Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

All the World’s a Stage
Stevenson has a long tradition of students excelling in theatre — on stage and behind the scenes. The tradition continues in 2019-20:

Three students have been selected to participate in the production of “Aida” at the 45th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival in January. Senior Jacob Bauman and junior Adina Shaikhwere chosen for the pit orchestra percussion section, while senior Ella Kalis was selected as a crew member. The students will participate in several weekend rehearsals between August and January, then will spend the week of Jan. 6 at Illinois State University preparing for the show, which runs Jan. 9-11.

A play written by senior Emily Feldman has been selected for MadKap Productions’ Fifth Annual Short Play Festival this weekend in Skokie. “The Live it Up List” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Skokie Theatre. The cast is comprised of senior Tim Graves and juniors Tanya Karwande and Mia Watkins. The play will be directed by senior Abby Sokol. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the door or through this link.

FBLA Trio Takes Top Honors
Seniors Ketna Kolakaluri, Julie Mathews and Rayann Yao placed first in the Marketing competition at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio, Texas. The trio won the state contest earlier in the year.

Three FCCLA Members Earn Gold at Nationals
Three students earned gold medals, and three others also received honors, at the 2019 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, Calif.

Junior First at HOSA International Conference
Seven students earned top-10 finishes at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals International Conference this summer. Junior Bella Kim brought home first place in the Biomedical Laboratory Science category. Club sponsor Jill Lipman was named 2018-19 Outstanding HOSA Advisor.

Drill Day Training Pays Off
On Wednesday, students and staff participated in state-required tornado, fire and lockdown drills. This morning, they put practice into action when a fire alarm went off in the West Building around 8:40. The alarm was triggered accidentally by maintenance work being done on the sprinkler system. The West Building was evacuated without incident, and students and staff returned to class after approximately 10 minutes.


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Quick Hits

Junior Dima Kobets was part of a southern California club team, SOCAL, that won the boys 16-and-under title at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships this summer. Dima was the leading scorer last spring for Stevenson’s boys water polo team, which won its eighth consecutive IHSA sectional championship.


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The first Student Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. All are welcome to join the Student Council and make a positive impact on our school.

Interested in trying archery? Come to Open Archery after school Thursday, Aug. 22 in Room 5044. No experience is necessary. New members are always welcome.


A start-up company in the health care industry is looking for one or two motivated students with business and mobile app development experience to work on projects from their home. This is a paid internship opportunity. Resumes are due to Mrs. Willock in the College Career Center by Friday, Aug. 23. Read more about the internship.


There’s been a seismic change in the first day of school across the state over the past 15 years. In 2004, only 16 of the 1,006 school districts statewide — less than 2% — had teachers or students back by Aug. 14, according to records kept by the Illinois State Board of Education. This year, 502 of the state’s 910 districts — more than 55% — saw teachers back or classes getting underway by that date.

College of DuPage faculty members plan to ask school trustees to bring in a federal mediator to reinvigorate contract negotiations. Talks began months ago, but both sides agree progress has been slow.

Illinois State University Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Jan Murphy will retire June 30, after more than 30 years at the school. A search for her successor was announced Wednesday by ISU President Larry Dietz.


Parents can take Family and Medical Leave Act time off to attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings for children with serious health conditions, according to a U.S. Department of Labor opinion letter.

Moody’s Investors Service kept in place its negative outlook for the higher education sector during a midyear evaluation published Monday. The company forecast low revenue growth due to more students being enticed into the labor force instead of classrooms.

Alaska officials have agreed to a three-year, $70 million budget cut for the state’s university system. Gov. Mike Dunleavy originally sought a one-year, $135 million budget cut.

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