Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Blue Ribbon Award Ceremony Today in D.C.

Stevenson will officially receive its fifth National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education today during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Stevenson is one of only six schools in the country to receive the honor five times. Stevenson also earned Blue Ribbon awards in 1987, 1991, 1998 and 2002.

SHS is one of 362 schools — 312 public and 50 private — recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. Among the other Blue Ribbon winners are two sender schools: Ivy Hall Elementary School in District 96 and Hawthorn Elementary School South in District 73.

Representing the school in our nation’s capital will be Principal Troy Gobble and Social Studies teacher (and Stevenson alumna) Jenessa Gerber.

A livestream of the Blue Ribbon Schools recognition luncheon and presentation of awards begins at 10:30 a.m. Central Time on the Department of Education’s website.

Getting a Taste of High School Life
Eighth-graders from Stevenson’s sender schools came to the Performing Arts Center on Thursday to watch the dress rehearsal for the fall musical, “Chicago (High School Edition).” The show opens to the public tonight and runs through Sunday. Curtain times are 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. Online ticket sales are open until one hour before each show. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

Varsity CS:GO Team Remains Unbeaten
The fifth week of the eSports season brought three victories in six matches. The varsity Counter-Strike: GO (Global Offensive) team remained unbeaten with a 16-11 win over Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. The junior varsity Overwatch squad posted a 3-0 win over its rival from North Dakota, and the JV CS:GO team received a forfeit from its scheduled competitor in Texas.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,214, Lake Zurich 2,777: The Patriots (2-0 overall and conference) rolled the 12th-highest three-game series in school history to beat the Bears at Bowlero in Deer Park. Leading the way for SHS was junior Nicholas Sternes, who had the highest series (735) and game (277) for either team. Ryan Grabiner, also a junior, shot a 622 series with a high game of 241, and freshman Ender Starr added a 602 series and best game of 223. The other six games were split evenly between three bowlers: juniors Ryan Lerman (449, 237), Joey Gluck (438, 234) and Josh Lerner (368, 190). SHS opened the match with a team score of 1,123, followed by games of 1,069 and 1,022.

Two Named to Daily Herald All-Area Girls Volleyball Team
Two members of Stevenson’s regional champion girls volleyball squad were named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Volleyball Team today: Senior Grace Tully and sophomore Amanda Holsen. Grace, the Patriots’ setter, dished out 842 assists in 38 matches, while adding 183 digs, 50 aces and 41 blocks. Amanda recorded the second-highest number of kills in program history (451), while adding 252 digs and 55 aces. Seniors Lily Cozzi and Abby Keevins, and juniors Emerson Kouri and Makayla Uremovich, earned honorable mention.

Boys Basketball Team Embracing High Expectations
Returning starters Matt KaznikovR.J. Holmes and Matthew Ambrose and John Ittounas are part of a strong senior nucleus that has created high expectations for the boys basketball team. The Patriots went 27-6 last season, the fourth-highest win total in school history, and won conference, regional and sectional championships. Chicago Sun-Times writer Michael O’Brien came to campus Monday to talk with head coach Pat Ambrose and some of his players.

New Statesman Video Series Features Crow in First Episode
Head girls volleyball coach Tim Crow is the feature of the first Patriot Portrait, a new video segment on the Statesman’s website that spotlights SHS teachers and students. In the inaugural Patriot Portrait, Crow talks about his 500th career win on Sept. 23 and his 18 years as Stevenson’s head coach. The first episode was produced by Managing Editor of Web Christie Lee, In-Depth Coordinator Lily Jiang, and staff reporter Pooja Jain. Christie is a senior, while Lily and Pooja are juniors. Click here to watch the video.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mr. SHS Application Packets Now Available
Mr. SHS application packets are now available in Student Activities. The deadline for sign up is Friday, Dec. 13.

Looking for a Free Car Wash?
Waterway Carwash in Vernon Hills is offering free car washes to all students who show their school ID on Saturdays and Sundays in November. Waterway is just minutes north of Stevenson, at 860 S. Milwaukee Ave., in the former Peacock gas station.

CLUBS

The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The club will have its yearbook photo taken during the meeting. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board voted Thursday night to give transgender students unrestricted access to locker rooms and restrooms at its five schools. The board voted 5-2 to approve the new procedure. It replaces one that set up privacy stalls for transgender students. The new procedure requires transgender students to work out special arrangements with the district in such cases.

A video has surfaced showing a large brawl at Andrew High School on Wednesday that followed a series of racist incidents. Muslim students said a fight occurred inside the school after a classmate desecrated a Quran. However, school district officials said the Quran was not destroyed or damaged.

Waukegan District 60 is asking a Lake County judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging its purchase of a former bank building in downtown Waukegan. The lawsuit argues that the $700,000 purchase of the former First Midwest Bank violates state law, required voter approval and is a “misuse and a frivolous use of taxpayers dollars.”

A Waukegan High School student was hospitalized after being stabbed by another student Thursday in one of the restrooms at the school’s Washington campus, according to Waukegan School District 60 officials. The other student involved, believed to be the one who did the stabbing, was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

A boy described as bright, quiet and “normal” pulled a gun from his backpack on his 16th birthday and opened fire at his southern California high school before saving the last bullet for himself, authorities said. The shooting that killed two teenagers and wounded three others Thursday at Saugus High School in a Los Angeles suburb took just 16 seconds and left the attacker hospitalized in critical condition with a head wound, authorities said.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday extolled the potential benefits of microcredentials and other alternatives to traditional degrees, calling on the higher education sector to innovate and look to inexpensive programs for college students. Her remarks were made to corporate leaders at an event run by The Conference Board, a public policy and economic think tank.

