Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department
8th Grade Updates & Reminders 3/27-3/30
- 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.
2016-2017 YEARBOOK ORDER DUE!
Buffalo Wild Wings PTO Fundraiser!
Culver's Band Fundraiser
Friday, April 7th, 12-10pm
722 South Sylvania Avenue
ELA News and Updates
Katie Nicholls email@example.com
This week in ELA, students were treated to a little break. Due to Forward Exam testing, we took a small break from the rigorous pace we have been keeping this year. Students did continue to read Tears of Tiger. We held two mini discussion circles to practice discussion techniques and analyze the happenings in the novel. Students also had an opportunity to work on their next book talk presentation which is due on Monday, April 3rd. Expository essays were due this Friday. Students polished up their papers and created quality work cited pages and properly documented their sources in their papers. One lucky section also began analyzing poems looking for the deeper, figurative meaning within. Next week all sections will get an opportunity to do so.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis firstname.lastname@example.org
Students continued to make qualitative and quantitative observations of their eco-bottles. They are getting great results and will complete the lab on Friday and will complete a formal lab write-up that will be due next week Friday. They will be able to submit the report in Google Classroom at any time before then.
We have also continued to learn about the ecosystems of different biomes and concluded the week with an activity that models how the mule deer population changed in Arizona due to different abiotic and biotic factors. Students had to create graphs and analyze the causes of the change in deer population.
Forward Exam testing included the science portion this week for 8th grade as well as ELA and we will complete the math and social studies portion on Tuesday and Thursday next week.
Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen email@example.com
This week in Civics we completed looking at the Judicial Branch by taking the Chapter 7 test. We spend a couple days reviewing for the test before they completed the test. The students did a great job managing time between the forward exam and still finding time to do well on their test. The rest of the week was spent reviewing what we’ve learned so far about the federal government. Next week the students will be working in groups and researching an important Supreme Court Case that took place during the U.S. Students will research and then present the case to the rest of the class focusing in on the impact the cass had on the United States. This is a great opportunity for students to work with another to achieve a goal. Have a great week. Mr. Johnsen
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to Algebra only met on Monday and Friday this week due to Forward Exam testing. The time had we spent doing some reviewing. We reviewed classifying triangles by sides and angles. We also spent some time reviewing the Pythagorean Theorem. They also used the distance formula and the midpoint formula. Next week we will continue working on geometry and tackle angle relationships. This will reinforce our work with equation solving strategies. Please check Skyward for absent or late work and encourage the completion of any of this missing work.
Algebra began working on solving quadratic equations this week. With Forward Exam we did our best to stay on track. We used this week do do a lot of reviewing. Since the first step in solving a quadratic equation is to factor, we spent some time reviewing factoring strategies. On Friday we worked with completing the square and next week we should be able to cover the quadratic equation. I hope to get this unit wrapped up before Spring Break. If we work hard next week, we should be able to accomplish that goal.
I appreciate your help in keeping your son or daughter motivated as we begin our push into the final months of the school year. Check for updated grades and encourage corrections or completion of late work if needed.
The math portion of the Forward Exam is next Tuesday. Please make sure your son or daughter gets enough sleep and eats a nutritious breakfast. It is also essential they come to school with their Chromebooks fully charged for the day.
Please contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a great weekend.
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow email@example.com
This week in Spanish we practice the verbs and vocabulary concepts thus far in our "Casa" unit by creating our own Kahoots. Kahoots are fun, interactive games played on the Chromebooks. Students then were challenged in answering their own classmates' Kahoot questions. We also played verb ball to practice the verbs vivir and estar. On Wednesday, we took a vocabulary quiz on Schoology on the vocabulary words of our house unit so far, students are allowed to take the quiz again if they feel they can do better, but overall students demonstrated that they were ready to move on with the second half of the unit: chores. Students asked and answered the question, ¿Cuál quehacer tienes que hacer? (What chore(s) do you have to do?). So many students answered that they had to take care of their pets, we had to add a whole new word to our vocabulary list! We practiced the verb tener que = to have to do something but finishing with a game of telefono on Friday! Next week, we will continue to work with our chore vocabulary while we also include activities we prefer to do over chores-reviewing vocabulary from our hobby unit. Students will also take a verb quiz and start working on their Casa Unit project. Have a great weekend!
Physical Education & Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we took a break from any particular unit and revisited the concept of respect. The 8th graders did a variety of activities that included raising a “rude” card or “respectful” card based on different gestures that I read aloud. We talked about how gestures we make in the US maybe considered respectful to us, but rude in other parts of the world. We also discussed how our perception of “rude” and “respectful” may be different from others. And lastly, we made lists of things that would be considered respectful to our teachers and peers. We selected the ones that would be considered the most important to the students.
This week the eighth graders continued and finished their Hockey Unit with three days of hockey game play! The students really increased their cardiovascular endurance and played very competitively. They seemed to enjoy the unit a lot!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
Our Advanced Band students performed solos and small ensembles at the Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 25th from 8:00-Noon at Yorkville School. I am very proud of all of the students who performed! This year, 55 out 89 events received the best possible rating! Thank you to all of the parents that volunteered as room monitors and concession stand workers! Special thanks to Mrs. Grimes for coordinating the concession stand and to Mrs. Strickland for coordinating the room monitors!
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. Please have your child turn in the permission slip by Tuesday, April 4.
We will also be hosting another Culver’s Fundraiser on April 7. A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Yorkville Band program. Please remember to tell the cashier that you are supporting the Yorkville Band.
Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!
Choir News and Updates
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. Students need to have their full costumes to school by April 7th. This will give us time over break to alter costumes or fill in missing pieces if needed. The musical takes place in July 1912, victorian edwardian style “titanic-like” clothing and knickers, suspenders and fedoras or kentucky derby hats are some examples.
Music Man Jr. Rehearsals - Rehearsals are running smoothly!! We continue to work on blocking. Main Cast members will have after school rehearsals starting on Monday March 27. Students received a schedule last week with dates. Cast should have their lines memorized by now!! Rehearsals are every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. It is very important that your child be present during these times!!
Music Man Tickets - An order form will be going home this next week. Ticket sales start April 5th! Last year we sold out so get your tickets early!!
Students did an amazing job at Solo Ensemble. You should be proud of your performances. Way to Go!!!
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