7th Grade Weekly Update



Please be sure to let your child's advisory teacher and the office know when your child will be absent from school by 9am.  You can email or leave a message in the attendance voice mailbox.  If your child will be absent more than 1 day, please be sure to send an email with the exact dates of the absence.

News from the Nurse

Absences due to illness fell into two categories this week.  One is a respiratory virus with fever, sore throat, and cough.  It looks influenza like, but the fevers aren't very high.  Students that have been tested for influenza have been negative.  The second illness is a GI bug.  Some students report significant nausea/vomiting for 24 hours, some have reported diarrhea.

Enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend!


Helping Out a Family in Need

On Labor Day, our neighbors lost their house to a catastrophic fire which has left them without their home, personal possessions, and their sweet dog, Demi. What wasn't destroyed by the fire was ruined by the water, leaving them with only the clothing on their backs. Our hearts are breaking and many want to help this family rebuild their lives. To that effort, I have set up a drop location at the Shields Township Office, where you can leave basic necessities such as gently used clothing (women’s size L and men’s size L), toiletries, gift cards to Jewel, Target, Home Depot, or local restaurants. Their daughter has a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-family-get-back-on-their-ft), where you can donate, also. Thank you in advance for your generous support; they are grateful for all of the help! Sincerely, Caty Weston

Please drop off items to Mrs. Johnson's room or at:

Shields Township Offices

c/o Terry Darraugh, Shields Township Supervisor

906 W. Muir Avenue (2nd Floor) Lake Bluff

Executive Functions and the Teenage Brain

Presenter: Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Rush Neurobehavioral Center- Education Department

Monday, November 20, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (includes a Q&A)

Lake Forest High School (Raymond Moore Auditorium)

Back by popular demand… Dr. Bozeday will explore the unique and sometimes confounding nature of the teenage brain.  Research technology in the twenty-first century provides us with exciting opportunities to study the ever-changing human brain from infancy through the senior years.  Accordingly, we can now better understand adolescent behavior and examine best approaches in parenting and teaching.  Questions from topics based on research in educational neuroscience that will be incorporated into Dr. Bozeday's presentation include: *  Is high school too late for kids to develop executive function skills like developing better organizational skills, maintaining routines, managing time, and balancing school work, extra-curricular activities, and family? *  What role does sleep play in the development of the teenage brain? *  When are stress and anxiety motivating and when do these emotions get in the way? *  Is media helping or detracting from our kids' ability to succeed?

The presentation will focus on middle school and high school age students. All are welcome!


"How to Raise an Adult"

Presentation by Author, Julie Lythcott-Haims

Monday, December 4

7:00 p.m.

Lake Forest High School

Raymond Moore Auditorium

1285 McKinley Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). She is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

How to Raise an Adult emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. She received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult has been published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel which will be out in 2018.

Lake Forest Book Store has generously offered a 15% discount on the purchase of the book if you mention this event!

Co-sponsored by Lake Forest High School District 115, Lake Forest District 67, and LEAD

Next Week at a Glance
11/20 - 11/24
Monday: ELA ELO, Set up for Success

Tuesday: Math ELO, Set up for Success

Wednesday: No School

Thursday: No School

Friday: No School

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

In Language Arts, as part of our argument writing unit, we began researching and investigating competitive sports for kids.  They wrote flash drafts of their essays early in the week and then worked on adding relevant evidence to their essays. As we continue with this unit of study, the students will eventually choose and research their own topic.

Math 2 - Carney & Tschanz

This week in Math 2, students completed their work on Chapter 3 which focused on operations with rational numbers.  There is an assessment for this Chapter on Monday, November 20th.  After Thanksgiving break, students will begin Chapter 4 which focuses on proportions and expressions.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2, students began working on Unit 4 which focuses on proportions and percents. Students worked on reviewing proportional relationships and solved problems using representations of percents.  This work will continue into next week.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week we finished chapter 4, which focused on solving systems of equations. Next week and following Thanksgiving, we’ll dive into chapter 5, which focuses on exponential growth, exponential decay, and sequences.

