7th Grade Weekly Update


Curriculum Night

Thank you to everyone who took time to come visit school on Thursday night to hear about our curriculum. We really enjoyed getting to see all of you in our rooms and we hope that you enjoyed navigating your children's schedules as well. An email with information on conference sign-up will be emailed home on September 14th so be sure to watch for it and sign up for conferences on October 5th or 6th.  Please visit this website to learn more about curriculum for grades 6-8.

Lake Bluff Ed

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with the Lake Bluff Ed Trip on Wednesday, September 27th. If you are able to help, please contact Joe Jakcsy (jjakcsy@lb65.org).

Picture Day

Picture Day is scheduled for Monday, September 11th during your child’s PE class.  You will be given a picture form on curriculum night.

Woodlands Academy Math-a-lon

What is it: A day where teams of 3 girls engage in a creative, friendly, problem solving math competition!

When is it: Saturday, October 14th 9AM - 11:30AM

Why: Because math can be so cool, and this competition is really all about the creative side of math! It's a chance to stretch your brain and challenge yourself!

Who: Any ladies

If you are interested, please see Mrs. Komac by the end of this week. This is first come, first registered, and we may only be able to send one team of 3 girls.

Lunch Bags

Please be sure to put your child's name on lunch bags and boxes.  We will try our best to get them returned to your child if we find them in the school.  Lunch bags left for several days begin to smell and draw ants so they will be thrown out.

Push Coin

All checks and cash turned in to the office for sports, socks and lunches will be deposited in your Push Coin account.  You will see these transactions when you view your Push Coin account which can be accessed at https://www.pushcoin.com/

News from the Nurse

Medications at school: No medication (not even Advil or Tylenol) can be administered at school without a Medication Authorization Form being completed and signed by a parent and a Healthcare provider.  If you would like your student to take any type of medication at school, please complete the appropriate form and submit it to the health office.  Here is the link to all of the available health forms    

I’m seeing the beginning of a sore throat/cough bug making its way through the building. Some students are also running low grade fevers. Several students have been tested for Strep, all results have been negative as of today.

Next Week at a Glance
Monday: Set up for Success, ELA Extended Learning Opportunity

Tuesday: Set up for Success, Math Extended Learning Opportunity

Wednesday: Early Dismissal at 2:10

Thursday: Set up for Success, Social Studies and Science Extended Learning Opportunity

Friday: Bluffer Basics with Partner Advisories

Course Updates

LA - Huddlestun & Wegrzyn

This week in LA students continued to work on their Realistic Fiction Narrative unit. Students developed their story’s characters before MAP testing on Thursday and Friday. Students were also reminded that Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) should be completed every night for at least 20 minutes and recorded in their online IDR Log.

Math 2 - Carney & Tschanz

This week students have continued to work on teamwork strategies, reviewing concepts from last year including converting numbers between fractions, decimals, and percents, looking for number patterns, and proportional relationships.  Next week, students will begin working with probability and statistics.

Course 2 Parent Guide

Advanced Math 2 - Tschanz

In Advanced Math 2 this week, students have worked with algebra tiles and expression mats to create visual representations of algebraic expressions.  Next week, the students will use these skills to solve multi-step equations and inequalities.

Course 2 Parent Guide

Course 3 Parent Guide

Algebra - Jakcsy

Students have continued learning about different types of functions and completed the MAP test. Next week we will wrap up our first chapter by looking at domain and range and how to solve various problems using functions. We will have our chapter 1 individual and team test on Thursday 9/14. The individual component is very brief and focuses on function notation.

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

We dived into our new material this week, studying functions, function composition, and piece-wise functions. Students will be taking their math MAP test on Monday and we have our first assessment quiz on Thursday 9/14. The team data task is due on Wednesday 9/13 and is considered an assessment for this unit.

Science - DeYoung

This week we continued our investigation of properties that can be used to identify substances. The students created their procedures to follow to complete a solubility investigation, and then completed that investigation. Next week our investigation of identifying properties continues.

Social Studies - Twohig

This week students worked on thematic maps.  They will be using these specific maps (population, climate, vegetation, physical features, and economic activity) as we explore different regions of the world and what is happening there.  

Spanish - Horner

This week in Spanish we worked on possessive phrases, because there are no apostrophes in Spanish! So instead of “Maria’s agua” we say “El agua de Maria” or “Su agua”. We have practiced both types of phrases with activities including speaking and writing. While practicing we incorporated the unit 7-1 vocabulary from last week. Next week we will have a short formative assessment about possessive adjectives and the 7-1 unit vocabulary.

French - Szostak

In French this week, students have been talking about their leisure time and what activities that they like to do or don’t do. Students have been waking up their French brains and each activity that we do in class has a speaking component and also a writing component. We are also doing a fun contest to get kids speaking again. Every time a student speaks French when not required to, they earn a letter. Students are trying to earn all the letters to spell out LE FRANÇAIS. The first two students in each class that get all the letters win a French prize.

Art - Engel-Julian

This week in art, students finished up their skill builder boot camps and are now planning for their first open studio piece of the trimester.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese

This week the students’ first engagements are truly underway!  The first few days involve plenty of brainstorming and tweaking as the students discover each project’s potential and begin to work towards their SMART goal.  

Acting I-Olmstead

This week the students are exploring pantomime through a series of warm-ups, exercises, and performances that require students to use their imaginations and creativity to create a believable environment.  The students will be rehearsing and performing partner pantomimes that show a conflict and resolution.  

Chorus - Cvitkovic

This week the students worked on reading choral music with multiple parts.  Additionally, we worked on good tone, volume and blend.  Please add all of the chorus concert dates to your family calendar…..November 15, March 7th and May 23rd at 7PM.

Band - Beese

This week in band we are working on music for the LFHS 7th Grade Band festival and our Fall concert. As a reminder, please add these dates to the calendar:

Wednesday, November 8 - LFHS 7th Grade Band Festival. Concert 7:00 pm. Rehearsal at 5:00 pm. More details to follow soon.

Wednesday, November 15 - LBMS Chorus Concert - 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 16 - LBMS Band Concert - 7:00 pm


Monday: GVB + SOC @ Neal Academy 4:15/5:15pm (location changed due to scheduling conflict!)

Girl's FH Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Tuesday: GVB + SOC @ Northwood 4:15/5:15pm

Girls FH vs. Sears School 4:15/5:15pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: GVB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm

Girls FH @ Sears School

Soccer Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Friday: GVB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Saturday: Girls FH Nightingale Tournament 6-9pm

 After School Activities 

Girls on the Run

LBMS will be hosting a Girls on the Run program called Heart and Sole. Heart & Sole is a middle school program that meets the unique needs of girls in 6th-8th grade. The program considers the whole girl in a positive space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy and strengthen connections. Running is incorporated into each lesson to encourage physical wellness and teach life skills such as team building, creating a support system, standing up for themselves and others and decision making. The girls prepare for a celebratory Girls on the Run 5K event at the end of the program. This non-competitive event fosters goal setting and a sense of confidence through accomplishment to last a lifetime.

We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Please see Mrs. Huddlestun or Ms. Turner for more information.  Register at: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/3R4EN43YD3SICSM?sid=10133d171bda42469d441da0ff05eded

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