Junior High Journal - 7th Grade
October 9th - 13th
All Junior High Reminders:
- Chromebooks should be charged every night.
- Students should check the homework calendar nightly.
- Check Skyward for updates of grades and missing or late assignments.
- Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7:00 pm PBIS parent informational meeting
- Thursday, Oct. 19th at 6 pm School Board Meeting (Room 112)
- Thursday, Oct. 19th 6:30 pm PTO meeting (Library)
- Friday, Oct. 20th - 7th Grade to Camp Timber-Lee
- Friday, Oct. 20th - Trunk or Treat at Yorkville School sponsored by the PTO
7TH GRADE CLASSROOM UPDATES
ELA News and Updates
This week in ELA we will continue with our mythology unit. We explored theme while reading the myth, Daedelus and Icarus, examined phenomenons through our study of Arachne, and analyzed symbolization through research on the Greek Gods and Goddesses. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions about the course. I look forward to meeting many of you in the upcoming parent teacher conferences. Have a great weekend.
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai email@example.com
Becky Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Algebra worked on simplifying algebraic expressions that involved the distributive property. This is an important section and there are a lot of potential errors in these types of problems. This lesson involves looking at plus and minus signs more as positive and negative signs of the terms they proceed. In the expression 3x-5. The three is positive while the five is negative. When multiplying they need to remember that a negative times a negative is a positive.
We also spent some time writing algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities. The notes for this section were long. We did a couple of in class activities to reinforce this information.
Next week we will work with solving two step equations. We will also solve and graph two step inequalities.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend.
No update available.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis email@example.comThis week started with students completing their first lab, "Is Yeast Alive?" and they did an excellent job during our short class period. Students tested the yeast for its ability to use energy, one of the characteristics of life. We completed a formal lab report using a template and working as a whole group. With each lab, students will be given more independence to not only complete the lab, but also the written lab report. Students also worked on a review poster that is due Monday. The week was a bit hectic since I was gone two days with 8th grade students so Monday we will regroup and make sure all students are prepared for the chapter 2 test on Tuesday.
Please remind your child to study actively for the test. They will be required to know all vocabulary and the objectives of each section. There will also be one essay question about the lab we completed in class. The essay question will be given to them on Monday. Have a great weekend - stay dry!
Spanish News and Updates
This week in Spanish class I witnessed some awesome work! Your students did work on readings and did their first writing piece, which is showing me how they are already constructing sentences and expressing ideas in Spanish. They are using higher order thinking in Spanish, comparing animals, people and qualities (who is faster, is this activity smart?) It is wonderful to see how much information they can manage in Spanish already and how they can transfer strategies to their other subjects. Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in U.S History we started chapter 11 which will focus on the country growing. We will start by looking at the Industrial Revolution and how that had such a large impact on the New England Region. The students learned how work changed for people during this time. Instead of someone creating everything from start to finish we examined how people were taught to do one specific job over and over. Students also learned about the invention of some machines like the cotton gin, spinning jenny, and water loom. We finished up looking at how cities rose around a factory and the impact that it had on the growth of the Northeast.
Next week we will begin lesson 2 which focuses on people moving west. We will talk about the struggles people had with finding a route to get them over the Appalachian Mountains. We will then look at how the building of canals helped people move west. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen
Gym/Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
This week in PE the 7th graders played flag football on Monday and on Wednesday we played Goalie Dodgeball. Next week we will finish our flag football unit, continue with our fitnessgram testing, and participate in some outdoor education at Camp Timberlee!
This week in health the 7th graders continued writing their newscasts on unintentional injuries, which includes bike safety, water safety, fire safety, dog bites, ATV safety, and many more. The students are having a great time getting their creative juices flowing to construct something beneficial for their peers to enjoy and learn from! Next week we will have one practice day and then go live from the newsroom on Thursday! Enjoy your weekend!
Band News and Updates
Mike Beix firstname.lastname@example.org
Band Website: tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband
The Advanced Band has been hard at work learning music for our Veteran’s Day performance on November 10 and our Winter Concert on December 14.
Please note that Advanced Band meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday. Band lessons are scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays.
Our first Jazz Band rehearsal was on Wednesday and it looks like we will have a great group this year! Jazz Band meets every Wednesday throughout the school year from 3:45-4:15.
Choir News and Updates
We are off to a great start. The choir has been preparing for our Veteran’s Program and will soon start working on our Winter Concert music.
It’s not too late to join if you are interested. Please come see me if you are. We would love to have you in CHOIR!!!