SIXTH GRADE - Homeroom Teacher, Miss Kimberly Beyer
Sixth grade is an exciting time in a student’s educational career. In keeping with our school motto of love, learning, and leadership, sixth grade is a year of many firsts. Students will switch classes for the first time. Sixth grade also sees advancement in the curriculum and teachers’ expectations of students. Students will have Miss Beyer for English, reading, spelling, vocab, and writing. Mrs. Reber teaches sixth-grade science and religion, Mrs. Bailey teaches sixth-grade math, and Mrs. Harrigan teaches social studies. We set high academic and personal standards for our students.
Middle schoolers are role models for younger students. Sixth grade will have first-grade prayer partners. The students will guide the first-graders in their mass devotion as well as meeting for fun activities throughout the school year.
Sixth grade also has more responsibility than in previous years. Sixth graders participate in voting for ICA’s Board of Student Council. This important group of students determines goals and shapes our school year. Students in sixth grade can also participate in the Student Council by running for classroom representative and mission representative.
Academically, students study a variety of topics. In reading, students will read class novels as well as independent and small group novels. Students will learn how to write descriptive, persuasive, and research essays. Vocabulary and spelling lessons are every other week. In science, students will complete many hands-on labs to help them understand more profound concepts about the world around them. The math program is divided into a regular sixth-grade curriculum and an advanced group to enrich those students who can move at a faster pace. Social studies lessons are full of exciting facts and in-depth projects to help students become more involved in world history.
The middle school years are essential in shaping your child’s future. I’m proud to be a middle school teacher and help your child along their journey!
7TH GRADE - Homeroom Teacher - Miss. Cami Beyer
Welcome to 7th Grade.
7th grade is an exciting time in a student’s life. It is a year of tremendous growth academically, spiritually, and maturity wise. It is my goal as the 7th grade teacher to guide all of my students in any manner that will provide them the most success in their 7th grade year at Immaculate Conception Academy.
7th grade is a transition year where students are expected to take on more responsibility and a more active role in their academic pursuit. Students begin to prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. In their preparations, they take on an active role in community service, get to grow in their spiritual life, and take steps to receive the gift of the holy spirit. The 7th grade students organize and run a school wide charity event, “Cookies and Cocoa Because We Care” around Christmas to help families in need. During religion not only are students preparing for Confirmation but they are examining the New Testament. 7th graders are also preparing themselves to be the future leaders of the Academy.
Science curriculum focuses on the body systems, chemistry and physics. The students are provided with a highly engaged class environment by participating in lab experiences, such as dissections, problem solving activities, and class projects.
Highlights of the year- 7th grade is an exciting fast paced year with many exciting opportunities. Students attend field day at Berks Catholic High School. They are in charge of running our school wide field day in the spring. They do charitable work through the “Cookies and Cocoa Because We Care” event. The 7th grade girls attend a Career Day at Penn State Berks. We take field trips to places like, The Franklin Institute, Adventure Aquarium, Turkey Hill Experience, and Angora Farms. Through these field trips students can apply their classroom knowledge to the real world.
Hello! I am Miss Cami Beyer. I am the science teacher for middle school students, but I also teach religion for 6th and 7th grade and 7th grade social studies (6, 7, 8 Science, 6 and 7th Religion, 7th Grade Social Studies.) I am an alumni of the Academy and am blessed to return to ICA as a teacher. I earned my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University.
My background is in Occupational Therapy and I have three years of tutoring experience in the sciences, teaching high school, university, and post graduate level courses.
My teaching philosophy –
Students learn and remember information best when material is presented in their learning style, so my teaching philosophy is to present information in all kinds of ways such as using models, videos, and activities and experiments to help students succeed.
8TH GRADE - Homeroom Teacher, Miss Miranda Le
Welcome to 8th Grade at ICA!
8th-grade is a very busy year for the students, both academically and socially. Our Eighth graders are looked at to be the leaders of the school; from the Student Council Executive Board, to showing their kindergarten prayer partners how to behave and participate in church. Academically, the 8th graders are preparing for their transition to high school.