Some college campuses are moonlighting as wedding venues to bring in extra revenue during a time of widespread budgetary woes. Prices range from $300 to $3,000. Yet price isn’t necessarily the main factor. For many couples, a school might hold personal significance if they met in their college days. Sometimes, colleges are chosen because they offer beautiful venues near or in a major city.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

Teachers’ Second Book Published

Communication Arts teachers Dawn Forde and Andrew Bouque have published a new book, their second in the past two years. “Inquiry Paths to Literacy Learning: A Guide for Elementary and Secondary School Educators,” which they co-edited with three faculty members from Northern Illinois University, was published recently by Rowman and Littlefield. “Inquiry Paths” offers English language arts teachers several models and considerations for how to design and implement inquiry-based teaching and learning. Forde and Bouque also are featured writers for the book in addition to being co-editors. Bouque contributed one chapter, while Forde and SHS Social Studies teacher Peter Anderson collaborated on another. Forde and Anderson co-teach the American Studies class at Stevenson. The book also is available on Amazon, as is their first book, “Raise Your Voices: Inquiry, Discussion, and Literacy Learning.”

Serving A Net Gain for Down Syndrome
Two Stevenson students are featured in this Daily Herald article about the Buddy Up Tennis program, which gives young people with Down syndrome an opportunity to play the game. Junior Raj Sachar, who plays on the SHS boys tennis team, is a regular volunteer in the program. “It’s a way for me to give back in tennis,” he told the paper. “Plus, my uncle has Down syndrome. It makes me feel good to be here.” One of the program participants is sophomore Gile Pomponi. “I want to hit some balls,” he said. “I like to play tennis.” Another Patriot tennis player, senior Kiran Mohan, also volunteers in the program.

“Eating to Succeed” Canceled
Tonight’s Parent Engagement Series presentation, “Eating to Succeed,” has been canceled due to the presenter’s illness.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, New Trier Green 3: The Patriots scored three goals in the third period to rally past the top-ranked Trevians at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. SHS (11-9-1) won its third consecutive game while handing New Trier (21-3-1) its first loss of the season at the hands of an Illinois team. Junior Liam Jones scored the game-winning goal during a power play with 1:43 remaining, off an assist from senior Brett Stokes. Liam’s goal came about two minutes after senior Emmett Baker tied the game at 3-3. Brett assisted on the tying goal. Freshman Davis Jegers started the third-period push with a goal at the 14-minute mark, helped by senior Andrew Slivka. The Patriots dominated the third period, outshooting New Trier, 21-7. The first SHS goal came in the second period, from sophomore Rafael Biedron off an assist from freshman Dylan Jette, which cut a two-goal deficit in half. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 24 saves. With the victory, Stevenson improved to 7-3 in the Scholastic Hockey League. The Trevians are 10-1 in the SHL. – Boxscore

Athletes Announce College Plans During Signing Ceremony
Seven senior student-athletes announced their college choices during a National Letter of Intent Day ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Wood Commons. The honored athletes were:

  • Matthew Ambrose (boys basketball) – University of Indianapolis
  • A.J. Carollo (boys swimming) – St. Thomas University (Minn.)
  • Gina Kondos (girls tennis) – University of Iowa
  • Ben Niesman (boys lacrosse) – Hofstra University
  • Justin Ross (boys volleyball) – Loyola University Chicago
  • Kilian Weber (girls lacrosse) – Central Michigan University
  • Grace Wingfield (girls soccer) – Northern Illinois University

Also, three SHS students who participate in club sports but not on Stevenson teams signed letters of intent on Wednesday:

  • Allie Kirby (girls soccer) – Fairfield University
  • Mikey Kogan (boys gymnastics) – University of Iowa
  • Tyler Selvaggi (boys gymnastics) – University of Oklahoma

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Audition Workshops for Two Plays Coming Soon
Audition workshops for the freshman-sophomore play, and for the winter play, take place this month. Attending these workshops is strongly recommended prior to participating in auditions. The audition workshop for the freshman-sophomore play, “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” will be held after school Thursday, Nov. 21. Click here for more information and to sign up for auditions. The audition workshop for the winter play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” will be held Monday, Nov. 25. Click here for more information and to sign up for auditions.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Facing pressure from critics for canceling an author’s visit, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are confirming they called off the event based on both the book’s LGBTQ content and a breakdown in procedures over notifying parents. Superintendent Jeff Schuler acknowledged for the first time that stories about gender identity in “Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change,” caused concern.

A University of Illinois policy requiring National Public Radio-member station reporters to disclose information about sources who say they were sexually harassed or assaulted is coming under fire from media organizations and free-speech advocates, who say the rule will have a chilling effect on reporting about sexual misconduct. An investigation published in August by NPR Illinois and the nonprofit outlet ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network found that the UI had repeatedly protected the reputations of professors who had been accused of sexual misconduct.

The student journalists at Northwestern University’s student newspaper have come under fire twice in the past week. First the Daily Northwestern was roundly criticized by fellow students angered by how the paper covered last week’s appearance by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an event that spurred tense protests at the Evanston campus. Then, in an attempt to mend fences, the student editorial staff published a mea culpa on Sunday that has drawn the ire of journalists appalled that the students would apologize for what seemed to be basic journalistic practices.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that’s one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday. Receiving $260 million apiece will be Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and the Cleveland Clinic. The institutions are free to use the money as they see fit. The gifts come from this year’s sale of the Lord Corp. to Parker-Hannifin Corp for $3.68 billion.

