7th Grade Weekly Update


Musical Update- Wizard of Oz!

We know that sometimes rehearsal codes and locations can get confusing.  Please email Mrs. Olmstead or have your son or daughter ask us at school with any questions about rehearsals!  It is very important that all cast members attend all rehearsals to learn choreography, singing, and blocking unless they had a pre-arranged conflict or are out of school.  Our directors truly appreciate it!  Thank you to the parents who have signed up to create, donate, lend, or purchase items for our props needed for the show!  If you think you have something that can work, please email Mrs. Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  The musical website has a link for the webstore for purchasing items- tickets can be purchased online starting on March 12th.   The March rehearsal calendar will be available online on Friday, February 16th and in print on Tuesday, February 20th.  Have a great weekend, We’re off to see the Wizard!

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

News from the Nurse

The “Influenza Like Illness”  continues to create absences for both students and staff.  I did not receive report of any confirmed cases of Influenza this week.  There was one reported case of Strep in the eighth grade.  A few students were absent due to the GI virus; this bug seems to be exiting the building at this time.  Stay safe and warm this weekend!

Next Week at a Glance
2/12 - 2/16
Monday: ELO - ELA

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts

Thursday: ELO - Science, Social Studies, World Language

Friday: Teacher Inservice - No School

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in ELA, students began reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Students developed background knowledge through researching the 1960s style, culture, and society. As students read The Outsiders, we are analyzing characters, setting, plot, theme, and conflict. Next week, we’ll continue reading!

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students continued to work on solving word problems using the 5-D process.  Students worked in groups to create posters and then did a gallery walk to review the process.  On Thursday, students completed their Unit 5 assessment.  Next week, students will begin Chapter 6 which focuses on equation solving.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in class, students presented information on a movie theater popcorn problem.  Then, students began Unit 7 which covers Course 3 Chapter 6. Students will now be working in the 8th grade text, starting with geometric transformations.  

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students completed chapter 7, which focused on applications of exponential growth/decay and fractional exponents. We have an upcoming mini-project where students will create solutions to real-world problems with exponential growth and decay models. We will also begin chapter 8, which focuses on factoring polynomials and solving quadratic equations.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, we finished up our work with conics and began exploring polynomial functions. We will continue our work with these functions and roots after the DC trip with Quiz 13 on Feb. 22nd. Next week, our 7th grade HSAATH students will report to the LMC and get some study time during their normally scheduled HSAATH class while our 8th graders are in Washington DC on Tuesday - Thursday.

Science - DeYoung

This week we completed and tested our mouse trap cars. The students did well, modifying their cars and improving their designs. Next week we will shift our focus to weather and what makes the weather change.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students took a closer look at the One Child policy and its impact on China.  They analyzed a variety of sources, and wrote an extended response.  They needed to decide if this type of policy should be used in other nations where population density is a challenge.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we spent a lot of time on vocabulary of places and things found in a city. We found that there are a lot of cognates in this vocabulary. We talked with partners and introduced the phrase “Voy a…” which means “I am going to…” On Friday we had a quiz over this vocabulary. Next week we will start talking about activities we do at different places around town. We will also do a reading formative assessment and a writing prompt. Also- I have been searching for some ways to make the Spanish room more cozy! If you have any large throw pillows or "husband pillows" that you are willing to part with we would love to put them to good use here in Spanish class! Thank you for your consideration.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students continued conjugating -IR verbs. Students have enjoyed the various activities we’re doing to get the conjugation in their brains. We’ve done speed contests to see who can say the endings the quickest (Congratulations to Yann! 2.35 seconds!) and students will be creating music videos with the endings. We’ve also begun Mardi Gras preparations and this year we focus on the krewes and the parades. Students will participate in the Mardi Gras Float Challenge on Monday where they will have 30 minutes to construct a miniature float for the Mardi Gras Parade! Next week is Mardi Gras!!

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been discussing the ill-effects of drug education and violence.  In addition, we have been understanding the consequences of teen drinking.  As we continue the drug education unit, we will be addressing additional topics of coping with anxiety, strong communication skills, and resisting peer pressure.  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 in Theatre Arts, the students have begun working on their Set Design unit.  Students will have the opportunity to either design and create set pieces for Wizard of Oz as well as design digital sets using the software program SweetHome3D using a script from Alice in Wonderland.  The artistic juices are flowing in Set Design, as well as the glitter and paint! Have a great weekend!


There are NO IM's this week, however 6th BOYS IM Basketball is now CO-ED! Any girls interested in Intramural basketball can come Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the following week at 7:00AM.

Monday: BVB @ Northwood 4:30/5:30 (8th Plays 1st!)

Tuesday: NONE

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: NONE

 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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