7th Grade Weekly Update


Helping Out a Family in Need

On Labor Day, our neighbors lost their house to a catastrophic fire which has left them without their home, personal possessions, and their sweet dog, Demi. What wasn't destroyed by the fire was ruined by the water, leaving them with only the clothing on their backs. Our hearts are breaking and many want to help this family rebuild their lives. To that effort, I have set up a drop location at the Shields Township Office, where you can leave basic necessities such as gently used clothing (women’s size L and men’s size L), toiletries, gift cards to Jewel, Target, Home Depot, or local restaurants. Their daughter has a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-family-get-back-on-their-ft), where you can donate, also. Thank you in advance for your generous support; they are grateful for all of the help! Sincerely, Caty Weston

Please drop off items at:

Shields Township Offices

c/o Terry Darraugh, Shields Township Supervisor

906 W. Muir Avenue (2nd Floor) Lake Bluff

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!

Enrichment Contact List

Hello Parents,

We are attempting to gather email addresses for parents who are interested in enrichment updates and information. If you are someone who is interested in being a part of our Parents Interested in Enrichment contact list, please take a moment complete this short form. Inclusion on this list means you'd like to receive general updates regarding Enrichment at Lake Bluff School District 65 Schools, as well as notification regarding our Parents Interested in Enrichment (PIE) Meetings. Please know the volume of emails will be low/manageable. If you are not sure if you are on our contact list, it's safer to complete this form, just in case. If you have questions feel free to contact Kellie Bae ~ Director of Curriculum kbae@lb65.org


Parent Math Night

Join us at Lake Bluff Middle School

Thursday, November 2, 2017

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Would you like to know more about our new College Preparatory Math (CPM) Program?  We’ve designed an evening event for parents to explore and learn more about our new program that is is based on collaborative learning, problem based approaches, and mixed space practice.

This event will include the chance to experience a lesson, find out more about parent and student resources, and ask questions you have as we launch CPM with our 6th - 8th grade mathematicians.


Please note this program is not used with our HSAATH course.

Questions: Please contact Kellie Bae kbae@lb65.org

News from the Nurse

The health office has been exceptionally busy this week. A variety of nasty bugs have invaded LBMS.  Here is the list of illnesses I've seen this week:  Two confirmed cases of Strep, bronchitis, many stomachaches, vomiting, fevers, and a few colds with sore throats. Thanks for keeping students home when they are sick, this helps prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff.

Students must be free from fever and vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

"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!

Next Week at a Glance
10/30 - 11/3
Monday: ELO - ELA

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO- Fine Arts & World Language

Thursday: ELO - Science & Social Studies, LBMS Parent Math Night @ 6pm

Friday: Bluffer Assembly

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week students started to investigate the setting in their books and identify its influence on the characters.  Students considered the mood and atmosphere of the setting and noticed the author’s language and emotions it evoked.  Students are working hard in their reading partnerships and applying these strategies in their reading notebooks.  Most students are on their second book and some are already on their third books.    

Math 2 - Carney & Tschanz

This week in Math 2 students worked on creating quality graphs, focusing on using the space available and scaling the axes.  On Monday, students will take their Chapter 2 assessment, focusing on integers, fraction conversions, and a review of probability concepts.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2 continued to work on multiple representations of linear relationships.  Their assessment for Unit 2 will be on Monday, October 30th.  Students have created a study plan to review the unit concepts and should work to complete their plan.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students solved equations with distribution and absolute value and were introduced to literal equations before reviewing all of chapter 3. The Team Challenge Assessment will be on Monday 10/30 and the Individual Assessment will be on Tuesday 10/31. Then we'll begin chapter 4 which focuses on solving systems of equations.

HSAATH - Mr. Jakcsy & Mrs. Komac

This week, we explored the world of fractions built with polynomials (rational expressions). The new task was assigned, and students from each team met during ELO to break the task down, assign portions to each team member, and get clarifying questions answered. The team task is due Mon. Nov. 13th. Next week, students will have Quiz 5 for rational expressions on Tues. Oct. 31st.  We will then start working on synthetic division and rational equations.

Science - DeYoung

This week the students examined the difference between a mixture and a chemical reaction. Then they completed an activity to begin to link the first lessons with the more recent lessons. To do this, the students made soap out of fat, next week we will test the properties of our new substance.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students continued their study of Climate Change.  They summarized a variety of ways the planet is being affected by a warmer world.  They were introduced to a R*A*F*T project, and will be examining ways to take action / develop solutions to  slow or reduce the Effects of Climate Change.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we spent a lot of time discussing chores that students do at home. There were some irregular verbs that we learned, and we also reviewed the verb patterns from last year. We spent time practicing with games and with conversational activities. Next week we will take a pause and discuss Día de los Muertos.

French - Szostak

This week in French students continued to practice their new vocabulary, months, seasons, weather. We have plenty of conversation about the months and seasons that they kids like and students raise their level of conversation when they can say “why” they like the month or season. An oral goal this year is to maintain a conversation by asking questions and giving details. Students will have a vocabulary quiz on this information next Tuesday.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have begun the drug education unit by discussing the various ways to make good educated decisions by using the THREE C’s.  As the Life Skills Program continues, we will be discussing ways to communicate effectively and resist peer pressure.  Have a great weekend.  

Acting I-Olmstead

This week in Acting the students continued to rehearse their monologues by practicing in small groups and receiving feedback on three performing standards.  The students will complete their final performances of their monologues next week before we move on to our next unit of stage movement.  


Monday: 8BBB Practice 3:45-5:45, 7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00

Lake Forest HS GIRLS Feeder Tryouts (Open to 5th-8th Graders!)

Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45-5:15

Wednesday: None (Lake Forest HS BOYS Feeder Tryouts -Open to 5th-8th Graders!)

Thursday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB 3:45-5:15, 7GBB 5:15-6:45,

7BBB 5:45-7:00pm

Friday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, 8GBB + 7GBB 3:45-5:15pm

 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 here! 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.

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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