February, March, April

From the principal...
I t is incredible when you look at the calendar and note that we are coming up to the midpoint of the 3rd quarter.  Once again, this year, the weather has been on our side for most of the winter months and it feels like there is a shift toward the spring weather.  Outdoor activities are slowly starting to make their way into our everyday lives and the schedules around us begin to fill even more so.  Additionally, the events and extracurricular activities at Palos South continue to offer students and families a chance to come out and visit the school.  This newsletter has many upcoming activities taking place that are part of your child's team or ones that are offered to the entire building.  Given that we are past the midway point and it is sure to be a quick few months, I do encourage families to spend time setting goals for continued successes in school and searching for methods of involvement in school activities.  Involvement in even the smallest of activities may encourage continued and increased achievement in the career of a student. 

See what you know at the 6th Annual South Trivia Night!
Are you a trivia buff? Do you want to test your knowledge against Palos families of all ages?  Come and join the South Student Council, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 8th, as they hold the 6th annual Palos South Trivia Night. Invitations are open to anyone for this fun and worthwhile event. You can sign up as an individual or a team. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Inspiring Foster Care Adoptions and the South Student Council Convention fund.

Seussical the Musical
Ms. Stephanie Hill is a new 6th grade teacher to Palos South who showed an interest in directing our school play from the moment she was hired.  Ms. Hill quickly began looking into options for a Palos South play and pushed for Seussical the Musical.  With the excitement she showed with what she could do with the play, the decision was easy to let her work her magic and she certainly did!  It is incredible to consider that the play begins in September with try-outs and casting while the show runs in late January.  This year we had an astounding 106 students who were a part of this production.  Whether performing on the stage or working the stage crew and assisting with the creation of the set, each member had a key role in helping to make this show possible.  I would like to thank and congratulate the fine efforts from Ms. Hill, Mr. Buvala, Mr. Hansen, Ms. Djikas, Ms. Daley, and the Palos South drama students for the performances that took place at Stagg High School in front of two sold-out shows in late January.  The students at Palos South were lucky enough to see an abbreviated version of the show the following week at an assembly that we had for the students.  Additionally, I would like to thank the parents of the cast and crew members for continually picking up their children, helping at the performances, or having a hand in the preparation of the shows.  Without the efforts of so many special individuals, the show would not be as successful as it was.  I can speak for many in the crowd that I was in awe with what our students can perform when given the chance to shine.  Thank you for making the event so special.  

PARCC Testing
Students in grades 6 - 8 will be taking the PARCC assessment tests beginning in early March.  This test is the same computer-based format as the test from last year.  
The testing dates by grade levels are shown below:

Grade 8 Testing Dates:  March 7, 8, 9 (ELA) & March 20, 21, 22 (Math)

Grade 7 Testing Dates:  March 10, 13, 14 (ELA) & March 23, 24, 27 (Math)

Grade 6 Testing Dates:  March 15, 16, 17 (ELA) & March 28, 29, 30 (Math)

Each grade level will be given one test each day during the morning.  If a student is absent on any day, they will perform the make-up at a later time and continue testing with their grade level, similar to ISAT testing.  As parents, you can help your child by making sure that they get to sleep on time and eat a healthy breakfast.  Additionally, please avoid scheduling outside doctor/orthodontists appointments on these days.  I thank you in advance for your cooperation. 
Support our School through the PFA - 2017 March Madness
The District 118 Parent Faculty Association is holding their Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, March 11th at Palos Country Club.   There will be raffles, live music, dancing, silent auctions with online bidding, and much more.  Each grade level will have a special raffle for the students.  This is the PFA's largest fundraiser of the year, and your support and participation are encouraged.  For additional information, please visit the PFA website at http://www.palos118.org/DocumentCenter/View/17655.
Say Something Week
Ms. Yerkes, Mrs. Leahy, and Ms. Doornbos have been working with our Student Advisory group to plan activities for Say Something Week, which will take place Monday, February 27th through Friday, March 3rd.  The Sandy Hook Promise organizes this week in an effort to empower young people to prevent violence before it takes place.  Throughout the week, the students will be engaged in activities that help to build a culture of looking out for one another.  We will focus on how to look for warning signs, signals, and threats from others who may want to hurt themselves or others, as well as, emphasize the importance of saying something to a trusted adult in order to get them the help they need.   
Ms. Doornbos and I thank you for a great year with hopes of a strong finish to the 3rd quarter.


