Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

Early Dismissal on Wednesday

Stevenson will dismiss classes early on Wednesday. The school day will end at 2:37 p.m., and students will follow the PM Assembly schedule. (No assembly will be held.) There is no school on Thursday and Friday.

Eight Debaters Qualify for National Tournament

Eight Stevenson debaters earned bids to next spring’s national Tournament of Champions competition based on reaching the semifinal round at the annual Glenbrooks Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament last weekend.

Earning TOC bids in congressional debate were seniors Sydney Glickson, Mary Polupan, Thivya Sivarajah and Shreya Viswanathan, juniors Sunny Gandhi and Dylan Hu, and sophomores Laya Reddy and Ojasvi Saxena. Mary progressed to the final round, finishing in the top 20. Sunny earned Best Presiding Officer honors in his chamber.

Sydney competed at the Tournament of Champions as a sophomore and junior, and was one of 12 finalists last spring. Mary also competed at the tournament last spring, reaching the semifinals. The 2019 Tournament of Champions takes place April 27-29 at the University of Kentucky.

More than 230 congressional debaters from around the country took part in the Glenbrooks tournament. Twelve SHS students joined the eight listed above: seniors Josh Ezrol, Rahul Ramkumar and Joao (Victor) Rodrigues, juniors Christie Lee and Sanya Nema, sophomores Rishika Chikoti, Bradley Locker, Mahum Sheikh, Aditi Singh and Andy Zhang, and freshmen Phil Edat and Anuha Jalasutram.

World Languages Faculty Speak in New Orleans

Eight members of the World Languages Division were part of three group presentations given at last weekend’s American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual convention in New Orleans.

Spanish teachers Elfie Repel, Christina-Marie Mueller, Samuel Figueroa and Amanda Cummings led a session entitled “Get Students Involved! A Co-Constructive Approach to Feedback in Your Class.” Their presentation offered various techniques for drawing out effective and purposeful feedback from students, and also provided reflective tools for use in the classroom.

Mueller, Cummings and colleagues Zara Dittman and Brian Wise showed how teachers can increase student engagement and develop proficiency in the interpretive mode with authentic sources during their talk, “#LiveLoveLiteracy in the L2: A Goody Bank of Interpretive Activities!”

How can a “language portfolio” serve as an effective assessment tool in a classroom? The question was answered by German teacher Paulina Tuman and Director of World Languages Director Justin Fisk in their presentation, “For Students By Students: Portfolio in a Standards-Based Classroom.” The session showed how Stevenson implemented an electronic portfolio as a framework for learning, assessment and feedback.

In other division news, Fisk has been asked to continue in his role as the Central States representative for the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages Advisory Board.

Help Select the “White Room Challenge” Winner

Stevenson’s Interior Design students have taken the “White Room Challenge,” and it’s your turn to choose the best design. This semester, students designed a dorm room for two college students. Using classroom materials, paint and their creativity, each group created their room in an 11-inch by 17-inch space framed with white walls. Click here to vote for your favorite.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 64, West Chicago 16: At the Willowbrook Thanksgiving Tournament, the Patriots (3-0) sank 11 three-pointers to remain unbeaten. Six came during the first quarter, when SHS outscored the Wildcats, 22-2. Freshman Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 16 points, which included a pair of three-pointers, while sophomore Lydia Lueck nailed a trio of treys en route to an 11-point night. Juniors Nikki Kolz and Avery King scored 10 and nine points, respectively, and senior Kristin Hill added seven. Stevenson continues tournament play against the host school at 7:30 tonight.

Basketball Alum Helps Set NCAA Record

Grinnell College freshman Jackson Qualley (Class of 2018) hit six three-pointers as the Pioneers set an NCAA Division III record for three-pointers in a game during a 164-107 win over Emmaus Bible College on Thursday. Grinnell hit 42 treys, topping the previous record of 37. The Pioneers also set a school record for three-pointers attempted (88), missing by one the Division III record. Qualley finished the game with 23 points.

Family Comes First for Hjorth

Family first. That’s the bottom line behind Josh Hjorth’s decision to step down as Stevenson’s football coach. With four children ages 8 and under, Hjorth decided they needed his attention more than the Patriot football program, which he guided to winning records and state playoff berths in each of his two seasons at the helm. Hjorth talked about his decision with the Pioneer Press and Daily Herald.


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Special Apparel Available for Sophomores

Sophomores can buy Class of 2021 apparel through an online shop set up by the Sophomore Class Board. T-shirts and sweatshirts, sweatpants and flannel pants, and hats and stocking caps are available. The shop closes Sunday, Dec. 2. Click here to order.

ILC, QLC, ELC Closing Early Wednesday

The ILC (upper and lower), QLC and ELC will be closing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Stevenson Strength and Conditioning begins next week. SSC will meet from 6-7 a.m. on most Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of the school year. Visit the open gym web page for all the SSC dates.


