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..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Building South Woods

Our last team building time for the school year was spent in South Woods on a nature scavenger hunt.  Students were given tasks to accomplish as a team such as building a rock tower, getting across the creek together, and finding certain plants.  Here are some pictures of the fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World Comes to Oshkosh – Refugee Fundraising Dinner

The Lumen seminar, “The World Comes to Oshkosh” hosted a fundraising dinner for refugee resettlement in the Fox Valley on May 13. The class studied the sending countries and the conditions that caused people to flee them, focusing on Myanmar, Iraq, Syria, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The class also learned about the process of refugee resettlement in the US, from the vetting process used to screen refugees to the kinds of services and challenges they can expect when they arrive in Oshkosh. The students made informational displays for the dinner highlighting what they learned. The dinner served over 50 guests and raised $770 for World Relief and the African Fellowship food pantry! We are grateful to Grace Lutheran church, Webster’s and Market Fresh for donating a venue and ingredients for the dinner.

Other highlights of the class: One of our speakers was the volunteer coordinator for World Relief. Others included a Syrian refugee who had formerly been a high school teacher, a Ugandan who is studying to be a Social Worker, and a pastor who has worked extensively with refugees for many years. Students also had an opportunity to attend a one-year anniversary party for a Congolese family, and a worship service run for and by an African refugee congregation. Students also wrote letters to the editor, two of which were published last week in the Commonwealth Press. One student also wrote the press release prior to the dinner, which was also published in the RCP.

Outstanding Student Achievement

 

We are proud to announce that August Walheim has been awarded with the Lowenstine Honors Scholarship to the Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. This scholarship valued at over $25,000, is awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement, character and commitment to environmental stewardship. He plans to attend during second semester of the 2017-2018 school year.  The unique learning environment will give him experience in the Environmental Sciences field of study which he plans to pursue after high school.

 

ALEKS Math Update

Following is the minimum number of topics your child should have completed in ALEKS (online math) by Friday, April 21, 2017.  In addition to completing topics as your child finishes each slice of the pie they need to take a quiz to complete the slice.  I have included how many quizzes should be completed at this point in the school year.

Please remind your child that they can work on their math at home as well- they should view it as homework- what every math student in RHS has every night. Lumen students have the opportunity to work ahead and finish early.

 

Algebra 1        423 topics  ———  8 of 11 quizzes completed

Algebra 2        210 topics ——— 6 of 10 quizzes completed

Algebra Concepts      220 topics ——— 5 of 7 quizzes completed

Geometry       218 topics ——— 8 of 12 quizzes completed

Geometry Concepts         229 topics ——— 8 of 12 quizzes completed

Algebra/Geometry Concepts   60 topics ——— 2 of 4 quizzes completed

 

ALEKS Math Update

Following is the minimum number of topics your child should have completed in ALEKS (online math) by Friday, April 7, 2017.  In addition to completing topics as your child finishes each slice of the pie they need to take a quiz to complete the slice.  I have included how many quizzes should be completed at this point in the school year.

Please remind your child that they can work on their math at home as well- they should view it as homework- what every math student in RHS has every night. Lumen students have the opportunity to work ahead and finish early.

 

Algebra 1        415 topics  ———  8 of 11 quizzes completed

Algebra 2        205 topics ——— 6 of 10 quizzes completed

Algebra Concepts      210 topics ——— 5 of 7 quizzes completed

Geometry       213 topics ——— 8 of 12 quizzes completed

Geometry Concepts         221 topics ——— 8 of 12 quizzes completed

Algebra/Geometry Concepts   52 topics ——— 2 of 4 quizzes completed