8th Grade Weekly Updates

LFHS Sports Camps - Future Camps
Please see the links below for information about the Summer Camps for sports teams at Lake Forest High School open to incoming Freshman.  For registration information, click 


Future Scouts Camp

Summer Internship Opportunity

Are you interested in pursuing a career in education?  Are you interested in giving back to the Lake Bluff Community?  Apply to be a classroom intern for the Lake Bluff Elementary School Summer School Program! This internship experience is provided through a joint effort of Lake Bluff District 65 and the Lake Forest High School ScoutIntern program. You will gain valuable classroom experience while working with young students as they begin their academic careers.  

Start the application process by contacting Mr. Sullivan at Lake Forest High School at jsullivan@lfschools.net or 847-582-7702.

Lost and Found
The LBMS lost and found is over flowing and the end of the year is approaching.  Please be aware that any items currently in the lost and found will be donated to charity on Friday May 25th.  Please encourage your student check the lost and found for anything items that may belong to them.

News from the Nurse
Seasonal allergies are making many students (and staff) miserable!  Symptoms for some are severe enough to cause an absence.  If your student needs to take allergy medicine to control their symptoms, please remind them to take it prior to coming to school. Early in the week, there were a few absences due to stomach upset; that seems to have subsided.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--National Police Week

Tuesday--Buy a Musical Instruments Day

Wednesday--Chorus Concert, Art Show

Thursday--Band Concert, Art Show

Friday--Bluffer Assembly
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students have been working on writing history according to the perspectives of the people who experienced a range of significant events during the Civil Rights Movement.  Students will be taking personal narratives of events and topics such as the March on Washington, the Selma Freedom March, Little Rock Nine, and Children's Crusade and defining these events based solely on accounts and photographs to evaluate perspective to write their own chapter about the Civil Rights Movement.  
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)
Next week students will be looking at today's Civil Rights issues examining different social injustices and how each relates to the student's every day lives. 

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week in science we've been doing investigations to find evidence for the reactants and products of photosynthesis. We will continue this for a couple of days next week and have a quiz on photosynthesis on Friday. 
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.
Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in English Language Arts, students continued reading To Kill a Mockingbird while tracking their assigned theme. Talk to your student(s) about what they are learning about the Great Depression, prejudice and education in the 1930s, or anything you remember from reading TKAM. Our final MAP testing session in ELA  occurred on Thursday and Friday. Next week, we'll continue analyzing and learning from To Kill a Mockingbird. 
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2 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.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students continued exploring topics in chapter 11.  Students practiced analyzing data by finding the mean, median, mode, and interquartile range. Students also practiced making histograms and box and whisker plots to represent data. On Thursday & Friday, students completed Spring MAP Testing. Next week, students will explore standard deviation and complete challenges that integrate data analysis and algebraic strategies.

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, students worked on taking all of the old algebra skills of factoring, simplifying, and equation and applying them to solving equations with trig ratios! They completed their math MAP test. On Monday, students will do a quick 10 question review of concepts learned during the last few chapters. On Tuesday, students have Quiz 21 covering these standards:


Solve trigonometric equations using properties of trigonometry and algebra, including finding all solutions with the specified range.


Simplify trigonometric expressions using factoring, trigonometric identities, and properties.

Health- Ms. Fink

Teens and Alcohol's Effects. Activities that depict alcohol use and impair physical and mental processes. Alcohol WebQuest. Introduce BLOG/Website writing to explain the effects of various different types of drugs, including alcohol. Standards 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
We have started out final unit this week! This unit, "La Salud" is all about health and what to do in case of a medical emergency. We have been reviewing the parts of the body and using "doler" to say that a body part hurts. We also learned some common medical ailments like cold, fever, cough, etc. Our Friday dialogue required students to talk about parts of the body that are hurting. Next week will be our final verb of the week, "romperse," or "to break." 
This week students were also given a permission slip to bring home for our Spanish field trip on Tuesday, June 5. We will be having lunch at Longitud315 in Highwood. Please let me know if you need a copy of the permission slip. 
Standards assessed this week: 
Standard 1: 
Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
Standard 2: Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations.
Standard 4: Student can understand written main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of texts.
Standard 6: The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences.                         

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students worked on mastering the demonstrative adjectives (this/that and these/those). This year has had a lot of agreement constructions so students picked up this concept realtively quickly. Students gave their opinions on various things saying whether they liked this or that and also practiced the forms in writing. Students also completed the next oral response based on the weekly reading. In this response students could discuss what they're afraid of, what they think of self-driving cars, or if they would like a talking car!
Standards addressed:
WL 1.3 Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
WL 1.5 Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations 
WL 3.4  The student can communicate information and own ideas on various topics in writing using sentences and connected sentences.  

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, the students finished composing film reviews about one of the films we viewed in class.  The reviews focus on a critique of the cinematic, literary, and dramatic elements of the film, actor performances, message of the film, what type of audience the film is recommended to, and an overall rating.  Our next unit is on the Hero's Journey in film.  We began by looking at Joseph Campbell's (author of A Hero with A Thousand Faces) interpretation of the stages of the hero's journey and how that manifests in stories from mythology to popular films.  We will be watching Star Wars:  A New Hope which is based on the hero's journey. 
National Core Arts Standards Assessed: 
  • Re7.1.8a. Apply criteria to the evaluation of artistic choices in a drama/theatre work
  • Re8.1.8c. Apply personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs to evaluate a drama/theatre work.
  • Re9.1.8a. Respond to a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence, personal aesthetics, and artistic criteria.

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on their open studio piece.  Next week we will prepare for the Art Show! Please come support our talented students on Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th for two nights celebrating the Fine Arts!

National Core Art Standards Assessed:

  • VA:Cr1.1: Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.

  • VA:Cr1.2: Ideas are original, unique, creative and show personally relevant content.

  • VA:Cr2.1a: Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.

  • VA:Cr2.1b: Artist demonstrates willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.

  • VA:Cr2.3: Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.

Band- Mr. Beese
Just a reminder that the Spring Band Concert is Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 pm. Call time is 6:45 pm.


 After School Activities 

 PTO News

8th Grade Service Project/Graduation T-shirts:

Last chance to order 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 ordering is 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. 

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

Come “Scramble” with us this Saturday. Tickets are still available at: tinyurl.com/LBPTOgolfparty. Can’t join us for golf or the after-party? Bring the kids out to the family-friendly Ball Drop. “Looking For Jane” will be playing and Canopy Trees will drop more than 2000 balls from a crane onto the green at 11:00am to see who will be the lucky $1000 prize winner. “Bushwood” will be rocking the golf tent later in the night at the 19th Hole After-Party. From the ball drop to the after-party, it’s shaping up to be a fun-filled day to celebrate and support our schools in Lake Bluff. Hope to see you on the greens.

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. 

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