Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 10/17-10/21
- THERE IS NO SCHOOL NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH OR MONDAY, OCTOBER 31ST
- 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
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
Character Education: Growth Mindset
So Why Socktober?
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
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!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Seitz email@example.com
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!
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
¡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!
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
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!
Band News and Updates
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
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
Mrs. Herman is currently on maternity leave after having her daughter, Audrey Jean, on September 7th! She will be back sometime in December!