8th Grade Weekly Updates


Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!
The cast list will go up on the musical website by noon on Saturday!  Congratulations to all our cast members.  There will be an all cast read-through on Tuesday January 30th from 3:40-5:00 pm in Ms. C’s room.  If students have a Tuesday conflict that they cannot miss they are excused from the read through.  Also on Tuesday January 30th there will be a mandatory parent-cast meeting at 7pm on the presentation stairs.  The January rehearsal calendar will be provided for students on Tuesday on the call board, in their cast binder, and on the website. We look forward to getting our musical underway! Any additional questions?  Please contact Adrienne Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  

News from the Nurse

The "Influenza Like Illness" was still the primary reason for absences this week. Students are presenting with low grade fevers, nasal congestion, sore throats, and cough.  I received one confirmed report of Influenza B for a 7th grade student.  Several students are still fighting the intestinal virus as well.  This bug is causing nausea, vomiting, & diarrhea, but usually no fever.  

Please report absences by 9am and include the type of illness causing the absence.  Students must be free from fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you!

Save the Date!

The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff LDA is having its Spring Marche on April 26.

Washington DC Trip
There are just over two weeks left before our departure for Washington, DC. Here's a copy of the Packing List and the  Trip Itinerary. Please note that students will need to be at school by 5:00 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 13 for departure to the airport. Also, we will not be checking bags. And, Mr. Blackmer will send a text via Instant Alert when each bus leaves O'Hare to return to school so you'll have the most up to date time for picking up your children. Room assignments will be sent via email to students on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 9. 

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--National Puzzle Day

Tuesday--Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm

Wednesday--National Hot Chocolate Day

Thursday--Change Your Password Day

Friday--Bluffer Assembly
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week students have been finishing up talking about Industrial America examining the Populist Party through the characters of the Wizard of Oz and the impact of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911.  We are beginning our new Mini-Unit examining World War One exploring American Imperialism.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week, we finished up our last Life Science lessons with a fun lab about "Forkbirds" and how their 
genetic variations could increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in an environment with limited resources. Next week, students will work on a final project for the unit!
Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students researched Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era. Next week students will present their findings to provide background knowledge for beginning Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
As a class, we will read from the "No Fear Shakespeare" version of the text to minimize the confusion surrounding Shakespearean language. Students can look forward to acting out scenes in class and attending the live production this March in Chicago. 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, students completed a mini-project where they created solutions to real-world problems with exponential growth and decay models. Next week we'll start chapter 8, which focuses on polynomials and quadratics.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we just began our look at conic sections. Next week, Quiz 11 will be on the 30th followed by some work with hyperbolas and parabolas!

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have been talking about the ill effects of marijuana and alcohol on teens, both their body and brain.  In addition, we have been addressing controversial topics such as the legalization of marijuana and the reasons in which medical marijuana is prescribed.  Next week, students will be researching and blogging various topics within the drug education unit to learn more about what illegal substances can do to a teens underdeveloped brain and body.  Have a great weekend.  

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we started our next unit, "Pedro el Apestoso." In this unit, we discuss how to take care of ourselves and how to get ourselves ready in the morning or at night. The students have learned several reflexive verbs along with this and have practiced how to conjugate them. Next week we will continue to practice reflexive verbs to talk about daily routines. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students had the choice of presenting orally about people that they admire or describing their families. In this oral presentation, students applied the knowledge that they learned in our adjective unit to talk about somebody in their lives. The narrative could not be written down this time but students could use a graphic organizer to support their speaking. Part of proficiency is being able to speak without written support; it's a challenge for these new language learners, but they always willing to try! 

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Improv, we are starting to introduce specific obstacles which require performers to use their creativity and quick thinking to overcome them.  One of this week's obstacle scenes is called "A-Z."  Two pairs must generate lines of dialogue that begin with corresponding letters of the alphabet.  This exercise focuses on quality over quantity, since the total number of lines to perform an entire scene are limited.  Enjoy the long weekend!  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students began their scale and ratio portrait drawings.  They will choose a bust portrait of a person they admire and use a grid to help them scale up and draw out the proportions of their photograph.  


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