Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

East Building Addition Opens on Time
The new East Building addition, two years in the making, opened on time for last week’s Freshman Orientation Day. The addition features 22 learning spaces, plus smaller informal areas for student study and collaboration. The addition also is a “net zero” energy usage facility, which means that lighting and heating costs will be offset by the use of solar panels on the roof, and plant-filled “living walls” between the second and third floors. Assistant Superintendent for Business Sean Carney talks about the addition in this video.

Senior Speaks at Juul Lawsuit Press Conference
Senior Vrushali Thakkar was one of the people who spoke at a press conference Tuesday at which Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim announced plans to sue e-cigarette maker Juul Labs. The suit alleges that Juul illegally markets its products to teenagers. Vrushali appears in the second video.

Alumna to Appear on ABC Show Thursday Night
Two-time state champion golfer Stephanie Miller (Class of 2013) will be one of the contestants on the next episode of the mini-golf competition “Holey Moley” at 7 p.m. Thursday on ABC. She is a professional golfer on the Symetra Tour, which is the official development tour of the LPGA.

Former Social Studies Teacher in LA Times
Former SHS Social Studies teacher Vanessa Steinkamp was featured in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. Steinkamp, who now teaches at a community college in Texas, was the subject of an article on disaffected female voters in the Republican Party.


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Night of Champions Set for Sept. 6
Stevenson Athletics will recognize team and individual division, conference, Lake County, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2018-19 school year at its ninth annual Night of Champions event prior to the home football game against Neuqua Valley on Friday, Sept. 6. A procession featuring honored athletes will take place at 7 p.m., followed by the varsity football game at 7:30.

Quick Hits

The football program will hold its annual corn roast fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sunset Foods in Long Grove. Fresh roasted corn from Didier Farms will be available. … Miami University wide receiver Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) is one of 93 players under consideration for the Wuerffel Trophy, considered college football’s top award for community service.


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The IM Flag Football League information meeting will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Room 2104. Games are played on Sunday mornings from September until November. For more information and to register, use this link. If you have questions, contact Mr. Wellington at

The IM Golf League information meeting takes place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Room 6014. Online registration opens the same day. Questions? Contact Mr. Wellington at


Interactive Gamers Club will be meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in Rooms 8046/8048. The club will be forming groups for RPGs, learning how to play Magic: the Gathering and Pokemon, and discussing board games for the year.


Chicago Public Schools plans to spend $619 million to make improvements at more than 300 schools. Pre-K classrooms will be a major focus, along with STEM, International Baccalaureate, and fine arts programs.

A factfinder is recommending a five-year contract for CPS teachers that would give raises of 3% in the first three years and 3.5% in the last two years. The amount is more than what has been offered by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and less than what the Chicago Teachers Union wants.

Illinois colleges are increasing outreach efforts to veterans. More than 21,000 veterans used the GI Bill to attend Illinois schools in 2018. DePaul University has the most enrolled veterans of any Chicago-area college, with 600 attending.


Which is better: Reading on paper or screens? Mounting research evidence in recent years has been leaning toward paper. A 2019 meta-analysis of 33 reading comprehension studies found paper is better. The trend runs counter to textbook publishers’ plans to emphasize digital texts.

Mississippi may eliminate its required U.S. History test for public school students. A state task force recommended eliminating the test, one of four which students must pass to graduate. Students also take exams in English, algebra and biology.

The Ohio State University is attempting to trademark the word “the,” according to an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The university has used “The” in its name since 1878.

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