8th Grade Weekly Updates


Spring Break
Spring Break is March 26-April 2 this year. If you haven't yet let the office know of any preplanned absences for your child, please do so as soon as possible. Students who will miss tests and due dates because of these absences must make arrangements to turn in work and take tests ahead of time. As is usually the case, many teachers are wrapping things up next week and there are a number of assessments taking place. Thank you.

Upcoming LFHS APT meeting
Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Raymond Moore Auditorium at Lake Forest High School
Event: "Unofficial Guide to Freshman Year - Class of 2022" - LFHS staff, as well as current LFHS parents, will provide information and answer questions to help parents prepare for their student's transition to LFHS.
Hosted By: Lake Forest High School Association of Parents & Teachers aka LFHS APT
All parents of current 8th graders are invited to attend.

Baby Pictures
Please send your child’s baby photo to school ASAP to be used for Baby Photo Contest as a part of 8th grade graduation celebration.

- Size of the photo:  5”/ 7" or 4”/ 6” 
- Write your child’s name on the back 
- Age 0-12mo
- Copies preferred (if you need it back, include self addressed and stamped envelope)
- Drop off at the office with April Thomas

Pictures will be picked up periodically as they come in.

Wizard of Oz Update 3.16

Premium tickets are now sold out!  General admission tickets can continue to be purchased through the school webstore.  In addition, if your child would like to purchase a T-Shirt, Rehearsal Dinner Pizza, and/or a Shout, it can be purchased at the same time. The program process will begin immediately after Spring Break, so any shout out you would like in the program should be included with your next order (if you haven't done so already).  The April calendar is ready to go live.  There will be printed copies for the students on Monday and Mrs. Olmstead will send a PDF of just April via email on Monday.  Please remember that there are no conflicts the two weeks before the show. If you have any questions, please contact aolmstead@lb65.org. Thank you so much for being a part of the production!

Schedule Week of Musical:

Monday April 16th- Act 1 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 2 only do not need to attend)

Tuesday April 17th- Act 2 Dress Rehearsal until 6pm (cast who are in Act 1 only do not need to attend)

Wednesday April 18th- All Cast Dress Rehearsal and Dinner until 8pm

Thursday April 19th- All cast bows until 5pm

Friday April 20th- musical call times start at 5pm before 7pm performance (specific call times TBD)

Standards Based Reporting Parent Night 3/20/18

Please join us Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for an Standards Based Reporting Parent Night.  The purpose of this event is to communicate and build understanding around best practices in grading. We will be reading and discussing the article Will Letter Grades Survive (Edutopia) on Tuesday evening. If interested, we ask that you RSVP here.  Questions? Contact Principal, Nate Blackmer nblackmer@lb65.org or Assistant Principal, Kellie Bae kbae@lb65.org

News from the Nurse

I'm happy to report that overall absences due to illness definitely decreased this week. There is still some significant illness lingering in the building. There were two confirmed cases of Influenza this week, one was a staff member, the other an 8th grade student. The "Influenza like Virus" is still present, but definitely diminished. There were also a few absences due to nausea.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday - National Poultry Day

Tuesday - International Earth Day

Wednesday - Force and Motion Test in Science

Thursday -- Social Studies DBQ Essay Due

Friday - National Chip and Dip Day
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week, students have been the exploring different ways the Home Front influenced the War effort and soldiers fighting abroad.  The students have watched one of the segments from Frank Capra's Why We Fight and how movies were not only used for entertainment and instilling American ideals and patriotism but also used to inform the public about the War effort.  Students analyzed key terms dealing with the Home Front focusing on the application of vocabulary in historical context.  The students were introduced to their second Document Based Question assignment about the Japanese Internment during World War II and will complete their essays before leaving on Spring Break.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week students have finished up their Force and Motion lessons as we're nearing next Wednesday's unit test. They've done labs on how friction slows and stops objects, the different between static and dynamic friction, changing direction, and changing speed. We'll review a bit on Monday and Tuesday before the test on Wednesday. Hopefully, everyone picked up one of the study guides that's been offered in class every day this week!

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students started reading their historical fiction book club books to compliment their study of World War II in Social Studies. Students have set aggressive reading goals for themselves and could use all the parent encouragement that they can get at home! Our hope is to read 3-4 historical fiction books over as many weeks. Next week we'll continue reading and hopefully jump into our second book before Spring Break. Ask your student what they're learning about World War II and historical fiction reading! 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students continued learning about inequalities. We've practiced solving inequalities in one variable, graphing linear inequalities, and graphing systems of linear inequalities. Next week, we'll spend some time reviewing prior to the Chapter 9 Team Test on Wed 3/21 and the Chapter 9 individual Test on Thurs 3/22.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week has been dedicated to exploring the properties and usefulness of the log function in solving equations. Next week, we will wrap up this unit with natural log and change of base. Quiz 16 is on Wednesday, and then we begin our work with sequences and series!
Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health marks the beginning of a new trimester.  Students should have brought home a permission slip for the Human Sexuality unit, permission slip for the movie, "Freedom Writers," both to be signed by a parent or guardian and the Health Syllabus which indicates each unit we will be discussing throughout the trimester.  As the week moves onward, students are reviewing terms such as empathy, self-esteem, overall health, the four types of health, and the influences on one's overall health. Have a great weekend.
EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we have been continuing to work on vocabulary for our Telenovela unit. Our verb of the week is the verb "oír," (to hear). Next week, we will be taking the AAPPL test, which measures the students' proficiency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week students requested a review of the passé composé in order to be well prepared for AAPPL test. We did several activities with the past tense, mostly using it in conversation. Next week, we will be taking the AAPPL test, which measures the students' proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. 

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, as a class we identified what makes a movie "good" or "bad" by taking a survey about what we like about movies, our favorites, which movies we've seen, etc. which will lead into an identification of the three elements of film:  literary, dramatic, and cinematic.  All students were given a permission slip that is required to be returned before viewing our first film next Thursday.  Have a great weekend!

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese
It's another exciting trimester in the STEAM lab!  By this point, most students have taken STEAM in the past and are familiar with expectations, materials, and how to use their digital project planners as a way to reflect and gather evidence during the engagement.  All students have already gotten underway!  Feel free to visit our class STEAM website for more information on the engagements offered.  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian


 After School Activities 

 PTO News

Save the Date -- May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party
 (flyer attached)

The Lake Bluff PTO is excited to be hosting its first Lake Bluff Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party. It will take place May 19thon the greens of Lake Bluff Golf Club followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. This is a community-wide fundraiser to benefit Lake Bluff students and schools. Tickets will be available for purchase three ways: Golf Scramble, After-Party or a combination of both. More details to follow, but the day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, silent auction and live music from local favorite Bushwood!

Volunteer for the LBMS PTO 

Would you like to be more involved with the LBMS PTO? We are working on filling the LBMS PTO slate for next school year. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Megan Michael at mmichael11@comcast.net. 

Want More Information?

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