Last modified Dec 11

Earth Science

  • 8th Grade
This is my 10th 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 more than ten years of marriage and raising our three children. Away from teaching and time with my family, my interests include sports, snowmobiling, 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

News

  • The students have begun work on setting a goal for the spring MAP test and choosing an action plan to help them meet that goal.  Each student reviewed a minimum of three resources that might be helpful to use toward meeting that goal.  I will be reviewing the goals and action plans for each student, and the process will then continue with Language Arts, Reading, and Math.  Look for their goals and action plans form to come home soon for review and a parent’s signature.  As we then move toward the spring testing session, we will have a few check-ins to continue work toward the goal and assess how well the action plan is working for each student.

Homework

  • Science World [11/20 Issue] worksheet (Due: MON 12/11)
    • Study for the “Sun/Earth/Moon” test (Due: WED 12/6)
    • “Eclipses” worksheet (Due: THUR 11/30)
    • Study for the Moon Phases Quiz (Due: WED 11/29)
    • Moon Phases Poster Project (Due: THUR 11/30)
    • “Moon Phases” Journal Page (Due: TUE 11/28)

Each student has been supplied with a planner notebook.  Please check the planner daily for any homework assignments and due dates. All  middle school staff will be concentrating on the paper planner at the start of the school to help each student develop a daily routine of writing in and checking their planners. Teachers will give time at the end of each class and during study hall to update them.  

Please also check Google Classroom for more details. 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

SpaceWeather.com

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

Create-a-Graph

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

Reminders

  • 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!