7th Grade Weekly Update


Musical Update- Wizard of OZ

Thank you to all the parents for attending the informational meeting this past week!  If you were unable to attend, you can download the helpful parent tips.  Additionally, if you didn’t have a chance to fill out the parent volunteer form, the link is provided here. Scheduling questions?  Questions about the musical website?   Didn’t receive an email welcoming you and your child to the cast? Please contact Mrs. Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.   Thank you for all your support!

We are also looking for some parents to take photos during rehearsals.  Please contact Mrs. Olmstead if you are available and interested-dates are flexible!  

Mrs. Engel-Julian is planning a set construction date for Saturday, February 24th from 8:30-3:00 on the stage.  If you are able to come help build, please send her an email at jengeljulian@lb65.org.

News from the Nurse

This week's update is almost identical to last week.  The "Influenza Like Illness" is causing the most absences.  Students are presenting with low grade fevers, sore throats, nasal congestion, and coughs.  The coughs are lingering for at least a week.  Several students were tested for Strep and Influenza, there were no confirmed cases of either.

The GI virus is also causing a few absences. This presents with frequent vomiting & diarrhea that lasts for 12-16 hours, followed by two days of moderate nausea and fatigue.

Even combined, our total absences are only in the 3-4% of our student population....well below the point of reporting and urgent concern.

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

Next Week at a Glance
2/5 - 2/9
Monday: ELO - ELA

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts

Thursday: ELO - Science, SS, World Language

Friday: Paired Advisory Activity, Respect

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts, students completed their nonfiction research unit with a summative TED Talk presentation over their research topic. Students showed their ability to create objective summaries, to analyze the development of central ideas, and to provide textual evidence to support their analysis. Next week, we will begin reading The Outsiders as a full class novel.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students continued with Chapter 5, focusing on steps to take when solving word and application problems.  Next week, students will wrap up the chapter and take their assessment toward the end of the week.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2, students finished up their unit on circles and volume, taking an assessment and creating a presentation for the class.  Next week, students will begin Unit 7 (Chapter 6 in Course 3) which focuses on geometric transformations and similarity.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students continued modeling exponential growth and decay situations with appropriate equations. We also learned about fractional exponents and how to convert all types of roots into exponents. Next week we’ll review chapter 7 and complete the team test on Tuesday 2/6 and the Individual Test on Wednesday 2/7. Chapter 8 will focus on factoring polynomials.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, students finished their first introduction to the final conic sections. Next week, students will learn about systems of equations that involve conic equations. Following Quiz 12 on Wednesday, students will begin their work on polynomial functions and roots!

Science - DeYoung

This week, the students have been working on their mousetrap cars. We will continue to build and modify our cars next week, with Wednesday being our likely date for the competition. Following the mousetrap car project, we will begin our Earth Science unit, What Makes The Weather Change?

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students began a deeper study of China.  They created propaganda, and were able to identify different types of propaganda used to influence / persuade people. They also studied the history of modern China, specifically, the Cultural Revolution.  Some students have also chosen to read a novel about this event, called The Red Scarf Girl.   

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we started our unit of study about being in the city. We started by identifying places in Lake Bluff in Spanish. We’re still working on using ser vs. estar and we had a quiz over this concept on Friday after two weeks of practice. We will use the concept of ser vs. estar throughout the unit while we talk about in the city, because it will help us give directions and describe places in our town.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students continued to use digital time to say when they do things throughout the day and to express when they’re meeting friends. Students then began learning the conjugation of regular -IR verbs like FINIR. Because there are so many -IR verbs, this is yet another door that opens to better communication. Next we’ll practice using a variety of -IR verbs.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been watching the movie, “Miracle.”  We will discuss the relationship between skill-related fitness and how it impacts one’s self-esteem and confidence levels.  In addition, we discuss the benefits of being a good leader and providing positive motivation.  Next week, we will be working through the Life Skills Training Prevention Program for the drug education unit.  Have a great weekend.

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on constructing a clay piece using slabs and coils.  They are having fun using the slab roller that Alliance was kind enough to grant us last year.  They are also enjoying the ease of the new extruder that Administration funded us this year.  It makes this project so much more efficient and allows students to focus more on the structural engineering component of this challenge.  Thanks for the continued support!

Theatre Arts-Olmstead

This week the students finished their radio drama projects by adding finishing touches to sound effects and music.  Next week we will move on to our set design unit.  Students will have the option of either designing/creating set pieces for Wizard of Oz or creating a virtual set design for Alice in Wonderland using the design software SweetHome3D.  Have a great weekend!


 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Save the Date -- May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Preparation is underway for our bi-annual fundraising event. This year, the PTO is excited to be hosting it’s first Lake Bluff PTO Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party, which will take place on May 19th on the greens of the Lake Bluff Golf Course followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. Mark your calendars now so that you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time.


8th Grade Graduation

The 8th Grade Graduation Committee could still use a few helping hands. The ceremony date is set for Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 pmwith a dance immediately following at the Winter Club. The PTO is looking for a few more parents to volunteer for the planning committee, and more specifically to help with the dance. If you're interested, please contact Ann Kozel (annkozel@hotmail.com) or Michelene Tomek (mtomek@lfschools.net). Your help is greatly appreciated.

Spirit Wear

Love the look of Lake Bluff's spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spirit wear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information.


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