8th Grade Weekly Updates


Red Ribbon Week
Next week is National Red Ribbon Week!  The purpose of this week is to create awareness surrounding the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and support our students in their decision to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.  Here is our calendar of themes and activities throughout the week.  LEAD is hosting a parent event on recreational marijuana and its impact on our community.   We also encourage you to check out these tips on how to support and talk with your children at home.  Your involvement is appreciated (and makes a difference!)  Contact Mrs. Quick with any questions. 

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

For additional information, check out our Standards Based Reporting webpage.

We are getting ready to order diplomas for the 8th grade.  If we do not hear from you by Monday, October 23 with changes, the diploma will be printed as we have it on the attached list.

Odyssey of the Mind and Science Olympiad Informational Meetings
On Monday, Oct. 23rd we will be conducting informational meetings about two exciting extra-curricular opportunities for our students.  The Odyssey of the Mind meeting will begin at 6:30 PM and the Science Olympiad meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings will take place at the presentation stairs at Lake Bluff Middle School.

"How to Raise an Adult" 

Book Discussion
Tuesday, November 7
7:00 p.m.
Board Room
LFHS West Campus (please park and enter by blue awning)
300 S. Waukegan Rd

Presentation by Author, Julie Lythcott-Haims

Monday, December 4
7:00 p.m.
Lake Forest High School
Raymond Moore Auditorium
1285 McKinley Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). She is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

How to Raise an Adult emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. She received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult has been published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel which will be out in 2018.

Lake Forest Book Store has generously offered a 15% discount on the purchase of the book if you mention this event!

Co-sponsored by Lake Forest High School District 115, Lake Forest District 67, and LEAD

Executive Functions and the Teenage Brain

Presenter: Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Rush Neurobehavioral Center- Education Department

Monday, November 20, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (includes a Q&A)

Lake Forest High School (Raymond Moore Auditorium)

 Back by popular demand… Dr. Bozeday will explore the unique and sometimes confounding nature of the teenage brain.  Research technology in the twenty-first century provides us with exciting opportunities to study the ever-changing human brain from infancy through the senior years.  Accordingly, we can now better understand adolescent behavior and examine best approaches in parenting and teaching.  Questions from topics based on research in educational neuroscience that will be incorporated into Dr. Bozeday's presentation include: *  Is high school too late for kids to develop executive function skills like developing better organizational     skills, maintaining routines, managing time, and balancing school work, extra-curricular activities, and family? *  What role does sleep play in the development of the teenage brain? *  When are stress and anxiety motivating and when do these emotions get in the way? *  Is media helping or detracting from our kids' ability to succeed?

 The presentation will focus on middle school and high school age students. All are welcome!


Saturday, December 9, 2017
Edgewood Middle School, 929 Edgewood Rd, Highland Park
with USCF-Rated Advanced Section
Open to players at all skill levels in grades K-8.  New players are encouraged.   Everyone plays 5 games (no one is eliminated) with players matched against others of similar age and skill using the “Swiss System.”  Advanced section is USCF-rated; other sections are not.
  • First round at 10 a.m., later rounds ASAP.  End time approx.. 4 p.m.  G/30.
  • Sections: K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, Advanced.  For the rule on who will be placed in which section, see http://bit.ly/Wd37nP.  Sections may be changed based on registration.
  • Awards: Trophies: top 6 finishers in sections up to 20 players, top 8 if 20-30, top 10 if over 30. Team trophies to top 4 teams based on top 6 scores across sections. Minimum team size 4. Club teams allowed per USCF rule (http://bit.ly/1ckSpR5).  Medals to K’s.
  • Sets will be provided; bring chess clocks if you have them. Advanced section must play with a clock set to Game / 30 (no delay).
  • Food available at site.  Nut free snacks recommended for between rounds.
  • Registration and fees: Entry fee $10 by Dec. 4th and $15 thereafter.  Register and pay online at https://hpchessdec2017.eventbrite.com (a small fee is added) by 6 p.m. Dec. 8th.  Scholarships available.  Non-District 112 students welcome.  Max attendance is 150 (first-come, first served).  Late registration at site 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. on day of tournament if space is still available. If playing advanced, please join USChess in advance, but can do so at door.
Even if you have pre-registered, you must check in by 9:30 to play in the first round.
First tournament?  Have questions about whether your child is ready, what a tournament is
like, how players are paired, etc.?  See www.hpchess.org
No leafletting or solicitation.  Flyers may be left on registration table.
Directions: Green Bay Rd. to Edgewood Ave (1.5 mi. south of Central Ave.),
turn west, 3 blocks on right.
Sponsored By District 112 Chess Committee
Questions?  Jerry Neugarten (847-831-2435) or jerry.neugarten@gmail.com

Robotics & Engineering 101
This is an annual event for our LBMS ladies held at Woodlands Academy. Interested girls will attend building workshops, create a catapult, and learn about coding & programming. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 18th from 9AM to 12:30PM. Girls can register by going to www.woodlandsacademy.org/robotics-engineering-101. You can contact Mrs. Komac for more information!

