Vertical Ventures Teambuilding

We ended our first round of seminars with a field trip to Vertical Ventures Ropes Course in Berlin.  It was a fabulous day of beautiful weather, peer connection, problem solving, physical activity and fun outdoors!   On the low ropes course students were given a variety of challenges where they had to work together as a group to accomplish a task.  Here are some pictures of the fun!

























































































































































































































The high ropes course was more of an individual task to conquer your fears approximately 30 feet off the ground.  Many of us were cheering and encouraging our classmates as they took on this challenge.  Here are pictures of the fun!

















































































































































































































































































Chemistry Lab Baking Experiment

In a recent Lumen Chemistry lab students put their observation and measurement skills to the test. One of the focal points in chemistry is to be as accurate and precise as possible and what better way to test these skills than baking.

For three days students were asked to conduct their own experiments on tradition baking ingredients in preparation for this weeks lab. Ingredients such as; four, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, sea salt, etc. were out for students to observe using all of their senses except TASTE. Students were also allowed the use of bunsen burners, hot plates, vinegar, oil, and water.

On the first day, students were given white cups with only letters A thru P and a mystery substance. They were also given a recipe for Vanilla Cup Cakes, but it was coded in a way that tested their conversion and critical thinking abilities. Using their notes from the previous week and a variety of tests they designed, they hunted down the ingredients needed. On the second day, students gave Mr. Schwingle the amount of said letter and it was added to the mixing bowl. At the end of the day the cupcakes were baked and ready for consumption.

Finally, it was taste testing day.  Students were to record their visual and taste observations of their cupcakes versus a normal vanilla cupcake. Lastly, they were told the amount and actual ingredient the put into their mixture.
Overall, the students enjoyed this new approach to demonstrating their understanding of new chemistry content.

Taste Test Day #3 

Conferences Tonight

Parent/Teacher conferences are Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

If you would like to meet with any of your child’s teachers, you will find them in their Lumen/RHS classrooms. Refer to the list below for room numbers.

Mrs. Baird                   1710

Mr. Cardinal                 1712

Mrs. Griffith                  1721

Mr. Hauman                 1422

Mrs. Landerman            Gym

Mr. Markon                   1113

Mr. Schwingle               1109

Ms. Sommer                 1702

Mrs. Truesdale               1103

Ms. Young                     1307

Mr. Wiegel                     1720

If  you have any questions or need to make other arrangements please do so by email.

Student Highlight – Danika Steggall

Over the summer I participated in a Shedd Aquarium high school marine biology program. To sum it up, I went to the Bahamas for a week with the Shedd Aquarium staff, got to meet the Shark Lab staff in Bimini, snorkeled in the ocean, participated in several different science methods(beach seine, quadrats, etc.), saw and experienced amazing things, and made lifelong friends. My favorite part was swimming with sharks – nurse, black tip, and a Caribbean reef shark. Here are some photos from my trip.
















































September Update

The first month of school has been a great success! We have settled into a routine, started seminar projects, planned  a team building field trip to Vertical Ventures for October and had a fun time participating in all the homecoming activities!  Here are a few pictures from homecoming week..