Mr. Wrzesinski                                  Ms. Doornbos
Principal                                          Assistant Principal

In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar

Box tops, Friendly Reminders, and Graduation Info


White Pines

Nurses Notes

Media Center

Psychologist & Social Workers News-Snowflake

Speech/Language Notes

Team 6A

Team 6B

Team 7A

Team  7B

Team 8A

Team 8B

Applied Technology Notes


M usic

Physical Education

7th Grade Girls Basketball

Family Trivia Night

Palos South Middle School

Principal: Mr. Stuart Wrzesinski

Asst. Prinicpal: Ms. Meagan Doornbos

Secretary: Ms. Rhonda Kruse

Office Clerk: Mrs. Maidene Allen
Mark Your Calendar!
(Next Newsletter out April 18)

February 13-17
Palos South Book Fair
February 17
PFA Theme Lunch
February 20
President's Day - No School

February 21
Board of Education Meeting 7 pm @ Central
February 22
Graduation Picture Re-Takes
February 24
Snowflake 2:30-7:30 pm
March 1
PFA Meeting - 9:30 am @ East
March 3
School Improvement Day - 11:15 Dismissal
March 6
Casimir Pulaski Day - No School

March 8
Student Council Family Trivia Night 6:30 @ South

March 9
White Pines Information Meeting 6:30 pm

March 17
End of 3rd Quarter
March 21
Board of Ed Mtg 7 pm @ South
March 24
Report Card Distribution

March 29
Fine Arts Festival

April 2-7
Spring Break - No School

April 10
Classes Resume
April 14
No School
April 18
Board of Education Mtg 7 pm @ West
April 21
Straight A Breakfast
School Improvement Day - 11:15 Dismissal

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Box Tops

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Palos South gets cash for every Box Top collected.  

All those Box tops really add up.
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Start clipping those Box Tops.  Our next date to turn in those tops for cash is March 1st.  Palos South earns 10 cents for each box top turned in.  Thank you all for saving and sending them in.  Keep 'em coming.

Friendly Reminders

Remember to call the absence hot line at 708-923-7053 to report your child's absences.  

Homework may be requested if your child is absent 2 or more days.  

Bus Information:  
Students must ride the bus assigned to them.  They are NOT allowed to ride someone else's bus without written approval from an administrator.  

Back Entrance:
the back entrance doors are locked promptly at 8:10 am. to assure students prompt arrival to their connections classroom by 8:15 a.m. 

Lunches may be dropped off in the appropriate baskets in the front foyer.  We can NOT sign for lunches from Jimmy John's.  

8th Grade Graduation News

Palos South graduation this year will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Stagg High School at 6:00 p.m.

Eighth grade students were measured for their cap and gown and the fee of $30.00 was collected on January 25th.  Please see the office if your child was not measured or turned in their fee.  Checks may be made payable to Palos District 118.

Eighth grade graduation pictures were taken on Tuesday, January 31st.    Graduation proofs will be sent home along with an order form at a later date. Please look for the paperwork regarding the spelling of names for diplomas.

Graduation picture re-takes will be February 22nd. 


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Director:  Stephanie Hill

Palos South Middle School Drama club performed Suessical Jr. on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21st to a sold out crowd.  Performances by all were fantastic.  If you didn't attend, you missed the event of the year.  Thanks to all the hard word by students, staff and parents.

White Pines

Palos South sixth grade students have an amazing opportunity to attend a real dude ranch.  Packets were sent home last week.  Team 6B will attend April 24-26 and Team 6A will attend April 26-28.    Cost for the trip is $150.00.  Make checks payable to Palos School District 118.

A parent informational meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017.  Don't let this opportunity for your child slip away.  Mark your calendars!

