The Hawk: March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending March 30, 2018

Dear IACS Community,

It’s time to turn in those raffle tickets, The big $10,000 drawing WILL be held on April 6th at Casino Night. If you are having a big crowd this weekend and you think they’d like a chance to win too, let them know that tickets can be purchased online here: Remember, the student who sells the most tickets will win $1000!

Speaking of big winners, Casino Night is IACA’s biggest FUNdraiser of the year, it includes a buffet dinner, great music, silent auction, live dessert auction and the $10,000 cash raffle drawing. If you still need tickets please contact Heather Landis at 978-502-9450. Tickets are $35 ea or grab a few friends and purchase a table of 10 for $300. For more info about casino night and to see a preview of some of the silent auction items go to IACSEvents on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates:


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

Driver’s Ed 12:30pm

April 6 HS Innovation Tour for Parents of Prospective Students 8:30 – 9:30 am

Casino Night 7:00 – 10:00 pm

April 9 MS ⅞ ELA MCAS Testing

April 10 MS ⅞ ELA MCAS Testing

April 11 Early Release Wednesday

Driver’s Ed 12:30pm

April 12 HS Shadow Day for Accepted Students

April 16 – April 20 No School April Vacation

April 23 IACS Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm

April 24 HS Exhibition Night 6:00 – 8:30 pm

April 25 Full Day Wednesday

April 26 MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council 7:45- 8:30 am

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

April 28 SAT Prep “Bootcamp” for HS Juniors 9:00 – 1:00 pm

April 29 SAT Prep “Bootcamp” for HS Juniors 9:00 – 1:00 pm

April 30 MS ⅚ MATH MCAS Testing

May 1 HS Shadow Day for Accepted Students

MS 5/5 MCAS Testing

HS Family Orientation 3:30 – 4:30 pm

May 2 Early Release Wednesday

IACS Red Cross Blood Drive 1:30 – 7:00 pm

May 3 MS ⅞ MCAS Math Testing

HS National Society Induction 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 4 MS ⅞ MCAS Math Testing

May 5 SAT Exam 8:00 am

$10,000 Raffle WILL be drawn at Casino Night!

Do you have $10,000 raffle tickets at home? Please send them in, our winner will be drawn on April 6th. Students who are trying to win the $1,000 prize for selling the most tickets MUST turn in all tickets by April 5th.

Way to go Ringwall and Lozeau Advisories, each group sold over 25 $10,000 raffle tickets and we celebrated their hard work with a Pizza Party! Here’s hoping we’ll have another group of advisories next week that have qualified. Wanna help them? Purchase your tickets online here !

Book Club rescheduled to March 29th

IACS Community Book Club – Rescheduled

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 29th 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 April Breakfast and Lunch Menu menu will be posted on the website and in the April 6th Edition of the HAWK.p Contact Karen Drake if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

Theatre News

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!


MCAS Testing Update

The MCAS schedule is as follows:

April 2-3- 5th/6th grade MCAS ELA testing

April 9-10- 7th/8th grade MCAS ELA testing

April 30-May 1st- 5th/6th grade MCAS Math testing

May 3-4- 7th/8th grade MCAS Math testing

May 8-9- Science MCAS testing for grades 5 and 8 only

Massachusetts is in the midst of transitioning 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, 3/22 for students in grades 5 and 6 and Tuesday, 3/27 for students in grades 7 and 8. 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.

The 2017-2018 Middle School Yearbook Is now for sale at the Early Bird price of $20 until Friday, April 13, 2018

Yearbook Order Form 2017-2018

High School News

Important HS Dates

April 24 Spring Exhibition Night, 6-8pm – All are welcome!

April 27 S2 Progress Report #2 Grades due

May 3 NHS Induction, 6-8pm

May 4 Senior Projects & Presentations of Learning begin

Scheduling Process for 2018-2019

March Seniors of the Month

Last chance to order yearbooks!

Due to a lack of yearbook orders, we are reopening yearbook ordering through next Thursday, April 5. The order form was emailed to all students today. All checks/cash and order forms can be turned in at the main office. Online orders are no longer accepted. Yearbooks are $35.00. Yearbooks will not be available for sale at the end of the school year. Reach out to with any questions.

Exhibition Night is Approaching!

Mark the calendar for Tuesday, April 24th from 6-8pm! Everyone is invited to Exhibition Night. Subjects featured on this night will be Art, History, Math & Spanish. This is a great way to see the project-based work that our students create during the school year. See you there!

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Morrocco Advisory Need help with Mother’s Day Gift Bags!!! Do you have any items on the list attached for a mother’s day gift bag? Do you want to help out those in need? The Morocco advisory is partnering with The Wish Project to create Mother’s Day Gift Bags for people who have been impacted by abuse or poverty. There will be bins located near the main office and by the auditorium where you can drop the items. We will be collecting goods beginning Monday, April 2nd through April 30th. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated!

STUDENT HEALTH 101 – our Online Wellness Magazine

The March issue of Student Health 101 as well as the accompanying parent issue, Student Advocate is here! If you’re looking for a new fun (and healthy!) snack, look no further than this safe-to-eat “Raw” Cookie Dough Recipe! Take advantage of this resource by downloading the Student Health 101 app and take a look at the official IACS SH101 Twitter page. Don’t forget to fill the SH101 survey after reading an article, and be entered for a chance to win $100!


CALLING ALL BAKERS: When’s the last time your treats fetched $100? It’s true…they can, and often do! The Casino night committee is looking for up to 3-6 dozen of your specialty to create decadent delights for our bidders. Contact to contribute.

DO YOU LIKE TO READ? Scholarship committee is a wonderful chance to get to know some of the fantastic kids in our senior class! Two application review nights are currently being planned for late April. Contact committee chairperson if you think you might be interested in helping out.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Be sure to head over to our website to get to know Heather Landis, this month’s volunteer in the Spotlight. Heather is an avid volunteer and the mastermind behind IACA’s Big Time Social, Casino Night, set for April 6th.

CASINO NIGHT: Speaking of April 6th, tickets for this fantastic, fun, adults-only night of entertainment at the UMass Inn and Conference Center are nearly sold out, but Heather can fit you in. Send her an email at

APRIL IACA MEETING: Hope to see you Monday, April 2 at 6:30 in the Library and will be a potluck!

BURRITOS, ANYONE?: Or tacos, or salads, if you’re hankering for Mexican on a school night, be sure to come to Chipotle in Billerica on Tuesday, April 10th. This fantastic fundraiser has been rescheduled due to last month’s snow, and generates 50% of proceeds from every guest with a flyer. See you there!