Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department

8th Grade Updates & Reminders 5/15-5/19

  • This will be the last newsletter of the school year. Because of the busy schedule the last few weeks of school, many classes will be adjusted due to various activities. Please check out the following activities below!

PTO Subway Night

Friday, May 19th, 4:30pm

734 South Sylvania Avenue

Sturtevant, WI

Join members of the Yorkville Staff and PTO for a Subway fundraiser at the Subway located near I-94 from 4:30-7:30. Who's hungry?

Spring Band Concert

Tuesday, May 23rd, 7pm

18621 Washington Avenue

Union Grove, WI

The Spring Band Concert (including Beginner, 6th grade, Advanced, and Jazz Bands) will hold their concert at 9:45am and 7pm! Come listen to the awesome bands of Yorkville with Mr. Beix directing!

8th Grade Field Trip-Brewer's Game

Wednesday, May 24th, 9am

1 Brewers Way

Milwaukee, WI

8th graders will attend a Brewer's Game on Wednesday, May 24th. Students will be back before the school day is over.

Field Day and Red Carpet Ceremony

Thursday, May 18th, 9am

18621 Washington Avenue

Union Grove, WI

We will hold our annual Field Day and Red Carpet Ceremony next Thursday. Students compete in a variety of field events, have a hot dog lunch, and celebrate character achievements in the Red Carpet Ceremony. Rain date is Thursday June 1st.

Advanced Band trip to Six Flags

Tuesday, May 30th, 9am

1 Great America Pkwy

Gurnee, IL

Advanced Band students head to Six Flags for a fun-filled day! Students will return at 7pm.

Awards Day

Wednesday, May 31st, 9pm

18621 Washington Avenue

Union Grove, WI

We celebrate students' academic and sport achievement with awards day. Time to-be-determined.

8th grade graduation

Friday, May 19th, 7pm

18621 Washington Avenue

Union Grove, WI

Individual Classes

ELA News and Updates

Katie Nicholls katie.nicholls@yorkville.k12.wi.us

This week in ELA, students continued reading about Culture and Belonging with the short story “Golden Glass.” They also continued to work toward a better understanding of verbals. With graduation in mind, as their last official writing assignment of the year, all students began writing a graduation speech. Every student will have the opportunity to present their speech in front of the 8th grade students with a possibility of reading their speech at graduation. I enjoyed the opportunity on Thursday to spend some time outside in nature with the students. It turned out to be a beautiful day. Continue to encourage your student to finish strong this school year.

Science News and Updates

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

Students did a lot of reviewing this week for their test on invertebrates. They took the test on Wednesday on Schoology. Students are also continuing their work on vertebrates by creating foldables for their notebooks that will be a good resource to study for the vertebrate test. We also completed the pre lab for the frog dissection. The frog dissection will be next week Monday and Tuesday. All grades are up to date. Please continue to check Skyward regularly.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Weis

Math News and Updates

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

Intro to Algebra worked with polynomials. We reviewed like terms and integer rules and then added and subtracted polynomials. They also reviewed the distributive property and learned to multiply binomials by using a box of FOIL method. We are going to wrap up the year reviewing exponents and solving multi-step equations. All grades will be updated by Monday. Please check Skyward and encourage your son or daughter to complete and late or absent work. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Algebra began their last unit this week. We began working with rational expression. A rational expression is an algebraic fraction where the numerator and denominator are polynomials. The first step was to simplify. This unit will reinforce factoring. The same fraction rules for multiply, dividing, adding, and subtracting will apply to these fractions. Adding these fractions are hard because there is much more involved in finding least common denominators and making equivalent fractions.

The year is winding down and we are going to try to finish this last unit with the time we have left. All papers will be graded this weekend and updated grades will be posted by Monday.

Please encourage your son or daughter to finish all late or absent work before the year is over.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Spanish News and Updates

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

8th grade students have been finishing up their last unit-Las vacaciones, by learning and reviewing some of the most common verbs in the language. We have been asking each other,"Where are you going on vacation?" "Where have you went on vacation?" "What do you want to do on vacation?" and "What are you bringing on vacation?" Students are currently putting all the grammar and vocabulary of the unit together by creating a comic strip.

Physical Education & Health News and Updates

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

This week the 8th graders only had one day of health due to the field trip. On Tuesday we did a growth mindset activity about learning how to lose and also discussed contraceptives. Next week we learn about the decision making model

This week the 8th graders played Gladiator Ball and a new game called “Capture the Ball.” The students received plenty of exercise on these two days and seemed to really enjoy the friendly competition. On Friday, the students participated in the Color-a-Thon!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



May will be a busy month for our Advanced Band members!

On the morning of Wednesday, May 17th, the Advanced Band will travel to UW-Whitewater to work with the university music professor, Dr. Glenn Hayes. He will listen to us perform and then spend time with the band to help make us sound even better! Permission slips are due Tuesday, May 16th. Extra permission slips can be found on the Yorkville Band website.

Our Spring Band Concert will be on Tuesday, May 23 at 9:45am and 7:00pm at Yorkville School. You will hear performances from the Beginner Band, 6th Grade Band, Advanced Band, Jazz Band, and a grand finale featuring every band student.

Our final Culver’s Fundraiser will be on Tuesday, May 23 from Noon-10:00pm.

Our final activity of the year will be our annual trip to Six Flags Great America on Tuesday, May 30. We will leave school at 9:30am and return to Yorkville at 7:00pm. Thanks to our fundraising efforts and a generous donation from PTO, the cost to students will be $10. Students with season passes will not have to pay anything. Information about this trip will be given out to students in the coming days.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



This week, the 8th grade choir students voted on a graduation song they will be singing at their graduation ceremony. We will continue to work on this during the remainder of the school year.

Please make sure your child returns any musical costumes, props, etc. belonging to Yorkville asap. I am taking inventory and trying to get all things put away before summer!!

The Music Man Jr. was a huge success. I am so proud of my students. Thank you for supporting them through this journey. The memories made will be something they will always remember. Also, thank you for donations throughout this year. We could not have done it without you!!!

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