6th Grade Weekly Update for 4-20-18


Lake Forest High School Musical Field Trip On Wed, 4/25, LBMS students and staff will be walking to LFHS to watch their spring musical, Beauty and the Beast.  We will depart around 11:30 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Please keep this is in mind in terms of appointments and your child's outerwear choices for the day.  By now you should have received this link to complete the permission slip.  If you have not, please complete and submit it as soon as possible.  Lake Forest High School Musical Field Trip Form

Earth Day Celebration – Lake Bluff Beach: Sun, 4/22 9-Noon This year’s Earth Day Celebration will return the two venerated LBOLA beach prairies where our plan is to look forward to rising lake levels and plant hundreds of native beach grasses at the base of the bluff. Marram grass is found throughout the shores of the great lakes and our 18-year-old planting has enthusiastically escaped our little sand prairie & has been successfully resisting erosion over the past few years – thereby protecting the sand prairie and parking lot. Park as usual on Scranton, Center or Prospect and join us at the end of the beach road. Bring your family and friends, dress appropriately for conditions, and plan to get dirty!

LBMS Earth Week: April 23rd-April 27th
The LBMS Environmental Club is excited to announce that we will be hosting Earth Week.  During the week, we will be having an Advisory recycling competition.  We will be collecting plastic bags, children's books and used crayons.  The bags will be properly recycled, the books will be donated to Bernie's Book Bank and the crayons will be donated to The Crayon Initiative. thecrayoninitiative.org  The Advisory that collects the most of these items, will win a Suzy's Swirl party! Thank you!

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche 
Spring is Here!
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is gearing up for its beloved and highly anticipated biennial Spring Marché shopping boutique on Thursday, April 26 at The Lake Forest Club.Funds raised from Spring Marché support the LDA’s "Make A Difference" grant program, which annually awards a wide variety of supportive equipment and educational and emotional programs to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff public schools, The School of Saint Mary and Lake Forest Country Day School. Grants awarded total $370,000 to date and include funding for sensory suites in Deerpath Middle School, (named the “Go Zone”), Lake Bluff Elementary School and Lake Forest Country Day School.  This year, Spring Marché will be open for daytime shopping from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.lflblda.com for $15 or at the door for $20. Besides providing what promises to be an amazing day of shopping, reconnecting with friends and supporting our students, we hope that this event will extend community awareness of the LDA’s work within our community.

News from the Nurse
Overall absences were fewer than normal this week.  The reported illnesses were significant....one confirmed Influenza A and several low grade fevers with sore throats.  This blustery weather is not helping anyone feel better!
Another reminder, Dental Exam forms are Due May 1st  :)

Wizard of Oz- Showtime!

Opening night is here!  Call times for hair and make-up for the cast were emailed to parents.  If your child’s name is not on the list, they can arrive at 5:30 on Friday or 12:30 on Saturday and they will get taken care of!  As a reminder, all cast and crews are expected to stay until 5pm to STRIKE the set and turn our lovely school back to normal! Students will be assigned to a specific musical adult that they will check out with once their job is complete.  

On behalf of the LBMS Musical Team, we thank you: our staff, students, families, and community for all your support over the past few months.  So much hard work has gone into Wizard of Oz and we are very excited for you to see our performances! Congratulations to all of the cast and crew! We’re Off to See the Wizard!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 4/23: Set up for Success/ELO

, 4/24: Set up for Success/ELO

, 4/25: LFHS Musical Field Trip

, 4/26: Set up for Success/ELO

, 4/27: Author Visit: PM Assembly
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students worked through self-paced examination of the Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han dynasties of Ancient China using the TCI online textbook. They analyzed content related to each dynasty by applying Illinois Social Science Civics Standard 3: SS.CV.3: Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good and protect rights. Next week, students will review their research to determine in which of the four dynasties they would have chosen to live. They will compose position statements that include supporting evidence and share their positions through a formal dialogue activity.

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week in science students continued learning about the decline of lake trout in the Great Lakes. We learned more about the ecosystem of the Great Lakes by connecting food chains and making a food web and developing an interactive model of the Great Lakes Food Web. Each student was assigned one or two organisms in the the food web and learned about the direct and indirect relationships and how energy is transferred from one organism to the next. Students also read a fisherman's journal from 1938 describing his encounter of the decline of trout. 
Standards in this lesson: LS 2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems and LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students planned, wrote, revised, edited, and published their teen activism essays.  This assignment completed the first bend of our Research-based Information Writing Unit.  Next they chose one specific issue to continue to research and write about in the second bend of the unit.  This bend will culminate with the creation of an informational article about a critical issue facing our world today.  IDR and preparation for Poem in your Pocket Day (April 26th) continues.
These standards were included this week.

W.6.2.B - W2.B - Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
W.6.2.C - W2.C - Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
W.6.2.D - W2.D - Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
W.6.2.E - W2.E - Establish and maintain a formal style.
W.6.2.F - W2.F - Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented.