Teachers in Little Rock, Ark., are striking for the first time in more than three decades over the state’s control of the local school system and a panel’s decision to strip their union’s collective bargaining rights. Arkansas has run the school district since 2015, when it was taken over because of low scores at several schools.

Two private school administrators and a teacher are facing criminal charges in the death of a 13-year-old autistic student who was restrained for nearly two hours, prosecutors in northern California said.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

College Night for Junior Families Next Week

All juniors and their parents and guardians are invited to the College Career Center’s annual College Night for Junior Families program from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Performing Arts Center.

The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2021. Postsecondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. The presentation will be using a web-based program called Pear Deck, so juniors and their families are encouraged to bring their SHS iPads or an electronic device connected to a Gmail address. This will allow families to easily view the slides.

A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in Room 6110, on the first floor of the new East Building addition.

Sophomore to Play for Team USA In British Squash Open
Sophomore Joy Qu, one of the top-ranked junior squash athletes in the country, has been selected to play for Team USA at the British Junior Squash Open in January. The British Junior Open is considered to be the most prestigious junior event in the world. Joy is one of five players from her age division chosen for the team. This marks the third time in her career that Joy has earned a Team USA selection. She is ranked No. 1 in the girls 17-and-under category in U.S. squash. Joy also is a standout in the classroom, earning a 2018-19 US Squash Scholar Athlete Award for achieving a 3.5 or higher grade-point average.

Late Arrival Day Thursday
Thursday is a late arrival day for Stevenson. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m., and buses will start their routes at 9:20. Click here to see the late-arrival bell schedule.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 2,947, Libertyville 2,867: Junior Ryan Grabiner rolled a career-high 712 series to lead the Patriots (1-0) past the Wildcats, 2,947-2,867, in their conference opener at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. In addition to posting the highest series of the match, Ryan also had the best individual game for SHS, a 246. Junior Ryan Lerman shot a 642 series that included a high game of 226, and classmate Nick Sternes added a 609 series and high game of 215. Stevenson’s other bowlers also were juniors: Joey Gluck (583, 204) and Josh Lerner (401, 152). The Patriots won the first two games by 102 pins, then held off a late Libertyville charge to claim the match.

Quick Hits
University of Notre Dame freshman women’s soccer player Kiki Van Zanten (Class of 2019) and her teammates have made the NCAA tournament. The Irish, who had a 10-7-2 record in the regular season, will play host to Saint Louis on Sunday. Van Zanten has played in 18 of the team’s 19 games, scoring three goals. … Sophomore girls volleyball player Amanda Holsen had 451 kills this season, the second-highest total in program history. Only 2017 graduate Jori Radtke, who now plays for Clemson University, had more (552). Amanda will serve as the nucleus of the 2020 Patriots, and will be joined by junior libero Emerson Kouri and junior right side hitter Makayla Uremovich, whom head coach Tim Crow said may move to setter to replace the graduating Grace Tully. … Several senior student-athletes will announce their college plans during a signing ceremony at 2:40 today in the Wood Commons.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

S-Factor Auditions Next Week
Auditions for Kiva’s annual singing competition are coming up next week. Friday is the last day to sign up at sfactor2020.com. S-Factor is sponsored by Kiva.

COLLEGE

The College of Lake County will host its third annual Transition Night and Office for Students with Disabilities open house from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at its Grayslake campus. The evening will feature a presentation about navigating higher education with a disability, as well as information about support systems available at CLC.

The Paramount Tall Club of Chicago is offering a $750 scholarship for Chicago-area graduating seniors who plan to attend a two-year or four-year college in the fall and meet the minimum height requirement of 5 feet, 10 inches for females and 6 feet, 2 inches for males. Applicants also must display strong academic achievement, involvement in school activities, volunteer work, and personal achievement. The recipient also will be considered for a $1,000 scholarship at an international level. The application is due by Feb. 10. Visit this link for more information.

ATHLETICS

Student-athletes who are freshmen, transfers or upperclassmen in athletics for the first time are required to attend one 30-minute meeting led by the athletic director during the 2019-20 school year. Meetings will be held on late-arrival days. The next opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

The Illinois High School Association has ended its appeal of a Cook County judge’s decision to allow Chicago Public Schools athletes to run in the state cross-country meet. The IHSA filed the appeal Nov. 4, but the appellate court decided not to rule immediately, clearing the way for the students to run last Saturday.

A vision itinerant and orientation and mobility specialist in Huntley School District 158 has been named the 2019 Teacher of the Year by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

The College of Lake County has named Dr. Sheldon Walcher as dean of its Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division. He previously served as associate dean of humanities, social sciences and the library at Kankakee Community College.

A biology teacher at Pontiac High School is among 31 nominees worldwide for the Indianapolis Prize, sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of the animal conservation world. Paul Ritter was nominated for his work with high school students on reintroducing alligator snapping turtles to their historic home range, among other accomplishments. The grand prize for the award, given by the Indianapolis Zoo, is $250,000.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Although most young Americans believe in the value of higher education, many still consider a high school diploma alone to be enough for success, according to a survey of 2,573 teens and young adults. More than half of Americans ages 13 through 29 see college as a path to economic success, but about 4 in 10 believe a bachelor’s degree prepares people only somewhat well, or even poorly, for today’s economy, the survey found.

