7th Grade Weekly Update


Conference Signups:

On Thursday afternoon, advisors sent a link for conference signups.  You should have received a sign-up link from your child’s advisory teacher.  If you have not received the link, please let your child’s advisor know so that a conference can be scheduled.  Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, January 25th and Friday, January 26th.

MAP Testing:Tuesday, Jan 18th and Wednesday, Jan 19th

Attendance during MAP testing is important. We would encourage you to avoid making appointments or checking your child out of school during the testing dates.  Also please encourage your child to charge his or her laptop, get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and bring their IDR and charger to school on those days.  Thanks for your support!

Career Day is coming!

Our 2nd annual Career Exposition Day is coming on January 25th. We are looking for people willing to give about 2 hours of your time (between 9:30AM and 11:30AM) to share what you do for a living with interested students. Each presenter is asked to prepare a 20-25 minute session for middle school students. This session may be repeated 1-3 times that morning. Based on the interest of our students, here are the larger career categories that we are seeking: advertising/marketing, animal/marine bio/vet, animation, Architect, Artist, author, chemist/scientist/neuroscientist, coding/game design/computer engineer, Culinary Arts, engineer, firefighter, nurse, Photographer, space, sports, surgeon, teacher, YouTuber, technical career (IT, etc).

We are definitely not limited to these career categories if you wish to present! Please contact Mrs. Komac at hkomac@lb65.org if you are willing to be a presenter.

Wizard of Oz 2018:

Auditions begin on Tuesday!  The audition schedule is listed on the musical website here.  The sign ups for auditions are available on the call board in the STEAM lab.  On the website there are two  tabs called “Audition Resources” and “Audition Information” which has all the info from workshops that the students need for auditions.  

Students will receive an audition number at their audition that will correspond to their casting and call backs.  A small number of students will be called back for additional scene work and singing on Monday, January 22nd from 3:35-6:00 pm.  Students will be notified by the end of the school day on Friday, January 19th if they are requested for a call back.  The cast list will be posted on the musical website on Saturday, January 27th at 9am by audition number.  There will be a mandatory all cast parent and cast meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at 7pm.  Any additional questions?  Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  

Set design and production crew sign ups are now available on the call board!  The first production meeting will be Tuesday, January 16th at 8am in Mrs. Olmstead’s room.  The set design calendar is posted on the musical website.  

PARCC Testing:

The PARCC testing window is April 4 - April 13, 2018.   As it is important to have all of our students present at school during this time, please plan to have your child(ren) at school on these dates. There is PLENTY of time between now and the PARCC Assessment so don’t get too worried.  If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to let me know.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey - Parent Responses Needed!

Lake Bluff School District 65 is participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.  Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Survey is open through January 31, 2018. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/ and enter your e-mail address, the county name (Lake) and the school name (Lake Bluff Elementary or Lake Bluff Middle).

News from the Nurse

Two significant illnesses created many absences this week.  One is an influenza like illness with a fever, sore throat, and cough.  The fevers have been in the 100-102 degree range and last for approximately 2 days. No confirmed cases of Influenza have been reported to me.


The other nasty bug is a GI illness causing vomiting & diarrhea.  The vomiting lasts about 12 hours; the diarrhea can linger for a few days.


Just a reminder, students need to be free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school......Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance
1/15 - 1/19
Monday: No School

Tuesday: ELO - Math

Wednesday: ELO - Fine Arts

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

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

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts students continued working in their Nonfiction Book Club groups. Most groups are finishing their first nonfiction book and starting in their second.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week students in Math 2 worked with percents to find discounts and original prices and then moved into more work with probability.  Next week, students will continue to work on probability, have a small quiz on those topics, and then have MAP testing later in the week.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week students reviewed and then assessed on standards from Unit 5 as well as previous units.  Then, students took all of their data from the first five units and reviewed and reflected on their progress so far this year.  Students began Unit 6 which continues to focus on geometry concepts - circles and volume.  Next week students will participate in winter MAP testing.

