7th Grade Weekly Update


Spring Break

Spring Break starts Saturday, March 24 and school resumes Tuesday, April 3rd. If your child is leaving early and/or returning late, please inform the office and your child's advisor.

Standards Based Reporting Parent Night 3/20/18


Please join us Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for an Standards Based Reporting Parent Night.  The purpose of this event is to communicate and build understanding around best practices in grading. We will be reading and discussing the article Will Letter Grades Survive (Edutopia) on Tuesday evening. If interested, we ask that you RSVP here.  Questions? Contact Principal, Nate Blackmer nblackmer@lb65.org or Assistant Principal, Kellie Bae kbae@lb65.org

Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

Premium tickets are now sold out!  General admission tickets can continue to be purchased through the school webstore.  In addition, if your child would like to purchase a T-Shirt, Rehearsal Dinner Pizza, and/or a Shout, it can be purchased at the same time. The program process will begin immediately after Spring Break, so any shout out you would like in the program should be included with your next order (if you haven't done so already).  The April calendar is ready to go live.  There will be printed copies for the students on Monday and Mrs. Olmstead will send a PDF of just April via email on Monday.  Please remember that there are no conflicts the two weeks before the show. If you have any questions, please contact aolmstead@lb65.org. Thank you so much for being a part of the production!

Schedule Week of Musical:

Monday April 16th- Act 1 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 2 only do not need to attend)

Tuesday April 17th- Act 2 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 1 only do not need to attend)

Wednesday April 18th- All Cast Dress Rehearsal and Dinner until 8pm

Thursday April 19th- All cast bows until 5pm

Friday April 20th- musical call times start at 5pm before 7pm performance (specific call times TBD)

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

News from the Nurse

I'm happy to report that overall absences due to illness definitely decreased this week. There is still some significant illness lingering in the building. There were two confirmed cases of Influenza this week, one was a staff member, the other an 8th grade student.  The "Influenza like Virus" is still present, but definitely diminished. There were also a few absences due to nausea.

Next Week at a Glance
3/19 - 3/23
Monday: ELO - ELA

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts

Thursday: ELO - Science, SS, World Language, Wheel of Wisdom Assembly

Friday: Spring Break begins at 3:30pm. School resumes Tuesday, April 3rd.

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts, students began creating a Companion Book Project. Students are writing a four chapter companion guide to their book club books with which other readers might expand their understanding of the text. We will continue to create and edit these projects through next week. All companion guides are due before Spring Break! Please remind your student to turn it in early if they’re leaving for Spring Break early.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students began Chapter 7 which focuses on proportions and percents and how to use equations to solve these types of problems.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in class, students continued to work on slope and then focused on writing equations from trend lines and using them to predict data.  The assessment for this unit will be next Wednesday, March 21st.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students learned how to solve quadratic equations by using the quadratic formula. We also learned how to solve and graph inequalities in one variable. Next week, students will graph solutions to linear inequalities and systems of linear inequalities.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week has been dedicated to exploring the properties and usefulness of the log function in solving equations. Next week, we will wrap up this unit with natural log and change of base. Quiz 16 is on Wednesday, and then we begin our work with sequences and series!

Science - DeYoung

This week the students investigated air pressure and storms. Next week we will continue our investigation of storms and interpreting the weather data related to storms.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students continued their study of Immigration.  We looked at common myths about Immigration, read and article and ran a Socratic Circle about Immigration.  We also continued to reach out to our Penpals in Brazil, the Netherlands, and Germany to discuss their views about this topic.  Finally, students interviewed an Immigrant and / or created a poster, informing people about push and pull factors.

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish students created video tours of the school! They filmed a video or took photos of their route around the school, and used knowledge of giving directions in Spanish to narrate the video. On Friday we watched everyone’s videos and applauded their hard work! Next Wednesday there will be a lesson quiz over understanding and giving directions in Spanish.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students prepared a summative assessment presentation revolving around their perfect school schedule. Students created a schedule that reflects their interests and how they think they learn best. They presented the schedules to the class explaining in French why the schedule works for them and why they’ve set up the way they did.

Health - Fink

This week in health marks the beginning of a new trimester.  Students should have brought home a permission slip for the Human Sexuality unit, to be signed by the parent or guardian and the Health Syllabus which indicates each unit we will be discussing throughout the trimester.  As the first week gets underway, we have been reviewing terms such as empathy and self-esteem. In addition, we have started to discuss the four types of health and the influences that impact an overall positive health. Have a great weekend.  

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students chose a boot camp skill builder and began working right away!  They will use their polished skills to create their open studio piece after spring break.

Lights, Camera, Action!-Olmstead

This week in Lights, Camera, Action,  we watched a series of short amateur videos on vimeo and discussed what makes for good visual storytelling (music, lighting, location, camera angles, a clear message, connecting to the audience).  The students first project involves a visual storytelling of themselves through music and images that will be shared next week. Have a great weekend!

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese

This week in STEAM, the students chose their partners and picked their first engagements.  Since all seventh graders have had STEAM in sixth grade, they are very familiar with this process and were eager to dive right in and get started.  Have a great weekend!

Friday: NONE

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

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

The Lake Bluff PTO is excited to be hosting its first Lake Bluff Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party. It will take place May 19th on the greens of Lake Bluff Golf Club followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. This is a community-wide fundraiser to benefit Lake Bluff students and schools. Tickets will be available for purchase three ways: Golf Scramble, After-Party or a combination of both. More details to follow, but the day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, silent auction and live music from local favorites Bushwood!


Volunteer for the LBMS PTO 

Would you like to be more involved with the LBMS PTO? We are working on filling the LBMS PTO slate for next school year. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Megan Michael at mmichael11@comcast.net. 


Want More Information?

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