Background checks lead to ouster of nearly 130 in CPS

Waukegan District 60 investigation refutes allegations

District 211 teachers plan picket to bolster contract bid

Student charged after threat to “shoot up” Oak Lawn High

Lawsuit claims parent-referee influenced IHSA playoff result

Naperville North graduate named Rhodes Scholar

Deerfield, Highland Park schools make security updates

UI cop files suit over his investigation becoming public

Ex-legislator decries retired superintendent “double dipping”

Longtime Schaumburg teacher, football coach Cerasani dies


The future of learning? Well, it’s personal

Exchange student accused of school threat to be deported

Updated Texas history curriculum: See who’s in, who’s out

Boston schools agree to change policies on suspensions

Quality-control concerns grow over “microcredentials”

Kentucky education commissioner responds to harsh emails

Hawaii having trouble hiring, retaining teachers

Hey, new teachers, it’s OK to cry in your car


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Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

Science Olympiad Produces Palatine Title

The Science Olympiad team captured the top two places in the toughest division at the Palatine High School Invitational on Saturday. Stevenson won 11 of 23 events in the AAA Division, which featured schools consistently ranked in the top 10 in their state or who are nationally ranked.

The Stevenson Green team won seven of 23 events, while the Gold team claimed four. The Green team finished with 136 points, Gold had 160 and New Trier Blue was third with 181.

Senior Kitty Zeng was part of three winning entries. She paired with junior Erin Yuan to win Write It Do It, and sophomore Michael Kim to capture Fossils, then joined junior Anna Wang and senior Josey Zhang to take the Experimental Design competition. Anna, fellow junior Shannon King and sophomore Jared Machtinger were all double-winners. Jared teamed with junior Josh Tsai to win Circuit Lab, and joined forces with freshman Felix Lu to land Dynamic Planet honors. Shannon found a fit in Designer Genes with junior Radha Patel, and produced a Protein Modeling title with senior Andrew Ding and junior Roy Zhou. Anna allied with junior Eric Gan to garner top honors in GeoLogic Mapping, her second first. The other first-place combinations were sophomores Emily Liu and Hannah Liu (Boomilever), sophomore Richard Bi and senior Tony Tan (Fermi Questions), and junior Richard Yin and freshman Kelly Mao (Forensics). Click here to see all the team results.

Winning Ways for Table Tennis Team in Wisconsin

The table tennis team went 33-10 at a seven-school tournament in Pewaukee, Wis. on Saturday. Sophomore Nikhith Rao went 8-0 on the day. Also competing were senior Michael Hu, and juniors Jason Leong, Paul Park, Sam Wang and Eric Wu.

Host Families Needed for 2019-20 School Year

Stevenson families are needed to host English-speaking international students for the entire 2019-20 school year. If you are interested in this opportunity, call Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, New Trier Blue 1: Senior Billy Kopka scored three goals for the host Patriots at Twins Rinks Ice Pavilion. Billy broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, then scored two more times as SHS erupted for five goals in the third. Senior Seth Cohen scored a goal and assisted on two others, and sophomore Liam Jones had a goal and an assist. Junior Emmett Baker and senior Jake DeMaio also scored. Senior Max Slavin recorded two assists. Junior Jeremy Riback made 15 saves. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: Senior Ashley Carollo tied for second in the 100-yard backstroke, the highest finish by a Patriot in that event, and also swam the opening leg on the 200-yard medley relay, which placed 11th. The four-time state qualifier and Lake Zurich senior Sophia Goushchina posted a time of 55.72 seconds in the 100 back, behind Megan Armstrong, a junior from St. Charles North (55.26). Her second-place showing was the best in program history for the 100 back; Madison Blaydes (Class of 2013) was third in 2011. Ashley, who will swim for Tulane University next year, joined Jill Bergman (Class of 2000) as the school’s only three-time backstroke state medalist. In the 200 medley relay, Ashley was joined by sophomore Jessica Nyborg, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Maddy O’Donnell. They finished in 1:46.63 and became the eighth foursome in school history to medal in the 200 medley relay. With the two top-12 efforts on Saturday, Ashley finished her career with six state medals. SHS finished 20th in the final team standings at Evanston Township High School. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Fremd Invitational: The Patriettes opened their season by taking first and third place in the 3A Division, which featured 41 other competitors. SHS posted a winning score of 94.57.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Rockford Guilford Invitational: The Patriots placed eighth out of 21 teams at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford. Sophomore Nicholas Sternes led SHS with a six-game series score of 1,246 pins, a 207.7 per game average. He had a high game of 234, and also rolled games of 226, 223 and 213, and finished 21st out of 125 bowlers. Sophomore Joey Gluck had the top game of the day for SHS, a 235, and also posted scores of 219, 213 and 207 for a 1,192 series (198.7 average) and 26th-place finish. Sophomores Benjamin Ries (1,075 series, 206 high game) and Ryan Lerman (1,052, 204) were the other Pats to compete in all six games. Sophomore Ryan Grabiner had the other 200 game for SHS, a 209.

