The Hawk: November 2, 2018

November 1, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending November 2nd

"They watch us all the time. The student, that is. The listen to us, sometimes. They learn from all that watching and listening…We insist that they become thoughtful, informed citizens. We must – for their benefit and ours – model such citizenship." – from The Students Are Watching, by Theodore and Nancy Sizer

Dear IACS Community,

As educators or parents (or both) we hope that our students develop a mindset that they can make a difference in their communities. Next Tuesday (November 6th), we adults- and some of our oldest students- have the ability to model what it means to make a difference by voting.

Of course the homework we do before voting means learning more about candidates and issues. Sorting through the overflow of information (and misinformation) is a 21st century skill that is more important than ever for our students to learn. I don’t know about you, but I still have to read the fine print 3-4 times to really understand what a "Yes" or "No" vote means on a referendum question and am better for it.

In addition to modeling the act of voting, I also hope you and your students find time to talk about the homework we put into being an active citizen and perhaps why you made your decisions next Tuesday. And while the students might not listen to everything you say, they will certainly be watching- and learning.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

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All School News

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

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Please join us! Tickets may be purchased by following this link:

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Middle School News

HS Enrollment Open House– Calling Families of 7th and 8th graders

On Sunday, 11/4 from 1-3 pm, we’ll be hosting an open house to learn more about our high school program. This is a great opportunity for current 7th and 8th graders and their families to learn more about our high school program.

MS Photos

School Pictures were handed out to students this week. Parents that ordered a digital sharing file (and no prints) will be emailed directly to the address you provided on the order form. Students who were absent or would like to have their photo re-taken will be able to on Thursday, November 15th. For re-takes please make sure to bring all of the pictures back in the photo envelope.

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Advisory Service Projects

All middle school advisories were involved with community service projects this week. On-campus groups made cards for veterans, organized boxes of cheer for children in the hospital, and made toys and treats for animals in shelters. Off-campus groups traveled to local nursing homes to visit residents, work at local food pantries, and do outdoor cleanup projects at our town beach to name a few. Service work through our advisory program is one way that we teach students about community membership. We got rave reviews from all of the organizations about our students’ and their dedication to their projects. We’ll showcase photos from the projects in the upcoming weeks.

7th/8th Grade Sargent Center Permission Slips and Upcoming Parent Night

An information packet about our upcoming 7th/8th grade overnight trip to the Sargent Center was shared with students this week. Please return the permission slip, health form and fee by Friday, 11/16. Larry Chambers, the Sargent Center, will be coming to school on Wednesday, 11/14 for a student assembly during the school day. He will also be present for a Sargent Center Q & A with families on Wednesday, 11/14 at 7 pm. For a copy of the information packet, please go to:

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High School News

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Picture Day

Students who were absent or would like to have their photo re-taken will be able to on Thursday, November 15th. For re-takes please make sure to bring all of the pictures back in the photo envelope.

IACS eSports Team plays 1st Match

Coached by our IT guru, Nick Troy, the IACS eSports team played its first two matches on Tuesday. The new eSports League in Massachusetts consists of 34 Teams in 21 different schools (schools can have more than one team). The game all teams are playing this season is called League of Legends and it looks like the spring season will feature a different game. When Ms. Destramp has some time away from middle school band practices, she is able to provide some coaching as well since she is an expert at League of Legends. The following students are members of the eSports Team: Andrew Bui, Gustavo Carreti, Eli Donoghue, Connor McNamara, Carlos Ramirez, Angelo Theokas, Paul Torres, and Manny Andrade. On Tuesday, IACS lost to Mahar Regional High School in the first match, but then beat Blue Hills Regional Technical High School in their second match. Good Luck this Season!


Order forms for the high school yearbook were distributed in advisory this week. Yearbooks are $40.00 this year, and must be purchased by March 22, 2019. Paper order forms may be turned in (with cash or check) to the Main Office.

Yearbooks may be personalized with student’s name and icons for an additional cost. If you would like to personalize your child’s yearbook, please order online at

If you have photos from school events that you would like to see in the yearbook, please submit them to

Countdown to Exhibition Night!

Members of Concert Choir & Chorale had a combined rehearsal last week in preparation for Exhibition Night on Tuesday December 11th!

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High School Photos of the Week

MEADOW FARMS PICK UP DATE: If you ordered from the Meadow Farms fundraiser, you can plan to pick up your pies on Thursday, November 8 at 3 p.m. Please be advised that you must pick up your orders; they will not be held for you after this pickup window.

DINING FOR IACA: Don’t forget, our next Dining for IACA is on a Wednesday, November 7, (not Tuesday). Are you coming to the Tavern in Lowell? See our FB Event page to RSVP and get a group going.

ENGAGE WITH US! Check out our parade of Halloween costumes and post your family’s on FB!

SCRIPS IS HERE! That handy gift card fundraiser is back just in time to order for the holidays. Check out the attached flyer for complete instructions and happy selling!