7th Grade Weekly Update


Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

Show week is here!  General Admission tickets can still be purchased on the school webstore here.!  We are very excited to get our dress rehearsals underway.  Here is the schedule for the week.

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

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

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

  • Thursday April 19th (no costumes)- All cast and crews bows until 5pm

  • Friday April 20th- musical call times start at 5pm before 7pm performance (specific call times TBD- students/parents will be informed next week!

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

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are full costumes.  Thursday is no costumes, bows only for all cast and crew.  As a reminder, students are encouraged to bring homework to do when they are not on stage.  

  • As a reminder, all cast members are expected to help with STRIKE until 5pm after the show.  They will be assigned to a specific task and be released by a musical teacher when the task is complete.

  • Students should have all costume pieces marked and hung together.  All street shoes/pants/socks, etc...must stay at school for the coming week.  Plastic bags work great for keeping accessories together and hung with hangers!  

  • Any costume piece or prop that you would like back should be picked up at the beginning of strike on Saturday.  It will be difficult to locate once everything is put away and stored.

  • We are so excited for you to see our performance, thank you so much to all the support that our school, staff, community, and parents have provided!   We are off to see the Wizard!

Earth Day Celebration

Lake Bluff Beach: Sunday April 22nd, 9:00 A.M. - Noon

This year’s Earth Day Celebration will return the two venerated LBOLA beach prairies where our plan is to look forward to rising lake levels and plant hundreds of native beach grasses at the base of the bluff. Marram grass is found throughout the shores of the great lakes and our 18-year-old planting has enthusiastically escaped our little sand prairie & has been successfully resisting erosion over the past few years – thereby protecting the sand prairie and parking lot. Park as usual on Scranton, Center or Prospect and join us at the end of the beach road. Bring your family and friends, dress appropriately for conditions, and plan to get dirty!

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

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 programs 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.

News from the Nurse

This week was uneventful in the illness arena.  There were a few absences due to a stomach virus early in the week.  The last few days several students had low grade fevers with cough. The most common reason for absence this week was “not feeling well”.  I think PARCC testing may have left some students feeling fatigued. I think we all need warm Spring weather!

Next Week at a Glance
4/16 - 4/20
Monday: ELO - English Language Arts

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts

Thursday: ELO - Science, SS, World Language

Friday: Special Schedule for Dress Rehearsal

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts, students are working through annotating chosen poems and writing original poetry.   They are using mentor texts, ordinary objects, and current events to inspire their writing. We will continue in this work next week.

  • RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

  • RL.7.5 Analyze how a drama's or poem's form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning

  • W.7.3b  Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2 students reviewed Chapter 7 focusing on the following Common Core Math Standards:

  • 7.EE.2: Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related

  • 7.RP.3: Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error

  • 7.NS.3: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.

The assessment for Chapter 7 will be on Monday.  Following this, students will begin Chapter 8 where they will work with statistical representations and angle relationships.  Information on Chapter 8 can be found here.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in class, students began to work on learning exponent rules and scientific notation focusing on the following standards.  This work will continue into next week.

  • 8.EE.1. Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions.

  • 8.EE.3. Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week, students completed the chapter 9 assessments and started chapter 10. Chapter 10 primarily focuses on solving different types of equations with fractional, irrational, and complex solutions. We will continue chapter 10 next week.

  • 4) Operations & Polynomials (F-IF.8a, A-APR.1)

  • 5) Linear Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.1, A-CED.3, A-CED.4, A-REI.1, A-REI.3)

  • 6) Systems of Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.2, A-REI.5, A-REI.6, A-REI.7, A-REI.10, A-REI.11, A-REI.12)

  • 7) Quadratic Situations & Equations (A-REI.4b, A-SSE.3a, A-SSE3b)

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

Next week, we start using what we learned about the basics of trig to solve and discover values! The standards covered will be:

  • I12.1: Find trigonometric values, including reference angles, coterminal angles, unit circle.

  • I12.2: Apply properties of right triangles and trigonometry to determine missing sides or angles; includes modeling scenarios and interpreting solutions in context.

Science - DeYoung

This week we continued to wrap up our weather unit by examining the impact of Earth’s tilt on its axis. On Monday, the students will complete the end of the unit quiz and then we will begin our final unit, studying life science.

