7th Grade Weekly Update 5/1/15

Announcements
Thank you to all parents who volunteered their time and continued support through the musical "The Little Mermaid Jr."  The fine arts team and all those involved would like to extend their gratitude to those who spent endless hours helping us make the production such a success.  

The Chorus Concert will be Wednesday, May 20th at 7PM!  

One Life, Live Well:  Next week is our annual awareness week where we promote the topics of physical, mental, and emotional health.  Various theme days, lunch activities, and classroom discussions will occur throughout the week to promote healthy choices and happy living for all our students and staff.  We only have One Life, so we want to Live it Well!  Contact Mrs. Quick or Ms. Fink for more information. 




Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/4: 
One Life Live Well, Wear sweats!

Tuesday
, 5/5: 
PARCC Testing, Hat Day!

Wednesday
, 5/6: 
One Life Live Well, Hoops for Heart, Wear high/fun socks!

Thursday
, 5/7: 
PARCC Testing, Bright colors day!

Friday
, 5/8: 
Encore and Jazz Band to Great
 America's Music Festival, School spirit day!

Course Updates

Math 8 - Mrs. Tschanz & Mr. Jakcsy
This week, we continued to work on geometric relationships, working on an angle project to solidify our understanding of the various types of angles.  On Monday, there will be a test on this unit before moving into our last unit, three dimensional geometry.

Algebra - Mrs. Tschanz 
This week, we started to solve quadratic functions using graphing techniques and finding square roots.  There will be quiz on Monday regarding these topics.  Then, we will move into solving using our previously learned factoring techniques.

Language Arts- Mrs. Springer
Students refined their rough and final drafts for their children's book projects this week.  Students have, or will meet with me for second individual editing conferences before beginning physical construction of their books.  Thank you to all of the parents and older siblings who provided adult edits!!!  It is very much appreciated.  Next week, physical construction of the books continues with layout, design, illustrations and placement of text.  5 L.A. COMPASS Learning lessons are due on Monday, May 4th.
Language Arts- Mrs. McNicholas
Students continued work on their Children's Book Project this week!  Final drafts were due on Monday, followed by peer interviews to write their About the Author.  Then students hit the ground running to create a book to reflect their original story.  Students will not be allowed to work on the the books home until the weekend of May 9/10.  Final books are due on May 11.  Students must also continue reading their IR book for a minimum of 100 minutes per week and log their time.

Social Studies- Mrs. Twohig 
This week, students did a great job focusing on the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  We examined the roots of the situation, and are preparing to attend a United Nations conference next week.  The objective of this conference is to discuss and determine possible solutions to the conflict, and to answer the following question:  Can peace emerge in the Middle East?

Science- Mr. DeYoung 
This week the students worked on learning the structures and organelles of a plant and animal cell as well as their functions. We also discussed the broad categories (domains) and different levels of organization. Next week we will have a quiz on Wednesday, May 6th that will cover the material we have learned in chapter 1. There is a link to a quizlet on the homework hotline if students want to practice with virtual notecards.
 
Español - Srta. Horner 
Spanish speakers have spent class time working on their final projects for Unidad 4! Students created dream houses and floor plans. Projects are due Monday, and we will have an in-class gallery walk of everyone's work! Next week we will be talking about Cinco de Mayo, and we will also begin Unidad 5.

Français - Mme Szostak 
This week in French, students continued to practice their family vocabulary by doing various speaking partner activities. Next week we begin possessive adjectives, that is, how to show ownership with my, your, his/her, etc.

Lights, Camera, Action!- Mrs. Olmstead
This week as step three of the door scene project, the students had to film other groups' storyboards exactly the way that they visually communicated them.  We then watched them with the whole class.  We talke about the importance of communicating clearly (there were some details missing that made the interpretations different form the original visions), but the groups enjoyed the process.  For step four, the students will go back to their original storyboards to make improvements before filming a rough cut.  

Health - Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have been learning about the ill-effects of HIV/AIDS.  Students have been creating an advertisement to educate teens about the effects that HIV/AIDS can have on one's body.  Next week, we will be talking about heart disease and cancer, which are non-infectious diseases.  Have a great weekend.  
Visual Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian
7th grade art students have been enjoying some open studio time this week.  They will write the artist statement for their sgraffito piece next week.


Athletics

Monday: Golf Practice @ LBGC 3:45pm
Track Practice 3:45 - 4:45pm
Tuesday: Golf Practice @ LBGC 3:45pm
Wednesday: Golf @ LBGC for Alpha JGT 4:15pm (6 Golfers)
Track @ LFHS 4:00pm
Thursday: Golf @ Heather Ridge GC 4:00pm (8 Golfers)
Track Practice 3:45-4:45pm
Friday: Track Practice 3:45-4:45pm
Saturday: Conference Track Meet @ North Chicago HS 9:00am

Please return any and all jerseys from sports throughout the year!



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