Middle School

Immaculate Heart of Mary School offers an exceptional learning environment for students in grades 6-8. The major academic focus is to prepare students for a successful high school experience.

Many IHM graduates achieve honor roll status at their perspective high schools. Students participate in core classes of religion, science, reading, language arts, leveled math, and social studies; special classes include German, library, physical education, computers, art, and music. Students gain greater independence by moving from classroom to classroom rather than remaining in a self-contained classroom.

As part of the academic opportunities, students can participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the National Geographic Geography Bee, UW-Madison Deutsch (German) Day, numerous educational field trips, Prairie Fire Theater, the Living Stations, and various service-learning projects.

Extra-curricular opportunities include student council, homework club, basketball, volleyball, and softball.

Immaculate Heart of Mary’s small class sizes and family-oriented environment help to facilitate the success of each individual student.


Student Art Pages

In the Middle School Art Program at IHM, we incorporate elements from a more traditional approach to art education.  At the center of the program, there is an emphasis on drawing.  Students are encouraged to bring their drawings to each class throughout the year, and drawings are posted on bulletin boards for all students to see.

Throughout the year, we look at the works of established artists, old masters, and we review techniques involving perspective, color theory, and composition. We work with multiple media, such as oils, acrylics, colored pencils, collage, pastels, plaster sculpture, photography and colored chalk.  Older students create vector graphic self-portraits, web page art galleries, and finish the year with full size oil paintings.

After graduation, students are able to review their own artistic progression and development by visiting their own art gallery on the school web site – available to anyone who owns a computer connected to the Internet.


Middle School Science Standard Summaries

6th Grade-Earth Science

  • Earth and other bodies in universe and their interactions, solar system
  • objects in solar system regular, predictable motion-days, phases of moon, eclipses
  • sun, moon and earth positions
  • volcanoes and earthquakes, describe/models
  • atmosphere
  • components of earth (atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere)
  • age of earth, things around us, (Scientists-Lyell, Darwin)
  • differentiate between explanation, description, and theory
  • recycling/land management
  • models-physical, conceptual and how both types can be used to compare things, concepts, or events
  • weather, local and global patterns
  • Earth’s surface-Continents/Ocean basins-(Scientist-Wegener)
  • environmental degradation and resource depletion on earth
  • effects of wind, water, erosion, deposition and glaciers on plate tectonics
  • describe water cycle (renewable resource), illustrate
  • rock cycle-folding, breaking and uplifting, rock properties/categories
  • soil layers, soil is weathered rocks and decomposed organic materials
  • biomes-climates, how oceans affect climate
  • renewable/non-renewable resources, ways resources have changed over time
  • Sun-earth’s source of energy
  • Seasons based on sun’s energy
  • natural hazards
  • historical weather patterns and phenomena to predict future weather
  • environmental impact statements-land management, mining or erosion controls

7th Grade-Life Science

  • cells and function, tissues, organs, organ systems, organisms
  • structure/function of various body systems and how ensure survival
  • malfunctioning of body systems, how systems work together
  • diversity-gradual biological evolution
  • traits/environmental factors
  • disease in organisms from failure in structures or function or infection
  • plant and animal adaptations
  • kingdoms and other classifications
  • single-celled and multi-celled animals and classify physical characteristics
  • behavior is response to internal or environmental condition
  • ecosystem-populations of organisms
  • habitat in ecosystem
  • populations of organisms as producers and consumers
  • human influence on natural environment
  • changes (ex. environmental) to cause species to become endangered/extinct
  • cyclical changes in environment
  • skills required for environmental/medical careers
  • waste control

8th Grade-Physical Science

  • physical properties of matter
  • atomic and molecular theory (how is supports chem and phys interactions of s, l, g)
  • Atomic theory/conservation of matter (Scientists-Democritus, Lavosier, Proust, Dalton, Rutherford, Thompson, Curie, Bohr, Fermi)
  • models to show matter is made up of atoms
  • group substances according to elements, compounds, mixtures
  • metals, nonmetals, metalloids
  • physical & chemical properties
  • chemical changes-new products formed, describe before and after
  • all types of matter are the result of changes in arrangement, motion or combination of atoms
  • periodic table of elements-building blocks of matter
  • Conservation of Mass in chemical reactions
  • gravity on moving objects
  • convection currents affect movement of water, air and the earth
  • measure motion of object (position, speed, direction)
  • velocity and acceleration
  • friction, alters motion of object
  • energy cannot be created or destroyed, but transformed from one form to another
  • light, water and sound waves travel-use equations
  • light-opaque, transparent, translucent
  • light interactions-transmission, absorption, or scattering
  • sun’s energy-infrared, ultraviolet, and visible light spectrum
  • energy comes to earth-electromagnetic radiation
  • electromagnetic spectrum
  • sound waves-properties and interacting with air, water, and solid materials
  • behavior of gases
  • forces in relationship to Newtonian Laws of Motion
  • Simple machines make work easier-use equations
  • work and power-simple machines
  • force, mass and acceleration mathematically
  • force and motion everywhere in the universe (scientists-Newton, Kepler)
  • heat-transfer by conduction, radiation, convection
  • nuclear energy and how it’s transformed
  • chemical and nuclear reactions-energy usually transferred into or out of system
  • electrical circuits provide means of transferring electrical energy (heat, light, sound, chem changes produced)
  • electrical power generation, how electrical energy produced
  • Skills needed to pursue careers in space, computers, physical science fields
  • new technologies in careers connected w/ chem or physics


6th grade reading

Along with honing our skills by working through our textbook, we will be reading:

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

6th grade language arts will also include a study skills unit.

