The Hawk: November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018 10:00 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending November 21st

Dear IACS Community,

The following quote makes me think of the all of the "charming gardeners" among us- especially parents and teachers in our community.

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May your Thanksgiving provide everyone with extra time to catch up with friends and family.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

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All School News

Measles Advisory

While no one at IACS has the measles, here is a flyer from the Lowell Health Department regarding two confirmed cases in the Greater Lowell Area.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off our Annual Giving Campaign with us on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart. This Giving Tuesday, help us create a path to increased wellness. By joining the movement, you’ll be helping us create a campus trail with fitness and wellness stations for the benefit of our students, staff, families, and our entire community.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and stay tuned for more details!

Can’t wait till Tuesday? Donate today.

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

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. IACA will have some supplies on sale during the Quality Night prep time as a convenience for students and families. See prices here.

  • 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.

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    High School News

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    IACS Runners Perform Well at All-State Meet

    Congratulations to Hunter, Katie & Annalyse for their performances at the All-State meet yesterday. A very snowy course made it difficult to race but all three pushed through well. Hunter finished 13th overall becoming the first IACS runner ever to medal at the All-State meet. Thanks for a great close to an amazing season!

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    MAST 2018

    John and Abigail Adams Scholarship 2019


    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.

    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.

    Video of the Week

    Garage Band performs Fleetwood Mac at Lecture Hall Live

    HS Photo of the Week

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    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!