6th Grade Weekly Update for 5-4-18

Springfield Update
Please return medical forms to Ms. Horner at the middle school before the trip. Students who do not submit medical forms before the Springfield trip will not be allowed to travel, as is the policy of the travel company. For questions please contact Ms. Horner.

Students will receive a helpful handout this Tuesday with tips for preparing for the trip.  Before they arrive on Friday morning, students will know their chaperone groups as well.  On Friday, please plan to ARRIVE at school by 5:40 AM. Buses are scheduled to leave at 6:00 a.m.sharp. We plan to arrive back in Lake Bluff at approximately 9 PM.

Earth Week Recap
Thank you LBMS families for making our Earth Week a success!  Last week the LBMS Environmental Club collected 10,527 items.  We donated 422 books to Bernie's Book Bank, 7,102 crayons to The Crayon Initiative and 3,003 plastic bags went to a local recycling program.  

News from the Nurse
I'm sorry to report that this week's warm weather did not completely eliminate illness at LBMS.  There were two common reasons for absence this week.  One was a low to mid-grade fever that lasts 2-3 days. The other was a stomachache with significant fatigue; some students also experienced some vomiting.
DENTAL EXAM FORMS were due May 1st, if you have not submitted your student's form, PLEASE submit it by  May 7th.  Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/7: Set up for Success/ELO

, 5/8: Springfield Meeting

, 5/9: 2:10 Dismissal

, 5/10: Set up for Success/ELO

Course Updates 
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students examined Social Studies Economics standard 3 as they explored the Silk Road of Ancient China and specific barriers to trade: SS.EC.3.6-8: Explain barriers to trade and how those barriers influence trade amongst nations. We defined the aspects of physical, social and cultural barriers and related those specifically to The Great Wall. We capped our week with a virtual field trip to The Great Wall and the Seven Wonders of the World. Ask your student about his or her experience!

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week in science students dissected the Yellow Perch and Sea Lamprey. Students got a better understanding with structure and function by visualizing the external and internal anatomy of the two fish. Students saw first hand how the Sea Lamprey is a parasitic fish and how it latches on to its prey. 
Standards: LS 4.A Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students continued to draft, revise, and edit their information articles.  Next week they will publish them and prepare the articles to be virtually shared here at school and at the Lake Bluff Public Library.  Next week also marks the start of our final unit: a reading unit centering around the novel Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt.  This amazing historical fiction novel explores the late 1960's along with themes of growing up and finding out who you are.  Your child will have a reading calendar with chapter and other assignments.  Please encourage your child to take this long weekend to work on article and read his or her IDR book!!! 

Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students practiced finding the sums and products of signed numbers and learned how to represent the process on a number line.   Students also worked on simplifying absolute value expressions.  Next weeks students will begin  Chapter 3.  
Standards addressed this week:


Understand the absolute value of a rational number as its distance from 0 on the number line;


Apply and extend previous understandings of integer addition and subtraction.    


Convert a rational number to a decimal using long division; know that the decimal form of a rational number terminates in 0s or eventually repeats.

Math- Mrs. Bishop
Students worked on analyzing and displaying data on histograms and stem and leaf plots.  They determined when it is best to use the mean to describe a typical value vs. when it is best to use the median to describe a typical value.  Students were introduced to mean absolute deviation and will continue to work on this calculation along with the box and whisker plots next week.   

Standards addressed this week:


Display numerical data on a histogram, and stem and leaf plots.


Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by:Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.


Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by:Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context in which the data were gathered.

 Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students completed the chapter 10 team test, reviewed the key concepts from the chapter, and completed the chapter 10 individual test. Beginning this past Thursday and continuing next week, students will learn about transformations of functions and more advanced data analysis in chapter 11.

Standards Assessed in Chapter 11:

  • Standard 2: Analysis of Function Properties and Representations (F-IF.1, F-IF.2, F-IF.3, F-IF.5, F-IF.6, F-IF.9, F-LE.1b, F-LE.1c, F-LE.2, F-LE.3, F-LE.5)
  • Standard 3: Graph a variety of functions and apply/interpret those graphs in context (F-IF.4, F-IF.7a, F-IF.7b, F-IF.7e, F-IF.8b, F-LE.1a)
  • Standard 9: Represent data in various formats; create statistical models; interpret statistics in context and make predictions. (S-ID.1, S-ID.2, S-ID.3, S-ID.6a, S-ID.6b, S-ID.6c, S-ID.7, S-ID.8, S-ID.9)
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we practiced the questions ¿Cuándo? and ¿Dónde? so that students could respond to questions about the time, date, or location of a party. On Friday we did a diálogo to practice these two questions. 
WL 1.1) Student can exchange information about familiar topics, using phrases and simple sentences.

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, students wrapped up the unit on discussing pastimes activities. Students worked on communicating who doesn't do things to further reinforce the negative formation. On the lesson assessment, students were assessed on the following standards:
Interpersonal Communication
    WL 1.1 Student can exchange opinions about familiar topics 
    WL 1.4  Student can apply class material to conversation 
Interpretive Language
    WL 2.2  Student can often understand spoken French on familiar topics 

Next week, students will do a written summative assessment when they "interview" a classmate to learn more about them.
Health- Miss Fink 

“Supersize Me” - Documentary and Reflection Questions on “Supersize Me.”

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 #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.

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in STEAM, the students presented their second engagements to the class.  There were amazing final projects including a k'nex amusement park, a city simulation with over 3000 citizens, and a robotic tank.  Third engagements begin on Monday!
ISTE Standards assessed for each engagement:

  • 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 finished working on their ceramics problem. They will continue to work on their studio 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.


Monday: Golf Practice 4:00-5:00pm
Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm
Tuesday: Golf vs. Oak Grove 4:00pm @ LBGC
Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm
Wednesday: NONE
Thursday: Golf Practice 4:00-5:00pm
Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm
Friday: NONE
Saturday: Track Sectionals 8:00am @ Maine East HS

 After School Activities 
Chess Club
Meets Tues, 5/8 from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Twohig's room. 

 PTO News

8th Grade Service Project/Graduation T-shirts:

The 8th grade class will be doing a service project for Fill a Heart 4 Kids as part of graduation week celebrations. The service project committee will be offering "Class of 2022" graduation shirts as a way to raise funds to purchase food for survival backpacks for homeless youth. Fill a Heart is specifically requesting food, as donations dip in the summer and the need for survival backpacks are ever-present. Keep your eye open for more details as the web store will open next week. The shirts are optional. But we think it would be special to see the students wearing their shirts on June 6th for the class picnic and service project. 

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. 

Want More Information?

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