8th Grade Weekly Updates


Earth Day Celebration – Lake Bluff Beach

Sunday April 22nd, 9:00 A.M. - Noon

This year’s Earth Day Celebration will return the two venerated LBOLA beach prairies where our plan is to look forward to rising lake levels and plant hundreds of native beach grasses at the base of the bluff. Marram grass is found throughout the shores of the great lakes and our 18-year-old planting has enthusiastically escaped our little sand prairie & has been successfully resisting erosion over the past few years – thereby protecting the sand prairie and parking lot. Park as usual on Scranton, Center or Prospect and join us at the end of the beach road. Bring your family and friends, dress appropriately for conditions, and plan to get dirty!

Wizard of OZ Update- Show Week!

Show week is here!  General Admission tickets can still be purchased on the school webstore here.!  We are very excited to get our dress rehearsals underway.  Here is the schedule for the week.

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

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

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

  • Thursday April 19th (no costumes)- All cast and crews bows until 5pm

  • Friday April 20th- musical call times start at 5pm before 7pm performance (specific call times TBD- students/parents will be informed next week!

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

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are full costumes.  Thursday is no costumes, bows only for all cast and crew.  As a reminder, students are encouraged to bring homework to do when they are not on stage.  

As a reminder, all cast members are expected to help with STRIKE until 5pm after the show.  They will be assigned to a specific task and be released by a musical teacher when the task is complete.

Students should have all costume pieces marked and hung together.  All street shoes/pants/socks, etc...must stay at school for the coming week.  Plastic bags work great for keeping accessories together and hung with hangers!  

Any costume piece or prop that you would like back should be picked up at the beginning of strike on Saturday.  It will be difficult to locate once everything is put away and store

We are so excited for you to see our performance, thank you so much to all the support that our school, staff, community, and parents have provided!   We are off to see the Wizard!

News from the Nurse

This week was uneventful in the illness arena.  There were a few absences due to a stomach virus early in the week.  The last few days several students had low grade fevers with cough. The most common reason for absence this week was “not feeling well”.  I think PARCC testing may have left some students feeling fatigued. I think we all need warm Spring weather!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--National Librarian Day

Tuesday--Tax Day

Wednesday -- Musical Evening Dress Rehearsal

Thursday -- World War II Living Wax Museum

Friday -- Musical!
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week, 
students have been working on their research assignment for their Living Wax Museum presentation, which will take place next week on Thursday, April 19th.  Students will portray a person from WWII and give a personal account of their figure, answering the question: Was World War II a 'good war'?  Their presentation will focus on the unit's historical standard: Perspectives: analyze factors that influence the perspectives of people in historical eras as well as allow them to practice their inquiry standard: Gathering and Evaluating Sources to determine credibility of sources and Constructing supporting questions for essential and focusing questions. You should have received an invitation to attend during their assigned class period on the 19th.  If not, the invitation can be found on the Homework Hotline.
Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week students finished the Force and Motion unit with an analysis of their Balloon Astronaut labs. This analysis assessed
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 an 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. We moved into our final unit of the year, How Does  Food Provide My Body with Energy? The first lab of the unit involved the collection of several pieces of data before and after exercising. It will eventually lead us to MS-LS1-7. Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts students began researching for their social studies Living Wax Museum project in conjunction with their historical fiction reading book clubs. The students curated their sources as part of their reading project for the unit.  Next week, we will conclude this unit by visiting the wax museum of other classes.  We focused on our reading information text standards this week-- 
RI. 8.2 (Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text) and RI.8.3 (Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events).

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, students continued working in chapter 10. Chapter 10 primarily focuses on solving different types of equations with fractional, irrational, and complex solutions. We will continue chapter 10 next week. The standards covered in this chapter include: 4) Operations & Polynomials, 5) Linear Equations & Inequalities, 6) Systems of Equations & Inequalities, 7) Quadratic Situations & Equations.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
Next week, we start using what we learned about the basics of trig to solve and discover values! The standards covered will be:
Find trigonometric values, including reference angles, coterminal angles, unit circle.
Apply properties of right triangles and trigonometry to determine missing sides or angles; includes modeling scenarios and interpreting solutions in context.

Health- Ms. Fink

Complete Stress Notes and Video

Notes: Introduction to Depression - What is major and minor depression?  Signs and Symptoms. Video: What is depression? Begin Erika’s Lighthouse - How to help someone who is dealing with depression? Lesson TWO Finish Lesson TWO

Erika’s Lighthouse - Coping skills?  What to do to manage depression?

Lesson THREE. Standards Assessed: Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. Standard #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks. Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we are reviewing for our present progressive quiz on Monday. Our verb of the week is the verb, "creer," (to believe) and we used it to write about a lie we have believed. This is standard 3.1: 
The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences.  We have also begun viewing our telenovela and speaking about what is happening in class. This is standard 2.1: Student can understand spoken main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of sources.                        

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students continued to use question words in context. Students were assessed on their ability to maintain a conversation using the question words as an impetus to keep the conversation moving forward. (Interpersonal Language: 
WL 1.3 Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences.) Students also further studied the interrogative QUI (who) to understand how to ask a correct question using correct language. 
Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, we have completed our viewing of Dead Poet's Society.  Next week we will be conducting a socratic circle discussion on the development of the main characters and the impact of the film's catalyst, Mr. Keating.  Have a great weekend!
National Core Arts Standards Assessed:
Re9.1.8a. Respond to a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence,
personal aesthetics, and artistic criteria.

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students were introduced to the art of Raku firing and began building their piece for our workshop on Thursday, May 10.  To find out more about Raku, check out this informational slideshow with videos of our LBMS workshop from previous years.  National Core Art Standards Assessed: 


Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.


Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.


Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.


Artist understands and takes inspiration for artmaking from current or historical global sources. Artist can discuss the meaning, motivation, or historical significance of their inspiration.


Monday: Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

Tuesday: Track @ Lakes HS 4:30pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: NONE

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

th Grade Graduation Update -- Packets Due Today!

Graduation forms, payments and baby pictures are due today, Friday, April 13th. If you have not returned them, please have your student hand them into the office on Monday. Missing your packet? Here's a link to the info you need: Graduation Flyer 


Lake Bluff PTO Ball Drop -- Raffle Tickets Due Monday, April 16th

All sold ball drop raffle tickets (and if you don't know what it is, please check your student's backpack or have him/her check their locker) are due back to school on Monday, April 16th. Please return the contact portion of the tickets in the provided envelop with your student's advisory on the front. What's a Ball Drop fundraiser? Our sponsor, Canopy Trees, will drop balls from a crane on to a hole on the Lake Bluff Golf Course. The owner of the first ball to drop into the hole wins the $1000 prize! Questions? Need more tickets? Contact Eva Rice at alexander_eva@yahoo.com or Alyson Dueringer at padueringer@comcast.net.


Potbelly Bluffer Night -- Wednesday, April 18th

Get out of the kitchen and head into the Lake Bluff Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Wednesday, April 18th. Potbelly is hosting a Bluffer Night from 5:00pm-8:00pm, during which 25 percent of purchases will be donated back to the Lake Bluff PTO. Mention or show the Potbelly Flyer when you pay for your order.


May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Everyone is invited to the PTO's 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 are now available for purchase (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-bluff-pto-golf-scramble-and-19th-hole-after-party-tickets-44784702250?). You do not have to golf to join in on the fun. Tickets can be purchased three ways: Golf only ($100), after-party only ($75) or both ($150). The day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, a silent auction and live music from Bushwood.

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.