Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 3/20-3/24
- 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.
2016-2017 YEARBOOK ORDER DUE!
Buffalo Wild Wings PTO Fundraiser!
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
This week in 7th grade ELA we began our research as students chose social injustice research topics. Students learned how to find reliable sources and cite their sources. Additionally, students continued reading in their lit circle groups and we read in our book report book. There is a lot of reading going on this unit, so be sure and check in with your child to see if they are bringing their books home to read. I give class time for a lot of the reading we are doing, but all students read and different paces, so always good to check in. They students are very into their research as it will eventually build into a historical research website on their topic, created by them. I look forward to seeing what they are able to create. Have a wonderful weekend!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai email@example.com
Becky Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Algebra finished the factoring Module 15 with a quiz on Monday. We then began working on Module 16. In this module we are going to be solving quadratic equations. This unit will continue to use the methods for factoring that we used in the previous module. It is crucial that your son or daughter understands how to factor because this is the unit that will continually build on the previous lesson. If they are struggling with this concept they need to see me for some extra help. I can show them some other methods for factoring if they are having a hard time with the two methods I have showed them.
We have a lot of material to cover yet this trimester. I appreciate your help in keeping your son or daughter motivated as we begin our push into the final trimester. Check for updated grades and encourage corrections or completion of late work if needed. With the viruses going through the school, make sure your son or daughter has completed any absent work if they have missed some days.
Please contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a great weekend.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis email@example.com
On Friday, students cut water bottles in half, added soil, and planted grass seeds in order to create their own ecosystems. Students started this week off making observations on their eco-bottles with the hopes of seeing growing grass. That didn’t happen on Monday, but they were pretty excited to see lots of growth by Thursday. We are using these eco-bottles to test how humans impact our ecosystems. Some things we are testing include: lemon juice and Coca Cola to simulate acid rain, table salt to simulate road salt runoff, Miracle Gro as fertilizer and aluminum foil to simulate metals in our water.
We will continue to make observations through next week. Students will complete their notes from the Ecology presentation on Monday and will then have a few activities to do before the test. Our schedule next week includes the Forward exam Tuesday through Thursday so this unit will probably not end until just before spring break. Have a wonderful weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in U.S history we looked at how the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln led to the Civil War. After the election South Carolina broke away from the Union followed by six other southern states. When Lincoln was finally sworn in as president he had to find a way to resupply Fort Sumter. When trying to do this the South decided to attack which started the Civil War. The students finished the week by completing the chapter 16 test. Next week students will complete the portfolio project for chapter 16. Students will create a newspaper and write stories about the different events that led to the start of the Civil War. Have a great weekend. Mr. J
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow email@example.com
This week in Spanish was all about activities that students like to do. We began our "¿Cómo eres?" unit which is all about descriptions of ourselves and friends. We began our first set of vocabulary of the unit-hobbies and passtimes. Students should be able to tell you at least three different activities in Spanish that they like to do-and even some that they don't like to do (to help in the house was a common dislike ;) Throughout the week we practiced pronunciation and spelling of the vocabulary and briefly began our first grammar point-using gustar to describe what we like to do, a verb that should be familiar with them from our food unit. Next week we will continue to practice this set of vocabulary words.
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the 7th graders found nutritional facts about their favorite fast food meal. On Tuesday we discussed how to eat healthier at fast food restaurants. On Thursday, the students put together and collected nutritional facts about their healthier fast food meals. I think the activity was a real eye opener for many.
This week the seventh graders continued their hockey unit. We spent time learning how to pass and move, and we also learned how to shoot, play goalie, and faceoff. On Friday, we started some hockey game play, which we will continue with next week! The students are really increasing their cardiovascular endurance!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
Our students are ready for the Solo and Ensemble Festival which will be on Saturday, March 25th at Yorkville School. Based on what I have heard in class, there will be many outstanding performances!
On Friday, April 7, the members of the Advanced Band will be traveling to Union Grove High School for a morning rehearsal and then participating in the 40th Annual Mass Band Concert at 6:30pm in the UGHS large gym. We will also be hosting another Culver’s Fundraiser on April 7.
Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!
Choir News and Updates
Music Man Jr. Costumes-Students will need to find their own costume for the musical. I do have some things here at school, but not a lot. The musical takes place in July 1912, victorian edwardian style “titanic-like” clothing and knickers with suspenders are some examples. Rehearsals are running smoothly!! We will start blocking next week. Cast members will need to have their lines memorized by then!!. Rehearsals are every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. It is very important that your child be present during these times!!
Solo & Ensemble is Saturday March 25th from 8am-12pm. Students continue to work on their pieces and should sign up for individual practice times with me weekly.
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