Week ending September 11, 2020
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Dear IACS Families,
As we prepare for the first day of school Monday, I want to extend my most profound thanks for the support our community given IACS over the past six months. This week students in all grades came to campus to connect with teachers and peers and we could all feel their energy. I also want to thank our faculty and staff who have been reinventing teaching and learning, not to mention preparing our campus and creating safety protocols. So as we get ready to launch on Monday, I’d like to reinforce three reminders:
1) At 8 am on Monday, ALL students will be expected to be logged onto computers and attending their first class of the day. Our middle school students will start off in Advisory while high school students will begin their Monday morning with “Block A” class. Please email Melissa Kapeckas (Middle School Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erik Arnold (High School Principal: email@example.com) if you have any questions about how to log into your first class Monday.
2) Families of students who have been scheduled to come to campus will be receiving a separate email tonight with specific information and instructional videos. Please be on the lookout for this email as it will contain a link to a Daily Health Screening Survey that parents and guardians must complete for their child any day they come to campus.
3) Our health office has assembled a FAQ document that we hope will be a valuable resource. As you read this document, please email the health office directly if you have any additional questions you’d like to see answered. The best email address to use is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an amazing weekend.
Head of School
School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Details regarding the school breakfast and lunch program can be found here: SY21 Welcome Letter Breakfast & Lunch Program. Please note, you must complete the enrollment survey if you would like to participate in this program. Contact Karen Drake, Director of Food Services email@example.com if you have any questions.
All School News
A reminder that the first day of school will be Monday, September 14.
Visitors to Schools
As we reopen, a reminder that we will be holding all meetings with families virtually so that we do not have anyone other than staff and students in the building to ensure spacing.
Teachers will take attendance at the start of each day and each class period both for students attending remotely and for students that are attending on campus for support with their remote work. If your student will not be attending their virtual classes for the day please notify the main office by 8am. Staff will follow up with families of students not attending classes. The main office can be reached at 978-649-0432 x0 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Messenger Opt In
IACS uses School Messenger as a way to communicate with families.
In order to make sure that you get a text message, please make sure that you have the correct phone number listed in our school database (Aspen).
The first two student “Contacts” listed in X2 must have correct phone numbers. A daily report from X2 is sent to School Messenger and those numbers are matched with our unique code. ‘
You must “Opt In” to the system. Text “Y” or “Yes” to the number: 67587. You may opt out of this system by replying “STOP” to any text sent by the school.
For Riders of the Lowell Regional Transit Authority Busses – Mandatory Notice
ALL PASSENGERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK PRIOR TO ENTERING THE BUS AND WHILE ON THE BUS.
• Nose and mouth must be completely covered
• No eating or drinking is allowed on the bus
On May 1, 2020, Governor Baker issued an order requiring everyone to wear a face covering in public – Including on Public Transportation. Passengers are responsible for having a nose & mouth covering which can range from a medical mask to a bandanna, scarf or t-shirt to a homemade or painters mask, etc.
All riders are required to exit the bus at the end of its route. Multiple or consecutive round trips are not permitted and riders who appear to be loitering on the bus will be asked to deboard.
Middle School News
Virtual Learning Kits
If you weren’t able to attend the advisory meet up this week, please arrange with the main office to pick up your student’s virtual learning kit sometime soon. Please come anytime between 8:30-4, but please avoid dismissal time between 2:45-3:15 pm. Families should call ahead and buzz the building when you arrive. Our main office staff will bring it to you outside, like curb-side pick-up!
Middle School Planners
Middle School planners were sent home in virtual learning kits. Typically, we ask families to purchase these planners at a cost of $5. You can do submit your payment using this online form: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/iacs/msplanner Thank you!
Please fill out the Chromebook user contract form if your student needs to borrow an IACS Chromebook and arrange with the main office to pick it up. Please come anytime between 8:30-4, but please avoid dismissal time between 2:45-3:15 pm. Families should call ahead and buzz the building when you arrive. Our main office staff will bring it to you outside, like curb-side pick-up!
In-Person Remote Support
For students that will be on campus for in-person for support with remote learning, we ask that students bring these materials each day in a backpack:
Computer with charger
Materials from School Supply List
Masks- wear one on a lanyard (and pack a spare)
Refillable Water bottle
Lunch (unless buying)
Beach towel (optional- for picnic style lunches!)
Independent Reading book
Students should arrive between 7:45 – 7:55 am. Please be sure that the attestation form is complete and students have a mask on as they exit the car. Students will enter one at a time and sanitize their hands on the way in.
Signing into Remote Classes, which start Monday, 9/14 at 8am
Students will need to sign in to your school Google account. User names and passwords for returning students have not changed. New students received their user names and passwords at their advisory meet-ups and they were also emailed to families today.
Please use this video to help you know how you should sign-in and where you can view your class schedule on Google Calendar.
Each day students will have advisory and four classes- Math, English/Language Arts, either Science or Social Studies Project (which rotate by semester), and one of the following Specials- Art, Music, Wellness-Challenge, Wellness-Health, Critical Thinking, or Spanish.
Students will start each day in advisory, where they will review your schedule and the academic expectations for that day. Each of the four classes will have class meeting times on Zoom or Google Meet (which will be on your Google calendar) and independent work to do outside of the class time. For more information on the remote learning expectations, click here.