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students used trendlines to model patterns in data sets. Students also learned how to calculate and use the correlation coefficient to determine to validity of the trendlines. We finished the week discussing the differences between association and causation and reviewing the key topics from the chapter. Instead of a test, students will collect and analyze data on Tuesday 1/16 and Wednesday 1/17 using the skills covered in the chapter.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, we put together the rules for transforming functions and applied those ideas to solving quadratics in different ways. Next week, we will complete this unit with Quiz 10 on Wednesday, Jan. 17th. Students in the HSAATH course will take their math MAP test on Friday, Jan. 19th. They will round out their "trifecta" of assessments with the AATH Common Assessment on Mon. Jan. 22nd.

Science - DeYoung

This week the students continued their exploration of chemical energy. Next week we will begin to wrap up our energy unit with electricity and light. We will have a quiz on Monday (1/22), and will then begin building our mousetrap cars.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students completed their study of the European Union.  They looked at forces that both unite and divide the EU.  They also examined the EU Parliament and the role they play in shaping the laws of the EU.

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish students continued to practice ordering in a cafe. We had a quiz over this topic in which students had to respond to typical questions from a waiter. Students also had some time to visit the 8th grade Spanish class “Mercado Peruano” and practice their skills in making a purchase with the 8th grade students. Next week students will end the unit by completing a presentation of their favorite meal. The homework this weekend is to read through the project description and look over the rubric (received in class Friday), and come to class Tuesday with any questions and ready to work.

French - Szostak

This week in French, students finished the classroom objects lesson with an interpersonal dialogue. Students had 10 minutes to create a dialogue in French about  a situation concerning the state of their locker or having lost something in the classroom. This context allows students the chance to speak French “on the spot” and focus on their abilities to have a conversation in French. Students then began the next lesson’s vocabulary: school schedules!

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been learning more about skill-related fitness components and how these skills play a role in athletic fitness and performance as well as common athletic improvement.  As the week comes to an end, students will be starting a RAFT Project - The project deals with fitness on some level and students have to choose a role, audience, format and topic within the physical activity health unit.  Projects will be DUE on Wednesday, Jan 17th.  Have a great weekend.

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued working on their open studio piece.  This work is due on January 17th.  Students can come in before or after school or during their Extended Learning Opportunities in afternoon advisory if more time is needed.

Theatre Arts-Olmstead

This week the students began working in their radio drama teams to read through their radio drama scripts to determine the sound effects needed and cast the play.  Scripts include “The Monkey’s Paw”, “Lights Out,”  and an episode of “Flash Gordon.”  All were performed live for a radio audience in the 1930s.  Next week the students will continue to put together their technical elements before recording their voices.  Have a great weekend!

STEAM-Mrs. Olmstead

This week the students gave fantastic and creative presentations on their first engagement!  Projects included the creation and recording of the construction of a 4 ft geometric structure, 3D architecture design, and an aeronautics simulation.  Next week the students will begin their second engagement of choice, which will focus on a different area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)

Chorus - Miss C
Students are continuing to work on their sight-singing skills and started new music for the Chorus Concert on Wednesday, March 7th!


Monday: NONE

Tuesday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)

Wednesday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)

Thursday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)

Friday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)

 After School Activities 

Chess Club:

Next Chess Club meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd after school in Mrs. Twohig’s room.

 PTO News

Bluffer Night at LB Meatheads

Take a night off from the kitchen. The PTO's next Bluffer Night is this Wednesday, January 17th. Order from Meatheads in Lake Bluff (955 Rockland Road) between 11:00am and 10:00pm for 20% of your order to be donated to the PTO. Don't forget to mention the Lake Bluff PTO when you order. And don't worry, there are great salad options for those still committed to a New Year's healthy eating resolution! Check out their menu at https://www.meatheadsburgers.com.


Save the Date

The PTO's spring auction is going to be a golf scramble and after party. Mark May 19th on your calendar so you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time.

Spirit Wear

Love the look of Lake Bluff's new spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spirit wear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information.


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