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. Please have your child give the money to their homeroom teacher. Lastly, there is a 2:2 basketball tournament available to 5th-8th grade students from Union Grove, Raymond, and Yorkville. Sign-up sheets and more information are attached to this Skyward email.
- 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 really got into Chapter 2. We chose new articles to read and review for article of the week and we went to the Library to choose a book for our book reports. Encourage your child to bring their book each day and try and get a few pages read each night. We also started working on strengthening our writing this week by taking a look at sentence types. As students get back into the swing of things and begin to get homework, please encourage them to ask questions in class or through email to lessen the stress of the beginning of the school year! Overall it’s been a great start with a fantastic group of kids and I look forward to what they will achieve. Have a great weekend!-Ms. Heiar
Math News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Seitz email@example.com
Welcome Back!! The 1st few weeks of school have already been filled with new concepts and testing. Now that MAPS is complete we will get into our daily class routine. Next week, will include work with Rational and Irrational Numbers and Sets of Real Numbers. Please make sure that your son or daughter have their calculators at school, as we will use them everyday. I have delayed sending out my parent letter until the students were more familiar with Pre-Algebra, so please check your email early next week for my classroom policies & procedures. Have a great weekend!
Algebra spent the first week wrapping up a lot of previous math concept to prepare for Algebra. We reviewed integers, fractions, percents, probability, and mean, median, mode, and range. This review helped prepare them for the first round of MAPS testing. We will begin chapter 1 in Algebra after testing. The first chapter examines precision and conversion. Please sign the parent letter and return with your son or daughter. I am looking forward to a great year of math. Have a great weekend!Mrs. Niccolai
Science News and Updates
Erin Weis firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Back! We are off to a great start this year first learning about the metric system and how to make conversions. Students went for the gold in our Metric Olympics activity where they practiced making measurements using the metric system. We moved into the scientific method this week, learning the steps involved and the scientific way to write a lab report. The week ended with a lab that helped us decide which paper towel is the most absorbent. Students followed the steps of the scientific method and wrote their first lab report of the year! Next week we will move into the first unit in life science which defines the characteristics something must have to be considered a living thing.
Have a fantastic weekend!~Mrs. Weis
Social Studies News and Updates
John Johnsen email@example.com
Welcome Back! It’s great to be back working with the 7th graders again this years in Social Studies. We will continue to look at U.S History this year picking up where we left off last spring. The first chapter that we will be focusing on is the Jefferson Era and will finish the year out by looking at rebuilding the South following the Civil War. New this year is Geography Friday’s. We will use this day to work on our geography skills that we might not have gotten to in years past. Please have your child look at the google calendar every day to make sure they get all assignments in on time. Have a great weekend, Mr. Johnsen
Spanish News and Updates
Katy Morrow firstname.lastname@example.org
¡Hola! What a great start to the school year it has been! I am looking forward to getting to know more about your son or daughter in Spanish class this year! We are off to a great start and have spent the week really getting to know the Spanish alphabet. We are spending a lot of time practicing the alphabet as a whole, but also spelling words, doing listening activities, and playing games. Students are also creating an alphabet book to become familiar with online dictionaries, syllable sounds, and just to become familiar with Spanish words in general. I hope that your student enjoys learning a new language and that they teach you and other family members a little español! Have a fantastic weekend!
Physical Education and Health News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
Over the last couple of weeks the 7th graders have learned how to create a positive learning environment. The students filled out Facebook profiles, had a snowball fight, participated in a Pat on the Back Activity, created their own classroom expectations, and discussed what cooperation looks like, sounds like, and feels like.
In Physical Education the 7th graders have been participating in a cooperative games unit! We have had a lot of fun playing odd ball tag, omnikin tag, omnikin ball, human hungry hungry hippos, yoshi, and great island movers, all while accomplishing the main objective of learning how to work with everyone in our class. We are off to an amazing start to a wonderful year!
Band News and Updates
The Advanced Band has been sounding great in rehearsals. Band rehearsals are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday this year. Band lessons start on Wednesday, September 21.
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.
I am looking forward to a great year with the Advanced Band!
Choir News and Updates
Welcome back!! The students have begun working on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They have made lots of progress already this week!
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.