7th Grade Weekly Update


Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

Opening night is here!  Call times for hair and make-up for the cast were emailed to parents.  If your child’s name is not on the list, they can arrive at 5:30 on Friday or 12:30 on Saturday and they will get taken care of!  As a reminder, all cast and crews are expected to stay until 5pm to STRIKE the set and turn our lovely school back to normal! Students will be assigned to a specific musical adult that they will check out with once their job is complete.  

On behalf of the LBMS Musical Team, we thank you:  our staff, students, families, and community for all your support over the past few months.  So much hard work has gone into Wizard of Oz and we are very excited for you to see our performances!  Congratulations to all of the cast and crew! We’re Off to See the Wizard!

LFHS Musical - April 25th

Lake Bluff Middle School students have been invited to the dress rehearsal of Beauty and the Beast at Lake Forest High School on Wednesday, April 25th.  We will be walking over at 11:30am and returning around 3:00pm. Please keep this is in mind in terms of appointments and your child's outerwear choices for the day. Earlier this week, an email was sent from Mr. Blackmer that included an electronic permission slip.  If you have not completed it, please click this link: LFHS Musical Permission Slip

LBMS Earth Week: April 23rd-April 27th

The LBMS Environmental Club is excited to announce that we will be hosting Earth Week.  During the week, we will be having an Advisory recycling competition. We will be collecting plastic bags, children's books and used crayons.  The bags will be properly recycled, the books will be donated to Bernie's Book Bank and the crayons will be donated to The Crayon Initiative. thecrayoninitiative.org  The Advisory that collects the most of these items, will win a Suzy's Swirl party! Thank you!

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
Overall absences were fewer than normal this week.  The reported illnesses were significant....one confirmed Influenza A and several low grade fevers with sore throats.  This blustery weather is not helping anyone feel better!

Next Week at a Glance
4/23 - 4/27
Monday: ELO - English Language Arts

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: All school field trip to LFHS to see Beauty and the Beast, 12pm-3pm

Thursday: ELO - Science, Social Studies, World Language

Friday: Visiting Author Assembly at 2:30pm

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts, students continued in their poetry unit. First, they edited their original poetry collection looking at the form and structure of their poems and their use of figurative and descriptive language. Students also continued researching and annotating their favorite mentor poems. Next week we will complete our poetry unit and enjoy a guest speaker from Ragdale talk about her writing career.

  • 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 began Chapter 8 which focuses on statistics and angle relationships.  Next week, students will continue to work with box plots and looking at comparing and analyzing data through samples sizes.  We are working on the following standards:

  • 7.SP.1: Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.

  • 7.SP.2: Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest. Generate multiple samples (or simulated samples) of the same size to gauge the variation in estimates or predictions.

  • 7.SP.3: Informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities, measuring the difference between the centers by expressing it as a multiple of a measure of variability.

  • 7.SP.4: Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in class, students worked on exponent rules and scientific notation rules.  Next week, students will close the unit by focusing on operations with scientific notation and functions.  We are working on:

  • 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.

  • 8.EE.4: Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.

  • 8.F.1: Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week, students practiced rewriting equations to eliminate fractions and used multiple methods to solve equations presented in various formats. Students also worked to determine the number of solutions in an equation and were introduced to the properties of imaginary numbers. Next week, students will practice identifying ideal strategies for solving different types of equations and further their understanding of the intersections and intercepts of graphs.

Standards Assessed this Chapter:

  • 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

This week, we began exploring trig ratios, radians, and the unit circle. Next week, we will continue to see how these various ratios and angles can be used to solve for unknown quantities and how they could apply to something like a merry-go-round!

Standards Assessed on Quiz 18 (April 30th):

  • I12.1: Find trigonometric values, including reference angles, co-terminal 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 the students wrapped up the earth science unit and began the life science unit. We will begin this unit by using microscopes to investigate cells.

  • MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students continued to explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  They evaluated both sides of the conflict, and are drawing conclusions about possible solutions to this conflict.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we discussed going shopping and stores we prefer to shop at. We played some games to review numbers so that we could talk about money and cost.

Standards addressed this week:

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

  • WL 1.5. Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students explored Paris! Students presented their Parisian monuments and sites! It was wonderful to hear about the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, but students were also exposed to new sites like the Catacombs, the Buttes de Chaumont, and the Musée Rodin! Students also learned how to navigate the métro subway system. Ask them about what they would like to see in Paris...the summative assessment for this culture unit is to plan Une Journée Parfaite à Paris! (One Perfect Day in Paris). Students are already complaining that one day isn’t possibly enough! The summative project is due next Wednesday. Then we begin Mon Ami, Le Monstre!

Standards addressed this week:

  • Presentational Writing: WL 3.4  The student can communicate information and own ideas on various topics in writing using sentences and connected sentences.

Health - Fink

“What is a Calorie?” - How do you burn calories? How do calories and physical activity relate to each other? Calories In vs. Calories Out. Health-Related Fitness Components - List the HRFC. How do they help improve fitness levels. Taking heart rate. How does the heart rate have an effect on what type of cardiovascular exercise you perform? Skill-Related Fitness Components - List the SRFC.  How do these skills help improve fitness and sport performance?

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.

Theatre Arts-Olmstead

This week in Theatre Arts, the students shared their film projects “Object X” which required the students to use twelve different camera shots, angles and movements focused around a single object.  Our next team film project will begin next week. The students will be assessed for “Object X” on the following ISTE standards:

  • ISTE.3.Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, to produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning
    experiences for themselves and others.

  • 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.


Golf Starts Monday! Golf is a no-cut sport open to all grade levels. Come to the meeting Monday to learn about the program!

Monday: Golf Meeting After School in the gym 3:30-3:40pm

Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

Tuesday: Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

Track @ North Chicago HS 4:30-6:30pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

Friday: Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Now Due -- Graduation Packets and Sold PTO Ball Drop Raffle Tickets

If you have 8th grade graduation packets or sold ball drop raffle tickets at home, please have your student turn them into the office on Monday.


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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