ICSAtlanta Middle School

Calling Competitive Readers!

ICSAtlanta Upper Campus students (rising 4th through 8th grade) are invited to participate in the Reading Bowl team for the 2022-2023 school year! Students are required to read 10 books (4 are required summer reading!) and will meet weekly during the fall semester to read, discuss, and quiz each other on the books. A selected group of students will compete for ICSAtlanta in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, a state-wide reading quiz-bowl, in January. Please note that all books are written on at least a mid-6th grade level and several deal with sensitive topics. Please read the annotated book list to ensure your student will be able to read all books! If your student is a great reader and likes to compete, please complete this Interest Form by May 20th.

Last year's team advanced to the semi-fianls for the state competition!

Milestones testing is DONE!

Our middle schoolers did awesome during testing this week! Way to go!!

We have a few make-up tests early next week but we are mostly finished.

Final summative assignments and Finals (8th grade) will be held over the next two weeks. Check the grade level pages of this site for details!

Milestones Testing April 29-May 6

Milestones testing begins for some 8th graders on Friday, April 29 and for ALL middle school students the week of May 2nd. Please help your student get a good nights sleep, eat breakfast and be at school ON TIME each testing day.

Testing schedule:

  • Friday, April 29: Algebra EOC (8th grade Algebra students only)

  • Monday, May 2: ELA Part 1 (ALL middle school students)

  • Tuesday, May 3: ELA Part 2 & 3 (ALL middle school students)

  • Wednesday, May 4: Math Part 1 & 2 (ALL middle school students)

  • Thursday, May 5: Science (8th grade only)

  • Friday, May 6: Social Studies (8th grade only)

Middle School Dancers

Welcome back from Spring Break! Beautiful weather this week made the perfect environment for learning to waltz! All middle school student have dance each week. Enjoy this clip of some of our students learning this classic dance!


Day of Play Fun!

Our Day of Play was a huge success! From making spirit signs, to a super competitive badminton tournament, to STEM challenges, trivia, and relay races; there was fun and *mostly* friendly competition all day. In the afternoon, students had personalized schedules and participated in board games, chess, card games, building, Just Dance, karaoke, and art activities.

We wish you all a wonderful Spring Break! See you back at school on April 11!

Day of Play!

We will have our annual Day of Play next Friday, April 1. Students should wear a tshirt in their "house" colors and uniform bottoms. They will compete in games, trivia, relays, STEM challenges, and other games throughout the day.

  • Ravenclaw - blue

  • Hufflepuff - yellow

  • Gryffindor - red

  • Slytherin - green

Milestones Testing coming soon!

Please click on the Milestones tab (at the top) to learn more about the days and times for Milestones testing this year. Please make sure your child is at school ON TIME on testing days. Students will not be allowed to enter their class once testing start and will need to take the makeup test.

Le Kermesse on Saturday!

Please join us for Le Kermesse (our Francophone festival) on Saturday, March 19 from 1-4pm. This is our first cultural event in 2 years and we can't wait to celebrate with you. The French team will have amazing food, fun games, and lots of activities. We will also have spirit wear for sale.

Save the Date!

Student Led Conferences are coming soon! Each conference will be about 15 minutes long and your student will present their learning and goals to you. Times and dates are based on grade and language track. More information will come home in your student's report card next week and via email.

  • 6th Grade French & Spanish students: Tuesday, March 15th at 7:55 AM

  • 6th Grade German & Mandarin students: Tuesday, March 15th at 9:45 AM

  • 7th Grade (all students): Thursday, March 17th at 1:10 PM

  • 8th Grade (all students): Friday, March 18th at 11:30 AM

Many Events Next Week!

We have several fun events the week of Feb 28-March 4. Take a look below:

All week: Read Across America week! Bring new socks for our sock drive

Tuesday 3/1: Carnival! See your L2 teacher for your language track's dress up plan

Wednesday 3/2: Spring Pictures (out of uniform)

Friday 3/4: Pajama Day and Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time school wide.

8th Grade Language Testing

Our 8th students will be participating in second language proficiency testing in March. The web-based assessment is called the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) and is used to measure how students are developing in their target language proficiency (listening, reading, speaking, and writing). The testing window will be from March 21 through March 25. Though this is our testing window, it does not mean students will be tested every day of the testing window.

We will begin reviewing the test format with students during class to ensure everyone is prepared for this assessment.

To learn more about the AAPPL, please read this Parent Information Letter.

Run the World!

Run the World with ICSAtlanta! On March 6, 2022, the ICSAtlanta PTO will hold the annual “Run the World with ICSAtlanta” 5K and Fun Run. This is a family-friendly event open to the community to promote fitness and raise funds for ICSAtlanta's PTO.

Race day will feature a timed 5K at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Fun Run at 10:00 a.m. Register here by February 7 to be guaranteed a shirt by race day!

Race Sponsorships and Donations:

There are race sponsorship opportunities available! Click here for more information on promoting your business and supporting our school at the same time!

Silent Auction!

This week, each Middle School grade has the opportunity to include a themed basket (valued at $50 to $100) in the PTO Virtual Silent Auction, which will open February 20. You are invited to visit the SignUpGenius associated with your student's grade and contribute one or more items listed there:

6th Grade Basket: Taco Tuesday

7th Grade Basket: Cool Cat

8th Grade Basket: Bookworm

Contact information for how to deliver basket items by Monday, February 7, is on each SignUpGenius. Please DO NOT drop items off at the school front desk.

Thank you for your part in creating Middle School Baskets, and join in on the bidding fun later in February!

Community Project Presentations!

