Third Pertussis Report Raises Concerns
A third Stevenson student has been diagnosed with pertussis, according to the Lake County Health Department. The latest case involves a student who attended the Homecoming Dance last Saturday.
The SHS nursing staff says that students who have had a persistent cough recently should be taken to their medical provider for evaluation. Parents and guardians should tell the doctor that pertussis has been reported at Stevenson, and to report a possible pertussis infection to the school’s nurses. The nurses also encouraged everyone to read this letter from Lake County health officials addressing the situation.
Senior Elected Co-Chair of ISBE Student Advisory Council
Senior Dylan Hu has begun his second year as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council. This year, he was elected co-chairman of the 21-member group, which provides student perspectives on the state’s education policies. He and other council members from the area were highlighted in this Pioneer Press article.
The council held its first set of meetings in Springfield last week, and will return for further discussions in January and March.
For the 2019-20 school year, Dylan will lead a focus group on student success that looks as topics such as culturally responsive teaching, special education, and teacher shortages. Last year, the council looked at ways to improve mental health, and social and emotional learning policies.
“It’s inspiring to get to work alongside policymakers at ISBE and other students who are similarly motivated to conduct research and enact change, with our common goal of improving all public schools in Illinois,” Dylan said.
He also is one of two high school students in the state chosen to be part of the ISBE’s 22-member Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Network, which provides recommendations on increasing teacher diversity and promoting culturally responsive teaching.
In addition to his responsibilities with the council, Dylan is active at Stevenson. He is the editor-in-chief of the Statesman school newspaper, captains the debate team, and is one of the student leaders of the Freshman Mentor Program. The National Merit Scholarship semifinalist also competes on the SHS math and physics teams.
String Parents Fundraiser Saturday in Deer Park
The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant at Deer Park Town Center, 20502 N. Rand Rd., in Deer Park. Show this flyer, and 20% of the sale will be donated to the strings program.
Wednesday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson 163, Barrington 166: The Patriots (10-0) edged the Fillies in a tight match at Makray Memorial Golf Club, winning their 35th straight dual dating back to the 2016 season. Sophomore Emily Duan, freshman Allie Santos and junior Faith Wang all shot 5-over-par 40, and senior Joyce Bai and junior Sophia Zhuang added 43s. Senior Julia Yoo carded a 48.
Stevenson d. Lake Zurich, 25-17, 25-11: The visiting Patriots improved to 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference with their fourth straight win. SHS had an effective night striking the ball, connecting on 52 of 60 attacks and 50 of 51 serves. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led all attackers with 14 kills and senior Lily Cozzi added eight. Senior Grace Tully was 59-of-59 setting with 25 assists. Junior Emerson Kouri posted team highs with four service aces and 13 digs; Lily added three aces and eight digs. Senior Abby Keevins contributed 11 digs. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)
Going to Lake Zurich for Football Friday?
Patriot football fans heading to Lake Zurich on Friday for the varsity and junior varsity games are encouraged to carpool due to limited parking conditions at the high school. LZHS is located at 300 Church St. In addition to parking spaces in the north and west lots by the field, additional parking will be available at St. Peters Church and May Whitney Elementary, both on Church Street. Stevenson fans should sit in the east bleachers of the Bears’ stadium. Admission is $5 for adults under 65, $4 for students who show their school ID, and $3 for all military (active or retired) and seniors (65 years old and over). Only cash can be used at the gate.
Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball matches against Niles North in the Sports Center will be streamed live through the NFHS Network (subscription required). The JV match is at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6 o’clock.
Operation Snowball Registration Open
Operation Snowball registration is open until Nov. 12. Register by Nov. 5 to guarantee a T-shirt. Register for a great time bonding with other students and taking healthy risks. For more information and to register, visit the Operation Snowball web page.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
East Leyden High School in Franklin Park and West Leyden High School in Northlake will use an e-learning day today, as police investigate threats of a shooting found on social media. East Leyden was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning, and students were later sent home early, after a boy was stabbed in the neck during a fight with a schoolmate.
Chicago Public Schools funnels extra money to magnet and test-in schools, and continues an expensive busing program for them, even as the schools do less to accomplish their goal of creating pockets of integration in an otherwise segregated school system, according to a WBEZ analysis.
A former science teacher at Reed-Custer High School in the south suburbs was arrested by FBI agents Wednesday morning. Dayna Chidester, 51, is accused of multiple sexual encounters with a 14-year-old boy last year.
Naperville Park District and Naperville Unit District 203 have come to terms about who will use a new synthetic turf field in Knoch Park and who’s going to pay for it. The multisport field is set to be under construction beginning early next year so it will be ready for play next fall at the park just south of Naperville Central High School.
A proposal to move all Lake Villa District 41 sixth-graders to Palombi Middle School will wait at least a year, the school board decided this week. Overcrowding at Hooper Elementary School prompted the conversation about moving the sixth-graders.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the University of Michigan could be dampening free speech on campus by allowing a group that helps students who have experienced potentially prejudicial acts to operate at the institution. The court agreed with civil liberties watchdog Speech First that the university’s Bias Response Team could potentially deter students from making statements or engaging in protests protected under the First Amendment.
An inquiry by the U.S. Department of Education into the curricular programming of a Middle East studies center supported by federal funds has raised alarm bells in academe. The Consortium for Middle East Studies, run jointly by Duke University and the University of North Carolina, was singled out for having various programs with “little or no relevance to Title VI,” a federal grant program that funds international studies and foreign language programs at U.S. universities.
The United States Mint will memorialize the first teacher who launched toward space with a commemorative $1 silver coin that will help continue her mission of science and technology education. Christa McAuliffe died alongside her six crewmates on board the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.