The Hawk: October 25, 2019

October 24, 2019 6:48 pm


Week ending October 25th

October 25, 2019

Dear IACS Community-

In collaboration with Middlesex Community College (MCC) in the fall of 2016, we started to offer Dual Enrollment courses in various subjects right here on our own campus and with our own teachers. Dual Enrollment is an early-college program that allows high school students to take introductory college level classes where they can earn both high school and college credit at the same time. The program is promoted by the state for two main reasons: (1) it makes rigorous coursework available to more students, and (2) it helps to make college more affordable since students have the option of earning college credit at a significantly reduced cost per credit ($276 for a 3 credit class). The credits are guaranteed to be accepted at any public Massachusetts college or university. Private colleges and colleges in other states often accept them as transfer credit, but since they all make their own decisions on what credits will transfer there is not the same guarantee that exists within the Massachusetts public higher education system. This semester we have 83 students taking 127 classes for college credit. To give you an idea of how Dual Enrollment makes college more affordable, if all of these students went to UMASS Amherst, the collective savings for our students this semester alone would be over $100,000. Next semester, our students are taking another 78 classes for college credit. Our students also benefit by having access to MCC tutors. MCC has an especially strong Writing Center where students can submit a paper and they can get feedback on their writing before they actually turn it in to their IACS teacher. Given the benefits to students and families, we look forward to continuing with this program in the future.


Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

High School Principal

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For up to date details, please use this link to the school calendar on our website.

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Information about the Nutrition Program here & links to the online cafe payments.

All School News

Career Development at IACS

November is National Career Development Month. We are looking for professional willing to speak with small groups of students. Participation would involve sharing out informally about their work and be willing to answer questions from students over a span of 30 minutes. In particular, we are looking to invite those who may have careers in the trades, art or music, or other paths that might not be as "traditional" as the ones our students are familiar with. Dates and times are flexible, though we are hoping to schedule meetings beginning Tuesday, November 12th. If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out to either Jill Deknatel ( or Shannon Morocco (

Multicultural Potluck (Volunteers to Bring a Dish Needed!):

Student Government will be hosting a Multicultural Potluck at Exhibition Night on January 9th, 2020. The goal of this event to bring the community together in a fun and delicious way! We are looking for volunteers to bring a dish to share. If you are interested in bringing a dish, please fill out the attached form by December 10th!

Tuesday is the day – Are you ready for Pumpkin Run?

There will be a 3K trail race – register here,

Trunk or Treat event – register your car here

Kids games, Food, Music, and lots of fun!

Click here for more general information on the whole event.

Want to help? or bake goodies for the event? or have ?’s

Email See you there!

Middle School News

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Sixth grade Art students visited the pond on campus as they learn about photography.

Community Meeting Notes

All grades recently discussed fire safety at community meeting as part of Fire Prevention Month– ask your child what they learned!

7th/8th grade Book Club

Come join our book club. We’ll talk about about our favorite books and someday books. If you are interested, talk to Emily Hanlon (not all the other Emily’s) to sign-up. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 29th, during Lunch/Recess in Room 409. Bring your lunch and your favorite book to share.

Community Service

All students at IACS participate in community service projects and at the middle school, we’ll be launching our projects shortly. Fifth and sixth graders have designated time in the schedule on October 29 for these projects and seventh and eighth graders will on November 1. We have many community partners we work with, including visiting local nursing homes, homeless shelters and food pantries, and raking for elderly residents through the Tyngsborough Council on Aging. Ask your child what their advisory has planned and look for a permission slip if your child will be off-campus!

MS Halloween Dances

The 5/6 Halloween Dance is tonight! Wear your costume for more fun!

$5 to enter with pizza and snacks for sale Grades 5 and 6 on Friday, October 25 7-9 pm

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Eighth graders prepared a riff to teach classmates on the glockenspiel in music class.

High School News

IACS welcomes visitors from Indonesia

Members of Wadah, an international foundation based out of Jakarta, stopped by IACS for two days this week to learn more about our educational model. The guests from Wadah were primarily in the United States to give a presentation at the United Nations in New York. The Wadah Foundation is focused on improving education, public health, and economic development. They enjoyed visiting classrooms and speaking with our students and educators.

