The Hawk: October 5, 2018

October 4, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending October 5th

Dear IACS Community,

Last year our Annual Giving Campaign helped support the restoration of our historic front staircase. This summer project required painstaking attention to detail- from repointing the original brickwork on Murdoch Hall to removing, labeling, and reinstalling stone on the front wall of the stairs. (You can see stones individually numbered in the pictures below.) The project is heading to its final stages as the custom bannisters fabricated off site will be installed in the coming weeks. I’d like to thank all of the IACS families who helped support last year’s annual campaign.

As we prepare to wrap up this construction, we will soon be launching our 2018-2019 Annual Giving Campaign. These funds help IACS address a variety of short- and long-term needs that are critical for our school’s success. Please stay tuned to updates about this year’s campaign in the coming weeks.

Enjoy the long weekend!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Important Dates

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All School News

Growing Up in the Digital Age: A Film Screening & Panel Discussion

The Central Catholic High School Administration is hosting two special screenings of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary that explores the impact of screens and technology and how we can empower students to navigate the digital world. This valuable program will promote awareness, understanding, and dialogue around the important issue of screen use. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

You are invited to attend the screenings on:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6:00 PM.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:00 PM. – En español

  • The screening is recommended for ages 10+

    Click here for more information and to register to attend.

    2nd Annual Pumpkin Run – 3K Trail race and Celebration

    Please join us on Thursday, Oct 25th for an afternoon of fun. There will be a trail race (register here ) music, games, HS Girls Varsity soccer game, awards ceremony, food, and Trunk or Treat for more information go to the Pumpkin Run page on the school website.

    Questions? – Contact Heather Landis

    The planning for the 2019 Costa Rica April 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. We are having an informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, October 9th at 6 PM in the Auditorium.

    If you are at all interested please come to this meeting. The itinerary and all other details will be presented. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to apply what they have been learning in the classroom. Our spots filled up quickly last year. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    IACS School Nutrition Program:

    The breakfast and lunch program is off to a great start with a significant increase in participation over this time last year! Thank you for participating in the School Nutrition Program! If you would like more information about this program, please contact Karen Drake,

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    Theatre News

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    Tickets just became available for the IACS production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Join us for this beautiful show! IACS students may use the code "Student" for $10 student tickets, available through October 15. You can get your tickets here!

    Middle School News

    Walkathon – Middle School students will be participating in a walkathon on 10/22 or 10/23 during advisory as a fundraiser for the school. Awards and prizes will be given to the top 3 individual fundraisers as well as the top advisory for each team (as well as a prize for the advisory that shows the most school spirit). Students may use either a paper form or online fundraising page to collect donations until October 22nd. Proceeds from this event will go toward updating our campus trails to increase walkability, while adding fitness and mindfulness stations to improve wellness and balance. For more information go to the Pumpkin Run page on our website or contact Heather Landis

    Thank you to all of the families that chaperoned this week’s field trips to the Boston Tea Party Museum, canoeing and nature study with the Nashua River Watershed Association, and Parlee Farms!

    Winter Athletics Registration: It is time again for winter sports. This year, we are offering the following sports for middle school students: basketball, cheer, archery and high school indoor track (7/8 only). Please find the registration packet here. This packet includes specific team offerings, practice times/locations and the steps to register. All middle school athletic registration paperwork is due October 29th. Please do not hesitate to contact the Athletic Department at with any questions or concerns.

    Carwash: The Destramp 5th and 6th grade advisory will be holding a car wash to raise money for those affected by the gas explosions last month in Lawrence and Andover. The car wash will be on Wednesday, October 17 from 1-3pm in the lower middle school parking lot. The price will be $5 for a wash, plus $2 for a vacuum package, with a $2 discount available to IACS teachers. Come get your cars washed and support a great cause!

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    High School News

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    Seniors of the Month for October

    Student Health 101- our online Wellness Magazine

    The September issue of Student Health 101 and Student Advocate, our online, wellness magazine is in full swing and it’s full of some wonderful articles! Whether you’re looking for advice on how to best educate your kids on the importance of sleep or how to best encourage them to practice consent and self empowerment, there are articles of interest for everyone! Be sure to download the app onto your smartphone, and stay tuned for upcoming articles! And don’t forget to enter the raffle to win $100!

