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.  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

Fevers and upset stomachs were the primary reasons for absences this week.  Some fevers were rather high in the 102-103 range.  The fevers appear to be lasting 24-48 hours.  No one has tested positive for Influenza.  This appears to be an "influenza type" virus.

The stomachaches are presenting with a few days of nausea, no reports of vomiting.....maybe too much Halloween candy! Enjoy the extra hour we gain this weekend!

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


"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
11/6 - 11/10
Monday: ELO - ELA

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: Early Dismissal at 2:10pm

Thursday: ELO - Science & Social Studies

Friday: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Gazebo

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week we built on our skills and began to explore themes in literature.  For our anchor text, we “read” as music video as a narrative.  We noted character traits, identified conflicts, and tracked emerging motifs.  After tracking the motifs in the video, we turned the motif into a theme statement.  Students began to track these details in their own novels and used their notebooks to collect evidence.   

Math 2 - Carney & Tschanz

This week in Math 2 students continued to work with integers and order of operations with different types of numbers.  Next week students will focus on subtraction and division with various types of numbers.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2 students worked with multi-step equations including fractions and decimals to solve for a given variable.  In this unit, students will also begin to look at systems of equations and writing equations for word problems.  The unit assessment will be next Friday, November 10th.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students completed the team challenge assessment and the individual test for chapter 3. The latter half of this week and next week focuses on the first part of chapter 4; writing and solving systems of equations. Specifically students will practice modeling situations with equations and begin solving systems of equations using substitution and elimination.

HSAATH - Mr. Jakcsy & Mrs. Komac

This week, students got to experience long division in new ways and learn something called synthetic division. Next week, we explore rational equations and variation, with Quiz 6 on Thursday. Following the quiz, we wrap up the painting task and begin our work with radicals (imaginary friends are coming!).

Science - DeYoung

This week the students created procedures to follow to collect evidence that their soap was a new substance. Next week we modify our soap, wrap up the unit with a quiz, and begin our next unit on energy.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students worked on their R*A*F*T project regarding solutions to Climate Change.  They presented these projects to their peers; demonstrating a strong understanding how  people can help the planet.  They also incorporated an “action” they took to make this world a better place.  Excellent creativity was also on display!!

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we paused our lesson to talk about El Día de Los Muertos which is celebrated around this time. They read differentiated readings and infographics in Spanish to search out main ideas and details. We watched the movie El Libro de Vida, as it provides an example of what certain details of the celebration might look like. During the movie, I was able to individually conference with students about how Spanish is going regarding class content and learner characteristics. Feel free to ask your child about their conference!

French - Szostak

This week in French students did several communicative projects using their new vocabulary. Students are creating French calendars for the next year. Included on the calendars besides the month and the days will be the birthdays of classmates and all of the holidays. Students also created 1minute dialogues! These dialogues are impromptu conversations using the vocabulary.The purpose is to help students use their vocabulary in a communicative way, but to also train their brains to think in French.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have started the human sexuality unit.  We have spent some time doing a review and understanding the purpose for proper hygiene.  As the week comes to a close, we are beginning to discuss sexually transmitted infections and how these are contracted.  Next week, we will learn more about the male and female anatomy and the purpose of the menstrual cycle.  Have a great weekend.  

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 - Beese

Wednesday, November 8 - 7th Grade Band Festival at Lake Forest High School

We are trying something different this year. We will not rehearse during the day so as to not conflict with the student’s academic classes. Here is the schedule:

Band Festival Schedule:

4:45pm Arrival at LFHS*—coats and cases in the Orchestra Room, then go to RMA stage with instruments.

5:00-6:15 Rehearsal on stage (7th graders combined with Wind Ensemble students)

6:15-6:45 Pizza Dinner in the Cafeteria

6:55 7th graders on stage for tuning

7:00 Concert Starts!!

* Students should come dressed for the concert—follow your standard concert dress code

Program Order:

7th Grade Bands (10 minutes)

The Red Balloon


LFHS Bands (20 minutes)

Today is the Gift

The Seal Lullaby

The Stars and Stripes Forever

Northshore Concert Band (30 minutes)


Total program length is around 1 hour, but if you add time for transitions, students should plan to be done around 8:30.

Band - Mr. Beese

Band Concert on Thursday, November 16 at 7PM.  Concert dress is Khaki pants, black polo shirt, black shoes and black socks.

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


Monday: GBB @ Northwood 4:15/5:15

8BBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM

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

Wednesday: 8BBB + 7BBB Practice 7AM

Thursday: BBB vs. Neal Academy 4:15/5:15pm

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

 After School Activities 

Science Olympiad

The first meetings for Science Olympiad will take place on Tuesday 11/7 from 3:35-4:30 and on Friday 11/10 from 7:45-8:20 in Mr. Jakcsy's room. Students only need to attend 1 meeting. Please see Mr. Jakcsy for more information.

Odyssey of the Mind

Any student interested in Odyssey of the Mind should turn the form in to Mr. Jakcsy (if you haven't done so already) by Monday 11/6.

 PTO News

Rock and Roll the Night Away at the 7th Grade Sock Hop, which will be held at CROYA (400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest) on Friday, November 10th from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Drop off and pick up will be at CROYA and students must stay for the full party. Pizza, root beer floats and snacks will be provided. 50s attire is encouraged. The Sock Hop is sponsored by the PTO and CROYA.


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