Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

Stress, Vaping Among Topics for “Not My Kid?!!” Program

Stress, vaping and other realities of teenage life will be addressed during the annual “Not My Kid?!!” presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in the West Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested by Sept. 11 through this link. “Not My Kid?!!” is sponsored by Catalyst, a student club, and the Stand Strong Coalition.

A panel of experts will delve into topics relevant to parenting teenagers. Among the topics are these:

  • The teen brain, and why teens act the way they do
  • Helping teens deal with stress and challenging social situations
  • Understanding what teens are exposed to in terms of vaping, alcohol and marijuana
  • Details on the new marijuana laws and how they will impact teens
  • Helping teens navigate social situations such as Homecoming and after-parties
  • Information on social hosting laws and local curfew rules

Panelists scheduled for the evening include Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim and Dr. Susan Sirota, a local pediatrician and assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Stevenson will be represented by Principal Troy Gobble, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi, and Officer Bethany Brown, a Lincolnshire police officer and one of the school’s resource officers.

In addition, there will be a “Stay Out of My Room” display, a mock teen bedroom offering parents possible indicators of teen drug/alcohol use and showing popular hiding places for teens. The mock bedroom will be open until 9 p.m.

Help Your Teen Find a Purpose

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.

What is something you enjoy doing so much that you forget about other things? What are things you do that help other people? What would you like your life to look like in a few years? Questions like these help us begin the process of thinking about the future through the lens of purpose. This is important given that research shows that seven out of 10 people with a purpose feel satisfied in their lives. Consider having a conversation with your teen about their purpose and use this dialogue as a starting place for future conversations. For more ideas to help your teen find their purpose, click here.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf
Stevenson 157, Zion-Benton 228: Junior Conan Pan won medalist honors with a 37 at the Arboretum Golf Course. Sophomore Madhav Muralidharan shot a 38, senior Jake Surane carded a 40, and senior Jake Schabes added a 42.

Girls Field Hockey
Oak Park-River Forest 2, Stevenson 0: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen recorded 22 saves. – SHS-TV Replay via NFHS Network (subscription required)

Boys Soccer
Stevenson at Glenbrook South Tournament: The Patriots (2-1) lost to Glenbard West, 4-3, in their opening game of the tournament in Glenview. Seniors Rey KubotaBen Dixon and Evan Paldrmic scored for SHS, with each goal assisted by junior Anthony Skordilis. Senior keeper Itay Gozalzani made four saves. The Hilltoppers improved to 2-1. – Daily Herald

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson at New Trier Invitational: The Patriots finished third, winning three of its four matches in the two-day tournament. SHS defeated Glenbrook South (5-0) and Highland Park (3-2) on Friday. After falling to eventual runner-up New Trier Blue in the semifinals (3-2), Stevenson rebounded with a 4-1 victory over St. Joseph in the third-place match. Freshman Ainika Hou won all three of her matches at No. 2 singles. 2018 state doubles runners-up Athena Kolli, a senior, and younger sister, Alaina Kolli, a sophomore, went 3-1 on the day at No. 1 doubles. Freshman Sonia Mehta was 3-1 at No. 1 singles.

Boys Golf
Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots placed seventh out of 16 teams with a score of 317 at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course. Junior Conor Pan tied for eighth place overall with a 74. New Trier won the event with a score of 287.

Quick Hits

University of Wisconsin junior linebacker Mike Maskalunas (Class of 2016) led the Badgers with six tackles during their 49-0 win over South Florida on Friday. In this video, he talks with the Bucky’s 5th Quarter blog about his rise from walk-on to second-string linebacker, and about the UW defense. … Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball matches against Hersey will be streamed live by the NFHS Network. The JV match starts at 5 o’clock, followed by the varsity at 6.


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Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Thursday

Visiting Artist of the Month Jill King will give a presentation to students during periods 6 and 7 on Thursday. Her talks will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building.


The Horticulture Club meets from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 8014. Everyone is welcome; no gardening or plant experience is necessary to participate! This week, club members will learn about seeds and germination. Then, members will plant their choice of 2-3 different types of herbs that they’ll care for throughout the fall semester. Bring a friend! Contact Ms. Inselberger with questions at


Diversity on college campuses long has meant differences among races, ethnicity and religions. In recent years, college leaders are ramping up efforts to recruit a mix of students from urban, suburban and rural areas. But they’ve learned rural students face unique challenges in the college-going process, many revolving around a common theme: Access.

Cuts to operating budgets at the University of Illinois Springfield have prompted the union that represents tenured and tenure-track faculty to issue a “demand to bargain” to the school’s provost and human resources department. The union says UIS administrators are cutting as much as 10 percent from their operating budgets, and have suspended a program that provides faculty members with a work computer.

A 19-year-old University of Illinois student who is accused of tying a noose and leaving it in a residence hall elevator was charged Tuesday with a hate crime. Andrew Smith, of Normal, is a sophomore math major with enough credits to graduate this year and a GPA of 3.79, according to his attorney.

The Chicago school board passed a measure last week governing how police operate in schools. The first-of-its-kind agreement gives principals a role in selecting officers, and also orders special youth-specific training for school officers. The measure passed despite students and community groups calling on the city to remove police officers from schools altogether.

Barrington Area Unit District 220’s former administration headquarters is going up for sale to the highest bidder. School board members Tuesday night approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the property at 310 E. James St. in the village for a minimum $900,000 through sealed bids.


The number of students enrolled in New York state public schools is the lowest recorded in 30 years, a new study released Tuesday reveals. Over the last decade alone, enrollment at public schools has shrunk statewide by 5 percent — even when factoring in the expansion of charter schools and pre-K programs.

Newark, N.J. teachers last week overwhelmingly endorsed a new five-year contract that boosts their salaries and abolishes “merit pay” — a controversial policy that awarded bonuses and raises to teachers based partly on student test scores.

Students in Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools will have a third gender option to declare on their school records. This year the school system is adding an “X” classification in addition to male and female gender options.

A Texas school district is opening mental health centers at two of its high school campuses to serve struggling students. Therapists will serve all 50,000 students in the Round Rock Independent School District free of charge. School counselors will refer students to therapists from a community agency.

The pressure to send kids to college, coupled with the realities of tuition, has fundamentally changed the experience of being middle class in America, says the author of a new book, Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost. Caitlin Zaloom, an anthropologist and associate professor at New York University, talked with NPR about the book, in which she interviewed dozens of families.

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