Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 2/13-2/17
- 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.
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
This week in 7th grade ELA we continued learning and working on our next style of poetry, Slam Poetry. We read and analyzed different examples of slam poems and found which styles we best related to. Students approved topics with me and began brainstorming and writing the rough draft of their slam poems. Together we conferenced on their writing and ideas and helped guide our writing in a good direction. We also focused more on figurative language, specifically alliterations and hyperboles and began incorporating them in our own writing. Next week we will begin performance stations and students will time their poem performance and get feedback from myself and their group members before the final timed poetry performance. Public speaking is a life skill and I hope to begin helping students conquer their fears as well as learning the crucial skills of being a good audience member. I hope everyone has a nice weekend! Fingers crossed for more great weather!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai email@example.com
Becky Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre Algebra - This week the students worked on a City Designer Project that required them to apply their knowledge of angle relationships. They needed to place various buildings in certain angles that they created by constructing a parallel line/transversal diagram that formed their cities. I was excited to see their creativity in applying their geometry skills to a project. Next week, we will begin work on Angle Theorems for Triangles and students will learn what angle-angle similarity is when working with triangles.
Have a great weekend!
Algebra began working on unit 4 - Polynomial Expression and Equations. We will be spending a good part of the final trimester working on this unit. This week they learned to multiply a monomial and a polynomial and learned to multiply polynomials. They learned a method known as FOIL which is a mnemonic device that stands for first, outside, inside, and last. It is trick to help make sure they are multiplying polynomials correctly. We ended the week with a module 14 vocabulary quiz and a module 14 quiz. A lot of late work and corrections were turned in this week. I will get everything graded and into Skyward by the weekend.
I am looking forward to the final trimester. Next week we will begin factoring polynomials. It is very important to master this section because factoring will be used for the rest of the year as the next few modules build off each other.
With the start of the new trimester please make sure your son or daughter is stocked up on school supplies to make it through the last few months. Remind them that this is a good time to clean out their expandable folders and remove any non current material and papers.
Have a great weekend. It sounds like the weather is going to remind us that it is still only February in Wisconsin. I hope you had a chance to enjoy some of the warm weather we had this last week.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis email@example.com
This week in science, students finished their unit on natural selection. They learned examples of natural selection happening including antibiotic resistance and insecticide resistance and we looked at different reasons populations change over time. We did a simulation where students were hunters with different feeding structures (forks and knives) and had to capture as many prey as they could in one minute. We looked at how the population of hunters changed and how the populations of the prey changed over three generations in two different habitats. Students enjoyed this activity and are busy completing the lab activity as well as a formal lab report. We will also have the chapter test early next week.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the weather!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in U.S History we finished looking at Chapter 14. We discussed the different groups of people that lived in the South. Students examine the struggle and lack of rights slaves and free African Americans went through in the South. They also learned about the Underground Railroad and how it helps runaway slaves escape to the North. We finished up the week by taking the test over Chapter 14. Next week, students will complete the Chapter 14 Portfolio project. Students will take what they learned from the chapter and present it to the class. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow email@example.com
This week in Spanish, students added to their Food Unit vocabulary by learning many different types of fruits, vegetables, desserts, and beverages. Students should be able to say a wide-range of food items commonly eaten at home, so try and quiz your kids at dinner! We also learned our first grammar concept, "¿Qué te gusta comer?" or the question, "What do you like to eat?" Students spent time practicing the grammar by listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the 7th graders completed their Drug and Alcohol Projects and displayed them for all of their classmates to learn from. They also took the Fitness Concepts Quiz on Warm-ups and completed a prioritizing values worksheet, twenty things I love to do worksheet, and designed a tree symbolic of themselves. These worksheets were intended to remind them to never allow drugs into their system and ruin all of the wonderful things they have going and care for in their lives.
This week in PE the seventh graders continued their Rollerblading Unit!!! They were able to skate three days this week! We also played Noodle Tag, 4 Corners, and Limbo on skates!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
Our Advanced Band had a great performance at the Milwaukee Admirals game on Friday, February 17! Thank you to all the families that were at the game supporting our students and the Admirals! Special thanks go out to the Geiss family for providing snacks and drinks for our students! Please email me any pictures you took of our performance. I would like to add them to our website.
Our Advanced Band students are doing a great job learning their music for the Solo and Ensemble Festival which will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 8:00am to 12:30pm at Yorkville School. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering to help with the concession stand or with room monitors.
I am pleased with the progress our band is making with music for our Mass Band Concert which will be held on Friday, April 7 at 6:30pm at the Union Grove High School Gym. This week, we have been working on details such as faster tempos, a wide contrast of dynamics, and strong accents.
Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!
Choir News and Updates
Fireside Field trip: Wed, March 15, 2017.
Music Man Jr. Rehearsals are off to a great start!! It is very important that your child be present during these times!! Thank you! Company contracts are DUE ASAP
Choral Festival Concert, UGHS PC, 7:00pm!: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00pm. Dress rehearsal, 9am-11:30. We will be traveling to UGHS during this time. Students will be responsible for making up any missed work during this time as well.
Solo & Ensemble is Saturday March 23 from 8am-12pm. Students picked music this week and should sign up for individual practice times with me.
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