Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!

7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 11/28-12/2

  • 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.

Winter Band and Choir Concert

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 7pm

18621 Washington Avenue

Union Grove, WI

The Winter Band and Choir concert will be held Thursday, December 15th at 7pm. Also, from Noon to 10pm, Culvers on Hwy. 20 & I-94 will donate a portion of all sales to the Band! Please mention Yorkville School when ordering. Enjoy a meal or some custard before or after the concert!

Individual Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

Carolyn Heiar



This week in 7th grade ELA we got back into the swing of things after a nice long Thanksgiving Break. We dove back into reading The Giver and as a student said this week, “this book is weird, but I’m not bored.” This book explores a world that doesn’t exist and it really makes the kids think deeper about our world and the imaginary one that they are creating in writing. We started the editing process this week with our articles of the week to get used to reading our writing out loud and listening for mistakes as opposed to just looking for them. This will continue to be a focused on area of writing and editing. We finished up our Dystopian short story brainstorming and outlining and next week we jump into our rough drafts of writing the story. I look forward to seeing all of their very creative ideas come to life in their stories.

Enjoy the weekend and stay warm!

-Ms. Heiar

Math News and Updates

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

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

Pre Algebra has spent time this week really focusing on reviewing integer operations. It is such an important skill to master for them to be successful in their entire math career. Next week we will begin work on Linear Non-proportional Equations. This will again involve slope of a line and graphing. My goal is to have graphing all wrapped up before Christmas. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Seitz

Algebra worked on graphing and writing linear equations in slope intercept form, standard form, and point slope form. We used real world examples and created graphs to represent these situations. It was a good way to visually understand what a y intercept is. Next week we will look at the relationship of parallel and perpendicular lines. We will also begin reviewing for the graphing unit test. It was nice to meet with many of you during conferences. Have a great weekend.

Please contact me via e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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

This week in science, students took a quiz on cell transport, the first section of chapter 4. They learned some different pathways molecules can take to enter or exit a cell. Students also performed a week long lab called the Egg-citing Egg-speriment. A raw egg was placed in vinegar for a day, corn syrup the next day and finally water. Ask your child what happened each day! They all did an excellent job thinking there way through this lab. The lab report will be do on Tuesday next week.

We also began to dive into cell energy. When we are done with this section, students will be able to describe how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are connected.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Weis

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Students testing for diffusion and osmosis in an Egg-citing Egg-speriment!

Social Studies News and Updates

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

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

This week in U.S History the 7th graders began looking into lesson 2 which focused on the “Trail of Tears.” This lesson discussed how the government paid Native Americans who had built communities in the South to up and move to a new Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma. Many of the tribes felt pressured to up and move. The Cherokee felt they were protected and as the Supreme Court to rule in their favor. The courts did, but President Jackson wouldn’t enforce the ruling so they were rounded up by the army and forced to move. Over 4000 Cherokee died on the march to the new land. Next week we will look at Jackson and his struggle with the National Bank. We will discuss why he feels that government shouldn’t have a bank and the impact that comes with it. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen

Spanish News and Updates

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

This week, we summed up our Calendar Theme Unit by playing a telephone game, asking each other "When is your birthday?" and playing Bingo, and taking our quiz. We spent Friday, learning about the history and culture of Mexico and we will be completeing a small research project next week.

Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

This week in health the 7th graders continued their Bullying Unit with a powerful activity called “Taking a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes.” Each student had a unique characteristic placed on their back, one that cannot be changed and characteristics that people are typically bullied for. The students were told to walk around the room and treat others as if they had this specific characteristic. The majority of the students did not appreciate being treated this way even for five minutes much less the rest of their lives. The students reflected after the activity and it was a wonderful eye opener for them. This sparked a lot of thought about how they will treat others in the future. They also created skits from a number of bullying scenarios and learned how to stand up to a bullying, speak up to a bully, and report a bullying behavior.

This week in PE the students finished up the Badminton Unit with a double elimination tournament. This activity generated a lot of competitiveness and excitement!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



The Winter Band Concert will be held on December 15 at 9:45am and 7:00pm in the Yorkville Large Gym. Both concerts are free and open to the public, so feel free to invite all of your family and friends!

Students should be in the Band Room at 6:37pm. The dress code for the evening concert is:

· GIRLS: skirt (at least knee length) or dress pants and a nice top.

· BOYS: polo shirt or dress shirt (tucked in) and khakis or dress pants.

· Shorts, blue jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, or athletic shoes are not allowed.

· Students are allowed to wear holiday hats.

Our first Culvers Fundraiser will be on Thursday, December 15 from Noon to 10:00 PM. A portion of your sales will be donated to our band students. Please spread the word!

The Jazz Band had another 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 stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



The youtube link for our Fall Concert from Nov. 15 with Nash Elementary is now available. If you were unable to attend the performance or would like to view it again, here it is…


We are currently preparing for our winter concert. Our Winter Concert is Thursday, December 15 at 9:45am and 7:00pm.

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

Art News and Updates

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

If you would like to sign up for Art, there is still time! Come to the Art room on Monday, December 5 at the beginning of study hall!