The Hawk: November 16, 2018

November 15, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending November 16th

Dear IACS community:

Our current advisory theme is about gratitude. Yesterday in my own advisory we had a discussion about ways we can practice gratitude and make a daily habit. We discussed how some days it can feel easy when the weather is beautiful, we have a good laugh with a friend, and things just seem to be falling in place. We also discussed how it can be even more important to reflect on all that makes us grateful on days that feel hard- when we are tired or stressed. I appreciated hearing my advisory share ways they remember to be thankful and what things in their lives they are thankful for- and it made me think all about this school community I am thankful for.

I am thankful for our teachers and inclusion aides. I am inspired by their thoughtful care to create positive connections with students, the creativity they bring to their lessons to help build student engagement, and their dedication to continually grow in their craft. I am thankful for their commitment to helping our students grow both as learners and individuals. Our teachers spend countless hours on behalf of our students. They are truly amazing.

I am thankful for our office staff. I appreciate how they greet the many students, parents, and visitors that come through the door each day with warmth and kindness. They manage a lot behind the scenes to ensure that school runs smoothly. Our leadership team would agree that our administrative assistants are organizational masters that help us focus on the big picture as they handle all the important details.

I am thankful for the business office staff and the enrollment office staff. The enrollment staff helps prospective students and families learn about our school, manages the lottery, and helps students enter, managing our school records. The business office manages all of our finances and human resources to make sure our operations run smoothly.

I am thankful for our facilities team that act as “jack of all trades” to keep our campus looking great and running smoothly. Our students also appreciate your kind smiles and “hellos”!

I am thankful for our school social workers, school psychologist, and health office for nurturing the physical, emotional, and social health of our students. I appreciate the care you give to students and how we all learn from you as well to further your reach with students.

I am thankful for our school’s leadership team. I value working within a highly collaborative and supportive team that always puts students first.

I am thankful for IACS parents. I appreciate you choosing IACS and working with us to help your child navigate these often challenging years. I am thankful for your reminders to your children to be kind and consider their roles as community members. I am thankful for your support of events like ILP conferences and Quality Night, where you help your child practice skills of effective communication and we work together with them to value problem-solving, reflection and continual growth. I appreciate your collaboration to help your child grow and stretch.

And, I am thankful for IACS students as you are the reason we are here and the basis of our community. We are inspired to do our best for you, as we see the future in you. You amaze me daily with your joy, your resilience, and your creativity in the classroom. I love coming to school every day because of you.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal

Important Dates

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All School News

What is Giving Tuesday?

November 27th, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a day of giving back, a chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart. Watch for upcoming emails about this global day of giving and opportunities to support our school.

Parent Workshop: What are you Puffing? Vaping and our Youth

Mark your calendar- Thursday, 11/29 6:45 pm

Middlesex Partners for Youth will share this presentation focused on the trend of student vaping, how to recognize vaping devices, vaping products, and the physical impact vaping has on the body. This workshop is designed for parents and staff.

Help us support the 4th Annual Mitten Giving Tree Drive from November 13th to December 12th.Please see attached flyer for details.

4th Annual Mitten Tree Drive

Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Worker

IACS is looking for a part-time cafeteria worker to assist in the preparation and serving of meals to its students and staff. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is looking to work parent hours and enjoys working in a fast paced environment. Hours are: Tuesday & Friday – 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Hourly Rate: $12 – $14hr Contact: Karen Drake if you are interested in the opportunity.

Part-Time IACS Cafeteria Cook

IACS is seeking a skilled part-time Cook to prepare and serve healthy, nutritious and delicious meals to its students and staff. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: assistance in menu planning, food production, food safety and customer service. Requirements include training in culinary arts. A degree or diploma from a culinary school and/or experience working in a school cafeteria will be an advantage. Compensation is commensurate with experience and training. Send resume to Karen Drake, IACS Director School Nutrition

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Theatre News

We would love for you to join us for the IACS production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

Performances are November 16 and 17 at 7pm and November 17 at 2pm. A link to ticket purchases is found at

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MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL! Join us for auditions for the hilarious musical SPAMALOT: SCHOOL EDITION! Auditions are Monday, November 19, 3:00-5:00. All you need is a form available at the main office and at

We would love to see you there!

