College Financial Aid Night on Tuesday
The College Career Center will hold its annual Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The presentation is meant primarily for families who have current juniors or seniors. Details about applying for college financing assistance through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be discussed, along with the types of financial aid available, and how eligibility for aid is determined. Families typically complete their FAFSA forms in October. In addition to the Oct. 3 event, the College Career Center has information on the FAFSA and other financial aid-related links on its web page.
Dance Connection Fundraiser Begins Today
Stevenson Dance Connection is selling Baker’s Square pie gift cards during the month of October. All profits benefit Stevenson’s dance companies. Gift cards are good for any whole pie at any Baker’s Square location. Cards are $14 for one card or $25 for two cards. See a Stevenson dance company dancer or teacher to buy a card.
Getting the Upper Hand on Anxiety
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.
Anxiety disorders affect one in five U.S. children, but often go unrecognized, says the New England Journal of Medicine. According to literature from Johns Hopkins University, “prevention, rather than treatment, of childhood anxiety is critical. … Delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to depression, substance abuse and poor academic performance throughout childhood and well into adulthood.” Here is more information on anxiety from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Boys Golf Team Competes for NSC Championship
The SHS boys golf team travels to the Willow Glen Golf Course at the Great Lakes Naval Station today for the North Suburban Conference championship. Last year, the Patriots finished second to Lake Forest on the same course. After today, Stevenson will compete in the New Trier Invitational on Saturday, then moves into the postseason at the IHSA Zion-Benton Regional tournament on Monday, Oct. 7.
The sophomore girls volleyball team won the Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational on Saturday. With the title, Coach Eric Goolish’s squad improved its record to 9-3 on the season. … Danny Richmond (Class of 2002) has retired from professional hockey after a 15-year career. He was the 31st overall pick of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, but spent most of his five-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks. The defenseman played 39 games with the Blackhawks from 2005-08, after appearing in 10 contests for Carolina. Richmond, who did not play hockey for Stevenson, also played in the American Hockey League and in Europe. His father, Steve, spent five seasons in the NHL during the 1980s. … Tonight’s varsity girls field hockey game against Highland Park will be streamed live on NFHS Network, beginning at 7:15. Click here to watch (subscription required). … Boys lacrosse coach Tom Hake is holding a meeting for parents and guardians of players 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Team equipment and Spring Break information will be addressed, plus other important details in preparation for the spring 2020 season.
Seniors, Juniors Have Activity Period Meetings Wednesday
All seniors will receive graduation information and sit for the Class of 2020 photo during the activity period on Wednesday. All seniors, including those graduating early, should report to the Sports Center. All juniors will meet with their counselors. Juniors 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.
Friday is the application deadline for significant scholarships at two prestigious institutions: the Jefferson Scholars award at the University of Virginia, and the John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College. See the Student Announcements web page for more details. Applications are available in the College Career Center.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Eastern Illinois University’s enrollment has gone up, even though its on-campus population is decreasing. The difference? The university has begun to include high schoolers enrolled in dual credit courses and dual enrollment programs in its total enrollment count.
Peoria’s public schools are getting a $2.5 million federal grant for programs aimed at helping the poorest families in the city. The Full Service Community Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education is being awarded to the Harrison Community Learning Center and Roosevelt Magnet School. The money will be spent on a host of counseling, tutoring, mentoring and physical fitness programs.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
As part-time enrollment continues to outpace full-time enrollment, colleges are making adjustments. More institutions are scheduling courses at the times when part-time students need them, rather than when it’s convenient for faculty. But on many college campuses, part-time students remain an afterthought, even though part-timers now make up more than a quarter of students at four-year colleges, and close to two-thirds at community colleges.
Defying the NCAA, California’s governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.
A public K-8 charter school in Cleveland will be the first in the country equipped with 5G wireless technology. Breakthrough Schools is part of the Verizon Innovation Learning program, which provides technology and professional development to Title I districts across the country.