6th Grade Weekly Update for 1-5-18


Winter Conference Sign-up

An email with information on conference sign-up will be emailed home on January 11th so be sure to watch for it and sign up for conferences 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).

Musical Update- Wizard of Oz

It’s our first musical update of the year!  Workshops are next week and the schedule is listed on the musical website here. Workshops are the opportunity for those interested in auditioning to learn the material.   All students auditioning must complete a singing and dance audition, and the acting audition is optional.  Auditions are scheduled for the week of January 17th, and the specific schedule is also included on the website.  Students will be able to sign up for auditions starting next week.  All students need to turn in a conflict form to Mrs. Olmstead before their audition.  More information to come!  The website will always be updated with information for all cast and crews. Contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org with any questions!

News from the Nurse

Students returned from break with colds and upset stomachs. Many absences were simply reported as “sick”; it is helpful if parents provide the type of illness that is causing the absence. Thank you for any information you can provide on the attendance line.  

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 1/8: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 1/9: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 1/10: 2:10 Dismissal

, 1/11: Set Up for Success/ELO

, 1/12: Spelling Bee Finals/Advisory Lesson
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
As a post-break re-entry activity, we examined the possibility of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard Of Oz functioning as an allegory depicting the political realities between 1896 and 1900. Ask your student to share his or her position of Baum's tale being a simple, entertaining story, or a lens on the economic debate that proposed silver be equal to the gold standard of the time. 
We prepared for and then held the preliminary round of the Geography Bee to cap the week. Next week, we will begin our exploration of Ancient Egypt!

Science- Ms. Arwady for Mrs. Panjwani
This week, we jumped right back into our chemistry curriculum. We started Wednesday by working on lesson 6.2 as a class. The students were given guidelines for their next journal and provided an opportunity to work on it in class. Thursday and Friday we were able to explore through experiments. Thursday we examined how two substances that appear to be the same can be entirely different. Friday, we used non-Newtonian fluid to talk about how a substance can exhibit the properties of several different states-gas, liquid or solid. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students began their next literary essays focused on themes in their short stories.  They completed outlines and flashdrafts; next week they will revise and edit these drafts to turn on Thurs, 1/11.  6th graders also received the second set of literary language words; they have begun studying for the cumulative assessment covering both sets of words(40 terms).  This assessment is scheduled for next Fri, 1/12.  Students also reignited their independent reading spirit by updating their reading logs, finding and sharing new books, and taking some time to read.  Please remind your child to keep reading!

Math 1- Mrs. Bishop
This week students investigated the effect different multipliers  (or scale factors) have on an object.  Students also worked to rearrange areas of various shapes into rectangles to find the area of the shape.  Next week, students will work on finding the area of triangles and trapezoid by composing and decomposing into rectangles.  Students have a Compass Learning quiz due on Monday and will be taking a homework quiz on Tuesday.  

Math 1 Advanced- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students began Chapter 6 and have been working towards solving and understanding fractions as division problems.  Students worked on a licorice task this week and created poster presentations explaining their process.  Next week, students will continue to work with fraction division along with Order of Operations.  Students have a Compass Learning quiz due on Monday and a homework quiz on Friday next week.  

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students continued investigating data sets. Specifically we learned how to use technology to calculate trendlines and determine the strength of a correlation. Next week students will continue modeling data and develop strategies for interpreting data in context and commenting on correlation and causation.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we started discussing people we admire, as the second half of this unit. We reviewed some phrases that will help us give information about another person, such as age or nationality. Each day in class I give the students an example of an admirable person from the Spanish-speaking world. On Friday the students reviewed their scores on their most recent writing assignment. They looked at their current language levels and made short-term goals to improve for our next writing assessment. Next week we will start to talk more specifically about people the students admire and have them explain why they admire them. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, students enjoyed watching the animated film, Un Chat à Paris. This is an award winning film that was both funny and suspenseful. The students watched the film in French with English subtitles. On Friday the students concluded their Paris monument unit by using the VR Goggles to visit some Paris monuments! The virtual reality experience lets students visit the sites without leaving our classroom. Next week, students learn how cognates can help them learn vocabulary and understand French text more easily.

Health- Miss Fink 
This week in health, students have finished up the mental and emotional health unit and are rapidly working on the nutrition unit.  We begin the nutrition unit by talking about the digestive system and how it works.  In addition, we will start talking about the six essential nutrients and how they play a role in the digestive system.  Have a great weekend. 

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students are gearing up to finish their first engagement and begin working on their presentations.  The presentations focus on real world connections, challenges and successes, and the group's SMART goal progress.  Next week the students will present and share their finished work with the class before beginning their second engagement.  

Music- Ms. Cvitkovic
This week we started to apply our knowledge of the singing scale to the notes on the staff to build students' sight-singing skills

Chorus- Ms. Cvitkovic

This week we began preparing for our World Music Concert on Wednesday, March 7th at 7 PM.

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students were introduced to watercolor and tempera painting techniques while the painting center was opened.  


Monday: BBB @ Northwood 4:15/5:15pm

GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM

GBB vs. LFCDS 4:00/5:00pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: BBB vs. Edgewood 4:30/5:30pm

Friday: 8BBB 7AM

7GBB + 7BBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

After School Activities 

Chess Club

Next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 9th in Mrs. Twohig’s room after school

PTO News

Spirit wear

Love the look of Lake Bluff's new spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spiritwear 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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