ICS Admissions Virtual Shadow Day 

 

Admissions Virtual Shadow Day

Welcome to the ICS Admissions Virtual Shadow Day!  This is  your opportunity to be an “ICS Middle School Eagle for the Day” through our Virtual Shadow Day experience! Hear from middle school students, explore our academic departments and visit the classrooms.  At the end of your day we are available to answer your questions at 410-427-4903 or email admissions@theimmaculate.org.  Have a great day as an “ICS Middle School Eagle for the Day”!

Homeroom

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.

Morning Announcements

Mornings are anchored by homeroom at Immaculate Conception Middle School. Students may arrive at school as early as 7:30 a.m. to visit lockers or socialize with friends but must be present in homeroom by 8:00 a.m. and ready for the day. Students watch the Morning Announcements video broadcast daily, as the ICS in the Morning team of middle school student share reminders about upcoming events, recaps and photos of recent events or celebrations, and highlights of birthdays, fun facts and special messages. The Pledge of Allegiance is led by an ICS homeroom and our morning hosts lead our entire school community in praying The Hail Mary and reciting our school motto: “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Kind…. Because Christ Matters. 

There are three homerooms in each middle school grade. Homerooms build a sense of community in small but real ways as they study, joke, make plans, and catch up each morning.

 

Classes

8:10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Mathematics

Department Overview: The Mathematics Department seeks to empower ICS students with the confidence to ask questions, define problems, evaluate information and analyze and interpret data, all while mastering the foundational mathematics skills needed to purse higher level of study in high school and beyond.  Our curriculum is spiraled, meaning that students continue to practice and further develop concept areas throughout the entire school year, rather than exploring specific topics for a limited time and then moving forward without continuing to apply them. Homework is assigned nightly and both homework and assessments are cumulative. Extensive problem solving and the required reading comprehension skills are a pivotal element of our math program’s success. Calculator use is limited to graphing applications in higher level courses enabling students to internalize basic computational skills and remain proficient in them.

Level 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Grade-Level Course 1 Math Course 2 Math Course 3 Math
Advanced Level Course 2 Math Course 3 Math Algebra 1
Enrichment Level Course 2 Math Algebra 1 Geometry

English / Language Arts

Department Overview: Middle school students are segmented into four or five sections for ELA instruction allowing for smaller classes conducive to an interactive and discussion-oriented classroom experience. Our ELA program focuses on the following standards: reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, writing and oral language. Within each grade level students work with a variety of fictional and nonfictional texts and genres, including multiple novels each year. Advanced language arts classes are faster-paced, utilize texts beyond current grade level, and require a higher level of self-motivation and independence from the students. We also offer small group ELA instruction with a reading specialist for those students who would benefit from that extra support. ICS middle school students learn the steps of the writing process as they become focused and coherent writers, aware of audience and purpose.

 

A Sampling of Novels by Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

The Westing Game

Running Dream

The Outsiders

The Phantom Tollbooth

I am Malala (Junior Edition)

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Hello Universe

A Christmas Carol

Night

A Wrinkle in Time

Lord of the Flies

Red Kayak

Science

Department Overview:  Science instruction occurs in one of our two spacious and updated science labs, complete with digital microscopes and a Mondopad interactive panel. Our science curriculum brings our STREAM philosophy to life as students collaborate, think critically, solve problems and make connections to the outside world. Science Department highlights include environmental field trips in the 6th  grade, dissections in the 7th grade, and the SeaPerch underwater robot construction project in the 8th grade. 

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Earth Science and Conservation Science Life Science: Biology and Genetics Physical Science: Physics and Chemistry

 

Lunch and Recess

Social Studies

Department Overview: Course content promotes student connections between past events and current circumstances while exploring the human behavior that drives or results from historical events. Accessing primary sources is emphasized and classes maintain a heavy focus on writing for analysis. Multimedia presentation of content is routine and project-based assessments and hands-on activities inspire student learning. National History Day is a curriculum component in the 7th and 8th grades, requiring students to do research, develop and prove a thesis, evaluate primary and secondary sources, and prepare an annotated bibliography.   

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Ancient Civilizations World Geography and Cultures United States History

 

Spanish

 Department Overview: ICS Middle School Students all study Spanish and meet three times weekly to explore the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Focus in these middle school Spanish courses ranges from grammar and vocabulary, to reading and listening comprehension strategies, to speaking and writing activities, and to cultural exploration and presentations. Students most often leave ICS with a competency level in Spanish allowing them to pursue a more advanced course of study in high school.

 

Religion

Department Overview: Through the prescribed religion curriculum standards of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the religious traditions of the Catholic faith, our students leave ICS prepared to bear witness to their faith; eager to continue their pursuit of truth and justice; and desiring to serve those in need. Religion classes in the ICS Middle School are alive with prayer and discussion as students share perspectives on their personal faith and social justice issues appropriate for their developmental stage. 

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
The Old Testament The Person of Jesus Development of the Early Church

 

Specials Classes

 

Dismissal

3:00 p.m.

Extracurricular Activities

ICS offers a broad range of extracurricular options and middle school students are highly encouraged to get involved! Some clubs and teams meet after school, while others may meet before school or during the lunch/recess. Eagle athletic teams compete on weekends as well! Extracurricular activities offer a great opportunity for students to pursue a passion, try something new, make friends, and step into leadership roles. Here at ICS, our middle school students ARE the school leaders and extracurriculars are a great way to gain confidence and have fun!

Immaculate Conception School Information Guide

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The Classroom Experience is part of the Admissions Virtual Shadow Day at ICS!

Below are 10 to 15 minute videos of each subject of your Admissions Virtual Shadow Day!  As an “ICS Middle School Eagle for the Day”, take a moment to experience classes with our middle school students and faculty.

As you continue as an “ICS Middle School Eagle For a Day” on our website, please check out the Video Tours and Testimonials  page. The video tours offer a look at the classrooms and facilities on the ICS campus. If you have not signed up for a 1st Look Virtual Visit, the link to register is HERE. Also check out our Social Media page which is linked to the ICS Facebook page and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Our Admissions Team is Here to Help!

Thank you for visiting the ICS Admissions Virtual Shadow Day! We hope you enjoyed your day with us.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Admissions Department!

Mrs. Alethea Spear

Director of Admissions
Email: aspear@theimmaculate.org
Phone: 410-427-4903

Admissions Virtual Shadow Day

Mrs. Lori Hogan

Admissions
Email: lhogan@theimmaculate.org
Phone: 410-427-4808