Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Club Sponsoring Community Forum on Marijuana Legalization

Stevenson’s Catalyst club will be holding a community forum on marijuana legalization at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the West Auditorium. The purpose of the forum is to educate community members on the ramifications of marijuana legalization, and to provide them with an opportunity to ask questions. Use this link to submit questions in advance.

Speakers scheduled for the event include Dale Quigley, deputy coordinator for the National Marijuana Initiative of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program; Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former White House drug policy adviser; and former Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Peter Bensinger, who served under three presidents.

The forum will be run by Catalyst’s Marijuana Legislation Committee, which is focused on preventing commercialization of the drug in Illinois.

Second Incoming Freshman Orientation Session Tonight

The second of three orientation evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents and guardians will take place at 7 o’clock tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Although intended for incoming ninth-graders whose last names begin with the letters I through P, families unable to attend Wednesday’s final session can come tonight.

Alumna’s Book Wins Award

University of Delaware associate professor and Stevenson alumna Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleave (Class of 1995) has been selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association. She is being honored for her book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court.

From Petroleum to Principal

Former SHS math teacher and dean Amy Read, who is now the principal of Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook, was the subject of this recent Pioneer Press profile. She talked about leaving the oil industry to become a teacher, working as a flight attendant on weekends and during summers while at Stevenson, and bringing her two therapy dogs to work.


Friday’s mental health wellness event for students will take place in Room 2104, not 2014 as listed in Wednesday’s Digest.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 135.05, Warren 125.40: Freshman Ally Gitler won two events and the all-around to pace the Patriots in the Field House. Ally took top honors in floor exercise (8.80) and uneven bars (8.65), was second on balance beam (8.25), and finished fourth in vault (8.85). She edged senior teammate Sarina Johnson for all-around honors, 34.55-34.45. Sarina captured the balance beam (8.55), placed second on floor (8.65) and uneven bars (8.45), and was fifth in vault (8.80). Sophomore Ainslee Cutler was third in the all-around (33.20). She tied classmate Jessica Maher for second on vault (8.90), tied for third on uneven bars (8.40), and was fifth on balance beam (7.85). Jessica added a third-place showing on floor (8.60). Freshman Maya Fergus finished fifth on uneven bars (7.90). – Official Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,817, Grayslake Central 2,682: Sophomore Joey Gluck rolled a match-best 657 series and had the high game of the day, a 256, as the Patriots (8-5) rallied to win the last two games and the series at at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. After dropping the opening game by 13 pins, SHS improved in each of the last two games, posting scores of 959 and 992. Sophomore Nicholas Sternes rolled a 599 series (high game of 216) and classmate Ryan Lerman shot a 577 (215). Senior Kerry Mueller and sophomore Ryan Grabiner added series scores of 493 and 491, respectively. Stevenson closes its regular season today with a home match against Glenbrook North, then participates in the IHSA Warren Regional on Saturday at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 64, Warren 43: Four players scored in double figures for the host Patriots (13-7, 4-4) in the Sports Center. Sophomore Nikki Ware led all scorers with 14 points, sinking four of the squad’s 11 3-pointers, and also dished out five assists. Freshmen Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, and junior Avery King added 11. SHS outscored the Blue Devils (5-14, 2-4) in the second quarter, 25-7, to take a commanding 42-16 lead into halftime. Stevenson returns to action with a home game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against Palatine. – NFHS Network Replay

Tully Earns Honorable Mention All-State

Junior setter Grace Tully earned honorable mention on the Champaign News-Gazette All-State Girls Volleyball Team. Teammate Sophie Sorenson, a second-team selection, was mentioned in Wednesday’s Digest.

Winter ESPPA Award Nominations Now Open

Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 4. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday, March 11.


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Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

The Class of 2019 is invited to “come sail away” with classmates on Lake Michigan aboard The Odyssey during the Senior Class Party on Thursday, May 23. After graduation practice wraps up, hop on a bus and head to Navy Pier for a two-hour cruise that features incredible skyline views, a full lunch buffet, desserts, unlimited soft drinks, DJ entertainment and more. Register now through the Online Superstore.

Were You Named an Illinois State Scholar?

Seniors who were named Illinois State Scholars can pick up their certificates in Green Student Services, Room 2414.


Mind Your Mind is Stevenson’s new mental health awareness club. Mind Your Mind is dedicated to addressing the state of mental health in the local community and at Stevenson. Through activities and events, members will promote student wellness and raise mental health awareness in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding the issue. The first meeting will be after school Monday in Room 1630.

Stage Crew has been canceled for today and Friday.


All student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2018-19 school year. There are eight possible dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs. The other dates this year are Feb. 14, March 14 and April 25.


Warren Township High teachers take step toward strike

Geneva counselor suspended over text during teacher’s strike

Former charter school coach charged with sexual assault

Mother sues Northwestern sorority over daughter’s suicide

Rauner calls education his most important achievement

Proposal to rename Palatine school for superintendent slammed

Proviso may waive PE requirements for IB, college prep students

Zion teacher wins $15K classroom makeover

Downstate district leaves consolidation talks over legal fees

East Aurora superintendent gets contract extension

Oak Park administrator named superintendent in La Grange

Milwaukee educator will lead Rock Island-Milan district

Morgan Park Catholic school saved from closing

Morris school board candidate kicked off ballot

Geneseo principal picked to take over Eastland district

Moline-Coal Valley announces new superintendent

Riverside-Brookfield High principal promoted

Roanoke school board hires new superintendent


Why it’s getting harder to count poor children in U.S. schools

In learning styles debate, it’s instructors vs. psychologists

Report: Millions of college students going hungry

Education Department simplifies part of federal-aid process

Study: Student bullying increased in areas that voted for Trump

After University of Maryland student’s death, dorm rooms cleaned


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