Lighthouse School Newsletter

March 3, 2021

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Mr. B's Corner

We’ve had an exciting week as nearly all Spring Lake Park Schools staff have now had their first dose COVID-19 vaccine. This is great news for the health and well-being of our staff as we offer more and more in-person services and also great news for helping ensure more consistent in-person learning experiences for students and families.

This afternoon, Dr. Ronneberg shared a message with the SLP community that announced another learning model transition. He shared that he hopes this is “a final transition for the 2020-2021 school year.” Lighthouse will remain in our current learning model until Spring Break. Next week, we’ll have more information for families about some unique elements of our planning and structure of our school days. In the meantime, families of students in the Modified Campus (hybrid) model – including those who have requested it for Trimester 3, should plan to come to school each day starting March 23. Students in Extended Flexible Learning will continue, uninterrupted, in their current schedule and format.

Again, thanks for your continued patience during this ever-changing year.

As always, thanks for entrusting your child(ren) to Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners,


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MDH encourages regular testing for youth and their families

As our students return to school, youth sports and/or extracurricular activities, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that students and their families get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures we already have in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Testing has never been easier – you can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your health care provider. Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 tests. All options are quick and free to you.

By wearing a mask, social distancing and getting tested regularly, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools and sports open.

Report Cards

Lighthouse Report Cards will be available, once again, utilizing Parent Portal. Please view the linked tutorial should you need a refresher on accessing Parent Portal. For further tech support, please email or call 763-600-5555.

Concurrent Registration

2021-2022 Concurrent Course Registration Season is upon us. Although this is really important for rising 8th-12th graders, families of younger students may find it informative too as they imagine the future.

Spring Lake Park High School counselors are working on their 2021-2022 registration process and will begin to register students in the coming weeks. As this process begins, those LH students concurrently enrolled will hear of SLPHS registration events. Lighthouse students, as always, are welcome to participate in SLPHS events, but concurrent registration for LH students is as simple as parents emailing Mr. B,, with SLPHS course selection. Please send email before 3/5/21.

  • 8th Graders may be ready to take 1 concurrent course with parent request AND LH team approval
  • 9th-12th Graders may register for 2 courses with parent request AND LH team approval
    • 9th Graders may take 2 courses AND should ALSO register for 2 terms of PE and 1 term of Health

Although there is flexibility, most Lighthouse students complete their Math, Language Arts, Art, and World Language credits through the Lighthouse. Many students also complete Pre-AP Chemistry utilizing Aleks, and fulfill Human Geography/Civics and US History through LH coursework. Additionally, students often utilize their inquiry to complete Economics, Government, and social studies elective credits.

Please take some time to look through the Concurrent Registration Info slide show to learn more about being a concurrent student. In it you will find:

Please do not hesitate to reach out should you and/or your child wish to schedule a WebEx meeting to discuss registration needs.

Balancing Act

How do most LH students balance LH and SLPHS concurrently to fulfill Grad. Requirements?

  • Language Arts (12 Credits)
    • Lighthouse book challenges, lit clubs, and writing plan
  • Math (9 Credits)
    • Aleks
      • Students who complete Aleks Pre-Calc take Calc at SLPHS
  • Social Studies (11 Credits)
    • Lighthouse
      • Honors Human Geography/Civics, and US History
      • LH Inquiries: Economics, Government, and Social Studies Elective
    • SLPHS Classes
      • World History
  • Science (9 Credits)
    • Lighthouse
      • Physical Science/Aleks Chemistry (fulfill same credit requirement)
        • Aleks Pre-AP Chemistry
        • Prepares student to take AP Chem at SLPHS later
        • Some choose to take Honors Physical Science through SLPHS
    • SLPHS
    • Honors Physical Science/Aleks Chemistry (fulfill same credit requirement)
    • AP Biology
    • AP Physics/Chemistry
  • Art (3 Credits)
    • Lighthouse (Secondary Students)
      • Songwriting (1 credit/year)
      • Guitar (1 credit/year)
      • Independent Art (0.5 credits/term)
  • PE (2 Credits)
    • SLPHS (9th Graders)
      • Foundations of Fitness
      • PE Elective
  • Health (1 Credit)
    • SLPHS (9th Graders)
      • Health
  • Electives (16 Credits)
    • LH Students complete 9 Credits through Rosetta Stone
    • LH Students complete 4 Credits through Inquiry (may be electives)
    • Extra courses beyond grad. requirements (ie. 4th year of Science, or additional LA credits)

The deadline to order the Lighthouse yearbook is April 2

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March 12-22: Spring Break, no school

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Pathways Career Expo: Find the Path to your Future

All students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend our very first virtual Career Expo on Wednesday, March 31 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Event overview:

  • Meet career professionals who can answer your questions about job responsibilities, requirements and skills.
  • Learn what education and training is needed after high school for your career.
  • Check out job outlook and projected income for selected careers.

Event Schedule on Wednesday, March 31:

  1. Overview - Career Exploration & Outlook: 9-9:30 a.m.
  2. Business & Entrepreneurship: 9:30-10 a.m.
  3. Health Services: 10-10:30 a.m.
  4. Human Services: 10:30-11 a.m.
  5. Technology, Engineering & Design: 11-11:30 a.m.
  6. Trades, Manufacturing & Construction: 11:30-12 p.m.

The registration link will go live on Friday, March 19.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Blaido Counselor for Career and College Readiness or 763-600-5139.

MACAC Virtual College Fair March 9-11

Registration for the MACAC Virtual College Fair is now open. This virtual college exploration event will including the following:

  • Hear from Admissions professionals.
  • Gain important college knowledge.
  • Learn more about 150 different colleges from all over the country.
  • Live presentations about college admissions

Career and College Planning Hub

The SLPHS Counseling office continues to update the Career and College Planning Hub website. This hub is a one-stop-shop for all Career and College Planning events, various video recording presentations, scholarship and transcript information and more! Make sure you are visiting often to stay updated on all things happening in the world of Career and College at SLPHS.

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Panthers for a Purpose raises more than $100k

The Panther Foundation’s virtual giving event was a huge success raising over $100,000 for the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack Program.

“We knew this effort really connected with people’s passions, but we had no idea what to expect,” says Colleen Pederson, Panther Foundation Executive Director. “The results are far surpassing any expectations we had. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who participated, including a record number of sponsors. It shows us once again how special this community is.”

Read more about this successful event and the event's purpose:

Lighthouse School student Gavin Owen cheered on SLP on reaching their donation goal!
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Science Fair

We are thrilled to share with Lighthouse community that Elizabeth Levinshteyn, not only participated, but was awarded top honors for her Science Fair submission, “Testing, Testing: Developing an All-Strain-Inclusive Test for SARS-CoV2.”

Elizabeth won:

a) Graduate Women in Science Papers Award

b) Lemelson Early Inventor Prize for the Western Region - one student in high school or middle school who approached their project in a creative way

c) Research Papers Middle School First Place

You may check out her presentation at the following links:

Long Video: (10 minutes)

Short Video: (2 minutes)

Please make sure to congratulate Elizabeth and wish her the best as she moves onto the State Competition!

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