8th Grade Weekly Updates


Musical Update- Wizard of Oz!

Thank you to all the parents for attending the informational meeting this past week!  If you were unable to attend, you can download the helpful parent tips.  Additionally, if you didn’t have a chance to fill out the parent volunteer form, the link is provided here. Scheduling questions?  Questions about the musical website?   Didn’t receive an email welcoming you and your child to the cast? Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.   Thank you for all your support!

Mrs. Engel-Julian is planning a set construction date for Saturday, February 24th from 8:30-3:00 on the stage.  If you are able to come help build, please send her an email at jengeljulian@lb65.org.
News from the Nurse
This week's update is almost identical to last week.  The "Influenza Like Illness" is causing the most absences.  Students are presenting with low grade fevers, sore throats, nasal congestion, and coughs.  The coughs are lingering for at least a week.  Several students were tested for Strep and Influenza, there were no confirmed cases of either.
The GI virus is also causing a few absences. This presents with frequent vomiting & diarrhea that lasts for 12-16 hours, followed by two days of moderate nausea and fatigue.
Even combined, our total absences are only in the 3-4% of our student population....well below the point of reporting and urgent concern.
DC Medications
If your child needs to take any prescription or daily over the counter medications, PLEASE submit them to the health office by FRIDAY FEB. 9th.
The medications should be clearly labeled with the student's name, name of the medication and the preferred time of administration.  All medications are held and distributed by the chaperones to insure safety and proper administration.  If you have any questions please contact me at ksullivan@lb65.org      Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--Proof of Residency Day

Tuesday--Ronald Reagan's Birthday

Wednesday--National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Thursday--Student DC meeting during p.m. advisory

Friday--DC room assignments and plane/bus lists posted at end of school day
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week students have been examining World War I through the perspective of the United States' involvement focusing on events leading to the US entering the War, new weapons and technology that influenced our Industry, how the writings of Ernest Hemingway depicted the effects of War on the men who fought, and what the War was like for those who stayed behind in the Homefront.  Students will be presenting to their classmates working on their public speaking skills.
Next week we will be studying Genocide and asking the question: is all Genocide the same?  This is in preparation for students visiting the National Holocaust Museum on the Washington, DC trip but also for the students going to the Skokie Holocaust Museum.  We will also be studying the different monuments, museums, and sites we will be visiting in Washington, DC.  
Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week, we wrapped up our life science unit, tying everything we've learned together by researching how an animal lives in its current environment and determining which traits and variations serve as adaptations. Students were also given one environmental change that would happen around their animals and were asked to predict how certain variations that the animals already had would become adaptations and how they would change over many, many generations due to that change in environments. Finally, they were asked to explain how they knew their predictions were valid based on the scientific principles they've learned throughout the unit. Next week, we start Force and Motion!

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students first presented on Shakespearean Elizabethan Era research topics. Students then gathered information surrounding Shakespeare's writing and performances. Next week, we will begin reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  In the near future you will be receiving a permission slip for the 8th grade field trip on March 9th to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier!

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
Students started chapter 8 which focuses on factoring polynomials. This is a great unit because factoring is an essential skill for all future math courses. We will have a small quiz on Wednesday 2/7 on factoring polynomials.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac

This week, students finished their first introduction to the final conic sections. Next week, students will learn about systems of equations that involve conic equations. Following Quiz 12 on Wednesday, students will begin their work on polynomial functions and roots!

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have started research to produce and post to a blog to provide teens with information regarding drugs and alcohol.  We will go live with posts on Friday, February 2.  I am posting the blog sites here, so you can look through them and share any comments you would like post to your student.  8th Grade Period ONE: lbmshealth.blogspot.com AND 8th Grade Period TWO: lbmshealth8th.blogspot.com   Have a great weekend!

EspañolSra. Ogren
Our verb of the week was "prepararse" or "to prepare oneself." We used it to talk about how one gets ready for the day/night, incorporating reflexive verbs. We also learned more vocabulary for items you would use to get ready. Students should be practicing their vocabulary at home with either their picture cards or their notes from class. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students completed several language assessments. Students did an in-class writing assessment to show their command of adjectives used to describe a good friend. Secondly students did a listening assessment where they listened to a news clip from Paris about the Seine River flooding and its impact on the city. We also began our next vocabulary unit on weather. Next week we will continue using the weather vocabulary in various scenarios and ultimately students will answer the question, Quel temps fait-il dans les villes francophones autour du monde? (students will describe the weather in various francophone cities around the world).

Improv-Mrs. Olmstead
The week we had a visit from Mr. Joe Pulio and several theatre students from the high school.  They talked about all of the theatre opportunities at LFHS, performed some monologues for the students, and facilitated some improv games with the classes.  I hope that students who are interested take advantage of the theatre opportunities at the high school, because the program is continuing to grow!  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students continued to work on their scale and ratio drawings.  Once they are done with the contours, they have the challenge of either filling in values with pencil or paint. 


 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Save the Date -- May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Preparation is underway for our bi-annual fundraising event. This year, the PTO is excited to be hosting it’s first Lake Bluff PTO Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party, which will take place on May 19th on the greens of the Lake Bluff Golf Course followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. Mark your calendars now so that you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time. 

8th Grade Graduation

The 8th Grade Graduation Committee could still use a few helping hands. The ceremony date is set for Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 pm with a dance immediately following at the Winter Club. The PTO is looking for a few more parents to volunteer for the planning committee, and more specifically to help with the dance. If you're interested, please contact Ann Kozel (annkozel@hotmail.com) or Michelene Tomek (mtomek@lfschools.net). Your help is greatly appreciated. 


Spirit Wear

Love the look of Lake Bluff's 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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