Junior High Journal

News and Happenings of the Junior High Department

6th Grade Updates and Reminders 10/3-10/7

  • Chromebooks should be charged every night to ensure the battery lasts throughout the day!
  • Water bottles should be stored in lockers at all time. Students can ask to get a drink if they are thirsty, but with our new Chromebooks, water bottles are not allowed in the classroom.
  • 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.

Junior High October Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 4:30-8pm

18621 Washington Avenue

Union Grove, WI

This is a by-invitation only parent/teacher conference. An invite will be mailed to you with information about the conferences and which teachers would like to speak with you and your child. This is our chance to meet with new families and address any early student concerns.

We will welcome all students and families at our November 16 & November 21st conferences to sum up the first trimester.

Character Education: Growth Mindset

This week we learned having the correct attitude that embraces challenges. Next week, our mindset focus quote is: "With effort and determination, I can succeed!" Believing in yourself is a BIG deal in the growth mindset. Many children suffer from low self-esteem and are afraid to try if they think it might result in failure. The mindset of failure, results in failure. Consider banning the words, "I can't" from your home. Trade them for the words "not yet". Practice positive self-talk with your children.

Individual Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

Karrie Lazewski karrie.lazewski@yorkville.k12.wi.us

*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still

The 6th graders are continuing to read Freak the Mighty. They love it, so far! They are completing comprehension questions with each chapter.

We finished up our lesson on nouns and took a quiz this week. Those grades will be in by next week. We will move onto Adjectives next week and they will begin writing their descriptive Halloween stories. These are always so well done and the students really get into writing these. Can’t wait to hear the scary ideas they come up with for these stories.

Spelling Unit 4 dealt with the short and long “o” sound and next week we will work with words that have the short or long “u” sound.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lazewski

Math News and Updates

Amanda Lois amanda.lois@yorkville.k12.wi.us

This week in Math, the sixth graders finished Module 3 introducing rational numbers. We learned how to classify them, find their opposite and absolute value and how to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions in order to compare and order them. On Wednesday we played another Kahoot Review game (a favorite of the sixth grade class). We took the Module 3 quiz on Thursday.

On Friday we began studying for the Unit 1 Test. We discussed how we “practice” for a Math test and how to use helpful strategies to study and take Math tests. We listed many options each student can choose from. Ask your child which options they are choosing over the weekend to “practice” for the Unit Test on Monday.

Next week we take the Unit 1 Test and begin our work with fractions. We will start with a quick review of addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers. Then we will move on into multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lois

Social Studies News and Updates

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

In social studies we wrapped up our first chapter. Check for updated test grades on Skyward by the end of the week. We also began looking at the vocabulary for the next chapter. Chapter 2 will look Exploring the Americas. We will investigate different explorers and the countries they represented. We will also begin to look at how new ideas began to change the way people lived. The competition for colonies is also part of this chapter, as we look at conflicts and religious rivalries. On Fridays we continue to work on geography skills. This week they are finishing their scale drawings of North America. Most of them are enjoying the challenge. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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

In science we finished our chapter by completing a 3D topographic map in class project. The students gained a better understanding of contour lines and changes in elevation. We will begin our new chapter next week on Astronomy! The students will be introduced to a new vocabulary program on their computers called Quizlet that allows them to attach an image to the definition and it then creates flashcards and review games to help them gain a better understanding of the terms. Just an FYI...in Skyward, if a 0% grade is given, that is because a student did not have the assignment turned in when it was due. If the grade shows a “ * ” it is not missing (as Skyward defaults it to) it simple has not yet been entered. Hope this clears up any confusion. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Seitz

Physical Education News and Updates

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

Nathan Meyer nathan.meyer@yorkville.k12.wi.us

This week the sixth graders completed their Fitnessgram test with the sit and reach (flexibility) and the pacer test (cardiovascular endurance). While they were not testing they also had the opportunity to play team handball and prison ball! Please encourage your kids to continue to fill out their PE homework for the month of October! Have a wonderful fall weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



The 6th Grade Band has begun working on music for the Winter Band Concert on December 15.

All 6th Grade Band students will be receiving a new band lesson book. Please return the form that was emailed to your and given to the students along with payment for the book by Monday, October 10th.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay informed with calendar dates, current band news, and helpful online resources.

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



he students continue to work on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They continue to make lots of progress! There will be a November 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.

I have added a “What’s New” page to my website and will be posting a 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

There are still some students with missing handbook slips. The signed portion of the handbook was due Friday Sept 23rd. Let’s try to get the remainder of them in asap!!

Art News and Updates

Dana Herman dana.herman@yorkville.k12.wi.us

Student’s tessellations are looking great! After transforming their tessellating shapes into recognizable objects, students are creating their own tessellation inspired by M.C. Escher.