HSAATH - Mr. Jakcsy & Mrs. Komac

Next week, we wrap up our radicals work with Quiz 7. After Thanksgiving, we will begin our work with imaginary and complex numbers!

Science - DeYoung

This week the students completed some investigations into kinetic energy and gravitational energy. Next week we will continue with gravitational energy and begin to investigate elastic energy after Thanksgiving.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students began a study of government… what is it?  What kind of government is the USA? How do governments affect people’s lives?  We looked at 3 types of governments from Europe and Russia… Democracy, Republic, and Communism.  We will be taking a closer look at the roots of the Communist Revolution, and life in a Communist system.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we started Unidad 2 “Comemos en Puerto Rico”. The kids are reviewing some old vocabulary and picking up some new vocabulary along the way. We’re starting off the unit by discussing foods we like and dislike, and simply sharing if it is good or bad. After Thanksgiving we will move forward with adding specifics such as “it is too spicy” and so on.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students continued working with their expanded school vocabulary. Students did various speaking activities like finding the classmate who had the same items on their supply list and trying to guess what each other has in their back packs. Students also learned more prepositions of location.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been furthering their understanding and knowledge of the male and female reproductive systems.  As the week comes to a close, Trimester One will be ending.  As of November 20, current health students will need to report to PE.  Have a great weekend.

Art - Engel-Julian

This week in art, we wrapped up our trimester with an artist statement and preparing work for the art show.  Please stop by and see some of the great things students are creating!

Acting I-Olmstead

It has been a fantastic trimester in Acting!  We finished off our last unit on neutral scenes with student directed performances followed by a series of improv games to wrap the trimester up.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese

The students had a productive, creative, and discovery-filled trimester in the STEAM lab.  From 3D animation to robotic car design, the students experienced the results of their dedication and hard work.  Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!  


Week of 11/20 - 11/24
Monday: GBB @ Deerpath 4:15/5:15pm
8BBB Practice 3:45 - 5:45pm, 7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm
Wednesday: NONE
Thursday: NONE
Friday: NONE

Week of 11/27 - 12/1
Monday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
GBB vs. Edgewood 4:30/5:30pm
Tuesday: BBB vs. Edgewood 4:30/5:30pm
Wednesday: GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15pm, BBB Practice 5:15 - 7:00pm
Thursday: GBB vs. Neal Academy 4:15/5:15pm
BBB @ Deerpath Gold 4:15/5:15pm
Friday: 7BBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15pm

 After School Activities 

Chess Club:

First official Chess Club meeting will be after school until 4:40 pm, on Tuesday, Dec 12th, in Mrs. Twohig's room.

 PTO News

Spiritwear Update

If you ordered spiritwear, you should have received an email with pickup details. If you missed out, the Lake Bluff PTO will be stocking spiritwear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Updated items will be available for the holiday season. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information.


Bluffer Nights

Make Thanksgiving week easy and take a night (or two) off from cooking. Dine in or take out from Donati's Pizza anytime between November 20-22 to support our schools. Don't forget to mention the Lake Bluff PTO for 20% of your total food order to be donated to the PTO. Check out Donati's menu online at http://donatispizza.com.


Charleston Wrap & Home Goods

Charleston Wrap orders will be ready for pick up on November 20th from 3:00pm-6:00pm at LBMS. The PTO's ordering portal is still open if you'd like to place an order for items to be shipped to you. You can go to https://www.charlestonwrap.com to shop the more than 500 items offered. Our school ID is 14525.


Love to Bake?

The LBMS PTO is looking for bakers for our annual boxed holiday treats for the LBMS staff. Any and all baked goods are greatly appreciated. If you'd like to help out, please contact Amy Connell-Donohue at acd@amyconnellphotography.com. Items should be dropped off to Amy by 10:00am on December 14 (755 Mawman Ave.). The holiday treat boxes will be assembled at Amy's from 10:00am-12:00pm on December 14th, if you'd like to help out.  


Want More Information?

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