Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department

8th Grade Updates & 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

3433 South Colony Avenue

Union Grove, WI

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 Classes

ELA News and Updates

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

This week in ELA, students experienced their first discussion circle. Discussion circles are modeled after Socratic Circles. Students wrote open ended questions to discuss the novel No Promises in the Wind. The circles are student led discussions, so it’s always exciting to see what students want to discuss regarding what we are reading. I look forward to the next discussion circle opportunity as the students did a fantastic job. Another focus this week was characterization. Students completed a chart looking deeper into our main character, Josh. They also looked at how authors reveal aspects of characters to allow the readers to formulate opinions of characters. I hope all students and families have an opportunity to enjoy the fall break!

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 8th grade Civics we looked at lesson 4 of Chapter 3 which focused on the five principles the framers used to help build the constitution. We discussed each one and looked at examples of how each one works. Then we finished up by looking at the constitution and what makes its such a valuable document. With this being the end of Chapter 3 we will take a test over the Chapter next wednesday. Students will have a studyguide, guided reading packets, self check quizzes, and the essay question to help prepare them for the test. Please encourage your child to spend just a few minutes a day looking over the chapter. Have a great long weekend. Mr. Johnsen

Math News and Updates

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

Intro to Algebra worked on Least Common Multiple (LCM) that included as well. We reviewed sequences and greatest common factor. We ended the week with a quiz. Next week we will begin classifying numbers and do a quick review of integers. Please check skyward for updated grades and look for progress reports in you e-mail on Monday. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

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

Spanish News and Updates

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

¡Hola! This week in Spanish, students spent the week learning adjectives in Spanish and describing their personality and physical traits! Students focused on pronunciation and writing sentences correctly depending on whether or not the person they were describing in a boy or a girl. Lastly, students viewed each others short movies on the Hispanic-American they spent time researching and wrote information about those people in Spanish. Next week, we will take a break from grammar and vocabulary and focus on the cultural events surrounding "Día de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead. Have a great long weekend!

Physical Education & Health News and Updates

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

This week in health the Unintentional Injury rubrics were returned and discussed. We also spent a considerable amount of time discussing what a SMART goal is and applied them to our fall Fitnessgram scores. Some students even created an inspirational poster on canva.com The work the students put forth on their SMART gaols 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! 8th grade students currently do not have art.