Streetfest: Making Magic for Area Charities
The National Honor Society’s annual Streetfest charity fundraiser will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 in parking lot E at Stevenson. Admission is $10.
This year’s theme is “Making Magic in the Community.” Food trucks, games and entertainment will be part of the evening, which benefits three Chicago-area charities:
K.I.D.S.S. for Kids: This organization, whose name stands for Kindness Is Doing Something Special For Kids, raises money for the Department of Family Services programs at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to address the emotional, social and spiritual needs of hospitalized children and their families. These programs include art therapy, recreation, tutoring, preparation for medical procedures, family resources, culturally appropriate care, pastoral care, bereavement counseling and much more. The photo above shows two NHS members visiting Lurie this summer to meet with leaders of the program. Learn more about K.I.D.S.S. for Kids at http://kidssforkids.org.
KAN-WIN: This group’s mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, by empowering Asian-American survivors and engaging the community through culturally competent services, community education and outreach, and advocacy. KAN-WIN’s services are designed to empower immigrant survivors to tackle the unique and complex challenges they face and transition from crisis to long-term empowerment. Through intensive wrap around services, KAN-WIN strives to provide a one-stop shop for survivors to minimize the risk of chasing for help. Learn more about KAN-WIN at www.kanwin.org.
Turning the Page: This non-profit links public schools, families and communities to ensure students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. Turning the Page, founded in Washington D.C. in 1998, features Carpe Librum (“seize the book”) pop-up book stores that sell gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and records, with the profits supporting the program’s initiatives. In 2015, Turning the Page expanded its operations to Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Learn more about Turning the Page at https://turningthepage.org.
Alumnus Receives Surprise Gift for “Cardinal Virtues”
Stanford University senior Rodney Herenton (Class of 2016), a three-year walk-on for the men’s basketball team, received a surprise gift during the squad’s 10-day European trip that ended Wednesday. Herenton and another walk-on were awarded scholarships for the 2019-20 season. Herenton played for Stevenson his senior year after three years at Whitney Young, which included winning the Class 4A state championship in 2014. He helped lead the Patriots to a regional championship in his lone season.
Connor Cashaw (Class of 2015), a member of Stevenson’s 2015 Class 4A state championship team, has signed a contract to play for the Sheffield Sharks of the British Basketball League. After graduation from SHS, Cashaw played three seasons at Rice University before transferring to Creighton. He helped Rice win a school-record 23 games as a sophomore. … Today’s varsity boys soccer match against McHenry will be streamed live by the NFHS Network from the Stadium starting at 5 o’clock. Visit our NFHS web page for details on subscription options.
Co-Curricular Vocal Group Auditions Next Week
Auditions for Stevenson’s co-curricular vocal groups will take place next week in the Choir Room. Here is the schedule:
Just the Guys: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m.
Jazz Etc.: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6:15 p.m. (tenor/bass), 7 p.m. (soprano/alto)
Ladyjazz: Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Russian Club is meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 2630. Join the group for fun, games and Russian food!
FIRE Club meets every Tuesday morning in Room 2600. FIRE promotes equality and respect among Stevenson students and staff. The first meeting is Tuesday from 7:30-8:25 a.m., and there will be free donuts.
The first Girls in STEAM meeting takes place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Link Lab (Room 3012). The group meets every Wednesday.
Have you ever been interested in learning sign language and discussing deaf culture? Join American Sign Language club! The first meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2616. No experience is necessary. Contact Mrs. Lombardo for more information.
The HBCU College Fair will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Soldier Field in Chicago. More than 30 colleges and universities will be on hand, and there will be a career section. Bring multiple copies of your transcript; some schools will be offering on-site admissions and scholarships. Registration closes Thursday, Sept. 12. See all the details.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
A new state law allows state education authorities to suspend a teacher’s license if the teacher is charged with serious crimes, including violent felonies, and sexual and drug offenses. Previously, the Illinois State Board of Education had to wait until criminal proceedings were concluded before suspending or revoking a teacher’s license.
An NPR Illinois-ProPublica investigation found that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign helped several professors accused of sexual harassment keep seemingly unblemished records even though they were found to have violated its policies: letting them resign, paying them for periods they weren’t working, promising not to discuss the reasons for their departures and, in some cases, keeping them on the faculty.
The parents of a Naperville teen who killed himself shortly after being questioned by police in a high school dean’s office are expected to receive $250,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and local school district. The Naperville City Council is scheduled to approve the settlement Tuesday, ending a two-year legal battle over 16-year-old Corey Walgren’s suicide.
School District 69 in Skokie and Morton Grove has partnered with an Evanston organization to create a program that facilitates learning starting as early as birth for the neediest kids through play groups, home visits and parent education. The Ready For Success program seeks to build on brain science to prevent kids from entering school behind their peers.
Former Urbana schools superintendent Don Owen, who was ousted by the school board nine months ago and reassigned, is resigning from the district and from education. Owen clashed with the board over his accelerated rollout of district-wide restorative justice efforts.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale now officially has an arboretum on campus, and it’s the highest accredited arboretum on a college campus statewide. SIU is now featured in the Morton Register of Arboreta, which is the only global initiative that officially recognizes arboreta for development, capacity and professionalism.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
The organization that administers the SAT exam said Tuesday it has modified its controversial “adversity score” aimed at giving disadvantaged students a boost after criticism that it will only add to the uncertainty and anxiety plaguing college admissions. But critics called it a modest improvement that doesn’t fundamentally fix the problem of entrance exams they say are more a reflection of a student’s ability to pay for pricey prep courses and private tutors than actual learning.
A Las Vegas-area teachers’ union has struck a teacher pay deal with the country’s fifth largest school district that organizers say will avert a threatened teacher strike Sept. 10. Members of the Clark County Education Association threatened to walk off the job next month over a dispute about paying teachers more for continuing education.
Miami University in Ohio has suspended a fraternity involved in violent hazing for 15 years, the harshest such penalty ever imposed by the university. Members of Delta Tau Delta hit students with a spiked paddle, kicked them, spit on them and forced them to smoke marijuana and drink substantial amounts of alcohol, according to a report released earlier this year.
Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a prominent Evangelical leader, personally approved real estate transactions by his nonprofit university that helped his personal fitness trainer obtain valuable university property, according to real estate records, internal university emails and interviews.