7th Grade Weekly Update


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.

Next Week at a Glance
5/7 - 5/11
Monday: ELO - ELA

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: Early Dismissal at 2:10pm

Thursday: ELO - Sci, SS, and World Language

Friday: Encore/Jazz Band Field Trip

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts, we began our final reading unit of the year.  Our focus is Dystopian Fiction. Over the course of the next few weeks, all students will read at least the first  two books in their designated series. The first bend of our unit will focus on a genre study as we familiarize ourselves with components of Dystopian novels.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.3: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students continued to work with angle relationships and vocabulary.  The assessment for Chapter 8 will be next Wednesday, May 9th. It will cover the following standards:

  • 7.EE.2: Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related.

  • 7.EE.4: Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities

  • 7.G.1: Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.

  • 7.G.2: Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.

  • 7.G.5: Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.

  • 7.NS.3: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.

  • 7.RP.1: Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in like or different units.

  • 7.SP.1: Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.

  • 7.SP.2: Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or simulated samples) of the same size to gauge the variation in estimates or predictions.

  • 7.SP.3: Informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities, measuring the difference between the centers by expressing it as a multiple of a measure of variability.

  • 7.SP.4: Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in class, students investigated various angle and triangle relationships, focusing on the following standards:

  • 8.G.5: Use informal arguments to establish facts about the angle sum and exterior angle of triangles, about the angles created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal, and the angle-angle criterion for similarity of triangles.

Next week, students will start to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem.

  • 8.G.6: Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.

  • 8.G.7: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.

  • 8.G.8: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.

Algebra - 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)

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This past week, we explored the graphing of trigonometric functions. The the students have a quiz on Monday assessing Standard I12.3: Write and graph trigonometric functions; identify key characteristics of a function (period, amplitude, asymptotes). Next week, we will begin working on trigonometric properties with a quiz on May 14th assessing:

  • I12.5: Simplify trigonometric expressions using factoring, trigonometric identities, and properties.

  • I12.6: Construct a viable proof for a trigonometric statement.

Science - DeYoung

This week the students developed an understanding of a system and then began to explore the digestive system. Next week we will continue with the digestive system and begin to investigate diffusion.

  • MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

  • MS-LS1-7: Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week we continued to study aspects of life in the Middle East.  We looked at the impact of water scarcity, and the role of women in this part of the world.  We will also be studying the impact of oil and wealth in certain countries.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students are learning body parts vocabulary. Students always love a rousing game of SimonDit where they have to touch the body part that I say; it’s a fun way to assess vocabulary retention and listening comprehension. They also enjoyed singing “Tête Epaule et Pieds”! They spoke a lot of French during the game “Devinez Qui?’ It actually seems like we’ve gone back in time to play some favorite childhood games, but movement is really the best way to make vocabulary stick! Next week students will learn the vocabulary to describe various physical states, like being hungry, scared, or sleepy…

  • Interpersonal standards:

    • WL 1.4   Student can apply class material to conversation.

  • Interpretive standards:

    • WL 2.4  Student can understand and interpret French through listening to spoken word at an appropriate level.

Health - Fink

Seventh grade students are watching the movie “Miracle,” we will be analyzing how the skill-related fitness components are shown in the movie.  How each component is utilized and how it affects the performance of individuals as well as the team as the approach the 1980 Olympics.

Standards being assessed:

  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  

  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors.

  • 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.

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on their open studio piece.  

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.

Lights, Camera, Action!-Olmstead

This week in LCA, film groups worked on Step 2 and 3 of their Door Scene projects.  Step 2 involved creating a detailed and descriptive storyboard for their script, including film shots, angles, FX, and dialogue. The twist for Step 3 is that each group was given another group’s storyboard to film for Step 3, which emphasizes the importance of clear communication when creating a storyboard.  

ISTE Standard Assessed this week:

  • ISTE 2.2 Communicate information and ideas effectively to audiences using a variety of media and formats.


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

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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