Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!

7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 10/24-10/27

  • Last spring, students took the Wisconsin Forward Exam. If your child attended Yorkville last year, their test scores have been sent home today.
  • 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

Junior High Fall Conferences

Conferences for all junior high students will be held on Wednesday, November 16th and Monday, November 21st from 4:30-7:45. Please have your child attend conferences with you.

Character Education: Growth Mindset

Our whole-group growth mindset activity this week was postponed to next week due to conflicts with space.

Individual Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

Carolyn Heiar



This week in 7th grade ELA we assessed our knowledge of the past 7 weeks. On Monday, the students finished a theme newspaper that they created in mini groups and we did a unit test review for the Outsiders. On Tuesday, students took the Outsiders unit test and presented their theme newspapers to the class. Our presentation skills need some work, but I think we have some future reporters in each class. On Wednesday we watched the Outsiders movie to compare and contrast to the book. Students unanimously enjoyed the book more! To finish up the week we did a Halloween writing activity and the last article of the week for this unit. An extra credit opportunity was also given to improve grades for the unit work. Next week we start our Dystopian unit and we will be reading the novel The Giver. This was a favorite last year, I look forward to seeing all of their ideas grow! Have a fantastic long weekend!

-Ms. Heiar

Math News and Updates

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

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

Pre Algebra ended the week with their Unit 1 test. I will have grades updated by the end of the weekend. Next week we will begin Module 3 - Proportional and Nonproportional Relationships and Functions. We will be working with ratios and applying them to slope of lines and graphing. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Seitz

Algebra wrapped up module 4 this week with a quiz on equations and inequalities. We began module 5 which looks at equations in two variables and functions. This module will set us up for our next unit, which is graphing. Once we finish module 5 there will be another unit test. Your son or daughter should be working on their module 5 vocabulary. Please check skyward for updated grades. I will be emailing progress reports on Monday. 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.us

Students worked on learning the functions of cell organelles this week and we began our cell city project. During this project, students will come up with analogies for cell organelles and match them to city structures. They were able to choose their own groups of two or three to complete this project as it may require some time out of the classroom. Their choices are to create a poster, a 3-D model or a video of the cell city. Videos may include Minecraft or other world building games. This project is due November 8th. Students will also have the chapter 3 section 2 quiz next Friday Nov. 4th which will be on organelles and their functions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Weis

Social Studies News and Updates

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

This week in U.S History we finished looking James Monroe implemented the “American System” to try to help unify the country. As we learned this didn’t help because some regions got up upset with Tariffs to help other regions. We then looked at the Missouri Compromise which helped settle the dispute on whether Missouri would be a slave or free state. Finally we talked about the “Monroe Doctrine” which stated that European countries could no longer establish any new colonies in the Americas. This was an important step in showing the power and respect that the United States had in the Western Hemisphere. Next week, students will be completing the Chapter 11 test. Students have a study guide, guided reading packets, self check quizzes and the essay question to help study for the test. Students write the essay ahead of time and show me if they would like, however they will have to re-write the essay again on the test. Have a great long weekend. Mr. Johnsen

Spanish News and Updates

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

Students this week continued to learn Spanish numbers 0-100. We have made it to one hundred and are now working on practicing our speaking and writing skills. Students completed a variety of activities and games, like "Smack the number" game, partner writing activity and Quizizz technology game. We finished by doing a number scavenger hunt throughout the class. Next week, we will take a break from working with numbers and celebrate "Los Días de los Muertos" or "Day of the Dead."

Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

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

This week in health all the rest of the 7th graders presented their newscasts on Unintentional Injuries. We also spent a considerable amount of time discussing what a SMART goal is and applied them to our fall Fitnessgram scores. These will be coming home in the near future.

This week in PE the students participated in 5 on 5 full court basketball game play and also started the 2 on 2 basketball tournament, which we will finish when we return from our mini break!

Have a rejuvenating 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



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. Permission slips and Parent volunteer forms went home this week to help with dinner. Please return both forms by Nov 4th. Thank you!!

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

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!