Federal data show that more than 9 in 10 educators spend an average of nearly $500 a year on classroom supplies, but a Washington Post review revealed that the problem is deeper, with teachers going to great lengths to secure resources for their classrooms.

Faced with the deaths of nine students since Aug. 24University of Southern California administrators are engaged in a delicate balancing act as they notify students, attempt to quell rumors, offer mental health resources and also try to avoid triggering students who may be in the midst of a mental health crisis. Officials have confirmed that three students this year died by suicide. In some cases, the cause of death is undetermined; in others, families did not want details disclosed, they said.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Pertussis at Stevenson: It’s Not Over

Pertussis persists at SHS, more than a month after the first cases were reported. Two new cases were reported Monday, raising the number of cases since late September to 35.

The illness is hanging on due to two factors, according to the school’s nursing staff:

  • Although pertussis is also known as “whooping cough,” the coughing coming from a student’s mouth may not have a “whooping” sound. Parents and guardians whose students have a persistent cough may assume it’s not pertussis without the whooping sound, and are not seeking medical attention.
  • Some area doctors have misdiagnosed the illness, or have refused to conduct pertussis testing. Stevenson’s nurses and the Lake County Health Department have been working with local medical offices to raise awareness.

There also is concern that parents have let their guard down in the wake of a recent visit to Stevenson by Centers for Disease Control researchers. The researchers’ work is not connected to treating infected students. Rather, the researchers are conducting a study to test the hypothesis that pertussis-prevention vaccines used since the late 1990s have lost their effectiveness. The majority of Stevenson students diagnosed with pertussis had received the recommended vaccines.

Parents and guardians whose students have a persistent cough are urged to seek medical attention immediately. They should tell their medical provider that pertussis cases have been reported at Stevenson. This letter from the Lake County Health Department provides more guidance. For more information, contact the SHS nursing staff at nurses@d125.org.

Alumna Appears on WGN Morning Show
2010 alumna Donna Lee, a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios who worked on “Frozen 2,” was interviewed on the WGN Morning News Monday morning. She talked about her journey from Stevenson to Disney, and even drew a sketch of Elsa the Snow Queen. “Frozen 2” opens in theaters on Nov. 22. Lee was in Chicago to participate in DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts Visiting Artist Series Monday night.

How to Raise Compassionate Kids
No parent wants to raise a jerk, but it’s not enough to just hope for the best. Parents have to put in the work if they don’t want their child to fit into anyone’s definition of the term. Join Social Emotional Learning Coordinator Molly Gosline for the next parent breakfast meeting, “Raising Compassionate Kids,” from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday in the District 125 Administration Center. She’ll discuss what people need to be happy and successful in today’s world (without becoming a jerk), and offer ideas on what parents can do to prepare their kids for a world of rapid change. She’ll be joined by Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac.

For tips on raising nutritionally sound students, come to the Parent Engagement Series session on “Eating to Succeed” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. The program will feature 2010 alumnus Alex StollerRegistration is requested.

Band Fundraiser Thursday Morning
The Band Parents Organization is holding a breakfast fundraiser from 6:30-11 a.m. Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention “Stevenson Band” when ordering, and 20% of the sale will go to the band program. Thursday is a late arrival day.

PATRIOT SPORTS

JV Girls Swim Team Wins Conference Title
The junior varsity girls swimming and diving team captured the North Suburban Conference championship last weekend. SHS easily outdistanced runner-up Lake Forest, 335-272, and five other schools. Stevenson won nine of 12 events and set JV conference records in four of them.

Freshman Anna Ryaguzova won two events and was part of two first-place relays. She set a new conference mark in the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.31), and also was part of the record-setting 200-yard medley relay (1:54.54) with juniors Brianna Liu and Anna Gates, and senior Hanna Cloeter. Anna also touched first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.04), and swam a leg in the 200 free relay (1:43.58) with Hanna, sophomore Sana Arvind and freshman Elizaveta Kolbunova.

Junior Maria Mossakowski also won two events, the 200 free (2:02.86) and 500 free (5:32.77), and swam in the victorious 400 free relay (3:49.72) with Brianna, Elizaveta and Sana. Stevenson’s other JV conference records were set by Brianna in the 100 backstroke (1:01.12) and sophomore Nora Kowalski in 1-meter diving (347.40).

Football Alumni Part of Major Big 10 Storylines
Three Stevenson football alumni were part of three significant Big 10 stories on Saturday:

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

FMP Information Meetings During Lunch Periods Friday
The Freshman Mentor Program will host informational meetings for potential new members on Friday. The meetings will be held during every half-period lunch in the Recital Hall. All are welcome.

COLLEGE

The Consumers Cooperative Association is offering 15 $2,000 scholarships for families that have been a member of the Consumer Credit Union for a minimum of one year in good standing. Seniors must plan on attending an accredited two- or four-year school. Applications are due by Dec. 31. Interested seniors can find more information at this link.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

All 25,000 Chicago Teachers Union members will vote in secret ballots Thursday and Friday to accept or reject the tentative contract agreement reached the last week of October with Chicago Public Schools. Unlike the strike authorization vote, contract ratification needs only a simple majority. If members accept the deal, the strike — which at this point has only been suspended — is officially over. But what happens if they reject it?

As Chicago’s test scores have flattened, fewer schools are earning the city’s top rating, according to data released Friday for 2018-2019. Only 146 schools received a Level 1-plus compared to 185 the year prior.

