Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019

College Rep Visits Begin Next Week
Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will come to Stevenson this fall to meet with seniors. The College Career Center has lined up visits beginning next week and running through the end of October.

The schedule begins with the most popular college destination for SHS students, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A UIUC rep will be on campus during fourth period on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Indiana University will have a representative here during fifth period on Thursday, Sept. 5. The meetings with UIUC and Indiana will take place in the West Auditorium.

Other notable visitors to campus include Purdue University (Sept. 13), the University of Illinois at Chicago (Sept. 19), University of Iowa (Oct. 23) and Marquette University (Sept. 10). The list of representatives grows throughout the fall. See the updated list of colleges planning visits.

College representative visits occur during the school day, and not before or after school. Only current juniors and seniors may request permission from their classroom teacher to be excused for a college rep visit.

State’s First Vaping Death Raises Concerns
Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

News of the state’s first potential death due to vaping is a reminder to separate fact from fiction when it comes to e-cigarettes. Though initially marketed as a smoking cessation device, research has shown the opposite for teens and young adults. One example of this research was conducted by the University of Pittsburgh. Researchers noted that vaping, or using an electronic nicotine delivery system that mimics a conventional cigarette, quadruples the chance of taking up smoking. Here are five more things to know about vaping.


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Crow Approaching 500 Victories With SHS Volleyball
The Patriot varsity girls volleyball team opens its season tonight with a 6 o’clock battle against Barrington in the Sports Center. Head coach Tim Crow is 10 wins away from 500 in his career, and his teams have won 20 or more matches for 15 straight seasons. According to the IHSA, Crow has the second-most victories of any girls volleyball coach in Lake County. Crow has a 490-165 record in 17 seasons, trailing only Libertyville’s Christine Trzyna, who went 604-239 in 21 seasons. His 2019 squad is ranked No. 7 in the Daily Herald preseason top 20, and the newspaper lists five Patriots as players to watch this fall: seniors Molly Bourbon, Lily Cozzi, Abby Keevins and Grace Tully, and junior Makayla Uremovich. Crow’s teams have won 13 regional and four sectional championships, and his 2016 group finished third at the IHSA Class 4A state tournament.

Patriot football fans planning to attend Friday’s season opener at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort are encouraged to buy tickets online. Lincoln-Way officials are encouraging online ticket sales due to new ticketing procedures that will likely cause delays at their stadium’s gates. … Four sporting events today will be streamed live by the NFHS Network: the varsity boys soccer game at Lake Zurich (4:45 p.m.); junior varsity (5:00) and varsity (6:00) girls volleyball versus Barrington; and varsity girls field hockey against Evanston (6:15). Watch the action live or on demand at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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The first Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale of the year is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


The IM registration site is working. Students can sign up for intramurals at http://im-web.d125.org.

softball open gym meeting will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 in Room 2004.


Do you love cheering loud for your fellow classmates? If so, this club is for you. The Pep Club will be starting its first year of bringing fans and community members to their feet for Stevenson High School. The club’s first meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday (late arrival day) in Room 2002. If you can’t make it, contact Mr. Blezien at jblezien@d125.org.

Returning Student Ambassadors will have their first general meeting at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Come to learn about practice tour dates and visitor dates for the school year. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wallace or Ms. McCauley.

History Bowl/Bee will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 7066. History Bowl/Bee is for students who love history and want to compete both individually and as part of a team in many different areas of history. Please contact Mr. Anderson in the Social Studies Division if you have any questions.

Do want to go to a birthday party? Of course, you do! Club Israel will be hosting a party after school Thursday in Room 1313 to celebrate the birthday of one of the advisors, and to celebrate a new school year. Join Club Israel every Thursday after school. You do not need to speak Hebrew nor be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome. Contact Mrs. Argentar with any questions.


Illinois abolished its charter commission on Friday, the body reviled by school districts but valued by charter promoters for offering a recourse to local disapproval of school proposals. The state Board of Education will take over the responsibility of hearing appeals on charter school openings, closings and extensions.

A state-sponsored teacher exchange program has brought 138 bilingual educators from Spain to work in Illinois classrooms this school year. That includes 63 new and 75 returning bilingual educators in 19 school districts, including Crystal Lake Elementary District 47, Community Unit District 300, East Aurora District 131, Elgin Area School District U-46, Grayslake District 46, Schaumburg Township District 54 and Woodland District 50.

Officials at the University of Illinois say they will start enforcing a new smoke-free policy on Monday. The university’s new rules build on a 2014 policy that banned smoke-producing tobacco products. Now all forms of tobacco, including chewing tobacco and snuff, along with vaping devices are also prohibited.

Arlington Heights police are investigating a recent allegation of inappropriate conduct with a student by a former teacher at Fremd High School in Palatine. Police declined to give specifics of the allegation, while District 211 officials said they could only confirm that the teacher had resigned voluntarily.


A panel appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is recommending the city eliminate most of its gifted and talented programs as a way to desegregate the nation’s largest school system. The plan includes all elementary school gifted programs, screened middle schools and some high schools — with the exception of Stuyvesant High School and the city’s seven other elite high schools, whose admission is partially controlled by Albany.

A high school near San Francisco requires students to lock their phones in a magnetically sealed pouch during school hours. Each school day, nearly 1,700 students at San Mateo High School place their devices in a Yondr pouch that closes with a proprietary lock. School administrators unlock them at the end of the day. Mounting frustration over student attentiveness led administrators to institute the new policy.

A $48 million overhaul of a high school in western Michigan is intended to thwart the potential for a mass shooting. Fruitport High School will add curved hallways to reduce a gunman’s range, jutting barriers to provide cover and egress, and meticulously spaced classrooms that can lock on demand and hide students in the corner, out of a killer’s sight.

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