8th Grade Weekly Updates


MAP Testing
8th grade students have their final round of MAP testing next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that students have a charged laptop each day AND bring their chargers! There will be no chargers or laptops to loan students who forget to bring what is needed.

Band Concert - Tuesday, May 19 - 7:00 pm (Call time 6:45 pm)

Chorus Concert - Wednesday, May 20 - 7:00 pm (Call time 6:30 pm)

Field Trip to Brookfield Zoo
8th graders were given permissions slips this week for a field trip to Brookfield Zoo, set to take place on Tuesday, June 2. The cost of the trip is $15, which includes lunch and transportation. The signed Permission slip and payment is due to the office by next Friday.

Graduation Announcements
It’s not too late to send in pictures, kudos/planter/lunch orders!   Please return order forms as soon as possible. 

Odyssey of the Mind World Competition
On May 20-23, eight LBMS students will be competing at the Odyssey of the Mind Word Competition at Michigan State University.  Odyssey of the Mind is an international organization that was founded over 25 years ago based on the principle of creative problem solving.  In order to compete, teams of students select a problem and must create and present their solution through a creative performance.  No adult input is allowed in the design process.  The students are responsible for all ideas and all construction of props and devices.  The two teams representing LBMS placed 1st and 2nd in the State of Illinois competition and will now represent our state at the World Competition.

We believe the best way for students and parents to keep track of student progress via our PowerSchool portal. 

Summer Programming: Registration for our Kaleidoscope program is still underway, and must be completed by TODAY to avoid a $100.00 late fee.  To learn more, click here to see our variety of fun and educational options.  Classes will run Monday through Thursday, June 15-July 9 from 8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Please contact Carly Quick with any questions or concerns at cquick@lb65.org.  We hope to see you this summer! 

Next Week  Advisory at a Glance

Monday--8th Grade Boys Chorus Rehearsal

Tuesday--All Chorus Rehearsal

Wednesday--PowerSchool and Missing Work 

Thursday--Bluffer Assembly

Friday--Bluffer Field Day (p.m. assembly 
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. Schuetz
Students are preparing presentations for next week.  Today's class time was an opportunity to practice presenting.  Those who were not ready to practice today should definitely find another time outside of class to practice the presentation and class activity before presenting next week. I am looking forward to the students' energy and creativity as they share what they have learned next week!

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week in science, students were introduced to a variety of fossilization types and examined some mock-ups of fossil footprints to see how conclusions about organisms that live in the past can be made by examining trace fossils. Students also made observations of a variety of actual fossils and drew some conclusions about those now extinct organisms. Students also learned about the different paths of evolution that mammoths, Asian elephants, and African elephants have taken. Finally, we discussed change over time and how DNA and fossil evidence supports the theory of evolution. Next week, we will look more closely at natural selection and the fossil evidence showing how whales, evolved from now-extinct land mammals.

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. McNicholas
Students watched the 2013 film version of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann.  Additionally, students read Fitzgerald's short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", which will be used to model writing an essay on author's craft.  Students began working on these essays at the end of the week, and they will continue working on them through next week.  Final essays will be due on Tuesday, May 26.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
We learned the quadratic formula this week - ask your child to sing it! Next week, we have MAP testing on Tuesday (4/5 and 8/9) and Wednesday (3/4 and 7/8). We will apply the formula to solving word problems, ending with a final Quist (part quiz, part quest) on Friday, May 22nd.

HSAATH - Mrs. Komac
We spent time focusing on properties of trigonometric functions, using them to rewrite and work with numbers. Ask your child how working with properties can be like cleaning a bedroom! Next week, we will prove with properties, with the final quiz for this theme on Friday, May 22nd. MAP testing will occur on Tuesday (4/5) and Wednesday (7/8).

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have been reviewing the terminology of the male and female reproductive system.  As the week comes to a close, we will be discussing the ill-effects of teen pregnancy and the benefits of remaining abstinent.  Have a great weekend.  

Sra. Ogren
This week we reviewed how to use possessive adjectives and also practiced vocabulary for our health unit. Our verb of the week was "romperse" (to break) which is used in case someone breaks a bone. We also went on our field trip to Longitud315 and enjoyed a South American inspired lunch!

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students learned about the correct placement of adjectives; most adjectives go after the noun, but a small amount go before. We combined that material with what we already know about adjective agreement. Students now know everything about adjectives! Next week, we start with the passé composé.

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students finished the film Apollo 13 and our study of the cinematic element of film.  Students began working on taking on the role of film critic by writing a review of one of the first three films we have watched in class.  The review will include a summary (without spoilers!), an analysis and evaluation of the elements studied in class, and their opinion and rating using evidence from the film.  

Visual Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

8th grade art students enjoyed our raku workshop this week!  Everyone’s pieces came out beautifully.  They finished up their artist statement for this experience and began to focus on prepping for our art show next week.  The annual art show coincides with the band and chorus concerts on Tuesday, 5.19 and Wednesday, 5.20 beginning at 7:00pm.  Please come support our incredible artists and performers.


Monday: Golf Practice 3:45pm
Tuesday: Golf Practice 3:45pm
Wednesday: ALPHA Golf @ Lake Bluff Golf Course 4:00pm
Thursday: Golf @ Heather Ridge Golf Course 4:00pm
Friday: None

Bobcat Camp information is online! Check the website to download the flyer!

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