The Hawk: September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020 3:23 pm


Week ending September 4, 2020

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Dear Families,

As part of our return to school plan, keeping open channels of communication with our families is a high priority. We care about you and your family’s health. We have been and are still working with our state, local and federal partners to give you the best information we have so that you can make the best decisions for your family.

As we prepare for return to school, I want to remind families of the following:

  1. Masks must be worn by all students and staff members. Masks must fit over the mouth and nose and be secured under the chin. Neck gaiters and bandanas, do not meet these criteria and thus are not appropriate for use in school. Masks with vents are also not allowed. Fabric masks will be made available to students whose mask does not meet the above criteria or if their mask should become soiled during the day.

This video from the World Health Organization is a great way to remind your student how to properly wear and take off their masks.

How Wear and Remove a Mask Safely video-WHO

We will be removing masks for mask breaks and for meals. During these times it is recommended that each student have a clean place to store their mask. Using a lanyard is a popular option with some families or using a small labelled plastic bag or container can also work. Please add these to your student’s supply list!

  1. Consistent and thorough hand hygiene is a critical part of stopping the spread of COVID-19. Although hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building and in classrooms, we recommend that your student bring in their own (unscented) hand sanitizer, (please make sure that it is at least 60% alcohol). Due to the increase in handwashing you might want to add a small bottle of moisturizing lotion to their supply list also!

This video is a greater visual reminder of why twenty seconds of handwashing is the gold standard.

Handwashing videogreat visual cues -WHO

  1. Demonstration of completion of an illness symptom checklist will be required by all staff and students upon entry into the schools in the morning. More details on the format will be coming, but you may want to start to think about how your family will incorporate the completion of this checklist as part of your morning routine.

  1. Per Department of Education and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines, any student that presents in school with any COVID-like symptom, will be dismissed from school and must be tested before their return. Please start planning now for being able to pick your child up from school within thirty minutes of illness onset.

  1. In addition, DESE has set very specific guidelines as to how long students with COVID symptoms, identified close contacts or students with a positive COVID test will need to remain out of school. Establishing contingency plans now for having your child home for up to 14 days should be part of your back to school planning.

As we prepare to develop a Health and Safety FAQ’s for families, your input is requested. The following, one question survey , will help guide the content to best serve you and your family.

In the meantime, if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at


Gayle Nutile-Pimm

Director of Health and Wellness



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All School News

When does school start? Our first day of school is Monday, September 14th. at 8am. Students will begin their classes remotely that Monday morning unless they have been contacted by IACS Students Services regarding in-person support.


For Riders of the Lowell Regional Transit Authority Busses

Mandatory Notice

Starting Wednesday May 6, 2020

• 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.

Click Here for a downloadable pdf of this notice

Library books

Please take a look around and return any library books or ELA class books you may have borrowed last spring to campus during the advisory meetups.

Chromebook Lending

Does your student need to borrow a Chromebook from IACS for the 2020-2021 school year?

Please fill out this online form so that we can get them ready for students.


Middle School News

MS Advisory Meet Ups:

5th grade: Tuesday 9/8 6-7 pm

6th-8th grade: Please watch your email tonight or tomorrow for a letter from Mr Pereyra to find out your student’s advisor and the night of your advisory meetup.

Each advisory will be scheduled for a 1 hour outdoor, distanced social gathering to meet the students in their advisory and their advisor. This is also a time to pick up any books/chromebooks/supplies that teachers have for students.

Planners will be distributed by advisors during Advisory meetups.

Chromebook Pickup – Chromebooks will be available to be picked up during advisory meet up times. Please fill out the Chromebook user contract form if your student needs to borrow an IACS Chromebook

Monday, September 14th – First day of school! Remote classes begin at 8am. You will receive a digital mailing with advisory information and information and how to access classes during the week prior.

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. You can find the 5th/6th grade list here or the 7th/8th grade list here. Information about summer packets is here.


High School News

Welcome Video From Dr. Arnold, High School Principal – for students & families (11 minutes)

All About Your Schedule Video! – for students & families (20 minutes)


Look for an email from Dr. Arnold today. Information on how to make change requests will be provided. Schedules will be available in Aspen. Need help accessing Aspen? Reach out to Crystal McKiel,, 978-649-0432 x2004

Upcoming Events:

We will be hosting New Student Orientation and Advisory Meet-Ups over multiple days to reduce the amount of students on campus. See below for the specifics and check email for full details.

New Student Orientation 2020

Students new to the High School will have a chance to meet their teachers and some of their classmates. Google Email and Aspen Accounts will be given out and Student ID pictures will be taken. Here is an order form if you would like to order school photos. Watch for an email with more specifics regarding Red House and Blue House. Check-in will be by the Middle School Parking lot. Please follow signs and remember to wear a mask when you are on campus

Red House Grades 9

  • Wednesday, September 9th, 9 AM – 12 PM

Blue House Grades 9 and New Grade 10

  • Thursday, September 10th, 9 AM – 12 PM

Returning Students are invited to pick up virtual learning kits, chromebooks if needed and meet their advisor. Weather permitting, events will be outside. Students are reminded to wear a mask when on campus.

Grade 10 Advisory Meet-ups & Class Materials Pickup

  • Tuesday, September 8th, 4:30-5:30 PM

Grade 11 Advisory Meet-ups & Class Materials Pickup

  • Wednesday, September 9th, 4:30-5:30 PM

Grade 12 Advisory Meet-ups & Class Materials Pickup

  • Thursday, September 10th, 4:30-5:30 PM

Chromebook Pickup – Chromebooks will be available to be picked up during the above meeting times. Please fill out the online Chromebook user contract form.

Academic Planners – Stay on task this year with an academic planner. They will be on sale at all HS events for $3.

Monday, September 14th – First day of school! Remote classes begin at 8am.


Theatre News

Theater News

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 by September 6. Roles are open to students in grades 6 through 12.


Athletics News

Update by sport as of 9/4 – 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 – CAC is still discussing the possibility of a competitive fall I season. No final decisions have been made. If there is no fall I season, IACS will offer intramurals

  • 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

Please contact Nolan McKinnon (Athletic Director) at or Grace Nealey (Assistant Athletic Director) at with any questions or concerns.



New Families

Is your family new to the school? Would it help to talk with another IACS parent about their experience? A few of our IACA (Innovation Academy Community Association) parents have volunteered to help answer questions that you may have.

Parent Mentors:

Please keep in mind these are parents just like you and they won’t have answers to questions about school re-opening but will direct you to the right person at the school if it’s something they don’t have the answer to.


Volunteering – Can you help?

While we do not know what the 2020-2021 school year will bring, we still want to prepare. If you would be interested in helping IACA with any events we may have please fill out the information requested on the volunteer form or for more information check out the attached pdf. Thank you.