Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 12/5-12/9
- Chromebooks should be charged every night to ensure the battery lasts throughout the day!
- Check Skyward and the homework calendar frequently for missing and current homework assignments, talk to your child about their work.
- Please remember that although you can email your students, absences and early pick-up information must be reported through the office. Please call the Yorkville School office.
Winter Band and Choir Concert
Thursday, Dec. 15th, 7pm
18621 Washington Avenue
Union Grove, WI
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
This week in 7th grade ELA we continued in our novel the Giver and the students really got into it. We completed folder work with our reading and the students did their 4th verbal book check in with me for their free reading books. This week was a huge week in writing. We took notes as a class and began writing the intro of our Dystopian short stories. Students used details and adjectives to help readers envision their imaginary world. I am so happy with the progress each student is making in their writing and their willingness to improve and do it the right way! For our article of the week we switched it up and students looked at Time Magazine’s most influential pictures of 2016 and chose one to write about. This sparked thought and consideration for the importance of details in writing. I love seeing how far the kids have come from the beginning of the year up to this point in their writing and language, I look forward to reading their work as they continue! Keep up your free reading at home and stay warm this weekend! See you all on Monday!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Seitz email@example.com
Pre Algebra spent the week completing in-class graphing activities using tables, graphing from the slope-intercept equation and writing the slope intercept equation from a graph. We will spend several days next week completing a slope/stained glass project and I anticipate some really cool designs when they are done! There will also be a Module 4 quiz at the end of next week. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Seitz
Algebra reviewed equations in point slope form and also learned about the relationship between parallel and perpendicular lines. Parallel lines have the same slope while perpendicular lines have opposite sign reciprocal slopes. We ended the week with a chapter review. Next week Monday and Tuesday we will continue to review for the test. The unit test on graphing will be next week Wednesday and Thursday. Grades should be updated by Sunday. Have a great weekend. Please contact me via e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in U.S History the 7th graders we finished looking at lesson 3 and the struggles Jackson had over the national bank. We discussed his reasons for not wanting the bank and how vetoing a new charter helped him get re-elected. Next, we looked into the panic of 1837 and what caused it and how it in the end cost President Van Buren his re-election big. We finished the lesson by looking at the rise and fall of the Whig party, with its highlight being the election of a Whig president in William Henry Harrison. The students finished up the week by completing the test over Chapter 12. Next week we will focus on geography of South America as well as a portfolio that allows students to highlight what they learned from Chapter 12. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow email@example.com
This week in Spanish, students studied the culture and history of Mexico! Students read through a two page informational about Mexico, all in Spanish! The informational included brief facts about the history of indigenous groups, Spanish arrival, important exports and products made, the flag and governemnt. Each student was assigned one topic to research and then was put into a bigger group to make one big presentation about Mexico. Students presented their slides with mostly pictures that informed the class about their topic. Lastly, we worked on putting all we learned about Mexico into their scrapbook to summarize their "visit" to Mexico. Next week, we will begin out school-themed unit.
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in health the 7th graders continued their Bullying Unit with a powerful activity called “Taking a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes.” Each student had a unique characteristic placed on their back, one that cannot be changed and characteristics that people are typically bullied for. The students were told to walk around the room and treat others as if they had this specific characteristic. The majority of the students did not appreciate being treated this way even for five minutes much less the rest of their lives. The students reflected after the activity and it was a wonderful eye opener for them. This sparked a lot of thought about how they will treat others in the future. They also created skits from a number of bullying scenarios and learned how to stand up to a bullying, speak up to a bully, and report a bullying behavior.
This week in PE the students finished up the Badminton Unit with a double elimination tournament. This activity generated a lot of competitiveness and excitement!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Band News and Updates
The Junior High Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 15 at 9:45am and 7:00pm in the Yorkville Large Gym. Both concerts are free and open to the public, so feel free to invite all of your family and friends!
Students should be in the Band Room at 6:37pm. The dress code for the evening concert is:
· GIRLS: skirt (at least knee length) or dress pants and a nice top.
· BOYS: polo shirt or dress shirt (tucked in) and khakis or dress pants.
· Shorts, blue jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, or athletic shoes are not allowed.
· Students are allowed to wear holiday hats.
Our first Culver’s Fundraiser will be on Thursday, December 15 from Noon to 10:00 PM. A portion of your sales will be donated to our band students. Please spread the word and help support our students!
Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!
Choir News and Updates
Our Winter Concert is Thursday, December 15 at 9:45am and 7:00pm. This is a required performance. Report time for students is 6:30 sharp. Please refer to the Band News section of the newsletter for dress code. We hope to see everyone there!!!
This years musical will be Music Man Jr. Auditions will be held during the week of Jan 9, 2017. Audition packets are available in the choir room. I have attached to music and choreography the students will need to perform during their audition on my website!!
We continue to work on music for Choral Fest. . Choral Festival is Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00pm.
If you are looking for extra handouts, forms, etc. please check my website. I try to post everything I can so you have access at home!!! http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com
Here is the link from our Fall Concert on Nov. 15 with Nash Elementary. If you were unable to attend the performance or would like to view it again, here it is…