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Picture Re-Take Day

Tuesday, October 29th will be Picture Re-take Day for the High School. All students that were absent or missed picture day should plan to have their photo’s taken on Tuesday. No purchase is required.

Students having their pictures re-taken MUST give their photo package back to the photographer.

Endersession Information Sessions

  • Spain – Meeting on 10/28 at 5:30 for students and parents
  • Interested in an Endersession Trip to Spain? Ms. Pietsch & Ms. Suon have planned an Endersession trip to Spain and you can see the itinerary for the trip HERE. A representative from Hart Travel company will be here on Monday October 28 at 5:30PM in room 145 for an informational session for students and parents that would like to learn more about this possibility. There will be a Q&A after the presentation. If you have any questions about the meeting, please email

  • Greece – Ms. Talbot is planning an Endersession trip Greece. An informational meeting for
  • students and parents with a representative from Around the World Travel is scheduled for Monday November 4th at 7pm.

  • Ireland – Main Sites and Back Roads
  • Are you interested in international travel for the 2020 endersession? Are you interested in a trip combining culture, history, nature, and music? If so, Mr. Johnson and Ms. Theep have planned an endersession to the Emerald Isle exploring the cities of Dublin and Galway, Counties Laois, Cork, Clare, and Inish Mor, Aran Islands.

    On Thursday, November 7th, we will be holding an informational session, IRELAND: Main Sites and Back Roads, at 3:15p in Room 145, for students and parents. This is not a mandatory meeting. If you have any questions, please contact

    Poetry Slam!

    The IACS Slam Poetry team will be competing this Friday in the FreeVerse! Teen Team Slam at Coffee & Cotton in Lowell. Come cheer on Alex Asamoah, Kenzie Hebert, Rhoda Kaddu, Theresa Monica Namulondo, & Nickeyla Samuel!

    Coffee & Cotton – Mill No. 5 – 250 Jackson Street – Lowell Tonight October 25th @ 7:30 pm

    Coast Sweep Volunteer Opportunity!

    The National Honor Society has a volunteer opportunity for anyone interested in joining – The North Shore Public Coast Sweep at Salem South River & Neighboring Parks Sunday, November 3rd from 10am – 12pm! Kids are also welcome to come and help out! Please email if you’re interested.

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    A beautiful day for our Wellness in the Wilderness class to kayak on the Nashua River in Groton!

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    Drama News

    Tickets are on sale for our productions of BRING IT ON and So You Want to Be A Cheerleader!

    Please get all your tickets here:

    For ticket purchase instructions and a great synopsis of these great shows by clicking here.

    Performances are November 14 and 15 at 7pm and November 16 at 2pm and 7pm. Keep an eye on!

    Email IACS Drama if you have questions! We are so excited to fill this auditorium!!!

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    Les Miserables!

    High School and Middle School: Mark Your Calendars for auditions for the enthralling musical LES MISERABLES! Auditions will take place on November 21 – 3:00-5:00. Join us for the fun and excitement!


    MS Winter Sports Registration Now Open!

    Please find the MS winter registration packet here. We are offering the following sports to MS students this winter: basketball, cheerleading, archery, and indoor track & field. Information about teams offered, schedules, coaches, and instructions to register can all be found in the registration packet. Email the Athletic Department at with any questions or concerns.

    Registration information for HS winter sports will be released in the next few weeks, please keep an eye out.

    Gratitude Corner

    IACS is incredibly grateful to Bill Rozen of Yankee Timing!

    For the past few years we’ve been lucky enough to have Bill Rozen generously donate his chip timing services to our Pumpkin Run. Having this type of timing elevates our race to a level we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. This Tuesday when you cross the finish line and immediately get an email with your time, you’ll have Bill Rozen and Yankee timing to thank!

    IACA News

    IACA is looking forward to seeing lots of 5th and 6th grade students at the dance tonight (10/25) at 7pm. Don’t forget your costumes!