Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!

7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 11/1-11/4

  • 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

Union Grove High School

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 Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

Carolyn Heiar



This week in 7th grade ELA we began our new Dystopian unit. During this unit, students will get to create their own world with chaos, a hero and a villain. Our reading for this unit will be the famous short story The Lottery and the novel The Giver. This has been a much loved book and unit in the past because it gives kids a chance to think about and write with extreme creativity. Dystopian novels like The Hunger Games and Divergent series are a huge hit with many young adults right now and for this unit they will be writing their own Dystopian short stories. We also reviewed word usage this week in grammar and learned new tricks to remember the different forms of a word. We also enhanced our vocabulary by keeping a running log of words that students will see throughout the unit. For this unit we have a new style of book reports and will be creating ‘book bags’! These book bags will begin to be created in about 5 weeks, up until that point students have chosen a free reading book that they need to read. Please encourage your child to be getting in a few nights of free reading this month! Have a fantastic weekend!

-Ms. Heiar

Math News and Updates

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

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

Pre Algebra began work on Module 3 this week - Proportional and Nonproportional Relationships and Functions. These new concepts contain some skills the students already have used in the past but several new concepts and skills. As I will be checking in with the students in class, please check-in with them at home to make sure they are feeling confident working with the new material. If they don’t feel completely comfortable please remind them to ask me for help and clarification so we can get them on the right track as soon as possible. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Seitz

Algebra worked on equations with two variables. We also worked with functions and function notation. We ended the week with taking a look at explicit and recursive functions. We will spend more time of these functions next week. On Tuesday of next week we will begin reviewing for the next unit test. There will be a pretest on Wednesday and the test will be next week Thursday and Friday. Please encourage your son or daughter to use the pretest to help them study for the test. The end of the first trimester is approaching fast. Encourage your son or daughter to complete any late or absent work they may have. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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

We have been working hard on our cell city projects. This project is used to model the cell organelles using analogies. Students will wrap their projects up on Tuesday, Nov. 8th. A microscope activity was also done to compare and contrast plant and animal cells. We looked at onion cells that students stained with iodine in order to see the cell wall, cytoplasm and nucleus. Students also used their own cheek cells, stained them and viewed those under the microscope as well. These were a little more difficult to see but students still did a great job using the microscopes and focusing in on the cells. We also played “Kahoot It” a couple times to review for the cell organelle function quiz that we took to finish off the week. Next week, we will finish off the last section of the chapter that explains how organisms are organized from cells all the way to organisms.

Have a very nice weekend!

Mrs. Weis

Social Studies News and Updates

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

This week in U.S History we finished Chapter 11 and completed the test over the material we covered. Overall it was easy to tell the students who took the time and worked on the essay question ahead of time. For the rest of the week, and most of next week we will be completing a stocks and bonds simulation. Students will become investors and get to buy and sell stocks with the goal of making as much money as they can. To help keep the students organized we will use a google spreadsheet to keep track of the money they earned. Students will be scored on how well they answer the discussion questions throughout the simulation on the Schoology website. On a side note we would like to invite all families to our Veterans day program at Yorkville School on Friday November 11th at 9:45. Have a great weekend.

Mr. Johnsen

Spanish News and Updates

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

Students this week continued to learn Spanish numbers 0-100. We have made it to one hundred and are now working on practicing our speaking and writing skills. Students completed a variety of activities and games, like "Smack the number" game, partner writing activity and Quizizz technology game. We finished by doing a number scavenger hunt throughout the class. Next week, we will take a break from working with numbers and celebrate "Los Días de los Muertos" or "Day of the Dead."

Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

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

This week in health the 7th graders worked on inspirational Canva posters that coincide with their SMART goals. They were also able to have the opportunity to watch their Unintentional Injury Newscasts.

This week in PE the students participated in a 2 on 2 double elimination Basketball Tournament. There were two brackets for each class to keep things moving. It was fun watching the students work with their partners and try so hard to advance. We also played Cricket on Friday!

Have a spectacular weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



The Advanced Band will be performing at the Veterans Day Assembly at Yorkville School on Friday, November 11 at 9:45am.

In class, the Advanced Band members have been going beyond learning notes and rhythms to focus on concepts such as dynamic contrast, faster tempos, and producing clear tones. Our Winter Band Concert is on December 15 at 9:45am and 7:00pm.

The Jazz Band had a great rehearsal this week! We improved our reading of and performance of syncopated rhythms in Feliz Navidad. 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 were due Friday Nov 4th. I am missing many slips. Get them in asap!!!

Thank you to those who volunteered to help with the Fall Concert dinner. I had a great response. I will send home reminders next week!! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!!

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!