Lighthouse School Newsletter

February 24, 2021

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Mr. B's Corner

At 3:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 18, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Mars Perseverance Rover landed safely in the Jezero Crater on Mars. Perseverance is scheduled to spend two years exploring Jezero Crater examining Martian geology as it looks for evidence of ancient Martian life. It is amazing to think of all people and all of the behind-the-scenes work that needed to go into this mission to develop the Perseverance Rover with all of its tools; to lift-off safely, to land safely, to explore the Martian landscape, to collect data, and to communicate findings with mission control.

Watching the Rover land and listening to Guidance and Controls Operation Lead, Swati Mohan, narrate the landing mission was electrifying. At each successful step along the way those in mission control boiled over with applause. Then, when the Rover, landed, a rousing standing ovation erupted. Lighthouse students took their lead from those they watched at mission control. Students left Lighthouse with their fists pumping and huge smiles across their faces. So exciting! Thanks to parents waiting in their cars for dismissal.

February 18, 2021 may forever impact this generation of students. Currently, there is so much happening in space exploration; Mars Perseverance Rover, Mars Curiosity Rover, Mars Insight Lander, and eight satellites are currently orbiting Mars. In addition to those missions currently exploring Mars, next year there are plans for ExoMars Rover to join. In addition to NASA’s missions, both India and the United Arab Emirates are also exploring.

Although we are still in the midst of pandemic schooling, it was such fun to feel this excitement ripple through Lighthouse. It felt very refreshing!

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


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Learning Model Transition Requests-All Requests DUE Friday, February 26

By continuing in or requesting Modified Campus (hybrid) model, you will be selecting to return to full-time, in-person learning at school when we are able to transition. Students who continue in – or request – Extended Flexible Learning for trimester 3 will remain in distance learning.

Requests to change learning model at trimester transition

LH Families who have chosen Extended Flexible Learning (EFL) and want to request a change to Modified Campus (grades 7-12) or Face-To-Face (grades 1-6) will be able to request that change by contacting the school office Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26.

We are asking for requests to be in by February 26 to ensure we have the space to maintain COVID Safety Precautions and time to adjust class rosters in time for the beginning of trimester 3. Families may continue to choose Extended Flexible Learning at any time during this school year.

Maintaining COVID-19 Safety Precautions

We have loved seeing our Modified Campus Learners return to school twice a week. Those returning to school for the first time since November have reconnected with one another, with their advisors, and with me. Very fun to hear students having the deep discussions that are a hallmark of Lighthouse learning!

As we have just transitioned to Modified Campus Learning for our secondary students, we continue our planning toward a transition to full-time learning at school and will have more to share by March 3. Among the many factors, we are considering related to health and safety is the ability to maintain a physical distance of six feet. This, and other health and safety guidance, is a significant element of our planning.

  • Masks
  • 6 Foot Physical Distancing
  • Handwashing
  • Cleaning hard surfaces throughout day

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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Career Fair 9th-12th Graders

SLP is hosting a Career Expo for all students in grades 9-12 on March 31. This is an easy and excellent way for students to learn more about different careers and to connect directly with employers about what they do, what kind of talent they are looking for and more. Please encourage your student to attend – and/or attend with them – the morning of March 31. This is for SLP students only and a tremendous partnership with Anoka County and North Metro Chamber of Commerce. Stay tuned for more details.

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Watch a sneak peek of the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving Event

Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving Event Trailer

Tune in for the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving event this Saturday!

We are just days away from the Panthers for a Purpose Virtual Giving event happening this Saturday, February 27! We hope you'll join us as we celebrate our Panther spirit, unite our community for a purpose and fill the Panther Pantry. Don't miss this #SLPPantherProud moment in the making as we work together to keep children in our community fed, ready to learn and simply free to be kids.

It's time to get bidding! The silent auction featuring 300+ items is now open. Packages start as low as $25 with all proceeds going to the Panther Pantry and Weekend Pack Program.

Breakdown of Saturday's Virtual Event:

Program Link:
The program viewing link will be shared on the event hub at

6:45 p.m.: Countdown
Before the main event, tune in for a few special messages from some of our top event sponsors.

7 p.m.: Program Premiere
The Panthers for a Purpose event will be live at 7 p.m. Hear from the Panther Foundation's Chairperson Marla Sciara, Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg, members of our community and principal team as they share the importance of this event in our community. The 30-minute program will be entertaining for all members of our Spring Lake Park Schools community. Get ready to see people you know, laugh and get inspired by the special messages of the evening.

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Final Hour of Silent Auction
Get your bidding in on your favorite items. Last chance to make them yours!

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Math Section 7AAA Champions

Mr. Eggert and Mr. Hilst Share:

"On Monday, February 8, the math team officially wrapped up a stellar regular season and were crowned the Section 7AAA champs! The team finished with a total of 390 points which easily outpaced the rest of the section which included Roseville, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Irondale, Anoka, and Cooper high schools.

The team's success was a result of the individual tenacity shown by this group of aspiring mathematicians. The 11 returning members improved their individual scoring by an average of 6.2 points per team member or a 23% growth rate and our newcomers were equally impressive.

Six team members finished in the top ten in the section:

  • Alexandra (Sasha) Levinshteyn (1st)
  • Samuel Kretzschmar (2nd)
  • Bryce Leik (4th)
  • Tyler Zenz (T-6th)
  • Duc Trinh (8th)
  • Marcus Gustafson (T-9th)

Up next: The team will practice over the next month as they prepare for the state meet on Monday, March 15. Additionally, Sasha has earned an invitation to compete in the individual tournament which starts Monday, March 8.

Team Members:

  • Bryce Leik (12th, Captain)
  • Mary Monsrud (12th, Captain)
  • Megan Mulrooney (12th)
  • Gabriel Minton (12th)
  • Marcus Gustafson (11th)
  • Duc Trinh (11th)
  • Tyler Zenz (11th)
  • Alexandra Levinshteyn (10th)
  • Preston Nguyen (10th)
  • Savan Sant (10th)
  • Sean Lirazan (9th)
  • Matthew Sjerven (9th)
  • Benjamin Youngbauer (9th)
  • Samuel Kretzschmar (7th, Lighthouse)"

Way to go!

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