8th Grade Weekly Updates


LBMS Thanksgiving Food Drive

The LBMS Choirs and the Reach Out Club are collecting food donations at the Fall Choral Concert on Wednesday, November 15th for the Phoenix Rising Foundation that supports local families.  We are hoping each family can bring in 2-5 lbs of food (canned fruits & veggies, cereal, etc…) to help make a wonderful holiday season for families in need.  Check out this link for more details!  http://ms.lb65.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=31973979

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

News From the Nurse

Most absences this week were due to non-contagious health reasons. The most prevalent illness reported this week was a respiratory virus. Symptoms included head congestion, sore throat, and cough, a few students also ran low grade fevers. There have been no reports of Strep or Influenza....Yay!


Next Week at a Glance

Monday--World Kindness Day

Tuesday--National Pickle Day

Wednesday--Chorus Concert 7:00 p.m.

Thursday--Band Concert 7:00 p.m.

Friday--End of Trimester One 
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week students completed their Ealry Presidents database websites and they made some creative and detailed presentations about their historical figures and their presidents.  
Students have started our next unit, the Civil War.  We are going to be looking at events that led to the war, the war itself focusing on the people and battles that changed the war, and then finish with a DBQ assignment examining the era of Reconstruction.  The test for this unit is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th and there is a syllabus and study guide on the homework hotline.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week students dissected flowers, learning about how plants reproduce. We saw how pollen from anthers attaches to the stigma on the style to eventually fertilize the ovaries. We discussed why plants would are good for studying inheritance in a lab setting and we planted different crosses if Wisconsin Fast Plants to see what stem colors appear on the F1 generation, which should sprout by early next week. 

English/Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in ELA, students completed their Deep Study of Character Unit. After conducting their own "read-aloud" lessons, students worked through a summative comprehension check. Next week, we'll begin our whole class novel unit over Fahrenheit 451

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students wrote and solved systems of equations using equal values, substitution, and elimination. Next week we'll review all 3 methods and prepare for our trimester retake day (Friday 11/17) and the upcoming end of chapter assessments. The chapter 4 team challenge assessment is scheduled for Monday 11/20 and the chapter 4 individual assessment is scheduled for Tuesday 11/21.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
We have explored rational equations and all of their uses this past week. Next week, Task 3 is due on Monday. We will then begin our work on simplifying radicals of all kinds, including being "absolutely sure" and performing operations on radicals no matter what the index. Quiz 7 is set for Tuesday 11/21. Students who might miss that day should make arrangements with Mr. Jakcsy or Mrs. Komac to take the quiz on Monday 11/20.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have begun the Human Sexuality unit.  We have started to discuss how one's character and values play a role in remaining abstinent.  In addition, we have had effective discussion on abstinence only programs versus comprehensive sex education programs.  As the week comes to a close, we will be discussing the life cycle and how a baby grows during pregnancy.  Have a great weekend.
EspañolSra. Ogren
This week the students have been working hard on their Voice thread projects. They use that application to talk about a trip they would like to take to a Spanish-speaking country. They describe how they would plan the trip, who would go with them, where they would stay, and what they would do while there. This wraps up our travel unit and next week they will start our next unit, El Mercado Peruano. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students began their study of clothing. We combine this vocabulary with talking about what we wear when we do various activities and what clothing is appropriate for certain occasions or weather. 

Advanced Acting- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the Advanced Acting classes have casted and begun rehearsing the One Act 13 Ways to Fail Your College Interview.  Each class has a student director that will work on blocking, props, and effects for the show.  The One Acts will be performed for 8th grade students in other Fine Arts classes before Thanksgiving break.  

Interested in seeing some great theatre with former Bluffers in the cast?  Check out the flyer for the Brother's Grimm Spectacular performed at LFHS next weekend, Nov 16-18!  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, we completed all studio projects.  Students also began working on selecting their favorite piece for the art show and writing artist statements.

Band - Mr. Beese
The Fall Band Concert will be Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm, in the LBMS Gym. Students should be dropped off no earlier than 6:30 and no later than 6:45. 

Concert Dress is Black Polo, Khaki Pants, Black shoes, socks and belt.


Monday: BBB @ Millburn 4:30/5:30pm
GBB @ Elm Place 4:15/5:15pm
Tuesday: BBB @ Elm Place 4:15/5:15pm
GBB @ Millburn 4:30/5:30pm
Wednesday: NONE (Chorus Concert)
Thursday: NONE (Band Concert)
Friday: 8BBB Practice 7AM 
8GBB + 7BBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

 After School Activities 

 PTO News