6th Grade Weekly Update for 1-12-18

Announcements
MAP Testing:Tuesday, Jan 16th and Wednesday, Jan 17th
Attendance during MAP testing is important. We would encourage you to avoid making appointments or checking your child out of school during the testing dates.  Also please encourage your child to charge his or her laptop, get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and bring IDR and charger to school on those days.  Thanks for your support! 

Winter Conference Sign-up

An email with information on conference sign-up was emailed home on January 11th. Please let me know if you did not receive it. Conferences are on January 25th or 26th.


Career Day is coming!
Our 2nd annual Career Exposition Day is coming on January 25th. We are looking for people willing to give about 2 hours of your time (between 9:30AM and 11:30AM) to share what you do for a living with interested students. Each presenter is asked to prepare a 20-25 minute session for middle school students. This session may be repeated 1-3 times that morning. Based on the interest of our students, here are the larger career categories that we are seeking: career categories We are definitely not limited to these career categories if you wish to present! Please contact Mrs. Komac at hkomac@lb65.org if you are willing to be a presenter.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey - Parent Responses Needed!
Lake Bluff School District 65 is participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.  Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Survey is open through January 31, 2018. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/ and enter your e-mail address, the county name (Lake) and the school name (Lake Bluff Elementary or Lake Bluff Middle).

Bluffer Night
Our new BLUFFER NIGHT is Wednesday, January 17th at Meatheads in Lake Bluff.  LB PTO will receive 20% back on all orders placed between 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. that day.  
Meatheads - Lake Bluff 

PARCC
The PARCC testing window is April 4 - April 13, 2018.   As it is important to have all of our students present at school during this time, please plan to have your child(ren) at school on these dates.

Wizard of Oz

Auditions begin on Tuesday!  The audition schedule is listed on the musical website here.  The sign ups for auditions are available on the call board in the STEAM lab.  On the website there are two  tabs called “Audition Resources” and “Audition Information” which has all the info from workshops that the students need for auditions.  

Students will receive an audition number at their audition that will correspond to their casting and call backs.  A small number of students will be called back for additional scene work and singing on Monday, January 22nd from 3:35-6:00 pm.  Students will be notified by the end of the school day on Friday, January 19th if they are requested for a call back.  The cast list will be posted on the musical website on Saturday, January 27th at 9am by audition number.  There will be a mandatory all cast parent and cast meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at 7pm.  Any additional questions?  Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  

Set design and production crew sign ups are now available on the call board!  The first production meeting will be Tuesday, January 16th at 8am in Mrs. Olmstead’s room.  The set design calendar is posted on the musical website.  


News from the Nurse

Two significant illnesses created many absences this week. One is an influenza like illness with a fever, sore throat, and cough. The fevers have been in the 100-102 degree range and last for approximately 2 days. One confirmed case of Influenza A has been reported to me.

The other nasty bug is a GI illness causing vomiting & diarrhea. The vomiting lasts about 12 hours; the diarrhea can linger for a few days.

Just a reminder, students need to be free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school......Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 1/15: No School; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, 1/16: MAP; Set up for Success/ELO

Wednesday
, 1/17: MAP; Set up for Success/ELO

Thursday
, 1/18: Set up for Success/ELO

Friday
, 1/19: Bluffer Buddies 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Our examination of Ancient Egypt took shape this week as we developed questions in response to factual content. Students are grasping the skill set necessary to compose "thick" inquiries that will drive their research. A draft system was used to place individual students in research categories that will involve small group work and collaboration. The standards for the unit were considered as skills that will allow for complex research and analysis related to Ancient Egypt specifically as well as normative patterns we are beginning to recognize throughout history.

Science- Ms. Arwady for Mrs. Panjwani
This week, we explored the properties of different substances and why they matter. We studied how aluminum behaved in response to static electricity, how a hydrogen balloon reacts to being popped by a sparkler as compared to a helium balloon, and even how dogs are able to sniff out cancer! The ability to analyze and interpret the properties about the substances follows one of our crucial standards in chemistry. It also allowed us the opportunity to begin our exploration into the periodic table. The students are wrapping up the week with an introduction to atoms and molecules rather than just "particles" as we had previously called them!

