel for alerting us to this possibility and to Millipore Sigma for providing this opportunity to our students.

Progress Reports

The first progress report of Semester 2 was published at the end of last week. Progress reports were published last Friday. If you haven’t logged on to view them, please do so with your child.

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

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. 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:


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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2019-2020 Program of Studies

Semester 2 Progress Report 1

The first Progress Report for Semester 2 was published to the Aspen Family Portal on Tuesday, 3/19 and students were 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. Progress reports and reports cards are not mailed to parents unless requested.

The IACA Scholarship application is now available for all graduating seniors who plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college after graduation. IACA will be awarding three $1000 scholarships based on a combination of academics, a completed activities resume, recommendations, and a written essay. Applications are due in Ms. Deknatel’s office on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. The scholarship application was emailed to all members of the Class of 2019 Thursday. Please reach out to Ms. Deknatel if you need an extra copy or if you have questions. Additionally, we have compiled a list of local scholarship opportunities HERE. Please let Ms. Deknatel know if you have any connections to local scholarships that are not reflected in this list!

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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.



Casino night is 1 week away!

There are only 2 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!