7th Grade Weekly Update


Spring Break

School resumes Tuesday, April 3rd. If your child will be returning late, please inform the office and your child's advisor.


PARCC Testing

As you know, we will be starting our PARCC testing on Thursday, April 5th. Please make sure that your child brings in a pair of headphones/earbuds for testing.  In addition we are requesting that parents help to insure that students arrive to school on time, are well rested, and fueled with good breakfast! For the specific PARCC Assessment Schedule, please click the link below:

Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

General Admission tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available!  Tickets can also be purchased at the door. You can purchase them using the webstore link here along with rehearsal dinner pizza and shout-outs for the program (closes April 6th).    Rehearsals after spring break go until 5:30 pm! Please remember that we honored conflicts for the first week after break but that the last two weeks before the show the students will be called on different dates than their regular schedule so that we can run multiple scenes in a row for lights, sound, and running crews.  Homework is encouraged for down time in between scenes! Please let aolmstead@lb65.org know if you have any questions about the April calendar.  Have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing spring break!  

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 and crews bows until 5pm

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

Saturday April 21st- musical call times begin at noon, specific times TBD.  Showtime 2pm, mandatory strike until 5pm.

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information

Spring is Here!

The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is gearing up for its beloved and highly anticipated biennial Spring Marché shopping boutique on Thursday, April 26 at The Lake Forest Club.Funds raised from Spring Marché support the LDA’s "Make A Difference" grant program, which annually awards a wide variety of supportive equipment and educational and emotional program

s to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff public schools, The School of Saint Mary and Lake Forest Country Day School. Grants awarded total $370,000 to date and include funding for sensory suites in Deerpath Middle School, (named the “Go Zone”), Lake Bluff Elementary School and Lake Forest Country Day School.  This year, Spring Marché will be open for daytime shopping from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lflblda.com for $15 or at the door for $20. Besides providing what promises to be an amazing day of shopping, reconnecting with friends and supporting our students, we hope that this event will extend community awareness of the LDA’s work within our community.

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

News from the Nurse

Respiratory viruses are still lingering. I'm happy to report that there were no new cases of Influenza this week.  Just today, several students were reported absent due to a stomach virus with vomiting. I'm hopeful that having the week off will allow us to return healthy and rested.

Enjoy your break!

Next Week at a Glance
4/2 - 4/6
Monday: No School

Tuesday: School Resumes, ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts

Thursday: PARCC Testing Begins, ELA

Friday: PARCC Testing, ELA

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week, students finished their Companion Book Projects.  They wrote multi-page essays that informed the reader about various elements of their book club novels. They also worked to write effective introductions to their projects.  On Friday, students shared their Companion Books with their classmates.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students have worked with percent increase and decrease and also solving multi-step equations with fractions and decimals.  After spring break, students will work on proportional reasoning strategies to solve problems.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in class, students completed Unit 8 by completing some lessons on trend lines and categorical data.  After spring break, students will begin Unit 9 which works with exponents and exponent rules.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week, students learned how to graph linear inequalities and systems of linear inequalities. Students also learned how to use inequalities to model real-world applications. When we return from break, students will review the key concepts from chapter 9 prior to the unit assessments. The Chapter 9 Team Test will take place on Friday 4/6 and the Chapter 9 Individual Test will take place on Monday 4/9.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

We hope everyone has a restful break! We will resume our exploration of arithmetic and geometric sequences and series when we return from break. We will be looking at getting Quiz 17 scheduled during the week of April 9th.

Science - DeYoung

This week we continued to analyze data from a specific storm that hit Chicago on June 2nd, 2010. We compared the data from that storm to a storm model that we created to see if the data and the model align. After break, we will be finishing up the unit as we begin to understand some of the reasons for the uneven heating of the Earth’s surface.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students began their study of Oceania.  They will be mapping this area, and taking a closer look at life in Australia.  They will also be looking at how geographically isolated areas develop unusual plants and animals.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we continued our study of giving directions. We had a quiz over commands on Wednesday. We also did two listening assessments. In the first, students placed locations on a map based on the directions given. In the second, students followed directions around the map as though they were driving a car (except in this case a highlighter). Finally we did a final dialogue conversation in which students asked and gave directions to each other. Have a wonderful break!

French - Szostak

This week in French students presented their Ideal School Schedule to the class. This presentation which is done completely in French counts as a summative assessment for the lesson. In the presentation students could create a schedule where they felt they would learn best or that best suited their interests or needs. Some students had full schedules with Astronomy scheduled at midnight, while others didn’t start school until 10:00 am so that they felt well-rested. Students had hours of Art and took classes like Japanese and Latin. It was fun to hear what their ideal schedule might be and a bit scary that FortNite appeared in more than one schedule! To end the week, we did a mini culture unit of current French music trends by searching for music in iTunes France. Students saw the large amount of American music that is available, but also found some very cool French artists. You may be hearing some different music in the house next week!

Health - Fink

In health this week, 7th grade students have been talking about self-esteem, self-awareness, and how to overcome hardships.  In addition, we have been learning how these characteristics relate and ways to improve one’s resilience in life. As the week comes to a close, we will be watching “Inside Out,” and discuss the various emotions we have and the importance of letting each emotion play out in a healthy way.  Check out my website to see all of the health standards that are being assessed for the 7th grade: https://sites.google.com/lb65.org/missfinkshealthwebsite/home

Have a great break!

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students began their skill building boot camps.  The skills they choose to learn during this time will help them create a more polished open studio piece when we return from spring break.  

Intro to Lights, Camera, Action-Mrs. Olmstead

This week in LCA, the students presented visual storytelling projects about themselves through images and music.  They then received feedback from the audience on their impressions. After spring break the students will work in teams to explore camera work through camera shots, angles, and movements.  Have a wonderful spring break!

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese

The students are at the halfway point of their first engagement!  Check out our class website which shares the engagements and learning standards.  Have a wonderful spring break!


 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!


Toiletry Collection for the 8th Grade Graduation Service Project

Again this year, the 8th graders will be doing a service project for Fill a Heart 4 Kids during graduation-week festivities. We will be trying to fill 40 backpacks with food and supplies for homeless children. If you are traveling for Spring Break, please consider collecting unused toiletries from your hotel room and contributing them (or any you already have at home) to the backpacks. We will have boxes at the school the week that we return from break to collect the items. Thank you!



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.