8th Grade Weekly Updates



Interested in being a part of CROYA in High School?

Join us at the 8th grade Welcome Party and attend your first High School CROYA Meeting!

Who: Any 8th grade student!

Where: CROYA, 400 Hastings Rd, Lake Forest

When: Wednesday, May 16th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm!

We will have food, drinks, games, and FUN! Hope to see you there!

8th Grade Photo Collage
Just a reminder that the we are still collecting school age photos for the 8th grade slideshow.  Please feel free to email those photos to Mallory Jorgensen (mjorgensen@lb65.org).

Attached is the flyer from the LFHS Booster Store welcoming 8th grade families and letting them know they will be open special hours just for LBMS since graduation is later than the other middles schools.  I recall last year Nate allowed it to go in the advisory emails for the last few Fridays.  Hoping it can be added  5/18, 5/25 and 6/1.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any other info

News from the Nurse

There were not many absences early in the week.  The last two days, absences have increased. The primary reasons reported were low grade fevers, sore throats, allergy symptoms and stomach aches.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--National Dance Like a Chicken Day

Tuesday--National Chocolate Chip Day

Wednesday--National Sea Monkey Day

Thursday--MAP Testing; bring laptop and charger

Friday--MAP Testing; bring laptop and charger
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students this week finished a discussion about music during the Vietnam War looking at Pro and Anti War Music.  We began our last Unit of the year on Tuesday looking at the Civil Rights Movement where we looked at an assignment from ELA about Jim Crow Laws, in preparation for their reading To Kill A Mocking Bird.  The students then examined the story of Emmett Till, a 14 years old boy from Chicago who was killed in Mississippi for whistling at a White Woman - his story is said to have stirred the CR Movement into action after the two men who killed him were found not-guilty. 
This weekend and next week, Students will be examining the Movement by examining personal accounts of 12 major events and topics from this time.  We will be working on how we write history from personal perspectives and what is missing when that happens.  
Students are being assessed on the following standards:
  • Inquiry -- Gathering and Evaluating Sources to determine credibility of sources (SS.IS.4.6-8 MC)
  • History -- Perspectives: Analyze factors that influence the perspectives of people in historical eras (SS.H.2.6-8)
  • Civics -- Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights (SS.CV.3.6-8)

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
        This week in science we completed a lab investigation that showed how food molecules break down from complex molecules into simple molecules. We used iodine and Benedict's solution to show that a cracker starts as starch and breaks down into glucose while chewing. We determined that this is digestion and different from the cellular respiration, which gives us energy from food. We also examined data from a published study about proteins and determined that protein is used as building materials in our bodies. Next week, we'll see evidence that unused food molecules are stored as fat in our bodies and draw conclusions from our plant investigations. 
        There were no formal assessments this week. Our lessons were meant to work toward the following standards:

    MS-LS1-6. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

    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-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students completed a webquest over the Jim Crow era in preparation for reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Talk to your student about what they are learning! Students have been assigned a thematic idea to track within the novel and are reading to make a claim surrounding that idea. Next week, we will continue reading TKAM. 
    Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
    Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events
Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students continued exploring topics in chapters 11 & 6.  Students practiced analyzing data, finding the line of best fit by hand and with technology, and interpreting the correlation coefficient.  Next week, students will explore other measures of data, including box and whisker plots, as well as complete Spring MAP Testing on Thursday and Friday.

Standards Assessed in Chapter 11:

  • Standard 2: Analysis of Function Properties and Representations (F-IF.1, F-IF.2, F-IF.3, F-IF.5, F-IF.6, F-IF.9, F-LE.1b, F-LE.1c, F-LE.2, F-LE.3, F-LE.5)
  • Standard 3: Graph a variety of functions and apply/interpret those graphs in context (F-IF.4, F-IF.7a, F-IF.7b, F-IF.7e, F-IF.8b, F-LE.1a)
  • Standard 9: Represent data in various formats; create statistical models; interpret statistics in context and make predictions. (S-ID.1, S-ID.2, S-ID.3, S-ID.6a, S-ID.6b, S-ID.6c, S-ID.7, S-ID.8, S-ID.9)
HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we studied the use of properties to simplify and prove trigonometric ideas. Students have Quiz 20 next week assessing these 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.
Simplify trigonometric expressions using factoring, trigonometric identities, and properties.
Construct a viable proof for a trigonometric statement.

