Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders!
-Registration forms for wristbands were sent home with your youngest or only student. This is our ONLY large fundraising event for school benefit and our PTO does a phenomenal job preparing for this event. Please consider donating your time and helping run some games or food and raffle tables. Sign up using sign-up genius here. Also, we are collecting $3.00 from all junior high students as a donation towards supplies for the event.
The 2:2 basketball tournament as been postponed due to lack of participation.
- Picture retake day will be Thursday, September 29th. Forms will be sent home.
- 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 have the ability to email your child throughout the day, all information about pick-ups and absences must still be reported to the office. Please call them.
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
This week in 7th grade ELA, we continued with our novel the Outsiders and were able to read Chapters 2 and 3. I love hearing stories from students who said their parents remember reading this in school and loved it! It makes them want to read it even more! We chose new articles to read and review for article of the week and we did our first book talks! Students have to summarize their weekly free reading and tell a partner about it as a mini book report. We continued with grammar and writing by writing mini creative short stories which I am excited to read! Our big project this week was a character map. Students had to choose a character or multiple if they wanted from the Outsiders and draw symbols to represent their character traits. We have so many incredibly talented artists in this class, I look forward to the projects we will do in the future! Overall, another awesome week! Get some free reading in this weekend! Enjoy the Fall weather! See you Monday!-Ms. Heiar
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai email@example.com
Becky Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Back!! This past week we worked on square root, cube root, some fraction & decimal conversions(review) and how to group numbers. Students now know if a number is rational, irrational, whole, or an integer by its definition. There will be a quiz on these concepts Monday. Students must have a calculator to complete their work for the year so if your son or daughter does not please see that they do get one. The best option is the Texas Instrument TI-30x. Have a great weekend!
Algebra worked on completing module 1 this week. We spent several days on precision and converting units using dimensional analysis. Dimensional analysis was a new concept for most students and some had to work extra hard to master this part of module 1. If you son or daughter is still having trouble with this section please encourage them to ask for help. It is important to not fall behind in algebra. We ended the week with a look at the rules of exponents. We worked with fractional and negative exponents, which was a new concept for most. We spent a couple of days on this section. Next week we will explore real numbers and have our first quiz. Please encourage your son or daughter to keep current with their lesson vocabulary as it will be due at the end of the chapter. Have a great weekend.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis email@example.com
Students have been learning the six characteristics all living things must have in order to be considered alive. One of the characteristics is maintaining homeostasis by being able to sense and respond to the environment. Ask your child what activity we did to model this characteristic. We are also working on completing our first directed reading. This is one of the reading strategies used to help students pick out the important information from the text. We will use different strategies throughout the year. Students have also been working on their interactive science notebook that will stay in the classroom unless they want to study for a test or quiz. =) Speaking of, the first quiz will be early next week on metric conversions, steps of the scientific method and the characteristics of life. Have a wonderful weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in Social Studies the 7th graders focused on the problems Jefferson had as president. We discussed how Great Britain and France attacked our ships and how Jefferson responded with the Embargo Act with hurt our economy. We then looked at the events that lead up to the War of 1812. Next week we will finish the war of 1812 and take the test over Chapter 10 on Friday. Students will have their book, guided reading, study guide, and essay question to study for the test. Please encourage your child to study before the test on Friday. Students will be allowed again to write the essay ahead of time and show it to me before we take the test. Students will still have to rewrite it on test day, but students always score better when written and showed to me ahead of time. Hope to see everyone at Ram Family Fun Fest. Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow email@example.com
¡Hola! This week students finished up the alphabet by taking their alphabet quiz. For the quiz, students had to state the alphabet, spell their name, and recognize the vowels. We've spent the rest of the week "traveling" to Spain, creating our country scrapbooks, and learning more about Spanish culture. Next week, we will finish up our trip to Spain and then start our greetings unit. Have a great weekend!
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in health the 7th graders created their Daily Fit Log accounts and will begin keeping track of their activities and activity time each day. They also started to learn about the domains of health--physical, mental/emotional, and social.
In Physical Education the 7th graders started their golf unit with putting, chipping, and a mini golf course set up in the gym. We will continue golf next week with pitching and playing a mock golf course. I hope to see everyone at the Fall Fun Fest this weekend!Mrs. Peterson
Band News and Updates
The Advanced Band continues to improve with each rehearsal. Please check out the new band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay informed with calendar dates, current band news, and helpful online resources.
The first performance of the school year will be on Saturday, September 24 at the PTO Fall Fun Fest. Students need to report to the band room by 11:45 AM. The performance will start in the cafeteria at 12:00 PM and we will be done by 12:15 PM. Students should wear spirit wear or blue, white, and/or black.
Choir News and Updates
The students continue to work on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They have made lots of progress already this week! There will be a November performance and details are in the making. Stay Tuned!!!
Choir handbooks went home last week. The signed portion of the handbook is due Friday Sept 23rd.
I’m very excited to see what this year brings!!
Art News and Updates
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.