8th Grade Weekly Updates


Graduation Night
We will hold our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Thursday evening, June 4. The students should arrive by 6:30 pm and meet in the LMC. There ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm. 8th graders are not expected to (and should not) come to school on June 5.

Brookfield Zoo Field Trip
8th graders will be going to Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday for most of the school day. We will board the buses during morning advisory and should return around 3:00 pm. Lunch is included, so there is no need to bring extra food. Also, students should be reminded about the school board policy forbidding cell phones on school trips.

8th Grade Picnic
On Wednesday, the PTO will be serving lunch to the 8th graders, picnic style. There is no need for students to bring extra food that day.

Talent Show
The annual LBMS Talent Show will be at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. 

Laptop Collection
8th grade students will be turning in their laptops on Tuesday. Please make sure that students clean out the bag, find the charger if needed, and bring the empty bag, completely shut down laptop, and the charger to school on Tuesday.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--Discuss schedule for week in                           advisory

Tuesday--Laptop Collection Day
               --Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo

Wednesday--Advisor's Choice
                     --8th Grade Picnic
                     --Students vs. Staff Softball 
                     --Talent Show

Thursday--Advisory Celebrations
                 --Graduation 7:00 p.m.

Friday--No School for 8th Grade Only

Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. Schuetz
Students will write a final Document Based Question essay in class on Monday.  They are expected to come to class with the annotated documents and a completed outline!

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This year in science has been packed with a lot of activity and information. Our first unit, Properties of Matter, taught students about "characteristic" properties of matter, mixtures and solutions, elements and compounds, and the Periodic Table of the Elements. Our second unit, Earth History, showed students how to read Earth History using the rock record. And our final unit, Ecology and Evolution, showed students how organisms interact with their environments and how organisms and environments change over time. Hopefully, everyone worked hard, learned something, and feels confident heading into Lake Forest High School. Thanks for a great year, Class of 2015!

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. McNicholas
This week students worked on their final literary analysis essay of the year.  Students diligently explained how Fitzgerald used various craft moves to portray their choice of theme.  Then, students watched an informational video about the Stock Market Crash and connected how this event was (unknowingly) foreshadowed in The Great Gatsby.  Finally, students learned about "affluenza"... the inability to understand the consequences of one's actions because of financial privilege.  After looking at reports of this "condition" in current events, students applied affluenza to characters in The Great Gatsby.  Thank you for a wonderful year filled with creativity, insight, and most of all...growth! 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we closed out our year with an Olympic review of the major topics we learned - equations & inequalities, linear functions, systems, and polynomials/quadratics. Next week when classes meet, we will purge the binders and locate any notes/items students wish to keep as reference for next year. We will also close our Spring Olympics with the water balloon launch on Monday! Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac thank all of the students for a year filled with growth, challenge, and successes. We wish you the best for high school and beyond!

HSAATH - Mrs. Komac
We wrapped up our year this week with some trigonometric equations and a final quiz. Next week is the semester 2 final exam! All HSAATH students will report to Room 104 after morning advisory. They should bring with them writing utensils/highlighters (if they wish) and their prepared, hand-written notecard. Students will have 100 minutes during which to take the exam. They will resume their normal daily schedule after that. During class next week, when we do meet, we will purge the binders and close out the year. Textbooks are due on Monday. Thank you to my students for a year of growing, struggling, overcoming, and rising above! Best wishes to you all for high school and beyond!

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health 8th graders have had the ability to reflect on their work in health throughout their three years at LBMS.  In addition, they have been able to use time to work on their study guides and study for the end of the trimester test.  It has been a great trimester that has been very entertaining and full of learning.  Thank you for a great year eighth grade.  Have a wonderful summer.

Sra. Ogren
This week the students wrapped up the last of the projects and quizzes for the year! The students finished presenting their conversations in which they pretended to be a patient. They made get well cards for someone who was sick. Our grammar quiz on double object pronouns and possessive adjectives was on Thursday. The students also took a PE check for the 3rd trimester. Finally, today was our last "Diálogo viernes," for the year. The students held conversations about what they are going to be doing this summer. Next Monday will be the last day we meet. We will be celebrating with a piñata. We are still taking donations of candy for our piñatas if you are willing to send in any! Thanks!!

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students completed their study of the passé composé by learning about the past using AVOIR. Students practiced the past tense of regular verbs and then learned about the irregular past participles. I have had a wonderful 3 years with these students! Every day they brought enthusiasm and positivity to French class...I will miss them immensely and school just won't be the same without them!! Best of luck in your future!

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
The students are ending their film arts "journey" with the hero's journey. we have been discussing the stages and elements of the hero's journey outlined by Joseph Campbell based on his analysis of hero stories in literature and mythology. George Lucas based Luke Skywalker's journey in Star Wars on these stages. The students have been picking out scenes and events in the film that match each element. Hopefully they will have a different perspective and appreciation for film in the future. Have a great summer!

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

8th grade art students finished up their final open studio piece of their middle school career.  We have had a wonderful three years together and I hope they carry what they have learned here with them to the high school and beyond.  


It has truly been a pleasure working with many of your sons and daughters in the Athletic Programs at Lake Bluff. I wish all of you and them the best of luck in the future as Scouts, or wherever your child ends up!

For younger siblings, Bobcat Camp in Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Basketball will run June 8-11, 15-18. Please see the Sports Zone on the LBMS website to download the registration flyer, due June 5th. 

Thank you so much!
- Dan Williams
Athletic Director

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