7th Grade Weekly Update

SBR Podcast
Interested in learning more about Standards Based Reporting and SBR practices?  Check out our podcast!  This is the second in a series of podcasts that we will be sharing throughout the year. 

For additional information, check out our Standards Based Reporting webpage.

Unity Day

Wednesday October 25th is Unity Day.  We are asking everyone to wear ORANGE that day as a way to unite together and show support for students who are bullied everywhere.  This is a national day of bullying awareness and we hope all students will participate and help us foster a culture of being a united and kind LBMS!

Science Olympiad and Odyssey of the Mind Meetings

On Monday, Oct. 23th we will be conducting informational meetings about two exciting extra-curricular opportunities for our students.  The Odyssey of the Mind meeting will begin at 6:30 PM and the Science Olympiad meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings will take place at the presentation stairs at Lake Bluff Middle School.

Red Ribbon Week

Next week is National Red Ribbon Week!  The purpose of this week is to create awareness surrounding the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and support our students in their decision to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.  Here is our calendar of themes and activities throughout the week.  LEAD is hosting a parent event on recreational marijuana and its impact on our community.   We also encourage you to check out these tips on how to support and talk with your children at home.  Your involvement is appreciated (and makes a difference!)  Contact Mrs. Quick with any questions.

Robotics & Engineering 101

This is an annual event for our LBMS ladies held at Woodlands Academy. Interested girls will attend building workshops, create a catapult, and learn about coding & programming. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 18th from 9AM to 12:30PM. Girls can register by going to www.woodlandsacademy.org/robotics-engineering-101. You can contact Mrs. Komac for more information!

"How to Raise an Adult"

Book Discussion

Tuesday, November 7

7:00 p.m.

Board Room

LFHS West Campus (please park and enter by blue awning)

300 S. Waukegan Rd.


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


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!


News from the Nurse

In the last two days, absence due to illness has increased. Two different reasons are being reported.  One is a viral sore throat with minor nasal congestion and low grade fever, no Strep has been reported.  The other is upset stomach, no fever, no vomiting, just reports of lingering nausea.

Please remember to report any absence (illness or other type) by 9am to the office. Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance
10/23 - 10/27
Monday: ELO - English Language Arts

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO -Fine Arts & World Language

Thursday: ELO - Science & Social Studies

Friday: Red Ribbon Week Activity

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

During Reading Workshop, we continued to study character traits and identified which character traits influence the shape of the story.  We also examined how pressures on characters impact their choices and the story.  Students worked to push the level of their thinking and analysis as they expanded in their responses in their Reader’s Notebooks.  At the end of the week, partnerships began planning their next book choice.  All students should have their first books completed by Monday.  

Math 2 - Carney & Tschanz

This week in Math 2 students worked with number lines and integer tiles to model addition of positive and negative numbers before moving on to multiplication with fractions and mixed numbers.  Next week, students will look at what characteristics make a good graph and review concepts from this chapter in preparation for the chapter test.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week students began their second part of Unit 2 which focuses on multiple representations of linear relationships.  Students looked at the similarities between patterns, tables, graphs, and rules, started to use y-mx+b to write their rules, and worked on Desmos activities to apply their thinking. They will complete the unit next week and have a team challenge as well as an individual assessment on this unit.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students worked with Algebra tiles to model expressions, solve equations, and multiply binomials. Next week our classes will be solving equations with multiplication, absolute value, and working with multi-variable equations. The next team team challenge assessment will take place on Monday 10/30 and the next individual test will take place on Tuesday 10/31.

HSAATH - Mr. Jakcsy & Mrs. Komac

This week, we revisited our Algebra 1 polynomials with an Algebra 2 twist! Students have Quiz 4 today. We will move into applying those skills to our work with rational expressions next week. This will be an entirely new concept for students and may cause some frustration as they first learn it. Quiz 5 is on Tuesday, 10/31.

Science - DeYoung

This week we finished up understanding the chemical reaction that occurs when copper is exposed to acetic acid, and then explored the reaction due to electrolysis of water. Next week we will explore how a mixture is different than a chemical reaction.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students continued their study of Global Warming / Climate Change.  They did some work on common terms associated with this topic, and looked at / commented on an article about common myths and misconceptions regarding Climate Change.  They will be focusing on the effects of this on our planet next week.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish, students presented their dream bedroom projects to the class! Students were scored on the language they used during their presentations. There were some really unique and fun designs! Students worked hard to prepare their designs and presentations. After, they completed a reflection on how they feel the presentation went including evidence from their speech. We began learning about household chores on Thursday. After we discuss our chores and to-do lists, we will wrap up the unit with a full dream house project.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students completed each other’s original dot-to-dots. Last week students created these dot-to-dots to practice the numbers through 100. Students read the order of numbers in French and their group mates had to follow along to correctly create an image. Students were quite clever with their images! We also began vocabulary for giving the date and describing the daily weather.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students are presenting their RAFT projects to the class on health-related and skill-related fitness components.  I am anxious to see the finished product as many have been very creative in their learning and processing of the information.  As the week comes to a close, students will begin the drug education unit.  Have a great weekend.

Art - Engel-Julian

This week in art, students began their reduction printmaking challenge.  They will continue to work on this challenge over the course of the next few weeks.

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese

The students are about halfway through their second engagements.  For this second opportunity, we are focusing on making improvements on their presentations both in their explanations and their visual representation of their final projects.   

Acting I-Olmstead

The students have chosen their monologues that they will perform next Wednesday or Friday in class.  Each student will create a character analysis for their monologue and rehearse for their peers and Mrs. Olmstead before they perform for the class.  The monologue performance demonstrates the student’s progress towards mastery on the learning standards of using voice and body, performing for an audience, and creating given circumstances for a scripted character.  Have a great weekend!

Girls Basketball Tryout Results will be posted on the Sports Zone Website at Noon on Saturday. Due to scheduling conflicts, 7th and 8th grade boys will extend the tryouts through Tuesday. 7th and 8th Grade Boys Teams will be posted at 8PM on Tuesday Night. Thank you to all who tried out and worked hard!

Monday: 8BBB + 8GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7BBB + 7GBB Practice 5:15 - 7:00
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
8GBB + 8BBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7BBB Practice 5:15 - 7:00
Wednesday: NONE 
Thursday: 8GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7GBB + 7BBB Practice 5:15 - 7:00
Friday: 8BBB 7AM

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Spirit Wear

The Lake Bluff PTO spirit wear webstore is now open. Show off your Lake Bluff spirit in our newly designed items for fall and winter. We've got you covered from warm hats to cozy sweats and fun shirts in between. Go to https://lakebluff2017.itemorder.com to see all of the items that are offered and to place an order. The webstore will be open until Sunday, October 29, with orders to be delivered mid-November.  


Pumpkin Fest and Pumpkin Chase

Pumpkin Fest 2017 is right around the corner! It will be held on Friday, October 27th from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. and Saturday, October 28th after the Pumpkin Chase (www.lakebluffpumpkinchase.org) until 11:00a.m. Come join in on the fun~Haunted Forest, Bake Sale, Bouncy Houses, Facepainting, Pumpkin Decorating, Raffles and more. Please consider volunteering. If you are interested go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090944ADA723A02-volunteer1. Do you like to bake? The bake sale committee is looking for donations. Here’s the bake sale sign-up link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050E4AA9A92E5-2017. Please fill in your name and contact information along with a general idea of what you’re making. Your help is greatly appreciated.

7th Grade Social

The 7th Grade Social, which will be held at CROYA, is scheduled for Friday, November 10th from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Please save the date. More details are to come.


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