Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders! 3/27-3/30
- 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!
Culver's Band Fundraiser!
Friday, April 7th, 12-10pm
722 South Sylvania Avenue
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
This week in 7th grade ELA we learned how to take research notes and cite reliable research sources. Students are getting the hang of note taking, though not always a fun activity, it is something they need to know how to do before they get to high school. Additionally, students continued reading in their lit circle groups and we read in our book report book. On Friday, students got into groups and acted out their favorite scene from the novel we are reading as a class: The Watson’s go to Birmingham- 1963. This is certainly a group who is not afraid to perform! Next week, when all 4 pages of notes are completed students will begin building a historical research website on the topic they are researching. Make sure and check in with your child to see if their notes are completed. Please continue to double check the homework calendar for additional assignments as well. Enjoy the weekend!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai email@example.com
Becky Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre Algebra - With next week being the Math portion of the Forward Exam we have been spending class time reviewing and learning new material related to 3D Volume. I have also set up voluntary assignments through the online math site Prodigy. The topics covered are all related to the Wisconsin Forward exam, so any time your child can spend working through these problems would benefit them. These assignments will be available through the weekend as well. Have a great weekend!
Algebra began working on solving quadratic equations this week. With Forward Exam we did our best to stay on track. We used this week do do a lot of reviewing. Since the first step in solving a quadratic equation is to factor, we spent some time reviewing factoring strategies. On Friday we worked with completing the square and next week we should be able to cover the quadratic equation. I hope to get this unit wrapped up before Spring Break. If we work hard next week, we should be able to accomplish that goal.
I appreciate your help in keeping your son or daughter motivated as we begin our push into the final months of the school year. Check for updated grades and encourage corrections or completion of late work if needed.
Please contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a great weekend.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis email@example.com
Students continued to make qualitative and quantitative observations of their eco-bottles. They are getting great results and will complete the lab on Friday and will complete a formal lab write-up that will be due next week Friday. They will be able to submit the report in Google Classroom at any time before then.
We have also continued to learn about the ecosystems of different biomes and concluded the week with an activity that models how the mule deer population changed in Arizona due to different abiotic and biotic factors. Students had to create graphs and analyze the causes of the change in deer population.
Forward Exam testing included four sessions of ELA and we will complete the math portion on Tuesday next week.
Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in U.S History students were working on their Ch 16 portfolio project. Students created a newspaper that they got to choose five stories to write on from Chapter 16. Four of the stories the students acted as a reporter and described what took place at each event. For the fifth article students wrote an editorial, which allowed the students to take a side on one of the topics. This project has allowed the students to have fun and get creative with newspaper titles and names. Next week we will start Chapter 17 which is the Civil War. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each side leading into the war as well as the strategy each side will use to try to win. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow email@example.com
This week in Spanish, students spent time talking and listening to others about what they like and don't like to do. First, students asked each other what they liked to do, and together we wrote complete sentences on the information. They then asked students what they didn't like to do, using the same question, just adding "no" to make the sentence negative-something new for the students. We then wrote complete sentences using gustar again. Due to Forward testing, we have only had a couple of the classes this week, next week we will use our knowledge of different activities and using gustar, create a conversation among friends and practice our writing skills. Five vocabulary bingo activities are due April 7th.
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This week for the 7th graders who had health (two groups were testing) we took a look at our daily food requirements and compared them to the fast food meals that they put together last week--a favorite meal and a healthier meal. They reflected on how the activity was beneficial to them now and in the future.
This week the seventh graders continued and finished their Hockey Unit with three days of hockey game play! The students really increased their cardiovascular endurance and played very competitively. They seemed to enjoy the unit a lot!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
Our Advanced Band students performed solos and small ensembles at the Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 25th from 8:00-Noon at Yorkville School. I am very proud of all of the students who performed! This year, 55 out 89 events received the best possible rating! Thank you to all of the parents that volunteered as room monitors and concession stand workers! Special thanks to Mrs. Grimes for coordinating the concession stand and to Mrs. Strickland for coordinating the room monitors!
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. Please have your child turn in the permission slip by Tuesday, April 4.
We will also be hosting another Culver’s Fundraiser on April 7. A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Yorkville Band program. Please remember to tell the cashier that you are supporting the Yorkville Band.
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. Students need to have their full costumes to school by April 7th. This will give us time over break to alter costumes or fill in missing pieces if needed. The musical takes place in July 1912, victorian edwardian style “titanic-like” clothing and knickers, suspenders and fedoras or kentucky derby hats are some examples.
Music Man Jr. Rehearsals - Rehearsals are running smoothly!! We continue to work on blocking. Main Cast members will have after school rehearsals starting on Monday March 27. Students received a schedule last week with dates. Cast should have their lines memorized by now!! Rehearsals are every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. It is very important that your child be present during these times!!
Music Man Tickets - An order form will be going home this next week. Ticket sales start April 5th! Last year we sold out so get your tickets early!!
Students did an amazing job at Solo Ensemble. You should be proud of your performances. Way to Go!!!
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