The Hawk: March 29, 2019

March 28, 2019 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending March 29 2019

Dear IACS Community,

Tonight we’ll be celebrating our largest fundraiser of the year- Casino Night. This event is a collaboration between the school and our community association (IACA) and helps raise thousands of dollars that will directly impact the student experience. Last year, IACA made the first of two large donations to pay for a second (and much newer!) 15-passenger van that helps bring classes, advisory groups, and student-athletes to off campus events.

In conjunction with Casino Night, our annual $10K Raffle has come to a conclusion and we’ll be drawing the winning ticket tonight. Cross your fingers! I’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the many entrepreneurial students who have been selling raffle tickets since February. This afternoon I swung by a 5th grade math class (yikes- they were taking a test!) to congratulate Annie MacKinnon who was our top student ticket seller- 85 tickets sold! Congratulations Annie.

To those attending Casino Night, I’ll see you in a couple of hours. And to everyone else, have a great weekend.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

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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!

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

Kent/Leonard Advisories Coin Drive

The Kent Advisory and the Leonard Advisory are teaming up in their efforts to collect coins for two very impactful organizations, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and The Jared Box Project. The mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Your contributions will support research efforts to rid the world of blood cancers. The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital. Your contributions will go toward the creation of boxes filled with well wishes, hope, and love, and packed with toys, games, and fun activities, symbolizing the importance of play.

So search your couch cushions and save the change made from purchasing your morning coffee, and consider donating your coins to help us reach our combined goal of raising $500 toward these two very special organizations! Collection bins will be in each of the Self-Direction Advisory locations, Room 410 (Mr. Leonard’s Room), in the cafeteria, and in the 7th/8th grade math classrooms. Thank you for your donations!

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


Congratulations to our sophomores for completing round 1 of of the 3 MCAS Exams that they will take this year. The students all seemed to take the exam seriously and put their best effort towards answering all of the questions. This was the first year for the computer-based test at the high school and besides a few tech issues, it seemed to go fairly smoothly. The Math exam will be on May 21 & 22nd and then the Biology exam will be on June 4 & 5. Parents of sophomores…feel free to buy your child an ice cream sundae or something…they earned it this week!

Course Selections Begin Next Week

  • Juniors can begin selecting classes through the Aspen portal on 4/1

  • Sophomores on 4/2

  • Freshmen on 4/4

  • All requests must be entered by 4/22.

  • Please review our Program of Studies for more information:

    2019-2020 Program of Studies

    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.


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    Earth & Space Science Students Measuring for Beach Erosion at Plum Island