Project based learning is a teaching method that IACS has fully embodied, evident in every class regardless of subject. Many members of the community will agree that project based learning is greatly beneficial to understanding the material presented, but are projects always the most purposeful way for students to indicate their understanding of the class material?
“Does everyone remember what the homework is?” asks History Teacher Leanne Barnes, causing Sophomore Alexis Wright to acknowledge the teacher speaking for the first time during the period. She quickly hides her phone, which was constantly reminding her of her situation at hand. Lexi had been in a back and forth match of harsh words and arguments between her friend and herself. Even as she understands her lack of participation in the class she still inches her way back to her phone, desperately trying to see how her so called friend is defending herself now. What she doesn’t realize is that the Barnes saw Wright on her phone all class and that despite her protests to the contrary, she even though Wright said she did, actually has did not learned understand a thing about the Storming of the Bastille. Besides, this Barnes knows something is up. Continue reading It’s More Than an Annoyance
For endersession, would you rather be with friends, spend the least amount of money, or just have fun no matter the cost or crowd?
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.
Over the years, music has become a huge shared part of the human experience; and at IACS, this is especially true of the educational music program. Most people are involved in music at the school in some way, either by participating in the chorus program, taking a music class, or just by attending live music performances.
“It’s a pretty special place,” said Middle School Dean of Students, Charlene LaRoche.
IACS is turning 20 years old, celebrating being open from 1996 to 2016. IACS was made to prepare young minds for the real world, during and after their high school experience. IACS wanted preparation to be a focus. Think back to our four outcomes; effective communication, self-direction, problem solving, and community membership. Every day those outcomes are used at IACS, it is accomplishing the goals of IACS that were made when the school first started.
Students at IACS are getting concerned over their current homework load, resulting in being stressed about not being able to finish it. With a number of assignments and tests being given out from a student’s various classes seemingly all at once, it becomes quite overwhelming to try to manage it all.