Here is a sample schedule to have a sense of the flow of the day and week, but please note your classes might be in a different order. Please use student Google calendar to know the exact times for your schedule.
Be sure you use the video to ensure you see the four classes and advisory on your Google Calendar, so that you know how and when to sign on to them before the first day of school.
If you cannot get into your school Google account, please email at: email@example.com so that I can reset your account password.
If you can see your Google calendar, but a class is missing from your calendar, please email your advisor.
We’re all excited to “see” you on Monday! We’ve missed you so much!
Wednesday, September 16th- Middle School Parent Orientation from 6-7 pm. Learn more about how remote teaching and learning will work, the hybrid model, and how you can support your child this year.
This will be a virtual meeting.
Thursday, October 1st- Middle School Back to School Night from 6-8 pm. Attend this virtual meeting to meet your child’s teachers and hear about what they will be learning this year!
School Supply List
Our school supply list is on our website with our summer packets.
Students should be certain that they have completed their summer packet work. Returning students should submit through Google Classroom. New students will wait for instructions from their new teachers about how to submit.
Looking Ahead to the Hybrid Model
When we eventually move to the hybrid model, you likely are wondering which days your child will be attending. (Remember we will evaluate a possible shift to this model 4 weeks into the start of the school year).
The advisories on the left are assigned “A” days. During the hybrid model, they would attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays. The advisories on the right are assigned “B” days. During the hybrid model, they would attend in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. Please note that we took input from families over the summer to inform having siblings and carpools on the same day, and we are no longer able to make placement changes.
High School News
Welcome Video From Dr. Arnold, High School Principal – for students & families (11 minutes)
It was great seeing everyone back on campus for the advisory meetups and orientation…more importantly, I know you were all happy to see each other. Thank you to Ms. Kelly, Crystal, Becca, and all of the advisory coordinators, advisors, and teachers for making these gatherings happen, and happen safely. Most students picked up class materials and we will announce another date soon for a future pick-up day.
All About Your Schedule Video! – for students & families (20 minutes)
Most requests that students have requested have been addressed to the best of our ability. We will continue working on them over the weekend. Some changes are still being made for students if, for example, they were placed in the wrong level of Spanish. Students will have up until September 18th to request changes.
For those students that will be taking an Edgenuity class: Eventually, the study hall on your schedule will be replaced with the Edgenuity course name and the study hall will not show up on your transcript.
Thanks to an initiative by MIT & IBM, some IACS students that are in Calculus will be taking an exciting new online course. Quantum computing is a new kind of computing that can solve problems that current computers cannot. Quantum computers leverage the phenomena of quantum physics to increase computing power exponentially. It is at the intersection of math, computer science, engineering and physics with applications in nearly every field, including biology, medicine, economics, automobile manufacturing, material sciences, and cyber security. Our brave students that decide to take this course will be part of the first ever cohort to take a year-long quantum course for high school students. Students are usually not exposed to this content until graduate school and they will get to learn from some of the top researchers in the field from MIT and Oxford.
Check your Email!
Students should check their email for Google Classroom Invites and Instructions from their teachers. Google Classroom will have links to each class.
Here is the Bell Schedule to help you stay on time to each class.
Please opt in to school messenger to receive text updates from the school. Directions are at the beginning of this newsletter under ALL School News.
Academic Planners Available
We have planners for sale for $3. Reach out to Crystal McKiel to arrange a pickup time.
If you need to request a Chromebook please complete this online Chromebook user contract form. We will contact you when it is available for pickup.
Students needing a work permit need to fill out this work application. Your employer might give you a copy at your interview. Once completed, email a copy to Crystal McKiel, firstname.lastname@example.org or Steph Kelly, email@example.com. MS students should email Mr. Pereyra, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will issue a work permit to you. While we do work over the Summer there are reduced hours so please allow us 3 business days to process your permit. Employers fill out and sign the first page, and parents and students must also sign the second page (pediatricians must sign the second page for students who are 14 or 15 years old).
IACS Performing Arts is excited to produce the play “The Monologue Show” this October! If you would like to take part or would like more information please email email@example.com by September 6. Roles are open to students in grades 6 through 12.
Update by sport as of 9/11 – based on league decisions.
All of this information is subject to change. Please see below for further information.
For HS, fall I will run 9/18-11/20, fall II will run 2/22-4/25. All athletic offerings will follow the MIAA sport-specific guidelines:
HS Soccer – The CAC voted this week to approve a league competitive fall I season
HS XC – CAC has approved a competitive fall I season
HS Volleyball – CAC has voted to move competitive volleyball to fall II. IACS will offer an intramural volleyball option during fall I
MS Soccer – EAA is still discussing the possibility of a competitive fall season. No final decisions have been made, but the league is leaning towards cancelling the fall competitive season. If there is no competitive fall season, IACS will offer intramurals
MS XC – EAA has conditionally approved a competitive fall season, pending number of interested league participants
MS Volleyball – EAA is looking to move competitive volleyball to 2021. IACS will offer intramurals during the fall season
REGISTRATION LINKS – please be sure to register as soon as possible so that we can use the information to create practice schedules:
Click here to register for high school sports
Click here to register for middle school sports