8th Grade Weekly Updates


Croya Spring Dance

 Next week is our annual Wellness Week!  This campaign is designed to create awareness for students, staff, and parents surrounding the importance of physical, mental, and emotional wellness.  Check out the week's calendar of events, a helpful handout on the rise and risk of e-cigs/vaping, and this great article on how to help your child thrive in today's world.  Contact Mrs. Quick with any questions!

Incoming Freshman Students,
Lake Forest High School offers a number of “Bridge Courses” to help you to be better prepared for your high school experience.   These courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and resources to successfully reach your academic goals. If you are interested, please see the attached catalog or visit our summer school online registration page.  Registration ends May 1, 2018.

News from the Nurse

Reasons for absences were varied this week.  There were a few fevers, colds with coughs, a few stomach bugs with vomiting, and one positive Strep throat.  

Next Week at a Glance

Monday -- Wellness Week Sweats Day

Tuesday -- Wellness Week Mismatch or Backwards Day

Wednesday -- Wellness Week Hat or Headband Day

Thursday -- Wellness Week Bluffer Wear Day

Friday -- No School
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Last week, students started their Cold War unit by dissecting the song 'We Didn't Start The Fire' by Billy Joel looking at the 120 Cold War terms examining their significance and how the terms connect to each other and in the broader context of the era.  This ties directly to the standard: 
Change,Continuity, and Context: analyzing the connections among events and developments in broader historical context (SS.H.1.6-8). Students will continue to study events of the Cold War, particularly the conflicts we found ourselves in, including the Vietnam and Korean Wars, as well the Cuban Missile Crisis.  One important topic we will be discussing next week is the Anti-War movement in the US, specifically looking at Kent State and the protests in Washington DC.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week we set up plant investigations as we determine the chemical reaction they're using to make food, what they need to grow, and whether or not they perform the same chemical reaction with food that we do. We also made models of different food molecules (fat, protein, and carbs). There will be a quiz next week covering the following standards:

MS-LS1-7. Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. Wegrzyn
This week we finished the historical fiction unit and started drafting graduation speeches.  All students will write and present a speech in class.  There will be a voting and nomination process that will determine the speakers for 8th grade graduation.   


Write to develop real experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week we concluded Chapter 10 by learning about systems of quadratic equations as well as absolute value and quadratic inequalities. To help review, the Chapter 10 Team Challenge took place this week. The Chapter 10 Individual Test will take place on Monday (4/30). In Chapter 11, students will investigate data analysis and statistics.
Standards Assessed in Chapter 10:
  • 4) Operations & Polynomials (F-IF.8a, A-APR.1)

  • 5) Linear Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.1, A-CED.3, A-CED.4, A-REI.1, A-REI.3)

  • 6) Systems of Equations & Inequalities (A-CED.2, A-REI.5, A-REI.6, A-REI.7, A-REI.10, A-REI.11, A-REI.12)

  • 7) Quadratic Situations & Equations (A-REI.4b, A-SSE.3a, A-SSE3b)

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we wrapped up our first section of trigonometry on right triangle relationships and trig values. Quiz 18 is on Monday, assessing the following standards:
Find trigonometric values, including reference angles, co-terminal angles, unit circle.
Apply properties of right triangles and trigonometry to determine missing sides or angles; includes modeling scenarios and interpreting solutions in context.
Following the quiz, we will dedicate next week to graphing trigonometric functions, Standard I12.3: Write and graph trigonometric functions; identify key characteristics of a function (period, amplitude, asymptotes).

Health- Ms. Fink

Eighth grade students have been working on their "Give Your Best Advice" Video, where they have to use all of the information from the mental and emotional health unit to provide advice to one who is struggling with their level of mental health, emotional health, stress, anxiety or depression. Projects were due on Thursday, 4/26. The following standards were assessed:

  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  
  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. 
  • Standard #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks. 
  • Standard #5: Demonstrate and identify circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision-making skills.
  • Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
EspañolSra. Ogren
This week, the students wrapped up the telenovela, "Cuidado con el Ángel." Students also reviewed vocabulary and phrases from this unit with a vocabulary review game. The students took a quiz today and also began work on creating their own telenovelas. Next week, they will work with their groups to generate ideas, incorporating at least two of the four themes we talked about in this unit. Each student will be responsible for one major speaking scene. 
Standards Assessed this week: 
Interpersonal Speaking: 
Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
1.2: Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations.
Interpretive Language: 
Student can understand spoken main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of sources. 
Presentational Language: 
The student can communicate information and express own thoughts in writing using sentences and series of sentences. 
3.2: The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences.                         

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French we talked and talked about food!! Kids love to talk about what they like to eat and even more so what they don't like to eat! Students used their vocabulary in context talking about their perfect salad or their perfect pizza. They described what they like on their ice cream and what kind of yogurt they eat. Students also learned words to describe foods, like salty or sweet. The highlight of the week was a rousing game of CRANIUM where students drew, acted out, or drew blindly the vocab words and their partner had to write the vocab word (if they could figure it out!). On Friday, students did their next oral prompt talking about how they feel about going to or having parties. 
Students worked on the following standards:
   •WL 1.2   Student actively engages in conversations with others. 
   •WL 1.4   Student can apply class material to conversation. 
   •WL 2.4  Student can understand and interpret French through listening to spoken word                    at an appropriate level. 
    •WL 3.6  The student can present information and ideas orally on various topics using                        sentences 
Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students finished building their Raku piece for our workshop on Thursday, May 10.  To find out more about Raku, check out this informational slideshow with videos of our LBMS workshop from previous years.  The permission slip for the workshop is here.
National Core Art Standards Assessed: 


Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.


Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.


Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.


Artist understands and takes inspiration for artmaking from current or historical global sources. Artist can discuss the meaning, motivation, or historical significance of their inspiration.


Monday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00pm (Weather Permitting)
Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm
Tuesday: Golf Practice and/or Play Date 3:45-6:30pm (Weather Permitting)
Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm
Wednesday: Golf Practice and/or Play Date 3:45-6:30pm (Weather Permitting)
Track Practice 3:45 - 5:00pm
Thursday: Golf @ Oak Grove 4:00pm (Heather Ridge Golf Course)
Track @ Libertyville HS 4:30pm
Friday: NONE
Saturday: Track Conference Meet @ North Chicago 8:00AM

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

8th Grade Social, Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt, on Friday, May 18

8th grade parents -- mark your calendars now so your student's don't miss out on the Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt. Friday, May 18th from 3:30pm-5:30pm 8th grade students will race through downtown Lake Bluff following clues and trying to with the Amazing Race as part of their graduation celebrations. Food and refreshments will be provided. Free to students. 


May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Everyone is invited to the PTO's first Lake Bluff Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party. It will take place May 19th on 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 are now available for purchase (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-bluff-pto-golf-scramble-and-19th-hole-after-party-tickets-44784702250?). You do not have to golf to join in on the fun. Tickets can be purchased three ways: Golf only ($100), after-party only ($75) or both ($150). The day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, a silent auction and live music from 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.