The Hawk: September 24, 2021

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September 24, 2021

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Dear IACS Community,

When I was reviewing some of the postings in this week’s Hawk it made me think about some of the green initiatives in our community as well as on our campus. Further down in this newsletter you’ll read about an opportunity to take a survey sponsored by Mill City Grows, a community farming non-profit that IACS has partnered with on multiple projects. Additionally, the Town of Tyngsborough is sponsoring an event titled, Zero Waste Day, on Saturday October 2nd from 9 am – 1pm. Residents from any community may bring items for reuse or recycling.

On the campus front, our Farm to School group continues to grow. Last year the group received funding to install a greenhouse next to the high school parking lot and this year we’re constructing compost containers that will allow us to remove school-generated food waste from our trash. On a facilities note, we’ve increased the efficiency of our heating and cooling systems by installing computerized controls. This work has not only saved electricity consumption but also saved on our utilities bill. Finally, last spring, IACS purchased into a net metering credit which supports renewal power generated from a Massachusetts-based anaerobic digester. You can watch a cool video about this technology here. So as you can see, at IACS it’s good to be green!

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

Important Dates

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All School News

Per diem Substitute Teachers Needed

Substitutes are valued members of our community that we rely heavily on to ensure your student receives uninterrupted learning. We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. If you or a friend are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please fill out the availability form. Half day and full day subbing opportunities are available. IACS pays $25 per hour up to $100 per day maximum.


Families should report all absences, tardies and dismissals to the main office by 8am. The main office can be contacted at 978-649-0432 or

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Attention Lowell Residents:

Mill City Grows, REACH LoWELL, and Greater Lowell HealthAlliance have joined in partnership to create a Community Food Assessment Survey that is open to all City of Lowell residents. If you are a Lowell resident, please take the survey by Thursday, September 30.

Your survey feedback will help us work with city officials and regional organizations to increase access to nutritious, high-quality, affordable food.

For questions about the Community Food Assessment Survey, please contact Mill City Grows Director of Programs Alison Jacobs at or call 978-455-2620

If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity in the City of Lowell, please contact us at or call 978-455-2620.

Library Volunteers Needed:

The beginning of the school year means lots of new books! Do you have a few hours to spare to volunteer in the IACS library? We are looking for help with: shelving books, processing donations, and assisting students.

Interested in finding out more? Contact Heather Landis:

Happy to find opportunities after drop off or before pick up or whatever works with your schedule.

School Breakfast & Lunch Program

IACS is providing FREE breakfast and FREE lunch meals to ALL students under the USDA’s Child Nutrition Program. All students enrolled at IACS are eligible for these free meals regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022. Email or go to the School Nutrition page for more information.

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Middle School News

Upcoming Dates:

9/30 Virtual Middle School Back to School Night – Look for an email that will contain the zoom links and schedule for the night next week. The event will run from 5:50 to 7:55.

10/6 ILP Conferences

MS Picture Day

Friday, October 15th (rain date of 10/22). This picture will be published in the Middle School Yearbook. Please visit Coffee Pond Photography and Yearbook’s website for photo package information and online ordering (select City & State and School). Paper Order forms will be sent home a week before picture day.

MS After School Art Club – Registration is open for the fall session! During art club, students are able to use a wide variety of materials to create art work of their choice in an open studio setting. Options include drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, collage, sculpture, and more!

This 8-week club meets from 3:00 – 4:30, and students can choose either the Tuesday or Thursday meeting.

Tuesday meetings begin on 10/5 and end on 11/23.

Thursday meetings begin on 10/7 and end on 12/2.

There is a $60 fee for this club.

Register here. Space is limited, and this popular club fills up quickly!

Email with questions or for information about scholarships.

We Who Run the World Club

This group is an all-inclusive, intersectional feminist group that talks about the experiences of people who identify as women. Our goal is to create a safe place for students to talk and be themselves.


Every Thursday (Starting Sept. 23rd) from 3:00-3:30 in Murdoch Hall – Room 408

Email Ms. Giasullo to sign up:

Dungeons & Dragons

This club will begin IN PERSON on Thursdays in Room 207 from 3:00-4:00, beginning on October 7th.

Please send and email to Ms. Muhigi ( sign up.

After School Program

This year we are offering an After School Program for our 5th through 8th graders. The program provides safe and flexible supervised care. During the after school program, each day there are snacks followed by quiet time for homework. After homework time, students participate in a variety of activities based on student interest and weather – from playing outdoors to indoor activities like board games and art projects. For more details please visit our website.

Calling all Middle School Students – After-School Chorus & Band starts soon!

Rehearsals will start the week of September 27th.

Beginning Band meets Mondays & Thursdays 3:00-4:00 pm.

Advanced Band meets Tuesdays & Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm.

Chorus meets on Wednesdays from 12:25 -1:30. All 5-8 students are welcome!

Students participating in Band and Chorus must have transportation home.

if you have not done so already – parents are asked to submit this quick google form if their student is interested in participating.


Questions? contact: Mrs. Porter (Band) or Mrs. Lane (Chorus)

High School News

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Students did some modelling with manipulatives in Mr. Grip’s math class this week.

Upcoming Events:

10/6 ILP conferences – ILP stands for Individual Learning Plan. These are student run meetings with parents/guardians and advisor. ILPs allow us as a whole team to check in about how the year is going, concerns, set goals, and reflect on those goals. A typical ILP is 20-30 minutes. Advisors will be reaching out to schedule your students’ meetings. Conferences can be in-person or via zoom.

10/12 Grades Close for Progress Report #1

10/13 Sign-up Now for PSAT Testing for 10th & 11th Grade students – Students and Families should have received an email from Ms. Deknatel today. Read the letter here.

10/18 Progress Report 1 will be Published to Aspen Family Portals

IACS Students Recognized for National Merit Scholarship Program

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Anagha Babu, Manu Hegde, Elea Zegdoun

Anagha Babu & Elea Zegdoun have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Letter of Commendations from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation were presented to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT’s.

Manu Hegde has been named a Semifinalist in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in February they will be notified of this designation. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Qualifying scores vary from state to state and from year to year, but the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

“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 education excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their education opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.

Congratulations Anagha, Elea & Manu!!!

HS Photo of the Week:

Students from Mr. Barry’s Photo and Video class set up lighting to capture a photo that communicates “sadness”.

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Grab a friend and come to the IACA meeting on Wed October 6th to hear about upcoming events for students and families and learn how you can help out.

We will meet in the school library on the second floor.

Hope to see you there!

Feels like a Friday, Enjoy!