# Junior High Journal

### News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!

• 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.

Carolyn Heiar

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It was a great week back in 7th Grade ELA! I missed their humor and it was wonderful to see everyone enjoyed the break. We wasted no time getting back into finishing our Dystopian Unit. We shared book bags, presented adjective projects and read 4 chapters from The Giver along with associated vocab folder work. It’s awesome to see how much more in depth our conversations as a class are becoming as students are thinking deeper about the concepts of the book. Our major focus this week was editing and finishing our Dystopian short stories. I worked one on one with each student throughout the week to read and help edit their stories. Students also worked with peer editors to improve their stories. I encourage you to have your child read their story to you at home, they are exciting and a lot of work was put forth into writing them. Another editor never hurts either. Next week we will finish our unit, The Giver and take a unit test. Enjoy the weekend and stay warm!

-Ms. Heiar

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

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

Pre Algebra - Happy New Year! This week we began with a review of equations and have focused on the proper process when solving equations. We will be working on not only 2-step, but multistep equations with integers, distributive property, fractions and decimals. There will a quiz on the types of equations we have already worked on next Thursday or Friday. Enjoy the weekend!

Algebra began working on Module 7 this week. This module continues to work with linear equations. We will revisited function notation and arithmetic sequences. They were also introduced to inverse functions. We ended the week with a module 7 vocabulary quiz. Next week we will begin working with graphing inequalities. This will give good reinforcement to graphing linear equations and to solving inequalities. Please check Skyward for updated grades. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend

Mrs. Niccolai

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

It is great to be back, refreshed and ready to start some new learning! We began the week looking at some of our characteristics and finding out which of our classmates had dominant traits and who had the recessive traits. Students were surprised to find out that some traits were much more common than others. It was very entertaining to watch students try to curl their tongues! You have probably guessed that we are learning about heredity. Students learned about the “Father of Genetics” and how Mendel’s experiments led him to draw conclusions about how traits are passed down from parents to offspring. There is lots of new vocabulary in this chapter that we will be using to predict the traits of offspring.

I am looking forward to a great second half of the year!

Happy New Year!

Mrs. Weis

## Social Studies News and Updates

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

It is great to be back, refreshed and ready to start some new learning! We began the week looking at some of our characteristics and finding out which of our classmates had dominant traits and who had the recessive traits. Students were surprised to find out that some traits were much more common than others. It was very entertaining to watch students try to curl their tongues! You have probably guessed that we are learning about heredity. Students learned about the “Father of Genetics” and how Mendel’s experiments led him to draw conclusions about how traits are passed down from parents to offspring. There is lots of new vocabulary in this chapter that we will be using to predict the traits of offspring.

I am looking forward to a great second half of the year!

Happy New Year! Mr. J

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

This week in Spanish we began using our first verb "tener" to describe what school supplies we have in our backpack. Students asked each other what they have in their fictional backpack and we then played verb ball to practice verbally. Lastly, we spent time writing using tener. Next week we will add more vocabulary related to school to our list and practice with another verb.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs.Morrow

## Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

Welcome back! This week the 7th graders completed a Tobacco Scavenger Hunt. This helped them obtain background information about a variety of tobacco products that we will be discussing in the near future. They also participated in a Emphysema Simulation, learned about the effects on cilia that help keep us illness free, and also had the opportunity to observe models of healthy lungs, unhealthy lungs, and a year’s worth of tar.

This week the seventh graders dove right into the Fitnessgram Winter Testing Session. On Wednesday we tested their muscular strength and endurance with the curl up test and their flexibility with the trunk lift, while they were not testing they increased their cardiovascular endurance by playing full court basketball. On Friday, we also tested their muscular strength and endurance with the push-up test, while the students were not testing they participated in Speedball.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs.Peterson

Mike Beix

mike.beix@yorkville.k12.wi.us

tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband

Advanced Band students performed short music compositions using the free music notation website Noteflight.com at their band lessons this week. I was impressed by the creativity of our students!

We were able to raise \$225 for our band students at our Culver’s Fundraiser on December 15. Thank you to everyone helped support the band!

For the seventh consecutive year, the Milwaukee Admirals have invited us to perform the Star Spangled Banner before the game at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee on Friday, February 17. The bus will leave Yorkville School at 4:45pm. A ticket order form will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!

Carly Kreuscher

carly.kreuscher@yorkville.k12.wi.us

http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com

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…