8th Grade Weekly Updates

Earth Week Success
Thank you LBMS families for making our Earth Week a success!  Last week the LBMS Environmental Club collected 10,527 items.  We donated 422 books to Bernie's Book Bank, 7,102 crayons to The Crayon Initiative and 3,003 plastic bags went to a local recycling program.  

8th grade class t-shirts are coming!  Look for the link to the shirt and the webstore in next week's newsletter!

Chess Club Chess club will be holding a meeting after school on Tuesday, May 8th, from 3:30 to 4:30pm in Mrs. Twohig's room. All are welcome

Laptop Misuse
8th grade teachers are cracking down on off-task use of computers during class time. Between now and June 1, the day when laptops will be turned in, students who are off-task with their computers will risk having their computers taken away for the class period (1st offense), the day (2nd offense), to use only with a teacher pass (3rd offense), or indefinitely (4th offense). 

Community Service Awards Application
Each year, two Lake Bluff 8th graders are given community service awards, The Kathleen O'Hara Award and the Robert Rolek Award. The application for both awards is identical. The O'Hara Award generally goes to someone who has been most active here in Lake Bluff/Knollwood, while the Rolek award typically considers community service across a wider geographic range. Applications are due next Friday, May 11 and can be found by clicking the link here. Lake Bluff Community Service Awards Application

News from the Nurse
I'm sorry to report that this week's warm weather did not completely eliminate illness at LBMS.  There were two common reasons for absence this week.  One was a low to mid-grade fever that lasts 2-3 days. The other was a stomachache with significant fatigue; some students also experienced some vomiting.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday -- Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday -- National Teacher's Day

Wednesday -- National School Nurse Day
                          Early Release, 2:10 dismissal

Thursday -- RAKU Art Workshops

Friday --  Jazz Band and Encore to Great 
                  America High Note Festival
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week the students took an intense look at Ken Burn's documentary film, The Vietnam War, by examining the reasons the United States entered into the war, the Tet Offensive, and the reaction of Americans at home to the draft.  This gave students a comprehensive look of the Cold War Era.
Next week, students will begin their last unit of 8th grade by examining the Civil Rights Movement beginning with the spark of the Movement, Emmett Till.  Students will be assessed on the following standards:
  • Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights (SS.CV.3.6-8)
  • Change, Continuity, and Context: analyzing the connections among events and developments in broader historical context (SS.H.1.6-8)
  • Identifying evidence from multiple sources to support claims and essential questions. (SS.IS.5.6-8)
Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week we used data from our recent lab work to determine how long we'd have to run and how long we'd have to walk in order to burn the Calories consumed in various foods. Students also took a quiz over the first learning set from the unit, which was essentially about how food molecules compare to one another. The standards assessed on the quiz are as follows:
  • MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
  • 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.
Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students completed and presented their Graduation Speeches. Students focused on their experiences throughout middle school in their reflections and encouraged each other for the future. Next week, we will begin studying To Kill a Mockingbird.


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.

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students completed the chapter 10 individual test and began chapter 11. The first portion of chapter 11 focuses on transformations of functions, calculating inverse functions, and determining the line of best fit and standard deviation for a selection of data.

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 past week, we explored the graphing of trigonometric functions. The the students have a quiz on Monday assessing Standard I12.3: Write and graph trigonometric functions; identify key characteristics of a function (period, amplitude, asymptotes). Next week, we will begin working on trigonometric properties with a quiz on May 14th assessing:
Simplify trigonometric expressions using factoring, trigonometric identities, and properties.
Construct a viable proof for a trigonometric statement.

Health- Ms. Fink

Students will start to understand the dangers of drugs and how addiction occurs. “What is a Drug?” In addition, students will analyze the effects of opiods and prescription drugs on the body and learn how to advocate against the misuse of prescription drugs.  

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
This week, the students have been busy working on their telenovela projects. These projects incorporate three of the four themes we discussed with the telenovela we watched. The students are responsible for at least one main scene in which they talk about what is happening, how they feel about it, and what they would like to see happen. We will wrap up the filming of these projects next week. The students also took a comprehension quiz today on Cuidado con el Ángel. 
Standards assessed: 
Interpersonal Standard: 
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 Standard: 
Student can understand spoken main ideas and some supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of sources. 
Presentational Standard: 
The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences.                         

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students used the vocabulary in practical settings. In pairs, students "created" what would be their perfect salad, meaning a salad that both of them would eat. After creating a shopping list, they then went "shopping" to find all the ingredients for the salad. Lastly, they created a visual of their "salade parfaite!". All of this planning and shopping was of course done en français! Students also learned about the difference between quel and qu'est-ce que. Come see what's happening in the LBMS French classes by following me on Twitter! Check out @MmeSzostak for pictures and news of what's happening in class.
Interpersonal standards: 
•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 
Interpretive standards: 
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, we began watching our third film, Apollo 13.  For this film, students will be analyzing the cinematic element:  cinematography, editing, lighting, and sound.  Students are choosing clips from the film and analyzing these elements and the impact they have on the overall film.  
Standard assessed this week:
  • 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 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 4:00-5:00pm
Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm
Tuesday: Golf vs. Oak Grove 4:00pm @ LBGC
Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm
Wednesday: NONE
Thursday: Golf Practice 4:00-5:00pm
Track Practice 3:45-5:00pm
Friday: NONE
Saturday: Track Sectionals 8:00am @ Maine East HS

 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. Keep your eye open for more details as the web store will open next week. 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 -- 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.