    Italy Endersession Information Meeting for Parents & Students

    Rome. Florence. and Venice. Colosseum. Gladiator School. Interested? From June 9th – June 17th, 2019, a group of students and staff are headed to Italy and we want you to join us! Come to the Italy Endersession Information Session on Tuesday, Oct. 16th at 5:30pm in room 242. Hart Travels will be there to present the program itinerary, cost, and other travel details. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with students! Contact Ms. Anno ( or Ms. Derival ( if you have any questions before then.

    Driver’s Ed

    Classes begin this coming Wednesday! Future Driver’s of America will again be holding classes at our IACS campus on Wednesday afternoons. Register at The schedule of classes can be found here.


    Students driving themselves to school will need to apply for a parking permit. Forms are available outside of Ms. Kelly’s office or by following this link. Please make sure you complete all parts and bring the copies of required documents before turning them into the main office.

    Family Portals

    Family Portal log-in information for our X2 Aspen database has been emailed out to all new families. The database allows students and families to access information about attendance along with current progress in each class. We also will post progress reports and report cards to x2 starting with our first progress report on or around October 16th. An email will be sent when the progress reports are ready to be viewed. Please ensure that you can log-in to your account. If you have any difficulty accessing your account, please reach out to the main office or Crystal McKiel.

    Student ID’s, Planners & Bus Passes

    Student ID’s arrived this week, just in time for SAT & PSAT testing. The picture packages should be arriving next week. Students can purchase an ID for $5.

    Planners are a great way to keep all of the project deadlines organized. We offer an inexpensive version for $3.

    Students needing a bus ticket, we now have one-ride tickets at school that they can purchase. Having a ticket will make sure that you don’t get charged the higher $1.85 rate.

    Students should speak with Crystal in room 230.

    Senior Pictures

    Seniors have the option of submitting senior portraits taken outside of school. If students don’t take senior portraits outside of school, we will use the portrait taken on School Photo Day. If students want to send in senior portraits from a different photographer, they can send them to The senior portraits should be 300 ppi or be able to fit a 3”x5” orientation. They should be vertical so that we don’t need to crop them. It should be a posed portrait in which your face is clear. We will be sharing more information about all things yearbook-related (including sales, other things that need to be submitted, and important deadlines) in the coming weeks.

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    Congratulations to the Schrader advisory ( MS) and the Wetmore advisory ( HS) for submitting the most BoxTops in our Fall contest!Each advisory has won a pizza party!

    Our next contest will be a STUDENT winning contest with a $25 gift certificate for ITunes, Barnes and Noble, or movie passes. Keep on clipping, everyone! Boxtops should be submitted in bags/envelopes of 50 with the student and advisory name. Thank you!

    Bakers Needed for Pumpkin Run

    Kelly, our volunteer coordinator is looking for bakers to make Apple Crisp and/or Pumpkin moons (whoopie pies) to sell at our Pumpkin Run event. Don’t have time to bake but still want to help? We could use donations of candy for the Trunk or Treat event, (just in case folks run out) Please email me with questions or if you’d like to donate candy. Thank you – Kelly Ash

    VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Hop on over to our website to meet IACA’s new Vice President, Jessica Francisco, and her family!

    LOCATION CHANGE: The October 10th meeting of IACA will be held in Room 145, due to a schedule conflict with the library. A reminder notice will be posted when you arrive. Thanks!

    LET’S DANCE!: Our 5/6 and 7/8 Halloween socials will be here before you know it, and we would love some volunteers! Chaperones and parents who can donate packaged snacks would be a big help! Can you make it on October 12 (7/8) or October 19 (5/6)? Contact

    DINING FOR IACA: October’s delicious destination is Owen and Ollie’s in Dracut. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 9th and bring the attached flyer for a portion of your meal proceeds to be donated to our school!

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