The Hawk: September 20, 2019

September 19, 2019 6:48 pm


Week ending September 20th

Dear IACS Community –

Over the past couple of months, the damage that vaping is causing to lungs has been well documented in the press. I have shared several of these articles with our students in an effort to increase their awareness of the potential negative health effects that are caused from vaping. High schools and middle schools across the country have been impacted by student use of these products at school (both nicotine and marijuana THC oil) and IACS has not been immune from this problem. I would encourage all parents to educate themselves on this matter, speak with your child about vaping, and try to make sure your child is not bringing any vaping devices to school. It is not uncommon for teens to carry vaporizers in their bags or in their car and it is important that all students understand that these devices, along with all other types of tobacco products are not allowed on campus or at any school event.

  • CDC Information for Parents

  • Disguised Vaping Devices – CNN

  • Why the Vaping Lung Crisis is Exploding Now – Boston Globe

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – NBC

  • Washington Post Article

  • In partnership,

    Erik Arnold, Ed.D.

    High School Principal

    All School News

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

    Schedule your ILP Conference

    If you haven’t already scheduled your child’s conference, please work with your child’s advisor to schedule. Our goal is 100% attendance. At the conference, Parents/Guardians, student and advisor (along with advice from teachers) discuss and come to consensus on attainable and measurable goals for the student. Along with goals, strategies for achieving those goals are discussed.

    Substitute Teachers Needed

    We are always looking for more substitute teachers to add to our roster! If you are interested, you will need to register, participate in background checks as required by law, and complete training. Ready to go? Please plan to attend the training on 9/23 from 8:15-9.

  • Please RSVP to the training here:

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

    Middle School News

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    Aspen Family Portals

    Family Portals in Aspen allow parents/guardians to see a student’s schedule, attendance, missing work, and grades as well as progress reports and report cards when they are released. All families have been emailed logins. If you have not received your login or have forgotten yours, please contact Katie Hoyer,, 978-649-0432 x 2142 for assistance.

    While in your family portal, please take a moment to check the contact information for your student(s). Typos do sometimes happen and we would rather correct any errors now rather than when there is a more urgent issue. Find the contacts by going to the Family top tab, and then to the Contacts side tab.

    Upcoming 5th grade Science Field Trip

    The 5th grade science students will be attending a science field trip on September 26th (EC Team) and September 27th (CM Team) to the Nashua River in Groton to sample the pond water on shore and to make observations of a river ecosystem from a canoe. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to get outside, learn new skills, and to make connections between the classroom and real life. Please sign and return all 3 field trip forms with payment to your science teachers. We don’t want cost to prohibit any students from attending. Financial assistance requests can be sent to Mr. Pereyra, Dean of Students at To chaperone this trip, please make sure you submit a CORI form ASAP, and to fill out the chaperone info or email your child’s teacher.


    Many clubs are beginning. Please see our extracurricular page of our website for more information about signing up!

    High School News

    IACS Student Receives National Recognition

    Senior, Michael Kelsey, has been presented with a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Michael was one of the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 PSAT exam. “Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

    Back to School Night

    This coming Thursday, 9/26 is Back to School Night from 5:45 to 8pm. This is a chance for parents and guardians to meet your students’ teachers, learn about their classes and follow their schedule.

    Financial Aid Night, Thursday, 10/3

    Save the Date! High school seniors and their parents are invited to attend this MEFA College Financing Seminar on October 3rd. Learn about the ins and out of applying for Financial Aid from a MEFA representative. Reservations are not required. The seminar will begin at 6:30pm in the high school auditorium. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents if possible!

    Also, check out this handy timeline about the financial aid process for senior year.

    Driver’s Ed Classes at IACS

    Future Driver’s of America will be offering Driver’s Ed classes at IACS on Early Release Wednesdays beginning in October and running thru December. The dates are listed on this flyer. Students must be at least 15years 9 months by October 9th. Classes will be held in room 145 from 12:30-4:30pm. Families should register online at:

    Calendar Magnets

    Magnets with the school calendar and high school events were mailed out to families this week. If you didn’t receive one let us know and we’ll make sure to get one to you.

    HS Student ID’s have arrived

    Student ID’s have arrived and are available for purchase, $5, from Ms. Crystal in room 230. We expect picture packages to arrive within the next 2 weeks.

    Internships are quickly approaching: Semester 1 and yearlong internships are set to begin on Wednesday, October 2nd! Students who plan to do an internship should turn in their Student and Family Commitment Forms by Friday, September 27th. If a student would like an internship, but has not yet reached out, Ms Morocco would be glad to work with them to find them a placement. Send all questions to .

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    For the latest Athletic Newsletter

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    IACA News

    Fundraiser orders:

    Order your pies and gadget supplies while you can. If you want to order but haven’t received a order form reach out to Cindi Hevner at

    Board Elections will be held at the next IACA meeting on October 9th at 6pm.

    Book fair starts Monday September 30

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