The Hawk: September 28, 2018

September 27, 2018 6:48 pm


IACS Newsletter for the week ending September 28th

Dear IACS Community,

The mornings and evenings are cooler, the sun is lower and autumn is here! Although I hate to say good-bye to summer, the start of a new school year always brings promise of new beginnings and opportunity. In the spirit of growth and improvement, the IACS Wellness Department continues to expand its’ reach with each school year, moving beyond the classroom, to provide offerings to staff as well as to our parent community. The Wellness Class offerings and content of our middle and high school classes is constantly evolving to remain current and pertinent. Throughout the year you will get a window into the classroom as we highlight our dynamic and dedicated Wellness Educators in future Hawk letters.

IACS recognizes and respects the benefits of working together with parents in regards to student wellness. We hope that you will take advantage of some the outreach aimed at helping to keep parents informed and engaged in current issues facing teens today. Student Health 101 and the accompanying parent edition Student Advocate, are online subscription-based, wellness magazines that are made available for free to our high school students and to all parents. The articles are topical, easy to read and digest,and new material is added weekly. I encourage you to check it out, and to stay connected, whether via the app, Facebook or Twitter. Note also, that you can enter to win $100 after reading an article (easy enough!). We have actually had a few parent and student winners over the last few years!!

And lastly, a reminder from the Health Office that forms and information related to student illnesses and health related dismissals can be found on the school website under Quick Links/Health Office.


Gayle Nutile-Pimm

Director of Health and Wellness

Important Dates

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All School News

The planning for the 2019 Costa Rica April Trip has begun!

This immersion trip is open to 8th and 9th graders who have been in the Spanish program for at least two years. We are having an informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, October 9th at 6 PM in the Auditorium.

If you are at all interested please come to this meeting. The itinerary and all other details will be presented. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to apply what they have been learning in the classroom. Our spots filled up quickly last year.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

ILP conferences approach

Reach out to your child’s advisor if you don’t have a conference scheduled.

IACS School Nutrition Program:

As part of our Farm to School Program, September’s Menu included locally harvested fruits and vegetables from Jones Farm of Chelmsford and Kimball’s Fruit Farm of Pepperell. These items included 9 bushels of corn on the cob, several cases romaine lettuce, summer squash, juicy peaches, and a variety of crisp apples. Many thanks to the advisory groups who volunteered to shuck the corn and harvest the remaining apples from our own apple trees! The images below are actual photos taken of just some of the gorgeous harvest. The breakfast and lunch program is off to a great start with a significant increase in participation over this time last year! Thank you for participating in the School Nutrition Program! If you would like more information about this program, please contact Karen Drake,

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Middle School News

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Dungeons & Dragons

Calling all wizards, fighters and dungeon masters! Dungeons & Dragons Club (D&D) is a role playing game where you can play the character of your choice and go on adventures. Fight monsters and find treasure! We will be meeting after school on Thursdays, beginning September 27, in room 207 from 3-4. Please email Mrs. Muhigi at in order to join.

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is this week! Middle school students will be attending one day with their advisory next week. See the schedule here.

Upcoming Field Trips:

All fifth and sixth graders have field trips coming this week. For more details, click here.

MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council:

The MS Parent/Principal Advisory Council will meet five mornings this year from 7:45-8:30 am. This year the council will be meeting on 10/11, 11/27, 1/8, 3/14, and 5/14. Parents that join the group are asked to commit to the council for one year. The purpose of the council is to assist in developing short and long-term goals for the school and to provide input and feedback. Any parent that is interested in joining should email MS Principal Melissa Kapeckas at by October 1st.

High School News

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Seniors of the Month for October

We had a ton of great nominations this month, but unfortunately there can only be two winners. For the month of October, Sebastian Chavez and Chris Mennella were recognized by students and teachers alike as our seniors of the month.

Sebastian was recognized for being a student that is able to balance a rigorous course load with soccer and two part-time jobs. He is always a great community member and most recently lent a hand to Ms. Cynar who was struggling to move a table full of plants outside.

Chris was also recognized for his community membership. Chris has always been a friendly face around the school who makes a habit of saying hello to everyone. Chris also volunteered last week to take a group of 6th graders on a historical tour of Murdoch Hall after school.

Congratulations to both Sebastian and Chris!

Student Health 101- our online Wellness Magazine

The September issue of Student Health 101 and Student Advocate, our online, wellness magazine is in full swing and it’s full of some wonderful articles! Whether you’re looking for advice on how to best educate your kids on the importance of sleep or how to best encourage them to practice consent and self empowerment, there are articles of interest for everyone! Be sure to download the app onto your smartphone, and stay tuned for upcoming articles! And don’t forget to enter the raffle to win $100!

HS Calendar Magnets were mailed home this week. We hope you received yours. If not please check your home address in X2 to make sure it is up to date. You can request a magnet from the main office while supplies last.

Senior Portraits for the Yearbook

Driver’s Ed Future Driver’s of America will again be holding classes at our IACS campus on Wednesday afternoons. Classes will begin on Wednesday, October 10th. The class dates and registration information can be found on this flyer.


Students driving themselves to school will need to apply for a parking permit. Forms are available outside of Ms. Kelly’s office or by following this link. Please make sure you complete all parts and bring the copies of required documents before turning them into the main office.

Earth & Space Science Students at Plum Island

Students in Ms. Hinkle’s class took their annual trip to Plum Island to collect data on beach erosion that typically occurs when storms arrive over the winter.


Family Portals

Family Portal log-in information for our X2 Aspen database has been emailed out to all new families. The database allows students and families to access information about attendance along with current progess in each class. We also will post progress reports and report cards to x2 starting with our first progress report on or around October 16th. An email will be sent when the progress reports are ready to be viewed. Please ensure that you can log-in to your account. If you have any difficulty accessing your account, please reach out to the main office or Crystal McKiel.

Art & Literature Field Trip: deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

On Tuesday, Ms. DiCarlo’s English class took a field trip to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. “It is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.” Despite the rain, it was a great experience for the students.

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After hearing that some families needed a little more time with the Meadow Farms Pie Fundraiser, we have extended the deadline to October 1st.

If you have questions regarding this, please contact Annette Famolare at or Cindi Hevner at

To order items please go to: and use school id 1019080

LOCATION CHANGE: The October 10th meeting of IACA will be held in Room 145, due to a schedule conflict with the library space. A reminder notice will be posted when you arrive. Thanks!

DINING FOR IACA: October’s delicious destination is Owen and Ollie’s in Dracut. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 9th and bring the attached flyer for a portion of your meal proceeds to be donated to our school!

LET’S DANCE!: Our 5/6 and 7/8 Halloween socials will be here before you know it, and we would love some volunteers! Chaperones and parents who can donate packaged snacks would be a big help! Can you make it on October 12 (7/8) or October 19 (5/6)? Contact

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