Junior High Journal

News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!


7th 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

Carolyn Heiar

carolyn.heiar@yorkville.k12.wi.us missheiar.weebly.com

This week in 7th grade ELA, we continued with our novel the Outsiders and were able to read Chapters 5 and 6. Most of the students are really into the book, which is awesome to see and makes for some great class discussions! In grammar, we worked on common and proper nouns and how to tell the difference and use them correctly in writing. For writing we talked about quotes and where we hear them, see them and how we can effectively use them in our writing. Students started a quote project by choosing the quote that best defines them and their life and they have to explain it. I can’t wait to see the finished products next week! For homework, make sure to read a chapter or more in your free reading book and complete the book talk on google classroom by next Wednesday! Enjoy the gorgeous fall weather this weekend, see you Monday!

-Ms. Heiar

Math News and Updates

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

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

Pre Algebra had their 1st quiz and all grades are up to date in the grade book. Please do me a favor and remind your child that if they are absent from school one day to please check with me about what work they need to get turned in. I can always work with them at study hall if necessary to get them caught up. Now that we are done with Module 1 we will be moving onto Module 2 - Exponents and Scientific Notation. I anticipate a quiz later in the week next week. I will post the day on the homework calendar as soon as it is set. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Seitz

Algebra worked on completing module 2 and began module 3. We reviewed the rules of exponents. We worked with fractional and negative exponents which was a new concept for most. We also reviewed the real number system. Students learned what it means for a number system to be closed or not closed under certain operations. Module 3 deals with expressions. We reviewed “like terms” and order of operations. Next week we will wrap up module 3 and begin reviewing for the first unit exam. Remind your child to continue working on their module vocabulary as it will be due at the end of the unit. Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Niccolai

Science News and Updates

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

This week we examined the six characteristics of living things. The question was asked, ‘Is yeast alive?’ So an investigation was done in class to see if yeast could use energy, one of the characteristics of living things. Ask your child about the experiment and what they learned from it. Students did a great job following directions in the lab and cleaning up after themselves. They were also responsible for completing their first lab report on their own. They have very detailed instructions in their rubric that need to be followed for lab reports. Students completed these on a Google Doc and submitted them to me on Google Classroom. A quiz was also given on Wednesday on Schoology. Students can log in and see what, if any, mistakes were made on Schoology. Please check Skyward and remind your child to turn in any late or absent work. Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Weis

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Social Studies News and Updates

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

This week in U.S history we finished up looking at the War of 1812 and the impact that it will have on the United States. We discussed the key battles and how the Treaty of Ghent resulted in no exchange of land or goods. The students then completed the Ch 10 Test. Next week the students will complete the Ch 10 Portfolio, students will be required to complete a few objectives and attach them to the Social Studies web page we started last year. I would like to thank everyone who came out and support the Yorkville Ram Family Fun Fest, it’s always fun getting to meet the Yorkville Families outside of school hours. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen’

Spanish News and Updates

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

¡Hola! This week, we began our "Grettings Unit" and students learned how to greet and say goodbye to someone, as well as ask their name. We also focused on Spanish personal pronouns and how to address people with respect, as well as multiple people. We summed up this week by playing a game called "Fichas" where students worked on replacing subjects in sentences with different pronouns in Spanish. We also finished our mini-unit on Spain and students submitted a discussion post and scrapbook. I hope you have a great weekend!

Physical Education and Health News and Updates

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

This week in health the 7th graders selected a strength, weakness, and created a plan for improvement for each domain of health. I introduced them to their next unit, which will be on Unintentional Injuries. The students will begin creating their Newscasts next week.

In Physical Education this week the seventh 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 learned how to pitch (golf) when they were not testing. Have an active weekend!

Mrs. Peterson

Band News and Updates

Mike Beix



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

I am very proud of all the students that performed at the PTO Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, September 24th. I was amazed at how great they sounded after only 7 band classes to prepare the music!

Don’t forget to 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 update the newsletter then.