Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Do You Control Social Media, Or Does It Control You?

Smartphones and social media are having a major impact on the lives of teenagers, for better and for worse. The Community Parent Network, in conjunction with the Stevenson Foundation and Stevenson High School, has scheduled two public programs this fall to address the tangled topic of technology and teens.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, CPN will show the IndieFlix Original documentary, “LIKE,” which explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The film’s mission is to inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time. The screening will be followed by an informative panel discussion featuring local experts and Stevenson students. “LIKE” will be shown at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Admission is free, but registration is requested through EventBrite. For more information on the film, visit

Next month, Michele Borba, author of “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World,” will come to Stevenson for her unique take on technology and teens. She says the key to raising successful, happy, compassionate and socially responsible children in a hyper-competitive, plugged-in world is developing empathy. In this “how to” presentation, Dr. Borba will offer proven strategies for parents and guardians to cultivate social and moral competence, and nurture the habits of self-control, courage, collaboration, perspective-taking and leadership. Her presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but registration is requested.

Bus Tracking App Now Available

Students, parents and guardians can track the real-time status of their school bus with the FirstView app from First Student bus company. The app is available for download on Android and Apple devices. Here are instructions on setting up the app with Stevenson’s school code.

Catalyst Club Talks Vaping With IDPH

Members of the Catalyst club met with Illinois Department of Public Health representatives Thursday to discuss the recent rash of respiratory ailments connected to vaping. They also talked about communication strategies with teens. State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield joined the discussion.

PPA Bake Sale Volunteers Needed

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday. Adult volunteers are needed to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 112, Zion-Benton 58: The host Patriots won nine events in their season-opening meet. Junior Maria Mossakowski won two events, the 200-yard freestyle (2:11.29) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:57.72). Junior Brianna Liu captured the 100 backstroke (1:02.64), and also swam in the victorious 200 medley relay with senior Maddy O’Donnell and freshmen Anna Ryaguzov and Milena Busma (1:55.98). Maddy also was part of the winning 200 free relay (1:41.64) with seniors Abigail Li and Lucy Stevens, and sophomore Katherine Makarska. Anna and Lucy comprised half of the first-place 400 free relay (3:45.29) with junior Elizabeth Cao and freshman Abigail Collins. Stevenson’s other individual winners were sophomore Elizabeth White in the 50 free (26.40), junior Anna Gates in the 100 butterfly (1:08.08) and senior Hanna Cloeter in the 100 free (59.59).

Boys Golf
Stevenson 151, Lake Zurich 168: Senior Jake Surane shot a 35 at Lake Barrington Shores Golf Club to lead the Patriots (2-1). Juniors Bradley Park and Conor Pan recorded 38s, and classmate Nick Udoni added a 40.

Girls Golf
Stevenson 148, Lake Zurich 175: Junior Kelly Dong won medalist honors with a 1-under-par 34 at Crane’s Landing Golf Course. After starting with a trio of bogeys, Kelly caught fire over the last six holes, highlighted by an eagle 3 on the par-5 seventh hole. SHS (5-0) also received a 37 from freshman Jessica Velent, a 38 from senior Julia Yoo, and a 39 from sophomore Emily Duan. Stevenson also received a 40 and 41 from juniors Sophia Zhuang and Briana Fidman, respectively.

Boys Soccer
St. Patrick 4, Stevenson 1: The Patriots (2-2-1) fought the sixth-ranked Shamrocks to a 1-1 draw in the first half at the 34th annual Jim Wolter Titan Invitational at Glenbrook South. Junior Alem Duratovic scored the SHS goal off an assist from senior Ryan Allen.

Athletic Hall of Fame Taking Shape

Fans flowing into the Stadium’s west entrance this fall have noticed construction work next to the gate. What is taking shape is the school’s new Athletic Hall of Fame, which will be ready for the inaugural class induction next month. The members of the first Hall class will be announced the week of Sept. 16.

Buzz Building Around Boys Basketball Team

Boys basketball season is still two months away, but the buzz has begun already around the 2019-20 Patriots. The Chicago Sun-Times lists Stevenson as one of the area’s top five teams heading into the upcoming campaign, saying SHS is a definite threat to reach Peoria. During the summer, the Patriots won the prestigious Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.

