Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

Class of 2019 Sets School ACT Record

The Class of 2019 recorded the highest average ACT score in school history, according to data released Wednesday by the maker of the college-entrance exam. The average composite score of 28.6 shattered the previous high of 26.9 set in each of the three previous years. The state of Illinois average also reached new heights with a 24.3. The ACT is scored on scale from 1 to 36.

In both cases, the change is driven heavily by declining participation due to the state’s shift from using the SAT instead of the ACT as its measuring stick for educational performance. Only 696 members of Stevenson’s 1,000-plus Class of 2019 took the ACT, compared to 1,011 the year before. Across the state, only 50,850 graduated seniors took the ACT compared to 62,626 in 2018 and 134,901 in 2017.

Stevenson set all-time highs in each subject area of the ACT: English (28.8), reading (28.8), mathematics (28.2) and science (27.9).


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Warren, 21-25, 25-20, 25-13: The host Patriots rallied to win their Senior Night match, improving to 18-9 overall and 5-0 in the North Suburban Conference. After losing the first, set, SHS trailed 16-14 in the second before going on a 7-1 run behind the serving of senior Connie Song, and kills from senior Lily Cozzi and juniors Makayla Uremovich and Emma Potocki. Lily had nine kills on the night, while Emma added four and Makayla had three. Emma also had five block assists and Lily had four. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led the Patriots with 14 kills. Senior Grace Tully was 80-of-81 setting with 29 assists. Junior libero Emerson Kouri made a team-high 19 digs. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required) | Daily Herald

Quick Hits

Two sporting events today will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page: The varsity girls field hockey game against New Trier at 6:15, and the freshman football game versus Warren at 4:30. 


Give-A-Thon Classroom Leader Info Meeting Next Week
Students who have been identified as Give-A-Thon classroom leaders are invited to an information meeting during their lunch period on Thursday, Oct. 24 (a late arrival day) in Room 2104. Students should bring their lunch when attending the meeting.

Theatre Department Costume Sale Today and Friday
Need an idea for a Halloween costume? Looking for something to add to your wardrobe? Stop by the Halloween and Fall Fashion Sale, a fundraiser for SHS Thespians, during all lunch periods today and Friday in front of the Performing Arts Center. In addition to costumes, there will be designer jeans, fashion boots, and other items. The sale is open to all students, cash only. Prices range from $2 to $20.


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 Questions can be directed to the same email address. The entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 25.


Freshman boys interested in trying out for basketball are invited to attend an informational meeting at 8 a.m. Monday in Room 8048. The meeting will provide information and expectations for tryouts, and for the upcoming season. Contact Coach Gimre at if you are unable to attend, or with questions.


For the second time in seven years, Chicago Public Schools teachers are on strike. Their walkout begins today. Altogether, more than 30,000 workers will be on the picket lines. This includes 7,500 teacher aides, custodians and security guards who are members of SEIU Local 73. SEIU said Wednesday evening it had rejected CPS’ contract offer and planned to strike on Thursday along with the Chicago Teachers Union.

Rich East High School will be closed at the end of the 2019-20 school year due to operating costs and declining enrollment. The District 227 Board of Education voted 4-3 Tuesday night to close the school, which serves parts of eight south suburban communities. Students who would attend Rich East instead will be shifted to the one of the district’s other two high schools, Rich Central in Olympia Fields or Rich South in Richton Park. The district is considering spending up to $105 million to repair, renovate and expand the two remaining schools.

Illinois’ revised school funding formula is helping achieve greater equity among school districts, according to a new evaluation of the state’s education system. However, the report by Advance Illinois determined more work needs to be done in early childhood education, improving achievement for black and low-income students and boosting enrollment in Illinois colleges.

Teachers in Addison Elementary District 4 filed a 10-day intent to strike notice Wednesday that could lead to the cancellation of classes for more than 4,000 students as early as Oct. 24. The school board has declared an impasse, saying the teachers union rejected its “last best offer” that guaranteed 3% annual pay increases for each of the next five years.


Lavish perks are now common at major colleges, part of a national “arms race” in amenities from fancier dorms to gourmet food to rec centers that resemble water parks. Economists say it’s all evidence of a broken system. As states have cut funding for higher education, few universities have cut their ambition. Instead they’re competing to expand enrollment and recruit more out-of-state and international students, who typically pay much more for the same education.

A Georgia school district has reversed its transgender-friendly bathroom policy after board members, staff and students were threatened. The Pickens County School Board changed its policy this week, citing “death threats, student harassment and vandalism of school property.” The policy had allowed transgender students to use restrooms that aligned with their gender identity instead of a single-stall, gender-neutral bathroom.

Starting early last year, the nation’s most powerful consumer protection agency sent examiners into companies that run student loan call centers to try to fix a troubled loan forgiveness program. But the Department of Education blocked the bureau from getting the information it needed, according to National Public Radio.


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