Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 12/12-12/16
- 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.
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
This was a very busy week in ELA! On Monday and Wednesday students read from The Giver and we did comprehension work for our folder in Lit Circle groups. On Tuesday and Thursday students had the opportunity to put their weekly work with adjectives to work by coming up with a shark tank project. Students could choose a business partner and come up with a holiday or winter product to “sell” to the class. Student get to create a fake company, slogan and product and pitch the idea to the class who are potential investors. All of the students were very excited for this real life simulation of marketing and advertising. I look forward to the presentations! We also put a lot of time towards writing our short Dystopian stories this week. The creativity is flowing. If you get a chance, ask your child to read you their story, give them feedback or help them proofread. These stories are great and the more editing tools they use the better it will be. The final thing that students are putting together is their “book bag” book report project. Students have been reading a free reading book for about 6 weeks and they are writing the finishing touches for their projects. Busy weeks ahead, stay healthy and warm! Have a good weekend!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Seitz email@example.com
Pre Algebra spent the week completing in-class graphing activities using tables, graphing from the slope-intercept equation and writing the slope intercept equation from a graph. We will spend several days next week completing a slope/stained glass project and I anticipate some really cool designs when they are done! There will also be a Module 4 quiz at the end of next week. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Seitz
Algebra spent the early part of the week reviewing for the graphing unit test. We began the test on Wednesday. but with the band concert on Thursday, most students did not complete the test until Friday. I hope to have all the tests graded this weekend and have all grades updated on Skyward as well. Next week we will complete a short unit on solving systems of equations by graphing and substitution. The systems of equations chapter will incorporate more application problems (word problems). I will try to ease their fears as we tackle these types of problems. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Niccolai
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis firstname.lastname@example.org
In science this week, we focused on the cell cycle. Students are learning the process cells go through in order to make more cells. Students modeled the cell cycle with a cookie mitosis activity and had to describe what was happening in each phase.
We are building on concepts learned in previous chapters including the cell theory and the functions of cell organelles. The cell cycle will build a foundation that will be helpful when we learn about heredity in the next unit. Students will have their chapter assessment early next week on cell processes including cell transport, cell energy and the cell cycle. I would encourage you to remind your child to actively study the vocabulary and chapter objectives. Studying out loud with someone, highlighting important concepts in the directed reading or drawing pictures of the concepts while reviewing are some great ways to study.
Also, please check skyward for updated grades and make sure there are no missing or late assignments. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen email@example.com
This week in U.S History the 7th graders completed a portfolio project over Chapter 12. The students were given four different objectives in which they had to choose two to complete and add to their webpage. The portfolio highlighted the major objectives that we talked about in Chapter 12. Next week we will begin looking at Chapter 13 which focuses in on the settlement of Oregon and the Oregon trail. We will focus on why Oregon was such a great place to settle, and the hardships people went through to get to the trail. On a side note I want to thank all who donated for the penny wars against Raymond. Its great to see the schools work together for a great cause. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, students dove into our school-themed unit with lots of new vocabulary words! Students learned approximately 25 vocabulary words related to school including, pen, pencil, book, dictionary, and various art supplies! Ask your son or daughter to teach you some new vocabulary words at home this weekend! Lastly, 7th graders also learned about how nouns in Spanish have a gender and a number, meaning they are either masculine, feminine, singular, or plural. We learned that definite articles help determine what the nouns are and practiced by playing a spelling game.
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
This week in health the 7th graders continued their Bullying Unit by reflecting on the way they handle their anger, are they positive or negative ways, and how do their ways affect others. They also wrote about conflicts they had and practiced writing “I-messages” to positively address conflicts.
This week the seventh graders learned about circuit training and participated in 13 fitness stations that worked their cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength and endurance. They also learned the medical terms for the twelve major muscles and which exercise worked each muscle or muscles. They were also able to learn and play a new game called Gladiator Ball. This was a fun way to work on our cardiovascular endurance!
Have a safe weekend!
Band News and Updates
Congratulations to all of the Advanced Band members for an outstanding Winter Concert. It is amazing how much the students have improved since the start of the school year. They should be very proud of their performance! Thank you to everyone that supported the Culver’s Fundraiser!
In the coming weeks, our band students will be starting to compose their very own music using their Chromebooks and Noteflight.com.
Students also need to perform music for family or friends over Winter Break. Encourage your child to present a mini holiday concert!
Watch for Music spiritwear. It will be handed out next week before break!
Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!
Choir News and Updates
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Winter Concert on Thursday. A job well done by all. I am super proud of my choir. Way to go!!!
Watch for Music spiritwear. It will be handed out next week before break!
This years musical will be Music Man Jr. Auditions will be held during the week of Jan 9, 2017. Audition packets are available in the choir room. I have attached to music and choreography the students will need to perform during their audition on my website!!
We continue to work on music for Choral Fest. . Choral Festival is Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00pm.
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
Here is the link from our Fall Concert on Nov. 15 with Nash Elementary. If you were unable to attend the performance or would like to view it again, here it is…