Suicide Awareness Program for SHS Parents
Suicide has emerged as a major public health threat in this country. The national suicide rate increased 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and is now the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. Last August, the CDC reported that suicide rates for adolescent girls doubled to a 40-year high, and that rates for boys had increased 30 percent since 2007.
Stevenson students have not been immune to this wave. When the Illinois Youth Survey was administered to SHS students in 2014 and 2016, in each year 15 percent of them said they had seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months.
Stevenson has been working to stem the rising tide. Last year, all freshmen participated in Signs of Suicide (SOS), a depression- and suicide-awareness program created by Elyssa’s Mission that teaches students to recognize risk factors for suicide and encourages them to get help from adults. SOS also includes a risk assessment that will be taken by each student to identify any who may be at risk. This year, Stevenson will expand SOS to include all juniors. Also, SHS faculty and staff will be learning more about the SOS program and how they can help students during special meetings next week.
But what about parents? What can they do?
The Community Parent Network invites parents and guardians to a special program addressing suicide next month. “Recognizing When A Teen Needs Help: ACT to Prevent Suicide in Our Community” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Click here to register.
Jodi Segal, education director for Elyssa’s Mission, will talk about the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Also, counselors from Stevenson, as well as Woodlawn, Aptakisic and Twin Groves junior high schools, will be on hand to discuss the SOS program. Districts 125, 102 and 96, plus the Stevenson Foundation, are partners with the Community Parent Network in the evening presentation.
PREP Registration Opens Saturday
Excursions to see “Hamilton” and a Chicago Blackhawks game are among the fall offerings from PREP, the Patriot Recreation Education Program. Dozens of classes are available for adults and children this fall, ranging from cooking and art to parenting and sports. Registration opens Saturday, and will be powered by a new software system making it easier to navigate class options and interests. Visit d125.org/PREP to register, or to look at the fall catalog. Parents also can register their kids for next summer’s Camp Patriot day camp at Stevenson. PREP is led by SHS alumnus Isaac Brubaker (Class of 2002).
First ARTalk Set for Next Thursday
Professional painter Beverly Kedzior, the SHS Art Department’s current Visiting Artist of the Month, will discuss her work and career during the first ARTalks presentation of the 2018-19 school year at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her ARTalk will take place in the Visiting Artist Gallery, located on the first floor of the West Building. Kedzior works with acrylic and oil on paper or canvas. Samples of her work can be seen at her website, beverlykedzior.com. Admission to ARTalks is free and open to the public. ARTalks are sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation.
Senior’s Photo Work Honored
Senior Natalie Wess is among a select group of student artists in Illinois whose work was chosen for an exhibit traveling around the state. A montage of her photographs, selected for the Illinois High School Art Exhibition in February, will make its next stop in Springfield later this fall. The traveling exhibit will be part of Art Advocacy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Illinois Capitol Building.
Thursday, Aug. 30 Varsity Results
Stevenson 147, Lake Zurich 180: At Village Green Golf Course in Mundelein, the Patriots posted a record-setting performance for the second consecutive match. This time, SHS set a new program mark for lowest 9-hole score on an away course. The previous record was 154, set first in 2007 and matched in 2011, both at Countryside Golf Club, also in Mundelein. In Thursday’s match, freshman Emily Duan and junior Joyce Bai tied for medalist honors by shooting a 1-over-par 36. Emily recorded three birdies, including a pair of 2s, while Joyce had a pair of birdies. Sophomore Sophia Zhuang followed with a 37 that included a birdie 2 on the last hole, and classmate Kelly Dong recorded a 38 with one birdie to complete the team scoring. Junior Julia Yoo shot a 39 with one birdie and fellow junior Jackie Lee had a 51. Last week, coach Emma Degen’s squad set a new standard for lowest 9-hole score on its home course.
Stevenson at Glenbrook South Invitational: Senior Hunter Tam scored two goals, and sophomore Alem Duratovic added a goal and an assist as the Patriots beat Rolling Meadows, 3-1. SHS (3-1) improved to 2-1 in the tournament, and will face Wheeling in the third-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday. Alem’s goal, assisted by senior Jaemin Seo, staked Stevenson to a 1-0 halftime lead. Hunter’s two second-half tallies were assisted by Alem and junior Cam Mahdavian. Senior goalkeeper Zach Klaber made five saves.
First-Ever Football Meeting Between SHS, Neuqua Valley
Stevenson travels to Naperville tonight for its first-ever football game against Neuqua Valley. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. Both teams are 1-0 after convincing victories last week. The Patriots pummeled Palatine, 35-7, while the Wildcats whipped Glenbard North, 27-6. Stevenson is No. 12 in the latest Edgy Tim rankings for NBC Sports Chicago, while Neuqua Valley is No. 21. The Wildcats are No. 10 in this week’s Daily Herald rankings, while the Patriots are No. 11. This link has a brief game preview from the Daily Herald. For a more expansive take on tonight’s game, Deep Dish Football has commentary on both teams: Stevenson | Neuqua Valley.
Scoreboard Advertising Opportunity
Stevenson Athletics has created sponsorship opportunities for the new electronic scoreboards in the Sports Center. Three different sponsorship packages are available. To see them, and other sponsorship opportunities, visit this page.
Visiting Artist Presentations on Tuesday
Visiting Artist of the Month Beverly Kedzior will give a presentation to students during third and fifth periods Tuesday. Her talks will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Students who can’t make her Tuesday presentations are invited to Ms. Kedzior’s ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her ARTalk, sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation, is free and will be held at the Visiting Artist Gallery.
No School Monday
There will be no classes on Monday, as Stevenson is closed in observance of Labor Day.
Seniors are invited to participate in Common Application Workshops at the College Career Center next week. The first workshop will be held during eighth period on Tuesday, and the second will take place at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.
The eSports Club will hold its second and final informational meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday in the East Learning Center (Room 7026). Play an esport like League of Legends, Fortnite, CSGO, Rainbow Six:Siege, Hearthstone or Heroes of the Storm? Want a shot at a scholarship to college to play video games? Then come by and sign up!
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