Girls and Boys Fencing

Stevenson at Catholic Memorial Open: The Patriots posted 15 top-10 finishes in Waukesha, Wis., led by junior Aya Taira, who captured the women’s foil competition. Sophomore Nikita Vasilyev finished second in men’s saber and junior Rachel Roh was runner-up in women’s saber. A quartet of Pats placed third in their weapon: junior Jacob Chan in men’s saber, senior Chloe Myers and junior Sanya Bawa in women’s saber, and senior Geeta Jhangiani in women’s epee. Senior David Liu was fifth in men’s epee and classmate Catherine Cabrera was fifth in women’s epee. Sixth-place showings came from senior Sam Niyazov in men’s epee, sophomore Simran Batra in women’s saber, and senior Benjamin Levsky in men’s saber. Senior Alex Dong and freshman Stephen Yi were seventh in men’s epee and men’s foil, respectively, and senior Lisa Han placed eighth in women’s saber.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet Preliminaries: Four swimmers advanced to the finals at Evanston Township High School. Senior Ashley Carollo was second in the 100-yard backstroke (55.59), and was part of the 12th-place 200-yard medley relay with sophomore Jessica Nyborg, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Maddy O’Donnell (1:46.95). The 200 free relay team of Ashley, Maddy, and juniors Abigail Li and Lucy Stevens finished 15th (1:37.19), and the 400 free relay squad with the same four swimmers was 16th (3:33.46). Jessica was 21st in the 100 breast (1:06.07), sophomore Elizabeth Cao finished 32nd in the 100 back (58.62), and Claudia was 37th in the 100 butterfly (58.76). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 61, Plainfield Central 53: Freshman Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 22 points and three other players scored in double figures for the Patriots (2-0) at the Willowbrook Thanksgiving Tournament. Junior Avery King scored 16 points, sophomore Nikki Ware had 11 and sophomore Lydia Lueck added 10. Nikki nailed a trio of three-pointers, while Simone had two. SHS continues tournament play tonight against West Chicago.


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Sign Up for the Next Comfort Dog Visit

Comfort dogs will be returning for the next Student Services Mental Health Wellness Series event on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Dogs will be available during the lunch periods. In order for students to participate in a session with a comfort dog on Dec. 18 and all future comfort dog sessions this school year, a parent or guardian must sign this electronic permission slip. The slip provides consent and certifies that the student does not have any allergies or other health conditions which precludes him or her from interacting with a dog. All forms must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 17.


Can high school students make a difference in the lives of animals? Tuesday after school, Animal Welfare Club will host a Thanksgiving potluck. While everyone eats, there will be brainstorming of ideas for second-semester club activities. The club meets in Room 7064, and all are welcome.


Illinois schools join national effort to close achievement gaps

Suburban district officials want more student data from state

AbbVie donates $55M for education-based nonprofits

State school boards association: Don’t arm teachers in schools

Naming rights for UIC Pavilion include $750K for scholarships

Effort fails to make Waukegan board member repay expenses


Sharp divide over Trump Administration’s Title IX overhaul

Bloomberg donates record $1.8B to Johns Hopkins, his alma mater

Professor sues University of California system over admissions

Ed Department investigates claims against women’s programs

To help draw Amazon, Virginia Tech planned $1B campus near D.C.

South Carolina postpones state report card release due to errors

Tennessee schools chief leaving for job at national education nonprofit


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Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Three Win First Place at Creative Writing Festival

Three students won first-place honors at the annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on Wednesday. Senior Winston Wang was awarded first place in Short Fiction, sophomore Katie Lee earned first place in Poetry, and senior Emily Luo garnered first place in Personal Essay. Read their work at these links: Winston | Katie | Emily

Five others were honored. Senior Johnna Geick earned second place in Personal Essay. In Poetry, junior Anna Wang received second place, junior Helen Han was awarded third place, and sophomores Maddie Mitchell and Katie Wu received honorable mention.

“Shrek” Tickets Nearly Sold Out

Anyone thinking of attending “Shrek the Musical” this weekend who doesn’t have a ticket might be out of luck. A limited number of tickets remain for each performance, and those will be sold at the door if available. The cost is $12. Curtain times are 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center.

String Parents Holding Fundraiser Saturday

The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Chipotle, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Show this flyer or mention Stevenson strings when ordering.

Catalyst Seeks Views on Marijuana Legalization

The Catalyst club is conducting an online survey regarding the legalization of marijuana in preparation for a meeting with local village leaders on Jan. 30. The club is asking District 125 residents for their view on the issue. Click here to complete the survey, which should take less than a minute.

Major SEL Conference Coming to Chicago

Stevenson‘s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, Molly Gosline, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Molly and SEL at Stevenson, follow her on Twitter @mollygosline.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL.org) recently announced plans to host its inaugural SEL Conference next year in Chicago. As SEL is emerging as a field of practice for educators, it is imperative to have learning spaces to share best practices. Having a national conference right here in the area offers us an incredible opportunity not only for us to potentially share out our strategies for SEL integration, but as importantly, to learn from other leaders in the field.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 49, Lockport 38: Freshman Simone Sawyer and junior Avery King and scored 13 points apiece to lead the Patriots past the Porters in their season-opening game at the Willowbrook Tournament. Simone scored half of the team’s points during a 14-point second quarter that gave SHS a 28-19 halftime lead. Avery tallied 10 of her points in the second half. Sophomore Lydia Lueck scored 10 points and senior Kristin Hill added eight, all in the first half, for SHS, which faces Plainfield Central tonight. Lydia and Simone hit a pair of three-pointers, while sophomore Nicole Ware nailed one trey and rounded out Stevenson’s scoring with five points.

Boys Bowling

Warren 3,100, Stevenson 3,038: Sophomore Nicholas Sternes rolled a season-high 711 series and tied for top honors with a high game of 258 at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. Joey Gluck, also a sophomore, added a 667 series with a 253 for the host Patriots (2-2, 0-2). The Blue Devils claimed all three games, but each was close. The second was decided by five pins and the third by 15. Sophomores Benjamin Ries and Ryan Lerman recorded 598 and 586 series, respectively, with high games of 219 and 210. Senior Kerry Mueller contributed a 476 series.

