8th Grade Weekly Updates


Annual Lake Bluff Gazebo LIghting

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade chorus students will sing at the Annual LB Gazebo Lighting this Saturday, December 2nd at 5 PM.

A few details for the Gazebo Lighting......

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Call time for performers: 4:45 PM

Performance time: 5- 5:20 PM

Where: The Lake Bluff Gazebo

What to wear: Winter clothes/boots/coats/hats/holiday gear/etc......(no music outfits)

Hope to see you there!!

News from the Nurse

Many students came to visit me this week with common cold symptoms and scratchy throats. An average of 2 students/day were reported absent due to stomachaches. There was one confirmed case of Influenza B reported. If your child presents with sudden onset of fever & cough, you may want to consider a visit to your doctor.

We are encouraging covering coughs & good hand washing.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday - Report Cards Sent Home (take 2)

Tuesday - Civil War Unit Test

Wednesday - National Special Kids Day

Thursday - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Friday - National Lost and Found Day (Come
               check ours out!)
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
The students had a busy week looking at a large collection of primary sources from the Civil War.  They participated in a socratic circle comparing and contrasting two Civil War recruitment posters; looked at artifacts about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first all African American regiment, and their impact on the Assault of Fort Wagner; compared President Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Addresses; and examined the events of the Confederate's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.  
Our Civil War Unit is drawing to a close with the test on Tuesday, December 5th.  There are study materials on Google Classroom as well as Homework Hotline. 

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
We covered a lot of content this week in science. We learned about the structure of chromosomes and discussed mitosis and meiosis with the goal of understanding why a human has 23 pairs of chromosomes, one of each pair from the mother and one from the father. We discussed how there are alleles on our chromosomes, each containing the instructions for a genetic trait and that we have one allele for a trait from each parent. We are now in the middle of evaluating two different models of inheritance, using what we know about the possible allele combinations and the data we collected growing Wisconsin Fast Plants, to determine which stem color is dominant and which is recessive. After we learn how to do this, we'll look at other models of inheritance for human traits and predict variations of offspring certain parents might produce. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
Students began chapter 5, which focuses on sequences. This week students explored sequences that are represented by exponential functions. Next week students will investigate, identify, and write arithmetic & geometric sequences. 

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, students explored new and different aspects of radicals such as rational exponents and imaginary numbers. Next week, we continue to work with imaginary and complex numbers with Quiz 8 on Thursday. We will begin our work with quadratics to round out 2017. Quiz 9 will be on Dec. 15th, so any students who will be gone that day should make arrangements to take the quiz ahead of time.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students are reviewing concepts related to self-esteem, empathy, and overcoming hardships and how these relate to one's overall health.  As the week comes to a close, we will be starting to watch the movie, "Freedom Writers," and analyze the behaviors of high schools student's who's environment dictates their behavior and health risks.  Have a great weekend.  

EspañolSra. Ogren
We continued to work on our verb of the week, "dar," (to give) while using indirect object pronouns. The students discussed what they would give others. We have also been working on vocabulary for describing what material an item bought at a Peruvian mercado would be made out of. We will continue to practice indirect object pronouns with our next verb of the week, "regalar," (to give a gift). 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students continued their review of adjectives. As a pre-assessment, students competed to give the correct forms of various adjectives. Students will use their new adjectives to describe their personal style. 

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
It has been a great start to our trimester of Improv!  We begin the class by creating a trusting, respectful, creative ensemble that is willing to support each other, have fun, and share ideas.  We've been playing a series of warm ups and exercises that build that ensemble.  Our first improv skill focus is on "Saying Yes" and supporting other student's ideas.  My drama classroom site includes more information about the class and what we are working on.  
Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students began working on a skill-building boot camp of their choice.  They will begin their open studio piece next week.

Chorus- Ms. Cvitkovic
Singers have been working on polishing up their music for the Gazebo Lighting this Saturday!


Monday: BBB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm
Tuesday: 8BBB Practice 7:00am
GBB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm
Wednesday: BBB @ Carl Sandburg 4:15/5:15pm
Thursday: GBB & Carl Sandburg 4:15/5:15pm
8BBB Practice 3:45-5:45, 7BBB Practice 5:45-7:00pm
Friday: NONE

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