Next week, we will apply the properties and all of our old Algebra techniques to solving trig equations (Standard I12.4: 
Solve trigonometric equations using properties of trigonometry and algebra, including finding all solutions with the specified range. ). Students will also complete their Spring MAP test on Friday. Quiz 21 is May 22nd.

Health- Ms. Fink

Students will be discussing and analyzing the effects of prescription drugs on the teen brain and body. Students have watched the documentary, “Behind the Orange Curtain” which further discusses the dangers of prescription drug use.

As the week comes to a close, 8th grade students will learn more about the ill-effects of marijuana and how it can impair the teen brain and body.  Video: Marijuana and the Teenage Brain Video: Casual Marijuana Use and the Brain

Standards being 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.

EspañolSra. Ogren
Our verb of the week is "sentirse," or "to feel." It is a review of reflexive verbs and also provides an introduction to our final unit, Emergency Health. Students should have turned in their written paragraph this week. The students have been wrapping up the filming and editing of their telenovela this week. I am excited to watch them! Next week we will get started on our final unit!

Standards assessed this week: 
Standard 5: Presentational Language: 
The student can communicate information and express own thoughts in writing using sentences and series of sentences. 
Standard 6: Presentational Language: 
The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences.                         

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students practiced using the interrogative QUEL. It's a pretty straight forward concept but depends on knowing genders of nouns. Practicing QUEL gives students a timely review of previously learned vocabulary. Students then compared the uses of quel and que (which both mean What). Students also responded to another weekly oral prompt in which they chose to discuss if they like Lady Gaga, what celebrity might text them, if one can have a good conversation via text, or if they believe in miracles. 
Standards assessed
Interpersonal Language (speaking standard)
WL 1.3 Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
Interpretive Language (reading standard)
•  WL 2.8 Student can understand and interpret French through reading texts at an appropriate level 

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, we have completed our viewing of Apollo 13 and analyzing it's cinematic element:  cinematography, editing, lighting, and sound.  Next week the students will write a critical film review on their choice of one of the three films we have viewed in class. 
Standards assessed:
  • Re9.1.8a. Respond to a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence, personal aesthetics, and artistic criteria.

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian


BOBCAT CAMP HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE FALL! We will still run our summer camps in Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey, however the dates will now be in August! Camps will run Aug 6th-9th, and 13th-16th. 

Saturday: Track Sectionals @ Elk Grove HS 12:00PM
Monday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00
Tuesday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00
Wednesday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00
Thursday: Golf Match vs. Oak Grove @ Heather Ridge GC 4:00-6:30
Friday: NONE

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

8th Grade Service Project/Graduation T-shirts:

The 8th grade class will be doing a service project for Fill a Heart 4 Kids as part of graduation week celebrations. The service project committee will be offering "Class of 2022" graduation shirts as a way to raise funds to purchase food for survival backpacks for homeless youth. Fill a Heart is specifically requesting food, as donations dip in the summer and the need for survival backpacks are ever-present. The webstore is now open at https://lakebluffclassof2022.itemorder.com. The shirts are optional. But we think it would be special to see the students wearing their shirts on June 6th for the class picnic and service project. 

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

8th grade parents -- Don't let your students miss out on the Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt, which will be held next Friday, May 18th from 3:30pm-5:30pm. 8th grade students will race through downtown Lake Bluff following clues,  trying to win the Amazing Race as part of their graduation celebrations. Food and refreshments will be provided. Please encourage your students to sign up (through an email sent to them from Mr. Blackmer).


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.