The controversy that rocked Lake Park High School over a volunteer football coach could have been avoided at several points if the head coach and two top administrators followed the school’s accepted practices for conducting background checks, Superintendent Lynn Panega said Friday.

First-generation students make up about half of all college students, but only 27% complete a bachelor’s degree in four years — about half the national average for all students. North Central College in Naperville has seen extraordinary success with its Cardinal First program, which helps first-gen students adjust to college life. For students who started in the program in 2015, 81% graduated in May 2019 — earning their degree in four years.

The U.S. Department of Education last week announced it was canceling the student loan debt for people in Illinois who attended the now-shuttered Illinois Institute of Art. The Chicago and Schaumburg campuses — not related to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago — were among dozens that were closed throughout the U.S. last December.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today over whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should continue. The key question isn’t about the program’s merits but whether the Trump administration two years ago tried to end it in the right way. The program allows young immigrants brought illegally ​to the U.S. as children certain protections from deportation as well as permission to work. Nearly 700,000 people, often referred to as “Dreamers,” are enrolled in the program.

The head of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has broken decades of precedent by appointing a search committee for the next UW System president that does not include any faculty members or academic staff. The nine-member committee is the smallest in number and least diverse presidential search committee going back at least to the early 1990s.

A federal program to bolster science, mathematics and engineering at minority-serving colleges has been caught in a partisan tug of war in the Senate, where inaction and gridlock are starting to have real-world consequences. Stuck in the Senate’s morass is $255 million a year that both parties want to give historically black colleges, tribal colleges and higher education institutions that serve Hispanic students to help bolster science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — over the next two years.

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Forum on Wednesday

Stevenson’s Peer Helpers club is hosting its first mental health and suicide prevention awareness forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. The forum will be comprised of a “Jubilee” style activity and an open panel of teachers, students, Student Support Team members, and administrators. Additionally, Sanjaveeni (a mental health organization in the community) will lead a discussion on how to effectively overcome mental health barriers, especially in communities of color.

The forum seeks to facilitate discussions between various members of the SHS community to highlight the resources already being provided by the school, and to brainstorm new strategies that can be implemented to address mental health issues.

Refreshments and booths representing Peer Helpers, Mind Your Mind, FIRE, Sanjaveeni, and Stevenson’s Student Support Teams will be available after the event. Faculty, staff, students, parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

“Chicago” Takes the Stage This Weekend
The fall musical “Chicago: High School Edition,” takes the stage this weekend. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online for $12 through Eventbrite. Click here to order tickets.

SHS Wins Third Straight History Bowl Regional Title
Stevenson swept the top spots in the Northern Illinois History Bowl/Bee regional tournament at SHS on Saturday. In the History Bowl, a team event, Stevenson’s varsity teams finished took the top three places. The championship-winning trio was seniors Grant DavisMeehir Dixit and Govind Prabhakar. The runner-up team members were senior David Holmquist and juniors Arjun NageswaranEthan Soifer and William Rademacher. The third-place team was made up of juniors Aniket DixitAllen Guo and Denis Selyuzhitsky. This is the third consecutive year Stevenson has won the varsity History Bowl regional title.

In the junior varsity History Bowl, Stevenson finished first and second. The championship team comprised sophomores Anish Arora and Max Kogan, and freshmen Rishabh Wuppalapati and Dhruv Pendharkar. The runner-up team included sophomore Rohan Pillai and freshmen Christian EpureAadit Juneja and Eric Liu.

In the History Bee, which is an individual event, Stevenson swept the top four spots in the varsity competition. Govind was first, Arjun second, Aniket third, and Allen fourth. In the JV History Bee, Stevenson claimed four of the top five places. Rishabh finished first, Aadit was second, Dhruv took fourth, and Anish and Christian tied for fifth.

The regional was a qualifying tournament for the National History Bee and Bowl, which will be held in April.

Next ARTalk Thursday Night
Multimedia artist Bert Leveille will talk about her work and her career during the Stevenson Foundation’s next ARTalks presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday. The talk will take place in front of the Visiting Artist Gallery. Admission is free and the public is invited. Read more

Student TEDx Talks After School Tuesday
All students and parents are invited to attend Stevenson’s second annual TEDx event from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. SHS students will be speaking on a wide range of topics and sharing their personal experiences. The event will take place in the West Auditorium.

Patriettes Fundraiser Tonight at Portillo’s
The Patriettes are holding a fundraiser tonight from 5-8 p.m. at Portillo’s, 221 E. Townline Rd., in Vernon Hills. Show this flyer and 20% of the sale will go to the Patriettes.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Oak Park River Forest 1: Junior Daniel Kabakov scored two goals as the visiting Patriots completed a two-game weekend sweep of the Huskies at Ridgeland Common Ice Arena in Oak Park. Senior Josh Wright and sophomore Rafael Biedron also scored for SHS, which improved to 6-1 in the Scholastic Hockey League. Senior goalie Ben Newmark made 19 saves for Stevenson. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: Corey Pacernick finished his high school career as an all-stater, finishing 18th out of 213 runners in Peoria. The senior, making his first state appearance, covered the 3-mile course at Detweiller Park in 14:42.56. Also making his first appearance was senior Anthony Rodriguez, who recorded a time of 15:24.34. The pair received this nice writeup from Pioneer Press (second item) prior to the meet. – Official Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots cruised to their fourth consecutive conference crown, outscoring Lake Forest, 327.5-206.5, and four other schools. SHS won eight of 12 events, led by junior Alex Eastmond, who captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.47) and 100-yard backstroke (57.79). She also swam the final leg of the first-place 200 medley relay (1:47.47) with juniors Elizabeth Cao and Jessica Nyborg, and freshman Milena Busma. Jessica claimed the 100 free (52.90), while Milena touched first in the 100 butterfly (57.14). Elizabeth swam in the victorious 200 free relay (1:37.93) with freshman Isabelle Gattone, senior Maddy O’Donnell, and sophomore Claudia Rzeznik. Jessica and Claudia also comprised half of the winning 400 free relay (3:34.94) with freshman Camila Maya and senior Lucy Stevens, who was Stevenson’s other individual champion. She tied for first in the 50 free (24.94). Senior Abigail Li was named the school’s recipient of the NSC Sportsmanship Award. The junior varsity also won the conference title; those results will appear in Tuesday’s Digest. The varsity will return to the Patriot Aquatic Center for Saturday’s IHSA sectional. – Daily Herald

