7th Grade Weekly Update


Student-Led Conference Signups:

Last week, you should have received a sign-up link from your child’s advisory teacher.  If you have not received the link, please let your child’s advisor know so that a student-led conference can be scheduled.  Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, January 25th and Friday, January 26th.

Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

It has been a great week of auditions!  We are so proud of all of the students who tried out for the musical and all the hard work they put into preparing for them.  Students received an audition number that will correspond to their casting and call backs.  If any students lose their number they can ask or email Mrs. Olmstead.  A small number of students will be called back for additional scene work and singing on Monday, January 22nd from 3:45-6:00 pm.  The cast list will be posted on the musical website on Saturday, January 28th by 12pm.  There will be an all cast parent and cast meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at 7pm.  Any additional questions?  Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  Information on all crews are available on the call board in the STEAM lab and on the musical website.

PARCC Testing:

The PARCC testing window is April 4 - April 13, 2018.   As it is important to have all of our students present at school during this time, please plan to have your child(ren) at school on these dates. There is PLENTY of time between now and the PARCC Assessment so don’t get too worried.  If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to let me know.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey - Parent Responses Needed!

Lake Bluff School District 65 is participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.  Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Survey is open through January 31, 2018. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/ and enter your e-mail address, the county name (Lake) and the school name (Lake Bluff Elementary or Lake Bluff Middle).

News from the Nurse

An "Influenza like illness" has descended upon LBMS.  Three to four students a day were reported absent due to fevers with sore throat.  No confirmed cases of Influenza were reported this week.  The stomach bug is lingering, but not creating as many absences.

Next Week at a Glance
1/22 - 1/26
Monday: Conference Prep

Tuesday: Conference Prep

Wednesday: Conference Prep

Thursday: Dismissal at 11:30am
Geography Bee Finals, Career Exposition Day, Student Led Conferences

Friday: No Student Attendance, Student Led Conferences

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week, students wrote objective summaries for their non-fiction books.  To begin bend two of our non-fiction unit, students selected topics to research.  They will use their non-fiction reading skills as they dig into research.  At the end of the week, we administered our winter MAP test for reading.  

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students continued to work on probability models and determining the probability of various outcomes.  Next week, students will begin to learn a five step process in order to better solve word problems.  

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2, students began to work with circles, using bubbles and measurements to find the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  Then they applied their new knowledge of the formulas for area and circumference to work with compound shapes.  Next week, students will work with comparing surface area and volume of shapes.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students completed the chapter 6 project. The goal of the project was for students to analyze data sets, determine if a correlation was present, evaluate the strength of the correlation, and make predictions using a line of best fit. Students also completed the Winter MAP Test. Next week we’ll begin chapter 7, which focuses on exponential growth and decay in real-world scenarios, including percent growth, compound interest, and half-life applications.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, we wrapped up our work with quadratics and transformations and completed the winter MAP test. Next week, students will complete the LFHS common assessment on Monday (review packets handed out this week with answers in Classroom) and then start exploring Conic Sections! Quiz 11 will be Jan. 30th.

Science - DeYoung

This week we wrapped up the electrical energy portion and light energy portion of our unit. Next week, on Monday, we will have a quiz covering the second half of our energy unit.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students began their journey through Monsoon Asia.  They did some background reading and notes about this area, as well as mapped the physical features and countries of Monsoon Asia.  

Spanish - Horner

This week we wrapped up our café unit with two assessments. Students did an assessment on ordering in a café, in which I played their water and they responded to me. In the second assessment, students created presentations on their perfect meal. They explained what foods they chose and why. On Friday, students were able to see their peers’ projects in a gallery walk during class. Be on the lookout for Spanish progress conference forms to come home next week.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students continued using their school subject vocabulary in meaningful conversation. Students talked about classes that they like and why. We also reviewed the days of the week as we build the skills to talk about school schedules. Next week students will have a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.

Health - Fink

This week in health we are working on our RAFT projects which are due on Monday, January 22 at the beginning of class.  Once the RAFT projects are due we will be moving into the drug education unit.  Have a great weekend.  

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students finished their open studio piece and filled out a self-assessment.  Next week we begin our clay unit.

Theatre Arts-Olmstead

This week in Theatre Arts, the students have continued to create the technical aspects of their radio drama while rehearsing their character voices.  Groups have began to add in voice and sound effect loops into the music editing software GarageBand.  When the performances are complete, they will be shared with the class.   


Congrats on the Amazing season of all our Basketball Teams! Please make sure you wash and return your clean jerseys to your coach!

Monday: Boys VB Tryouts 3:45-5:45pm

Tuesday: Boys VB Tryouts 3:45-5:45pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: NONE

All 6th grade boys interested in Intramural Basketball, We will begin the week after conferences! See Mr. Williams for more information!

 After School Activities 

Chess Club:

Next Chess Club meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd after school in Mrs. Twohig’s room.

 PTO News

Save the Date

The PTO's spring auction is going to be a golf scramble and after party. Mark May 19th on your calendar so you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time.

Spirit Wear

Love the look of Lake Bluff's new spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spirit wear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information.


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