7th Grade Weekly Update


Winter Break:

Winter break begins Friday, December 15th at 3:30pm.  School resumes Wednesday, January 3rd.  If your student will be absent from school before or after break, please email April Thomas at athomas@lb65.org and your student’s advisor to inform them of the days missed.

Student Laptops:

Students will need to leave their laptops at school over winter break in order for the technology department to perform needed updates.  If students are leaving early, please make sure they make arrangements with their advisory teacher.

News from the Nurse

Coughs and sore throats were the primary reasons for visits to the health center this week; a few students were reported absent for the same reasons.  I have not received any confirmed reports of Strep this week.

There was one reported case of Fifths Disease.  Fifths is a mild viral infection with low grade fever, headache & fatigue.  About one week after those symptoms, a bright red rash appears on the face, looking as if the person has been "slapped"; a lacy looking rash may also appear on the arms, trunk, & legs.  By the time the rash appears, the person is typically no longer contagious.  

Next Week at a Glance
Monday: Set up for Success, LA ELO

Tuesday: Encore Holiday Tour, Set up for Success, Math ELO

Wednesday: Early Dismissal at 2:10pm

Thursday: Set up for Success, World Language, Science, and SS ELO

Friday: Holiday Sing, Talent Show, Winter Break begins at 3:30pm -- see you January 3rd!

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

Students completed their coalition group essays.  For the next week, they will embark on an independent research project.  Students are to choose a topic that is arguable and take a position.  They will use all they know about research and argument writing to create a project that persuades the reader.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students continued to work on identifying proportional relationships from tables, graphs, and equations.  During the second part of the week, students used algebra tiles to work on combining like terms and distribution to simplify expressions.  This will continue into next week and will wrap up with the Chapter 4 assessment on Friday, December 15th.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2, students learned about measures of central tendency and used histograms and box plots to compare data.  Students also began to look at surveys and how to find a good representative population to sample.  Next week, students will begin to work with angle geometry.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week we learned about geometric sequences and modeled different situations with exponential growth and decay functions. We reviewed chapter 5 and completed the team challenge assessment on Friday. The chapter 5 team test is on Monday 12/11.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, we wrapped up our work with rational exponents and radicals. Next week, we will finish exploring quadratics and u-substitution. Quiz 9 will be Friday to end 2017!

Science - DeYoung

This week the students explored energy transfer and completed a quiz covering lessons 1-5 of our physical science unit. Next week we will continue to explore energy as we focus on thermal energy.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students looked at factors that determine if countries are  successful or failures.  We studied 5 nations  that were formerly  part of the Soviet Union.  We looked at a variety of data (such as GDP, Life expectancy rates, freedom index rates, etc).  We will be applying this to other countries around the world to make predictions for success or failure.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we had a quiz about stating preferences. The goal was for students to be able to say why they like or choose something and why. If students were absent they should contact me to make this up. Additionally, we began our second half of unit 2, which involves ordering from a restaurant. At some point next week we will be able to have a pretend restaurant with fake food and students will roleplay as waiters and disgruntled customers. Finally on Monday this week students received their T1 Standards Reports for Spanish with some feedback from me. If you have not seen this yet, please ask your student to share it with you.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students continued to practice the verb AVOIR (to have) in conjunction with their classroom vocabulary. Students played an oral form of Go Fish trying to accumulate as many classroom objects as they could. Students also earned euros by talking about where  their lockers and houses are located and also where they like to sit in class. Students also began working on their summative assessments for the lesson. For this summative project, students are creating the “ideal” French classroom. They will create a visual of this and then present it to the class next week. The presentation will be done in French and will incorporate the lesson vocabulary and the verb to have.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been discussing topics such as self-esteem, empathy, overcoming hardships, and stereotyping.  As the week comes to a close, students have been watching “Inside Out” and analyzing the importance of emotions and feelings and how these relate to overall health and wellness.  Additionally, I have been meeting one-on-one with each student to discuss their current performance in their learning characteristics.  Have a great weekend!

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

Theatre Arts-Olmstead

This week and next week the students are finishing up blocking and rehearsing their directing projects.  The final performances will be assessed on the overall staging and collaboration between the director and actors.  After the break our next unit will be creating radio dramas with sound effects.  


Monday: GBB vs. Highland 4:15/5:15pm
Tuesday: BBB vs. Highland 4:15/5:15pm
Wednesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
Thursday: BBB @ Deerpath 4:15/5:15pm
7GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

 After School Activities 

Chess Club:

First meeting on Tuesday, December 12th in Mrs. Twohig’s room after school

 PTO News

Love to Bake?

The LBMS PTO is looking for bakers for our annual boxed holiday treats for the LBMS staff. Any and all baked goods are greatly appreciated. If you'd like to help out, please contact Amy Connell-Donohue at acd@amyconnellphotography.com. Items should be dropped off to Amy by 10:00am on December 14 (755 Mawman Ave.). The holiday treat boxes will be assembled at Amy's from 10:00am-12:00pm on December 14th, if you'd like to help out.  

Spiritwear Update

If you ordered spiritwear, you should have received an email with pickup details. If you missed out, the Lake Bluff PTO will be stocking spiritwear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Updated items will be available for the holiday season. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information.


Want More Information?

Join us on Facebook: Lake Bluff Middle School PTO or visit us online at www.lb65.org/parents/pto.