Nurses Notes
By Ms. Jane Scott, RN, BSN                                

February is National Dental Health Month. Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria, most of them harmless. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. If you don't remove decay-causing bacteria with daily brushing and flossing, however, it can lead to cavities or worse, gum disease.
Many parents assume that cavities in baby teeth don't matter, because they'll be lost anyway. But that's not true. Dental decay in baby teeth can negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems. Good oral hygiene is the key to a healthy mouth and teeth.
Beginning when their first tooth erupts, children need to have their teeth brushed at least two times a day. There are brushes designed to address the different needs of children at all ages, ensuring that you can select a toothbrush that is appropriate for your child. Incidentally, children cannot brush their teeth without help until they are older-about six to eight years old. So be sure to supervise or do the actual brushing if necessary. Flossing should begin as soon as your child has two teeth that grow in side-by-side. When choosing toothpaste, toothbrush, floss or other dental products, be sure to look for the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal. This important symbol is your assurance that the product has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.
The longer and more frequently your child's teeth are exposed to sugar, the greater the risk of cavities. "Sticky sugar" foods such as sticky caramel, toffee, gum, and dried fruit-particularly when it stays in their mouth and bathes their teeth in sugar for hours-could do serious damage. Make sure that your child's teeth are always brushed after a sugary food item. Nutritious and well-balanced meals, along with healthy snacks like cheese, fruits or raw vegetables can help keep tooth decay to a minimum.
It is suggested that your child see a dentist beginning with their first tooth eruption and every 6 months thereafter. Regular dental visits teach a child that oral health is important. The dentist or dental hygienist will usually clean their teeth during these visits. One goal of dental visits is finding problems early.  Tooth decay can be stopped or managed if it is caught early. As part of the dental checkup, the dentist will make sure all teeth are developing normally, that there are no dental problems, and give you further advice on proper hygiene. A topical fluoride solution may be applied to provide extra protection against cavities. Sealants are often applied to prevent the development of decay in cavity-prone teeth.

By keeping your teeth and mouth healthy, your teeth can last you a lifetime. For tips on brushing and flossing your teeth and other oral health topics visit www.ada.org.

Media Center News
By: Gina Shem, Mrs. Nora Rhein

Next Year's Rebecca Caudill list has posted.  Get a head start on the contest.  You have until Feb. 1, 2018 to read all 20!

The annual Andersons Book Fair will be at South from February 13th thru the 17th

Congratulations to the following students for eligibility in the Illinois State Election for the Rebecca Caudill Contest.  

Kudos to:

Alexandra Szkoda, Kyle Kotarba, Merna Demian, Nicholas Skweres, Roisin Murnin, Alyssa Salman, Cassie Thornburg, Max Aleman, Amr Ajaj, Marie Javate, Sofia Locascio, Nina Pietila, Katerina Alikakos, Adam Wielgus, James Tan, Melissa Luculescu, Irini Mihas, Connor Olsen, Iza Lepkowski, Lana Shraim, Ximena Vargas, Phenil Patel, Maeve Begley, Owen Harty, Aydan Wilson, Sajal Shukla, Vilius Jurgelevicius, John Duda, Zac Alyafai, Ava Zukowski, Julia Kasprzak, Mary Englehart, and Patrick Vasil.  The winning title from our school was  The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.

   South Media Center is on the web: http://www.palos118.org/South/mediacenter/
Psychologist & Social Workers News
By Mrs. Katie Djikas, Ms. Jill Yerkes & Mrs. Sara Leahy    


  Friday, February 24, 2017
Cost:  $30.00
(Make checks payable to Palos South Middle School)

Get your application in to Mrs. Djikas or Ms. Yerkes


Operation Snowflake is the junior high equivalent of Operation Snowball. This program focuses on the social and emotional development of our students. In large group sessions and small group sessions students have the opportunity to work with high school students who are associated with Operation Snowball and who are specially trained to mentor middle school students. These high school students are able to offer the younger students a perspective unlike that of an adult leader. The purpose of Snowflake is to provide our students with a solid foundation of how to handle challenging situations, how to be a good friend, how to have positive interactions with peers, and to help them positively interact with their peers while avoiding negative peer pressure situations. Permission forms are available in the front office. If you have any questions please contact Katie Djikas, kdjikas@palos 118.org or Jill Yerkes, jyerkes@palos118.org.

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Speech/Language Notes
Speech / Language Notes ---- from Mrs. Sheila Stull    
Words, words, words- they are everywhere!  Often people's intelligence is judged by the vocabularies they have and the words they use, sometimes correctly and sometimes not. Nonetheless, there is no way of getting around the fact that words are used as a vehicle to learn and communicate.  Learning new words is an integral part of school, starting at preschool and going all the way through college and beyond.  Not knowing the meaning of words or how to learn new words can make the school experience very difficult.  Often we take for granted the various strategies we use to learn new words.  Some of these strategies are second nature for us but not always so obvious for all learners.  However, with a little bit of instruction and practice, vocabulary strategies can be taught. Students can apply strategies to any number of subjects, from actually learning their vocabulary words in Language Arts classes to learning what words mean in Science (viscosity), Social Studies (impeach), Math (variable), Art (perspective), etc.  The key to developing an impressive repertoire is by becoming an intentional word learner and flexibly using a variety of strategies.

