Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!

7th 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

Union Grove High School

Located in 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.

So Why Socktober?

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!
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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!

Individual Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

Carolyn Heiar



This week in 7th grade ELA, we finished the Outsiders. I loved how much the students looked forward to reading this book each week and how they forced themselves to think deeper and understand the characters. We continued to focus on themes this week and in mini groups students were responsible for creating themed newspapers and writing their own informative stories. Creativity was flowing as students embraced writing stories with a common theme and their own personal writing style. For grammar we did a mini lesson on semicolons and how to use them and we also took a grammar quiz on what we have done throughout the unit. Take time to do some independent reading this weekend and please do not forget to fill out your book talk online, it’s the very last one!! Unit test next week on the Outsiders and a compare/contrast of the movie! Happy weekend, you earned it!

-Ms. Heiar

Math News and Updates

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

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

Pre Algebra will wrap up Module 2 and then begin the unit review next week. We will then have a unit test that will consist of the concepts from Module 1 & 2(not until the week of 10/24). Your child can study for the test by practicing problems in the textbook and going through their notebook to review notes & example problems done in class. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Seitz

Algebra worked on solving equations and solving and graphing inequalities. We spent a couple of days on each of these because the equations and inequalities became more difficult and involved more steps to complete. We began the final section of module 4 Friday. In this section we will take equations and formulas and solve them for different variables. This section tends to be difficult for a lot of students, even though it uses a lot of the same principles as solving a normal equation. We will continue working this section on Monday. Module 4 vocabulary is due Monday and there will be a quick quiz on these words as well. We will wrap up module 4 next week and the end with a quiz on equations and inequalities. Please check skyward for updated grades and encourage your son or daughter to complete any corrections they may have. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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

sThis week in science, students learned why cells are so small. We did an activity using sugar cubes to demonstrate how the surface area to volume ratio changes as a sugar cube grows. We talked about how the cell membrane is what allows nutrients in and wastes out and when the cell grows the ratio decreases limiting the size of the cell.

Students also compared and contrasted the two major groups of cells including prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We ended the week learning the proper way to handle and use microscopes. Students had time at the end of the activity to look at prepared slides of a wide variety of cells and organisms. They really enjoyed using the microscopes. We will use them again next week to compare plant and animal cells.

Students are beginning to learn about the organelles in cells and will start their cell city project next week. They will have the choice of creating a poster, a 3-D model or a video to compare cell organelles to city structures. Be sure to ask them about this project next week.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Weis
The 7th and 8th grade students spent time learning how to use a compound microscope and were able to look at many different kinds of cells and organisms. THEY LOVED IT!

Social Studies News and Updates

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

This week in U.S History we finished looking at how new inventions in transportation open the door to people moving out west. We looked at the development of the steamboat and canals which helped move people faster and cheaper to the west. We also discussed how roads built through the Appalachian Mountains help develop the states of Ohio and Kentucky. We finished the week looking at how the government tried to unify the country. The United States had broken into different sections and the government under the “American System” put in places to try to unify it. Next week we will look at how these attempts failed and prepare for the Chapter 11 test. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen

Spanish News and Updates

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

¡Hola! This week in Spanish, students learned numbers 0-69 in Spanish on our journey to learn numbers 0-100. We have successfully completed many different activities in order to practice our listening, speaking, and writing skills. Some activities include: whiteboard practice, singing a song, completeing a puzzle, addition "War" in español, and a number counting game. We finished up the week with former student, Ali Kravig, coming in to speak about spending her Junior year in High School living with a host family in Spain as part of her Rotary Exchange program. Students enjoyed learning about her experience!

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Former student Ali Kravig, ate so many interesting things! The kids all looked disgusted once she said she tried (and loved) baby eel! What an experience!
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Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

This week in health I met with all the 7th grade students to go over their newscasts to make sure they were camera ready, they also rehearsed with their groups, and a few groups even presented. On Tuesday, the rest of our groups will present and teach us all they know about a variety of unintentional injury topics. It has been a lot of fun watching the students break out of their shells!

This week the 7th graders focused on using the proper technique, cues, and critical elements for passing and shooting. We played a variety of lead up games including “Monkey in the Middle”, 2 on 2 without dribbling, 21, and continuous lightning. Next week we should be ready to start our 2 on 2 tournament! Have a wonderful fall weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



The Advanced Band continues to learn music for our Winter Band Concert on December 15.

The band will be performing at the Veterans Day Assembly at Yorkville School on Friday, November 11 at 9:45am.

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 and print the order form 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 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!

Art News and Updates

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

Mrs. Herman is currently on maternity leave after having her daughter, Audrey Jean, on September 7th! She will be back sometime in December!