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Barrington 5, Stevenson 2: Seniors Jake DeMaio and Billy Kopka scored the goals for SHS at the Crystal Lake Ice House. Jake and classmate Adam Offenbach were credited with assists on Billy’s goal, while sophomore Liam Jones and senior Sam Frishman set up Jake’s score. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 25 saves. – Boxscore

Hjorth Steps Down as Head Football Coach

Head football coach Josh Hjorth announced his resignation today after two seasons at the helm. Click here to read the full announcement. Hjorth compiled a 12-8 record in two seasons, reaching the Class 8A state playoffs both times. In his 13 years on the varsity coaching staff, the Patriots went 99-35, reaching the state playoffs every year and winning the state championship in 2014. SHS captured seven conference championships during that span. “I am truly grateful for every interaction and experience with our student-athletes throughout the past 13 years and look forward to watching the continued success of Stevenson football,” he said.

State Girls Swim Meet Starts Today

Seven swimmers will compete at this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state meet at Evanston Township High School. Stevenson qualified in six events, and senior Ashley Carollo will swim in four of them. The Tulane commit, who already has five state medals in her career, will take part in the 100-yard backstroke and three relays: the 200 medley, the 200 free and the 400 free. Ashley finished fourth in the backstroke last year, and was sixth as a sophomore. She enters this year’s meet with the fastest qualifying time in the event. Her teammates in the 200 medley relay will be sophomore Jessica Nyborg, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Maddy O’Donnell. Claudia competes in the 100 butterfly, Jessica takes on the 100 breaststroke, and sophomore Elizabeth Cao joins Ashley in the 100 backstroke. Ashley, Maddy, Claudia and junior Abigail Li will swim in the 200 free relay, while the 400 free relay will feature Maddy, Ashley, Abigail and junior Lucy Stevens. The preliminaries begin this afternoon, with finals set for Saturday. Click here to follow state meet results.

Njongmeta Named to All-State Football Team

Senior linebacker Maema Njongmeta was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 8A All-State Team on Wednesday. He was the only Lake County player selected to the 8A squad. Maema, who will continue his playing career at the University of Wisconsin, talked with the Bucky’s 5th Quarter blog about his decision.

Klaber Named to News-Sun All-Area Soccer Team

Senior goalkeeper Zach Klaber, who had eight shutouts and only allowed 10 goals this season, has been selected to the Lake County News-Sun Boys Soccer All-Area Team.

Senior Pitcher Signs With Valparaiso

Senior Jacob Rosenkranz will be joining the Valparaiso University baseball program next year. The 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher, who throws in the mid- to high ’80s, signed a letter of intent with Valpo on Wednesday. He has started 18 games for the Patriots over the last two seasons, with 39 strikeouts in 50 innings and a 7-5 record.

Previewing the Patriot Basketball Season

The Daily Herald’s annual preseason basketball previews are out. Read the paper’s take on the Patriot boys and girls.


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Senior Yearbook Photo Deadline is Dec. 1

The senior yearbook portrait deadline is Dec. 1. Seniors can reserve studio time at Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio at www.vipis.com or by calling 847-499-9300. VIP is the only photographer approved by Stevenson’s yearbook. Seniors who want to be in the yearbook but are not interested in ordering prints have a free option. They can schedule a traditional head-and-shoulders session. There is no fee for the session, during which seven to 10 photos will be taken. Approximately two weeks after the session, parents will receive notification that the images have been posted online. There will then be a two-week window to select a yearbook image. If an image is not selected, one will be chosen by VIP. More information is available on the Senior Yearbook Portraits web page.

Operation Snowball Registration Ends Wednesday

Registration is open for the upcoming Operation Snowball retreat. The three-day retreat takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, Wis. Snowball is a way to boost your self-esteem by being accepted for who you are, not what others want you to be, and to have a lot of fun doing it. To register and for more information, visit the Operation Snowball web page. Registration ends Wednesday.


Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. A fun activity is planned, and the group will have its yearbook photo taken. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!


Activists call for tuition-free SIU as enrollment, costs diverge

District’s plan to hire armed retired cops draws reactions

Harrowing Northwestern video teaches active-shooter safety

Urbana administrator accused of secretly recording meeting

District 300 reassigned principal named in abuse lawsuit

Principal feels heat for fireworks incidents in Chicago school

Case dropped against suspect in death of SIUC student

Alden-Hebron district weighs building new school for $20M

Three cases of mumps confirmed at Huntley High


Voters support public schools. So why is it so hard to pay for them?

California schools close as smoke from wildfires fills the skies

Georgia lawmakers want more uniformity in school calendars

Teachers union sues to stop district from arming personnel

With high school vaping up 80 percent, feds seek propose crackdown

Higher education’s spreading problem: Mold

Lawsuit claims Dartmouth ignored harassment complaints

Two women sue Purdue for alleged retaliation for assault reports

Alabama students buy colorblind teacher special glasses


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Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Math Students Solving Fall Competitions

Several SHS mathematics students are excelling in national and state competitions this fall.