Research tells us that children learn vocabulary in two ways: incidental learning and direct instruction. Incidental learning includes learning vocabulary words in a more natural way (in context) by wide reading and classroom discussion, family conversation, etc. where students are exposed to those same words  several times.  Some estimates of the number of words that students know varies from 2,500 to 26,000 words in the vocabularies of typical first grade students and from 19,000 to 200,000 words for college student's vocabularies. Currently, there is consensus among researchers that students add approximately 2,000 to 3,500 distinct words yearly to their vocabularies (Anderson & Nagy, 1992; Anglin, 1993; Beck & McKeown, 1991; White et al., 1990). Often times, students a re taug ht strategies to facilitate learning vocabulary during independent reading.  Such strategies may include predicting the me aning based on context, sounding out words to see if they match a word in their speaking vocabulary, and analyzing the structure of the word based on prefix, suffix, root, or stem knowledge. These days, with technology at our fingertips, it is easy to ask Siri or Google what a word means, but honestly, one of the hardest things for students to do is to STOP when they do  not know a word and try to do something about it! Incidental word learning, believe or not, is how we increase our vocabulary the most. Obviously, teachers cannot directly teach 3,500 words a year, or your children would be learning over 90 vocabulary words a week (and you thought they have a lot of homework now). Some estimates say that if students are intentional word learners and read just 20 minutes every day they will be on track for their grade level when vocabulary skills are assessed.

When it comes to direct instruction, there are a vast number of available vocabulary strategies. The language arts curriculum seems to encompass teaching many parts of speech and includes more adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, as well as nouns. However, most vocabulary words in expository texts are nouns. A simple formula for definitions of nouns, first proposed by Aristotle, is a tried and true method that has stood the test of time. Simply find what group (category) the word belongs to and then tell how it is distinguished from other members in that group or category. When defining an everyday word- a banana is a fruit that is yellow, long, slightly curved in shape, and grown in bunches; or a science term- chlorofluorocarbons are gases that contain chlorine and fluorine and are thought to be responsible for the decrease in the ozone layer, the formula is the same. Putting the word into its category helps you file it away in your mind in an organized manner. Moreover, when you try to recall and give a definition, it helps to access this category first to use clear and concise word choice.  When defining nonspecific people or occupations, you can follow the same formula, i.e.) a nomad is a person who moves from place to place, a navigator is a person who steers or directs the course of a ship or plane.  For individual people, you can state their job first and then say how they are related to whatever topic you are learning about (chapter titles or headings are good references)-  Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Alfred Wegner was a scientist who formulated the theory of continental drift.  More importantly, you have to connect the new word with something you already know about. This is referred to as accessing prior or background knowledge, whereby you are associating the new with the known. If you can relate an archeologist's job to a time when you were digging in the sand searching for something, or even to Indiana Jones, you are making a connection that lasts just by connecting to what you already know.

Being successful in school is not always a matter of what you know, but how you express what you know, along with your ability to learn and integrate new knowledge. With a little practice, anyone can master the skill of learning and giving the meanings of words, using clear and precise language.  
Team 6A
Deb Buyan, Roy Bullard, Jeremy Mancilla, Ashley Partin,  Deb Satler and Kelly Zdralevich

6A  students learned firsthand how the Egyptians mummified their pharaohs.
The Awesome A's will finish their adventures throughout Egypt and bid farewell to their beloved fruity pharaohs.  During this unit, the students also worked collaboratively to create a poster or Instagram for a famous pharaoh.  The students will continue their journey through the ancient world with the study of China.  It will indeed be an exciting and thought provoking ride!  The students will spend several weeks studying documents to create journals about their journey on the Silk Road.
The Awesome A's continued their journey into Earth's geologic past in science class. They studied fossils from four different time periods to uncover evidence to help support Alfred Wegener's claim that the continents were once joined and have drifted apart.   They organized their findings and created evidence filled presentations using the app "Educreations" to convince the scientific world that there once was a Pangaea.  The scientific world is convinced!!! They then took what they discovered and what the scientists of today have discovered to predict what our future world will look like. Will there be another Pangaea?
The fun doesn't end in Mrs. Zdralevich's math classes, as students diligently work towards completing another unit. The Math Honor's classes will be starting their unit on multi-step equations and inequalities. After that, we will move into Chapter 6, which involves ratios, rates and proportions. Math students will be starting their unit on expressions, and will soon be getting some exposure to equations too. In addition to staying on pace with the curriculum, students will periodically use the IXL program at school as a means to reinforce previously learned topics, in addition to strengthen skills that are seen on the Map and Parcc tests. Students will also be invited to participate in a great fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Information will be coming home soon. Traditionally, this quarter tends to be the most demanding part of the year for students in both classes. Therefore, please encourage them to spend extra time outside of class to review and apply the concepts we are learning about.
The students on Team 6A are reading and writing better than ever.  They are exploring survival novels in literature circle groups.  Afterwards, students will be creating videos that analyze the themes found in their books.  Then, we will begin preparing for PARCC testing.
In English, the students have been very busy writing.  They will be writing an essay about a woman that experienced a historical event.  They interviewed this woman and will share her story.  The Young Authors' Contest is coming up.  If your child participates, he/she will receive extra credit.  Great job, 6A!  Keep up the awesome work!!  
Team 6B           
Eileen Fitzgerald, Stephanie Hill, Kelly Korhonen, Peggy  Montroy, Dawn Murray, Meshell Robson, Lori Swan and Ivy Zimmerman

