Lighthouse School Newsletter

February 10, 2021

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Mr. B's Corner

Good Afternoon Lighthouse Families,

2021-2022 Concurrent Course Registration Season is nigh. 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.

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


Concurrent Students-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)

Learning Model Transition

  • Feb. 10: ALL Lighthouse Students will continue to work on their negotiated work plans from home. Facilitators and staff will use these days to prepare for the transition.
  • Feb. 11: ALL Lighthouse Students will continue to work on their negotiated work plans from home. Facilitators and staff will use these days to prepare for the transition.
    • Night WebEx Conferences (4pm-7pm)
  • Feb. 12: No school for all Lighthouse students
    • Day WebEx Conferences (8am-3pm)
  • Feb. 15: President’s Day Holiday – No school for all students and staff
  • Feb. 16: New Learning Model Begins
      • Elementary
        • Extended Flexible Learning students will continue to learn from home.
        • In-person students will continue to learn from Lighthouse School
      • Secondary
        • “B” day students in the Modified Campus (hybrid) model return to the school building.
        • “A” day students in the Modified Campus (hybrid) model will learn at home. Their first day back in the school building will be Thursday, Feb. 18.
        • Extended Flexible Learning students will continue their learning online.

Please note, if your child is currently in the Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) model by choice, they will remain in distance learning. We will accept any requests to shift to Modified Campus from Extended Flexible Learning beginning the week of February 22 for the trimester shift.

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The deadline to order the Lighthouse yearbook is April 2

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Lighthouse Winter Conferences

Please use the WebEx conference links below during your scheduled conference time:

Please click on the link at, or slightly before, your scheduled conference timeslot. Don’t be alarmed as you may be placed in a “waiting room” until the previous conference has finished.

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National Merit Finalist-Natalie Horwath

Lighthouse School for Gifted and Insatiable Learners senior, Natalie Horwath, was announced this week as a National Merit Finalist. More than 1.5 million juniors entered the competition last spring by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Natalie was 1 of only 288 Minnesota Students to qualify as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Then, these 288 semi-finalists were further narrowed down to determine finalists. Way to go, Natalie!

Natalie has been a Lighthouse School student since 2009 when she enrolled as a 1st grader. With the exception of Ms. Dougherty, Natalie predates all of our Lighthouse staff! And because Ms. Dougherty has such a great memory, we chatted about Natalie's time at Lighthouse. In addition to Natalie's great academic prowess, it is fun to reflect on her Lighthouse School days.

  • Natalie has seen the Lighthouse School moved three different locations in the High School
  • Natalie has had three Lighthouse School coordinators
  • Natalie has seen thirteen (or more) facilitators during her time
  • Mr. Endrizzi shares that his introduction to Natalie was seeing her comfortably reading in (not on) a book shelf
  • Natalie played the part of Creon in a school production of Antigone
  • Natalie has participated in the University of MN Talented Youth Mathematics Program
  • Natalie's Destination Imagination teams have gone onto World Competitions

After being awarded as a semifinalist, Natalie shared:

  • “I’ve taken many standardized tests but I’m always a little nervous beforehand. I’m always stressed after tests because I begin to overanalyze my answers, but when scores came out I felt much better. I still didn’t expect to be a semifinalist, so that was a welcome surprise.”

  • “In my elementary years I loved to write. Essays and other assigned written assignments were difficult, but I could write for hours creating fantasy worlds and short stories. The environment of Lighthouse allowed me to submit these writings for credit and it encouraged me to continue writing.”

  • “The environment of Lighthouse really aided my academic independence from teachers and a structured work environment. I know I would not be where I am today if not for Lighthouse.”

  • “I’ve wanted to be a surgeon for as long as I can remember, and I’m still dedicated to that dream. My post-high school plans right now mostly consist of the steps I need to take to achieve that dream. For now, however, I’m focused on maintaining good grades and applying to colleges.”

Natalie now has the opportunity to be awarded numerous scholarships reserved for National Merit Finalists. We wish her the best.

Please make sure to congratulate Natalie for her success!

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Challenge #3 - It's almost party time, February 15-24

It's time to get dancing, Panthers! With just over two weeks to go until the Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event, we are challenging families to get their move on between February 15-24. Put on some music and show us your favorite dance moves!

Send us your videos of your family dance party to be entered in the prize drawing and to see your dance moves on the program.

As a reminder, we are in the final days of Challenge #2. There is still time to show us your Panther Pride by wearing school colors or SLP gear and submit your photos by Friday, February 12.

Please send your photos and videos to

Learn more about the Panthers for a Purpose virtual event, which helps keep the pantry stocked, children fed and ready to learn!

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