Unity Day

Wednesday October 25th is Unity Day.  We are asking everyone to wear ORANGE that day as a way to unite together and show support for students who are bullied everywhere.  This is a national day of bullying awareness and we hope all students will participate and help us foster a culture of being a united and kind LBMS!

Mothers Trust Teens - Donations The Annual Coat Drive sponsored by Mothers Trust Teens provides coats to people in need in Lake County There is a box across from the front office for gently used winter coats, scarves, hats, mittens, snow pants and blankets. We are collecting until Friday, November 17.

News from the Nurse
In the last two days, absence due to illness has increased. Two different reasons are being reported.  One is a viral sore throat with minor nasal congestion and low grade fever, no Strep has been reported.  The other is upset stomach, no fever, no vomiting, just reports of lingering nausea.
Please remember to report any absence (illness or other type) by 9am to the office. Thank you!

Next Week at a Glance
Red Ribbon Week

Monday--The Future's So Bright Day--Wear 

Tuesday--Put a Cap on Drugs--Hat Day

Wednesday--Team Up--UNITY DAY--Wear
Thursday--Saying NO is No Sweat--Wear 

Friday--Be a Lifesaver--Superhero Day
            --PUMPKIN FEST STARTS!
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This has been a fantastic week of the students working so hard to prepare for the Constitution Test.  I am so proud of the effort that all the students have put into this test - working on their study skills, asking questions, and exceeding my expectations so soon in the school year!  The Constitution is not an easy source to examine and the students have done a great job!  Please applaud them for their efforts!  We will start our next unit on Monday where we will look at the Individuals that influenced our Early Presidents from John Adams to James Buchanan.  

The Washington, DC Trip Deposit Deadline is on Thursday, October 26th so please be sure to sign up!

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
Students have been working hard on their final projects for the Earth Science units. The project involves making a model of the tectonic movement at a given case study site, presenting the model to the class, and showing how the site has changed through geologic time. Presentations will begin next Wednesday 10/25.

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week the students finished Bend I of the Deep Study of Character unit where we considered complex character traits.  We focused on lifting the level of our writing about reading by setting goals and taking the time to write quality entries in the reader's notebooks and nightly Post It notes. We also talked about the pressures characters may be facing in their books and returned to scenes where behavior emerges and analyzed possible causes.  Next week we will begin Bend II of the unit, investigating how setting shapes characters.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students worked with Algebra tiles to model expressions, solve equations, and multiply binomials. Next week our classes will be solving equations with multiplication, absolute value, and working with multi-variable equations. The next team team challenge assessment will take place on Monday 10/30 and the next individual test will take place on Tuesday 10/31.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we revisited our Algebra 1 polynomials with an Algebra 2 twist! Students have Quiz 4 today. We will move into applying those skills to our work with rational expressions next week. This will be an entirely new concept for students and may cause some frustration as they first learn it. Quiz 5 is on Tuesday, 10/31.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students are finishing up their Fitness Plan.  Throughout this process, students have had to record at least two days of their eating, one day of exercise, and create goals for their overall fitness level.  As the week comes to a close, we will be ending the physical activity unit and begin on the drug education unit.  Have a great weekend.  

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week the students have been reviewing airport vocabulary. They practiced having conversations about some things that could happen in an airport and were graded on one of those conversations. They also wrote a paragraph about an international trip. Students focused on making sure their verbs are conjugated correctly in their writing. We began our next set of vocabulary, talking about a hotel. We reviewed using "tener +que+infinitive" and "querer+ infinitive" in our notes. Finally, our Friday dialogue revolved around a hotel. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week students continued practicing the past tense of regular verbs. Once students were comfortable in forming the new tense, we start using it in conversation. It's important that students are aware of tense when speaking; it's one of the benchmarks that moves them from the novice to the intermediate range in speaking. Next week, we will start the past tense of irregular verbs.

Advanced Acting- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students are studying, rehearsing, and blocking their duet scenes.  They will be performed at the end of next week.  Each pair will practice for their classmates as well as receive a coaching session with Mrs. Olmstead before their performance.  Have a great weekend!

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students began their ceramics challenge.  They will continue to work on this challenge over the course of the next few weeks.


8th Girls Basketball Tryout Results will be posted on the Sports Zone Website at Noon on Saturday. Due to scheduling conflicts, 7th and 8th grade boys will extend the tryouts through Tuesday. 7th and 8th Grade Boys Teams will be posted at 8PM on Tuesday Night. Thank you to all who tried out and worked hard!

Monday: 8BBB + 8GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7GBB Practice 5:15 - 6:45
7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
8GBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00
Wednesday: NONE 
Thursday: 8GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15
7GBB + 7BBB Practice 5:15 - 7:00
Friday: 8BBB 7AM

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Spirit Wear

The Lake Bluff PTO spirit wear webstore is now open. Show off your Lake Bluff spirit in our newly designed items for fall and winter. We've got you covered from warm hats to cozy sweats and fun shirts in between. Go to https://lakebluff2017.itemorder.com to see all of the items that are offered and to place an order. The webstore will be open until Sunday, October 29, with orders to be delivered mid-November.  

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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Join us on Facebook: Lake Bluff Middle School PTO or visit us online at www.lb65.org/parents/pto.