8th Grade Weekly Updates


Halloween Dance
Halloween Dance Tickets can now be purchased with student ID's. Students can pay in cash or with their ID during lunch.  Tickets are $5.00.  The charge will show up through your student's push coin account. Students can purchase tickets on Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20th during their lunch hour. The dance is next Friday, October 20 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Bluffer Buddies Program:  This week, all 8th graders were given the opportunity to apply to be a Bluffer Buddies Leader.  Bluffer Leaders meet 2-3 times a month during lunch/recess to plan and facilitate monthly cross-grade advisory activities that build community, strengthen Bluffer traits, and further develop their leadership skills.  Students have access to this application on the Bluffer Buddies Google Classroom.  All applications are due by Tuesday, October 17.  Contact Mrs. Groth, Mrs. Szostak, or Mrs. McKean with any questions!  

Standards Based Reporting Information
Interested in learning more about Standards Based Reporting and SBR practices?  Check out our podcast!  This is the first in a series of podcasts that we will be sharing throughout the year. 

News from the Nurse

This was a quiet week for illness related absences.  There were a few reports of mild colds. A few students are dealing with lingering allergy symptoms.  Most absences this week were due to non-contagious illnesses or injuries.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--School Picture Retakes

Tuesday--National Pasta Day

Wednesday--LB65 PTO meeting 9:00 a.m. @
                         police station

Thursday--National New Friends Day

Friday--Constitution Test
               Halloween Dance 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students have been working hard looking through the Constitution and we have had great discussions about the Articles and Amendments. Students have been examining the Bill of Rights, Amendment process, and the other seventeen amendments in our Constitution.  We will be looking at Supreme Court cases dealing with the Bill of Rights focusing on student rights.  
The students can look over the Unit vocabulary in preparation for the test which is found on the Homework Hotline.    

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
We're at the end of our first unit, Earth Science. This week students worked to organize and summarize information they've learned about how earth moves. Then, they were given information about their final projects, which we will work on in class between now and October 25 when presentations will begin. Essentially, students are researching a case study site (e.g. Yellowstone, the Himalayas, the Japanese Trench, etc.) to determine what type of plate boundary movement is occurring at that location. They will build a physical model of the plate movement to use during a class presentation where they tell us about their case study site, what it looks like now, how it looked in the distant past, and their predictions for how it will be different in the future. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week students began working in their book club books, focusing on the deep study of character. Beginning with a mentor text, students looked at what makes a character effective and transferred these skills to their own readings. Students are documenting their thoughts about their reading on Post It notes and in their reader's notebooks. As always, students should be reading 20 minutes per night and logging in their online IDR log.  Mrs. Groth's student intern from Lake Forest College, Michaela Kopystynsky, will begin to introduce mini lessons and run reading conferences in some of her classes next week.  Ms. K has been observing and co-teaching for the past several weeks and will begin to take on a more active role in the classroom under Mrs. Groth's supervision.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students completed the chapter 2 individual assessment and began chapter 3. The first portion of chapter 3 focused on exponent rules. Next week students will use multiple strategies to learn about and represent polynomials and also how to multiply binomials.
Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we wrapped up our work with matrices and systems and began a fast review of polynomials from Algebra 1. Next week, we will continue working on polynomials and solving equations by factoring. These are core skills upon which future learning will build, so mastery of these skills is critical. Our next quiz will be Fri. Oct. 20th.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week, health students are beginning to work on their Personal Fitness Plan.  We will be spending the majority of time working on this during class time, however, there may be days where students will need to complete certain sections for homework.  We will be reviewing mostly the health-related fitness components as they are the most important for sustaining and maintaining a regular fitness regime.  Have a great weekend. 

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we have been reviewing a story about Paco, a traveler to Perú. Paco navigates the airport, and it was a good opportunity to practice the current vocabulary. The students also rehearsed conversations that they could have at the airport and presented them. Our verb of the week was "querer," or "to want" and the students wrote a paragraph describing what they would like to do in the future. 

Français-Mme Szostak

STEAM- Mr. Beese and Mrs. Olmstead
The students are rolling into their second engagements!  Our focus is on students becoming "experts" so that they can share their new knowledge about their projects in topics such as photo editing, circuitry, animation, or software engineering with their classmates during their presentations. 

Advanced Acting- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students have been assigned their partners and scripts for their Duet Scenes.  They will receive ample time in class to rehearse and also practice with Mrs. Olmstead, but they may be required to practice at home as well.  Students can also use the "pop in" pass with their partner to practice during PM Advisory if they are not working with another teacher.  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students were introduced to the potter's wheel while they began our ceramics unit.

Chorus- Ms. Cvitkovic
On Monday, chorus students will work with clinician Cameron Sullenberger for the Fine Arts block during periods 1 & 2.  We will be focusing on advanced vocal and musicianship skills!


 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser

All Charleston Wrap & personalized gift orders are due today, Friday, October 13. Items will be delivered by Thanksgiving, so it's a great opportunity to shop for gifts for friends, family, teachers, coaches, etc. All sale proceeds go to the Lake Bluff PTO. The catalogs have everything from home decor to personalized gifts, kitchenware, and, new this year, personalized wrapping paper and materials. You can go to https://www.charlestonwrap.com to shop the more than 500 items offered and to invite friends and family to shop and support our schools too. Use our school ID: z-12545 when shopping online and to invite friends and family to shop online. 


Pumpkin Fest and Pumpkin Chase

Pumpkin Fest 2017 is right around the corner! It will be held on Friday, October 27th from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. and Saturday, October 28th after the Pumpkin Chase (www.lakebluffpumpkinchase.org) until 11:00a.m. Come join in on the fun~Haunted Forest, Bake Sale, Bouncy Houses, Facepainting, Pumpkin Decorating, Raffles and more. Please consider volunteering. If you are interested go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090944ADA723A02-volunteer1. Do you like to bake? The bake sale committee is looking for donations. Here’s the bake sale sign-up link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050E4AA9A92E5-2017. Please fill in your name and contact information along with a general idea of what you’re making. Your help is greatly appreciated. 


7th Grade Social

The 7th Grade Social, which will be held at CROYA, is scheduled for Friday, November 10th from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Please save the date. More details are to come.

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