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Middle School News

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Save the Date- Quality Night

Presenting at Quality Night is a promotion requirement. Fifth and seventh graders will present twice throughout the school year. Sixth and eighth graders will present in December and turn their focus to preparing for their gateway jury presentation in the spring. Family participation at Quality Night is essential in providing students individualized feedback about their work. Please do not hesitate to invite other guests (grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, etc.) that are interested in supporting your child and seeing some examples of the project-based work IACS students do.

Mark your calendars:

  • Quality Night for seventh and eighth graders is Thursday, December 6th 6-7:15 pm.

  • Quality Night for fifth and sixth graders is Monday, December 10th 6-7:15 pm.

  • Note: Quality Night prep time will be during the school day on November 29th and 30th. Students will need index cards. Most students in grades 5-7 will need a poster board or trifold board to create a visual display. For students in grade 8, we are encourage them to create their visual on Google slides instead of on a poster.

  • 7th/8th Grade Sargent Center Permission Slips

    Were due today. Didn’t get it in? Bring it Monday! Paperwork can be printed here:

    After School Art Program Winter Session Registration

    Winter session starts week of 11/27

    Tuesday or Thursday, 3:00 – 4:30

    The after school art program is designed to give students access to a wide variety of materials and tools in the art room in order to create work of their choosing. There is a $60 fee for this program and scholarships are available. Please fill out the registration form by Wednesday November, 21 or email for more information.

    2018-2019 MS Yearbook Cover Competition

    The Yearbook Committee is holding an art contest open to everyone in the Middle School.The winners will be featured on the front and back covers of the Middle School Yearbook. Entries may include original photographs and collages, as well as original drawings. Winning entries will also receive a free yearbook. Non-winning entries will be featured inside. The theme this year is At IACS, true friendship comes from being yourself and accepting others.

    Entries may be submitted digitally or as a hard copy, but must fit vertically on the 8 ½ x 11 cover (the size of regular printer paper). You may submit up to three entries, include a completed cover sheet for each one. Deadline – Friday, December 7, 2018. Submit to a Yearbook Staff Member or Advisors: Peggy Stephens-North, Rupali Pakala and Jason Willoughby.

    High School News

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    IACS Runner is Division 6 Champ!

    This past Saturday was the Cross Country Divisional Championships. Congratulations to Hunter Fagan for his 1st place finish making him the first ever IACS Division 6 Champion for XC!! He will be running in the All-State meet next weekend in Westfield, MA. Katie Rozen placed 7th overall and Annalyse Talbot placed 15th. Both girls will be joining Hunter to compete in the All-State Meet and are the first girl XC runners from IACS to qualify for All-States. Good Luck on Sunday!!

    Chemistry teacher Ms. Derival and senior Carrie Brooks attended the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers conference where they co-presented on the “Sustainable Living Project”. The Sustainable Living Project is the final project in our chemistry classes. Guided by the 12 principles of green chemistry, students are able to design a safer personal care product that balances safety, cost and performance. As part of their presentation, middle school and high school science teachers from across Massachusetts were able to make their own facial/body soap scrub using green ingredients. Nice job Carrie & Ms. Derival!

    John and Abigail Adams Scholarship 2019

    November Seniors of the Month


    Yearbooks are currently for sale for $40.00. They may be purchased online at or by turning in a paper order form to the Main Office along with check or cash payment. Order forms were distributed in advisory, but extras are available from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco. It is possible to personalize the cover of the yearbook with a name or icons. If you would like to personalize the yearbook, please order it online or pick up an updated order form from Ms. Anthony or Ms. Morocco (order forms handed out previously did not have personalization information). The order deadline is March 22, 2019.

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    Senior Parents

    Families of seniors may submit senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. Please refer to these guidelines. Reach out to with any questions.

    Photos of the week

    Here is a collection of photos from our first Lecture Hall Live of the year. This featured Garage Band, a team yoga challenge, and a disgusting hot dog eating competition. Good fun was had by all!

    Video of the Week:

    Garage Band performs Fleetwood Mac at Lecture Hall Live

    IACA Bake Sale: IACA will support High School Exhibition Night, Tuesday, December 11, with baked treats available for sale. Can you help with baking? Contact Kelly Ash at if you can contribute your favorite treats.

    The SCRIPS Fundraiser is going strong. Be sure to place your orders in time for the holidays!


    IACA Swag: Look for the iaca table at the upcoming quality nights and exhibition night to get a limited edition IACA ice scraper, mug or blanket!