Junior High Journal

News and Happenings of the Junior High Department

6th Grade Updates and Reminders 10/17-10/21

  • Chromebooks should be charged every night to ensure the battery lasts throughout the day!
  • Water bottles should be stored in lockers at all time. Students can ask to get a drink if they are thirsty, but with our new Chromebooks, water bottles are not allowed in the classroom.
  • 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.

Character Education: Growth Mindset

This week we focused on positive self-talk with students. Next week our theme is "The Meaning of Smart". Research shows intelligence grows as we learn new things and struggle with our mistakes. Learning from mistakes creates new connections in the brain! Your intelligence grows as you challenge yourself with new ideas and concepts. So "smart" means you make mistakes and learn from them. Smart does NOT always mean knowing the answer or getting good grades.

So why Soctober!

Because every night in the U.S. an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets and need simple things, like socks, to help get them through the night. Plus the number one needed clothing item for those in need is new socks, but people very rarely ever donate new socks to the homeless! Please join Yorkville Student Council in making the 2nd year of soctober even more successful than last year! Please bring in new socks to donate from Wednesday, October 12th-Thursday, October 27th. A barrel will be available outside of the main office! Thanks in advance!

Individual Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

Karrie Lazewski karrie.lazewski@yorkville.k12.wi.us

*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still

The 6th graders are continuing to read Freak the Mighty. They are really getting into it. They finished their first set of comprehension questions and got the second set this week. They should be keeping up on these questions as we read the book.

We started our lesson on Adjectives. They started writing their descriptive Halloween stories. This is all they want to work on because they are so excited about this assignment. They got a rubric which explains all the requirements Let me know if you have any questions.

Spelling Unit 5 dealt with the short and long “u” sound. We are having a contest to see if they have to do the Spelling Review packet next week. They need to spell all the words correctly on the packet as a class and then they will have a week off of spelling. Ask your child about it for more details.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lazewski

Math News and Updates

Amanda Lois amanda.lois@yorkville.k12.wi.us

This week in math, the sixth graders took the Unit 1 Test on Monday. It was neat to see all of the different strategies used to “practice” for the Unit Test. The rest of the week was spent working on review activities on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. We reviewed borrowing with subtracting and they learned a new “trick” to make multiplying fractions easier. The goal for the year is to be proficient in all fraction operations, so we will continue work with fractions throughout the rest of the year with various activities to help each student at his/her own level.

Next week we will work with dividing fractions and mixed numbers as well as solving multi-step story problems involving fractions and mixed numbers. We will end the week with the Module 4 Quiz.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lois

Social Studies News and Updates

Mary Niccolai mary.niccolai@yorkville.k12.wi.us

In social studies we began Chapter 2, Exploring the Americas, by working on the vocabulary. Chapter 2 looks at different explorers and the countries they represented. We will also look at how new ideas changed the way people lived. The competition for colonies is also part of this chapter, as we look at conflicts and religious rivalries.

This week we discussed the Renaissance and investigated Leonardo da Vinci. Ask your son or daughter for an interesting fact about this man of the Renaissance.

On Friday we are spending our last work day working on the scale drawings of North America and next week will begin our next Friday geography project. Please check Skyward for updated grades or to check for missing work. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Please encourage your son or daughter to work on test corrections if needed.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

Becky Seitz becky.seitz@yorkville.k12.wi.us

In science we finished our chapter by completing a 3D topographic map in class project. The students gained a better understanding of contour lines and changes in elevation. We will begin our new chapter next week on Astronomy! The students will be introduced to a new vocabulary program on their computers called Quizlet that allows them to attach an image to the definition and it then creates flashcards and review games to help them gain a better understanding of the terms. Just an FYI...in Skyward, if a 0% grade is given, that is because a student did not have the assignment turned in when it was due. If the grade shows a “ * ” it is not missing (as Skyward defaults it to) it simple has not yet been entered. Hope this clears up any confusion. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Seitz

Physical Education News and Updates

Amanda Peterson amanda.peterson@yorkville.k12.wi.us

Nathan Meyer nathan.meyer@yorkville.k12.wi.us

This week the sixth graders had the opportunity to play Angleball, which is very unique and new game to our school as of last spring. We also started our basketball unit with ball handling, dribbling, jump stops, pivoting, knockout, and 2on 2 basketball games. We are looking forward the benefits from this cardiovascular endurance activity!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



The 6th Grade Band continues to learn music for our Winter Band Concert on December 15.

We had our first Jazz Band rehearsal this week. We have more than 40 students participating in the group this year! Jazz Band meets every Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:15.

Encourage your child to perform something for you. This will help develop their self-confidence and will give you the opportunity to hear how much they have improved!

All 6th Grade Band students will be receiving a new band lesson book. Please return the form that was emailed to your and given to the students along with payment for the book by Monday, October 10th.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay informed with calendar dates, current band news, and helpful online resources.

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



The students continue to work on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They continue to make lots of progress! There will be a Fall performance on Tuesday November 15, 2016 at Union Grove High School, 6:30pm. We will be performing in the Performance Center with Choirs from Nash Elementary in Kenosha.

I have added a “What’s New” page to my website and will be posting a monthly newsletter. Included in the newsletter will be Upcoming Events, Notes from the teacher, What we are learning, songs we are singing, and a “Did you Know” column. Stop by and check it out!!! http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com

There are still some students with missing handbook slips. The signed portion of the handbook was due Friday Sept 23rd. Let’s try to get the remainder of them in asap!!

There are still some students with missing handbook slips. The signed portion of the handbook was due Friday Sept 23rd. Let’s try to get the remainder of them in asap!!

Art News and Updates

Dana Herman dana.herman@yorkville.k12.wi.us

Student’s tessellations are looking great! After transforming their tessellating shapes into recognizable objects, students are creating their own tessellation inspired by M.C. Escher.