College Counseling Night for Senior Parents, Guardians
The College Career Center will hold its annual Senior Parent Night from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to all parents and guardians of seniors at Stevenson.
During the presentation, postsecondary counselors Sara English and Sarah Kellogg will discuss how to apply to colleges. Topics to be covered include types of applications (Common App, for example), admission plans (including Early Decision), deadlines, obtaining a transcript, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, essays and scholarships. The presentation will be using a web-based program called Peardeck, so families are encouraged to bring their SHS iPads or an electronic device connected to a Gmail address.
There will be a special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in Room 6110 of the new East Building addition.
Good News for Panicked Seniors
After the Digest was published Friday, the deadline for senior yearbook portraits was changed. Seniors (and any other student graduating in 2020) now have until Nov. 27 to have their portrait taken by Visual Image Photography. Schedule an appointment online at vipis.com.
Couple Honored for Saving SHS Students
A Lincolnshire couple who helped save two Stevenson students from a potentially fatal situation last spring were honored by the Village of Lincolnshire last week. On May 23, Ken and Alicia Anderson came to the aid of the students, who were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes due to malfunctioning pool equipment at the Village Green Condominiums. Watch video of the award ceremony (starts around 3:15).
Girls Golfers Win Showcase Title; Boys Seventh
The SHS girls and boys golf teams opened their seasons last week at the Illinois Junior Golf Association’s annual Prep Tour High School Showcase tournaments at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle. The tournaments featured some of the top teams from around the state.
The Patriot girls, who finished fifth in the state last fall, won their 16-team Girls High School Showcase. Stevenson posted a team score of 310, four strokes ahead of University High from Normal. Senior Joyce Bai tied for seventh individually, shooting a 4-over-par 76. Senior Julia Yoo, junior Kelly Dong and freshman Allie Santos each carded 78s, and were part of a six-way tie for 12th place. Junior Sophia Zhuang recorded an 80 and junior Faith Wang added an 83. Official Results | Daily Herald
The Patriot boys, second in Illinois last October, placed seventh out of 16 teams in the Boys High School Showcase. Junior Conan Pan led SHS with a 2-over-par 74, tying for 10th place individually. Senior Ethan Lee shot a 77 and tied for 18th. Stevenson’s other golfers were junior Bradley Park (82), seniors Jake Surane and Jake Schabes (83), and senior Andrew Babbo (89). Official Results
Both squads return to action today. The boys are part of the Hersey Invitational at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights, while the girls will play host to Deerfield in a dual match at Crane’s Landing Golf Club at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.
A Note About Sports Results
The Daily Digest seeks to report all varsity sports results. However, the Digest generally does not include non-varsity results, for two reasons.
First, the amount of time required to compile varsity results is substantial; adding other sports levels would prove overwhelming. Second, and more importantly, there is a different focus between varsity and non-varsity sports. While winning is the focus at the varsity level, development drives the lower levels. I subscribe to Athletic Director Trish Betthauser’s philosophy for non-varsity sports, which is “fun, fundamentals and .500.”
This doesn’t mean non-varsity sports news will never appear in the Digest. There are times when performances by non-varsity teams and individuals merit mention. However, if the purpose of non-varsity sports is to continue developing skills and knowledge of the game, then it makes no sense to place pressure and scrutiny on those student-athletes (many of whom are 14 or 15 years old) that would surely come with reporting results on a daily basis.
Jim Conrey, Daily Digest editor
District 102 is looking for bilingual students to serve as ambassadors during its upcoming open house nights. Students will need to be available after the main session to answer parent questions in their other language, or offer insight based on their own experiences. District 102’s open house nights are: 6 p.m. Thursday (Tripp); 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 (Pritchett); 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 (Meridian); and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 (Aptakisic). If you are interested, contact Betsy Sostak at email@example.com.
The Men’s Club at Congregation Beth Judea in Buffalo Grove is looking for student volunteers to help with its Project Isaiah program during the upcoming High Holy Days. Volunteers are needed to help before and after services at Congregation Beth Judea and at Buffalo Grove High School. Volunteers will collect donated items from congregation members and organize food into a trailer for distribution to the poor. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Brandt Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debate Club will have its first meeting from 3:30-4:30 today in Room 7044. Join to improve your public speaking and to learn more about public policy. All are welcome.
Are you interested in science? Do you want to research and experiment on a topic that interests you? Would you like to present your work at competitions and symposia? Did you do research over the summer that you would like to do more with? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come to the first Science REACH Club meeting after school on Monday, Aug. 26 in the West Auditorium. Contact Mrs. Palffy at email@example.com if you have any questions.
High-performing seniors who are DACA students are encouraged to apply for a Golden Door Scholarship. In addition to funding, Golden Door provides one-to-one mentorship, professional development opportunities, and summer internships. Applications are due by Monday, Sept. 16. Click here for the application.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Barrington Area Unit District 220 voters will be presented with another referendum for facility upgrades next year. The District 220 board voted last week to place a $147 million referendum question on the March 17 ballot. Voters rejected a $185 million referendum in April.
A self-described “Chicago Teachers Union delegation” has drawn ire for a recent trip to Venezuela. The quartet met with government leaders and offered praise for the country’s socialist system while criticizing U.S. economic sanctions. Some CTU members are upset that the group ignored economic conditions and human rights violations associated with the country’s present regime.
University of Illinois officials hope selling beer at home football games will boost attendance. On average, about 56% of Memorial Stadium seats were filled last season, the lowest percentage in the Big Ten.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
Public universities are increasingly crossing state lines to recruit students. According to a USA Today investigation, more than 240 public universities across the country admitted fewer in-state students in 2017 than they did just five years earlier, and for 46 of those, the share of in-state students was down by at least 10%.
The number of homeless kids in public schools has increased by about 70% over the past decade, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The number of homeless families and kids has grown dramatically as the amount of affordable housing has shrunk in many cities.
LeBron James’ I Promise School, a partnership between his foundation and the Akron, Ohio Public Schools, had a successful debut year. With enrollment growing, the school also faces challenges associated with serving a high-needs population.