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Spartan Eliminator: The Patriots opened their season in the Glenbrook North invitational by finishing eighth in the Gold Division and 10th overall with a six-game pin count of 5,491 at the Brunswick Zone in Mount Prospect. Four juniors led the way for SHS. Ryan Grabiner had a 1,183 series, with a high game of 221, and Ryan Lerman was right behind with a 1,172 series and 223 high game. Joey Gluck shot a 1,131 series (210 high game) and Nicholas Sternes added a 1,050 (199). The fifth team spot was split between three bowlers: Junior Josh Lerner had a two-game total of 342, which included a 200 game. Freshman Ender Starr shot a 323, with a high game of 172, and junior Maxwell Goldstein contributed a 290 over two games. The Patriots will have their first conference match of the year Tuesday against Libertyville.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Oak Park-River Forest 1: Senior Josh Wright scored a pair of goals as the host Patriots downed the Huskies at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Juniors Andrew Chambers and Giorgi Gagua, and freshman Davis Jegers also scored. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 11 saves. – Boxscore

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Animal Welfare Club will meet after school Tuesday to have its club yearbook picture taken. If you purchased an AWC T-shirt, please wear it. If not, feel free to wear anything SHS-related. Tuesday’s meeting will end at 4 p.m.

Do you have poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any form of creative writing that you’re planning to submit to the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards? Looking to dabble in a bit of spoken word? Either way, stop by the Write Club’s first Scholastic and spoken word workshop after school Wednesday in Room 2702.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Chicago Public Schools’ official enrollment is down again, this year by more than 6,000 students to a low of 355,156. Over the past three years the school district has lost about 10,000 students a year, making this year’s decrease an improvement over years past. But it is part of a downward trend that began in 2002 when enrollment was nearly 439,000.

Officials at the University of Illinois have named a new vice chancellor for research and innovation. Susan Martinis has been serving in the role on an interim basis since September 2017. Since then, she oversaw several initiatives, including university-wide research centers. She’s also credited with strengthening the business infrastructure around university research.

A crossing guard who hasn’t missed a shift in 43 years was honored last week by students and staff at Carman-Buckner Elementary School on Waukegan’s south side. Richard Baldwin, 60, was described in a statement released by Waukegan District 60 officials as a constant and reassuring presence in the Carman-Buckner community.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

More than a dozen fraternities at San Diego State University have been suspended after a freshman was hospitalized following an event last week. The student allegedly attended a fraternity event Wednesday night that required him to receive medical attention the next morning, according to a statement from the university.

A substitute teacher in Texas was fired and arrested Friday after a video showing her allegedly assaulting a high school sophomore was posted online, officials said. It wasn’t clear what prompted the alleged assault, but a disturbing video posted by the mother of a student appeared to show the 32-year-old substitute repeatedly punching the sophomore, then throwing her on the ground and stomping on her head.

There’s new evidence that girls start out with the same math abilities as boys. A new study of children ages 3-10 found similar patterns of brain activity in boys and girls as they engaged in basic math tasks, researchers reported Friday in the journal Science of Learning. The finding challenges the idea that more boys than girls end up in STEM fields because they are inherently better at the sort of thinking those fields require.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

For These Senior Twins, It’s Strictly Ballroom This Weekend

Seniors Mark Lozovnoy and Nina Lozovnoy will perform a ballroom dance routine at this weekend’s ninth annual Chicago International Dance Forum. The twins, who have been competitive international ballroom dancers and performers since age 6, have been part of the festival since its beginning. The Chicago International Dance Forum features a variety of performances including ethnic dances from 10 countries, as well as classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and ballroom. The event begins at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. Click here for ticket information.

Two WIT Poems Selected for Anthology
Two poems published in the 2018-19 edition of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts magazine, have been selected to appear in DePaul University’s “Blue Book: Best of Illinois High School Writing 2018-2019.” The poems are “The Pattern of Sound” by Cassie Wang and “Grub” by Winston Wang. Both graduated from SHS in May.

DePaul Prof. Chris Green and his graduate students in the Masters in Writing and Publishing program received more than 70 literary magazines from high schools across Illinois, and read hundreds of literary selections, to make their choices. The selected pieces will be published in a digital anthology on DePaul’s English Department website in December; students also will be invited to a reading and reception at DePaul in January.

