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SHS Students Prep for 11th Annual Charity Soup Lunch

Students in Schaumburg High School’s Chemistry of Foods and Practices in Entrepreneurship (P.I.E.) are preparing for the are hosting the 11th annual Charity Soup Lunch to benefit the SHS Blessings in a Backpack project and the SHS Magic Closet. The soup lunch will take place on Dec. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., in room 23. Attendees are asked to donate five or more “approved,” non-perishable food donations for the Blessings in a Backpack project or a gift card for clothing and/or household necessities to be donated to the SHS Magic Closet will be collected in exchange for a bottomless soup. This event is open to District 211 but is ...

Palatine High School Chemistry of Foods Students Participate in Chocolate Science Demo

Palatine High School Chemistry of Foods students had a sweet opportunity to learn about the science behind working with chocolate. Learning about the complexities of working with chocolate, students watched a demo from Caroline Culbertson, an intern at Morkes Chocolate in Palatine and a pastry arts student, and participated in dipping caramels, cherries, and marshmallows. “This was great because what the students saw today is something that I could never teach them because I don’t work with chocolates,” said Erika Varela, chemistry of foods teacher at Palatine High School. “This is the second time we have done this event and the ...

Palatine High School Chemistry of Foods Students Host Annual Soup Charity Event

Faculty, staff, and students at Palatine High School participated in a student-facilitated event dedicated to helping their community combat hunger. Students in the Chemistry of Foods class hosted the annual “Empty Bowls Project” to raise funds for the Palatine Township Food Pantry on Feb. 6 at Palatine High School. “We tell the kids that even though we might have bowls of soup that are full, there will always be someone who has a bowl that is empty, and we are helping those people,” said Erika Varela, culinary arts teacher at PHS. “I like seeing the satisfaction students have and how proud they are of their work.” For a ...

Fremd High School Chemistry of Foods Students Work Hard for Charity, Pediatric Cancer Research

Students involved in the Chemistry of Foods course at Fremd High School have worked hard to raise money and donations for two charitable causes. Students baked and raised more than $800 for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer in October, and recently collected more than 300 canned and boxed food items to donate to the Palatine Food Pantry during their restaurant week. “What’s great is seeing our kids get excited about doing something for the community, to take ownership of what they are working on, and contribute to the community,” said Jen Carlson, Chemistry of Foods teacher at Fremd High School. “They were very excited and have wanted to make ...

Schaumburg High School Charity Soup Event Provides Tasty Way to Give Back to Community

Each year, Schaumburg High School’s Chemistry of Foods classroom is transformed into a charitable restaurant that serves hearty homemade soups for a cause. Students, staff, and some community members attended the ninth annual Chemistry of Foods and Cool Beans Soup Charity Event on Nov. 30. All donations benefited the Elgin Community Crisis Center and the SHS Magic Closet. Each year, the popular event draws more than 200 people. “The average person—a student, teacher, parent—can help others,” said Ken Turner, science and Chemistry of Foods teacher. “They can make a difference by participating in the event, and there are a lot of ...

Palatine High School Chemistry of Foods Students’ First Restaurant Day

More than 60 students enrolled in Palatine High School’s Chemistry of Foods class were working together to assemble their first large order of personal deep-dish pizzas since the school year started. Some rolled the dough, others were in charge of sauce and toppings, and with a lot of teamwork, they completed more than 120 orders for Palatine High School faculty and staff on Oct. 4. With the assistance of teachers Erika Varela, Mark Langer, and Robert Heitz, and Palatine based Pizza Bella pizzeria owner Tony DeFilippis, students received a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be in a restaurant kitchen. “The best part of this ...

Teacher Feature: Ken Turner

 “I think science is a tool and a lens that can be used to help understand life around you.” Ken Turner didn’t plan on teaching. In fact, he imagined being a veterinarian, the proud owner of doughnut shop or even a landlord. For him, the possibilities were endless, and he wasn’t in a hurry to pick one major. “I was all over the board, and it wasn’t until my junior year of college when I finally picked my major and teaching, so there is hope for those who make late decisions,” he laughed. Now, after 22 years of teaching science at Schaumburg High School, Turner is an innovator in the educational field not only because of teaching, ...