Language Arts/6B: 
Second quarter was a busy one in Language Arts. We continued our Greek and Latin root study. It was encouraging to hear students commenting on how they are noticing these Greek and Latin roots in their reading of science, social studies and math texts. How wonderful that our study of these roots is not just seen by our students in isolation! In reading, we finished up our survival literature study. Students did a great job not only completing the assigned reading of their particular book but also analyzing, interpreting and evaluating their reading. We have definitely noticed an increased level of reading in our Language Arts classes. Students are going beyond understanding/comprehending at a literal level, and moving towards a more analytical stage. Keep up the good work, kids! We have also been learning the importance of close reading in order to better comprehend what we are reading. In order to strengthen our close reading skills, we have been using weekly nonfiction passages from the "Eccentrics" series. Students are asked to read the passage 2-3 times and change their focus each time they read. They are also asked to complete comprehension questions that target summarizing skills, literal level/fact recall and inferential level questioning. We are thrilled with the progress students are making on these passages! Expository essays kept us very busy during the 2nd quarter. All writers were  given a prompt to respond to and were asked to incorporate the following elements: topic sentence, text evidence, elaboration/explanation, transition words and conclusion. Although it wasn't an easy or quick process, we were thrilled to see that the productive struggle many of our writers took part in, resulted in well written expository essays!

We look forward to another productive quarter in Language Arts! Thank you for you continued support.

Math Class:   Miss Korhonen's  math classes are working with algebraic expressions and will be starting equations soon. This will include applying the computation of integers, decimals and fractions to solving one, two and multi-step equations and inequalities. These concepts will all be applied to real world situations. Geometry concepts will also be reviewed throughout the quarter to help prepare for the PARCC Test in March.  

Pre-Algebra students are working diligently to take all of their prior knowledge of computing rational numbers and apply them to simplifying expressions and solving equations/inequalities.  Students are currently solving and writing multistep equation and inequalities. This portion of the curriculum requires great mastery for the success in the higher grade levels.  The students are starting to recognize how the curriculum's concepts build on each other and the importance of showing their work!  In the next chapter, the students will be working with ratios, unit rates, conversions, proportions, similar figures, dilations and indirect measurement.  All of these concepts will be using real world application.

Science Class:    We had such a great 2nd quarter in science class!  Students in Mrs. Murrays's science class took a "Journey" to the center of the Earth as they discovered all the layers our beautiful planet is made up of.  They did a great job designing a scale model of the Earth and its main layers.  After completing their research they were able to include many interesting characteristics about each one. 

Next, our sixth grade scientists explored Alfred Wegner's infamous Theory of Continental Drift through the "Far Flung Fossils" Activity.  During this activity students gathered data on fossils of different plants and animals that existed during four unique time periods.  After analyzing the data, they used their inferencing skills to support Wegener's claim that the continents were once joined together in a single landmass and have since drifted apart.  What do fossils, glacial grooves, and the shapes of the continents have to do with Continental Drift?  Just ask one of our sixth graders and find out! 
Our next quest took us to the bottom of the ocean to discover how new oceanic crust is formed and what happens to the old crust, over time.  During the lab students used a model to simulate seafloor spreading and subduction.  Through their inquiry they collaborated together to learn and share many other new concepts such as "magma upwelling","mid-ocean ridge", and "polarity" just to name a few. 

Finally, we will be investigating the water cycle, carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle, nitrogen cycle and last but not least, the rock cycle!   This will be another great adventure for our students.  Keep up the great work everyone! 
Social Studies Class:  We began our Egypt Unit when our students mummified their Fruity Pharaohs!  Our students truly enjoyed naming their pharaoh, decorating their unique sarcophaguses and participating in our very special, sacred, embalming ceremony.
Next, we will travel to beautiful ancient China. "Respect yourself and others will respect you" is a quote written by Confucious, a well-known Chinese teacher and philosopher.  Through our discovery of China and its culture, our sixth graders will discover the story of Confucious and his beliefs and teachings. Last, students will test their hand at Chinese writing as well as other interesting activities. 

