eLearning Days Will Continue in 2019-20
Stevenson will continue using eLearning days when bad weather forces the closure of school. The District 125 Board of Education at its August meeting approved the use of up to five e-learning days for the 2019-20 school year. SHS is one of several area districts planning to make greater use of eLearning days.
Bracing for Impact
Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi is among the educators quoted in this Daily Herald article looking at the impact of marijuana legalization upon suburban schools. “Unfortunately, when a substance is legalized, it creates greater accessibility and it creates greater norms of use,” Cortesi told the newspaper. “When policy is not in our favor in terms of preventing substance abuse, it’s just a harder road ahead.”
Streetfest Fundraiser at Chipotle Tonight
The National Honor Society will hold a Streetfest fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. tonight at Chipotle, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention Streetfest when ordering.
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Saturday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson at Crosstown Classic: At Libertyville High, the Patriots (4-2 overall, 3-2 in the tournament) finished third in the two-day event. SHS beat Evanston, 25-20, 25-12, to win the third-place match after falling to Glenbrook South in the semifinals, 25-19, 25-23. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led Stevenson with nine kills in each match, and served a team-high four aces in the win over the Wildkits. Senior Lily Cozzi had seven kills against Evanston and six versus GBS. Senior Grace Tully was 91-of-92 setting with 41 assists in the two matches. She also served four aces. Senior Abby Keevins made a team-best nine digs against Glenbrook South. Head coach Tim Crow now has 494 career victories.
Friday’s Varsity Results
Lincoln-Way East 30, Stevenson 7: The visiting Patriots averted a shutout in their season opener when junior Jayden McFadden caught a touchdown pass with five minutes remaining. – Pioneer Press
Stevenson at Crosstown Classic: The Patriots opened the two-day tournament at Libertyville by winning two of three matches. SHS (3-1) fell to Lakes in its opening match, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13, then bounced back with victories over Wauconda (26-24, 25-21) and Glenbrook North (25-22, 25-17). Sophomore Amanda Holsen was the leading attacker in all three matches, finishing with 31 on the night. She also served 14 aces. Senior Grace Tully was 159-of-160 setting with 70 assists. She also had five solo blocks and two assisted blocks against Wauconda. Junior Makayla Uremovich had 14 kills overall.
Tonight’s varsity girls field hockey game against Oak Park-River Forest can be watched live on NFHS Network. The game starts at 6:15 in the Stadium.
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Seniors Meet With Counselors During Activity Period Wednesday
Seniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Wednesday. Seniors must attend the meeting, even if they belong to a club meeting during the activity period. See the Activity Period item on the website calendar for meeting locations by counselor.
Key Club Service Fair Provides Volunteer Opportunities
Key Club will hold its second Service Fair from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Point/Forum. More than 20 organizations will have booths set up to showcase volunteer opportunities in the community available for Stevenson students who want to give back and perform acts of service.
Free Tickets Available to Mental Health Conference
The Mind Your Mind club has 20 free tickets available for students interested in attending Saturday’s inaugural Conversations Summit at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event is hosted by Hope For The Day, a mental health organization founded by 2003 Stevenson alumnus Jonny Boucher. The conference will feature a variety of speakers covering topics surrounding mental health, activism and self-expression. A bus will leave from the Point at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and return before 5 p.m. A permission form must be turned in to ride the bus. For a permission form, email email@example.com. Printed permission slips are due Wednesday, and must be turned in to Mrs. Wrona’s desk in the West Math Office (1514).
What’s For Lunch Today?
You can see the lunch menus for this week by visiting d125.org/eat. You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.
Students interested in joining the Student Ambassador Club are invited to an information meeting and practice tour at 7 a.m. Thursday or Tuesday, Sept. 10. The meetings will take place in the Recital Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wallace or Ms. McCauley.
Are you interested in discussing big ideas in a welcoming and thought-provoking manner? Please join Philosophy Club after school on Thursday. The club will meet in Room 7060 from 3:35-4:30 p.m. For any questions, please contact Mr. Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will be meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. The club will be discussing and making digital mood boards to highlight the newest fall trends!
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Some suburban school districts will have to raise starting salaries by as much as 22% over the next five years to meet a new state minimum pay requirement for educators. A Daily Herald analysis of 96 suburban school districts’ teacher contracts found that 15 districts have starting salaries below the $40,000 minimum mandated for the 2023-24 school year.
State education regulators have granted the University of Illinois permission to operate its new research and innovation center in downtown Chicago for the next five years. The Discovery Partners Institute is designed to bring together students and researchers to tackle societal challenges and promote innovation and entrepreneurship, in partnership with industry, government and other sectors.
Officials are hoping a new $85 million STEM-focused high school will reinvigorate Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The school, named STEM High School, replaces four high schools that have closed or are being phased out.
A new $50 million five-story luxury apartment complex north of Interstate 88 in Naperville is causing concern for Indian Prairie School District 204. The district is finding that families are moving into apartments and townhouses that aren’t necessarily designed for folks with kids so their children can attend a top-rated school.
Barrington Area Unit District 220 might demolish a house it bought from a fire district, then use the Dundee Road property for improving traffic flow and parking at two adjacent schools. District 220 purchased the roughly 1-acre site for $500,000 after Cook County rejected a plan to build a new fire station there.
Lawrence Golden, retired superintendent of Marquardt District 15 in Glendale Heights, died last week at the age of 77. He spent 34 years in the district, including nearly 20 as its leader.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos late Friday issued a new rule on loan forgiveness for students defrauded by their colleges, a rewrite of Obama-era regulations that advocates say will make it tougher for students to get relief. DeVos said schools must be held accountable but the Obama rule wasn’t working. The new rule, she said, will “treat students and taxpayers fairly.”
A critical shortage of teachers has Kansas City-area districts taking some desperate measures to fill vacancies. They’ve been rehiring retired teachers, training counselors and coaches to teach and even putting unqualified teachers in classrooms.
A Harvard University student who was previously denied entry to the United States is now on campus for the school’s 2019 academic year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection previously said Ismail Ajjawi was “deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection.”
A former University of Georgia employee stole more than $1.3 million from the school’s Greek Life Office over 10 years before committing suicide in June, an internal investigation revealed. Lasina Evans, who worked in the office since 2000, diverted university funds into personal accounts and made unauthorized withdrawals for 10 years, the investigation found.