8th Grade Weekly Updates


Congratulations to all of the choir students who participated in the Spring Choral Concert this week!  Your dedication and efforts over the past three years have really paid off... It was an amazing show! 

Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo
8th graders were given permissions slips this week for a field trip to Brookfield Zoo, set to take place on Tuesday, June 2. The cost of the trip is $15, which includes lunch and transportation. The signed Permission slip and payment is due to the office by next Friday.

Graduation Announcements
It’s not too late to send in pictures, kudos/planter/lunch orders!   Please return order forms as soon as possible. 

We believe the best way for students and parents to keep track of student progress via our PowerSchool portal. 

Summer Programming: Registration for our Kaleidoscope program is still underway, and must be completed by TODAY to avoid a $100.00 late fee.  To learn more, click here to see our variety of fun and educational options.  Classes will run Monday through Thursday, June 15-July 9 from 8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Please contact Carly Quick with any questions or concerns at cquick@lb65.org.  We hope to see you this summer! 

Next Week at a Glance

Monday - No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday - 8th Grade Exit Interview

Wednesday - Power School, missing work check

Thursday - Last Theme Thursday

Friday - Letter to self 
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. Schuetz
Student presentations were delightful and creative this week.  Next week, we will preview and prepare from a choice of three questions and related documents for a final in-class DBQ write on Monday, June 1. The choice of questions are:

What was the underlying cause of WWI?
How did the Treaty of Versailles help cause WWII?;
The Soviet Union: What should textbooks emphasize?

Students will be reading and annotating background essays and documents, as well as preparing outlines this week for use in writing the DBQ of their choice on Monday, June 1.

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week students did a couple of lab simulations on natural selection and learned how random mutations can affect the gene pool if they turn out to give an advantage for survival to some individuals in a population. We also look at data comparing the fossil records of fish, mammals, and reptiles to see what it could tell us about evolutionary history. Finally, we examined some pictures of whale ancestors to determine the sequence that led whales to evolve from land mammals. Next week, we will learn about the role of DNA in studying evolution, look at the recent extinction of dodo birds, and wrap up the unit with a reading about cladistics. The final exam and folder check are scheduled for Friday. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. McNicholas

This week in Language Arts the students continued to write their essay for The Great Gatsby, focusing on Fitzgerald’s craft as an author and the major themes in the novel.  This weekend students should work on editing their drafts and working towards the final draft due Wednesday, May 27th.  As follow up to the novel and our study of the roaring twenties,  next week we learn about the stock market crash and the Great Depression, as well as how “affluenza” had an impact on society during that time period and today.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we finished up our final unit of the year with a "quist" on Friday. Next week, we will review 4 major skill clusters with a closing of the year Math Olympics! The 4 clusters are: equations & inequalities, linear functions, systems, and polynomials/quadratic equations. Any missing work or retakes will need to be turned in by the end of the week.

HSAATH - Mrs. Komac
This week, we were proving identities and finished with a quiz on Friday. Next week, we will be solving trigonometric equations, with a final quiz on Friday the 29th. The final exam will be on Monday, June 1st between 9AM and 10:45AM. Students may create a hand written 4X5 notecard (provided already) with any formulas or other tidbits they would find helpful. Review packets have been in Google Drive and can be accessed still. Textbooks will be collected on June 1st as well.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have been working on material in the growth and development unit.  We have been discussing the process of pregnancy and the growth of an embryo and fetus throughout the 9-months of development.  Next week, we will be finalizing the growth and development unit and starting the study guide for the end of the trimester test.  Have a great weekend. 

Sra. Ogren
This week we took our final notes for the year on double object pronouns. We reviewed both indirect and direct object pronouns and are now practicing using them together in a sentence. Our last verb of the week was "caerse" (to fall) and the students turned in their last paragraph this Friday. We are also wrapping up our medical unit with a performance assessment this week. The students are demonstrating a conversation they might have with a doctor if they suddenly found themselves ill. Next week we will work on our final project, a get well card. I am also accepting donations for our piñata on June 1st, if anyone is willing to bring something! Thanks!

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students began their study of the past tense. Students learned the exception to the rule by learning how to form the past tense using être. After this idea is mastered, the other verbs will seem easy and straight forward. As a final presentational assessment on the passé composé, students will write a story using the 16 verbs knowns as the VANDERTRAMP verbs. This story will be due next week. 

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week has been very busy with the chorus and band concerts!  The students have been working on their film reviews.  Our final area of film exploration will be on the Hero's Journey.  The Hero's Journey was developed by Joseph Campbell and his writing inspired George Lucas's story for Star Wars.  We will be identifying common themes in hero stories and movies and watching Star Wars to analyze the elements of the hero's journey.  

Visual Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian
8th grade art students have been enjoying open studio time and writing the artist statement for our raku workshop.  The art show was a success this year! Please be sure to visit the school and send us some art mail before the end of next week.  Thank you for the support.


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