  • MS-ESS2-6: Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric circulation that determine regional climates.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students began our last region of the year… the Middle East.  We looked at the geography of the area, and began Harvard style notes to gain background information about this place.  We will be examining a variety of areas that make the Middle East unique, which include: water rights, impact of religions, role of females, and  oil wealth, to name a few.

The standard we will be moving towards is:

  • SS.IS.1.6-8: Create essential questions to help guide inquiry about a topic.

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we began Unidad 4: ¿Cómo es tu estilo? Students are exploring clothing and style in Spanish. We’ll explain our own personal styles and clothes we like or dislike. We’ll also talk about what kind of clothes one might wear to a specific event or in certain weather conditions. Discussing the appropriate temperature for shorts is always a popular topic! This week we are starting off with new vocabulary along with reviewing colors.

  • WL 1.3. Student can express oneself on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. (Interpersonal)

  • WL 2.3. Student can understand spoken main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of sources. (Interpretive)

  • WL 3.3. Student can communicate information and express own thoughts in writing using sentences & series of sentences. (Presentational)

French - Szostak

This week in French, students began a culture project where they learn about a specific Paris monument, museum, or tourist site. Students have already learned about the most popular sites and this week, they chose one site to focus on from a list of 50+ sites in Paris. Students will share what they learn with the class and will also create a visual of the monument as well. The visual doesn’t need to be a reproduction of the monument, but can try to capture the feeling or significance of the monument. This project encourages creativity and understanding of the beauty of Paris.

Health - Fink

Students are finishing up their final project for the mental and emotional health unit which was DUE Thursday, 4/12.  Once we have finished the project, we will be moving on to the physical activity and nutrition unit. Have a great weekend.

Standards Assessed:

  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  

  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors.

  • Standard #3: Access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.

  • Standard #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks.

  • Standard #5: Demonstrate and identify circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision-making skills.

  • Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on their open studio piece.  

National Core Art Standards Assessed:

  • VA:Cr1.1: Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.

  • VA:Cr1.2: Ideas are original, unique, creative and show personally relevant content.

  • VA:Cr2.1a: Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.

  • VA:Cr2.1b: Artist demonstrates willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.

  • VA:Cr2.3: Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.

Lights, Camera, Action!-Olmstead

This week in LCA, students are continuing to plan, film, and edit their “Object X” video project which practices filming using different shots, angles, and movements.  

  • ISTE.4.Innovative Designer: Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.

  • ISTE.6.Creative Communicator:  Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals

  • ISTE.7.Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning  by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.


Monday: Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

Tuesday: Track @ Lakes HS 4:30pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: NONE


Visit lakebluff.revtrak.net under the "Summer School" registration link for exciting options in: Volleyball, Field Hockey, and/or Basketball Camp!

Open to all incoming 5th-8th Graders, Camps will run June 11-14,18-21

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

8th Grade Graduation Update -- Packets Due Today!

Graduation forms, payments and baby pictures are due today, Friday, April 13th. If you have not returned them, please have your student hand them into the office on Monday. Missing your packet? Here's a link to the info you need: Graduation Flyer

Lake Bluff PTO Ball Drop -- Raffle Tickets Due Monday, April 16th

All sold ball drop raffle tickets (and if you don't know what it is, please check your student's backpack or have him/her check their locker) are due back to school on Monday, April 16th. Please return the contact portion of the tickets in the provided envelope with your student's advisory on the front. What's a Ball Drop fundraiser? Our sponsor, Canopy Trees, will drop balls from a crane on to a hole on the Lake Bluff Golf Course. The owner of the first ball to drop into the hole wins the $1000 prize! Questions? Need more tickets? Contact Eva Rice at alexander_eva@yahoo.com or Alyson Dueringer at padueringer@comcast.net.

Potbelly Bluffer Night -- Wednesday, April 18th

Get out of the kitchen and head into the Lake Bluff Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Wednesday, April 18th. Potbelly is hosting a Bluffer Night from 5:00pm-8:00pm, during which 25 percent of purchases will be donated back to the Lake Bluff PTO. Mention or show the Potbelly Flyer flyer when you pay for your order.

May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Everyone is invited to the PTO's 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 are now available for purchase (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-bluff-pto-golf-scramble-and-19th-hole-after-party-tickets-44784702250?). You do not have to golf to join in on the fun. Tickets can be purchased three ways: Golf only ($100), after-party only ($75) or both ($150). The day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, a silent auction and live music from 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. 


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