Seniors Interviewed for Upcoming Segment on “The Jam”
Chicago TV station WCIU (The CW) interviewed Crescendo for a Cause founders Allen BeckwithKiran Mohan and Jon Raymond recently for an upcoming “Real Chicagoans” segment on “The Jam” morning show. The episode is set to air in December. “Real Chicagoans” highlights Chicagoland residents who give back and make an impact in the community. The three seniors’ Crescendo for a Cause seeks to improve music education in underserved areas and to utilize music performance as a vehicle for advocacy and community service. The CW also interviewed Band Director Dr. Sonny Petway.

Junior Selected to Participate in German Film Festival
Junior Lily Jiang, a student in Stevenson’s Advanced Placement German program, is one of only two U.S. winners selected as jurors for the 2019-20 season of Youth 4 German Cinema by the Goethe Institut. She will be joined by three students from Mexico and one from Canada in attending February’s Berlin and Beyond Film Festival at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. The festival is North America’s largest festival of contemporary German movies.

Youth 4 German Cinema, now in its seventh year, is designed to give high school-age students behind-the-scenes access to an international film festival. They will meet industry professionals; participate in artistic workshops; learn about film criticism and the filmmaking process; and will be involved in the selection of two films that will be shown at the festival for hundreds of visiting students from schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California.

eSports Teams Register Clean Sweep in Week 4
All of Stevenson’s eSports teams swept their opponents during the fourth week of league play this week. The varsity League of Legends squad earned a 2-0 win over St. John High School from St. John, N.D. The varsity Overwatch team improved to 4-0 with a 3-0 win over Jefferson City, Mo., while the JV Overwatch group celebrated its first non-forfeit victory, 3-0, over New Diana High School in Diana, Texas. The varsity and JV Rainbow SIx Siege teams also prevailed. The varsity moved to 4-0 with a 2-0 win over Vandegrift High School near Austin, Texas, while the JV defeated Team Phosphate from the Waterloo Career Center in Waterloo, Iowa, 2-1. The varsity Counter-Strike: GO (Global Offensive) team also remained unbeaten, dispatching Walter Payton Prep, 16-1, while the JV CS:GO squad knocked off Klein Cain High School from the Houston area, 16-2.

The Importance of Student Voice
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.

Stevenson teachers are engaged in the critical work around developing social and emotional learning strategies that will help us reach our district goal of helping students engage in developing their SEL skillsets as they grow from ninth-graders into graduates.

Adult knowledge and behavior is critical to SEL implementation, and this past month our teacher teams are learning how to include student voice to build classroom strategies that can best meet the needs of our students. Our Student Voice Survey asks students to share their perceptions about classroom experiences such as peer relationships, valuing of subject, and sense of belonging.

If students feel their voices are valued, they are more inclined to develop safe and supportive connections at school including both peer and adult relationships. And these relationships can be both foundational and transformational in helping students develop into their best academic, social and emotional selves.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Quick Hits
Student-athletes who competed in fall sports, along with their parents and guardians, are invited to attend the Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Sports Center. Awards for on-field and off-the-field achievements will be given. … Three Patriots earned honorable mention on the Daily Herald Boys Soccer All-Area Team: junior forwards Alem Duratovic and Anthony Skordilis, and senior midfielder Camron Mahdavian. … Stevenson alumnus Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) made ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Night on Wednesday with a nifty 21-yard touchdown reception during Miami University’s 24-21 win over Ohio. Watch his catch, which was No. 2 in the top 10.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Juniors Invited to “Friendsgiving” on Nov. 26
The Junior Class Board invites all juniors to attend “Friendsgiving” from 3:25-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 in Room 6110. All juniors are welcome to come and there will be food, activities, and other fun things for them to enjoy and relax before Thanksgiving break.

ATHLETICS

Coach Hake is holding a meeting for boys lacrosse players from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. He will be discussing the team’s pre-season meeting schedule, which will start the week of Nov. 18.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

The Illinois Appellate Court will not bar Chicago Public Schools cross-country runners from competing at the state championship meet Saturday, according to an order issued Thursday. The Illinois High School Association was seeking to overturn a lower court order that allowed the runners to compete in the postseason.

Lake Park High School District 108 announced Thursday that it removed its head football coach following an internal investigation of how a convicted sex offender was permitted to serve as a volunteer football coach earlier this year. The Roselle-based district determined that head varsity football coach Chris Roll failed to follow district-required criminal background check procedures and “directed an assistant coach to remove the volunteer coach” from a list of names submitted for a background check, according to a statement.

One week after Chicago’s teachers union agreed on a tentative contract and suspended an 11-day strike, a threat to finalizing that agreement has cropped up: disagreement over how to parcel out raises for veteran teachers.

The Chicago-based U.S. Seventh Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that a teacher in Eureka School District 140 isn’t entitled to a refund for wages that went to the Illinois Education Association prior to the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that compulsory fair-share fees are unconstitutional.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Multiple years of destructive wildfires and planned power outages have closed California schools for an unprecedented number of days, leaving school districts and the state struggling to adjust to what many call the “new normal.” In the last month more than 1,000 schools were closed for multiple days, robbing students of education hours and leaving school districts worried about losing state funds, which are based on student attendance.

Is the party over for fancy student housing? Falling university enrollments, excess supply and an uptick in defaults may foretell the end of a years-long spate of building amenity-rich housing on and off campus.

Five years after Michigan switched Flint’s water supply to the contaminated Flint River from Lake Huron, the city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.

