Welcome parents and students!  This year is going to be filled with exciting science experiments and various exploratory learning methods.  Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Email: skurtz@district30.org
Phone: 847-400-8924

To post and participate in our blog discussions concerning science related current events, please go to http://blog.d30.me/skurtz/.

To access the Schoology website for posting papers, projects, and questions, please go to https://www.schoology.com/login

To access the light mixing activity, please go to this link:


During Summer School our science class was given the opportunity to appear on a nationally shown program throughout South Africa as we wished Nelson Mandela, an international icon, a happy 94th birthday.  Below is the link.

Headlines:  Week of 4/27

  • This week in science we will continue learning about our Lake Trout mystery. Last week the students dissected Sea Lamprey and Perch in order to learn about their different structures/functions. This week we will continue to explore the idea that all organisms have structures to perform functions necessary for survival. They will have the opportunity to examine other organisms to explore this topic. Students will also create a scientific expiation to prove whether or not Sea Lamprey are capable of damaging the Trout population. The students will also learn that organisms can have parasite/host relationships, as seen by the Perch (Trout) and Sea Lamprey. We will wrap up the week with our second Biology Quiz.
  • Remember, asking questions and exploring the world around us are the keys to being a successful scientist.  I encourage you to ask any questions you may have as we begin our explorations in physics.     
  • If it is your week to make a post, please do so by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.  Everyone should be excited to take part in the scientific discussions chosen by their classmates.  There is a lot going on in science, both inside and outside of our classroom.  We simply need to continue exploring!
  • Please remember to check the homework link regularly.  It is updated daily with assignments.