The Hawk: September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019 8:27 am


Week ending September 27th

Dear IACS Community,

As you may know, IACS has entered its second full year in its "IACS 2025" strategic plan. If you haven’t had a chance to read this plan, please consider doing so as this document establishes the Campus, Community, and Campus goals we’re working toward over the next six years. One of the goals in IACS 2025 is to leverage our campus to support local agriculture and to help us work towards that goal a cohort of IACS staff members attended the Northeast Farm to School Institute this summer in Shelburne Farms, VT. A big thank you to Nancy Tripp (MS Social Worker), Donya Sammon (Food Services), Joel Friedlander (HS Student Services), Holly Schrader (MS Science), and Anna Cynar (HS Science) who attended.

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A cohort of staff have continued meeting this year along with a coach from the Farm to School Institute to plan beginning steps as well as visioning longer term outcomes. When will cows be seen on the IACS campus? Who knows, maybe sooner than you think! 🙂 If you have an interest in local agriculture and what that might look like at IACS, please feel free to send me an email so you can get connected.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen

Head of School

All School News

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

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

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Do you like to shop on Amazon AND help IACS? Please consider shopping through Amazon Smile and choosing Vision for Innovation Academy as your charity. Simply go to to participate in this no cost to your charitable contribution. Over $500 has already been raised, Thank you!

Save the Date for Pumpkin Run! Our third annual Pumpkin Run 3K Trail race will be held on Tuesday October 29th with a 3:30 registration and a 4:00 start. Timing is once again being donated by the fantastic Billy Rozen of Yankee Timing!

Middle School News

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Fifth grade science students have been visiting our campus pond in support of their Ecosystems unit.

Picture Day- 10/10

Middle School Picture Day will be on Thursday, October 10th. Forms were distributed this week and can be brought back on Picture Day or you can place an order online at

Select City & State and School.

Book Fair is coming 9/30/19 – 10/4/19

The book fair is visiting campus next week. Here is the schedule of advisory visits.

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.

Google Classroom

If you have not previously accepted an invite to follow your child’s Google Classroom, that was sent this week as well. Google Classroom is primarily a tool for students to access class materials, rubric, and homework reminders. Some teachers assign work via Google Classroom so accepting the invitation allows you a weekly digest of assignments. It will not have all work assigned; Aspen is the primary tool for families and students to monitor progress, but some families consider Google Classroom a helpful add-on.

High School News

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:

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Ms. Hinkle’s Earth and Space Science class visits Plum Island to take measurements in order to determine beach erosion due to winter storms.

Drama News

Save the dates! Join us for the energetic musical BRING IT ON! Tickets will be on sale next week at In BRING IT ON the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading meets the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance. Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass, and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey that is …(please click here for the rest of this article)

Performances are November 14 and 15 at 7pm and November 16 at 2pm and 7pm. Keep an eye on!


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Meadow Farms fundraiser is due soon. Last call for pies and gifts!!

The book fair is coming 9/30 through 10/4 and we now have the “e-wallet” option!! It’s easy to set up right on line!! For more information, please contact Cindi Hevner, 978-866-8380 or

Boxtops has a new app!! Simply download the app and take pictures of your receipts!! You can still clip and turn in the boxtops you have the traditional way as well. We’re still taking them!!