7th Grade Weekly Update


Report Cards

Report cards will be coming home on Monday with students. Please see the email from Mr. Blackmer with more details.

Annual Lake Bluff Gazebo LIghting: Saturday, December 2nd at 5 PM

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade chorus students will sing at the Annual LB Gazebo Lighting

A few details for the Gazebo Lighting......

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Call time for performers: 4:45 PM

Performance time: 5- 5:20 PM

Where: The Lake Bluff Gazebo

What to wear: Winter clothes/boots/coats/hats/holiday gear/etc......(no music outfits)

Hope to see you there!!

News from the Nurse

Many students came to visit me this week with common cold symptoms and scratchy throats.  An average of 2 students/day were reported absent due to stomachaches.  There was one confirmed case of Influenza B reported.  If your child presents with sudden onset of fever & cough, you may want to consider a visit to your doctor.  We are encouraging covering coughs & good hand washing.

"How to Raise an Adult" Presentation by Author, Julie Lythcott-Haims

Monday, December 4

7:00 p.m.

Lake Forest High School

Raymond Moore Auditorium

1285 McKinley Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). She is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

How to Raise an Adult emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. She received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult has been published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel which will be out in 2018.

Lake Forest Book Store has generously offered a 15% discount on the purchase of the book if you mention this event!

Co-sponsored by Lake Forest High School District 115, Lake Forest District 67, and LEAD

Next Week at a Glance
12/4 - 12/8
Monday: Set up for Success, ELO - ELA

Tuesday: Set up for Success, ELO - Math

Wednesday: Set up for Success, ELO - Fine Arts

Thursday: Set up for Success, ELO - Science, Social Studies, and World Language

Friday: 1st Bluffer Buddy Advisory

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in Language Arts we began Bend 2 of our Argument Writing Unit. Students were grouped based on interest in student participation in competitive sports. Groups worked through creating a claim, gathering evidence, and drafting an essay. Next week, we’ll complete editing these drafts and begin Bend 3 - a choice in argument writing.

Math 2 - Tschanz and Carney

This week in Math 2, students began Chapter 4 which focuses on many concepts around proportional relationships.  Students solved problems this week involving similar shapes and used graphs and tables to determine proportionality.

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

This week in Advanced Math 2, students completed their final lessons for Unit 4, had a team challenge, and an individual assessment on Friday.  Next week, students will begin Unit 5 which focuses on collecting and analyzing data, then drawing conclusions as well as working with angle relationships.  

Algebra - Jakcsy

This week students continued investigating and learning about exponential relationships, as well as arithmetic and geometric sequences. Our class will conclude chapter 5 next week and take the Team Test on Friday 12/8 and the Individual Test on Monday 12/11.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, students explored new and different aspects of radicals such as rational exponents and imaginary numbers. Next week, we continue to work with imaginary and complex numbers with Quiz 8 on Thursday. We will begin our work with quadratics to round out 2017. Quiz 9 will be on Dec. 15th, so any students who will be gone that day should make arrangements to take the quiz ahead of time.

Science - DeYoung

This week we investigated energy conversion from one form to another with an emphasis on elastic energy.  We began to identify factors that impact the amount of elastic energy an object might have. Next week we will focus on energy transfer, we also have a quiz covering lessons 1-5 on Friday, 12/8.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students looked at primary and secondary sources, analysing different aspects of life in the former Soviet Union.  They discussed a variety of topics, from the space race to political repression.  They took a quiz on “different types of governments”, and wrote about how the kind of government and economic system found in the USA shapes their lives.  They then compared this to what life would be like in a communist regime.  

Spanish - Horner

French - Szostak

This week in French students have added to their vocabulary by learning more prepositions of location. We have used these words to say where things are in the classroom, but we’ve also put things in some strange places as well! Students also conjugated their first irregular verb, AVOIR, which means to have.

Health - Fink

This week in health, students have been discussing various vocabulary such as self-esteem, self-advocacy, self-awareness, and overcoming hardships.  As the week comes to an end, we are analyzing how these challenges can impact one’s overall health and wellness.  Next week, we will take a look at emotions and expressing emotions in a healthy way.  Additionally, we will be watching “Inside Out” to analyze specific relationships between emotions and the human spirit.  Have a great weekend.

Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students began working on a skill-building boot camp of their choice.  They will begin their open studio piece next week.

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead

Welcome to a new trimester of STEAM!  The 7th graders are jumping right into their first engagements after taking the course in 6th grade.  The students have chosen a range of topics/projects:  3D design, architectural design, aeronautics simulation, and bridge design.  I look forward to seeing their ideas come to fruition!  The STEAM website contains more information about the course and engagement offerings.  

Theatre Arts-Olmstead

Welcome to Theatre Arts!  This course explores multiple different roles that are required in a theatre production, from set design to special effects.  Our first unit is on directing.  The students are exploring the different parts of the stage and how to block a scene from a director’s perspective.  My drama website contains more information about the course and the National Core Arts Standards.  

Chorus - Cvitkovic

Singers have been working on polishing up the music for the Gazebo Lighting on Saturday at 5PM!  Mark your calendar for the Winter Choral Concert on Wednesday, March 7th at 7 PM.

Monday: BBB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7:00am
GBB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm
Wednesday: BBB @ Carl Sandburg 4:15/5:15pm
Thursday: GBB & Carl Sandburg 4:15/5:15pm
8BBB Practice 3:45-5:45, 7BBB Practice 5:45-7:00pm
Friday: NONE

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Love to Bake?

The LBMS PTO is looking for bakers for our annual boxed holiday treats for the LBMS staff. Any and all baked goods are greatly appreciated. If you'd like to help out, please contact Amy Connell-Donohue at acd@amyconnellphotography.com. Items should be dropped off to Amy by 10:00am on December 14 (755 Mawman Ave.). The holiday treat boxes will be assembled at Amy's from 10:00am-12:00pm on December 14th, if you'd like to help out.  


Spiritwear Update

If you ordered spiritwear, you should have received an email with pickup details. If you missed out, the Lake Bluff PTO will be stocking spiritwear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Updated items will be available for the holiday season. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information.

Want More Information?

Join us on Facebook: Lake Bluff Middle School PTO or visit us online at www.lb65.org/parents/pto.