6th Grade Weekly Update for 4-27-18

Wellness Week
Next week is our annual Wellness Week!  This campaign is designed to create awareness for students, staff, and parents surrounding the importance of physical, mental, and emotional wellness.  Check out the week's calendar of events, a helpful handout on the rise and risk of e-cigs/vaping, and this great article on how to help your child thrive in today's world.  Contact Mrs. Quick with any questions!

Springfield Important Update
If you are sending your child with medicine to take during the trip, you must turn it into the office labeled with your child’s name. That medicine must also be the same listed on the medical form you submitted to Hemisphere. Medicine going on the trip must be given to the office no later than Wednesday, May 9th. This rule also applies to ibuprofen, allergy medicines, and other medicines taken “as needed” (such as Advil or Claritin).

News from the Nurse
Reasons for absences were varied this week.  There were a few fevers, colds with coughs, a few stomach bugs with vomiting, and one positive Strep throat.  
Please remember that Dental Exam Forms are due 5/1.  Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance

, 4/30: Set up for Success/ELO Wellness Week: 
Sweats Day

, 5/1: Set up for Success/ELO
Wellness Week: 
Mismatch/Backwards Day

, 5/2: Set up for Success/ELO
Wellness Week: Hat/Headband Day

Thursday, 5/3: Set up for Success/ELO
Wellness Week: Bluffer Wear Day 

Friday, 5/4: No School; Teacher Inservice

Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students continued their work this week connecting aspects of the Xia, Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han dynasties to Civics Standard 3: SS.C.V.3: Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good and protect rights.
Students analyzed each dynasty and then selected one of the five as their preference for citizenship, composing a Position Statement that defined the positive attributes while acknowledging one negative attribute to balance their statements. These statements were then used to support participation in Dialogue Circles as citizenship preferences were compared and explored further. Next week, we will investigate the Silk Road and its influence on trade as well as the exchange of ideas and cultural influences.

Science- Mrs. Panjwani

This week in science students learned that the sea lamprey, an invasive fish, is causing problems in the Great Lakes. We added the sea lamprey to the food web and looked at the direct and indirect connections it made and how it affected every organism. Students also had a quiz on food chains and food webs on Friday. Next week the students will dissect the Perch (Wednesday) and the Sea Lamprey (Thursday). On Monday students will be bringing home a handout about expectations and guidelines to go over with you for the dissection. 

Standards this week:
LS 2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
LS 2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and non living parts of an ecosystem. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students worked on writing their informational articles about the activist-related topics they explored last week.  They focused on creating a table of contents as an outline for the articles and drafting some of the chapters. The 6th graders also shared poems by well-known poets on Thursday for Poem in your Pocket Day-a celebration of National Poetry Month.  Independent reading continues! 
Standards addressed this week include...

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.

Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students worked on converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.  Students learned how to determine when a fraction will repeat or terminate.  Students proved why a fraction such as 65/99 would be 0.656565....Next week we will be focusing on operations with signed numbers.

Standards addressed this week:
  • 7.NS.2 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers.
  • 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. 
Math- Mrs. Bishop
This week students worked on writing, solving, and graphing one-step equations and inequalities.  We began Chapter 8 and students worked on finding the mean, median, and range of class data.  Next week students will work on analyzing different data displays.  
Standards Addressed this week:

  • 6.EE.5: 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 of the form or to represent a constraint or condition in a real-world or mathematical problem. Recognize that inequalities of the form or have infinitely many solutions; represent solutions of such inequalities on number line diagrams.
  • 6.SP.5:Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean)
Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week we concluded Chapter 10 by learning about systems of quadratic equations as well as absolute value and quadratic inequalities. The Chapter 10 Team Test will be on Monday (4/30), we'll review on Tuesday, and the Chapter 10 Individual Test will take place on Wednesday (5/2). In Chapter 11, students will further investigate data analysis and statistics.
Standards Assessed in Chapter 10:
  • 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 continued working on planning a party with study of party-themed vocabulary. We discovered a fun new game to play for review called Gimkit! We also started talking about interrogatives, starting with "When?". This week we practiced the following standard:
  • WL 1.1) The student can exchange information about familiar topics, using phrases and simple sentences.

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French students worked on tweaking and improving their French sound when they recorded la Conversation Culturelle. They also had a short reading assessment showing that they are able to understand a paragraph. Lastly, students listened the difference in the pastimes of twins, Georges et Georgette. They then analyzed the sentences and came up with a formula on how to say that someone is not doing something. We will continue to practice this construction into next week. At the end of next week, they will have a lesson assessment.
     •WL 1.1 Student can exchange opinions about familiar topics.  
     •WL 1.4  Student can apply class material to conversation 
     •WL 2.6  Student can derive meaning from written sources.

Health- Miss Fink 

Students have been working on how to read Food Labels and conducting a variety of practice. As the week comes to a close, students have ben creating a poster comparing

Healthy versus Unhealthy Food Items at a local fast food restaurant demonstrating the difference between a healthy and vastly unhealthy meal. The following standards are being 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 #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks. 
  • Standard #5: Demonstrate and identify circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision-making skills.
  • Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students began working on their ceramics problem. They will continue to work on this project next week.  

National Core Art Standards Assessed:

  • VA:Cr1.1: Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.

  • VA:Cr1.2: Ideas are original, unique, creative and show personally relevant content.

  • VA:Cr2.1a: Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.

  • VA:Cr2.1b: Artist demonstrates willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.

  • VA:Cr2.3: Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.

Bobcat Camp is Live! We are offering camps in Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey. Registration is available through the district website. Camp runs from June 11-14, 18-21 and is open to all incoming 5th-8th graders!

Monday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00pm (Weather Permitting)
Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm
Tuesday: Golf Practice and/or Play Date 3:45-6:30pm (Weather Permitting)
Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm
Wednesday: Golf Practice and/or Play Date 3:45-6:30pm (Weather Permitting)
Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm
Thursday: Golf @ Oak Grove 4:00pm (Heather Ridge Golf Course)
Track @ Libertyville HS 4:30pm
Friday: NONE
Saturday: Track Conference Meet @ North Chicago 8:00AM

After School Activities 

 PTO News

8th Grade Social, Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt, on Friday, May 18

8th grade parents -- mark your calendars now so your student's don't miss out on the Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt. Friday, May 18th from 3:30pm-5:30pm 8th grade students will race through downtown Lake Bluff following clues and trying to with the Amazing Race as part of their graduation celebrations. Food and refreshments will be provided. Free to students. 

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. 


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