Last modified Aug 29

Earth Science

  • 8th Grade
This is my 11th year at Notre Dame of De Pere. I teach middle school science, and absolutely love it. Previously, I worked in television and business management. I graduated from UW-Green Bay in 1998 with a degree in Communications and then again in 2008 with a degree in Earth Science and minor in Education. My wife Sarah and I have enjoyed nearly 15 years of marriage and raising our three children. Away from teaching and time with my family, my interests include sports, outdoor activities, movies/television, and video games. For me personally, teaching has been very rewarding. Being able to positively impact students is priceless, and I hope you agree or come to agree with me that Notre Dame has not only outstanding students but wonderful families as well. I am looking forward to another great year and proud to not only be a teacher here but a member of this school community as well.
Kevin Schwarten


  • WELCOME BACK!  I hope you all had an awesome summer, are recharged and ready for a great school year.   I am looking forward to working part-time but also completing the students’ middle school learning in science and continuing their preparation for high school science.


  • All teachers will be using the My Homework app for assignments this year.   Please check back soon for the link to this app for this class.  Further information and updates will be provided as needed.  Thank you in advance for your patience as we become more accustomed to this app.

All  middle school staff will continue to encourage and support each student in developing a strong and responsible independence in their learning.   

  • Students:  You are expected to check the app daily for any homework assignments and due dates. 
  • Parents:  Please support this developing indepence.  Ask your child if he or she has checked the app and follow up as needed.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

ALSO – Google Classroom will continue to be used in this class, but ALL assignments will be posted in the My Homework App even if they are assigned and collected in Google Classroom.   

Students are also required to check their emails at a minimum of twice each day for additional homework details and reminders.

Important Documents & Handouts

Learning Links

Science World Online Magazine *Click on “Student Sign In” then enter class code.


Lunar Eclipses

Virtual Earthquake Lab

Volcanoes Computer Lab

Mineral Identification Lab

Understanding the Rock Cycle

“History of Pi” video

The Power of 10 – The Universe Solved


  • SAFETY GOGGLES – Every student is expected to use safety goggles in the lab when the materials used require this safety precaution.  I keep extra pairs of goggles in the lab but ask students to purchase their own pair for sanitary reasons.  If students use a pair from the lab, they are responsible for cleaning and returning them.  Where can you purchase your own pair?   The School House and Wal-Mart are two stores that I know carry the correct type of safety goggles.  If you are at Wal-Mart, you will find them in the back area of the store by the painting supplies section.  It important that the goggles protect the area around the eye completely, so make sure to purchase a pair that is coded ANSI-Z87.  A pair will cost about $4 at Wal-Mart.
  • NEED HELP STUDYING?  Download “FLASHCARDS+”   This is an app for smartphones like i-Phone or Droid that gives you access to tons of pre-made flashcard sets. Best of all, the app is FREE!  Download it on your smartphone (or your parents’ with permission) and start studying.

Wish List

  • To be determined.  Please check back for an update or feel free to email me.  Thanks!