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students completed Bend II of their Literary Essay unit by revising, editing, and publishing their theme essays.  Please ask your child to show you his or her essay on Google Classroom.  6th graders also completed the second Literary Language Test.  Next week they will complete their L.A. MAP test on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Then Thursday will be the first day of the Bend III of the Literary Essay unit.  They will read new stories in order to compare and contrast them with their previous stories.  Independent reading continues-please check in with your child about increasing the amount of reading for this long weekend! 

Math 1- Mrs. Bishop
This week in math students explored the area of triangles and trapezoids by rearranging them into parallelograms and rectangles.  Students worked with an online Desmos tool to help them recreate several types of quadrilaterals and triangle into rectangles and then graphed the resulting rectangles to calculate the height.  Students finished the week with a team test on Chapter 5 material.  The Chapter 5 individual test will be Monday, January 22.   

Advanced Math 1- Mrs. Bishop
This week students investigated several word problems that involved fractional division.  Students interpreted various word problems and also created their own problems and diagrams that demonstrated their understanding of fractional division.  Students worked with the order of operations and applied this concept to well known rules such as the formulas for Simple Interest (I=prt) and the energy of mass (E=mc2).  

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students used trendlines to model patterns in data sets. Students also learned how to calculate and use the correlation coefficient to determine to validity of the trendlines. We finished the week discussing the differences between association and causation and reviewing the key topics from the chapter. Instead of a test, students will collect and analyze data on Tuesday 1/16 and Wednesday 1/17 using the skills covered in the chapter.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we talked a lot about people we admire and the admirable traits they have. Students spent some time organizing their inspirations into job/role categories, including sections for family members, fictional characters, and even YouTubers! On Friday students did a very short monologue about one person they admire. The homework this weekend is to begin gathering pictures on their laptops of the people they admire for an upcoming class project. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, students learned about the cognates and how they can help in language study. Students learned that cognates are helpful while "false friends" can trip us up in vocabulary study. Students created a poster to help them remember the definition of these two phrases and found pictures of words to fit into each category. Next week, we start Unité 2 and I will introduce CONJUGATING to the kids and we start with -ER verbs!

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, students have been introduced to the nutrition unit by learning the organs and functions of the digestive system.  As the week progressed, we began to learn more about the food plate, the purpose of the food plate, and the functions of each of the food groups and how they help the body function.  Next week we will analyze the similarities between the food groups and the six essential nutrients.  Have a great weekend.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students gave some fantastic, creative presentations on their first engagement!  Some final products included computer animations, a robot amusement park, and 3D design and printing!   Next week the students will begin their second engagement, which will be focused on a different area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) for each pair of students.  

Chorus- Ms. Cvitkovic
Singers continued work on Kuwa Furaha and started another piece for the concert on Wednesday, March 7th!
 
Music- Ms. Cvitkovic
Students began work on understanding how to make chords and doing that through the playing of chimes.

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students finished their 12 color tempera paint challenge and their watercolor technique sketchbook exercise.  Next week we will begin our ceramics unit.


Athletics
Monday: NONE
Tuesday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)
Wednesday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)
Thursday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)
Friday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)



After School Activities
Reach Out 
Join Reach Out on Monday, January 15th for Lake County Cares 2nd Annual MLK Day of Service from 10am to 1pm at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest! All LBMS students are welcome! Participate in on-site volunteer projects and enjoy live music and refreshments. Admission is free, but please bring one or more of the following items to donate: nonperishable food items or diapers (especially sizes 5 and 6). Please let Mrs. Huddlestun know if you are interested in attending.

Student Council 
Student Council will meet Wednesday, January 17 after school from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Carney's room. We will be planning for the Winter Dance. Anyone is welcome to join. See Mrs. Hines for more info!

Chess Club

Next Chess Club meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd

after school in Mrs. Twohig’s room.



PTO News
Bluffer Night
Our new BLUFFER NIGHT is Wednesday, January 17th at Meatheads in Lake Bluff.  LB PTO will receive 20% back on all orders placed between 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. that day.  
Meatheads - Lake Bluff 

Save the Date

The PTO's spring auction is going to be a golf scramble and after party. Mark May 19th on your calendar so you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time.

Spirit Wear

Love the look of Lake Bluff's new spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spirit wear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information. 

Want More Information?

Join us on Facebook: Lake Bluff Middle School PTO or visit us online at www.lb65.org/parents/pto.