Stevenson is ranked No. 1 among 187 teams In the AreteLabs/AMC Fall Math Madness national championship tournament. The Patriots are among 16 teams that have advanced to the third round of the Division I tournament, which is conducted online. Senior Joey Rivkin and junior Eric Gan are among the top 10 students after the first two rounds. The tournament concludes in December.

In the 26th annual national Mandelbrot competition, Stevenson is ranked in the top 25 after the first two rounds. The online competition has five rounds, spread throughout the school year. Each round features seven questions that cover a variety of non-calculus topics. Final results will be announced in March.

Closer to home, Stevenson stands atop the North Suburban Math League after the second round of competition Wednesday. Competing at the University of Chicago Lab School, the Patriots compiled 320 out of 350 possible points to win its site meet over four other schools. SHS has 654 points in two meets, 10 ahead of Naperville North. Two meets remain, in December and January, before the conference meet in March.

On Wednesday, Stevenson won the freshman, junior and senior levels, along with the oral presentation, at the Lab School. Joey Rivkin took first place in the oral presentation on inequalities. Freshmen who wrote perfect papers included Spandan Goel, Andrew Liu, Greycen Ren, Lillian You and Fred Yuan. Perfect papers in the junior competition came from Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu, Ram Potham, Josh Tsai and Andrew Zhuang. Dylan and Philena also had perfect papers in the senior division, as did Anubhav Agarwal, Andrew Gan, Matthew Jalnos, Haechan (James) Lim, Tony Tan and Angela Zhang.

Communication Arts Trio Leading NCTE Presentation

Three members of the Communication Arts faculty will be giving a presentation at this weekend’s National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Houston. Elizabeth Kenney, Marie Bednarz and Director of Communication Arts Doug Lillydahl will lead “Raising Voices, Raising Citizens,” a look at discussion skills to promote civic engagement and clearer thinking. Their colleague, James Barnabee (Class of 1987), also will be in attendance, working with a committee focusing on literary magazines.

Peer Helpers Fundraiser at Culver’s Friday

The SHS Peer Helpers are holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Mention Peer Helpers when ordering and 25 percent of the cost of the order will be donated to the program. Money raised will help fund various awareness weeks the Peer Helpers hold throughout the school year.


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Senior Patriots Sign NCAA Letters of Intent

Eleven student-athletes announced their college plans during the NCAA signing day ceremony on Wednesday. Patriots who signed letters of intent were: Maggie O’Brien (women’s softball, University of Wisconsin-Stout), Jackson Bussell (men’s golf, Bucknell University), Elizabeth Ferdman (women’s tennis, Marquette University), Ashley Carollo (women’s swimming, Tulane University), Ziv Marco (women’s swimming, Eastern Illinois University), Sophie Sorenson (women’s lacrosse, University of Connecticut), Anna Mossakowski (women’s swimming and water polo, Siena College),Topher Stensby (men’s swimming, University of Notre Dame), Hannah Lapeire (women’s soccer, Purdue University), Jennifer Staten (women’s soccer, Florida Southern College) and Kalyssa Van Zanten (women’s soccer, University of Notre Dame).

Volleyball Alum Earns First Team All-MAC Honor

Northern Illinois University sophomore outside hitter Jori Radtke (Class of 2017) was named to the Mid-American Conference Women’s Volleyball First Team on Wednesday. She posted career highs in kills (383) and digs (334) and finished sixth in the MAC in kills per set. Sixth-seeded NIU will face No. 7 Ohio at 6 p.m. tonight in the first round of the MAC Volleyball Championship. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+. Jori led Stevenson to a third-place finish in the state during her senior year.

Baseball Pasta Dinner to Coincide With Swan Celebration

The Patriot baseball program is holding a pasta dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 15, prior to the start of the varsity boys basketball game at which Paul Swan will be honored for 50 years of coaching. The dinner will run from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons and West Commons. The cost is $10, but only $8 for adults 60 and over or children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased online today through the Online Superstore, or at the door with cash, check or credit card on Dec. 15. The deadline for online ordering is noon Friday, Dec. 14. Anyone who attends the pasta dinner will receive a free ticket to the basketball game.

Boys Ice Hockey Fundraiser Sunday

The boys ice hockey team is holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Lincolnshire location is at 405 Milwaukee Ave., and the Buffalo Grove site is at 450 McHenry Rd.


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Testing Center Closing Early Wednesday

The Testing Center will close when school is dismissed early on Wednesday for Thanksgiving Break.

Freshmen, Sophomores Can Submit to the Half-Wit

The deadline is just a few steps away, but the Half-Wit is still open for submissions! Poetry, prose, art and photography will be accepted. If you haven’t taken the time to do so yet, feel free to submit anything you have. Please submit your piece(s) to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org. Include your name, ID number, and the genre of the work.


Seniors interested in Villanova University are invited to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program. PSP is a renewable, merit-based award covering full tuition, room, board, general fees, and the cost of textbooks for eight semesters. Representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.  Seniors should pick up applications in the CCC; they are due no later than Wednesday.

Seniors who relocated more than 50 miles, and are currently in good standing, may be eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago. Students will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and on their response to an essay addressing the way they handled the challenges associated with relocating to a new area and a new high school. The application deadline is Jan. 1.


