Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department

8th Grade Updates & Reminders 3/13-3/17

  • 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.


Buy your 2016-2017 Yearbook up until April 7th! Order forms have been sent home with students or can be ordered online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with Yearbook ID Code: 11300917

Buffalo Wild Wings PTO Fundraiser!

From now until April 2nd, present flyer attached to last week's newsletter to the Racine Buffalo Wild Wing's and 10% of your bill will benefit Yorkville School! Thanks in advance for your participation!

Individual Classes

ELA News and Updates

Katie Nicholls katie.nicholls@yorkville.k12.wi.us

This week in ELA, students began working on an expository essay about a topic of their choice regarding the Civil War. Possible topics ranged from Abraham Lincoln to treatment of battle wounds. Students spent time finding reliable online sources and note-taking using a two column method. For this essay, students are responsible for formatting their own thesis and finding the support to validate it. I look forward to reading their papers. Students also continued to study the concept of denotations and connotations (the feelings or beliefs we tie to words). On Friday we took a quick quiz to demonstrate the deeper knowledge they learned. If you haven’t checked your student’s grades recently, now is a great time to see how they are progressing this trimester.

Science News and Updates

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

Happy Friday!

We had a change of plans last week so we didn’t look at the protists under the microscope until Monday. Students enjoyed finding them and did an excellent job using their microscopes. We were able to see three different protists and some were able to find the fourth one, Volvox, that was a little more difficult to find. It was exciting to see them swim around or through the view of the microscope. All classes also dissected mushrooms and identified the structures and functions. This concludes our work on the Kingdom Protista and Fungi.

We began a new unit, Ecosystems, and began our lab investigation where students will choose what they want to test on their own ecosystem. Each pair of students will be responsible for writing one final lab report on their investigation. I’m looking forward to seeing their hard work throughout the year pay off on this final lab report. (They love them!)

Please check skyward to ensure your child is keeping up on their work. This sometimes becomes a tough time of year to keep pushing through so a little reinforcement always helps! Thank you for your continued support! Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Weis

Social Studies News and Updates

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

This week in Civics we looked at the three different levels of the Federal Court system. We started off by talking about the District court which is the lowest court level. Student’s learned that at this level is where someone is found guilty or innocent. It’s also the court that has a jury and witness during the trial. From here students learned about the court of Appeals. THis court is where you go if you feel you didn’t get a fair trial. At this level all the court does is determine if you got a fair trial or not using a panel of judges and not a jury. We finished up by looking at the Supreme court. We discussed the role of a judge and the qualifications to be one. We talked about how as an appeals court, the Supreme Court can choose to not take your case. Next week we will look into lesson four which focuses on the important court cases that have shaped the United States. Also next week, the students will get to complete a simulation on Wednesday with the Community State Bank. Students will learn the importance of creating a budget and how to spend money wisely. This is a great program and I look forward to our students working with them. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnen

Math News and Updates

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

Intro to Algebra worked on a couple of different methods for solving systems of equations. This week they used addition, subtraction, and multiplication to find their solution. They began working with more fraction and decimal answers. They are doing great working with these system of equations. Next week we will begin a quick unit on geometry. Please check Skyward and encourage the completion of any late or absent work. Have a great weekend. Mrs. Niccolai

Algebra finished factoring polynomials. We spent a few days reviewing the various methods they can use for factoring. Factoring polynomials is harder when all factoring is put together and not separated by different types. The review assignments helped prepare them for the quiz on Friday. Next week we will begin solving quadratic equations. This chapter will rely heavily on the factoring we did in this chapter. Since the next chapter deals with square roots, it is imperative your son or daughter has a good calculator. Please make sure they have the supplies necessary for this chapter.

We have a lot of material to cover yet this trimester. I appreciate your help in keeping your son or daughter motivated as we begin our push into the final trimester. Check for updated grades and encourage corrections or completion of late work if needed. With the viruses going through the school, make sure your son or daughter has completed any absent work if they have missed some days.

Please contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Niccolai

Spanish News and Updates

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

This week, 8th grade students began their "Casa" or house-themed unit. Students spent time learning (speaking and writing) many common rooms related to the house and items in those rooms. We also used adjectives to describe the items in the house and the verb estar = to be to write about what is in particular rooms. Early next week we will continue using estar, adjectives and vocabulary to talk about the items in rooms and then we will move on to the verb vivir=to live to talk about where people

Physical Education & Health News and Updates

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

This week the 8th graders continued to take on the role of a personal trainer and many already have a stretching and strengthening program completed for all the major muscles. On Tuesday, they were given instruction and a template for completing a Monday-Sunday Fitness Program. The eighth graders should be wrapping up their Personalized Fitness Project next week. The following week we will testing out our program in the gym!

This week the eighth graders played Medic Ball, which is a variation of bombardment. On Wednesday, the students started their Floor Hockey Unit. We talked about safety and played lead-up games including Hockey Keep Away and Hockey Pirates. On Friday, we worked on passing and shooting. The students look forward to participating in Floor Hockey Game Play next week!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



Our Solo and Ensemble Festival will be on Saturday, March 25th at Yorkville School. Performance times were posted Monday morning, so ask your child to find out the specific time and location of their performance. Encourage your child to perform their music for you. This will help them be more confident at the festival!

If you volunteered to help at the festival, Bernadette Strickland or Amy Grimes will be contacting you in the coming days. Thanks again to all of our volunteers!

On Friday, April 7, the members of the Advanced Band will be traveling to Union Grove High School for a morning rehearsal and then participating in the 40th Annual Mass Band Concert at 6:30pm in the UGHS large gym. We will also be hosting another Culver’s Fundraiser on April 7.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



Music Man Jr. Costumes-Students will need to find their own costume for the musical. I do have some things here at school, but not a lot. The musical takes place in July 1912, victorian edwardian style “titanic-like” clothing and knickers with suspenders are some examples. Rehearsals are running smoothly!! We will start blocking next week. Cast members will need to have their lines memorized by then!!. Rehearsals are every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. It is very important that your child be present during these times!!


Solo & Ensemble is Saturday March 25th from 8am-12pm. Students continue to work on their pieces and should sign up for individual practice times with me weekly.

If you are looking for extra handouts, forms, etc. please check my website. I try to post everything I can so you have access at home!!! http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com

Art News and Updates

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

8th grade Art begins in the third trimester