Math- Mrs. Bishop
Students took their Chapter 7 tests at the beginning of the week.  Students were introduced to how to set up and solve one step equations and inequalities.  Next week, we will begin Chapter 8. 

Standards Addressed:

6.EE.5-Understand solving an equation or inequality as a process of answering a question: which values from a specified set, if any, make the equation or inequality true? Use substitution to determine whether a given number in a specified set makes an equation or inequality true.

6.EE.6-Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem

6.EE.7-Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations 

6.EE.8-Write an inequality
to represent a constraint or condition in a real-world or mathematical problem. 

Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students took their Chapter 9 Test and began CC2 coursework.  Students learned how to find the probability of certain events happening.  They also learned the difference between theoretical and experimental probabilities.

Standards Addressed:
7.SP.5-Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses the likelihood of the event occurring

7.SP.6-Approximate the probability of a chance event by collecting data on the chance process that produces it and observing its long-run relative frequency, and predict the approximate relative frequency given the probability.

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week, students practiced rewriting equations to eliminate fractions and used multiple methods to solve equations presented in various formats. Students also worked to determine the number of solutions in an equation and were introduced to the properties of imaginary numbers. Next week, students will practice identifying ideal strategies for solving different types of equations and further their understanding of the intersections and intercepts of graphs.
Standards Assessed this Chapter:

  • 4) Operations & Polynomials (F-IF.8a, A-APR.1)

  • 5) Linear Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.1, A-CED.3, A-CED.4, A-REI.1, A-REI.3)

  • 6) Systems of Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.2, A-REI.5, A-REI.6, A-REI.7, A-REI.10, A-REI.11, A-REI.12)

  • 7) Quadratic Situations & Equations (A-REI.4b, A-SSE.3a, A-SSE3b)

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we finished up Unit 3!  We finished up the unit with three different assessments: interpersonal, writing, and reading. The students had a conversation in which they had to try and make plans to hang out. The writing assessment was writing a short conversation using http://iphonefaketext.com/ to make our writing look like a real text message conversation! For the reading assessment we read each other's text conversations and answered some informational questions. Standards assessed this week: 
  • WL 1.1) Student can exchange information about familiar topics, using phrases and simple sentences.
  • WL 2.5) Student can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.

Français- Mme Szostak
Our learning target for this unit is "I can talk about my and my friends' pastimes." This week students shared how much they like to do various activities. We include all the vocabulary (new vocabulary and recycling previously learned vocabulary) in the conversation. Students were also assessed on the current vocabulary. Lastly, students were introduced to saying that they don't do something. Practice on this concept continues into next week
         Interpersonal Conversation Standards:
              WL 1.1 Student can exchange opinions about familiar topics. 
              WL 1.4  Student can apply class material to conversation    
          Presentational Writing Standards:
             WL 3.1  The student can communicate in writing on familiar topics using a variety                 of words, phrases, and sentences. 

Health- Miss Fink 

Nutrition Pre-Test; Digestive System, organs and functions of the digestive system.  Video: Digestive System - KidsHealth.org, What Does the Liver Do? Calories, Carbs, Fat, and Sugar. HW: Digestive WebQuest

Standards Assessed:

  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  
  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. 
  • Standard #3: Access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
  • Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students have continued to work on their second engagements.  They are much more confident in their abilities to use resources and problem solve!  For each engagement the students are assessed on the following ISTE standards:
ISTE.1.Empowered Learners:  Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. ISTE.3.Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, to produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning
experiences for themselves and others.
ISTE.4.Innovative Designer:  Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
ISTE.6.Creative Communicator:  Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
ISTE.7.Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning  by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on their open studio piece. Next week we will begin our ceramics unit.

National Core Art Standards Assessed:


Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.


Ideas are original, unique, creative and show personally relevant content.


Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.


Artist demonstrates willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.


Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.


Golf Starts Monday! Golf is a no-cut sport open to all grade levels. Come to the meeting Monday to learn about the program!

Monday: Golf Meeting After School in the gym 3:30-3:40pm

Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

Tuesday: Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: Track @ North Chicago HS 4:30-6:30pm

Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

Friday: Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

 After School Activities 

PTO News

Now Due -- Graduation Packets and Sold PTO Ball Drop Raffle Tickets

If you have 8th grade graduation packets or sold ball drop raffle tickets at home, please have your student turn them into the office on Monday

May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Everyone is invited to the PTO's first Lake Bluff Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party. It will take place May 19th on the greens of Lake Bluff Golf Club followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. This is a community-wide fundraiser to benefit Lake Bluff students and schools. Tickets are now available for purchase (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-bluff-pto-golf-scramble-and-19th-hole-after-party-tickets-44784702250?). You do not have to golf to join in on the fun. Tickets can be purchased three ways: Golf only ($100), after-party only ($75) or both ($150). The day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, a silent auction and live music from Bushwood.

Volunteer for the LBMS PTO 

Would you like to be more involved with the LBMS PTO? We are working on filling the LBMS PTO slate for next school year. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Megan Michael at mmichael11@comcast.net. 

Want More Information?

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