8th Grade Weekly Updates


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).

Musical Update- Wizard of Oz

It’s our first musical update of the year!  Workshops are next week and the schedule is listed on the musical website here.  Workshops are the opportunity for those interested in auditioning to learn the material.   All students auditioning must complete a singing and dance audition, and the acting audition is optional.  Auditions are scheduled for the week of January 17th, and the specific schedule is also included on the website.  Students will be able to sign up for auditions starting next week.  All students need to turn in a conflict form to Mrs. Olmstead before their audition.  More information to come!  The website will always be updated with information for all cast and crews. Contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org with any questions!

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. 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.

animal/marine bio/vet
coding/game design/computer engineer
Culinary Arts
fire fighter
law enforcement
Performing arts
pilot/flight attendant

Spirit wear

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

News from the Nurse

Students returned from break with colds and upset stomachs.  Many absences were simply reported as “sick”; it is helpful if parents provide the type of illness that is causing the absence.  Thank you for any information you can provide on the attendance line.  

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--Wizard of Oz Workshops begin

Tuesday--National Poetry Day

Wednesday--Early Release, 2:10 dismissal

Thursday--Alexander Hamilton's Birthday

Friday--Bobwarts Challenge Ends
            --School Spelling Bee Finals
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week students are back in action competing in the preliminary rounds of the GeoBee competition.  The Finals will be on January 25th, the morning before Conferences.  We will wrap up our discussion about Reconstruction asking and researching if there are any repercussions to our understanding of it today. 
In our next unit, students will examine the time period known as the Gilded Age focusing on the rise of Industrial America.  We will be studying the monopolies and 'captains of industry' that took the US by storm as well as the immigrants and children who helped build the country's wealth.  From there we will be looking at the reformers and activists in the Progressive Era who fought for the rights of workers, women, and children.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week we reviewed the genetics behind asexual and sexual reproduction, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both. We also looked at a variety of organisms and analyzed their reproductive strategies. Next week students will be assessed on the standard relating to this topic by making a poster comparing and contrasting the two. Stay tuned!

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students are reviewing Fahrenheit 451 from before break with a focus on theme. Students applied their understanding of theme to Ray Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day". Next week, we will begin writing our author's craft essay surrounding Ray Bradbury's work. 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
We kicked off Chapter 7 this week. Building off of chapter 5, chapter 7 focuses on modeling real-life examples of exponential growth and decay, including applications with compound interest. This chapter will also feature a mini-project, where students can investigate and model a scenario involving populations or financial applications with exponential growth and decay functions.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
2018 started with work on symmetry and transformations! Next week, we will continue to explore how to transform functions and get into more details about quadratics. Students will be given information about the Grumpy Bat project on Monday, with a due date on this project of Jan 16th - Jan 19th. Quiz 10 will be Jan. 17th, MAP testing will be Jan. 19th. Students will also complete an AATH common assessment on Jan. 22nd. This is a short assessment built of problems chosen in collaboration with LFHS and DPM. The problems reflect skills that students in AATH should be fluent in solving by this point in their math journey and will be given to all AATH students in the three districts. The primary goal of the assessment is for all of the AATH teachers to work together on how we assess student work to achieve some consistency. This is a great chance for students to check on their mastery of key skills.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week 8th grade students have been working on their "Give Your Best Advice," videos.  This is a culminating project that they are producing to demonstrate their knowledge on mental and emotional health issues.  Projects are due on Monday, January 8.  Next week, we will begin the drug education unit.  Have a great weekend.  

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we have been reviewing our Mercado unit. We have been practicing using indirect object pronouns and changing verbs to the past tense. Students have also been reviewing the vocabulary for bargaining in preparation for our in-class Mercado next Tuesday! Students will be working with partners to sell and purchase items using the soles (Peruvian currency) the students have been collecting throughout the unit. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students learned a new set of adjectives. This group of adjectives describe a person's character and personality. Students will also learn about the correct placement of adjectives; do they go before or after the noun, while continuing to use the correct forms of the adjectives.  We'll be doing plenty of conversation as we describe ourselves using the various adjectives. 

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students are working on showing and justifying emotion through facial expression, body movement, generating ideas, and collaborating with their partner.  The two exercises we practiced this week involve choosing an emotion that must be "dialed up" during the scene and having to continually justify random emotions throughout a scene.  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students began 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.

Chorus- Ms. Cvitkovic
This week we worked on getting our voices back into singing form!  Next week we will begin preparing for our World Music Concert on Wednesday, March 7th at 7 PM.


Monday: BBB @ Northwood 4:15/5:15pm

GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM

GBB vs. LFCDS 4:00/5:00pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: BBB vs. Edgewood 4:30/5:30pm

Friday: 8BBB 7AM

7GBB + 7BBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

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