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Portenga testing the waters with marine biology

Portenga testing the waters with marine biology

Mike Baldus, Reporter

January 16, 2020

Staring through the glass protecting the beluga whales at Shedd Aquarium, Steffanie Portenga’s marine biology class is mesmerized by them. The class was supposed to visit the sea lions, but they were not cooperating.  As the students wind their way through various exhibits, they watch a show ab...


Walters helps engage students in magnetism project.

Mike Baldus, Reporter

November 26, 2019

Physics teacher Katy Walters stands behind her desk, music playing in the background. Her students, filled with energy, are getting in their last few words before she announces the assignment. Her students adjust their positions. Walters guides them through the days assignment, a “simple machines lab.” The...

Preview to Science Olympiad season

Preview to Science Olympiad season

Mike Baldus, Reporter

November 15, 2019

The Science Olympiad open house for freshmen will take place on Tuesday, Nov.19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lakeshore Middle School Auditorium. The 2019-20 season will feature the freshman as leaders for middle schoolers and intermediate schoolers. The goal of the year is to work as a team. “The middle...

Wildlife biology dissection

Wildlife biology dissection

Grace Ostric, Reporter

November 11, 2019

  Teacher Roger Glass’ wildlife biology class dissected yellow perch during class on Monday, Nov. 11.  Following a series of steps and diagrams in a packet, groups of students cut the fish apart piece by piece. The fish were soaked in chemicals, so they had very little bacteria and were clean en...

Egg drop lab excites physics students

Egg drop lab excites physics students

Gabi Nadeau, Reporter

October 18, 2019

Mrs. Walters’ fifth and sixth hour physics class ran their “egg drop lab” that ended with some splattered messes, and some successful devices that helped students better understand their motion unit. The focus of this lab was to cover the motions unit while having students get creative and u...

Rescheduled blood drive proves to be crucial for West Michigan

Students of science teacher Todd Diederichsen help out at recent blood drive in order to meet local quotas for blood.

Alexis Tater, Reporter

March 7, 2019

The blood drive at Grand Haven High School has been rescheduled due to weather. School and church cancellations have created a massive need for blood in West Michigan. The weather has caused many car crashes and numerous local blood drives taking place in schools and churches to be cancelled. Consequently, ...

Science says there’s only two genders

Science says there's only two genders

Paul Murin, Reporter

January 8, 2019

In the past couple of years a topic that has gained an overwhelming amount of attention in the media is whether or not there are more than two genders. Based upon scientific truths and a moral standpoint, I believe  there are no more than two, but I also respect the contrasting opinion of others. Men and ...

School prepares for greenhouse addition

The new greenhouse will be built on the southwest side of the property. The area has been marked off but construction has not been started yet.

Alexis VanSingel, News Editor

October 23, 2015

The construction plans for a new greenhouse are well on their way as administration and the science department organize and prepare for the addition to be built. The original plans were to have the greenhouse constructed beginning this fall after other major work on the building was completed. So...

Weather blast

Mike Michalski, News Editor

December 20, 2013

Science Olympiad applications available

Mike Michalski, News Editor

October 30, 2013

The Science Olympiad team is now accepting applications for the 2014 team. Applications to try out are available in room 0202 and are due on Nov. 26 at 3:00 p.m. “I had 33 people come in and get a rulebook,” head coach Mike Reed said. “To try out they need to pick up a packet and fill it out bef...

Science department adopts concepts from inquiry learning seminar

Seniors Dimitra Niotis and Brooke Mattson record the results of a trial during the Coke Volume lab in teacher Mike Reed's A.P. Chemistry class. The group spent two days designing and conducting their own experiments as part of a new 'Inquiry Learning' style adopted from the science department's new partnership with the Van Andel Institute.

Mike MIchalski, News Editor

September 30, 2013

Early on in the trimester chemistry teacher Mike Reed told his class to find the pressure inside a can of Coke, the only catch was he didn’t tell them how to do it.  “The fact that it was self directed made it rather daunting for me,” senior Brooke Mattson said. “I was grateful that Reed gave...