Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!

7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 11/7-11/11

  • 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.

Fall Choir Concert

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 6:30pm

Union Grove High School

Located in the Performance Center at the High School

Junior High Fall Conferences

Conferences for all junior high students will be held on Wednesday, November 16th and Monday, November 21st from 4:30-7:45. Please have your child attend conferences with you.

Character Education: Growth Mindset

This week, our theme is "Failure". Our quote is "I can learn more from failure than I do from success!" Oprah Winfrey had a hard life as a young girl and left home at the age of 14. Her life was hard and she had every reason to believe she was a failure. She worked hard and moved up the ladder of success in television. She said, "I don't think of myself as a poor, deprived girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who, from an early age, knew I was responsible for myself and I had to make good."

Individual Class Updates

ELA News and Updates

Carolyn Heiar



This week in 7th grade ELA we began our novel The Giver to start our Dystopian unit! So far the kids are making connections between the world that exists in the book and their own world. For our writing assignment this unit we are creating our own utopia’s that turn into a dystopia. Students brainstormed different elements that they would want in their perfect world. We will continue to build off of these ideas in our creative writing outline to create our story. Students presented a homophone anchor chart that they have been working on with a partner to the class. A better way to help us remember how to use the correct form of a word. I met with students and conferenced about their independent reading book for this new unit. Students have opportunities each week to read in class and should be doing so at home as well! Please encourage your child to be reading in their free time a few pages a night. Have a wonderful weekend!

-Ms. Heiar

Math News and Updates

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

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

Pre Algebra has done a nice job with the concepts of constant of proportionality and rate of change this week. We will continue with these skills next week and end with work on slope. If your child does not have a calculator for pre-algebra, please get them one. The work they are doing very regularly requires one. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Seitz

Algebra wrapped up the unit on functions and equations. We began the unit test on Thursday but with the Veterans Day program, many students will be completing the test on Monday. Next Tuesday we will delve into our new unit which deals with linear relationships. In this unit, students will be working with linear functions, building and modeling with linear functions, and working with systems of equations. Some of this will review concepts from Pre Algebra but much of this material will be new. I look forward to meeting with many of you during teacher conferences next Wednesday the 16th or the following Monday the 21st . Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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

In science class this week, we talked about the advantages of being multicellular, the organization of life from cells to tissues to organs to systems to organisms, and finally the relationship between structure and function. We also took a quiz on this final section of the chapter. Students also completed and presented their cell city projects. Some students did posters, some did 3-D models and some built their city using the game Minecraft to describe the cell to city analogy. They were all done very well. You can check out some posters and the models in the main hallway of the school.

We will have the chapter four assessment Monday or Tuesday next week.

Grades will be completed Friday afternoon and no late work will be accepted as the gradebook will be closed and I am not able to enter grades after that. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Weis

Social Studies News and Updates

John Johnsen john.johnsen@yorkville.k12.wi.us

This week in U.S History the 7th graders participated in a stocks and bonds simulation. The students had a great time investing with the goal of trying to make as much money as possible. Students learned how to make money buy buying stocks at a low price and selling them at a high one. Overall, I was impressed with how all students did during this simulation. Next week we will get back into the book and look at Chapter 12. In this Chapter we will start by looking at Andrew Jackson as president. We will discuss how he handles different problems in American. I’d like to thank everyone who attended our Veterans Day program, have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen

Spanish News and Updates

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

We finished up our Day of the Dead Unit with working on and completing our final project, which will be the last grade of the trimester and will be entered by weekend's end. We also finished up our Numbers Unit but didn't have a chance to take the quiz, so we will be taking it this Monday. Next week, we will begin our Calendar Unit.

Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

This week in health the 7th graders finished watching the unintentional injury newscasts created by their peers. They also started their intentional injury unit, which will focus on bullying. The students learned and practiced how other countries greet each other. After the activity, we discussed how important it is to be open and accepting of others’ differences. We also participated in a Bully Bowl where the class was divided into four different teams and answered a variety of different questions related to bullying. At the end of the week we defined bullying and listed different types of bullying.

This week in PE the students started their badminton unit. We learned and practiced the singles serve, overhead clear, doubles serve, and the net clear. On Friday, we played one of their favorites, Medic Ball!

Have a super weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



The Advanced Band had a great performance at the Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, November 11.

In class, the band continues to go beyond learning notes and rhythms to focus on more advanced concepts such as dynamic contrast, faster tempos, and producing clear tones. Our Winter Band Concert is on December 15 at 9:45am and 7:00pm.

The Jazz Band had a great rehearsal this week! We improved our reading of and performance of syncopated rhythms in Feliz Navidad. Jazz Band meets every Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:15.

Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to see this year’s Music Spirit Wear. If you would like to order a t-shirt ($10) or a sweatshirt ($24) please click on and print the order form and return it to school by Nov 11th.

Choir News and Updates

Carly Kreuscher



Choir students performed in the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday November 11 at 9:45am. They all did a fantastic job. Congratulations!!!

Reminders went home this week for our Fall performance, Tuesday November 15, 2016 at Union Grove High School, 6:30pm. There will be a dress rehearsal from 3:30-6:15pm. Pizza will be served for dinner around 5pm. We will be performing in the Performance Center with Choirs from Nash Elementary in Kenosha.

Thank you to those who volunteered to help with the Fall Concert dinner. I had a great response. Reminder notes were sent home Wednesday Nov 8 to those who are donating supplies. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!!

Music Spirit wear orders were due Friday Nov 11th!

I have added a “What’s New” page to my website and will be posting at monthly newsletter. Included in the newsletter will be Upcoming Events, Notes from the teacher, What we are learning, songs we are singing, and a “Did you Know” column. Stop by and check it out!!! http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com

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, on September 7th! She will be back sometime in December!