The Hawk: October 13, 2017

October 12, 2017 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending October 13, 2017

Dear IACS Families:

Advisory is an important component of our school program. This year we have designated 5-12 priorities in order to provide a consistent and meaningful advisory experience across all grade levels. These are:

  1. Build meaningful and positive relationships with students.

  2. Foster a reflective culture around school climate as well as academic and personal growth.

In conjunction with these priorities, we have set school-wide themes to help integrate social-emotional learning more formally into our curriculum. These themes are:

September/October: Connectivity- Team and relationship building

November/December: Gratitude- Positivity and appreciation

January-March: Balance- Self-awareness and restoration

April-May: Compassion- Empathy and kindness

June: Resilience- Celebration and transition

We are excited to bring this work into advisories. Additionally, all advisories participate in at least one community service project each year. Coming at the end of October, all middle school advisories will be engaged in their fall service project, with follow-up scheduled for February. We look forward to sharing the results of these projects with you soon!


Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal

Important Dates

Oct 14 PSAT Test 8:00 – 11:30 am

Oct 16 Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Oct 18 Early Release Wednesday

Oct 20 Fall Festival

Oct 24 Costa Rica Info meeting for parents & students (Grade 8 & 9) 6-7 pm

Oct 25 Early Release Wednesday

Oct 25 Financial Aid Night for Seniors and Parents 7:00 -9:00pm

Oct 26 Pumpkin’ Run 3K trail race w/ Spooky Surprises 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Oct 27 MS 5th & 6th Halloween Social

Oct 28 MS 7th & 8th Halloween Social

All School News

High School Open House: It’s that time of year again. The high school will be hosting its first Open House of the year on Sunday, November 5th, from 1 pm – 3pm.

Please keep in mind two points:

  • Students and families who currently attend our middle school are certainly welcome and will definitely learn new information about ways in which our high school program differs from our middle school.

  • Word of mouth is key! While we advertise in several area newspapers, please share this events with friends and neighbors who are looking for an outstanding option for high school.

  • Costa Rica – 8th & 9th grade families

    The planning for the Costa Rica Trip April Vacation 2018 trip has begun!

    This immersion trip is open to 8th and 9th graders who have been in the Spanish program for at least two years, or are in a level 2 high school class. We are having an informational meeting for parents and students next Tuesday, October 24th 6pm – 7pm in the auditorium. If you are at all interested, please come to this meeting. The itinerary and all other details will be presented at the meeting. Our spots filled up quickly last year.

    If you are interested but can’t come or have any questions, please contact Estela Schmalz at or Gale Stafford at

    IACS School Nutrition Program: The October Breakfast and Lunch Menu is posted here. To add funds to an existing account go to our website: IACS School Nutrition Program. We also accept cash and checks at the register as well. Contact Karen Drake if you are interested in volunteering in the kitchen or if have any questions about the School Nutrition Program.

    Pumpkin Run: Are you a Cornhole Champion?

    Do you have what it takes to be the IACS Cornhole Champion? Grab a friend & start practicing, Teams of two will compete tournament style at Pumpkin Run on Oct 26th.

    Register today!

    Questions? ask Heather:

    Athletics News

    Winter Athletics season is right around the corner. Sign up using this link Middle School Winter 17-18 Registration Paperwork. All paperwork is due on October 25, 2017 to the Main Office. Be sure to complete your NFHS concussion certificates if they were not already done for the fall season (and hand in hard copies!). Hard copies of registration paperwork can be picked up at the Main Office.

    High School winter sports registration FamilyID registration link with instructions will be emailed next week.

    BASEBALL: This spring, we are hopeful that we will be able to offer a high school baseball team. In order to gauge the feasibility of this, we are asking athletes to sign up now. Once we get an idea of the amount of interest, we will be able to determine if we are able to offer the team at all, where and when the team will practice, and who will coach the team. At this point, we do know that if the team is offered, there will be practices held 4 or 5 days per week. If you are interested in joining the high school baseball team, please complete FamilyID (the page can be found here) by November 10th. We do not need payment for baseball or any other paperwork until the spring season, just FamilyID. We are asking that only players who are seriously committed to potentially joining the baseball team sign up.

    If you have any questions about the registration process, please do not hesitate to email the Athletic Department at We are happy to help!

