8th Grade Weekly Updates


Wizard of Oz-Weekly Update!

Musical Update:  Wizard of Oz!

Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 12th via the school webstore!  There is also a link for the webstore on the musical website.  The cast calendar for April will be available by Friday, March 16th on the website and printed for students.  

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

Spring Break
Spring Break is the week of March 26-April 2. If your child is leaving early, please inform the office ahead of time and help your child arrange to turn in all work and take all quizzes/tests ahead of time. Many teachers try to wrap things up a bit before we go on long breaks. Leaving loose ends before a vacation can be stressful for kids.

News from the Nurse
The health office was very busy this week.  Many students were complaining of nausea, some with vomiting.  Many students were complaining about headaches; about half of those students felt better after being given a snack and water.  I am legally prohibited from administering Tylenol or ibuprofen to a student unless I receive a medication authorization form signed by both a parent and healthcare provider.  Please complete the form (found on our website) if you would like your student to take medication at school.  
Finally, about six students were absent this week with "Influenza like Illness", there were no confirmed reports of Influenza.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--Social Studies Great Depression/New Deal Podcast/Movie Due

Tuesday-- National Ear Muff Day

Wednesday--PI DAY!!!!   Early Release (2:10 dismissal)

Thursday--Literary Magazine Informational Meeting 8:00 a.m. in cafeteria

Friday--Trimester 2 report cards go home
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students have been finishing up our unit on the Great Depression and the New Deal focusing on the programs put in place for reform, recovery, and relief as well as looking at the leadership of FDR through his famous Fireside Chats.  Students will be completing their Unit Assessment by creating a podcast or movie to answer essential questions about the Roaring 20's, the Great Depression, and the New Deal.  The assignment instructions and notes can be found on Homework Hotline and is due on Monday, 3/12.  
Stating on Monday students will be diving into one of our biggest Units - World War II where we will work in collaboration with Language Arts in the historical fiction unit to add more content to their book selection and overall units.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week, we talked about the forces involved in motion and made some free body diagrams to help us predict and explain motion. We also used digital force probes to measure force and figured out how to calculate weight if we knew the mass of an object and vice versa. Next week, we'll talk about friction, slowing down, and stopping motion. There will be a test on force and motion on Wednesday 3/21.

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
Last week in Language Arts, students transitioned from studying A Midsummer Night's Dream to Historical Fiction Book Clubs. We celebrated our completion of the Shakespearean play at Navy Pier viewing the live production on Friday! Earlier in the week, students heard book chats about their historical fiction book club options and chose their first book. The first book needs to be completed before Spring Break! Encourage your student(s) to read at home. 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students continued practicing how to use the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations. Students also had an opportunity to retake several critical standards from the past chapter. Next week we'll focus on solving and graphing inequalities.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we got our first introduction to exponentials & logarithms. We start next week with Quiz 15, then begin exploring the properties of logarithms and how they can be useful in solving equations with exponentials and logs. Quiz 16 will be March 21st.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have been finishing up their final project by presenting their information to the class.  As the week comes to a close, the trimester is ending.  On Monday, March 12, current health students will return to PE for the final 12-weeks of school.  Have a great weekend.

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we started our new unit on the Spanish Telenovela (or soap operas). We began by learning some vocabulary to use. The verb of the week is the verb, "estar," or "to be." We have been practicing using it to describe feelings, and also using it to create the present progressive tense. The paragraph for this verb will be due on Monday because of the field trip today. Next week we will continue our unit as well as get ready for the AAPPL test. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students continued their correspondence with their pen pals. This week's lesson revolved around comparing our daily lives to daily life in France. Students also had the chance to respond to their penpal, asking questions and making observations about each other's daily lives. Students also worked on forming good questions in French. Being able to ask for information is key to communication. This week students added question words to the mix in order to get or give a more detailed response. Next week we'll do some preparation for the AAPPL test. 

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
It has been a fantastic trimester of Improv!  For the final week we continued to work on long form performances, which involved connecting multiple scenes through storylines, characters, and themes.   Please feel free to ask your student about some of the games and exercises we played in class, they work well at home with the family too!  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students are starting to wrap up the trimester by writing their artist statement and preparing their work for display.  


Monday: 7th BVB Tournament Pool Play @ Millburn
8th BVB Practice 3:45-5:15pm
Tuesday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
8th BVB Tournament Pool Play @ Deerpath
7th BVB Practice 3:45-5:15pm (If advancing to semi's and finals)
Wednesday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
BVB Semi's and Finals (If qualifying) 8th @ Millburn / 7th @ Deerpath
Thursday: 6th COED IM Volleyball 7:00 -8:20AM
Friday: NONE

 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.