The Hawk: May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017 6:00 pm


“The Hawk”

May 5, 2017


Our largest senior class to date celebrated National College Decision Day on May 1st by wearing clothing that represented their post-graduation plans. Students either wore college gear, red for unsure, or blue if they were taking a gap year. Seventy-three of our seniors have decided to attend 4-year colleges, ten will be attending 2-year colleges, and eight will be joining the workforce, taking a gap year, or have not finalized their post-graduation plans.

While our students were accepted to a great many different colleges, they have decided to attend the following 46 schools that are listed below. The number in the right column indicates the number of IACS students that will be attending that school.


American University


Assumption College


Bridgton Academy


Bryant University


Champlain College


Clark University


Dean College


Dickinson College


Eckerd College


Fitchburg State University


Fransiscan University


Franklin Pierce College


Gettysburg College


Goucher College


Hamilton College


Ithaca College


Loyola University New Orleans


Massachusetts College of Art & Design


Massachusetts Maritime Academy


Merrimack College


Middlebury College


Middlesex Community College


Mount Ida College


Northeastern University


Pace University


Plymouth State University


Rivier University


Rollins College


Salem State University


Simmons College


Stanford University


State Univerity of New York, Geneseo


State Univerity of New York, Purchase


Stockbridge School, Amherst


Suffolk University


Union College


University of Maine


University of Massachusetts, Amherst


University of Massachetts, Boston


University of Massachetts, Lowell


University of New Hampshire, Durham


University of New Haven


University of Rhode Island


Westfield State University


Wheelock College


Worcester State University



Congratulations to all of our seniors. We are all very proud of your success at IACS and we are looking forward to what you all may accomplish in the years ahead!


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

Important Dates:  

  • The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 29th; a complete calendar with vacation and early release days will be released within the next few weeks.  IACS is still waiting for the Department of Education to confirm dates for next year’s MCAS testing.


    May 6

    SAT Test 8:00 – 1:00 pm

    May 8

    HS Senior Projects and POL’s

    May 9

    HS Senior Projects and POL’s

    HS Family Orientation   5:00 – 6:00 pm

    May 10    

    HS Senior Projects and POL’s

    Early Release

    IACA Meeting   6:30 Potluck

    May 11

    HS Senior Projects and POL’s

    MS 5th & 7th Grade Quality Night  6:00 – 7:15pm

    May 12    

    HS Junior/Senior Prom 6:00 – 11:00 pm

    May 15        

    Board of Trustee meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm

    May 16

    HS MCAS Math testing

    HS Junior/Senior Awards Night  6:30 – 8:00 pm

    May 17    

    Full Day Wednesday

    HS MCAS Math testing

    Last day HS Internships

    May 18

    HS Field Trip to MA Envirothon State Competition (Ms. Hinkle)

    HS family Orientation 3:30 – 4:30 pm

    HS Drama Production 7:00 pm

    May 19

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

    HS Internship Breakfast Celebration 8:15-9: 15 am

    MS Innovation Morning for Prospective Families (8:30 am)

    HS Drama Production 7:00 pm

    May 20

    Drama Performance 2:00 and 7:00 pm

    May 24

    Full Day Wednesday

    May 25

    HS family Orientation 5:00 – 6:00 pm

    May 26

    Early Release

    Band Festival  6:30 am – 4:45 pm

    May 29

    No School Memorial Day

    May 30 – June 2

    HS  Endersession Week

    May 30 – June 2

    MS 6th Grade Jury Presentations

    May 31

    Full Day Wednesday

    June 1

    Enrollment Lottery 4:00 pm

    June 2

    HS Graduation Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:30pm

    HS Senior Night  5:30 – 7:30 pm

    June 3

    HS Graduation 10:00 am

    SAT Exam 8:00 – 1:00 pm

    June 5 – June 9

    MS 8th Grade Jury Presentations

    June 5

    HS MCAS Science Testing

    HS family Orientation 3:30 – 4;30pm

    MS Band and Chorus Concert 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    June 6

    HS MCAS Science testing

    June 7

    Early Release

    MS 5th & 6th Grade “School of Rock” Auditions  12:30 – 2:30pm

    June 8

    MS 7th & 8th Grade ‘School of Rock” Auditions 3:00 – 5:30pm

    MS Sports Awards

    June 9

    MS Art Show 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    June 10

    MS 8th Grade Semi Formal

    June 12

    HS Informational  Internship Meeting for rising Juniors & Seniors

    HS Spring Sports Award Night  6:00pm

    June 14

    Early Release

    June 16

    HS College Essay Workshop

    June 19

    MS 8th Grade Moving Up ceremony 8:15 am (Limit: 2 guests)

    Board of Trustee Meeting 6:30 pm

    June 20

    Last Day of School, Dismissal at 1:00 pm


    All School News

    IACS School Nutrition Program:  The May Breakfast & Lunch Menu is posted here. Contact Karen Drake if you have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    IACA News  


    Our meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10 at 7pm.  Join us for Potluck at 6:30pm.  Come learn about Volunteer opportunities for next year!


    We are looking for new leaders to join IACA! Contact if interested in learning more. Come to our next meeting to see what IACA is all about!


    BoxTops End-of-Year Contest!

    Keep clipping! This is the last opportunity to get those BoxTops in for your child's advisory! The winning Middle School and High School advisories will receive a pizza party! Please remember to label your bags of BoxTops with your child's name and advisory name, and remove any expired BoxTops before submitting. This contest runs till May 24th. Thank you!

