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!
  • 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.

Veteran's Day Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 11th, 9:45am

Yorkville Elementary School

To honor Veteran's that serve our military, Yorkville School will be hosting a program on Friday, November 11th at 9:45. All families of Yorkville School, and anyone who has served in our military, is welcome to attend. As part of the program, we would like to recognize anyone who has served in the military. If you have a family member who was/is in the military and will be attending our program, please fill out the form given to your child and have your child return it to their homeroom teacher. Along with the form, if you have a picture of the Veteran in uniform, we ask that you send it to school as well. All pictures will be returned to your family.

Kindly return the form and any pictures to your student's homeroom teacher no later than Friday, November 4th.

Thank you in advance for helping to make this celebration extra special.

Yorkville Elementary Staff

Fall Choir Concert

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 6:30pm

3433 South Colony Avenue

Union Grove, WI

The concert will be held at the Performance Center at the High School

Character Education: Growth Mindset

This week, we focused on the meaning of smart and the importance of realizing that a smart person is someone who learns from their mistakes. Next week, our focus is "Never Give Up". Thomas Edison invented the electric lightbulb. But not until he and his team of scientists had tried more than 1,000 times! His response to failure was, "Now I know 1,000 ways it does not work!" As a boy, Edison was not considred brilliant but just a regular kid. He did, however, love a challenge and was curious. Edison had the mindset to never give up on the discovery of something new. Learning and discovery often takes time. Encourage your students to "stick with it" until progress is made or a new concept is learned.
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Student Council officers attended a leadership conference at UW-Whitewater on Thursday. They learned about positive leadership and communication skills to help them lead their peers this year!

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

We are almost done reading Freak the Mighty. We will take the test on Tuesday and watch the movie Wednesday and Thursday. Then they will write an essay comparing the book to the movie. Their questions are also due Tuesday.

We took a quiz on adjectives. They got to use their notes on this. Look for those grades in Skyward next week. We did a lot of practice problems to prepare for the quiz and they also got to do some online problems on noredink.com. They really enjoyed using that website.

Their descriptive Halloween stories and pictures are due next Thursday, October 27th. They have been working so hard on these and I can’t wait to hear all their creepy stories. They have a rubric that explains all the requirements Let me know if you have any questions.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Lazewski

Math News and Updates

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

This week in Math, the sixth graders finished their work with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Then they were able to apply these concepts to solve multi-step story problems. We combined math and movement with a fun fraction task card activity. Ask your sixth grader what their favorite movement was! On Friday we took the Module 4 Quiz on fractions.

Next week we will begin Module 5: Decimal Operations in real life situations. Module 5 will cover a quick review of long division, as well as, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Lois

Social Studies News and Updates

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

In social studies continued work on chapter 2. This week we looked at the changing world. In particular, we looked at technology and its influence on the early explorers. They learned how improved ship design, navigation tools, and improved maps, led to longer voyages to discover new worlds.

They also learned about Portugal and their desire to find a new route to Asia and India. Next week we will look at some short videos of some of these early explorers.

We will also begin investigate the goals of early Spanish explorers known as conquistadors. We will revisit the Aztec and Inca Empires and learn of the Spanish conquistadors that led to their defeat. The final section of this chapter will explore how the competition for colonies was based on seeking wealth and spreading religion.

We will also look at how the resistance to disease led to the downfall of many ancient civilizations. Check for updated grades or missing assignments in Skyward. Please contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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 dove into the basketball unit and focused on ball handling, dribbling, passing, and shooting. We played a lot of leadup games such as knockout, monkey in the middle, and lightening. Next week we should be ready to start a 2 on 2 tournament. Have a wonderful fall weekend!

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 second Jazz Band rehearsal this week. We started working on new music for the Winter Concert. Jazz Band meets every Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:15.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to see this year’s Music Spirit Wear. If you would like to order a t-shirt ($10) or a sweatshirt ($24) please click on the order form, print it out, and return it to school by Nov 11th.

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



The students continue to work on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They continue to make lots of progress!

The Choir students will be performing in the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday November 11 at 9:45am.

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.

Music Spirit wear is here!! If you would like to order a t-shirt ($10) or a sweatshirt ($24) please fill out an order form your child brought home this week. Orders are due Nov 11th. You can find extra order forms on my website!

I have added a “What’s New” page to my website and will be posting at 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!

Art News and Updates