    Theatre News


    Auditions are happening on Tuesday, October 17, 3pm-5pm to go to BROADWAY TO PERFORM THE MUSICAL CHILDREN OF EDEN! (Rated PG.) If you would like to join us in performing on Broadway, Students, parents, staff, as well as any members of the community are welcome to audition for this beautiful musical. We will perform in NYC on December 12. All you need is an audition agreement form, available at the main office. No experience necessary! (Please note: Typical School of Rock Rehearsal will not be held that day.) Children of Eden video clip

    School of Rock! Nov 16, 17, and 18: (Rated PG.)

    Don’t have tickets? Don’t worry! Tickets are on sale now…BUT…if you order 5 or more tickets in the month of October, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a GUITAR LESSON STARTER SERIES at Music Academy of Chelmsford!

    That’s eight weeks of guitar lessons for FREE! Tell your family and friends!

    Ticket order form here!

    Middle School News

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    Join the Middle School Robotics Club! Students will have the opportunity to build and program robots using Lego Mindstorms equipment. In order to involve as many students as possible, we’ll cap enrollment at 12 students, but run sessions of 6 weeks. The first session will run on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 Club in room 241 of the high school on 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21, and 11/28. Robotics will not meet on Tuesday, 10/31. Please sign up your child by emailing instructor Andy Morrison at with robotics in the subject-line. Sign-ups will be first-come, first-served with a second six-week session starting in December to get as many students involved as possible.

    MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council:

    The MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council will meet five mornings this year from 7:45-8:30 am. This year the council will be meeting on 10/17, 11/30, 1/11, 3/1, and 4/26. Parents that join the group are asked to commit to the council for one year. The purpose of the council is to assist in developing short and long-term goals for the school and to provide input and feedback. Any parent that is interested in joining should email MS Principal Melissa Kapeckas at by October 13th.

    Extracurriculars Reminder:

    Band, chorus, art, fall athletics, Dungeons & Dragons, The Scribbler Literary Magazine and drama have begun. For more information, click here

    High School News

    Upcoming Dates

    10/20 Fall Fest

    10/26 Pumpkin Run

    10/27 Honors Drop Deadline

    Progress Reports

    Grades close today for the first round of progress reports. They will be published on Tuesday, October 17th.

    Spirit Week – October 16-20 is spirit week at the high school. Please make sure that all outfits still comply with the dress code and are culturally sensitive.

    Monday- Pajama Day

    Tuesday- Celebrity Day

    Wednesday- Decades Day

    Thursday- Twin Day

    Friday- Class Colors for the Fall Festival

    High School Yearbook Information

    High school yearbooks are now on sale! Yearbook order forms were handed out during Advisory this week, and extras are available outside of Mrs. Kelly’s office. The early bird deadline to purchase a yearbook for $30 is December 22. After December 22, the price will go up from to $35. Order forms can be turned in at the main office. Orders can also be placed online at

    Families of Seniors: Please read the email that was sent out last week for information on senior portraits, baby photos, and parent pages. They should be sent to by January 5, 2018.

    Meditation Choice Block

    A guest instructor in Tai Chi, James Norman, taught a class for the Meditation students today with Ms. Derival. See the time-lapse video .

    Prescription Drug Abuse Presentation

    All advisories will attend a presentation on Thursday about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. CVS Pharmacy is sending one of their pharmacists from the area to give the presentation on this important topic.

    Community Service

    The afternoon of Wednesday, October 11th, was used by many grade 9 and 10 advisories as an opportunity to participate in various community service projects. At least once this year, every advisory will perform community service and we always gain a lot from the experience.

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    Instrumental Musicians see the Charlie Hunter Trio at Salem State University

    School photos have arrived and were sent home with students this week. Re-take day is Tuesday, November 7th. If you will be having your photo re-taken you will need to bring in the original photo’s to hand back to the photographer on November 7th. Student ID’s have not arrived yet but we expect them within the next week.

    Seniors of the Month Congratulations to seniors Madison Lima and Araceli Schmalz…

    IACA News

    DINING FOR A CAUSE: THANK YOU to everyone who came out for food, fun, and friendship! Congratulations to the Long family, winners of our beautiful seasonal apple basket. See you on November 14 at Owen and Ollies in Dracut, and December 12 at the 99’s in Tewksbury!

    RAFFLE BASKETS/DINING FOR A CAUSE: We would love to offer some fun raffle items on our dining out nights! If you are interested in donating a raffle basket for any one of our 9 dinner nights, please contact Bernadette Baird at Thanks!

    YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER: Yankee Candle paper catalog sales ended this week on Friday, October 13. If you have questions regarding online sales, contact Annette Famolare at or Bernadette Baird at

    SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT: Email with your nominations for our next featured volunteer!