7th Grade Weekly Update


MAP Testing:

Next week, 7th grade students will be participating in MAP Testing on Thursday and Friday during their math and LA classes.  Please remind students to charge their computers each night.

News from the Nurse

There were not many absences early in the week.  The last two days, absences have increased. The primary reasons reported were low grade fevers, sore throats, allergy symptoms and stomach aches.

Next Week at a Glance
5/14 - 5/18
Monday: SUFS, ELO - ELA

Tuesday: SUFS, ELO - Math

Wednesday: SUFS, ELO - Fine Arts

Thursday: MAP Testing in LA and Math, SUFS, ELO - Science, Social Studies, World Language

Friday: MAP Testing in LA and Math, Bluffer Buddy Advisory

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts, students finished the first book of their Dystopian Book Clubs series and began their second. Students explored the rules of their new dystopian societies as well as the characters’ archetypes. Remind your student to hit their reading goal at home. Next week, we will continue exploring what set dystopian novels apart from other genres.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.3: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in class, students reviewed for their Chapter 8 assessment and completed it at the end of the week.  Next week, students will begin their last chapter which focuses on circles, surface area, and volume. Here is the link to information about Chapter 9.  Students will also be completing their final MAP test of the year later in the week.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2, students worked with triangle relationships and studied the Pythagorean Theorem.  We focused on the following standards:

  • 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.

Next week students will continue to learn about rational and irrational numbers and complete their final MAP test of the year at the end of the week.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week, students continued learning about transformations of functions, practiced writing the inverse of functions, and analyzed data using histograms and box and whisker plots. Next week, we’ll continue analyzing data using technology and complete the Spring MAP Test.

Standards Assessed in Chapter 11:

  • Standard 2: Analysis of Function Properties and Representations (F-IF.1, F-IF.2, F-IF.3, F-IF.5, F-IF.6, F-IF.9, F-LE.1b, F-LE.1c, F-LE.2, F-LE.3, F-LE.5)

  • Standard 3: Graph a variety of functions and apply/interpret those graphs in context (F-IF.4, F-IF.7a, F-IF.7b, F-IF.7e, F-IF.8b, F-LE.1a)

  • Standard 9: Represent data in various formats; create statistical models; interpret statistics in context and make predictions. (S-ID.1, S-ID.2, S-ID.3, S-ID.6a, S-ID.6b, S-ID.6c, S-ID.7, S-ID.8, S-ID.9)

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, we studied the use of properties to simplify and prove trigonometric ideas. Students have Quiz 20 next week assessing these standards:

  • 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.

  • I12.5: Simplify trigonometric expressions using factoring, trigonometric identities, and properties.

  • I12.6: Construct a viable proof for a trigonometric statement.

Next week, we will apply the properties and all of our old Algebra techniques to solving trig equations (Standard I12.4: Solve trigonometric equations using properties of trigonometry and algebra, including finding all solutions with the specified range. ). Students will also complete their Spring MAP test on Friday. Quiz 21 is May 22nd.

Science - DeYoung

This week the students began to explore diffusion and osmosis. Next week we will continue to investigate how food molecules are absorbed and transported through the body.

  • MS-LS1-7: Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week we wrapped up our study of the Middle East.  We looked at why there are so many terrorist organizations from this part of the world, and how these groups have affected people and countries.  We tested on this Thursday, and will be moving into the DBQ process next week.

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish students started working on a VoiceThread presentation. They could present about their current favorite outfit or an outfit they really want to buy. Students enjoyed choosing their clothing and expressing themselves. The project addresses all of the learning targets from the fashion unit so far. VoiceThread recordings/projects are due Monday, and I can help students turn them in in class as long as their recording is done. We also had a writing assessment this week.

  • WL 3.1) The student can communicate in writing on familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and sentences.

  • WL 3.7) The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences & series of sentences.

French - Szostak

In French this week, students went on a Gallery Walk ( a Promenade, if you will). Students had written about their One Perfect Day in Paris and the projects were displayed throughout the library. Students strolled through reading the posters, filling in a fun survey about what they read. They then found an itinerary that would become their second perfect day in Paris! Students wrote about why they like this itinerary as a journal entry. Students then learned the AVOIR expressions which are used to express physical state. We’ll continue with this next week.

Standard focused on this week:

Interpretive Language:

  • WL 2.4  Student can understand and interpret French through listening to spoken word at an appropriate level.

  • WL 2.8  Student can understand and interpret French through reading texts at an appropriate level.

Presentational Language:

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

Interpersonal Language:

  • WL 1.2   Student actively engages in conversations with others.

Health - Fink

Students will begin Life Skills Training which is the drug education program for 6th and 7th grades.  The following lessons will be addressed: Lesson ONE: Drugs and Violence - How are drugs and violence related?  Lesson TWO: Decision Making - Using decision making skills - the three C’s to make decisions regarding drugs, alcohol and other substances. Lesson THREE: Coping with Anxiety - managing anxiety in a healthy way. Participating in meditation sessions in order to manage anxiety.

Standards Assessed:

  • 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.

  • 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.  Next week we will prepare for the Art Show! Please come support our talented students on Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th for two nights celebrating the Fine Arts!

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 HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE FALL! We will still run our summer camps in Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey, however the dates will now be in August! Camps will run Aug 6th-9th, and 13th-16th.

Saturday: Track Sectionals @ Elk Grove HS 12:00PM

Monday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00

Tuesday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00

Wednesday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00

Thursday: Golf Match vs. Oak Grove @ Heather Ridge GC 4:00-6:30

Friday: NONE

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

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.