8th Grade Weekly Updates

Announcements

PARCC Prep
Parents,
Please review the following test preparation strategies to incorporate at home before and during PARCC testing:
  • Mark down test days on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.
  • Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test.
  • Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school.
  • Let your child relax for a few hours before bedtime,
  • Communicate a positive attitude about testing.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Field Trip
This year we are excited take the entire 8th grade to see an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Students received a permission slip in Language Arts class, however, there is also an option to pay and give consent online. 
Online Payment: You can pay and give permission to attend on the District webstore ---> https://store.lb65.org/

There is NO service charge for any online payment.

Permission and the $15 cost is due by Wednesday, February 21st.

Musical Update- Wizard of Oz!

We know that sometimes rehearsal codes and locations can get confusing.  Please email Mrs. Olmstead or have your son or daughter ask us at school with any questions about rehearsals!  It is very important that all cast members attend all rehearsals to learn choreography, singing, and blocking unless they had a pre-arranged conflict or are out of school.  Our directors truly appreciate it!  Thank you to the parents who have signed up to create, donate, lend, or purchase items for our props needed for the show!  If you think you have something that can work, please email Mrs. Olmstead at aolmstead@lb65.org.  The musical website has a link for the webstore for purchasing items- tickets can be purchased online starting on March 12th.   The March rehearsal calendar will be available online on Friday, February 16th and in print on Tuesday, February 20th.  Have a great weekend, We’re off to see the Wizard!

News from the Nurse

The “Influenza Like Illness”  continues to create absences for both students and staff.  I did not receive report of any confirmed cases of Influenza this week.  There was one reported case of Strep in the eighth grade.  A few students were absent due to the GI virus; this bug seems to be exiting the building at this time.

Please remember that all Washington D.C. medications and forms need to be submitted to the health office by 9am Monday! Thank you.

 Stay safe and warm this weekend!



Next Week at a Glance

Monday--DC Prep in SS/Sci/WL Block

Tuesday--DC Trip; Meet at LBMS for 5:00 a.m. departure

Wednesday--DC Trip

Thursday--DC Trip; Return to LBMS 
                    expected between 7:15 & 8:15 pm

Friday--No School, Tri-District Inservice Day
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week, students have been examining the Eight Stages of Genocide looking at Armenian, Holodomor Famine, Cambodian, Bosnian, Rwandan, Darfurian genocides.  The one students will take an in-depth look at the Holocaust in preparation for the class trip to Washington, DC.  I encourage you to speak with your student about these historic genocides, many occurring in our lifetimes. 
A good portion of our week focused on the class' upcoming trip to Washington, DC researching the different sites, memorials, and monuments we will be visiting.  Students will present their findings to their classmates on Monday.  
 
Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week we started a new unit! It's called How Does It Move? and will focus on force and motion. We began the week with a review of energy transfer by looking at the Magnetic Cannon and Newton's Cradle, and discussing how energy is transferred through each apparatus. Students also guessed which components were involved in motion and which were putting forces on each other. We also spent some time discussing the differences between contact forces and forces acting at a distance. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
Wegrzyn
This week in Language Arts, we began reading A Midsummer Night's Dream dream and completed the first four acts. Students were introduced to each act by acting out improv scenes to prepare students for what was to come. This preview technique is borrowed from Shakespeare himself who often told viewers exactly what was to come before a given play began. Next week, we will finish A Midsummer Night's Dream just in time for students to travel to Washington D.C.! On March 9th, students will experience a trip to Chicago to see A Midsummer Night's Dream performed live! 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students continued learning and practicing strategies for factoring polynomials. We also began exploring applications of quadratic equations and ways to solve quadratic equations. We will continue in this chapter next week and the week following the Washington DC trip.

HSAATH- 
Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we finished up our work with conics and began exploring polynomial functions. We will continue our work with these functions and roots after the DC trip with Quiz 13 on Feb. 22nd.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students will be finishing up their Blog sites and getting ready to begin the human sexuality unit.  As we finish up the trimester, we will be discussing various aspects to human sexuality with a review in the human anatomy, the life cycle, the LGBTQ community, and HIV/AIDS.  Have a great weekend. 

EspañolSra. Ogren
Our verb of the week was "acostarse," or "to go to bed." We are practicing describing daily routines by using reflexive verbs. We are also beginning a review of stem changing verbs like "acostarse." The dialogue this week centered around the things you do to get ready for bed. During the DC break, students are encouraged to practice their vocabulary, especially their picture cards. 


Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students are learning weather vocabulary. They use it to talk about their favorite season, months, and places to live. At the end of the week, they will create a Mardi Gras display in the STEAM area by decorating the wall of windows with a Mardi Gras theme! Pairs of students will create a design and then execute their plan using window paints! You'll be able to see if from the east parking lot!

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Improv, the students are receiving feedback on how they deal with obstacles in an improv scene.  We are working on using character development, environment, generating ideas, and supporting partners to make a scene successful when given an obstacle such as speaking in gibberish while being given subtitles by another player.  Next week the students will begin researching improv "long forms" (longer, story-based improv exercises) that they will facilitate with the class as partners.  Have a great weekend!

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students continued to work on their scale and ratio drawings.  Once they are done with the contours, they have the challenge of either filling in values with pencil or paint. 




Athletics

There are NO IM's this week, however 6th BOYS IM Basketball is now CO-ED! Any girls interested in Intramural basketball can come Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the following week at 7:00AM.

Monday: BVB @ Northwood 4:30/5:30 (8th Plays 1st!)
Tuesday: NONE
Wednesday: NONE
Thursday: NONE
Friday: NONE



 After School Activities 

 PTO News
Save the Date -- May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Preparation is underway for our bi-annual fundraising event. This year, the PTO is excited to be hosting it’s first Lake Bluff PTO Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party, which will take place on May 19th on the greens of the Lake Bluff Golf Course followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. Mark your calendars now so that you can join in on the fun! More information is to come, but the day is shaping up to be a rockin' time. 

8th Grade Graduation
The 8th Grade Graduation Committee could still use a few helping hands. The ceremony date is set for Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 pm with a dance immediately following at the Winter Club. The PTO is looking for a few more parents to volunteer for the planning committee, and more specifically to help with the dance. If you're interested, please contact Ann Kozel (annkozel@hotmail.com) or Michelene Tomek (mtomek@lfschools.net). Your help is greatly appreciated. 
 
Spirit Wear
Love the look of Lake Bluff's spirit wear? The PTO has stocked spirit wear items for sale at Hub & Cycle in Lake Bluff throughout the year. Go to http://www.lbhubandcycle.com for store information. 

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