Junior High Journal

News and Happenings of the Junior High Department

6th Grade Updates and Reminders 9/26-9/30

  • Thanks to all the families that attended, volunteered, or contributed to the Ram Family Fun Fest last Saturday. A good time was had by all and we raised a significant amount of money for our school!
  • 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

Every year, we pick a theme or themes that enhance students' character. This year, we have chosen to help develop a growth mindset among students and staff. A growth mindset is based off of the research of Dr. Carol Dweck who identified two mindsets. A fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is a belief system in which one believes that intelligence is something you are born with-it is innate and although everyone can learn new things, your innate intelligence cannot be changed."A student with a fixed mindset might believe that he or she will never be good in a particular subject or be afraid to try something that he or she things is too difficult or at which he or she fears failure" (Ricci 1). A growth mindset believes that "both teachers and students learn about the malleability of the brain and what can happen as a result of practice, perseverance, resiliency, and grit" (Ricci 1).

Every week we will cover a new theme that will be mentioned in this newsletter. We encourage you to develop a growth mindset along with us!

Individual Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

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

*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still

We finished up our lit circle books this week. They all seemed to like the books they chose. We will begin reading our first in class novel, Freak the Mighty next week. They will have a packet of comprehension questions, charts and pictures to draw dealing with this novel. Such a great book!

The 6th grade also studied nouns this week and should be able to identify various types of nouns. They took notes, did a whiteboard review and will have a quiz on nouns next week.

They completed Spelling-Unit 3 working with words with the long and short “i” sound. Next week they will work with words that have the short and long “o” sound. We also had a friendly competition of who can say the list of spelling words the faster. It builds great fluency and is super fun to watch!

Have a great weekend! Happy October!

Mrs. Lazewski

Math News and Updates

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

This week in Math, the sixth graders reviewed GCF and LCM by learning a new dance. Ask them if they can show you! Then we took the Module 2 Quiz and began work on Module 3. We reviewed how to convert mixed numbers and decimals into fractions. By the end of the week, we learned what a rational number is and how to classify them using a Venn Diagram.

Next week we will continue our work with rational numbers by identifying their opposites and absolute value, as well as ordering them. We will finish Module 3 and take the quiz and begin studying for the Unit 1 Test! Unit 2 will be on to work with fractions and decimals!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lois

Social Studies News and Updates

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

In social studies we investigated some of the Native American cultures from around the time 1492. We looked at Native American groups that lived in different parts of North America and studied the changes in their diet and their housing as dictated by their location. We looked at several regions including: The Northern Peoples, Western Peoples, Southwestern Peoples, Plains Peoples, Eastern Peoples, and Southeastern Peoples. We ended the week by reviewing the chapter. The first chapter test will be next week Tuesday. They will have a study guide to help them prepare for the test. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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

This week has flown by! It is hard to believe October is just about here! The 1st quiz is in the grade book and if your child did not do as well as they would have liked please encourage them to look over their study guides before each quiz. The remainder of the week was used to introduce and learn about topographic maps. Next week the students will be working on an in class project pertaining to them. 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 started their fitness testing. We will be using the Fitnessgram to test the students three times this year--fall, winter, and spring. The students will determine if their scores are above, in, or below the healthy fitness zone for each category. The students were tested on the push up test, curl up test, and trunk lift test, which focused on their muscular strength and endurance. The students also played speedball and basketball when they were not testing. Have an active weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



The 6th Grade Band had another great week of learning. Band lessons are off to a great start as we start learning new concepts and skills.

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

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



The students continue to work on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They continue to make lots of progress! There will be a November performance and details are in the making. Stay Tuned!!!

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

Mrs. Herman is currently on maternity leave after having her daughter, Audrey Jean, September 7th! She will return in December and continue with updates then.