7th Grade Weekly Update


PARCC Testing

As you know, LBMS PARCC testing started on Thursday, April 5th.   Testing will continue next week. 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!

Two more weeks until showtime!  General tickets, tshirt orders, and rehearsal dinner pizza orders are still available through the school webstore here.  Crew members who will be at the rehearsal dinner and/or would like to order a shirt can purchase pizza orders/shirt orders there as well! Here is the calendar and the schedule for the next two weeks.  Students may be released early if we are done with their scene for the day, but may stay until the end of rehearsal.  Students are encouraged to bring homework to work on when their scene is not on stage, because there will be down time!  If you have any further questions, please contact aolmstead@lb65.org.  Thank you for all your support, We’re Off to see the Wizard!

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 (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)

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

Oz You Ready To Glitz?

Tomorrow (April 7th) from 9 AM - Noon, we will be having a craft and sewing morning to put together headpieces, glitter shoes and add glitz to the kid's costumes. We will be using the LBMS art room (entry that morning will be through the STEAM lab doors).

If you are available and interested, please click on the link below to confirm your participation:


Dress rehearsal costume organizing helpers!

We will need parents who are good at organizing for the respective hours during dress rehearsals on April 16th (3:30PM - 5:30PM), April 16th(3:30PM - 5:30PM) and 18th (3:45PM - 7PM) to help kids get in and out of their costumes. These volunteers will help performers adjust belts, headpieces, etc...and also help students in hanging costumes and tidying up the changing areas. Please click on the following link to volunteer for any or all of the dress rehearsals!!


Thank you in advance for your help!

Lake Forest-Lake-Bluff LDA Information

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche Flyer

News from the Nurse

Most students returned from break healthy and well rested.  The primary reason for absence due to illness this week was a stomach virus.  Several other students were absent due to fever. There were no reports of Influenza or Strep this week...Yay!

Next Week at a Glance
April 9 - April 13

PARCC Testing Makeups

PARCC Testing: ELA Unit 3

PARCC Testing: Math Unit 1, Early Dismissal at 2:10pm

PARCC Testing, Math Unit 2

PARCC Testing, Math Unit 3

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week, we began our Poetry Unit.  During this unit of study, students will have the opportunity to study famous poems and poets, analyze the craft of writing poetry, and they will write their own original poems.  

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

In Math 2, students continue to work on proportional relationships and solving multi-step equations.  Information on the concepts and standards for this unit can be found here.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week, students began Unit 9 which focuses on exponents and functions.  Information on the concepts and the standards for this unit can be found here.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students finished Chapter 9 and reviewed the key concepts from the chapter. Chapter 9 focused on solving quadratic equations and solving one and two-variable inequalities. The Chapter 9 Team Test was on Friday (4/6) and the Chapter 9 Individual Test is on Monday (4/9). Here are the standards being assessed on the Chapter 9 Assessments: 4) Operations & Polynomials, 5) Linear Equations & Inequalities, 6) Systems of Equations & Inequalities, 7) Quadratic Situations & Equations. After the individual test, we’ll begin Chapter 10, which primarily focuses on solving different types of equations with fractional, irrational, and complex solutions.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, students have been exploring the unique nature of sequences and series. They will have a quiz next week Monday or Tuesday. Following that, we enter our final main theme for the year - Trigonometry!

Science - DeYoung

This week the students examined the impact that location (relative to the equator) has on the temperature and hours of daylight in an area. Next week we will examine seasons and the cause for seasons.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students continued their study of the region of Oceania.  Our focus was Australia; and how location shapes life within its borders.  We looked at a variety of factors: immigration patterns, seasons, wildlife, sun, and stars.  We concluded that the Absolute location of Australia (in the southern hemisphere) has had a major impact on why life “down under” is the way it is.  

Spanish - Horner

This week we watched "La Leyenda de la Llorona", a Mexican-produced animated film that highlights a centuries-old Mexican legend. We used the opportunity to think about legends we are familiar with through word of mouth and various versions that are told. Movies like La Llorona are also useful listening exercises as students can make connections between what they hear in the dialogue and what the characters are doing on-screen.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been discussing stereotyping and labeling and how this can affect a students self-esteem.  In addition, we have been addressing the impact of stereotyping in the LGBTQ commnunity and the need to be more empathetic towards individuals with differences.  Standards we are addressing this week: Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health. Standard #2:  Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. Standard #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks.

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students began to enjoy open studio time.  They will continue to work on their pieces over the upcoming weeks.

Intro to Lights, Camera, Action!-Olmstead

This week in Intro to LCA, the students were introduced to a project called “Object X.”  After being introduced to a glossary of film shots, angles, and movements, teams of students chose an object to practice filming.  Thank you to Alliance for the iPod touch devices that the students are able to film with! They are extremely collaborative, easy to use and edit, and can quickly be shared between devices.  We look forward to using them all trimester! Feel free to visit my classroom website which contains more information about what we exploring in class along with the ISTE standards. We are currently focusing on 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 3:45-5:00

Tuesday: 6th COED IM VB 7:00AM

Track @ Libertyville HS 4:00PM

Wednesday: 6th COED IM VB 7:00AM

Thursday: 6th COED IM VB 7:00AM

Track Practice 3:45-5:00

Friday: Track Practice 3:45-5:00 (Unless otherwise noted by a coach)

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

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, silent auction and live music from Bushwood.


Lake Bluff PTO Ball Drop

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! Tickets for the ball drop raffle will go on sale for $5 each on Monday. All students will be bringing home ball drop raffle tickets to sell (optional). Please check your student's backpack for detailed information on Monday.


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.