7th Grade Weekly Update 5/8/15


Summer Programming 
Registration for our Kaleidoscope program is still underway, and 
must be completed by May 15 to avoid a $100.00 late fee.  To learn more, click here to see our variety of fun and educational options.  Classes will run Monday through Thursday, June 15-July 9 from 8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Please contact Carly Quick with any questions or concerns at cquick@lb65.org.  We hope to see you this summer! 

Odyssey of the Mind World Competition
On May 20-23, 8 LBMS students will be competing at the Odyssey of the Mind Word Competition at Michigan State University. 
Odyssey of the Mind is an international organization that was founded over 25 years ago based on the principle of creative problem solving.  In order to compete, teams of students select a problem and must create and present their solution through a creative performance.  No adult input is allowed in the design process.  The students are responsible for all ideas and all construction of props and devices.  The two teams representing LBMS placed 1st and 2nd in the State of Illinois competition and will now represent our state at the World Competition.

Band Concert
Tuesday, May 19th at 7PM

Chorus Concert 
Wednesday, May 20th at 7PM!  

We believe the best way for students and parents to keep track of student progress is via our PowerSchool portal. 

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/11:
2:10 Dismissal 

Tuesday, 5/12: 
Goal Update

Wednesday, 5/13:
Goal Update

Thursday, 5/14: 
Bluffer Field Day prep

Friday, 5/15: 
Flex Friday

Course Updates

Math 8 - Mrs. Tschanz & Mr. Jakcsy
This week we finished our unit on angles and angle relationships. We've started the final unit in the Common Core 8 curriculum which investigates the surface area and volume of three dimensional shapes. 

Algebra - Mrs. Tschanz 
This week we are working on solving quadratic equations using the factoring techniques we learned in Unit 17.  We will have a quiz on Monday on this topic.  Then, next week, we will solve quadratics using the completing the square method.

Language Arts- Mrs. Springer
Students continued working on their individual children's books. Their progress is wonderful to observe as they apply illustrations and decorative elements to the physical books to create a complete product.  Final projects are due next Friday, May 15th.  Students will share their books with LBES second graders on May 28th.  Five COMPASS Learning lessons are due on Monday, May 11th.

Language Arts- Mrs. McNicholas
Students used this week to bring their stories to life by illustrating and crafting their actual children's books.  Although they have not been allowed to bring the physical books home throughout the week, students are allowed to take it home this weekend should they need the additional time to complete the project.  Final books are due on Monday, May 11. On May 28th students will walk to LBES to share their creations with the lucky second grade class.  Next week we will begin our short story unit, which involves close reading, analyzing theme, and, ultimately, composing an essay.

Social Studies- Mrs. Twohig 
This week students prepared for their conference on the Middle East.  They looked at a variety of groups in this area, and the types of solutions these groups propose to avoid conflict.  They will be evaluating which proposal is the strongest and then coming to their own conclusions regarding the following question:  Can peace emerge in the Middle East, and if so, how?

Science- Mr. DeYoung 
This week the students completed their study of cell parts and cellular organization. Next week we will be talking about some of the molecules in the cells, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. We will also be looking at photosynthesis and cellular respiration. 

Español - Srta. Horner 
This week we started Unidad 5, which focuses on household chores and helping others. We also paused to learn more about Cinco de Mayo, including how and why it is celebrated. Next week we will talk more about what chores we do at home.

Français - Mme Szostak 
This week in French, students learned to express possession using possessive adjectives. We focused on the forms of my, your, his/her this week and next week, we'll move into our, your, their. This concept of ownership is approached very differently in French as the gender of the object is more important than the gender of the person possessing. 

Lights, Camera, Action!- Mrs. Olmstead
The students are working on the final steps of their door scene project:  filming a rough edit using multiple shots, angles, and movements, and then editing using iMovie.  We will be screening the films next week!

Health - Ms. Fink
This week in 7th grade, students have been learning about non-infectious diseases such as cardiovascular disease.  In addition, we have been discussing how to prevent CVD in the future and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.  Have a great weekend.  

Visual Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian
7th grade art students have been enjoying some open studio time this week.  They also turned in the artist statement for their sgraffito piece.


Monday: Golf Practice 3:45pm
Tuesday: Golf Practice 3:45pm
Wednesday: ALPHA Golf @ Deerpath Golf Course (6 Golfers only)
Thursday: NONE
Friday: TBD (Depends on course availability at LBGC)

BOBCAT CAMP IS BACK! The annual summer tradition runs June 8-11, and 15-18. Volleyball, Field Hockey and Basketball. Open to all Students entering grades 5 - 8 in the '15-16 school year. See the website or Mr. Williams for a downloadable flyer!

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