Coach Pat Ambrose returns four starters from last year’s squad, which finished 27-6, the fourth-highest win total in program history, and took Evanston to overtime in the Class 4A Hoffman Estates Supersectional. Seniors Matt KaznikovR.J. Holmes and the coach’s oldest son, Matt Ambrose (shown during the supersectional) are back, along with classmate John Ittounas. Ambrose’s younger son, junior Evan Ambrose, was the sixth man last season and also returns.

Stevenson has made it downstate five times during Ambrose’s 20-year career. The 2014-15 team, featuring Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw, won the Class 4A championship. Scott Phillips of NBC Sports Chicago recently listed that squad as one of the state’s top five teams of the decade.

Quick Hits

Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity football games against Neuqua Valley in the Stadium will be streamed live online, thanks to the SHS-TV club and NFHS Network. The Wildcats beat Glenbard North, 27-10, in their season opener, while the Patriots fell to Lincoln-Way East, 30-7. (Read the Daily Herald preview.) The JV game starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7:30. Prior to the start of the varsity contest, the annual Night of Champions procession will take place at 7. During the procession, conference, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2018-19 school year will be honored. Use this link to watch the action (subscription required). … Two more events will be carried on NFHS Network on Saturday: the JV girls volleyball tournament in the Sports Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the freshman football game versus Neuqua Valley at 9 a.m. in the Stadium.


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Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville is sponsoring Health Care Career Night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. In addition to learning about clinical and non-clinical hospital occupations, participants will receive information packets and have the opportunity for a hands-on demonstration with the daVinci Xi surgical robot. The free event will take place in the conference center; use the Building 700 entrance. Park in lots C, D, E or F for easiest access. Advocate Condell is located at 801 S. Milwaukee Ave.


Not in a fall sport? Allied Bowling is getting ready to begin. If you are interested in being an Allied Student Partner who helps encourage and develop the SEL skills of our allied bowlers, come to an informational meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in Room 1802. Bowling occurs on Tuesday and Wednesdays from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15. You don’t need to know how to bowl to be a part of the fun! Questions? Contact Ms. Warkins at


Southern Illinois University Carbondale has fewer freshmen and fewer total students again this year, though the losses are smaller than in the recent past. Total enrollment is down 8.75% over last fall, to 11,695 students, the university announced Wednesday afternoon. New student enrollment fell 8.47% to 1,037.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday announced its 10 finalists for the annual Teacher of the Year award through the Those Who Excel program. The list includes four high school teachers and six educators from elementary and junior high schools.

A Chicago-area mother filed a federal class-action lawsuit on her daughter’s behalf Thursday, after nearly a million students nationwide had their personal information exposed in a data breach by a company used to track student academic progress. The Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville was among the academic districts affected by the data breach with Pearson Clinical Assessment.

Northeastern Illinois University will pay $50,000 in speaking fees to former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile, according to documents obtained by WBEZ. A donation by a wealthy alumnus of NEIU will cover the cost of their appearance next week.

Schools in Illinois are receiving emergency materials to stop victim bleeding in case of serious accident or incident. The Illinois Terrorism Task Force announced Wednesday that it distributed more than 7,000 so-called Stop the Bleed kits after a recommendation from the School Safety Working Group.


Michigan State University will pay a record $4.5 million fine for its “systemic failure to protect students from sexual abuse” by Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who was also a sports physician at the university. The fine was announced Thursday by the U.S. Education Department.

Research shows that up to 40 percent of low-income students who are accepted to college succumb to what’s known as “summer melt” and don’t make it to the first day of classes in the fall. Programs to fight this phenomenon are expanding amid a growing body of research suggesting that they work.

Several tech giants have helped to create a cloud computing curriculum for colleges that has been shared, for free, with hundreds of institutions in the U.S. and around the world. Google, Facebook and Apple are collaborating with colleges as more companies face a shortage of skilled workers who can navigate an ever-evolving tech landscape. But there are risks and limitations involved in working so closely with a single vendor, even if its technology is widely used.

Under Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools has seen growth in the percentage of students scoring proficient on state tests, and its graduation rate has climbed to almost 80%. Her contract expires next June, and those indicators of progress may not be enough for Carstarphen to keep her job.

A parent-led booster club supporting an Arkansas school district that was the site of a 1998 shooting is drawing criticism for its plans to auction off an AR-15 rifle. The fundraiser is to raise money so Westside High School’s band can go to Disney World for a performance. In 1998, four Westside students and one teacher were killed by two students.

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