Congratulations to our 8th graders for completing their Community Projects and presenting them last Friday! Students worked on their project from August to January with substantial hours spent both in school and out of school. All students had a plan for community service, completed an interview with someone in their field, wrote a reflction paper and presented their action and findings to 5th and 7th graders. We are SO proud of their hard work!

**Check back soon for photos and presentations!**

100th Day of School

Celebrate the 100th Day of School with us on Thursday, January 20th by showing the number 100 in a creative way. Ideas are linked on the image.

In-Person Learning Resumes on Monday, January 10.

We look foward to seeing all students back IN school on Monday, January 10. Please complete the 2nd Semester Syllabi sign off by Friday, January 14. All syllabi are posted in the Google Classrooms.

6th grade syllabi sign off

7th grade syllabi sign off

8th grade syllabi sign off

Wacky Hair Day.pdf

Holiday festivities and Winter Break!

On Thursday, December 16, students earned a school wide reward for Wacky Hair! Bring your best style and wackiest "do"!

On Friday, December 17 students can celebrate the holidays with festive sweaters/shirts, socks, hats, etc with uniform bottoms (skirts, shorts, or pants). Students will have a holiday party during 5th period. Check with your student's teacher for more details.

Winter break is December 20-January 4. Students return Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Enjoy a wonderful holiday season!

Holiday Market Electronic Flyer (2).pdf

NEW Date: Holiday Market SUNDAY, December 12th 3-5pm

We are so excited to host our first Community event since 2020! We will have our traditional ICSAtlanta Holiday Market and Chorus on Saturday, December 11th from 3-5pm. Each language track will have culturally specific food and crafts for sale. We will also have ICSAtlanta ornaments, student-designed vinyl stickers, and pizza for sale.

Middle school students will perform with their language tracks. Please see the schedule to the left for specific times.

*Note: This will be an outdoor ONLY event. Please dress appropriately!

MYP Visit This Week!

ICSAtlanta is currently a candidate school for the IB Middle Years (MYP) Programme. This week we have our first of two authorization visits. We are excited to be moving forward in the authorization process!

Annual Coat Drive!

Please support our German Track and Hope House with donations to our annual coat drive. Now collecting gently used:

  • coats

  • hats

  • mittens/gloves

  • scarves

Parent-Teacher Conferences Oct 18-22

Conferences are scheduled for the week of October 18-22

Please look for a sign-up from one of your student's teachers soon! All conferences will be virtual through Google Meets. Some teachers may ask students to join these conferences.

Students will be dismissed at 12:20pm the week of October 18-22. Please plan ahead for the early carpool!

Fall Break Next week!

Enjoy Fall Break from September 27-October 1.

We will see you back on Monday, October 4th.

Newsletters are posted for the upcoming week.

End of the Quarter!

We are nearing the end of the first Quarter. The LAST day that teachers will accept any late work will be Tuesday, Sept 21. Work turned in after Tuesday will not be accepted or graded for this quarter (unless student was on school-required quarantine).

Report cards will be sent home on Friday, October 8th.

School Picture Day is Thursday!

UC Picture Day is Thursday, September 9.

This photo is IN UNIFORM.

Make sure the look sharp!

Check Grades in the Parent Portal!

Please start checking your student's grades on Infiinite Campus through the Parent Portal. Some students already have late or missing grades. Please help them catch up before our firs report card in October!

We loved seeing you at Curriculum Night!

Thank you for joining us last week! We hope you learned a little more about what your student will be doing this year. If you missed Curriculum Night, please view your grade level presentation and contact your student's teachers with questions:

6th grade Curriculum Night presentation

7th grade Curriculum Night presentation

8th grade Curriculum Night presentation

Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 19 at 6:30pm

Join us for Curriculum Night next Thursday. We will have general sessions for each grade level, then teachers will have individual Breakout sessions for specific questions.

6:30-7:15 PM 6th, 7th, 8th Grade: General Session

7:15-7:45 PM Breakout Session by teacher

6th Grade: McGinn, Cirincione, Amezaga, Franco (L2/DLI)

Nickname: 6thMcGinn

7th Grade: Slater, Bell, Roberts (L2), Bouabcha (DLI)

Nickname: 7thSlater

8th Grade (will include information on MYP Community Project & Savannah Tour): Gallenberger, Robinson, Van Epps (DLI), Harper (L2)

Nickname: Gallenberger

Each teacher will have a drop-in session from 7:15-8:00 PM to answer questions or give further specifics for their subject(s). Nickname: Lastname

Off to a GREAT start!

Middle school is off to a GREAT start! We are so excited to have all students back in the classroom! A few reminders for next week:

  • Read your syllabi and sign off under your grade level

  • Check the grade level tab for information about next week

  • Get your binders, dividers, notebooks, and locker shelves for Monday!(see below for links and details)

  • Buy and agenda ($10 at the front desk). Student MUST have an agenda as a hall pass, bathroom pass, locker pass, and CONNECT pass!

FY22 UCM - Connect Bell Schedule welcome.pdf

Welcome Back 2021!

Welcome back to ICSAtlanta Middle School! We can't wait to see ALL students back in the building this year.

We are using LOCKERS this year--yay!! Look for an email with your locker number and combination next week. If you are an 8th grader, you have the same locker and combination that you had in 6th grade.

Locker PRO TIP: Get a TALL locker shelf (available at Target, Walmart, Amazon, etc) and store your binders underneath to save space for your art box, pencil case, backpack, lunchbox, and jacket.

Check here regularly for weekly class updates by grade level, teacher bios, Middle School updates, and MYP information.

ICSAtlanta Counseling Website found here