Students interested in learning more about a career in the trades industry are invited to an apprenticeship open house taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers District Council Training Center, 2140 Corporate Dr., in Addison. There will be presentations about apprenticeship programs in several areas, including bricklaying, tile laying, tuckpointing, plastering and working with terrazzo. Several hands-on activities also will be available. Click this link for more details.


Palatine district mulls hiring armed retired police officers

Geneva teachers won’t strike before Thanksgiving, union says

Chicago charter school teachers plan to go on strike Dec. 4

Indian Prairie, support staff agree on 4-year contract

Park Ridge-Niles district scrapping police in middle schools

Recent attacks prompt more patrols around Northwestern

Swastika discovered in Trinity High bathroom

Dean at CPS school accused of attacking student

Mother of Waukegan student who died defends district

Missing retired Andrew High teacher found dead

Johnsburg district approves sale of defunct school

$7K in SIUC parking tickets paid with peanut butter


Education reformers shift rhetoric, turn against testing

DeVos set to rewrite guidance on college sexual assault cases

1 in 5 private colleges discounted first-year tuition by 60 percent

University of Michigan bans ex-coach after sex with student-athlete

Mobile preschools rolling into Denver metro area

Vermont town may close school to avoid forced merger

Michelle Obama’s college experience familiar to minority students


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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

Winter Dance Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Winter Dance Concert are on sale through the Online Superstore. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6, and can be purchased through the Online Superstore. Online ticket sales end at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29. The concert will feature dancing and choreography by students from the Mélange and Repertory dance companies, and the Concert Dance class. Click here to see the list of student choreographers.

State Equity Group Meeting at SHS Today

Students who are part of Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment, or FIRE, will participate today in a panel discussion with members of the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders. Stevenson is serving as host for the coalition’s fall meeting, which opened with a greeting from Principal Troy Gobble. The meeting also was scheduled to include a panel discussion with Oak Park and River Forest High School leaders about the recent “America to Me” series that focused on race relations at the school. Three people from SHS are members of the coalition: Director of Student Learning Programs Dr. Marla Susman Israel, Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen, and Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac.

Operation Snowball Fundraiser Thursday

Operation Snowball is holding a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Portillo’s, 221 E. Townline Rd., in Vernon Hills. Show this flyer and 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit Operation Snowball.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Libertyville 3,196, Stevenson 2,941: Sophomore Nicholas Sternes turned in a season-high 663 series for the Patriots (2-1, 0-1) in their conference opener at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. His high game of the day was a 236. Classmate Ryan Lerman rolled the best individual game for SHS, a 255, en route to a 557 series. Joey Gluck, also a sophomore, had a 606 series that included a high game of 235. The other Pat who broke the 200-pin barrier was sophomore Benjamin Ries, who had a 233 and finished with a 588 series. Senior Kerry Mueller contributed a 527 series, which included a 195 game.

Five Named to All-NSC Football Team

Five Patriots have been named to the North Suburban Conference Football Team. Senior inside linebackers Maema Njongmeta and Michael D’Angelo, senior offensive lineman Ivan Gleyzer, senior quarterback Cole Okmin and junior running back JeanMarc Etienne earned all-conference honors. Outside linebacker Danny Hynes and wide receiver Ryan McElhinny, both seniors, received honorable mention.

VIP Taking Winter Sports Team Photos

Visual Image Photography will be taking winter sports team photos Friday, and next week on Monday and Tuesday. Parents and guardians can see photo ordering options and prepay at Stevenson’s page on the VIP website. Also, Patriettes candids will be taken Saturday. They’ll be posted for viewing and purchase about a week after at this link.


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Interested in Becoming a Freshman Mentor?

Current sophomores and juniors interested in mentoring with the Freshman Mentor Program are invited to an informational meeting during each half lunch period (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) Monday in the Recital Hall.

Retired SHS Art Teacher to Discuss Painting

Come see the current Visiting Artist of the Month, Joan Ackerman-Zimny, talk about her work and her career during the free ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Ms. Ackerman-Zimny is a retired Stevenson art teacher whose expressive abstract paintings reflect her interest in art, psychology and philosophy.


Cultural Cuisine Club will be making Thai food from 3:30-5:30 today in Room 1406. All are welcome.


Getting accepted to Chicago’s top colleges harder than ever

Hinsdale District 86 considers cuts after failed referendum

Glenbard East student charged after Snapchat threat

Charter school network CEO investigated for misconduct

Limestone teacher indicted for alleged inappropriate contact

Female students decry schools’ lack of feminine hygiene products

Fireworks erupt in Chicago high school hallway

Round Lake district seeks “Mountaintop” for newborns

University of Chicago to close last satellite dorm

Loyola University cancels annual Colossus event

Wilmette superintendent announces plan to leave

SIUE students make history with rocket launch


Fewer international students enrolling in U.S. universities

Report: How colleges can better respond to racism on campus

UC Berkeley confronts racist legacy behind its famed Boalt Hall

Hazing incidents reported at two Maryland high schools

More colleges using blockchain for student records

Private colleges in Minnesota renew push for transfer students


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Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Model UN Students Earn Awards in Rhode Island

Several students earned awards at last weekend’s 22nd annual Brown University Simulation of the United Nations in Providence, R.I. Junior Yael Lenga won a Best Delegate Award, while sophomore Christine Irlbeck was selected for Outstanding Delegate honors. Three other Model United Nations club members earned honorable mention: seniors Ellie Baden and Michael Garcia, and junior Celeste Xu.

