Students were shocked and upset at the amount of snow we received on Monday March 21, but they were positively frozen waking up two weeks later to heavy snowfall on Monday April 4. To many students’ dismay, we would be going to school as planned. As much as we all wished this was another April Fool’s joke, the snowfall wasn’t funny anymore: a white blanket covered IACS, leaving students to haughtily accept their fates.
While a winter storm approached on the first day of spring, Sunday, March 20th, many local students began to wonder if there would be a snow day. IACS students and families woke up Monday morning to an email from executive director Greg Orpen, which stated that, even though Tyngsborough public schools were closing for the day, IACS would remain open, with a two-hour delayed opening at 10:00 AM.
On Saturday, February 6th, Dr. Arnold announced via The Hawk that the high school staff has decided to return to a bell schedule similar to what was seen in years prior to the 2015-2016 academic year. Primarily, this entails losing G block, and classes running for 85 minutes (first period only) and 80 minutes. Long pass will last slightly longer than this year, too. This also means that advisory will once again be at a set time period every day of the week, rotating with lunch. Choice block will only occur once per week as well.
As the new semester begins, students and teachers alike are beginning to feel the effects of new classes and modified lunch schedules. Additionally, for seniors and their advisors, the Senior Project class brings new work requirements for the research-based project that takes the place of Presentations of Learning in the Spring.
As the end of 2015 fast approaches, the first trimester division of choice blocks at IACS is also coming to an end. This means that students are faced with the decision of what to choose for their new clubs on Tuesdays and Fridays for the coming months. This trimester’s list has many unique choices, including some brand new ones as well as ones that have been offered in years past.