8th Grade Weekly Updates


LFHS Musical Beauty and the Beast
On Wednesday, LBMS students and staff will be walking to LFHS to watch their spring musical, Beauty and the Beast.  We will depart around 11:30 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Please keep this is in mind in terms of appointments and your child's outerwear choices for the day.  By now you should have received this link to complete the permission slip.  If you have not, please complete and submit it as soon as possible.  Lake Forest High School Musical Field Trip Form

LBMS Earth Week: April 23rd-April 27th
The LBMS Environmental Club is excited to announce that we will be hosting Earth Week.  During the week, we will be having an Advisory recycling competition.  We will be collecting plastic bags, children's books and used crayons.  The bags will be properly recycled, the books will be donated to Bernie's Book Bank and the crayons will be donated to The Crayon Initiative. thecrayoninitiative.org  The Advisory that collects the most of these items, will win a Suzy's Swirl party! Thank you!

8th Grade Baby Photo Collage
Reminder to turn in your baby photo to the office. It needs to be a printed out 4x6 or 5x7 photo and should be 1-12 months old. 

News from the Nurse
Overall absences were fewer than normal this week.  The reported illnesses were significant....one confirmed Influenza A and several low grade fevers with sore throats.  This blustery weather is not helping anyone feel better!

Wizard of Oz-Showtime!

Opening night is here!  Call times for hair and make-up for the cast were emailed to parents.  If your child’s name is not on the list, they can arrive at 5:30 on Friday or 12:30 on Saturday and they will get taken care of!  As a reminder, all cast and crews are expected to stay until 5pm to STRIKE the set and turn our lovely school back to normal! Students will be assigned to a specific musical adult that they will check out with once their job is complete.  

On behalf of the LBMS Musical Team, we thank you:  our staff, students, families, and community for all your support over the past few months.  So much hard work has gone into Wizard of Oz and we are very excited for you to see our performances!  Congratulations to all of the cast and crew! We’re Off to See the Wizard!

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA Spring Marche 
Spring is Here!
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is gearing up for its beloved and highly anticipated biennial Spring Marché shopping boutique on Thursday, April 26 at The Lake Forest Club.Funds raised from Spring Marché support the LDA’s "Make A Difference" grant program, which annually awards a wide variety of supportive equipment and educational and emotional programs to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff public schools, The School of Saint Mary and Lake Forest Country Day School. Grants awarded total $370,000 to date and include funding for sensory suites in Deerpath Middle School, (named the “Go Zone”), Lake Bluff Elementary School and Lake Forest Country Day School.  This year, Spring Marché will be open for daytime shopping from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.lflblda.com for $15 or at the door for $20. Besides providing what promises to be an amazing day of shopping, reconnecting with friends and supporting our students, we hope that this event will extend community awareness of the LDA’s work within our community.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday -- National Zucchini Bread Day

Tuesday -- National Pig in a Blanket Day

Wednesday -- Walking trip to LFHS Beauty and the Beast

Thursday -- National Richter Scale Day

Friday -- Author Visit (PM)
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week the students presented the perspective of someone's experience in World War II in the Living Wax Museum.  The event was a huge success and I couldn't be more proud of the student's attention to the details of their costumes and most importantly, the confidence and knowledge they exhibited in their presentations.  It was a great end to our event and I congratulate them all on their success!  
Next week we will begin our next unit on the Cold War and will answer the essential questions: was the Cold War inevitable, and did the United States win the Cold War?  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week, students analyzed data from last week's lab to determine how our bodies change when we exercise. We then burned a tortilla chip in a bell jar, after taking initial carbon dioxide and oxygen measurements. We were able to determine that burning food is a similar to the one that happens in our bodies with food based on the data we collected. Next week, we'll start some investigations with plants to see what chemical reactions they do with food. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week students worked on the skills in the last bend of the Lucy Calkins historical fiction unit.  Students examined how the characters in their stories experienced extraordinary hardship and responded with grace and courage.  We looked at the coming-of-age process for characters and ourselves, and how we can achieve power through our interactions and choices.  Students finished the reading project for this unit, curating a text set,  as a cross-curricular tie to the Social Studies living wax museum project.
RL.8.3  Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
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. 
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, students investigated imaginary numbers and identified the best strategy for solving different types of equations. Next week, students will revisit and further their understanding of the intersections and intercepts of graphs as well as learning how to solve absolute value and quadratic inequalities.
Standards Assessed this Chapter:
  • 4) Operations & Polynomials (F-IF.8a, A-APR.1)

  • 5) Linear Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.1, A-CED.3, A-CED.4, A-REI.1, A-REI.3)

  • 6) Systems of Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.2, A-REI.5, A-REI.6, A-REI.7, A-REI.10, A-REI.11, A-REI.12)

  • 7) Quadratic Situations & Equations (A-REI.4b, A-SSE.3a, A-SSE3b)

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we began exploring trig ratios, radians, and the unit circle. Next week, we will continue to see how these various ratios and angles can be used to solve for unknown quantities and how they could apply to something like a merry-go-round!
Standards Assessed on Quiz 18 (April 30th):
Find trigonometric values, including reference angles, 
co-terminal 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

Lesson THREE Erika’s Lighthouse - Coping skills?  What to do to manage depression? Meditation Introduce - Give Your Best Advice Video

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 #5: Demonstrate and identify circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision-making skills.
  • Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week the students have been practicing dialogues using vocabulary from this unit. They have also been watching our telenovela, Cuidado Con el Ángel. The students also received back their present progressive quizzes they took on Monday. 
Standards assessed: 
Standard 1: Interpersonal Language
Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
1.2: Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations.
Standard 2: Interpretive Language
Student can understand spoken main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of sources. 
Standard 3: Presentational Language
The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences.                         

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students began doing what will be a weekly reading and presentational speaking task. Each Monday they will receive a short reading in French. By the end of the week students need to answer short comprehension questions about the reading. Also on Friday, students will then record an oral response to a prompt that has to do with the reading. Students will show their ability to use detail, complex sentences, and to communicate a clear message in this recording. We also began our unit on food, such enthusiasm for fruits and veggies! 
Standard 1: Interpersonal Language
WL 1.3 Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences
Standard 2: Interpretive Language
WL 2.4 Student can understand and interpret French through listening to spoken word at an appropriate level. 
WL 2.8 Student can understand and interpret French through reading texts at an appropriate level    
Standard 3: Presentational Language
WL 3.8  The student can communicate information and ideas orally on various topics using sentences and connected sentences.      
Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, the students participated in a socratic circle discussion of the main character development in Dead Poet's Society.  Next week we will begin our study of the dramatic element of film by watching the classic Singing in the Rain.  For the Dead Poet's Society Discussion and analysis, the students were assessed on the following standard:
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.


Golf Starts Monday! Golf is a no-cut sport open to all grade levels. Come to the meeting Monday to learn about the program!

Monday: Golf Meeting After School in the gym 3:30-3:40pm

Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm

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

Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: Track @ North Chicago HS 4:30-6:30pm

Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

Friday: Golf Practice at LBGC 4:00-5:15pm (Weather Dependent)

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Now Due -- Graduation Packets and Sold PTO Ball Drop Raffle Tickets

If you have 8th grade graduation packets or sold ball drop raffle tickets at home, please have your student turn them into the officeon Monday

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.