Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Four Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Four teachers have joined the list of Stevenson faculty and staff earning National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Mathematics teachers Stephanie Ross and Tina Nocella, and science teachers Kellie Dean and Andy Fitz received certification after demonstrating advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Other people at Stevenson who have received and maintained the prestigious recognition include:

Communication Arts: Laura Brown, Dr. Stephen Heller, Elizabeth Kenney, Carly Lacombe, Melissa Mack

Fine Arts: Enrique Vilaseco

Mathematics: Heather Abrams, Michelle Gammelgaard, Darshan Jain, Paul Kim, Holly Swansen

Physical Welfare: Shane Cook, Scott Sommers

Psychologists: Patricia Ebel, Dr. Colleen Fischer, Angela O’Brien

Special Education: Megan Sugrue

Contested School Board Election in April

Five residents will be running for four seats on the District 125 Board of Education in April. Four of the candidates are incumbents: Heena Agrawal, Terry Moons, Amy Neault and David Weisberg. The fifth candidate is Manish (Bobby) Tuli of Vernon Hills.

Three other local school board races have strong Stevenson connections. SHS support staff member Ellyn Ross, president of the Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 Board of Education, is running for re-election. Recently retired SHS science teacher Don Carmichael will be unopposed for a two-year seat on the District 128 Board of Education, while onetime District 125 Director of Human Resources Victoria Helander-Heiser is doing the same in Hawthorn District 73. Former District 125 Board of Education member Joel Finfer is seeking a four-year term on the Hawthorn board. Here is the list of all Lake County school board candidates.

SHS Connections in BG Village Board Race

Two alumni are running for the Buffalo Grove village board. Rachel Hausman Masse (Class of 2004) and Larry Steingold (Class of 1992) are among six candidates in the race. The other four also have Stevenson connections. Incumbents David Weidenfeld and Eric Smith are the fathers of Stevenson graduates, as is challenger Tim Kobler. The sixth candidate, Carolyn Pinta, is the wife of SHS mathematics teacher Bob Pinta. This article has more information on the village board race.

Winter Play Cast Announced

The cast is set for the winter play, “She Kills Monsters,” which will be performed March 8-9 in the West Auditorium. Senior Laura Thornburg earned the role of Agnes Evans in the dramatic comedy immersed in the world of fantasy role-playing games in the 1990s. Junior Isabella Franke-Gordon was selected for the role of Agnes’ deceased younger sister, Tilly, whose “Dungeons and Dragons” notebook conjures up a fantastic firmament filled with odd characters. The rest of the cast includes seniors Naomi Shechter, Elijah Bennett, Isabel Koleno, Hailey Keenan and Sydney Saichek, juniors Max Rubinstein, Tessa Kim, Maggie Kirkham, Riley Clark, Becca Malkin, Abby Sokol, Sydney Anders, Jessa Goldzweig and Josh Weiner, sophomores Natalie Dolenga and Vera Greenspan, and freshmen Dwija Ramesh, Carmel Biel and Nicholas Rodriguez. To see the production staff, click here.

Make the Holidays a Learning Opportunity

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 holidays are a busy time of year that often include a variety of celebrations. It can also be an opportune time to reinforce your non-use expectations with your teen. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  1. As an adult, you may choose to drink, but remember that your teen is watching. Be conscious of how much you consume, and the messages you send about responsible use, including the ability to have fun while sober and choosing to drive sober.
  2. You may have visitors, extended family and older students returning from college to stay in your home. Be sure that you make your non-use expectations for your teen known by them as well.
  3. If you have a celebration in your home, be sure you have restricted access to alcohol for minors. Social host laws laws hold you accountable for knowing if teens are drinking in your home. Make sure to protect yourself and your teen.
  4. If you will be celebrating the New Year outside the home, communicate with your teen and contact the person who will be responsible for their safety and supervision to communicate your non-use expectations. Be sure your teen is aware that, due to social host laws, gatherings at your home when you are not present are not permitted.

We wish all Stevenson families a safe, happy and healthy break filled with memorable moments, and a bright start to 2019.  

Next Daily Digest: Jan. 8

This is the last Daily Digest for first semester. The Digest will resume publication on the first day of second semester, Tuesday, Jan. 8.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Buffalo Grove 47, Stevenson 31: Junior Avery King led the visiting Patriots (8-5) with 11 points. Freshman Simone Sawyer scored nine points and senior Kristin Hill added eight for SHS, which plays Carmel on Friday. – Daily Herald

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 11, New Trier Blue 2: Eight Patriots scored during the blowout at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Seniors Sam Frishman, Zach Wesley and Justin Roseman each scored two goals, while Justin had two assists and Sam and Zach each recorded one. Senior Billy Kopka scored a goal and assisted on three others, while classmate Max Slavin had a goal and two assists. Junior Brett Stokes and seniors Adam Offenbach and Jake DeMaio each recorded a goal and an assist. Junior Josh Wright had two assists. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 13 saves for SHS, which outshot the Trevians, 40-15.

Boys Swim Team Fundraiser Saturday

The boys swimming and diving team is holding fundraisers at the Chipotle and Menchie’s in Lincolnshire on Saturday. The two restaurants are next to each other at 950 Milwaukee Ave. The Chipotle fundraiser runs from 5-9 p.m., and Menchie’s from 3:30-10:30 p.m. Mention “Stevenson swimming” when ordering.

Fourth Academic All-Big Ten Honor for Morrissey

Michigan State fifth-year senior Matt Morrissey (Class of 2014) earned his fourth Academic All-Big Ten selection on Dec. 5. Morrissey, a finance major with a 3.45 grade-point average, is among 29 players to accomplish the feat in program history. Michigan State had a record number of players earn academic all-conference honors for the third straight year. Morrissey will close out his career Dec. 31 when MSU takes on Oregon in the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif.


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Parking Reminders for Finals, Start of Next Semester

Parking for the third marking period ends Friday. Final exams are part of the marking period, so Semester 1 and Third Marking Period parking stickers are current. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day parking passes for the Port Clinton Road lot at least a day in advance in Room 2400 for one final exam day. The fourth marking period begins Tuesday, Jan. 8. Students who haven’t picked up their sticker should do so that morning before school from the security pickup truck in lot D. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in lots D, E, “the Strip” and overflow to Port Clinton.


The Stevenson Foundation is making more than 20 scholarships available to seniors, thanks to several generous donors. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $2,000, and cover a wide range of backgrounds and interests. The application window opens Jan. 1 and will close on Jan. 25. Click here to view the scholarships.

Seniors who have been members (or their parent or guardian has been a member) of Consumers Cooperative Credit Union for at least one year are encouraged to apply for a Consumers Cooperative Association Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $2,000, and the application deadline is Dec. 31. Click here for details and to apply.


District 211 strike averted after agreement reached

UI delegation’s trip to India leads to new partnerships

Montessori school scores legal victory over River Forest

Chicago schools have no plan for teens who struggle to read

NIU preschool program for at-risk kids gets $1.6M grant

Ottawa High staff charged with assaulting student

Kankakee junior high student arrested over threatening post

16 candidates for four seats on Rock Valley College board

West Aurora High marks 150th anniversary


Northeastern receives $50M gift to further AI studies

Spelman College gets $30M from couple

Chaotic scene in Kentucky over pension changes

Teacher strike looms in Denver

Anchorage teachers, board settle on new contract

UW-Madison provost named Rochester president

Chancellor resigns amid investigation of husband

British education comes to the suburbs of Charlotte

LA school mural draws backlash from Korean community

University of Wyoming returns donation from sex offender

Georgia teacher stole student’s violin to pay traffic ticket


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

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