8th Grade Weekly Updates


Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

Two more weeks until showtime!  General tickets, tshirt orders, and rehearsal dinner pizza orders are still available through the school webstore here.  Crew members who will be at the rehearsal dinner and/or would like to order a shirt can purchase pizza orders/shirt orders there as well! Here is the calendar and the schedule for the next two weeks.  Students may be released early if we are done with their scene for the day, but may stay until the end of rehearsal.  Students are encouraged to bring homework to work on when their scene is not on stage, because there will be down time!  If you have any further questions, please contact aolmstead@lb65.org.  Thank you for all your support, We’re Off to see the Wizard!

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 (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)

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

Oz You Ready To Glitz?

Tomorrow (April 7th) from 9 AM - Noon, we will be having a craft and sewing morning to put together headpieces, glitter shoes and add glitz to the kid's costumes. We will be using the LBMS art room (entry that morning will be through the STEAM lab doors).

If you are available and interested, please click on the link below to confirm your participation:


Dress rehearsal costume organizing helpers!

We will need parents who are good at organizing for the respective hours during dress rehearsals on April 16th (3:30PM - 5:30PM), April 16th(3:30PM - 5:30PM) and 18th (3:45PM - 7PM) to help kids get in and out of their costumes. These volunteers will help performers adjust belts, headpieces, etc...and also help students in hanging costumes and tidying up the changing areas. Please click on the following link to volunteer for any or all of the dress rehearsals!!


Thank you in advance for your help!

PARCC Testing
As you know, LBMS PARCC testing started on Thursday, April 5th.   Testing will continue next week. Please 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:

News from the Nurse

Most students returned from break healthy and well rested.  The primary reason for absence due to illness this week was a stomach virus.  Several other students were absent due to fever. There were no reports of Influenza or Strep this week...Yay!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--PARCC makeup testing ELA 1 
                 and/or ELA2
                --ISA makeup testing 8th grade

Tuesday--PARCC testing ELA 3

--PARCC testing Math 1
                      --Early Release 2:10 dismissal

--PARCC testing Math 2

--PARCC testing Math 3
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week in Social Studies, students have been examining the rise of dictators in Europe in the 1930s and the roles of Communism, Socialism, and Fascism in shaping Germany, Italy, Soviet Union, and Spain.  This allows students to connect to one of our unit's civic standards: Identifying roles played by citizens, political and economic institutions, and the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media.  Students have also examined the geography of World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters.  They saw the entire war in Europe explained and mapped out the Japanese and American military strategy of island hopping. 
Next week, students will be starting their research assignment for their Living Wax Museum presentation, which will take place on Thursday, April 19th.  Students will study a person from WWII and will give a live presentation about their figure, answering the question: Was World War II a 'good war'?  This presentation will focus on the unit's historical standard: Perspectives: analyze factors that influence the perspectives of people in historical eras.  You will be receiving an invitation from your students to attend during their assigned time on the 19th - I hope you will all be able to attend!  
Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week students designed a "spacesuit" to protect an "astronaut" ( balloon) from "flying space debris" (a nail hurling toward the ballon through a 6 foot PVC pipe). Working through the constraints and thinking creatively, we had a lot of great, successful solutions. Students are finishing the unit by describing and analyzing their solutions in an effort to show mastery of two Next Gen. Science Standards: 
MS-PS2-1. Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects. and 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.

Next week, we will start our final unit which is summarily about chemical reactions in living things. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. Wegrzyn
This week in Language Arts, students began Bend II of their historical fiction book clubs with a research topic in mind. Students are into their second or third book at this point and are reading critically to observe facts critical to the late 1930s and early 1940s. This unit parallels their World War II unit in Social Studies to enhance student learning.  While continuing to work on our reading literature standards, we will shift to a focus to our reading informational texts standards, particularly 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 we started Chapter 10, which focuses solving more complex versions of equations, inequalities, and quadratics. We will continue in Chapter 10 next week. Algebra Standards: 4) Operations on Polynomials, 5) Solve Linear Equations & Inequalities, 6) Solve Quadratic Situations, 7) Properties of Exponents & Radicals.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, students have been exploring the unique nature of sequences and series. They will have a quiz next week Monday that will address Standard 13: Number theory - define, construct, and apply arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; calculate permutations, combinations, and probability. Following that, we enter our final main theme for the year - Trigonometry, which is the focus for Standard 12!

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students are learning about how stress affects both the body and the brain.  We have been discussing terms such as autonomic nervous system, adrenal glands, cortisol, and epinephrine, among others.  We will continue to analyze how stress affects teens and ways in which they can cope with stressful situations.  
Standards we are addressing this week: 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.
EspañolSra. Ogren
This week, students are reviewing the vocabulary for our telenovela unit. We have also been using "Me encanta" and "odio a" to say that we love or hate something. Students have also been practicing describing whether or not they like someone using "Me cae bien/ mal." Standards addressed this week were Interpersonal Communication 1.2: Student can handle short social situations in everyday situations and Presentational Language 3.1: student can communicate information and express own thoughts in writing using sentences and series of sentences and 3.2: student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences. Next week we will begin to get into our telenovela, "Cuidado Con el Ángel."

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students continued to practice asking questions. This week though instead of focusing on structures of questions, we've focused on using the questions in practical, meaningful communication. Standards we addressed this week are Interpersonal Communication 1.4: Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations, Presentational Oral Language 3.8:  The student can communicate information and ideas orally on various topics using sentences and connected sentences, and Presentational Written Language 3.4:  The student can communicate information and own ideas on various topics in writing using sentences and connected sentences.   Students will end this unit with a writing project in which they interview each other. 

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, we continued to watch Dead Poet's Society and analyze the character development of its central characters.  Next week at the conclusion of the film, students will determine whether each character was dynamic or static.  We will then conduct a socratic circle to discuss the film in more detail.  Please feel free to visit my classroom website which contains more information about what the students are learning and the National Core Arts Standards we are focusing on.  For this unit the students are working on 
Re8.1.8c. Apply personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs to evaluate a drama/theatre work. 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 history and process of raku firing.  Our workshop will be hosted on Thursday, May 10th so be on the lookout for permission forms soon!


Monday: Track Practice 3:45-5:00

Tuesday: 6th COED IM VB 7:00AM

Track @ Libertyville HS 4:00PM

Wednesday: 6th COED IM VB 7:00AM

Thursday: 6th COED IM VB 7:00AM

Track Practice 3:45-5:00

Friday: Track Practice 3:45-5:00 (Unless otherwise noted by a coach)

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

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, silent auction and live music from Bushwood.

Lake Bluff PTO Ball Drop

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! Ticket's for the ball drop raffle will go on sale for $5 each on Monday. All students will be bringing home ball drop raffle tickets to sell (optional). Please check your student's backpack for detailed information on Monday

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.