7th Grade Weekly Update


Wellness Week:

Next week is our annual Wellness Week!  This campaign is designed to create awareness for students, staff, and parents surrounding the importance of physical, mental, and emotional wellness.  Check out the week's calendar of events, a helpful handout on the rise and risk of e-cigs/vaping, and this great article on how to help your child thrive in today's world.  Contact Mrs. Quick with any questions!

CROYA Spring Dance - May 4th

Croya Dance Flyer

News from the Nurse

Reasons for absences were varied this week.  There were a few fevers, colds with coughs, a few stomach bugs with vomiting, and one positive Strep throat.  

Next Week at a Glance
4/30 - 5/4
Monday: ELO - ELA
Wellness Week: Sweats/Comfy Clothes Day

Tuesday: ELO - Math
Wellness Week: Mismatch/Backwards Day

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts
Wellness Week: Hat/Headband Day

Thursday: ELO - Science, SS, World Language
Wellness Week: Lake Bluff Day

Friday: No School, Teacher Inservice Day

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts, students completed their poetry unit by creating a poetry anthology. Students edited four of their seven poems and wrote about an overarching theme to draw connections between them. Next week, we will begin our dystopian reading unit which will be our final unit of the year.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students worked on statistics by discussing how best to sample a population to gather data and make inferences about a population.  The last part of this chapter has students shifting gears to work on geometry skills starting with relationships of angles. We are working on these 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.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 completed Unit 9 with review and an assessment on a variety of standards from this year.  Next week, students will begin Unit 10 where they will study angles and triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem, and square and cube roots.

  • 8.EE.2: Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations of the form x2 = p and x3= p, where p is a positive rational number. Evaluate square roots of small perfect squares and cube roots of small perfect cubes. Know that √2 is irrational.

  • 8.G.5: Use informal arguments to establish facts about the angle sum and exterior angle of triangles, about the angles created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal, and the angle-angle criterion for similarity of triangles.

  • 8.G.6: Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.

  • 8.G.7: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.

  • 8.G.8: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.

  • 8.NS.1: Know that numbers that are not rational are called irrational. Understand informally that every number has a decimal expansion; for rational numbers show that the decimal expansion repeats eventually, and convert a decimal expansion which repeats eventually into a rational number.

  • 8.NS.2: Use rational approximations of irrational numbers to compare the size of irrational numbers, locate them approximately on a number line diagram, and estimate the value of expressions (e.g., π2).

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week we concluded Chapter 10 by learning about systems of quadratic equations as well as absolute value and quadratic inequalities. The Chapter 10 Team Test will be on Monday (4/30), we'll review on Tuesday, and the Chapter 10 Individual Test will take place on Wednesday (5/2). In Chapter 11, students will further investigate data analysis and statistics.

Standards Assessed in Chapter 10:

  • 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 wrapped up our first section of trigonometry on right triangle relationships and trig values. Quiz 18 is on Monday, assessing the following standards:

  • I12.1: Find trigonometric values, including reference angles, co-terminal angles, unit circle.

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

Following the quiz, we will dedicate next week to graphing trigonometric functions

  • I12.3: Write and graph trigonometric functions; identify key characteristics of a function (period, amplitude, asymptotes).

Science - DeYoung

This week the students continued to explore where we can find cells. We collected samples of cells from inside our mouth and on our wrists. We then looked for cells in yogurt and a sample of water that contained some protists.

  • 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 worked on developing their own “thick questions” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  They also developed support questions, and worked on research to answer these. They will be taking their first Middle East test this Friday.  

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

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we practiced trying to purchase something at a clothing store. We incorporated vocabulary about clothing, money, color, and size to practice questions and problem-solving. On Friday we had a diálogo to assess students on this learning target and the interpersonal standard.

  • 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 completed a summative assessment based on their cultural research about Paris. Students completed visuals describing their One Perfect Day in Paris! Students had to choose at least 3 places to visit and then wrote a description in French about why they chose it. Some students also chose to add additional spots or dining options to their itinerary! Students also completed a métro activity that showed they are able to get around Paris (from one monument to another) using the Paris subway system. They are quite ready to guide their families through Paris! Lasty we began a unit on body parts called Voilà mon monstre!

  • WL 3.2  The student can present information and ideas on various topics in writing using sentences.

  • WL 1.4   Student can apply class material to conversation

Health - Fink

Students have been working on their final project for the physical activity unit.  This is called a RAFT project; Role, Audience, Form, and Topic (RAFT). Students had to pick a role other than a student and create a project using either the health-related or skill-related fitness components to present to the class using a form different from “notes,” they received in class. The following standards are being 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.


Bobcat Camp is Live! We are offering camps in Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey. Registration is available through the district website. Camp run from June 11-14, 18-21 and is open to all incoming 5th-8th graders!

Monday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00pm (Weather Permitting)

Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm

Tuesday: Golf Practice and/or Play Date 3:45-6:30pm (Weather Permitting)

Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm

Wednesday: Golf Practice and/or Play Date 3:45-6:30pm (Weather Permitting)

Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm

Thursday: Golf @ Oak Grove 4:00pm (Heather Ridge Golf Course)

Track @ Libertyville HS 4:30pm

Friday: NONE

Saturday: Track Conference Meet @ North Chicago 8:00AM

 After School Activities 

Student Council

Next meeting is Wednesday, May 2nd after school in Mrs. Carney’s room.

 PTO News

8th Grade Social, Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt, on Friday, May 18

8th grade parents -- mark your calendars now so your student's don't miss out on the Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt. Friday, May 18th from 3:30pm-5:30pm 8th grade students will race through downtown Lake Bluff following clues and trying to with the Amazing Race as part of their graduation celebrations. Food and refreshments will be provided. Free to students.

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.