Tuesday, March 5, 2019

SHS Earns National Project Lead the Way Honor

Stevenson is one of only eight high schools in the state, and among 426 in the country, to receive a 2018-19 Distinguished School Award from the national Project Lead the Way program.

This is the second straight year SHS has earned the honor, which is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW, and student success in their PLTW course work, all from the 2017-18 school year.

The other Illinois high schools honored for 2018-19 were Barrington, Evanston Township, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Neuqua Valley, St. Charles East and Waubonsie Valley. Stevenson is one of only three Illinois high schools to receive the honor in each of the last two school years, along with Fremd and Neuqua Valley.

Alumna to Lead Next CPN Event on March 13

The Community Parent Network will present “Learning and The Teenage Brain: How Brain Function Impacts Learning,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 in the West Auditorium. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To register, visit this link.

Stevenson alumna Dr. Mandi Croft-Petoskey (Class of 2004), founder and lead psychologist at Neuro Educational Specialists, will lead a discussion on adolescent brain development. Participants will hear about mental health in the schools and the impact of social media on brain development. Croft-Petoskey will present what anxiety, depression, ADHD and autism look like in the brain and what can parents do with this knowledge. In addition to graduating from Stevenson, she served as a school psychologist at SHS from 2012-16.

Senior Qualifies for National Debate Tournament

Senior Sydney Glickson earned a qualifying bid to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament at the NSDA qualifying tournament Saturday at Glenbrook North High School. Seniors Mary Polupan, Josh Ezrol and Arthur Yolles were selected as alternates to the national tournament, which will be held June 16-21 in Dallas. All four competed in the Congressional Debate competition.

Club Selling Backpacks to Benefit African Students

The SHS Print Media Club is holding its first-ever fundraiser, a backpack campaign to benefit high school students at a high school in the West African country of The Gambia. The club is selling backpacks for $8. There are five styles of backpacks available for Stevenson students, two of which can be personalized. Click here to see the selection and to order. For every backpack purchased, the club will buy, print and deliver a backpack to a student at Brikama Ba School in The Gambia. The Africa-bound backpacks will have the Brikama Ba School logo printed on them. The club’s goal is to donate 100 backpacks and raise an additional $200, which can be used to support two years of a high school education for one female student. For more information, contact club sponsor Kelly Smith at ksmith@d125.org. Orders will be taken until Spring Break, which begins March 25.

Two Seniors to Serve as BG Debate Moderators

Seniors Josh Ezrol and Elyse Baden have been selected as two of the moderators for tonight’s debate between 11 candidates running for the Buffalo Grove Village Board, along with the two people running for village president. Junior Jenny Hellwig will act as the timer. The debates take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd. The debate is co-sponsored by the Journal and Topics newspaper and the League of Women Voters.

Know the Facts About Vaping

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.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “e-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.” Want more information? Click here for the Surgeon General’s guide.


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Becker Promoted to Head Football Coach

Stevenson has named Brent Becker as its new head football coach. Becker has served on the Patriots’ coaching staff since 2012. Becker has 21 years of high school and college coaching experience, including four as head coach at Lake Forest College. Click here to read more about Becker. He replaces Mike Morrissey, who resigned last week, citing personal and family reasons. Morrissey was hired Feb. 11.

Boys Basketball Sectional Semifinal Tonight
The Patriot boys basketball team takes on Deerfield in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Waukegan Sectional semifinals tonight at 7 o’clock. SHS is the No. 1 seed in the sectional, and carries a 25-5 record into the game at Waukegan’s historic gymnasium. The Warriors, 21-10 overall, are the No. 5 seed. The winner of tonight’s game advances to the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. Friday. The second semifinal between Fremd and Waukegan is set for Wednesday night.

Alumnus’ Career Night Leads Indiana to Upset Win

Class of 2017 graduate Justin Smith scored a career-high 24 points Saturday to lead Indiana’s men’s basketball team past No. 6 Michigan State, 63-62, in Bloomington, Ind. The sophomore scored 13 of IU’s first 14 points as the Hoosiers swept the season series from the Spartans for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign. Indiana also kept alive its hope for an NCAA tournament bid. During the game, Smith became part of the faulty shoe storyline that has emerged in college basketball.


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Graduation Speaker Applications Now Open

Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at their commencement ceremony on May 24 are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 1. Click here for the application.


Best Buddies is leading the Spread the Word for Inclusion national movement during all lunch periods on Wednesday and Thursday in the West and East Commons. Stop by and pledge to Spread the Word for Inclusion, as well as purchase items to support Best Buddies. Visit www.spreadtheword.global to make the pledge online and help SHS be inclusive for everyone!

Peer Tutors will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall.

German Club and German Honor Society are sponsoring a viewing of “The Karate Kid” at 7 p.m. Friday in Room 2104. Set-up starts at 6 p.m. In addition to the movie, you’re invited to meet the exchange students from Germany who are visiting Stevenson. Pizza and water will be served. Admission is free.


Pritzker: State won’t force pension responsibilities onto schools

Illinois colleges grapple with 10-year enrollment decline

Western Illinois University lays off 132 faculty and staff

OPRF students stage sit-in over staff suspensions

Zion teachers make show of force as negotiations drag on

U-46 board approves new 5-year contract for CEO

Police to use body cameras at Evanston Township High

Deerfield High digital scoreboard plan advances

Catholic school in Skokie will be run independently


Colleges embracing “in loco parentis” again

Survey: Congress should put more focus on education

University of California boycotts publishing giant

Debate intensifies over transgender athletes in schools

UMass plans online college for adult learners

What you need to know about “The Momo Challenge”

Texas school district offering course on drones


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