7th Grade Weekly Update


Spring Chorus and Band Concerts

Reminder that the Spring Choral Concert is on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 PM and the Band Concert is on Thursday, May 24th at 7 PM!

Lost and Found

The LBMS lost and found is over flowing and the end of the year is approaching.  Please be aware that any items currently in the lost and found will be donated to charity on Friday May 25th.  Please encourage your student check the lost and found for anything items that may belong to them.

News from the Nurse

Seasonal allergies are making many students (and staff) miserable!  Symptoms for some are severe enough to cause an absence. If your student needs to take allergy medicine to control their symptoms, please remind them to take it prior to coming to school. Early in the week, there were a few absences due to stomach upset; that seems to have subsided.

Next Week at a Glance
5/21 - 5/25
Monday: ELO - ELA

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts, Chorus Concert at 7pm

Thursday: ELO - Science, Social Studies, World Language, Band Concert at 7pm

Friday: Bluffer Assembly

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in English Language Arts, students began reading the second book in their Dystopian book series. Students are noticing the benefits of reading in a series and tackling the difficulties. Ask your student(s) what elements make up Dystopian literature! Our final MAP testing occurred in ELA on Thursday and Friday. Next week, we’ll continue reading through Dystopian series.

  • 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 Math 2, students have begun their final chapter of study which begins with a focus on finding the circumference and area of circles.  We worked on the following standard:

  • 7.G.4. Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.

Next week, students will work on finding the area of composite figures before moving onto learning about surface area and volume of three dimensional shapes.

  • 7.G.6. Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in class, students completed their last few lessons in Unit 10 which focused on estimating square roots, determining if numbers are rational or irrational, and converting between repeating decimals and fractions.  Students worked on the following standards in class this week:

  • 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

  • 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.

Students will take their Unit 10 assessment on Monday, May 21st and then begin their final unit of the year which focuses on surface area and volume.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students continued exploring topics in chapter 11. Students practiced analyzing data sets using Google Sheets. We also reviewed several key topics that appear in classes skipped by our Algebra students. Students learned about the Pythagorean Theorem and the many angle relationships that exist with parallel lines. On Thursday & Friday, students completed Spring MAP Testing. Next week, students will explore standard deviation and complete challenges that integrate data analysis and algebraic strategies.

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, students worked on taking all of the old algebra skills of factoring, simplifying, and equation and applying them to solving equations with trig ratios! They completed their math MAP test. On Monday, students will do a quick 10 question review of concepts learned during the last few chapters. On Tuesday, students have Quiz 21 covering these standards:

  • I12.4: Solve trigonometric equations using properties of trigonometry and algebra, including finding all solutions with the specified range.

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

Science - DeYoung

This week the students continued investigating the circulatory system and the role it plays in transporting materials to cells. We also began to investigate the air that we breathe in compared to the air that we breathe out. Next week we will start to explore respiration and how our body gets energy from food and oxygen.

  • MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students studied the format of the DBQ.  We examined how this is written, and then applied this to the DBQ about Jamestown.  We practiced SOAPS document strategy, and applied them to this question: Early Jamestown:  why did so many people die?

Spanish - Horner

This week students watched each other’s VoiceThread presentations about their favorite outfits. Then we moved on to sharing our thoughts about whether or not a school should have uniforms. Students worked with a partner and presented their thoughts in Spanish to the class on Friday. We took a 7th grade class vote after hearing everyone’s thoughts. This week we also started weather, and next week we’ll take a closer look at what kind of clothing one should wear depending on the weather.

Standards addressed:

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

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

French - Szostak

This week in French, students continued to practice the expressions of physical comfort. They used them within practical contexts orally and in writing. Students also took a day to update their language portfolios, adding 7th grade work to the binders. Students enjoy looking at their past completed work and are amazed to see the difference in their ability to communicate in French.

Standards addressed:

Interpretive Communication

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

Presentational Communication

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

Interpersonal Communication

  • WL 1.2   Student actively engages in conversations with others.

  • WL 1.4  Student can apply class material to conversation

Health - Fink

Classifications of Drugs - Stimulants, Depressants, Prescription, etc. Class discussion on how each of these affect the body and the brain and the dangers that can occur. Lesson FIVE: Communication Skills - Communicating well with peers, parents, teachers, coaches, etc. Lesson SEVEN: Resisting Peer Pressure and Role Playing Scenarios.

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 #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.  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.

Lights, Camera, Action-Olmstead

This week in Lights, Camera, Action, the students recorded screencast tutorials on how to use a specific editing feature on iMovie.  The tutorials will be provided as a resource for the film teams as they move to the final stage of the Door Scene project next week which is editing footage.  

National Core Art Standards Assessed:

  • 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.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.

Chorus - Cvitkovic

Just a reminder that the Spring Chorus Concert is Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm in the gym.

Band - Beese

Just a reminder that the Spring Band Concert is Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 pm in the gym. Call time is 6:45 pm.

BOBCAT CAMP will run Aug 6th-9th, and 13th-16th.  Summer camps include Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey.

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

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

Come “Scramble” with us this Saturday. Tickets are still available at: tinyurl.com/LBPTOgolfparty. Can’t join us for golf or the after-party? Bring the kids out to the family-friendly Ball Drop. “Looking For Jane” will be playing and Canopy Trees will drop more than 2000 balls from a crane onto the green at 11:00am to see who will be the lucky $1000 prize winner. “Bushwood” will be rocking the golf tent later in the night at the 19th Hole After-Party. From the ball drop to the after-party, it’s shaping up to be a fun-filled day to celebrate and support our schools in Lake Bluff. Hope to see you on the greens.


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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