8th Grade Weekly Updates


PARCC Testing
As you know, we will be starting our PARCC testing on Thursday, April 5thPlease make sure that your child brings in a pair of headphones/earbuds for testing.  In addition we are requesting that parents help to insure that students arrive to school on time, are well rested, and fueled with good breakfast!
For the specific PARCC Assessment Schedule, please click the link below:

8th Grade Service Project
Please help with the 8th grade service project!  We are trying to fill 40 backpacks with food and supplies for homeless children!  If you are traveling for Spring Break, please consider collecting unused toiletries from your hotel room and bringing them back to contribute to the backpacks.  We will have boxes at the school the week that we return from break to collect the items.  Thank you!

You are invited!

The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA is having its Spring Marche on April 26.

Wizard of OZ Update

General Admission tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available!  Tickets can also be purchased at the door. You can purchase them using the webstore link here along with rehearsal dinner pizza and shout-outs for the program (closes April 6th).    Rehearsals after spring break go until 5:30 pm! Please remember that we honored conflicts for the first week after break but that the last two weeks before the show the students will be called on different dates than their regular schedule so that we can run multiple scenes in a row for lights, sound, and running crews.  Homework is encouraged for down time in between scenes! Please let aolmstead@lb65.org know if you have any questions about the April calendar.  Have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing spring break!  

Schedule Week of Musical:

Monday April 16th- Act 1 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 2 only do not need to attend)

Tuesday April 17th- Act 2 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 1 only do not need to attend)

Wednesday April 18th- All Cast Dress Rehearsal and Dinner until 8pm

Thursday April 19th- All cast and crews bows until 5pm

Friday April 20th- musical call times start at 5pm before 7pm performance (specific call times TBD)

Saturday April 21st- musical call times begin at noon, specific times TBD.  Showtime 2pm, mandatory strike until 5pm.

News from the Nurse

Respiratory viruses are still lingering. I'm happy to report that there were no new cases of Influenza this week.  Just today, several students were reported absent due to a stomach virus with vomiting. I'm hopeful that having the week off will allow us to return healthy and rested.

Enjoy your break!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday - No School

Tuesday - National Tweed Day

Wednesday - PARCC Science Testing

Thursday - PARCC ELA 1

Friday - PARCC ELA 2
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students have been working hard this week on their second DBQ assignment of the year answer the question of the justification of the Japanese Internment during World War II.  They have 'scrubbed' several historical documents, taken a position on the issue and answered the question using evidence from our document discussions. 

When we return from Spring Break, we will be jumping into the war in the European and Pacific Theaters focusing on the geography and examining the leadership from the Allies and Axis powers.  We will be focusing on the following Social Studies Standards: 
Identify roles played by citizens, political and economic institutions, and the powers and responsibilities of citizens, Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights, and Analyze factors that influence the perspectives of people in historical eras

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week, we finished up our Force and Motion activities and took a test to serve as a formative assessment determining whether students could apply the content necessary for mastery of four of science standards. These standards were 
MS-PS2-1. Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects; MS-PS2-2. Plan and conduct investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.; MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact; and MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. The students will be assessed for mastery of these standards in the week after spring break through a lab activity called the Balloon Astronaut with a lab report serving as the assessment tool. Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. Wegrzyn
This week in Language Arts, students finished their first historical fiction book club book and chose their second novel. Students analyze their story's characters, settings, and conflicts to provide deeper understanding of the historical context of their books. Students are aligning their understanding of World War II work in Social Studies with their reading in LA. Next week is SPRING BREAK! 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students prepared for and completed the chapter 9 assessments. When we return from break, students will begin chapter 10, which primarily focuses on solving different types of equations with fractional, irrational, and complex solutions.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
We hope everyone has a restful break! We will resume our exploration of arithmetic and geometric sequences and series when we return from break. We will be looking at getting Quiz 17 scheduled during the week of April 9th.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have been watching the movie, "Freedom Writers," and analyzing the relationships between the characters in the movie to that of overall health, social health, mental and emotional health, physical health, empathy, self-esteem, and overcoming hardships.  As the week comes to a close, we will take a closer look at stereotyping and how one's self-esteem can be affected by stereotypes/judging/labeling.  Check out my health website to see the standards that are being assessed during 8th grade health class:
Have a great break.

EspañolSra. Ogren
The students took the AAPPL test during class this week. This test measures their proficiency in interpersonal speaking, listening, reading, and writing. After break, we will continue with our telenovela unit. Enjoy the break!

Français-Mme Szostak
The students took the AAPPL test during class this week. This test measures their proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Be sure to ask your student about the test. After break, we will continue with our asking questions unit, using the questions in context and for communication. Enjoy the break!

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, the students defined and identified the three elements of film we will explore in class:  literary, dramatic, and cinematic.  My class website contains more information on the standards and topics we are exploring.  For our first film. Dead Poet's Society, we will focus on character development in relation to a catalyst for change (literary element).  Have a wonderful spring break!  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese

The students are at the halfway point of their first engagement!  Check out our class website which shares the engagements and learning standards.  Have a wonderful spring break!

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students began their skill building boot camps.  The skills they choose to learn during this time will help them create a more polished open studio piece when we return from spring break.  


 After School Activities 

 PTO News

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

The Lake Bluff PTO is excited to be hosting its first Lake Bluff Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party. It will take place May 19th on the greens of Lake Bluff Golf Club followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. This is a community-wide fundraiser to benefit Lake Bluff students and schools. Tickets will be available for purchase three ways: Golf Scramble, After-Party or a combination of both. More information will be posted right after Spring Break but the day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, silent auction and live music Bushwood!

Toiletry Collection for the 8th Grade Graduation Service Project

Again this year, the 8th graders will be doing a service project for Fill a Heart 4 Kids during graduation-week festivities. We will be trying to fill 40 backpacks with food and supplies for homeless children. If you are traveling for Spring Break, please consider collecting unused toiletries from your hotel room and contributing them (or any you already have at home) to the backpacks. We will have boxes at the school the week that we return from break to collect the items. Thank you!

Volunteer for the LBMS PTO 

Would you like to be more involved with the LBMS PTO? We are working on filling the LBMS PTO slate for next school year. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Megan Michael at mmichael11@comcast.net. 

Want More Information?

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