Soon social studies classes will begin studying Ancient Greece and will have many friendly group challenges.  Students will be grouped into city-states, Argos, Athens, Corinth, Knossos, Megara, and Sparta, during this simulation.  They will have authentic Greek names and participate in several activities, which include the Olympic Games and Greek mythology plays.  Earning Hellas points throughout the unit will add some friendly competition.  Go city-states!  From Greece, students will be marching into Rome!

Pictures from our field trip to the Field Museum.......

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Team 7A All Stars
Mary Banner, Marty Duggan, Julie Easter, Lisa Hanley, Katie McDonough, Kelly Regan-Lyons and Jessica Tucker

7A End of 2nd Quarter Exam

Ok, 7A parents. Here is your chance to impress your students with all that you remember from your school days. Students, it is your job to grade your parents' exams and elaborate on the answers to each of the questions. Maybe you would like to discuss with them some of the fun activities and projects that you did while learning this material during second quarter. Good luck and have fun!
*Students: Return the completed and graded quiz
to your Connections teacher for Cardinal Cash!

Language Arts Questions:
1.  What are the names of Ponyboy's brothers?
2.  What is the purpose of using a counterclaim in argumentative writing?
3.  Who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" and why did it he write it?
4.  Use the word contentious properly in a sentence.

Social Studies Questions:
5.  Who is the Governor of Illinois?
6.  What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?                                              
7.  Who was the 6th President of the United States?
8.  How many total amendments have been made to the U.S. Constitution?
Math Questions:
10.  Eight times a number minus twenty-seven is no more than the negative of that number plus eighteen.              What is the number?
11.  Marcy deposited $35, $10, $25, and $50 into her savings account last month. If she deposits $44 this week,  which of the following statements about the date set would be true?  
 ** Could be more than one answer-Check all possibilities!

a) the mean would decrease               b) the median would increase
c) the mean would not change           d) the mode would increase
12.  4 +6r > -8+10r
13.  Write the equation in slope-intercept form. y-10=4(x+6)

Science Questions:
14. During photosynthesis, green plants convert energy from light into what type of energy?
15. Besides solar energy, what is another name for energy from the sun?
16. C 6H 12O 6 is the chemical formula for ____________.
17. Is H 2 O an organic compound? 

 1. Darry and Sodapop       2. To  state why the other side is incorrect        3.  Francis Scott Key- to celebrate the defense of Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore          4.  Contentious- argumentative, causing fights       
5.  Bruce Rauner          6.. Bill of Rights           7. John Quincy Adams           8. 27            10. (n > 5 ) 11.b           12.  R <3               13. Y= 4x+34              14.chemical energy .             15 radiant energy    
16.glucose        17. No, it is an inorganic compound

Team 7B Explorers   
Donna Albomonte, Randy Buvala, Chris Helmin, Cathy Kruszynski, Kristen McNulty, Maureen Murphy, Eileen Pacetti and Katie Wollschlager 

Language Arts
In Mrs. Helmin and Mrs. Wollschlager's English classes, we are continuing to add to our grammar notebooks.  These notebooks are useful tools that students will be able to refer back to for many years. Currently, we are conquering verbs.

We are also beginning the argumentative writing process. Students will write an argumentative paper focused on social media and whether or not it has a positive or negative effect on society.  They will become experts on thesis statements, making claims, supporting their claims, citing evidence and understanding counter-claims. Narrative writing will also be making an appearance with a Young Author's Contest at the beginning of March.

Our reading classes read The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, before winter break. The Outsiders was a traditional novel which allowed students to focus on elements of fiction.  At the moment, we are reading the thought-provoking novel Nothing but the Truth, by Avi. This novel is a documentary novel that gives students multiple perspectives on an issue and causes students to question the effects of the media on society.
Please continue to check skyward for updated grades.  Also, the calendar is a great place to see when upcoming assignments and tests are appearing!
The third quarter is underway and recently, the honors math classes finished a detailed unit on statistics and data analysis.   They lea rned how to construct & read a histogram as well as a stem-and-leaf plot.  Additionally, they became knowledgeable about measures of variation along with constructing a box-and-whisker plot involving outliers.  Next, they will focus on a unit of probability involving compound events, experimental & theoretical probability, and fundamental counting principle.  Once the probability unit is completed, the students will focus on a real-world connection with probability to develop their own carnival game.   With this project, the students will explore probability to calculate the expected value of winning.  

