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 4/13

  • This week in science we will continue learning about our Lake Trout mystery. The students have been trying to figure out what happened to the Lake Trout population in the Great Lakes in the 1940s-1960s, and last week they learned about native/invasive species. This week we will explore the idea that an invasive species could have entered the Great Lakes causing a change in the Lake Trout population. We will have a lot of fun conducting dissections of Sea Lamprey and Perch in order to learn about their structures/functions. Students will learn about structures that could allow one of these organisms to attack the Trout causing a drop in their population size. 
  • 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.