    Mixed Bag Update

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our Mixed Bag Fundraiser! We raised over $2500 this year. Mixed Bag orders were distributed earlier this week.  If you didn't receive yours, please check your student's advisory meeting room, or email Donna Martin:

    Graduation Reception (6/3/17)

    We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help out with the Graduation reception.  Junior parents, this is a great place to volunteer – even if you've never volunteered before!  It will be your turn to sit back and enjoy next year!  Please contact Lisa Reed:


    Last Bash (6/3/17)

    We are looking for volunteers who can give us two hours of their time overnight for Last Bash!  This event will take place at the NEW Tyngsboro Sports Center from 10pm June 3 through 6am June 4.  We need people to help with setup, overnight chaperoning and cleanup.   Please contact the Last Bash committee at  

    8th Grade Semi (6/10/17)

    The 8th Grade Semi-formal is coming up soon!  Your 8th Grader's "Save the Date" announcement for June 10 should be arriving soon!  That said, if you can donate or help in anyway, please contact Donna Martin at

    End of Year BBQ (6/20/17)

    Our Annual End of Year BBQ is coming up and we need YOUR help to get things off and running! Please see the attached flyer for information and links to needs, as well as the email address for contacting Kerry with your support.  


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    To volunteer or donate – please visit the most current list of needs at (case sensitive) then kindly respond with your selection. Kerry Wellenstein at


    Performing Arts News:  

    *$5 tickets for IACS Students for Opening Night of the May Show! Don’t miss the plays “Shards” and “Darts”  written and directed by Josie Brody, Spencer Royston and Joe Harrington for a mere $5! Ticket order forms are at the main office and are available at the door on Thursday, May 18 at 7pm! See you there!

    "Shards" is the story of a pre-adult's journey through herself and towards her future and "Darts" is a hilarious musical tribute to childhood, where neon guns with orange darts lead to a friendly neighborhood war.

    SUMMER IS COMING! Join us for 3 Performing Arts Camps right here on the IACS Campus! Camps are open to students finishing 4th through 12th grades.

    * July 10-July 14: Drama Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of Ghostbusters on Friday night

    * July 17-July 21: Glee Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance of songs and scenes from School of Rock on Friday night

    * July 24-July 28: Improv Camp 8:30-3:30 daily with a performance created ON THE SPOT by the campers on Friday night

    **The first ten Improv Camp students finishing grades 8 through 12 have the option of going to Broadway to see Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on the Wednesday of Improv Camp! (Unfortunately, the NYC component of Drama Camp and Glee Camp trips are full.)

    **There is still availability for at all three camps for every age!


    June 7, 12:30-2:30: Grades 5 and 6 audition

    June 8, 3:00-5:30: Grades 7 through 11 audition

    For details on all of these opportunities check out:

    Questions? Email

    Click here for registration information about camp!


    Middle School News


    Ms. D and band students took advantage of a lovely spring day and held rehearsal outdoors.

    Save the Date- Quality Night 5/11

    Quality Night for Grades 5 and 7 is scheduled for May 11th from 6:00-7:15 PM. Attendance is mandatory for all fifth and seventh graders as a promotion requirement as students get important practice in formal presentation as well as feedback, leading up to their sixth and eighth grade jury presentation. Please mark your calendars.

    Jury Volunteers Needed

    Sixth and eighth grade students will be making their jury portfolio presentations this spring and we are looking for community members to sit in on the presentations. Staff members act as assessors for the presentations; we have found that it enriches the presentation to have a second adult present to both listen and ask questions of the student presenter. It’s also a lot of fun and a terrific way to learn more about student work at IACS! We are looking for volunteers during the week of May 30th and June 5th that have one or more hours free during the school day to attend a presentation. Please sign up with the main office the next time you stop in or email to sign up for a time slot. Spread the word to grandparents, neighbors, etc. that you think might be interested!

    Save the Date- Events for 8th graders

    The 8th Grade Moving Up Assembly will be held in our school auditorium from 8:15-9:15 am on Monday, June 19th.  8th Grade Semi-Formal: Saturday, June 10th from 7:00- 10:00 PM.  Click here for more details.

    Sixth and Eighth Grade Jury Packets- Click here for more information

    Middle School Yearbook:

    It is the time to create 8th Grade Personal Pages and find 8th Grade Baby Pictures for the 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook.  Due Friday, 4/28. See the yearbook page for more information.

    To guarantee delivery of a 2016-2017 Middle School Yearbook on the last day of school, order at the regular price of $27 by Friday, May 19, 2017.

    High School News

    NHS Inducts 25 New Members

    STEM Workshop for Girls in Grades 7-12

    Senior Project:  Crisis In Syria and Ways You Can Help

    Student Health 101

    The  March  IACS Student Health 101 and the accompanying Student Advocate for parents and supporters are now available online. For the months of March and April you can enter your student to win $500 simply by reading an article and answering a few questions!  We have already had a $100…let’s get us a few $500 winners!!

    Photo of the Week

    Seniors celebrated National College Decision Day on Monday by having some cookies, marking their college locations on a map, and creating pennants indicating their college of choice. Thank you to Shannon Morrocco, Assistant Director of College Counseling, for organizing the event.

    Pat Modrich, 

    Main Office Admin
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