8th Grade Weekly Updates

Announcements

High School Registration
The registration page for incoming freshmen for the fall of 2018 is open. Students must preregister by Monday, January 22.


Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz
It has been a great week of auditions!  We are so proud of all of the students who tried out for the musical and all the hard work they put into preparing for them.  Students received an audition number that will correspond to their casting and call backs.  If any students lose their number they can ask or email Mrs. Olmstead.  A small number of students will be called back for additional scene work and singing on Monday, January 22nd from 3:45-6:00 pm.  The cast list will be posted on the musical website on Saturday, January 28th by 12pm.  There will be an all cast parent and cast meeting on Tuesday, January 30th at 7pm.  Any additional questions?  Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  Information on all crews are available on the call board in the STEAM lab and on the musical website.

News from the Nurse
An "Influenza like illness" has descended upon LBMS.  Three to four students a day were reported absent due to fevers with sore throat.  No confirmed cases of Influenza were reported this week.  The stomach bug is lingering, but not creating as many absences.




Next Week at a Glance

Monday - Choosing options for career day

Tuesday - National Popcorn Day

Wednesday - The Scout @LFHS 6:30 p.m.

Thursday - Career Exposition Day 2018, Conferences

Friday - Conferences
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students this week looked at the changes in Industrial America and how Progressive Politics began to shape the country.  We examined photographs dealing with Child Labor, researched Muckrakers, and created picket signs protesting the major Monopolies of the time period.  Students also examined the rise of the Populist political party in correlation to a famous children's book, turned movie that will soon grace the LBMS stage - The Wizard of Oz.  We looked at the characters and places of the story and how they define the time period in America.
  
Science- Mrs. Cuarto
In science this week, we learned about mutations. We did a fun lab simulations where we were all mutants trying to collect, unwrap, and eat candy we found in the "forest." We determined that some of the mutations were neutral and some were harmful. We also read about some mutations that can occur in humans and their effects. Students wrote a Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) statement in defense of the claim that mutations may have harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects on organisms. Next week, we'll wrap up a unit with a look at how mutations can lead to natural selection over time. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
Wegrzyn
This week in Language Arts, students completed their author's craft essay over Fahrenheit 451 in addition to MAP testing. Next week, students will begin reading and acting out Shakespeare's  "A Midsummer Night's Dream". As always, encourage your student to read their Individual Daily Reading book every day at home. 
 
Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, students completed the Chapter 7 Team Challenge and the Chapter 7 Individual Test. Students also completed the winter session of MAP Testing. Next week, students will complete a mini-project where they use their knowledge of exponential growth and decay to model real-world situations.

HSAATH- 
Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we wrapped up our work with quadratics and transformations and completed the winter MAP test. Next week, students will complete the LFHS common assessment on Monday (review packets handed out this week with answers in Classroom) and then start exploring Conic Sections! Quiz 11 will be Jan. 30th.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students are learning about the ill-effects of prescription drugs when they are abused and not used for the purpose they are intended.  Beginning next week, students will start to conduct some of their own research and learn about the various effects drugs and alcohol have on the body and the brain. Have a great weekend. 

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we wrapped up our Mercado unit with a quiz on indirect object pronouns and the pretérito. The students also finished a writing assignment in which they wrote a letter describing what their experience at the mercado was like: what they bought, how much they spent, etc. Today we started our next unit, Pedro el Apestoso. In this unit, students will use reflexive verbs to describe daily routines. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students wrapped up their study of all things adjective! During the week students did various activities to practice using adjectives in context like playing White Die Red Die and writing correct forms, by describing the characteristics of an ideal friend, and by describing various objects using 2 adjectives correctly. On Friday, they had an assessment on content. Next they will use adjectives in a written assessment and then orally when they present for the class and describe people they admire or their families. 

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Improv, the students have performed a partner exercise that focuses on character development called "Park Bench."  Each performer must create a character that either compliments or contradicts another character and then play that same character on the bench with someone new.  The goal is to both reveal about the performer's character and also provide supporting dialogue for each partner.  The students will be completing a self assessment in regards to their performing standards that they will share at conferences.  
Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students finished up their open studio piece.  Next week they will begin our class problem where they use ratio and scale to create a grid drawing.




Athletics

Congrats on the Amazing season of all our Basketball Teams! Please make sure you wash and return your clean jerseys to your coach!


Monday: 7th and 8th Grade Boys VB Tryouts 3:45-5:45pm

Tuesday: 7th and 8th Grade Boys VB Tryouts 3:45-5:45pm

Wednesday: NONE

Thursday: NONE

Friday: NONE


All 6th grade boys interested in Intramural Basketball, We will begin the week after conferences! See Mr. Williams for more information!




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