Last Open House Night Thursday
The second of two Open House Nights takes place Thursday. The formal program begins at 7 p.m., but there will be special programming from 6-7 p.m. Read more about Open House Night. On Friday, the school will follow a late-arrival schedule, with classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Buses will start their routes at 9:20.
Band Parents Kickoff, Exhibition Tonight
The SHS band program’s annual exhibition night is tonight at 8 o’clock in the Stadium. The band will show off its 2019 pre-game and halftime routines in a free, hour-long public performance. Prior to the exhibition, all band parents are invited to a reception from 6-7 p.m. outside the Performing Arts Center, followed by an information meeting from 7-7:45 inside the PAC.
Fine Arts Fundraisers Friday
The Band Parents Organization and String Parents Association will hold fundraisers on Friday. The BPO will have a fundraiser from 6:30-11 a.m. at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe in Lincolnshire, while the SPA fundraiser is all day at Panera Bread in Riverwoods. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering at Strawberry Field, and show this flyer when placing an order at Panera.
Tuesday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson 7, Grayslake Central 0: Juniors Anthony Skordilis and Alem Duratovic each scored three goals as the Patriots rolled in their season opener in Grayslake. Anthony also had two assists, one of which set up the other SHS goal by sophomore Adam Hamad. Junior Segi Odongo also recorded two assists, while Adam, senior Camron Mahdavian and sophomore Christian Yen each had one. Goalkeepers Itay Gozalzani, a senior, and Max Goldstein, a junior, split time en route to earning their first shutout.
Stevenson d. Barrington, 25-18, 25-22: Sophomore Amanda Holsen had 12 kills and junior Emerson Kouri served six aces to lead the Patriots in their season opener in the Sports Center. Senior Grace Tully dished out 22 assists on 46-of-46 setting, while classmate Abby Keevins added two assists on five attempts. Abby and Emerson also led SHS with 11 digs apiece, while Amanda had six. Senior Lily Cozzi recorded four kills, while juniors Makayla Uremovich and Emma Potocki each had three. Senior Molly Bourbon and Abby chipped in with a pair of aces. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required)
Girls Field Hockey
Evanston 2, Stevenson 0: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 24 saves during the debut of head coach Bella Licciardello. Senior defender Sami Simon recorded a baseline save. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required)
The SHS football moms have organized a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. tonight at the Culver’s restaurant in Lincolnshire, 405 Milwaukee Ave. … Senior Ean Norenberg has made a verbal commitment to play football for Harvard University next year. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound offensive tackle scored 1520 on the SAT and 34 on the ACT. He talked with the Daily Herald as part of its Stevenson season preview.
The audition workshop for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play, “Corduroy,” will be held from 3:45-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 in the West Auditorium. The workshop will be an opportunity for students to meet the director, Laura Wesslund, play theatre games, learn more about the play, and ask questions about the auditions. Auditions for the play take place from 3:45-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 10 and 11 in the West Auditorium. Come prepared with a monologue on Sept. 10. Visit www.d125.org/auditions for the audition sign-up form and audition packet. The play will be performed at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
Interested in helping the community through music? Pass On The Beat is a club that offers performance and service opportunities inside and outside of school to all Stevenson students, regardless of experience. Meetings are from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 4 in the Midi Lab (next to the Orchestra Room). All are welcome!
Political Action Club will meet at 7:50 a.m. Thursday in Room 7044. The group will discuss upcoming activities and events related to Election 2020.
A new agility and conditioning program is starting next week. Sessions will take place from 6-7 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays in the Field House. See all session dates in the open gym listing on the intramurals web page.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Illinois teachers can now appeal unsatisfactory ratings they receive from district evaluations per new legislation signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The new law sets up a bargaining process between school districts and union representatives to allow teachers the chance to appeal unsatisfactory ratings.
Reading and math test scores for Chicago Public Schools students remained flat this year after a decade of significant improvement. Nearly 63% of elementary school students met national norms in reading and 57% did so in math, according to the results released Tuesday.
Elgin Area School District U-46 administrator Ronald Raglin died Monday from a heart attack. Raglin, 58, was U-46’s assistant superintendent of educational support programs and alignment and received the city of Elgin’s 2019 Dr. King Humanitarian Award earlier this year.
Dunlap teachers started the 2019-20 school year with a new three-year contract that includes annual raises of about 4 percent. The teachers union voted 172-0 to ratify the agreement.
A Mahomet-Seymour school board member has resigned from the district’s Parent Teacher Organization over conflict-of-interest concerns. PTO leaders asked Ken Keefe to resign after learning that his credit-card processing company handled payments for the group’s annual fundraiser.
Mille Cronin, the mother of REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin, died Friday at the age of 93. She and her husband Ted helped raise more than $1 million for St. Linus School in Oak Lawn during the 1970s and ’80s.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
Nearly every state in the U.S. has raised the bar over the last decade for what it considers grade-level achievement in math and reading, according to a new study from the National Center on Education Statistics. The center’s report found that over the last decade states are setting higher standards for what counts as proficient in both subjects, and the difference between the states with the highest and lowest bars for proficiency is narrowing.
North Carolina lawmakers have reached a deal that will eliminate more than 20 state exams and calls for reducing the number of local tests that are given to students. The state’s House and Senate both approved the testing reduction bill by overwhelming numbers Monday night.
From Wisconsin to New Hampshire, Illinois to Montana, rural districts are struggling with how to recruit and retain teachers, especially when the economy has been strong and well-prepared graduates have lots of other job options.