Middle School Signature Trips & Dues


5th Grade – Camp Onas

Dear Fifth Grade Families:

For the past 13 years (and many years before, at my former school) I have taken the fifth graders to Camp Onas, an overnight camp, close to Doylestown.

We are planning a 3-day, 2-night trip to Camp Onas in May. This year’s dates are May 11, 12, and 13. The cost of the trip includes meals, snacks, all activities and transportation. If the price of the trip is a concern, please contact me.

We hope that all of our fifth graders will be able to join us. The children have a great opportunity to make independent decisions, try new activities in a safe environment and it gives us (teachers) the chance to see your children outside of the classroom. It always amazes me how different children blossom in this environment. Sometimes children who have a difficult time in the classroom become leaders at Camp Onas.

We have a chance to do many science activities while at Onas, making use of the pond, stream and rich natural environment. A night hike to listen for animal sounds and a hayride to study the stars are two special activities that we try to incorporate into our trip.

I also find that the trip is a cohesive and unifying experience for the entire grade. It is a wonderful way to wind up the year.

The camp itself is a small residential camp with fields, woods, streams and a pond. There is a big dining room where we all eat together. The food is delicious and nutritious. There are real bathrooms and showers with hot water and electricity. The children sleep on cots in a pavilion, which is a cross between a cabin and a tent. The boys sleep on the boys’ side of the camp with their own bathroom facilities and sleeping arrangements. There will be two adults with each sleeping group. The girls sleep on the other side of camp with similar sleeping and bathroom arrangements.

There is plenty of supervision. Camp Onas has a wonderful and responsible staff and I always bring school staff to help with the supervision. All supervising adults have gone through a state background check.

There will be an Orientation for the children and parents with the Camp Director, most likely in April. If you have general questions in the meantime, I will be happy to answer them for you.

Teacher Barbara


6th Grade – National Aquarium and Baltimore Science Center

Welcome to 6th grade!

We are so excited to work with your students and foster their growth socially, academically and globally. We think it is going to be a great year!

ICS students participate in signature trips each year during middle school. The 6th grade takes a fun and educational trip to Baltimore, Maryland every spring as their signature trip. This is a one-day trip on coach buses to the Inner Harbor area where we visit the National Aquarium and the Baltimore Science Center.

We leave before school starts and return in the evening. It is a long day, but it is worth it! The Baltimore trip is part of the 6th grade curriculum and an amazing opportunity for growth and bonding. All 6th grade students are expected to attend. 6th grade dues are $100 and cover the cost of this trip and offset the cost of a few smaller activities. Attached are coupons that families can use to spread out the payment of dues. If paying dues would be a hardship for your family please let an ICS staff person know ASAP so that we can gauge how much fundraising will be needed to make this signature trip a reality for all 6th grade students. If you have any questions please contact your child’s advisory teacher or the 6th grade team leader, Tr. Sweta.


The 6th grade team


7th Grade – Heifer Village

Welcome to 7th grade!

It’s going to be a great year! We are excited to work with your students and foster their growth academically, socially, and globally. The 7th grade class will be divided into halves and will travel on our signature trip to the Heifer International Ranch in Rutland, Massachusetts this spring. We have been taking 7th grade students on this trip for 6 years and it is always worthwhile. You can use the attached coupons and suggested due dates to spread out the payment of $200 in 7th grade dues which make this trip possible. This trip is part of our curriculum and community experience in 7th grade and all students are expected to participate. If the dues are a hardship for your family please notify an ICS staff member as soon as possible so that we can assess how much fundraising will be needed to make the trip a reality for everyone.

If you have questions about the trip please contact your child’s advisory teacher or the 7th grade team leader, Tr. Latoyia. Below is a brief overview of the trip from Maestro Steve, a Heifer veteran.

Heifer International

Heifer is an overnight experience in which you truly get to see the 7th graders step out of their comfort zones to have experiences they would likely never encounter here in the city. We visit the Heifer Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA for three days and two nights, where students learn about issues of global poverty and hunger and sustainable farming practices.

Students get hands-on experience of farm life: everything from feeding goats and guinea pigs to running the sheep out to pasture. The trip is special because students really get to see and think about where food comes from and why issues of hunger exist in the US and around the world and what they can do about it. Students get to live a completely different life for a few days, not only on the farm but also in their overnight experience in the global village.

Students are randomly selected to spend a night in a typical home from the countries where Heifer works. Students bargain for their food and prepare typical dishes from their new home countries. They emerge understanding global citizenship in a new light, having become (although temporarily) citizens of another nation.


8th Grade – Outward Bound & Island Beach State Park


What an exciting year this is for your 8th graders! It’s been a wonderful journey so far and we are so proud of your students. We are honored to be a part of this culmination of your child’s time at ICS. We have many exciting things planned for this school year, including our signature trips and graduation. 8th grade dues are $225 this year and cover the cost of:

  • The Outward Bound trip in September
  • 7th and 8th mixer
  • 8th grade picnic
  • College and career trip in March
  • Island Beach state beach trip in May
  • ICS yearbook
  • Graduation site rental
  • Graduation rehearsal luncheon
  • Class of 2016 t-shirt or hoodie

Attached are dues coupons that families can use to spread out the payment of dues. If the payment of dues is a hardship for your family please notify an ICS staff person ASAP so that we can determine how much fundraising will be necessary to ensure no 8th grader misses out on the fun for financial reasons. If you have questions about any of the scheduled activities please contact your child’s advisory teacher or the 8th grade team leader, Tr. Lacey.


Your 8th grade team