The math classes learned about a variety of equations and inequalities with two-step, multi-step, variables on both sides, distributing, and combining like terms.   Additionally, the students explored word problems involving inequalities to be able to solve, graph, & analyze the results. Next on the agenda, the math students will complete a unit of statistics.  

Just a r eminder- Calculators are a required school supply for seventh grade.  Please make sure your son/daughter has one in class daily.  Also, a special thank you to all students who have agreed to participate in the St. Jude Children's Hospital Math-a-thon.  Good luck with the math problems and collecting donations.  Every dollar makes a difference!  For more information, visit www.mathathon.org .   

Team 8A Achievers     
Caylee Bruce, Barb Duffy, Tim Kahle, Brittney Kmiecik, Ray Kouba, Patti Lindeman and Lindsay Wulf     
"For current information on teacher curriculum, team activities and homework, please visit the teacher Schoology page."

Team 8B Builders 
Scott Adams, Bob  Beran, Karen Kaminski, Robin Kmiec, Angela Rudolph, Carolyn Schaver and Judy Schramm                       

"For current information on teacher curriculum, team activities and homework, please visit the teacher Schoology page."
Applied Tech 
By Mr. Jeremy Mancilla 

The Applied Technology class is continuing to progress at Palos South. The Applied Technology program at Palos South is designed to provide authentic math and science experiences that will expand concepts learned in these and other subjects. Students will use a variety of technologies, specialized equipment and computer simulation to apply science, technology, mathematics, and engineering
Students in 6 th and 7 th grade are currently on their 3 rd quarter of class. While the 8 th grade students have just started their 2 nd semester. At each of the grade levels students are exploring a variety of computer modules used to enhance the math and science curriculum. Students are engaged in research, graphical challenges, and applying mathematics to everyday situation on a daily basis. Students are exploring how math, science, and technology are used in the world of work and everyday life.

Here is some information about what the students do at Robots and Practical Skills  

In Robots, students learn about the fascinating role that robots play in our lives. More and more, this technology is helping to improve the way we live and manufacture items. Students learn how to operate, program, and use robots in different environments. Initially, each student learns to manipulate the robot and program it to conduct repeatable tasks. Students learn about each of the sensors and how to program them to control a self-directed robot. Ultimately, they program and operate a robot to operate using the sensors as inputs to solve a challenge.


In  Practical Skills , students learn to identify common tools and their uses. They are introduced to the history of measuring systems, repair faulty systems, and follow directions to assemble prefabricated furniture. One important skill is to recognize situations when it would be best to call in a professional to help them solve the problem.


Parents and students can learn more about the Applied Technology curriculum by visiting Mr. Mancilla's webpage.

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."

  • Confucius

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By Mrs. Maureen Murphy and Mrs. Kelly Regan-Lyons

Noticias de EspaƱol

The eighth grade class has been very busy experiencing a variety of activities in Spanish. Students recently completed reading their first novel, Pobre Ana entirely in Spanish, and were able to discuss the story in the target language. Students just began working on a unit discussing vocabulary associated with their home, including daily chores. Students will design and label a house entirely in Spanish. They will also participate in a conversation describing their home and their daily activities. They have also engaged in listening, writing, speaking, on line activities, and a variety of activities using Schoology. The next unit will involve stem changing verbs and many other skills needed for high school.
Coming Soon: Students will discuss clothing, shopping, and counting up to 1000!
The seventh grade students finished their semester of Spanish in January. They concluded with describing foods, conjugating ER and IR verbs in the present tense, and a menu project. The second semester students have already reviewed sixth grade material including greetings, goodbyes, body parts, classroom commands, days of the week, months of the year, and numbers. The students expanded their knowledge about weather and are engaged in a project that involves a weather forecast and a current event from a major world city.   Students will be learning to talk about activities they like and do not like. They will also be able to ask others about their likes and dislikes
Coming Soon: Students will learn to describe themselves using a variety of adjectives
The sixth grade students finished their quarter of Spanish in January. They concluded with the days of the week, months of the years and numbers. The third quarter students are currently studying all the countries that speak Spanish. They will be learni ng the Spanish alphabet and will be able to spell words in their new language. Students will also be able to respond to and ask questions like; What is your name?, and How are you today?
Coming Soon: Lots of new vocabulary and phrases in Spanish!
By Mrs. Amanda Schuller  

All of o ur general music classes have just finished studying the basics of music. Our sixth grade classes will now dive into learning how to play the keyboard. After that they will study the Star-Spangled Banner and its importance.

