# Junior High Journal

### News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!

• 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.

Carolyn Heiar

missheiar.weebly.com

This week in 7th grade ELA we worked to finish our Social Injustice unit. We completed our class novel The Watson’s go to Birmingham- 1963, we discussed important events and finished associated work for it and we reviewed for the unit test which will be on Monday. Additionally students made corrections to their essay outlines and began writing the intro to their social injustice research essay. Student worked in their lit circle groups to write a news cast book report script that will be presented next week as a way of telling the class what their book was about. This group of kids loves to perform skits and I am looking forward to what they come up with. Finally, students created a learn more page for their weebly websites. Ask your child to check their site out, so far they are really cool! There is certainly some talent in the area of web design. Continue encouraging your child to stay up to date on assignments as we are nearing the end of the year. Have a wonderful weekend!

-Ms. Heiar

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

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

Pre Algebra- We began learning how to construct and interpret scatter plots and then use trend lines to make predictions from a scatter plot. Interpreting graphs of all types is an extremely important that students will continue to use in future math classes and science classes in middle school and high school. Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs. Seitz

Algebra spent some time working with right triangles. They learned about using the Pythagorean Theorem and basic Trigonometric functions to solve right triangles. Ask them what SOH, CAH, TOA means. It is a memory tool we used to help memorize some basic trig ratios. We ended the week with graphing quadratic equations. They learned about graphing parabolas and finding the vertex and the axis of symmetry. They also learned how to find the domain and range of these functions. Next week we will wrap up quadratic equations and spend a few days on exponential equations. After this, we only have one more chapter to cover. May gets very busy with field trips and various programs. We should have just enough time to cover rational expressions. This final chapter will review factoring one more time. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Erin Weis erin.weis@yorkville.k12.wi.us

Students have been busy learning about the classification of invertebrates in the animal kingdom. They did a really great job on the earthworm dissection. Students have learned new vocabulary to describe the locations on the animals. We were able to view parts of the reproductive structures, the five aortic arches (sometimes called the five hearts) as well as the entire digestive tract. We will compare these systems of the worm to that of the frog. This allows students to compare and contrast the complexity of the systems of vertebrates and invertebrates. Students do have gloves they have the option to wear while doing the dissections.

We will have the Invertebrate test on Wednesday, May 10th and the Vertebrate test on Monday May 22nd. They are responsible for identifying the organs of the digestive system as well as the functions of the organs. I would encourage students to use their notebooks to study as well.

## Social Studies News and Updates

John Johnsen john.johnsen@yorkville.k12.wi.us

Students have been busy learning about the classification of invertebrates in the animal kingdom. They did a really great job on the earthworm dissection. Students have learned new vocabulary to describe the locations on the animals. We were able to view parts of the reproductive structures, the five aortic arches (sometimes called the five hearts) as well as the entire digestive tract. We will compare these systems of the worm to that of the frog. This allows students to compare and contrast the complexity of the systems of vertebrates and invertebrates. Students do have gloves they have the option to wear while doing the dissections.

We will have the Invertebrate test on Wednesday, May 10th and the Vertebrate test on Monday May 22nd. They are responsible for identifying the organs of the digestive system as well as the functions of the organs. I would encourage students to use their notebooks to study as well.

Katy Morrow katy.morrow@yorkville.k12.wi.us

In Spanish, we finished adding to our adjective and activity unit conversation. Students can now talk about their likes and dislikes as well as what their friends like to do. They can also talk about their personality and physical traits as well as their friends personality and physical traits. We completed an around the room scavenger hunt using QR codes that practiced a variety of vocabulary and played "Guess the Celebrity" game that practiced describing a wide-variety of people. Next wee we will take the unit quiz on Friday and continue practicing our conversation.

## Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

This week the 7th graders only had one day of health due to MAPS testing. We completed our nutrition unit with a short experiment on hydration and dehydration. We also started our Human Sexuality Unit with an article on puberty. We will participate in a few follow up activities to check for understanding at the beginning of next week.

This week the 7th graders took their final fitnessgram test of the year, the sit and reach to test their flexibility. While some students were testing the others played cricket. We did make-up testing on Friday and played Prison Ball, and to end the week we will play gladiator ball.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Mike Beix

mike.beix@yorkville.k12.wi.us

tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband

May will be a busy month for our Advanced Band members!

On the morning of Wednesday, May 17th, the Advanced Band will travel to UW-Whitewater to work with the university music professor, Dr. Glenn Hayes. He will listen to us perform and then spend time with the band to help make us sound even better!

Our Spring Band Concert will be on Tuesday, May 23 at 9:45am and 7:00pm at Yorkville School. You will hear performances from the Beginner Band, 6th Grade Band, Advanced Band, Jazz Band, and a grand finale featuring every band student.

Our final Culver’s Fundraiser will be on Tuesday, May 23 from Noon-10:00pm.

Our final activity of the year will be our annual trip to Six Flags Great America on Tuesday, May 30. We will leave school at 9:30am and return to Yorkville at 7:00pm. Thanks to our fundraising efforts and a generous donation from PTO, the cost to students will be \$10. Students with season passes will not have to pay anything.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!

Carly Kreuscher

carly.kreuscher@yorkville.k12.wi.us

http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com

Music Man Jr. Rehearsals - Tech week ran pretty smoothly this week. I am so proud of what the kids have done so far. I can’t wait for our performances. Just a reminder: Fri: 5:30 report, show at 7:00pm. Sat: 5:30 report, show at 7:00pm.

Music Man Tickets - There are still tickets available for both Friday and Saturday night shows. If you haven’t bought your tickets, now is the time!!! Tickets will be sold at the door, IF we have not sold out. We would love to see you there!!!

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