Bus Tracking App Available Monday
Stevenson High School and its transportation provider, First Student, will officially make a bus tracking and parent communications app available beginning Monday. The FirstView app, available for iOS and Android, shows the live location and direction of a student’s bus, its stop schedule for the current day, and timestamps for school arrivals and departures. Read this to download the app and for the special school code required.
Thursday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson 165, Waukegan 204: Junior Nick Udoni and senior McCrae Anderson tied for medalist honors with 39s at Bonnie Brook Golf Club in Waukegan. Senior Ethan Lee shot a 43 and sophomore Madhav Muralidharan carded a 44 to round out the team score. Juniors Arthur Hancock and Aidan Truong also competed, each recording 45s.
Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 142, Libertyville 44: Junior Alex Eastmond, a transfer from Libertyville, and classmate Jessica Nyborg won two individual events for the Patriots (2-0) in home water. Alex, a two-time state qualifier during her two years at LHS, captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.23) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:15.31). Jessica, who moved to the district from Maryland two years ago, captured the 50 free (24.80) and 100 butterfly (58.30). She also swam one leg of the winning 200 free relay (1:41.14) with seniors Maddy O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens, and freshman Isabelle Gattone. Overall, Stevenson won 11 of the 12 events. Other individual winners for the Pats included sophomore Shreeya Sinha in 1-meter diving (229.15), sophomore Claudia Rzeznik in the 200 IM (2:18.18), senior Hanna Cloeter in the 100 back (1:07.04), and sophomore Katherine Makarska in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.34). Katherine also swam in the 200 medley relay (1:52.53) with junior Elizabeth Cao, freshman Milena Busma and senior Lucy Stevens. Isabelle and Claudia made up half of the 400 free relay (3:44.40) with freshman Abigail Collins and sophomore Elizabeth White. – Daily Herald
Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: The Patriots won every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex while improving to 7-1 on the season. The winning singles players were freshmen Sonia Mehta and Ainika Hou, and sophomore Thea Surya. The victorious doubles tandems were senior Athena Kolli and sophomore Alaina Kolli, seniors Ellen Ma and Maggie Gong, senior Alexis Lee and freshman Angela Ran, and seniors Sneha Yellapantula and Priya Rao.
Girls Field Hockey
Antioch 2, Stevenson 0: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made six saves for the Patriots, and senior Sami Simon had a baseline save. SHS recorded five shots on goal.
Carmel d. Stevenson, 25-11, 22-25, 25-13: Sophomore Amanda Holsen led SHS (4-4) with 16 kills in Mundelein, and senior Lily Cozzi added six. Senior Grace Tully was 68-of-72 setting with 24 assists, and also tied junior Emerson Kouri for the team lead with nine digs. Emerson also was 6-of-6 setting with two assists. Senior Aimee Staemmer and junior Emma Potocki each had two solo blocks.
The Patriot football team plays host to Libertyville at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Stadium. Stevenson is 0-2 while the Wildcats are 1-1. SHS-TV will broadcast the varsity contest, and it can be seen live through Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). The junior varsity contest at 5 o’clock also will be streamed live via NFHS Network. In addition to tonight game theme of Touchdown for Troops/Military Appreciation Night, it’s also Eighth Grade Band Night.
Homecoming Week Starts Monday
Homecoming Week begins Monday. Wear your pajamas to school! To see the other dress-up days, buy Homecoming Dance tickets and more, visit www.d125.org/UP.
Seniors can win scholarship prizes through the annual Voice of Democracy audio essay competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Libertyville Post 8741 awards cash prizes to the first-, second- and third-place local winners. Local winners have the opportunity to earn scholarship prizes at the district, state and national level up to $30,000. This year’s theme is “What Makes America Great.” Interested students must complete the application and send it, along with a voice file of them reading their essay and a Word file of the essay, to Sue Fujiu at SFUJIU@aol.com. Questions can be directed to the same email address. The entry deadline is Oct. 25.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
In the midst of plummeting college enrollment throughout Illinois, the state’s flagship university is reporting record numbers. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign marked its ninth consecutive year of record enrollment, breaking the 50,000 mark for the first time. This year’s figure was boosted by an 11% growth in graduate students. The UI system also has reached a record high enrollment of 88,861 students. Enrollment at the Illinois-Chicago campus rose 5.4 percent to 33,390 students, a record for the fifth consecutive year. Enrollment also went up at Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University.
In what federal officials called a historic enforcement action to protect students from sexual violence, Chicago Public Schools has entered into a legally binding agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and pledged extensive reforms in its handling of abuse and assault cases.
SIU Carbondale officials say the state’s two-year budget standoff will keep them in debt until 2025. Left $73 million short by the state, the university kept its bills and employees paid by borrowing internally. The university’s enrollment struggles have heightened the financial strain.
The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education next week will consider ending the district’s policy requiring transgender students to use privacy stalls in locker rooms at the district’s five schools.
The Chicago Archdiocese has requested help from parents and supporters after losing federal and state funds to operate preschools in 24 of its Catholic schools. School Superintendent Jim Rigg said more than 600 children ages 3 and 4 will be impacted by the funding cuts to take place Dec. 1.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
As the numbers of middle and high school students who vape continue to rise, school districts around the country are starting to fight back with vape detectors. The sensor devices, which resemble smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, can detect vaping in places such as bathrooms or closets. Some are even equipped to detect THC oil, a compound found in marijuana, and pick up sound abnormalities like shouting, which could be helpful in preventing bullying.
Amid today’s advanced technologies, the humble text message is offering new promise for closing gaps in achievement among students — by targeting the behavior of their parents. Informed by science, several new texting programs have helped parents and caregivers develop habits at home that best help kids succeed.
Controversial tweets by a teacher in Texas have raised a complicated question: When do teachers cross the free-speech line? Teachers don’t lose their First Amendment rights because they are government workers, but they do have to be cautious when they speak up and about what they say, according to legal experts.
Turnover is a major issue among administrators who are in charge of dealing with campus sexual assault and harassment are turning over fast. Many colleges have had three, four, or even five different Title IX coordinators in the recent era of heightened enforcement, which began eight years ago.