7th Grade Weekly Update


LBMS Thanksgiving Food Drive

The LBMS Choirs and the Reach Out Club are collecting food donations at the Fall Choral Concert on Wednesday, November 15th for the Phoenix Rising Foundation that supports local families.  We are hoping each family can bring in 2-5 lbs of food (canned fruits & veggies, cereal, etc…) to help make a wonderful holiday season for families in need.  Check out this link for more details!  http://ms.lb65.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=31973979

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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!


News From the Nurse

Most absences this week were due to non-contagious health reasons.  The most prevalent illness reported this week was a respiratory virus.  Symptoms included head congestion, sore throat, and cough, a few students also ran low grade fevers.   There have been no reports of Strep or Influenza....Yay!

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 to Mrs. Johnson's room or at:

Shields Township Offices

c/o Terry Darraugh, Shields Township Supervisor

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

Executive Functions and the Teenage Brain

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!


"How to Raise an Adult" 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

Next Week at a Glance
11/13 - 11/17
Monday: ELO - English Language Arts

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - World Language & Fine Arts, Chorus Concert @ 7pm

Thursday: ELO - Science & Social Studies, Band Concert @ 7pm

Friday: End of 1st Trimester

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

We’ve spent the last few weeks learning to be more analytical about characters’ traits, about the influence of setting on characters, and about how characters suggest motifs and are vehicles for developing themes. This week, students applied their skills as we wrapped up our Deep Character Study.  They analyzed a short film in partners to practice their skills, and the final assessment of the unit was a cold read of a short story where each student was asked to apply all their new reading skills.

Math 2 - Carney & Tschanz

This week in Math 2, students have continued to work on operations with integers and decimals.  Next week, students will focus on division  before reviewing the unit in preparation for their chapter test on Monday, November 20th.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2, students continued to solve systems of equations involving integers, fractions, and decimals using tables, graphs, and the equal values method.  They have now completed Unit 3 and will begin Unit 4 next week which focuses on proportions and percents.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students wrote and solved systems of equations using equal values, substitution, and elimination. Next week we'll review each of the methods and complete the chapter 4 team challenge assessment on Wednesday 11/15 and the chapter 4 individual assessment on Thursday 11/16.

HSAATH - Mr. Jakcsy & Mrs. Komac

We have explored rational equations and all of their uses this past week. Next week, Task 3 is due on Monday. We will then begin our work on simplifying radicals of all kinds, including being "absolutely sure" and performing operations on radicals no matter what the index. Quiz 7 is set for Tuesday 11/21. Students who might miss that day should make arrangements with Mr. Jakcsy or Mrs. Komac to take the quiz on Monday 11/20.

Science - DeYoung

This week the students completed their end of the unit quiz to wrap up our chemistry unit. Next week we will begin our energy unit, beginning with a kinetic energy investigate.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students worked on the physical geography of Europe and Russia.  They mapped the countries and physical features of this region, and used thematic maps to understand certain aspects of Europe and Russia.  We took a small quiz on Friday, and will begin to look at what unites and divides the European Union.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we had our Unidad 1 assessments. These assessments included a written paragraph with editing and feedback, a conversation with me, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension. All of these assessments align to World Language proficiency targets and standards for seventh graders. Next week, we will begin Unidad 2 with some pre-assessments, so that I can gain insight on what students already know about the topic. It is everyone’s favorite - food!

French - Szostak

This week in French, students began their En Classe unit of study. We began by learning more objects in the classroom and school supplies. With this list, students should be able to ask for and talk about anything in the classroom. Next week, the vocabulary quiz will be on Wednesday and then we begin to learn more prepositions of location.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been discussing topics such as sexuality and sexual orientation.  I have been very proud of the way students have handled themselves and provided great insight to a difficult topic of discussion.  As the week comes to a close, we will be learning about the male and female reproductive systems.  The trimester will come to a close on Friday, November 17 and all current health students will report to PE on Monday, November 20.  Have a great weekend.  

Art - Engel-Julian

This week in art, we completed all studio projects.  Students also began working on selecting their favorite piece for the art show and writing artist statements.

Acting I-Olmstead

This week the students are working on staging and directing Neutral Scenes (scenes without context, character, or location) which provide blank canvases for their creativity!  We will be working on this unit until the end of the trimester.  

Interested in seeing some great theatre with former Bluffers in the cast?  Check out the flyer for the Brother's Grimm Spectacular performed at LFHS next weekend, Nov 16-18!  

Chorus - Cvitkovic

Chorus Concert on Wednesday, November 15th at 7PM.  Concert dress is Khaki pants, black polo shirt, black shoes and black socks.  Our theme is “ A Season of Giving and Gratitude”.  Please help support our food drive by bringing canned goods to the concert!

Shirts can be ordered at: https://store.lb65.org/

Band - Mr. Beese

The Fall Band Concert will be Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm, in the LBMS Gym. Students should be dropped off no earlier than 6:30 and no later than 6:45.

Concert Dress is Black Polo, Khaki Pants, Black shoes, socks and belt.


Monday: BBB @ Millburn 4:30/5:30pm

GBB @ Elm Place 4:15/5:15pm

Tuesday: BBB @ Elm Place 4:15/5:15pm

GBB @ Millburn 4:30/5:30pm

Wednesday: NONE (Chorus Concert)

Thursday: NONE (Band Concert)

Friday: 8BBB Practice 7AM

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

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