8th Grade Weekly Updates


Lost and Found
Please be sure to put your child's name on lunch bags and boxes.  We will try our best to get them returned to your child if we find them in the school.  Lunch bags left for several days begin to smell and draw ants so they will be thrown out.

Push Coin Account
All checks and cash turned in to the office for sports, socks and lunches will be deposited in your Push Coin account.  You will see these transactions when you view your Push Coin account which can be accessed at https://www.pushcoin.com/

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run will be starting Tuesday, September 12.  We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:30.  Please see Mrs. Huddlestun or Ms. Turner for more information.  To register, please visit: https://www.gotrchicago.org/Register-Now

News from the Nurse

Welcome Back!  This week has been quiet on the illness front. I'm seeing signs of a viral bug beginning, 3 students have had low grade fevers with sore throats. No reports of Strep throat.  A fair number of students are suffering with seasonal allergy symptoms.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--No School (Labor Day)

Tuesday--MAP Testing Begins with 6th Grade

Wednesday--Curriculum Night Prep in Advisory

Thursday--Curriculum Night 7:00 p.m.

Friday--Bluffer Lessons in Advisory
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
To kick off the year and our examination of US History, students have analyzed the Columbian Exchange and the influence of mercantilism and its effects on trade in the Atlantic Ocean since Columbus discovered American in the early 1500s.  Students then began investigating the 13 Colonies by researching one of the three regions (New England, Middle, and Southern) and looking at the geographical, social, political, economical, art, religious, and scientific influences that distinguished the Colonial regions from one another.  The students will be creating a flyer to advertise in London to persuade settlers to choose their region to move to.  Next week, students will examine the road to the American Revolution and the causes of our Founding Fathers to rebel against the British Crown.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
Our first unit of the year is Earth Science: How is the Earth Changing? This week we looked at earthquake and volcano locations, and lined them up with Earth's tectonic plates. We discussed reasons why there more seismic activity in these locations and why there might be earthquakes and volcanoes that don't occur at plate boundaries. We've also started looking at evidence that scientists used in the Theory of Continental Drift. Next week, we'll talk about supercontinents of the past and explore the ocean floor. 

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week, students began reminiscing about their history with literature including children's stories, beginning chapters books, and young adult genres. Using these examples of great literature, students began pulling techniques from those stories to inform how to make their own writing successful in our Memoir Unit. Next week, we'll continue on with our Memoir Unit after MAP testing. 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
To begin the year, students have been investigating patterns, analyzing data, and creating tables and graphs to represent their results. Additionally, students are getting used to the new CPM curriculum. Next week our classes will be investigating the properties of different types of functions.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
Students began the year by reviewing some core Algebra skills through short lessons and team challenges. Next week, we will complete the fall MAP test and dive into the first unit on functions and relations. Students will have a team data task to complete. This was assigned in class on Friday with time to work. Students should also take advantage of the new afternoon advisory time to get together with each other next week. The task is due on Sept. 8th.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in Health, students have been reviewing concepts from previous years such as self-esteem, empathy, stereotyping and overcoming hardships.  We will begin watching the movie "Freedom Writer," next week and discuss the similarities and differences in the community of LA to that of Lake Bluff.  We will cap the week off with a little meditation practice.  Have a great weekend.  
EspañolSra. Ogren
¡Bienvenidos a español! We are started the year off with our Three Minute Project. The students spoke in front of the class for three minutes about themselves, their family, or anything else they would like to say in Spanish. Once all the students have finished, we will begin our first unit on communication. We will be looking at how to be a good listener and strategies for continuing conversations. I am looking forward to a great year!

Français-Mme Szostak
Welcome Back! I look forward to a great year with the 8th grade French students. They have made such progress through 2 years and this year will be the chance to really up their abilities. We began the year with reflecting on what it means to study French and the students created analogies to show how learning language is perceived. Their work will be on display for Curriculum Night; be sure to take a look at their creative responses. We have also been setting proficiency goals for the year and thinking of strategies to support their growth. Lastly we've been reviewing the many verb conjugations that they know thus far. Review work has been self-paced and students need to show evidence of mastering the conjugations of the major verb groups and 4 irregular verbs. I'm looking forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night next Thursday!

Advanced Acting- Mrs. Olmstead
To begin our Advanced Acting course, we are starting by focusing on the actor's tool of body through a review of pantomime and an introduction to stage business as a way for an actor to portray a character.  I have created a classroom website with information on the class that is under construction, but contains information on our first unit and the NCAS (National Core Arts Standards) we will be exploring.  It's going to be a great trimester!

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese
Since most students have already taken STEAM previously, we are able to jump right in to picking engagement clusters and getting started setting our first SMART goals!  New third trimester last year are our Simulation series.  Our class website has more information about the engagement choices and how students will navigate the class.  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students began their skill builder boot camps.  These boot camps will help them build their art skills so they can create stronger work in the future.


Please make sure all physicals, forms, and fees are turned into the office!

Tuesday: Practice 3:45-5:15 GVB+SOC+FH
Wednesday: 3:45-5:15 GVB+SOC+FH
Thursday: 3:45-5:15 GVB+SOC+FH
Friday: Practice (None Unless otherwise noted by a coach)

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