Seniors Earn National History Day Honor
Seniors Matthew Li, Bridget Zhu, Erin Yuan and Govind Prabhakar earned Outstanding Entry medals at this summer’s National History Day competition at the University of Maryland for their exhibit, “Reversing the Flow of History: Triumph and Tragedy of the Chicago River.”
Freshman Competes in Russia
Freshman Tatyana Shilshtut represented the United States at the first Junior World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships last month in Moscow. Tatyana and four teammates from Vitrychenko Academy in Niles won the junior group national championship to earn the trip to Russia.
From Buffalo Grove to South Florida
Pat Howard (Class of 2008) is the drummer for the Magic City Hippies, a South Florida indie-funk band whose debut album, “Modern Animal,” is available today. The band played at this year’s Lollapalooza festival, and Howard talked with the Daily Herald about his recent homecoming.
Fall Sports Parent Meetings
Here are the dates, times and locations for upcoming fall sport parent meetings:
- Allied Bowling: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m. at Stevenson (location TBD)
- Boys Cross Country: 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, Glass Commons
- Girls Cross Country: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Staff Dining Room (West Building)
- Girls Field Hockey: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Room 2002 (West Building – Health Classroom)
- Football: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, Stadium (during Green-Gold scrimmage)
- Boys Golf: 6 p.m. today, Recital Hall (by the Performing Arts Center)
- Girls Golf: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Room 2002 (West Building)
- Boys Ice Hockey: 5:45-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Recital Hall
- Boys Soccer: Parent Meeting: 5:30 p.m. (approx.), Thursday, Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (after Green-Gold scrimmage)
- Girls Swimming and Diving: 5 p.m. today, pool balcony
- Spirit Revolution (Cheerleading and Poms): 6:30 p.m. Monday, Recital Hall (Room 4100)
- Girls Volleyball: 6:45 p.m. (approx.), Friday, Aug. 23 (after Green-Gold scrimmages)
Athletic team photos will be taken Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of next week by Visual Image Photography. Students can prepay for team and individual packages at the Stevenson page on VIP’s website.
Seniors (and any other student graduating in 2020) must have their yearbook portrait taken by Visual Image Photography by Sept. 30 if they want it to appear in the Ambassador yearbook. Schedule an appointment online at vipis.com.
In the Loop (Stevenson’s knitting club) meets every Monday after school in Room 2502. The first meeting is Monday. All are welcome!
The Boys Badminton Club will have an informational meeting from 8-8:15 a.m. Tuesday in Room 8012. If you cannot make it and have questions, contact Coach Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students Helping Soldiers will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5044. The meeting is open to new and returning members.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
The University of Chicago’s decision last year to go test-optional was imitated by more than 30 schools around the country. The university declared the change a success, saying it yielded the most diverse freshman class in school history. Education Dive looks at some broader questions related to admissions at test-optional colleges.
Some female students at Glenbard East are complaining that enforcement of the high school’s dress code policy prohibiting sleeveless shirts is being applied unevenly. Several girls said they were forced to wear black or bright orange T-shirts, while boys in tank tops were not. They also said some staff members wore sleeveless shirts at school.
Officials at an Illinois prison suspended an educational program for inmates, launched two internal investigations and removed 200 books from a prison library because many had “racial” content or addressed issues like diversity and inclusion, according to records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
California’s plan to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement is off to a rocky start. The first draft of a proposed curriculum has drawn strong criticism from top state education leaders, as well as some ethnic organizations that say their stories are mischaracterized, underplayed or ignored.
Southwest Airlines is teaming up with four universities to bring aspiring pilots into its ranks, the latest example of colleges and universities tapping into new revenue streams by partnering with companies to offer employee training.
The San Francisco school board has decided to cover, rather than destroy, a controversial mural in one of its city’s high schools. The 13 frescoes, painted in the 1930s, portray George Washington in an unflattering light, but some people have found them offensive.
The NCAA last week quietly dropped a recommended reform that would have given the association more authority to intervene in cases of academic misconduct on college campuses.
A Kentucky district is mocking the state’s new law requiring the national “In God We Trust” motto to be displayed prominently at schools. The Fayette County Public Schools is providing all of its schools with a framed version of an enlarged copy of a $1 dollar bill.
The Trump Administration’s trade disputes with other countries has led to a surplus of free food for school cafeterias around the country. The products are coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is giving away $1.2 billion in items it is buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations.