8th Grade Weekly Updates


Please be sure to let your child's advisory teacher and the office know when your child will be absent from school by 9am.  You can email or leave a message in the attendance voice mailbox.  If your child will be absent more than 1 day, please be sure to send an email with the exact dates of the absence.

News from the Nurse
Absences due to illness fell into two categories this week.  One is a respiratory virus with fever, sore throat, and cough.  It looks influenza like, but the fevers aren't very high.  Students that have been tested for influenza have been negative.  The second illness is a GI bug.  Some students report significant nausea/vomiting for 24 hours, some have reported diarrhea.
Enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend!

Thanksgiving Food Drive 
Thank you to entire Lake Bluff Community who contributed to the Chorus and Reach Out Club Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Over 2000 lbs. of food was collected at the Chorus Concert this past week to help support local families in need.  Your donations will help make the holiday season brighter for many in our community!!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--Regular Schdule

Tuesday--Regular Schedule

Wednesday--No School

Thursday--No School

Friday--No School
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week, students examined the differences and similarities between the North and South looking the the Transportation, Economy, Society, and Geography of the two before the War.  We are finally going to get into looking at the War.  We will look at the rise of Abraham Lincoln and examine the election of the 1860 which led the movement for secession in the South and introduced Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States.  Students will also examine the Generals for both the North and the South and we will take an in-depth look at the bloodiest day in American history, the Battle of Antietam, and Lincoln's most famous proclamation, the Emancipation Proclamation.  

Reminder, the Civil War unit test will be on Tuesday, December 5th and the study guide syllabus for the unit can be found on the Homework Hotline.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week we took a closer look at cells and their organelles, and the structures and functions of some specialized cells. Students drew diagrams of three cells of their choice and wrote a short paper discussing their similarities and differences, as well as how the structure of cells varies according to their function. We also gathered data on our the stem color of our first generation of Wisconsin Fast Plants and decided we need to plant the next generation in order to figure out the patterns of inheritance. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students began researching the 1950s to provide context for our first whole class novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Students began presenting contextual information this week and will continue to do so next week as we begin reading our new novel. You can encourage your student to be reading individually at home in addition to F451.
Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students have reviewed the different ways of solving systems of equations and had the opportunity to retake several previously assessed standards. The Chapter 4 Team Challenge Assessment will take place on Monday (11/20) and the Chapter 4 Individual Test will take place on Tuesday (11/21).

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
Next week, we wrap up our radicals work with Quiz 7. After Thanksgiving, we will begin our work with imaginary and complex numbers!

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have been discussing the benefits of remaining abstinent and the negative consequences that can occur from pre-marital sex.  Additionally, we have been learning about the stages of life and how the human body develops.  As the week comes to a close, students will be reviewing the information we have learned throughout the trimester.  The trimester end this Friday, November 17.  Have a great weekend!

EspañolSra. Ogren
Our verb of the week is the verb "dar," or "to give." We are using this verb to talk about what the students will give to others as part of our Mercado Unit. This unit revolves around shopping in an open-air market, which the students will eventually simulate with our own in-class Mercado. Students have begun to collect "soles," or Peruvian currency to use in our Mercado. We started learning new vocabulary for typical items that are found in a mercado. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students continued using their clothing vocabulary in context. Students chose outfits for Madame to wear to various occasions. They also went "shopping" when they went on a clothing scavenger hunt, trying to find pictures of various vocabulary words given to them on a list. The assessment on the vocabulary was on Thursday. Next we begin to describe certain clothing using colors and adjectives. 

Advanced Acting- Mrs. Olmstead
It has been a great trimester in Advanced Acting!  The students are performing their one acts for their classmates on Tuesday before Thanksgiving break.  Have a wonderful holiday!  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese
It has been a very successful trimester in STEAM!  The students have collaborated to create digital animations, design bridges, program robots, compose music, complete coding challenges, and so many more incredible projects.  Have a wonderful holiday!  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, we wrapped up our trimester with an artist statement and preparing work for the art show.  Please stop by and see some of the great things students are creating!

Chorus- Ms. Cvitkovic
Students completed their first concert of the school year!  An amazing job by all singers!  Remember the Gazebo Lighting on Saturday, December 2nd at 5PM.  Singers should dress in warm winter clothes. 

Graduation Chorus
Any Eighth grader wanting to sing in the Graduation Chorus must be in chorus 2nd and 3rd trimester.


Week of 11/20 - 11/24
Monday: GBB @ Deerpath 4:15/5:15pm
8BBB Practice 3:45 - 5:45pm, 7BBB Practice 5:45 - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM, GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm
Wednesday: NONE
Thursday: NONE
Friday: NONE

Week of 11/27 - 12/1
Monday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
GBB vs. Edgewood 4:30/5:30pm
Tuesday: BBB vs. Edgewood 4:30/5:30pm
Wednesday: GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15pm, BBB Practice 5:15 - 7:00pm
Thursday: GBB vs. Neal Academy 4:15/5:15pm
BBB @ Deerpath Gold 4:15/5:15pm
Friday: 7BBB + 7GBB Practice 3:45 - 5:15pm

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Spiritwear Update 
If you ordered spiritwear, you should have received an email with pickup details. If you missed out, the Lake Bluff PTO will be stocking spiritwear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Updated items will be available for the holiday season. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information. 

Bluffer Nights
Make Thanksgiving week easy and take a night (or two) off from cooking. Dine in or take out from Donati's Pizza anytime between November 20-22 to support our schools. Don't forget to mention the Lake Bluff PTO for 20% of your total food order to be donated to the PTO. Check out Donati's menu online at http://donatispizza.com. 

Charleston Wrap & Home Goods
Charleston Wrap orders will be ready for pick up on November 20th from 3:00pm-6:00pm at LBES. The PTO's ordering portal is still open if you'd like to place an order for items to be shipped to you. You can go to https://www.charlestonwrap.com to shop the more than 500 items offered. Our school ID is 14525. 

Love to Bake?
The LBMS PTO is looking for bakers for our annual boxed holiday treats for the LBMS staff. Any and all baked goods are greatly appreciated. If you'd like to help out, please contact Amy Connell-Donohueat acd@amyconnellphotography.com. Items should be dropped off to Amy by 10:00am on December 14 (755 Mawman Ave.). The holiday treat boxes will be assembled at Amy's from 10:00am-12:00pm on December 14th, if you'd like to help out.  

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