Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 3/6-3/10
- 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 continued with our Social Injustice unit. Our theme topic for the week was the Civil Rights Movement. We watched and discussed MLK Jr’s famous ‘I Have a Dream Speech’. Students were very interested and thoughtful on this topic. This week we also presented our historical hero websites that we have been working on for almost 2 weeks. These websites are officially published, make sure you look at what your child created, they are pretty cool and a lot of effort went into making them. Additionally, students were assigned their lit circle groups for the unit and began reading their social injustice novels that range in topics from slavery to women’s rights. Next week we will be choosing research topics to write about and create an even more in depth website about as the unit continues. Students attitudes towards the topics we are discussing have been nothing but respectful and I think that says a lot about what they have been taught at home, so thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Seitz email@example.com
Pre Algebra - This week we completed our work with angle theorems for triangles. The students were able to build an understanding of how angles in a triangle relate to one another. On Thursday, we began learning about the Pythagorean Theorem. We will spend the beginning of next week putting the theorem to work by finding the missing leg lengths, the hypotenuse length and when given all side measures, students will use the theorem to decide if a triangle is a right triangle or not. I anticipate a quiz on the Pythagorean Theorem to be mid-week, next week. Our next module will be on Volume.
Have a great weekend!
Algebra finished factoring polynomials. We spent a few days reviewing the various methods they can use for factoring. Factoring polynomials is harder when all factoring is put together and not separated by different types. The review assignments helped prepare them for the quiz on Friday. Next week we will begin solving quadratic equations. This chapter will rely heavily on the factoring we did in this chapter. Since the next chapter deals with square roots, it is imperative your son or daughter has a good calculator. Please make sure they have the supplies necessary for this chapter.
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.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a change of plans last week so we didn’t look at the protists under the microscope until Monday. Students enjoyed finding them and did an excellent job using their microscopes. We were able to see three different protists and some were able to find the fourth one, Volvox, that was a little more difficult to find. It was exciting to see them swim around or through the view of the microscope. All classes also dissected mushrooms and identified the structures and functions. This concludes our work on the Kingdom Protista and Fungi.
We began a new unit, Ecosystems, and began our lab investigation where students will choose what they want to test on their own ecosystem. Each pair of students will be responsible for writing one final lab report on their investigation. I’m looking forward to seeing their hard work throughout the year pay off on this final lab report. (They love them!)
Please check skyward to ensure your child is keeping up on their work. This sometimes becomes a tough time of year to keep pushing through so a little reinforcement always helps! Thank you for your continued support! Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen email@example.com
This week in U.S History we continued to look at what caused the country to pull apart over the issue of slavery. We started with discussing the development of the Republican party and its goal to end slavery in the new territories. Next we talked about the Dred Scott Supreme Court case which legalized slavery throughout the United States. We finished with the election of 1860 and the attack at Fort Sumter. The election of 1860 caused seven Southern states to break away and form a new country. FInally the attack on Fort Sumter started the Civil War. Next week we will finish looking at the attack on Fort Sumter and take the test over Chapter 16. Student will have their guided reading packets, study guide, self check quizzes in the book, as well as the essay question to use to study. Please encourage your child to take a few nights and study for this test. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, 7th graders were busy presenting their restaurant skits and learning about the Dominican Republic! Students presented their skits with their new group members just five minutes after finding out who they present with. We have been practicing this skit for the entire unit and preparing our individual roles. Because in real-life you don't plan and practice your conversations before having them, I threw a curve ball at them and they presented with new group members. They still had the same role in the conversation, just had different people they needed to interact to. Students did a great job and really got into the skits, even involving play food and fun expressions! Next, like we always do between thematic units, we studied a country. This time, we studied the Dominican Republic and specifically the island's history, love of baseball, and different interesting facts. Students are putting the information they learned from their resources into a scrapbook that will be due next Tuesday. Next week, we will begin our next thematic unit-las actividades (activities). Have a great weekend!
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
This week the 7th graders worked on their SMART Goal you tube videos on Video Editor. I really appreciate the help a number of parents provided in working out with their son or daughter, videoing, and/or emailing pictures/videos to make this project possible. I am very much looking forward to watching the creative videos the students worked so hard to produce.
This week the seventh graders played Medic Ball, which is a variation of bombardment. On Wednesday, the students started their Floor Hockey Unit. We talked about safety and played lead-up games including Hockey Keep Away and Hockey Pirates. On Friday, we worked on passing and shooting. The students look forward to participating in Floor Hockey Game Play next week!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
Our Solo and Ensemble Festival will be on Saturday, March 25th at Yorkville School. Performance times were posted Monday morning, so ask your child to find out the specific time and location of their performance. Encourage your child to perform their music for you. This will help them be more confident at the festival!
If you volunteered to help at the festival, Bernadette Strickland or Amy Grimes will be contacting you in the coming days. Thanks again to all of our volunteers!
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