Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

Tech Ed Teacher Earns National Award
Technical Education teacher Kelly Smith received one of the top honors in the graphic arts education community this summer. She was awarded the Fred J. Hartman/Ervin A. Dennis Support of Education Award at the Graphic Communications Education Association Opens a New Window. annual conference held July 28-Aug. 1 at Clemson University in South Carolina. The award recognizes unselfish and devoted service over many years to the promotion of graphic arts education in industry and institutions of learning. Smith’s award was presented to her by Tom Loch, the 2018 Hartman/Dennis recipient and her former Stevenson colleague.

Fall Play Ticket Sales Begin
Tickets for the fall play, The Transition of Doodle Pequeño, went on sale today. The play, which follows the friendship of two boys in southern California, touches on current social issues including immigration, gender identity and bullying. SHS theatre teacher Abra Chusid (Class of 2003), who will direct the production, was the play’s dramaturg during its creation at the University of Texas.

Tickets are $6. All tickets are general admission. Tickets are available online and at the Patriot Superstore. The play will be performed Sept. 12-14. All performances will be held in the Black Box Theatre, by the Sports Center entrance.


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Boys Golf

Stevenson fourth at Warren Invitational: Senior Andrew Babbo shot a 79 at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, tying for fifth place individually. Classmate Ethan Lee was one stroke behind at 80, followed by junior Conor Pan (83) and senior Jake Surane (87). The Patriots posted a team score of 329, behind Lake Forest (322), Loyola (324) and Lyons (328). The field featured several schools that finished in the top 10 at last year’s Class AA state tournament, including defending state champion Hinsdale Central, which placed 10th. Last fall, Stevenson was second, Lake Forest fourth and Loyola fifth.


Girls Golf

Stevenson 163, Highland Park 184: Sophomore Emily Duan and senior Joyce Bai each shot a 4-over-par 40 to share medalist honors at Sunset Valley Golf Course. Sophia Zhuang, a junior, recorded a 41 and freshman Allie Santos carded a 42. Also representing SHS (2-0) were junior Briana Fidman (48) and freshman Jessica Velent (50).


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Intramurals Registration Site Down Until Tuesday

The Intramurals registration website is currently down for repairs and will return to service on Tuesday.

ILC Needs Student Aides

The Upper ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and would like to work in the ILC, please visit the circulation desk or email Mrs. Gorman ( for an application. This is a paid position.


Do you want to help showcase student-produced prose, poetry, art or drama? The Wit needs your help! Join the group after school Thursdays in Room 2516 to judge writing and art submissions for Stevenson’s literary magazine. Snacks (sometimes) provided! Feel free to email Mr. Barnabee at with any questions or just come by!

Have you ever listened to the announcers during a game and thought, “I can do that”? Do you want to be a part of this historic year in Stevenson sports? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting Club will be holding an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1806. New members are always welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the West Science Office, Room 1514.

Architecture and Engineering Club meets every other Wednesday morning in Room 3006 (Link Lab). Students can learn and compete in Autodesk Revit and Inventor software, participate in fun design challenges, contribute to fundraising for Habitat for Humanity, and more! The first meeting is Wednesday from 7:30-8:20 a.m., and there will be free donuts.

History Fair is Stevenson’s branch of National History Day, where students can learn about history, develop research and analysis skills, and get the chance to present their work to others. Students also get the chance to travel to Chicago, Springfield and Washington, D.C. for regional, state and national competitions! The first meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 1506. There will be free food.


Basketball players can work on their game during open gyms starting Tuesday and running through the end of October in the Field House. Open gym for girls will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and boys will go from 7:30-9 p.m. See all session dates in the open gym listing on the Intramurals web page.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday approved a change in state law that requires a parent or guardian to be notified when a member of law enforcement wants to question students under age 18 on school grounds. The change was prompted by the death of a Naperville North student, who committed suicide hours after being questioned by school officials and police.

The Chicago Teachers Union today rejected a sweetened contract offer that would increase teacher salaries 16% over five years, dismissing a fact-finder’s report that union leaders said ignored many of its concerns. Indications from the CTU point to a mid-September authorization vote at the earliest, meaning a strike, if one happens, likely wouldn’t come until mid-to-late October.

Joseph Hannon, who led the Chicago Public Schools for four tumultuous years in the 1970s, died earlier this month at the age of 86. The Massachusetts became a CPS assistant superintendent in 1970, and was promoted to superintendent five years later.

Chicago Public Schools has a month-long summer transition program for incoming ninth-graders considered at risk. Freshman Connection offers half-day lessons in English, math, and other skills such as organization and goal setting. Research from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has demonstrated performance in the first year of high school is the best predictor of eventual graduation.


The Seattle Public Schools and its teachers union have reached tentative agreement on a contract that would give double-digit raises over the next three years. The Seattle Times reports that the agreement includes a more than 11% raise for teachers and a more than 12% raise for paraprofessionals and instructional assistants.

Ohio’s largest school district and its teachers union have approved a three-year contract that includes pay raises and some smaller class sizes. The new contract for the 50,000-student Columbus City Schools district guarantees annual 3% pay raises and provides that buildings with students in grades 7-12 will create an intervention room to house in-school suspension as an alternative to out-of-school discipline.

The co-founder of KIPP charter schools filed a lawsuit against the network last week, accusing its leadership of defaming him. Mike Feinberg was fired by the KIPP board of directors in 2018 following allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

Food delivery robotics company Starship Technologies plans to expand its services to 100 U.S. college campuses over the next two years, the startup announced last week. Purdue University will add the service Sept. 9.

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