Open House Night #1 Tonight
The first of two Parent Open House Nights for 2019-20 will be held tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. The second is set for Thursday, Aug. 29.
In addition to meeting their students’ teachers, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to tour the school (including the East Building addition); get answers to their Canvas and Infinite Campus questions; and purchase Stevenson apparel from the Sports Boosters and Patriot Discount Cards from the Band Parents Organization. Also, parents of freshmen and transfer students will have a chance to hear from their student’s counselor from 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to arrive early if they want to park on campus. Parking also will be available at the Quill Corporation, 100 Schelter Rd., in Lincolnshire. Shuttle buses will run between SHS and Quill, which is south of Route 22 and Schelter Road.
Each Open House Night will be followed by a late arrival day. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (and on Friday, Aug. 30). Buses will begin their routes at 9:20 on late arrival days.
Senior Writes Op-Ed for The Hill
Senior Victor Shi co-authored an opinion piece in The Hill last week advocating ranked-choice voting, an electoral system that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. Victor served as an intern this summer for EqualCitizens, an organization dedicated to reforming democracy.
Evanston Sculptor Opens Visiting Artist Series
Evanston mixed-media sculptor Jill King is the Visual Arts Department’s first Visiting Artist of the Month for 2019-20. Samples of her work are on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery through Sept. 20, and she will give a public presentation about her work and career during the first ARTalk on Sept. 19.
Band Parents Fundraiser Thursday Morning
The Band Parents Organization is holding a breakfast fundraiser from 6:30-11 a.m. Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention “Stevenson Band” when ordering and Strawberry Field will donate 20% of the sale.
Grace Tully Takes the Lead for SHS Volleyball
The SHS volleyball team won 26 matches and a regional championship last season, and several key players are back this fall. Leading the way is senior setter Grace Tully (pictured above), who dished out more than 700 assists in 2018. Grace talked with the News-Sun about embracing a leadership role for head coach Tim Crow.
Quick Hits – Football Edition
New head football coach Brent Becker talked with “Edgy Tim” from NBC Sports Chicago as part of its 2019 season preview series. Becker will look to extend Stevenson’s state-record playoff qualifying streak, currently at 30 consecutive seasons. … One of Becker’s leaders in 2019 will be Jordan Vincent. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety verbally committed to Eastern Illinois University earlier this summer. … Aidan O’Connell (Class of 2017), who rewrote most of the passing records at Stevenson during his senior year, has ascended to third-string quarterback for the Purdue University football program. … One of O’Connell’s favorite targets at SHS, classmate Henry Marchese, has shifted from wide receiver to defensive back at the University of Iowa. … Henry’s twin brother, Michael Marchese, meanwhile, has solidified his secondary position on the University of Illinois squad. … The Patriot presence in the University of Wisconsin linebacking corps is strong. Junior Mike Maskalunas (Class of 2016) is a second-string inside linebacker and mainstay on special teams. Joining him is Maema Njongmeta, a 2019 graduate and all-state selection year who has been impressive in preseason drills.
Best Buddies and Best Buddies Transition will hold their informational meetings on Monday in West Faculty Dining (Room 1204) from both 7:45-8:15 am and 3:30-4 p.m. Interested participants must attend one of the meetings!
Stevenson’s eSports club is preparing to form teams. A general meeting for those interested in being on a competitive team or joining the club for casual play will be held at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 in the East Learning Center, Room 7026. The club competes in a variety of eSports tournaments, including League of Legends, CS:GO, Rainbow 6:Siege, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Overwatch, Smash Brothers: Ultimate, and Minecraft competitive play. Anyone interested is welcome. Teams form based, primarily, on rank. Causal players don’t require a ranking.
The first meeting of Green Team has been rescheduled for Monday. Come to learn about what the club does throughout the year, hear a preview of meeting plans for first semester, and enjoy a picnic of sustainable foods.
The Black Association of Stevenson Students will hold its first meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2708. BASS is a club dedicated to exploring black culture at SHS, in the U.S., and in the world. BASS discusses how current events, history, and pop culture relate to and affect black culture. Meetings include social activities as well as service opportunities, field trips and more. BASS is open to all interested students.
Are you interested in the social and political issues surrounding women? In the unique challenges presented to women around the world? If so, please join the first meeting of SHS’s Lean In Feminism club tomorrow! The club meets every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 2706. Everyone is welcome!
Open gym opportunities for softball, baseball and (coed) lacrosse will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school beginning next week through Thursday, Sept. 26. Each sport will run from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Softball will use the varsity softball field, baseball will play on the varsity baseball field, and lacrosse will use the JV softball field. For more information, contact Mr. Wellington at email@example.com.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Is the recent departure of nearly 50 Zion Elementary District 6 teachers and staff signs of a toxic culture or just the normal ebb and flow of a school district? Some recently retired teachers point to the former, while district officials maintain its the latter.
A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges two security guards who worked at Evanston Township High School had sex with female students, and the school failed to adequately protect girls from purported predators.
The Morton School Board postponed a decision on creating an eSports team for the high school until next year. Board members are waiting to see if the IHSA will sanction eSports next year. Some also expressed reservations about the probable use of the League of Legends video game, which is an eSports mainstay.
A regent at Concordia University Chicago is under fire for comments he made on Facebook. Eric Hiller said all forms of feminism are “pure evil,” and also used phrases such as “soyboy,” which is associated with the alt-right.
Wauconda District 118 school board member David Patterson is stepping down after six years. Patterson told the Lake County News-Sun that his chronic arthritis has worsened and interferes with his ability to serve. His term expires in 2021.
Elementary schools in Barrington and Palatine have debuted inclusive playgrounds for the new academic year that are meant to be fun and accessible for children regardless of their physical abilities, according to the Daily Herald.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans see value in higher education, but there also is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction about the role colleges play in society, the way admissions decisions are made and the extent to which free speech is constrained on college campuses.
Schools are increasingly being targeted by hackers, due to their wealth of data and limited budgets for cybersecurity staff and training. In July, cyberattacks hit districts in seven states, Government Technology reports.
Historically black colleges and universities are bringing in more international students to help diversify their campuses, and to boost their financial bottom line. Some African American students question whether the culture of their campuses is changing too much, while others welcome the chance to interact with foreigners.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new student loan watchdog is a former executive from a loan servicer that has repeatedly come under fire from government auditors — and even the consumer bureau itself — for a trail of serious mistakes, the New York Times reports.