6th Grade Weekly Update for 1-19-18

We look forward to preparing for and having conferences with your child and you next week!  Please check with your child's advisor for questions or concerns about conferences. 

Musical Update:  Wizard of OZ
It has been a great week of auditions!  We are so proud of all of the students who tried out for the musical and all the hard work they put into preparing for them.  Students received an audition number that will correspond to their casting and call backs.  If any students lose their number they can ask or email Mrs. Olmstead.  A small number of students will be called back for additional scene work and singing on Monday, January 22nd from 3:45-6:00 pm.  The cast list will be posted on the musical website on Saturday, January 28th by 12pm.  There will be an all cast parent and cast meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at 7pm.  Any additional questions?  Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  Information on all crews are available on the call board in the STEAM lab and on the musical website.

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).

PARCC Testing:

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. There is PLENTY of time between now and the PARCC Assessment so don’t get too worried.

News from the Nurse
An "Influenza like illness" has descended upon LBMS.  Three to four students a day were reported absent due to fevers with sore throat.  No confirmed cases of Influenza were reported this week.  The stomach bug is lingering, but not creating as many absences.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 1/22: Conference Prep

, 1/23: Conference Prep

, 1/24: Conference Prep

Thursday, 1/25: 11:30 Dismissal; Conferences 12:30-8 p.m.

Friday, 1/26: No School; Conferences 8:30-
11 a.m.
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
On Tuesday of this week, students spent time discussing the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. on the Civil Rights Movement and the continued influence and relevance his words and actions hold for us today. The remainder of the week was invested in understanding the concept of "thick," complex questions. Students chose content from the Ancient Egypt research categories to connect to standards. From that point, students worked in partnership with me and with colleagues to develop the open-ended questions that will drive their research for the unit. Next week, research will continue and formatting of presentations will begin.

Science- Ms. Arwady for Mrs. Panjwani
What a week! For a short week, we were sure able to learn a lot. We discussed the periodic table, learned about pure substances and talked more about the specific characteristics of elements. The students had the opportunity to learn about the properties of Zinc, Copper and Iron in a hands-on lab during the beginning of the week and used their knowledge to further their understanding during our chapter 8 reading. They were also assigned an element project (due 1/24) where students were able to pick an element from their first name and find out more about it. This will be a short paper-an introduction, body paragraph and conclusion only- that tells me what they were able to learn about the element in their own words. Many of the students are already enthusiastically working on there projects, and some have even finished! It will be a good way to help them continue the learning as we get closer to our quiz on lessons 6-9 on 1/30.

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students completed the drafts of their Compare-Contrast Theme Essays.  Please ask about the theme your child wrote about in his or her essay!  Next week they will  revise, edit, polish, and publish this essay to conclude the unit.  Independent reading continues.  Please check in with your child about his or her Daily Reading Log! 

Math 1- Mrs Bishop
This week students took their Winter MAP testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They finished the week reviewing and practicing skills that they have been working with throughout the year.  Students will take their Chapter 5 Individual Test on Monday, January 22.  

Advanced Math 1 Mrs. Bishop/Mrs. Carney

This week students took their Winter MAP test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students worked to name unknown lengths to determine the area and name given to Algebra tiles.  We will continue our work with Algebra tiles for the remainder of the unit as students explore how to combine like terms. 

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students completed the chapter 6 project. The goal of the project was for students to analyze data sets, determine if a correlation was present, evaluate the strength of the correlation, and make predictions using a line of best fit. Students also completed the Winter MAP Test. Next week we’ll begin chapter 7, which focuses on exponential growth and decay in real-world scenarios, including percent growth, compound interest, and half-life applications.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we finished Unit 2 with voice thread videos about the people we admire! The students brainstormed people that they admire, whether they are people they know or people who are famous in some way. The voice threads were shared with all of the sixth graders and they had the opportunity to watch each other's videos. It was enjoyable to listen to their explanations of who they chose and why! 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, we began a new unit about our pastimes. Being able to talk about our interests and hobbies provides students with a high interest topic. Everyone loves to share what they like to do, what sports they play, and what music they listen to! Students have their new vocabulary to study and the first thing we did was pick out cognates. Recognizing cognates shrinks the list and focuses student attention on the words that need more attention and study time. Next Tuesday students will be assessed on the vocabulary. 

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, 6th grade students are learning about the food label. In addition, they are analyzing the nutritional value of the food based on the numbers they are interpreting.  As the week comes to a close, we will be watching "Supersize Me."  Have a great weekend.   

Mrs. Olmstead
The students have completed individual self assessments that they will share at conferences about how they believe they performed on their first engagement on the 5 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards.  The rubrics explain in detail what each standard looks like at mastery for the class.  The students are very excited to begin their second engagements!

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students began working with clay! 


Congrats on the Amazing season of all our Basketball Teams! Please make sure you wash and return your clean jerseys to your coach!

Monday: 7th and 8th Grade Boys VB Tryouts 3:45-5:45pm

Tuesday: 7th and 8th Grade Boys VB Tryouts 3:45-5:45pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: NONE

All 6th grade boys interested in Intramural Basketball, We will begin the week after conferences! See Mr. Williams for more information!

 After School Activities 

Chess Club

Next Chess Club meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd after school in Mrs. Twohig’s room.

 PTO News

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.


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