Sister, Brother Leading Event to Help the Homeless

Junior Trisha Patel is coordinating the second annual “Warmth for the Homeless” event on Tuesday, Nov. 20. She and her freshman brother, Neel Patel, and other members of the local chapter of International Association of Youth will be handing out sleeping bags and toiletries from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Urban Muslim Minority Alliance, 221 Washington St., in Waukegan. Anyone interested in helping at the event, or who would like to contribute financially, can contact Trisha at this email address.

Lock Up Your Meds

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

Approximately 20 percent of students who have misused prescription drugs obtained them in their own homes or from the home of a neighbor or friend. It is important for parents to dispense medications to their children or teens rather than leaving this responsibility to them. Prescription medications should always be kept in a locked box or cabinet, and disposed of properly when no longer needed. The Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove and Vernon Hills police departments have disposal boxes on site. For a complete list of take-back sites, click here. If you need a lock box, please email me as Stand Strong provides them free of charge.


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Nine Seniors to be Honored on Signing Day

Nine student-athletes representing eight sports will be honored during an NCAA signing day recognition ceremony on Wednesday. Seniors announcing their college choices will be: Maggie O’Brien (softball), Jackson Bussell (boys golf), Elizabeth Ferdman (girls tennis), Hannah Lapeire (girls soccer), Sophie Sorenson (girls lacrosse), Topher Stensby (boys swimming and diving), and Ashley Carollo, Ziv Marco and Anna Mossakowski (girls swimming and diving/girls water polo). The ceremony will take place during eighth period (2:38-3:25 p.m.) in the Wood Commons.

Alumni Wrestling Night Nov. 21

All alumni who competed on SHS wrestling teams are invited to attend Alumni Wrestling Night on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the Sports Center. The varsity and JV teams will wrestle Jacobs and Prospect starting at 5 p.m. All wrestling alumni in attendance will be recognized at approximately 6:15 p.m.


Monday’s Digest misspelled the name of boys bowler Ryan Grabiner.


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Anthem Singers, Musicians Sought for Swim Meets

Sing or play the national anthem this winter at a boys swimming and diving meet. Several musicians or singers are needed. If you would like to audition or get more information, contact Coach Lillydahl at dlillydahl@d125.org or stop by Room 2514 before school.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


Girls interested in participating in Stevenson Strength and Conditioning are invited to attend an information meeting on Thursday in Room 7004. Meetings will be held at 8 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. Athletes only need to attend one meeting.


Geneva teachers decide against striking today

OPRF student charged with sharing swastika image

Vernon Hills High additions get OK from village board

Advocates: CPS, ISBE still failing in special ed services

Michelle Obama meets with students at her alma mater

Neely Hall tower to reopen at SIU Carbondale

How Springfield was able to finally pass tax referendum

Fremont first-grader gets big surprise on Veterans Day


How poverty and race affect who goes to college, in 5 charts

Ohio voters approved 69 percent of school tax issues

New governor’s pledge would cost California $2B per year

Georgia’s new approach to turn around failing schools

Wisconsin high schoolers’ Nazi salute photo condemned

Professor stripped of endowed chair sues Yale


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Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

SHS Wins Regional History Bowl, Bee Titles

Stevenson served as host for the Northern Illinois Regional History Bowl and Bee on Saturday, with its A team winning the Varsity History Bowl competition. The team consisted of senior Ethan Hermes, juniors Govind Prabhakar and David Holmquist, and sophomore Arjun Nageswaran. In the Varsity History Bee competition, Govind won top honors, Arjun was second, David placed fifth and junior Meehir Dixit was a finalist.

In the Junior Varsity Division, Stevenson’s C team placed third with sophomores Allen Guo, Asher Mason and Denis Selyuzhitsky. The D team, consisting of sophomores William Bratton and Connor Friedman, and freshman Anish Arora, finished fourth. In the JV History Bee competition, Anish and sophomore Aniket Dixit tied for fourth place.

All of the students listed above qualified for the National History Bowl and Bee tournament, which will be held in April.

Debate Team Third at Grayslake North Tournament

Stevenson finished third in the Large School Sweepstakes category at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament held Saturday at Grayslake North High School. Seniors Anubhav Agarwal and Josh Zhu won First Place Awards in their varsity chambers, while senior Matthew Walsh received a Third Place Award.

In the junior varsity chambers, freshman Vaasu Kakuturu earned a First Place Award, freshman Evelyn Jiang got a Second Place Award, and freshman Anmol Dash garnered a Third Place Award.