The U.S. Department of Education this week rejected Grand Canyon University’s bid to convert from a for-profit to nonprofit institution, raising questions about ongoing efforts by other for-profit colleges to change their tax status.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

Parent Program on Healthy Eating Rescheduled for Nov. 14

The Parent Engagement Series program, “Eating to Succeed,” originally scheduled for Oct. 22 has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the West Auditorium. Stevenson alumnus Alex Stoller (Class of 2010) will show how the choices we make each day – from what to eat for breakfast to whether or not to have an extra slice of pie – affect how we feel and how we perform. The event is free but advance registration is requested. Use this Eventbrite link to register.

Sophomore Heading to South Korea for Taekwondo Tourney
Sophomore Humza Qazi is heading to South Korea this weekend to compete with athletes from 44 countries in the 2019 World Taekwondo Championship of the Korean Ambassador’s Cup in Seoul and Muju. Humza earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the event though a recent local tournament, which followed his medal-winning performance at last month Canada Open. Humza earned a gold medal in Junior Pairs Poomsae and a bronze medal in Individual Poomsae in Montreal. In South Korea, he will have the opportunity to train at the Kukkiwon, the world headquarters of taekwondo, and to compete at Taekwondowon, the birthplace of the sport. Humza, who started the sport at age 4, is a third-degree black belt and trains at iTiger Martial Arts in Lake Zurich.

16 Earn Awards at Model UN Conference in Chicago
Several members of the Model United Nations club earned awards at a conference Saturday at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Best honors went to seniors Anand Vadlamani and Chris Yang, and juniors Carson EzellAlex Zhou and Anthony Makhovik. Six students received Outstanding recognition: juniors Ishaan KhullarAditi SinghJeanette Han and Elizabeth Matlin, sophomore Vishnu Nair, and freshman Anish Nadella. Five students garnered Honorable Mention: seniors Janice LeeGovind Prabhakar and Matthew Li, junior Mahum Sheikh, and freshmen Maddie Wang and Elijah Cherian.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Two More Baseball Players Announce College Plans
Two more senior members of the baseball team have announced their college commitments. Jake Surane, an all-conference and all-area selection utility player last spring, will play for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He hit .430 last season with seven doubles and 17 runs batted in, and stole 10 bases in 13 attempts. Jake also reached the IHSA state tournament in boys golf the past two years. Left-handed pitcher Brandon Frankel, meanwhile, will attend Ohio Wesleyan University. He pitched five innings last spring, striking out three with a 5.60 earned-run average. Jake and Brandon join Oberlin College-bound Jake Freed, whose commitment was reported in Tuesday’s Digest. Jake, also a left-handed pitcher, went 2-0 with a 4.03 ERA. He struck out 16 batters in 17.1 innings.

Quick Hits
Two members of the 2015 boys basketball state championship team squared off last week for the first time since their high school days. Justin Smith (Class of 2016) and his Indiana University teammates played host to Division II Gannon University, which includes Matt Johnson (Class of 2015). Both were in the starting lineup for the exhibition contest, an 84-54 win for IU. Smith led all scorers with 18 points, while Johnson had two. SHS head coach Pat Ambrose was on hand to see his former players.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freshman and transfer student-athletes are required to attend one 30-minute meeting led by the athletic director during the 2019-20 school year. Meetings will be held on late-arrival days. The next opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Grayslake Elementary School District 46 teachers and support staff went on strike today. The contract sticking point is teacher pay. The school board president offered a 3.8 percent raise and the unions want a 4.6 percent increase. District 46 has about 300 teachers and 180 support workers at its seven schools. About 3,700 students are impacted by the decision.

Eight students from two high schools on Chicago’s south side were taken to hospitals Wednesday after they ate “infused” brownies and gummies. The incidents happened about an hour apart at Fenger Academy High School in Roseland and Epic Academy in South Shore.

Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200’s abrupt cancellation of a children’s book author visit to an elementary school has generated controversy. Robin Stevenson is the author of “Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change.” One chapter focuses on the early life of pioneering gay rights politician Harvey Milk. Stevenson believes parental objections to LGBTQ content in her book led to the cancellation, while the district says the school failed to follow policies meant to inform parents “well in advance” of author visits and the content of the book being presented.

McHenry County College is bucking a statewide trend of declining student enrollment. The Crystal Lake college has 7,475 students enrolled this fall — a 6.3% increase from the previous year and a 13.9% jump since 2015, according to a new Illinois Community College Board report. Statewide, college enrollment has dipped by 4.2% from last fall and 14% overall since 2015 — mirroring a nationwide trend.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

The Denver school board is on the verge of a historic shift, with two candidates backed by the teachers union scoring decisive wins and a third holding a narrow lead. This marks the first time in a decade that candidates supported by proponents of education reform won’t have the majority on the Denver school board.

The University of Utah hopes to become a national leader in mental health delivery with a $150 million gift to establish a new institute. The major gift will create the Huntsman Mental Health Institute to bolster the existing University Neuropsychiatric Institute and psychiatry department with a focus on improving public awareness of mental illness, research into genetic causes, and access — especially for college-age and rural patients..

Back in 2005, one of the biggest stories in tech was a project by a group of MIT professors to build a $100 laptop and give them to children in schools around the world. It was a feel-good story that was painted as beyond critique … and it also turned out to be a failure. The laptops had technical shortcomings, and they broke more easily than advertised. About 3 million laptops were made, most ending up in Latin America.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is the latest institution where students, faculty and staff can have meals and snacks delivered by autonomous robots, one of the most recent tech trends sweeping campuses. The university announced this week that it has deployed 30 robots on campus.