Junior High Journal - 8th Grade

October 9th - 13th

All Junior High Reminders:

  • Chromebooks should be charged every night.
  • Students should check the homework calendar nightly.
  • Check Skyward for updates of grades and missing or late assignments.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7:00 pm PBIS parent informational meeting
  • Thursday, Oct. 19th at 6 pm School Board Meeting (Room 112)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19th 6:30 pm PTO meeting (Library)
  • Friday, Oct. 20th - 7th Grade to Camp Timber-Lee
  • Friday, Oct. 20th - Trunk or Treat at Yorkville School sponsored by the PTO



ELA News and Updates

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

During ELA this week, classes started working on their first formal writing assignment. The paper will serve as their final assessment for the unit we are finishing up about approaching adulthood. Students will write about what they feel marks the transition to adulthood based on the numerous texts we have read. Students have completed a thesis statement and the outline of their paragraphs. Next week we will begin drafting our papers for peer revisions. We will also have a vocabulary quiz on Friday, October 20th. Students have entered the words and definitions into a quizlet for practice. Make sure your student continues to take time to read their independent read book each day. Our first Book Talk is Monday, October 16th.


Math News and Updates

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

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

Algebra worked on simplifying algebraic expressions that involved the distributive property. This is an important section and there are a lot of potential errors in these types of problems. This lesson involves looking at plus and minus signs more as positive and negative signs of the terms they proceed. In the expression 3x-5. The three is positive while the five is negative. When multiplying they need to remember that a negative times a negative is a positive.

We also spent some time writing algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities. The notes for this section were long. We did a couple of in class activities to reinforce this information.

Next week we will work with solving two step equations. We will also solve and graph two step inequalities.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

No update available for Mrs. Seitz's class.


Science News and Updates

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

Students started the week by completing lab stations that demonstrated many signs of chemical changes. They did a wonderful job following directions and writing detailed observations. This lab completed chapter 2 and students will take the test on Monday. Three quizzes were given on this chapter that can be found in Schoology by clicking "view assessment' on the quiz tab. All three would be great resources to use to study as well as the directed reading. Students should study actively in order to master the vocabulary and the chapter objectives found in the beginning of each section in their book. The flappers found in their interactive notebook will also be useful for studying.

Have a great weekend - stay dry!

Mrs. Weis


Social Studies News and Updates

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

This week in Civics we started looking into lesson 2 which focused in on how we created a new government following the Articles of Confederation. At first the delegates were just going to make minor changes to the articles but after trying this they realized they had to give more power to the federal government. Students discussed and learned about how compromising was used to build the current government. We also discuss many different ideas from the Virginia, New Jersey plans to the ⅗ compromise. In the end students understood that most people would accept this new government if a Bill of Rights was added. Next week we will begin lesson 3 which focuses in on structure or breakdown of the constitution. Students will understand that the constitution has three parts, preamble, articles, amendments. We will examine each one and what part it plays in understanding how our government works. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen


Spanish News and Updates

This week in Spanish class I witnessed some awesome work! Your students did work on readings and did their first writing piece, which is showing me how they are already constructing sentences and expressing ideas in Spanish. They are using higher order thinking in Spanish, comparing animals, people and qualities (who is faster, is this activity smart?) It is wonderful to see how much information they can manage in Spanish already and how they can transfer strategies to their other subjects. Have a great weekend!

Sra. Giganti


Gym/Health News and Updates

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

This week in PE the 8th graders played flag football on Monday, on Wednesday we played Goalie Dodgeball, and on Friday we went to Camp Timberlee for some outdoor education! Next week we will finish our flag football unit and continue with our fitnessgram testing.

In Health, the students presented their project about unintentional injuries, such as, concussions, hiking/camping safety, exercising in the heat, online safety, texting and driving to name a few. The students did a nice job of making eye contact with their audience and speaking with confidence and enthusiasm! Enjoy your weekend!


Band News and Updates

Mike Beix mike.beix@yorkville.k12.wi.us

Band Website: tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband

The 6th Grade Band is off to a great start this year! The students are producing great sounds and working on improving their rhythm skills.

Please note that we have a band rehearsal every Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday. Band lessons are schedulBand News and Updates

Mike Beix mike.beix@yorkville.k12.wi.us

Band Website: tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband

The Advanced Band has been hard at work learning music for our Veteran’s Day performance on November 10 and our Winter Concert on December 14.

Please note that Advanced Band meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday. Band lessons are scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays.

Our first Jazz Band rehearsal was on Wednesday and it looks like we will have a great group this year! Jazz Band meets every Wednesday throughout the school year from 3:45-4:15.

ed on Mondays.

Jazz Band meets every Wednesday from 3:45-4:15 starting on October 11. Students that are interested in joining Jazz Band can sign up on the sheet in the band room.


Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



We are off to a great start. The choir has been preparing for our Veteran’s Program and will soon start working on our Winter Concert music.

It’s not too late to join if you are interested. Please come see me if you are. We would love to have you in CHOIR!!!!


Art News and Updates

Dana Dowe


No update available.