8th Grade Weekly Updates


The PARCC testing window is April 4 - April 13, 2018.   As it is important to have all of our students present at school during this time, please plan to have your child(ren) at school on these dates.
There is PLENTY of time between now and the PARCC Assessment so don’t get too worried.  If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to let me know.

Bluffer Night at Meatheads!
Our new BLUFFER NIGHT is Wednesday, January 17th at Meatheads in Lake Bluff.  LB PTO will receive 20% back on all orders placed between 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. that day.  
Meatheads - Lake Bluff 

Career Day is coming!
Our 2nd annual Career Exposition Day is coming on January 25th. We are looking for people willing to give about 2 hours of your time (between 9:30AM and 11:30AM) to share what you do for a living with interested students. Each presenter is asked to prepare a 20-25 minute session for middle school students. This session may be repeated 1-3 times that morning. Based on the interest of our students, here are the larger career categories that we are seeking. We are definitely not limited to these career categories if you wish to present! Please contact Mrs. Komac at hkomac@lb65.org if you are willing to be a presenter.

animal/marine bio/vet
coding/game design/computer engineer
Culinary Arts
fire fighter
technical career (IT, etc.)

Wizard of Oz 2018

Auditions begin on Tuesday!  The audition schedule is listed on the musical website here.  The sign ups for auditions are available on the call board in the STEAM lab.  On the website there are two  tabs called “Audition Resources” and “Audition Information” which has all the info from workshops that the students need for auditions.  

Students will receive an audition number at their audition that will correspond to their casting and call backs.  A small number of students will be called back for additional scene work and singing on Monday, January 22nd from 3:35-6:00 pm.  Students will be notified by the end of the school day on Friday, January 19th if they are requested for a call back.  The cast list will be posted on the musical website on Saturday, January 27th at 9am by audition number.  There will be a mandatory all cast parent and cast meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at 7pm.  Any additional questions?  Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  

Set design and production crew sign ups are now available on the call board!  The first production meeting will be Tuesday, January 16th at 8am in Mrs. Olmstead’s room.  The set design calendar is posted on the musical website.

News from the Nurse

Two significant illnesses created many absences this week. One is an influenza like illness with a fever, sore throat, and cough. The fevers have been in the 100-102 degree range and last for approximately 2 days. One confirmed case of Influenza A has been reported to me.

The other nasty bug is a GI illness causing vomiting & diarrhea. The vomiting lasts about 12 hours; the diarrhea can linger for a few days.

Just a reminder, students need to be free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school......Thank you!


Next Week at a Glance

Monday--No School, MLK Day

Tuesday--National Good Teen Day

Wednesday--Just Another Wednesday

Thursday--MAP Testing, Math/ELA

Friday--MAP Testing, Math/ELA
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week students have been looking at the Gilded Age, the time in history where the country became the Industrial giant at the end of the 1800s on the backbone of the Immigrants from Europe and Asia.  Students will be examining a collection of political cartoons, honing their skills to examine and interpret the symbolism that illustrates the politics and economics of the Gilded Age.   

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week students articulated the difference in genetic information passed down to offspring in both asexual and sexual reproduction and explained why this difference existed. The did this in the format of infographics which we'll have on display during conferences. Next week, we're going to discuss mutations, which we lead us to adapation and natural selection. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students began writing their Author's Craft essay surrounding Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Students began by choosing a claim and organizing evidence for their essay tentatively due 1/19. Next week we will complete the Author's Craft essay in addition to MAP testing.  

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students formalized their understanding of exponential growth and decay. Students also practiced modeling different situations with the correct variations of exponential growth and decay equations. Next week we will complete the Chapter 7 Team Challenge on Tuesday 1/16 and the Chapter 7 Individual Test on Wednesday 1/17.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we put together the rules for transforming functions and applied those ideas to solving quadratics in different ways. Next week, we will complete this unit with Quiz 10 on Wednesday, Jan. 17th. Students in the HSAATH course will take their math MAP test on Friday, Jan. 19th. They will round out their "trifecta" of assessments with the AATH Common Assessment on Mon. Jan. 22nd.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have finished up their "Give Your Best Advice" videos and have presented and shared them with the class.  The videos are so insightful and share a lot of great ways to manage stress, anxiety, and depression.  As the week comes to a close, we will begin the drug education unit by reviewing the classifications of drugs and how prescription drugs and can be dangerous if they are not used the way they are intended.  Have a great weekend.  

EspañolSra. Ogren
The students practiced buying, selling, and bargaining in our mercado this week! Students were graded on their interaction with others and will be writing a description of their time in the mercado for the following week. Our quiz on pretérito and indirect object pronouns will be next Tuesday. This is an open note quiz, which the students have been practicing for this week. Next week we will also begin our next unit on daily routines. 

Français-Mme Szostak
In French this week, students continued to use their adjectives in context. This week students shared about their all-time favorite teacher and what characteristics made him/her memorable. Students also discussed whether certain adjectives are positive or negative characteristics and why. This conversation required some higher level communication skills to be sure that the student could express their thoughts succinctly. 

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Improv we have been focusing on both "advancing" (moving the story forward) and "expanding (using the environment to paint a picture for the audience) the scene.  The students continue to improve on generating ideas quickly and use character emotions during scene work.  Have a great weekend!

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued working on their open studio piece.  This work is due on January 17th.  Students can come in before or after school or during their Extended Learning Opportunities in afternoon advisory if more time is needed.


Monday: NONE
Tuesday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)
Wednesday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)
Thursday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)
Friday: Conference Tournaments Locations and times TBD (Will be emailed to Teams)

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Bluffer Night at LB Meatheads

Take a night off from the kitchen. The PTO's next Bluffer Night is this Wednesday, January 17th. Order from Meatheads in Lake Bluff (955 Rockland Road) between 11:00am and 10:00pm for 20% of your order to be donated to the PTO. Don't forget to mention the Lake Bluff PTO when you order. And don't worry, there are great salad options for those still committed to a New Year's healthy eating resolution! Check out their menu at https://www.meatheadsburgers.com

Save the Date

The PTO's spring auction is going to be a golf scramble and after party. Mark May 19th on your calendar so you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time. 


Spirit Wear

Love the look of Lake Bluff's new spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spirit wear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information. 

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