Junior High Journal
News and Happenings in the Junior High Department!
7th Grade Updates and Reminders 4/24-4/28
- 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.
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
This week in 7th grade ELA we jumped back into the groove of school. We read in our class novel Watson’s go to Birmingham and did comprehension work, students worked in Lit Circle groups for their group reading and began work on the their News Cast book reports that will be presented in 2 weeks. For writing, we created essay outlines for our research on social injustice topics. Students used their notes to help create their outline and begin thinking about the flow of their essay. Additionally we talked about women’s rights as our topic of the week and the importance that plays throughout the world. Students were very reflective this week and I could tell really were trying to get back in school mode. Only 6 weeks left, keep up the positive attitudes and continue getting work done on time. Have a great weekend!
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai email@example.com
Becky Seitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre Algebra - Next week students will be taking their final MAP test of the year in math. Please encourage them to get a good night sleep and eat a good breakfast. This week we wrapped up our Geometry work and began Module 14 - Scatter Plots. We will begin learning how to construct and interpret scatter plots and then use trend lines to make predictions from a scatter plot. Interpreting graphs of all types is an extremely important that students will continue to use in future math classes and science classes in middle school and high school. Enjoy the weekend!
Algebra wrapped up work on solving Quadratic Equations and factoring Polynomials. We reviewed for three days the they took the test on Thursday and Friday of this week. Next week we are going to do some work with right triangles. It will give us a chance to brush up on the Pythagorean Theorem before the Spring MAPS testing. I want to include a small trigonometry lesson as well. We will cover some of the basic trigonometric functions and use them to solve right triangles. Our next unit will continue work with quadratic equations. We will begin graphing these equations and working with translating and stretching, compressing, and reflecting quadratic functions. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend.
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis email@example.com
Happy Friday! Students have been hard at work completing their Forward exams this week and I am sure they are glad to be done!
In science, we made our final observations on our grass ecosystems on Monday. Students then had to analyze their results. They were required to use their data to make graphs and then draw conclusions. This is the final lab report for the school year (I heard lots of cheers when I told them that!). The lab report for most classes were due today, but a few have until Monday because of testing.
Students have also been hard at work completing the performance assessment for our unit on Ecology. Students read how humans impacted the mule deer population in Arizona by restricting hunting completely, eliminating predators and regulating what animals could graze. Students took this information and population data from the mule deer in Arizona over time, made line graphs and analyzed the human impact on deer population and vegetation in that area. Questions were answered on Schoology to complete our unit on Ecology.
We will move on to Animal Behavior next week as a brief introduction into our final unit on the Kingdom Animalia.
Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in U.S history, we resumed looking at the Civil War this time looking at it from the perspective of those not in the war. We talked about the role women played in the war, from spies to nurses. We also talked about how industry and farming in the North succeeded because they could sell their products to the government. A new term we discussed what inflation, which is when prices rise but people’s wages do not. Inflation was seen in the North but it was really bad in the South. We discussed how the North’s “Anaconda Plan” was working. Next week we will look at more key battles of the war. We will start in the East and talk about Southern victories and Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg. We will then talk about African Americans joining the war and the struggles they went through. Finally we will talk about Gettysburg and Vicksburg which will be the turning point in the war for the North. Have a great weekend. Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow email@example.com
The week was all about adjetivos, or adjectives in Spanish class. Students spend time talking and writing about adjectives that describe both themselves and their friends. We also added to the unit's final conversation, as well as completed some listening activities. We finished up the week by playing "Swat!"-a vocabulary game that challenges students to be aware of their surroundings and know their vocabulary words. Next week, we will combing our hobby vocabulary with our adjective vocabulary to start finishing the unit and pull all the concepts together.
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the 7th graders focused on learning about caffeine, soda, energy drinks, water, gatorade, and sugar. The students participated in a jigsaw activity in which each group read a different article and reported their finding to the class. We also made homemade soda so the students had a visual of how many teaspoons of sugar were included in one can of soda (10 by the way!)
This week the 7th graders participated in their 3rd and final round of testing for the Fitnessgram. We tested the curl-ups and push-ups (muscular strength and endurance), trunk lift (flexibility), and the pacer (cardiovascular endurance). While the students were not testing they participated in full court basketball. We will be finishing up our testing next week!
Have a great weekend!
Band News and Updates
May will be a busy month for our Advanced Band members!
On Wednesday, May 17th, the 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!
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, and the Jazz Band.
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.
Thank you to everyone that helped support our fundraiser at Culver’s Fundraiser on April 7. We have raised $450 from our December and April fundraisers! Our final Culver’s Fundraiser will be on Tuesday, May 23 from Noon-10:00pm.
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. Rehearsals - Tech week is this coming week. We will be rehearsing at Union Grove High school starting Monday May 1- Saturday May 6. Times are as follows...Monday 4:15-7pm, Tues: 4:15-6:30pm, Wed: 4:15-6:30, Thur: 4:15-6:30pm, Fri: 5:30 report, show at 7:00pm. Sat: 5:30 report, show at 7:00pm.
Music Man Tickets - There are still tickets available for both Friday and Saturday night shows. If you haven’t bought your tickets, now is the time!!! Tickets will be sold at the door, IF we have not sold out. We would love to see you there!!!
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