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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFvHgfvGhIs I hope to see lots of people from our community out enjoying the sport soon!
All School News
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Middle School News
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.
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 email@example.com 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: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/tutorial/
MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Submit a hard copy to Main Office or Peggy Stephens-North
Write your name and advisory on back of picture, so we can return it.
Put your picture in an envelope and label it: MS Yearbook Childhood PICTURE. (Print Name and Advisory)
DEADLINE: Friday April 26, 2019, NO Exceptions!
High School News
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 email@example.com or x2004. Progress reports and reports cards are not mailed to parents unless requested.
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 schoolannual.com 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.
HS PHOTO OF THE WEEK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!
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!