Our seventh grade classes will be studying rhythm. They will learn how to put rhythms to their name, words, and watch the video, "Stomp Out Loud," which is based on rhythm. They will then go on to play the keyboards.

PE Department
By Mr. Bullard, Mr. Kahle, Mrs. Kmiec, Mrs. Schaver & Mrs. Zimmerman

The Physical Education Department has been hard at work this quarter. Our students will begin their weekly trips to the fitness center to prepare them for the upcoming Spring fitness tests. These workouts are designed to help students improve their cardiovascular fitness through aerobic activity. We would like to see each of our students maintain a constant heart rate between 145-185 beats per minute. This ensures that each student will get maximum benefits from their workout. The goal is to see noticeable improvement on our students Presidential Fitness test scores this spring.

Our students have just completed the rollerblading unit in P.E.   Skatetime provided the equipment and our students provided the enthusiasm and skill required for this fun activity. After a day of instruction from our Skatetime professional our students were off and gliding around the gym. This activity is an excellent cardiovascular workout as well as a test of one's balance and coordination. By the end of the two week unit most of our students showed vast improvement in their skating form. We look forward to this unit every year and enjoy the freedom this activity provides our kids.

Our 7th and 8th grade boy students have been in Health for the past five weeks. They have been studying first aid, smoking, illegal drugs effects and HIV/Aids information. The boys will rejoin the PE curriculum next week for the beginning of our Fitnessgram testing program. Details will follow in the next newsletter.

Strikes a nd spares will be flying as our 6th grade students participate in our bowling unit sponsored by Orland Bowl. The equipment is provided free of charge by Orland Bowl and our students learn proper bowling form and scoring formulas. Although modern bowling alleys have computerized scoring we feel that a student should understand how the score is tabulated and be able to comprehend strategies related to their opponents score as well as their own. Each student kept score for a teammate while they were waiting for their turn to bowl. This system really helped the students get a solid grasp of the game of bowling.

Next up for our students will be Volleyball, Challenge Education and Fitness Testing. Stay tuned for our 4th quarter newsletter detailing these units.

We would also like to recognize our December/January PE Students of the month award.

6th Grade
Nick Adduci
Danny Fitzpatrick
Claudia Kaczmarczyk
Cameron Hughey
M.J. Javate
Belle Burden
Zoe Ahluwalia
7th Grade
Luke Malzone
Aidan Willson
Kaitlyn Kenney
Victoria Venclovas
Bella Tresch
Gail Korbitz
Ella Giblin-Segal
8th Grade
Christian Vouris
Imran Sabir
Julia Lassak
Evelyn Hosana
Julia Reedy
Jenin Hasan
Georgia Fry

The Palos South Physical Education Department,
Roy Bullard 
Carolyn Schaver
Robin Kmiec
Tim Kahle
Ivy Zimmerman

7th Grade Girls Basketball
By Coach, Scott Adams
     Congratulations to the 7th grade girls' basketball team who ended their season with an undefeated overall record of 14-0 for a 1st place finish in the regular season and the S.W.I.C Tournament Post Season Championship. In a tight game against the Century Wildcats in the championship game, down by one at the start of the 4th quarter, the Lady Cardinals went ahead to win with a score of 38-33. Congratulations to Laila Barakat who was voted as the Tournament Most Valuable Player by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the tournament. Also congratulations to Laila Barakat, Maddie Fiala, and Gail Korbitz who were selected to the S.W.I.C. All Conference Team. Thank you to the entire team for all of your hard work, efforts, and accomplishments this season. You represented our school with honor.
Team members included:
#1 Laila Barakat, #3 Ava Burns, #4 Mary Zielinski, #5 Maddie Fiala, #11 Claire George, #12 Gail Korbitz, #13 Rowan Krammer,      #14 Gina Librizzi, #15 Mia Fiscelli, #21 Shannon Lawler, #23 Jena Elmosa, #24 Julia Kotas, #25 Maddie Drebing, and #43 Karsyn Williams.

Parents and Students of ALL ages!
The Palos South Student Council is sponsoring its


You don't need to be an
Einstein to participate!

Proceeds from Trivia Night will benefit Let it Be Us:  Inspiring Foster Care Adoptions (IAJHSC state service project) and the student council state convention fund.
Talk to your family and friends.  Get a team of 10 people together. Don't have
ten on your team?  We can combine your team with another small team.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Palos South Commons
6:30 - 8:30 (ish)
$10 per person (children under 15 are $5)
****One adult per table MINIMUM****
Bring your own snacks!
Sorry, no liquids! 
Beverages (water, soda, coffee) must be purchased that night.
Teams must register by March 1, 2017  

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