Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department
8th Grade Updates & Reminders
-Registration forms for wristbands were sent home with your youngest or only student. This is our ONLY large fundraising event for school benefit and our PTO does a phenomenal job preparing for this event. Please consider donating your time and helping run some games or food and raffle tables. Sign up using sign-up genius here. Also, we are collecting $3.00 from all junior high students as a donation towards supplies for the event. Please have your child give the money to their homeroom teacher. Lastly, there is a 2:2 basketball tournament available to 5th-8th grade students from Union Grove, Raymond, and Yorkville. Sign-up sheets and more information are attached to this Skyward email.
- Chromebooks should be charged every night to ensure the battery lasts throughout the day!
- Water bottles should be stored in lockers at all time. Students can ask to get a drink if they are thirsty, but with our new Chromebooks, water bottles are not allowed in the classroom.
- 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.
ELA News and Updates
Katie Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in ELA, students had an opportunity to visit the library. New books for Junior High abound in the library this year. Students then figured out their reading rate and set an independent reading goal for this week. Students also read and compared two versions of Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Flying Machine”. One was a graphic version, the other the actual short story. We looked at the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as practiced our close reading skills, which will be a focus for the year. We ended the week with fall MAPS testing and a look at the effects of rap music. This weekend, ask your student their feelings about rap music.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis email@example.com
Welcome Back! We are off to a great start this year first learning about the metric system and how to make conversions. Students went for the gold in our Metric Olympics activity where they practiced making measurements using the metric system. We moved into the scientific method this week, learning the steps involved and the scientific way to write a lab report. The week ended with a lab that helped us decide which paper towel is the most absorbent. Students followed the steps of the scientific method and wrote their first lab report of the year! Next week we will move into the first unit in life science which defines the characteristics something must have to be considered a living thing.
Have a fantastic weekend!~Mrs. Weis
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome back, it’s great to be working with your child again this year. In 8th grade we focus on “Civics” which is basically how our government works. We will be looking at the different governments and the branches that make up each government. Along the way we will take current event items and use them along with the objectives we are covering. This year will be fun because we have an election in the fall. New this year is geography Friday, we will take Friday to work on geography skills that we might have missed over the last few years. Please encourage your child to check the google calendar every night to ensure all work gets done. Thanks Mr. Johnsen
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai email@example.com
Intro to Algebra spent the first full week reviewing fractions, decimals, and percents. We also spent three days on fall MAPS testing. This fall score will be used as a baseline for the year. The next round of testing in January will measure for growth. We will start on our first unit Monday. We will explore precision, real numbers, and exponents. Please sign the parent letter and return with your son or daughter. Have a great weekend.
Algebra spent the first week wrapping up a lot of previous math concept to prepare for Algebra. We reviewed integers, fractions, percents, probability, and mean, median, mode, and range. This review helped prepare them for the first round of MAPS testing. We will begin chapter 1 in Algebra after testing. The first chapter examines precision and conversion. Please sign the parent letter and return with your son or daughter. I am looking forward to a great year of math. Have a great weekend!Mrs. Niccolai
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow firstname.lastname@example.org¡Hola! I look forward to working with your child and you another year! This week, Spanish students reviewed the Spanish alphabet, practiced listening and pronouncing individual letters in words, practiced spelling their name, played an alphabet game and took the Spanish alphabet quiz. We also began our first cultural unit on Hispanic Heritage Month-focusing on the important contributions Hispanic-Americans have made in the United States. Next week we will begin our numbers unit. Have a great weekend!
Physical Education & Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
Over the last couple of weeks the 8th graders have learned how to create a positive learning environment. The students participated in a variety of getting to know you activities, which included Growth circles, Linking Up, and sharing a Cultural Artifact. The students are well on their way to creating a safe, comfortable environment for all.
In Physical Education the 8th graders have been participating in a cooperative games unit! We have had a lot of fun playing odd ball tag, omnikin tag, omnikin ball, human hungry hungry hippos, yoshi, and great island movers, all while accomplishing the main objective of learning how to work with everyone in our class. We are off to an amazing start to a wonderful year!Mrs. Peterson
Band News and Updates
The Advanced Band has been sounding great in rehearsals. Band rehearsals are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday this year. Band lessons start on Wednesday, September 21.
Please check out the new band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay informed with calendar dates, current band news, and helpful online resources.
The first performance of the school year will be on Saturday, September 24 at the PTO Fall Fun Fest. Students need to report to the band room by 11:45 AM. The performance will start in the cafeteria at 12:00 PM and we will be done by 12:15 PM. Students should wear spirit wear or blue, white, and/or black.
I am looking forward to a great year with the Advanced Band!
Choir News and Updates
Welcome back!! The students have begun working on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They have made lots of progress already this week!
Choir handbooks went home last week. The signed portion of the handbook is due Friday Sept 23rd.
I’m very excited to see what this year brings!!
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! 8th grade students currently do not have art.