7th and 8th grade reading

Our textbook is a marvelous anthology organized by genres (short story, poetry, nonfiction, etc.) We will also read:

  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  • Miracle Worker by William Gibson and/or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Language Arts for all levels: daily oral language, grammar, spelling, and writing


We are very proud of Immaculate Heart of Mary’s math program which is an individualized, computer based middle school math program.

  • Ability paced math program for grades 4-8
  • 4 Math Levels

Middle School Math Standard Summaries

Level 1- Math

  • Read, write, compare, order, and iden tify place value of decimals
  • Perform computations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
  • Write equivalent fractions, decimals and percents
  • Understand and use ratios, proportions. And percents
  • Find factors and multiples of numbers
  • Read, write, and use numbers with exponents
  • Recognize and name points, lines, and planes
  • Measure and classify angles
  • Calculate perimeter, circumference and area of rectangles, triangles, parallelograms, and circles
  • Convert units of measure (cups to pints, cm to meters, inches to feet, etc.)
  • Use data to make predictions and draw conclusions
  • Locate and plot points on a grid
  • Use order of operations to solve problems
  • Use a calculator to assist and check in solutions to problems

Level 2 – Math

  • Compare and order fractions, decimals, and integers.
  • Perform computations with decimals, fractions, and integers
  • Write fraction equivalent decimals and percents.
  • Use divisibility rules and prime factorization to find greatest common factor and least commom multiples
  • Solve and understand ratio and proportions
  • Explain and utilize scientific notation and exponential notation
  • Understand and apply four operations to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents in problem solving.
  • Describe, classify and construct lines, angles, and geometric figures
  • Use the Pythagorean theorem
  • Use and know formulas for perimeter, circumference, area and volume
  • Locate objects using the rectangular coordinate system
  • Understand and use the metric system by using grams, meters, liters
  • Convert units of measure
  • Collect, organize and represent data to draw conclusions using tables, graphs, charts finding mean, median, mode and range.
  • Solve linear equations containing fractions and or integers
  • understand numerical expressions and apply order of operations
  • Use scientific calculator.

Level 3 – Math

  • Perform and explain operations on rational numbers
  • Use ratios and proportions in problem-solving
  • Use percents including those greater than 100 and less than one
  • Identify and compare 2 and 3 dimensional figures and their component parts
  • Evaluate and understand motion geometry (translation, rotation, reflection)
  • Locate objects using the rectangular co-ordinate system
  • Convert units of measure
  • Use data from real world situations to formulate questions, conduct investigations, and to generate displays
  • Solve two-step equations containing whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and/or integers
  • Graph a linear equation
  • Recognize and use generalized properties (commutative, associative, distributive, etc.)

Level 4 – Math

  • Number/Operations, Processes & Algebraic Relationships
  • Identify rational, irrational, real numbers
  • Uses operations
  • Absolute Values
  • Simplify Expressions
  • Solve Multistep Problems
  • Linear Equations
  • Point-Slope Formula
  • Parallel/Perpendicular Lines
  • Two Linear Equations in Two Variables
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring Polynomials
  • Simplify Fractions with Polynomials
  • Rational Expressions and Functions
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Rate Problems, work and mixture problems
  • Functions
  • Domain and Range
  • Determine if graph or ordered pair is a function
  • Completing the Square
  • Second-degree Polynomials
  • Graph Quadratic Functions
  • Quadratic function intersection in 1,2,3 points
  • Apply quadratics to physical problems

Summer Math Enrichment


For Students Entering Grades 6 – 8 for the 2011/2012 School Year. Any Madison area student may enroll!

This summer, IHM will be offering online math educational opportunities for middle school students. Summer enrichment sessions will allow students to have a unique learning experience designed to enhance and supplement their regular educational curriculum.


Students log in at home and explore math exercises created individually for them!


This educational opportunity will help your child improve their math skills from the comfort of their own home, with fun and interactive online tutoring, individualized to their needs. Students will need less review after the summer vacation! This would help to ensure their success in school in the fall.


Two separate four week sessions will be offered – each designed to meet your student’s schedule, skill level, progress and effort.

Send an email from your home address to Dr. Maynord at rmaynord@ihmschool.org


Send enrollment check to the IHM office:
Attn: Robert Maynord
Immaculate Heart of Mary School
4913 Schofield St.
Monona, WI 53716
(608) 2228831

• The curriculum will be designed with the individual student in mind and will advance according to the progress and effort of your student.
• Each four week session (28 days)will cost $65.00 and will begin when the student starts the first session.
• Students learn at their own pace. Assignments are monitored and created to meet individual needs. Help is available from the instructor via email as needed.

Here is what some of our students had to say.
“It helps you get ahead so that math is easier during the year.
“It was good preparation for algebra.”
“It was very helpful for the next year in math.”
“You remember the stuff you learn during the summer.”
“It was good because you have lots of time to do it and you aren’t on a planned schedule.”