Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Art Department Prepares to Receive State Award

Stevenson’s Visual Arts faculty will travel to Normal later this week to receive the 2018 Best School Art Program Award at the Illinois Art Education Association’s annual conference. The honor was announced in September. Making the trek will be Maureen Connolly, Patrick Fairchild, Katie Hyken, Tim Myers, Cristal Sabbagh and Natalya Sturlis. They will be joined by Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice. The award is based on teaching methods, leadership, collaboration with colleagues, art advocacy, and personal qualities.

In addition to being part of the award ceremony, Hyken and Connolly will be giving a presentations on “Evidence-Based Reporting in the AP Studio Art Classroom” and “Utilizing Technology in the AP Studio Art Classroom.”

How to Make a Give-A-Thon Donation

The school’s 34th annual Give-A-Thon campaign to spread holiday cheer to those in need is underway. The three goals for this year’s campaign are to: provide holiday gifts for nearly 300 Lake County families; donate enough food to stock the Vernon Township food pantry for six months; and donate enough diapers, baby formula, and young motherhood items to Lake County PADS to meet its needs for six months.

Students, faculty and staff will bring items to school on Tuesday, Nov. 27, which will be placed in trucks the next day. In addition to these donations, an online option has been set up for those who would like to make a monetary donation to Give-A-Thon. Visit this link at the SHS Online Store to make a donation. Note: Donations made online are considered general donations, and will not go toward any individual classroom or specific families. Give-A-Thon is sponsored by the National Honor Society.

Teen Brains Aren’t as Developed as Teen Bodies

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.

The human brain goes through three critical periods of development. The first is in utero. The second is during the toddler years. The last time a human brain changes significantly is during the teen years. Adding alcohol or other drugs, such as alcohol or marijuana, to this critical period can impact the function and structure of the brain, possibly forever. This is why it is so important to keep our teens alcohol- and drug-free, and to teach them healthy habits that they can use throughout life. We want to make sure we protect our teens’ brains, just as we protected them at other critical developmental periods. For more information on the developing teen brain, click here.


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JV Girls Swim Team Wins Conference Crown

The junior varsity girls swimming and diving team won the North Suburban Conference championship at Lake Forest on Saturday, just as the varsity did. Like the varsity, the JV won in dominating fashion, outscoring the host school 430-262, and winning 11 of 12 events. Freshman Katherine Makarska won two events, the 50-yard freestyle (25.42) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.90), and swam on two victorious relays. She was part of the 200 medley relay (1:54.64) with seniors Victoria Kim and Eleanor Michaud, and junior Hanna Cloeter, and the 200 free relay (1:44.26) with Eleanor, Hanna and senior Natalie Nyborg. Victoria won the 100 backstroke (1:02.77), Eleanor claimed the 100 butterfly (1:02.42), and Natalie touched first in the 100 free (56.81). Sophomore Anna Gates won the 200 individual medley (2:23.79), and swam a leg in the victorious 400 free relay (3:56.66) with freshmen Elizabeth White, Sana Arvind and Norah Polonsky. Junior Ellen Maloney won the 1-meter diving (324.95), and sophomore Maria Mossakowski captured the 500 free (5:34.55). Click here for the official results.


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SHS iPads Can Be Updated to iOS 12.1

Students may update their SHS iPad to iOS 12.1. However, anyone who has an iOS less than 11.4.1 must stop at the SMARTdesk before updating. Visit the SMARTdesk web page for updating information, or look for the email that was sent to your Stevenson Gmail address.

Show Your Gratitude Friday … and Get a Free Cookie

The Student Services Division’s Mental Health Wellness Series event for November is focused on showing gratitude! In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness overall. According to Harvard Health, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Please come to Room 2104 during your lunch period Friday to write a note of gratitude or sign our gratitude wall while enjoying a free cookie!


Seniors who are graduating in December and will be attending the College of Lake County for the spring 2019 term are invited to apply for a $2,000 scholarship. Click here for more information. The application deadline is Nov. 30.


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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.


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