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
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.
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