Friday’s Digest misspelled the name of all-district musician Eileen Kang.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: SHS qualified seven swimmers for this weekend’s state meet and broke two pool records while finishing second to Barrington in the Patriot Natatorium. Senior Ashley Carollo won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.44 seconds, setting a new pool record that also was the fastest time in the state’s 16 sectionals. Ashley broke the record of 56.26 she set last year. The Tulane commit also was part of Stevenson’s other pool record-breaker, the 200-yard medley relay, which finished second to Barrington in 1:45.06, breaking the old mark of 1:45.43 set by Fremd in 2014. Ashley swam the first leg of the relay, followed by sophomore Jessica Nyborg, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Maddy O’Donnell. Claudia captured the other sectional championship for SHS, winning the 100-yard butterfly (57.67). Jessica finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.05), while sophomore Elizabeth Cao placed fourth in 100 backstroke (57.52). Stevenson’s other relays also are state-bound after finishing second. The 200 free relay (1:37.05) featured Ashley, Maddy, Claudia and junior Abigail Li, while the 400 free relay (3:32.02) had Maddy, Ashley, Abigail and junior Lucy Stevens. SHS finished second to Barrington, 405-357. The next closest team was Hersey (278). – Sectional Results | All State Final Qualifiers | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press


Stevenson hosted SHS Open: The Patriots won championships in three weapons during their annual tournament in the Field House. Freshman Stephen Yi finished first in men’s foil, sophomore Nikita Vasilyev captured men’s saber, and senior Geeta Jhangiani took top honors in women’s epee. A trio of Patriots had second-place finishes: Senior Benjamin Levsky in men’s saber, senior Chloe Myers in women’s saber, and junior Aya Taira in women’s foil. Stevenson also had three third-place efforts, from junior Aaron Kim in men’s foil, senior David Liu in men’s epee, and senior Lisa Han in women’s saber. Other top-seven showings came from junior Gavin Yuan (sixth, men’s foil), senior Jessica Zhang (sixth, women’s foil), senior Annika Rehberger (seventh, women’s foil), senior Jared Ponticelli (seventh, men’s epee) and junior Gillian Welles (seventh, women’s saber). – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 4, Stevenson 1: At Twin Rinks, senior Billy Kopka scored the Patriots’ lone goal, assisted by classmate Justin Roseman. Billy has scored 21 goals in Stevenson’s 22 games this season. Junior goalie Jeremy Riback made 24 saves. – Boxscore

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Lake Park Invitational: The Patriots finished 19th out of 32 teams at the Brunswick Zone in Woodridge. Sophomore Joey Gluck was the highest-placing Pat, finishing 57th out of 208 bowlers with a six-game series score of 1,020. Sophomore Nicholas Sternes recorded two of Stevenson’s 200 games (213 and 204), while classmate Ryan Grabiner had the other (203).

Sorenson Leads Herald All-Area Volleyball Team

Senior Sophie Sorenson was selected as the captain of the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Volleyball Team, announced Friday. The three-time all-area pick had a stellar senior season, leading the Patriots to their first conference championship in 10 years. She recorded 381 kills on the year, with 60 aces and 260 digs. She was joined on the team by junior Lily Cozzi, a fellow outside hitter, and junior setter Grace Tully. Lily had 173 kills and 118 digs, while Grace dished out 721 assists to go along with 182 digs, 73 kills and 50 aces. Five Patriots received honorable mention: seniors Annie Armgardt and Callie Grass, junior Abby Keevins, and sophomores Emerson Kouri and Makayla Uremovich.

Klaber, Mayahara Named to All-Area Soccer Squad

Senior keeper Zach Klaber and senior midfielder Kai Mayahara added to their postseason awards list by earning spots on the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys Soccer Team on Friday. The pair has previously received all-sectional and all-North Suburban Conference honors. Zach recorded 10 shutouts for the Patriots, and only allowed eight goals. Kai, whose midfield defense helped keep balls away from Zach, was the Patriots’ “most successful captain in many years,” said coach Mark Schartner.

Homecoming for Brunson Tonight

Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the Dallas Mavericks visit the United Center tonight for a 7 p.m. contest against the Chicago Bulls. It’s also Stevenson High School Night at the game, with discounted tickets available. The game will be televised by NBC Sports Chicago. Brunson has played in 12 games for the Mavs, averaging 4.4 points and 13.5 minutes. He scored a career-high 11 points against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Brunson talked about his adjustment to pro basketball.


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Audition Sign-Ups for Frosh-Soph Play

Freshmen and sophomores who want to be in the cast or crew of “Peter and the Starcatcher” can find out audition and sign-up information at d125.org/audition. There will be an audition workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and auditions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28.

This Week’s Mindful Meals Developed by Students

This week’s Mindful meals in the food courts were developed by the Introduction to Business classes. Each meal is $4. Here is the lineup for this week: Pancake sandwich (today), chicken quesadilla (Tuesday), BBQ chicken flatbread (Wednesday), “fajita fiesta” (Thursday) and lo mein (Friday).


The next meeting of FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment) takes place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. Yearbook pictures will be taken. All are welcome.

Who said pets need to have fur or feathers? Some pets have scales and fangs! Tuesday after school, Animal Welfare Club will host a presentation on exotic pets. Stevenson’s own Alex Myers will introduce some of his very special pets. The club meets in Room 7064, and all are welcome.


March held after racist, anti-Semitic incidents at OPRF

UI professor taking leave after misconduct allegations

Niles West teacher honored for saving boy in hotel pool

Elmhurst College, Elgin Community College expand pact

District 300 failed to disclose accused abuser’s work history

Lane Tech coach fired for messaging students too much

Interim SIU chancellor should be in place within weeks


Four ways Harvard applicants get an edge, based on trial

Could a divided Congress compromise on higher ed?

Montana using job data to help shape college curricula

Feds prod universities to address website accessibility issues

Wisconsin public colleges eager for post-Walker era

Why do so few want to be University of Minnesota president?

Mold forcing students to move at multiple Kentucky universities

Edtech incubators are fading. Here’s what will replace them


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