Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

2018 WIT Earns Second National Award

The 2018 WIT has earned its second national award. The American Scholastic Press Association awarded the magazine a First Class rating after it garnered 950 out of a possible 1,000 points from contest judges. The WIT earned a perfect score in the presentation category, which reflects the staff’s understanding of layout, graphic design and visual patterns on the page.

The 2018 WIT’s editor-in-chief was 2018 graduate Seowon Lee. The assistant editors included current seniors Michelle Cai, Ulysses Figueroa, John Kaskela, Emily Luo and Winston Wang, juniors Joyce Bai, Cheryl Chen, Eric Gan and Helen Han, and sophomore Maddie Mitchell. Staff members included 2018 graduates Dan Kim and Sasha Kokhan, plus senior Anjali Kotamarthi, junior Alex Dong, and sophomores Jennifer Cheng and Sophia Li.

Three From Math Division Speak at ICTM Conference

Three members of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division were presenters at last weekend’s Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in Tinley Park. Tina Nocella and Gary Chu of District 219 discussed “Group-Worthy Tasks that Foster Collaborative Learning Environments,” which was an outgrowth of their work with the Complex Instruction Consortium. Mathematics Articulation Specialist Sue Ellen Vozza was part of two presentations. She and Director of Mathematics and Computer Science Darshan Jain, plus Katie Fender of District 103 and Heather Lockhart of District 96, gave a presentation on “The End of High School Placement Exams.” They discussed the change in Stevenson’s mathematics course placement policy for incoming freshmen, which now focuses on evidence of student work done in eighth grade. Vozza also teamed with Jackie Palmquist of Indian Prairie District 204 to talk about “Building Proficiencies of Mathematical Practices through Number Talks.” Vozza and Palmquist offered presented instructional strategies that strengthen classroom culture and increase classroom discourse.

Educators From Five States Visiting Today

More than 80 visitors from 11 school districts will be on campus today during this month’s Site Visit Day for Educators. Visitors are scheduled from the following out-of-state schools and districts: Byron Center High School in Byron Center, Mich., and Traverse City Area Public Schools in Traverse City, Mich.; Frankston Independent School District in Frankston, Texas; Pueblo City Schools in Pueblo, Colo.; Munster High School in Munster, Ind., and Taylor Elementary School in Kokomo, Ind. The following Illinois schools and districts also will have representatives visiting: Deerfield High School and Deerfield Public Schools District 109; Hononegah Community High School in Rockton; Lyons Township High School in LaGrange; and Streamwood High School in Streamwood.


An item on senior Shane Pollard that appeared in Tuesday’s Digest included information that was incorrectly reported by the Daily Herald. He is not president of Best Buddies. Instead, Shane is president of Board Game Club, co-president of Peer Helpers, and an executive board member of the Student Ambassadors.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 4A Regional Semifinals: The third-seeded Patriots defeated 14th-seeded Lake Zurich, 25-16, 25-9, in the regional semifinals, setting up a championship matchup against No. 11 seed Cary-Grove, which upset sixth-seeded Barrington, 25-20, 25-16. The match will be played at at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Sports Center. Against the Bears, senior Sophie Sorenson led SHS (25-11) with nine kills, five aces and 12 digs. She had no errors in 20 attacks and only one in 17 serves. Junior Grace Tully was 36-of-36 setting with 17 assists, and also contributed two kills. Lily Cozzi, also a junior, had six kills, while sophomore Makayla Uremovich added four. Senior Annie Armgardt made two solo blocks and had two block assists, and classmate Vanessa Obrycki served two aces. Junior Abby Keevins made eight digs. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Assistant Wrestling Coach Named to Hall of Fame

Assistant wrestling coach Dave Froelich was inducted into the Illinois chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Sunday. Froelich, who has coached at Stevenson the past five seasons, was honored for a lifetime of service to the sport. After an all-state career at East Leyden High School, Froelich went on to become a Big Ten champion and All-American at Northwestern University. After graduation, he served as an assistant coach at Rolling Meadows for three seasons before taking the reins in 1979. Froelich led the Mustang program for 36 years before retiring in 2014. He had 39 state qualifiers and 10 state placewinners during his career. Since his retirement, Froelich has served as an assistant to Shane Cook, and also has been a long-term substitute teacher in the Physical Welfare Division. Click here to read his complete bio.


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Turn In Your Reflection Worksheet, Get a Prize

After you and your parents participate in Family Discussion Night tonight, don’t forget to fill out the Family Discussion Night Reflection Worksheet and hand it in at lunch Thursday to win a gift certificate, treat or other prize. Everyone who turns in their reflection worksheet will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize Raffle for a chance to win two Winterfest Dance Tickets or a school yearbook. Download the worksheet at

Freshmen, Sophomores Can Submit to the Half-Wit

There are only a couple of weeks left until the Half-Wit’s deadline. If you’ve been considering submitting, now is the time to do so! The Half-Wit accepts poetry, prose, art and photography. Feel free to submit anything you have. If you’ve already submitted your work, keep in mind that you can submit multiple times. Please submit your piece(s) to Mr. Barnabee at Include your name, ID number, and the genre of the work.

What Do You Do When Your Stress-Relievers Don’t Work?

How do you deal with stress? What do you do if the things you normally rely on to relieve stress aren’t working? Catalyst offers some ideas in its weekly video message.


Indian Student Association is celebrating Diwali on Friday, Nov. 2! Join the festivities in the West Auditorium after school for performances, food and dance. Admission is $4. If you’re interested in performing for the night, sign up at


Open gym wrestling is underway! You can wrestle Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111), and then four days next week. Visit this page to see the available dates.


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Oak Park District 97 board turns down gun measure

Woman details allegations against former teacher at meeting

Aurora teacher charged with failing to report student abuse

Champaign board, teachers fail to reach contract agreement

Students admitted on the spot at this huge college fair

SIU mourns chancellor at memorial

Film explores controversy over ex-Wheaton College professor


UVA to offer free tuition to low, middle income Virginians

Documenting Maine’s failure with proficiency-based education

New Jersey mom credited with stopping Kentucky school shooting

Convincing students that learning blue-collar skills will pay off

Surprise video for custodian becomes Internet sensation


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