As part of the middle school, the 8th-grade travels between the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade classrooms to receive all of their core curricula. Religion focuses on the Church; It’s life and History with the highlights of the year: Receiving Confirmation and preparing and presenting The Living Stations. Science explores matter and energy, chemical and nuclear reactions, earth science, and the solar system. 8th grade engages in many experiments to bring science to life, including individual participation in the ICA Science Fair. Social Studies covers American History from settlement and colonization through the revolution and ends with the Civil War. Language Arts consists of spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing, including the research, writing, and proper documentation of bibliography for the science fair report. 8th Grade Math is divided into two sections, Fundamentals of Algebra and Honors Algebra.
As part of their Math and Social Studies learning this year, the middle school students will be part of a program called My Classroom Economy. This program teaches children financial responsibility through fun, experimental learning. It is a simple classroom economic system based on the idea that students need to earn school ‘dollars’ so they can rent their own desks and pay bills. By bringing real-world scenarios into the classroom, students see the impact of their decisions to save, spend, and budget. Students will learn how to deposit and withdraw money from the bank and write checks as well as the difference between needs and wants as related to household budgets, supply and demand, and goods and services. For more information, visit www.myclassroomeconomy.org.
ICA offers our 8th Grade students the opportunity to become the natural leaders of the student body. They host several events during the year (The Annual Santa Breakfast and The Annual Talent Show) where they work as a team to make both events a wonderful experience for the younger members of our Immaculate Conception family. ICA truly is a place where they can use their faith in all aspects of love, learning, and leadership.
Monday – Art and Spanish
Tuesday – Music
Wednesday – Spanish and Library
Thursday – Gym
Math Expectations and Curriculum: 5th Grade: Strengthening multiplication and division skills Problem solving and strategies to tackle Word Problems Expressions and Equations, Fractions, Proportional Relationships, Probabilities, Geometry, Perimeter and Area Middle School: Strengthen basic math facts of multiplication and division; strengthen math skills of fractions, decimals, and percent Build knowledge of Rational Numbers, Variable Expressions, Statistics and Probability through different types of graphs
6th Grade: Common Factors (GCF and LCM), Perimeter and Area, Fractions, and Function Tables
7th Grade: Proportional Relationships, Expressions and Equations, Function Tables, Linear Inequalities, Graphing, and Geometry
8th Grade: Geometry, Linear Equations, Graphing Proportional Relationships, Pythagorean Theorem, Volume, and Functions and Relations
8th Grade Milestones: Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, Field Trips to Berks Catholic for bonding and shadowing high schools students, Participating in Fun Run, Hosting Santa Breakfast, Mathlete Competitions in the Fall and Spring, Graduation NYC Trip in the Spring!
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Below is a comprehensive school supply list for the
upcoming school year. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact
one of your child’s teachers. It will be extremely helpful if your child has all their supplies for
the first day of school.
● Milk crate (check Staples and Wal-Mart for sales)
● 5 jumbo sized book socks
● Binder (zipper style preferred)
● Binder tabs for organization of classes: religion, math, science, English, reading, social
● 3 Wide-ruled filler paper
● Graphing paper
● Soft pencil case with binder holes to keep in the binder
o Sharpened pencils
o Black pens
o Red pens
o Dry erase markers
o Small pack of colored pencils
o Glue stick
● 2 two-pocket folders for binder
● 5 college ruled marble copy book
● Small scientific calculator (Ti=30xa)
● Index cards
● Clear contact paper to cover workbooks. Please do not send in.
● 2 masks (one for the backpack, one for the desk)
● Box of tissue
● Roll of paper towels
● Hand sanitizer and/or antibacterial wipes (These are greatly appreciated. Thank you!)
ICA has ordered an assignment book for your child. A small fee will be charged. The fee will be
sent home in September.
Thank you and God bless you,
Middle School Team