Freshman Selected for National Math Competition
Freshman Benjamin Chen has earned a place in the 2020 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship sponsored by the American Mathematical Society. He will be among 10 regional winners who will compete for the first-place prize of $10,000 on Jan. 18 in Denver. Approximately 5,000 students in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom competed this fall in regional qualifying competitions. Benjamin joins Andrew Hwang (Class of 2018) as the only finalists from Stevenson. Andrew was a finalist in 2017 and 2018.
More Than 80 Educators From 7 States to Visit SHS
More than 80 educators from schools in seven states will be coming to Stevenson on Wednesday and Thursday for the second Site Visit Day of the 2019-20 school year. Most of the visitors will come Wednesday. Three schools from Cobb County, Ga., will be represented: Durham, Palmer and Lost Mountain middle schools. Other schools sending representatives to SHS include Avon Grove Intermediate School in West Grove, Pa.; Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky. and Boone County Schools in Florence, Ky.; North Central High School in Indianapolis; Oregon High School in Oregon, Wis.; and Maine South High School in Park Ridge. Also, a group from Rogers High School in St. Rogers, Ark., will come for the “Focused Conversations” meetings on Thursday.
Don’t Let Your Pertussis Guard Down
Stevenson’s school nurses are urging parents and students to remain diligent in helping to prevent the spread of pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Here again are the key points to remember from the Lake County Health Department:
- Pertussis is caused by a bacterium that infects the mouth, nose, and throat and spreads through the air by coughing, sneezing, and talking.
- Symptoms are a dry cough which may present as coughing “fits” (mild or severe) with little or no fever. If severe enough, it can cause gagging or vomiting and can interrupt sleep. In between coughing fits the person appears well.
- Those with pertussis are most contagious during the first two weeks after the cough starts. If infected with pertussis, infants, small children, and those who have weak immune systems may develop severe, life-threatening illness.
Students experiencing these symptoms should see a health care provider immediately, and should tell whomever conducts an examination that pertussis has been reported at the school. Also, students with a persistent cough should stay home from school until they have been evaluated by a health care provider.
Second-Semester Driver Ed Meeting Tonight
Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester, and their parents or guardians, will have an information meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Students will complete an online permit application and permit test, while parents and guardians will receive information about the SHS driver education program. Students whose parents or guardians are unavailable may attend the meeting and start the permitting process. Read this letter for more details.
Get a Statesman Sneak Peek
Counselor Lindsay Perkins talks about the purpose of Wednesday’s Let’s Talk About Your Future Night in this sneak peek from the Statesman’s upcoming issue. The piece was written by web editor Olivia Han and designed by Managing Editor of Web Christie Lee. Speaking of advance previews, here’s another Statesman story from sophomore Humza Qazi, about how SHS is one of a handful of high schools in the country to actively advertise the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC program) and offer support for students who wish to participate.
String Parents Fundraiser Thursday Morning
The String Parents Association is holding a breakfast fundraiser from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe, 410 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention Stevenson when ordering, and proceeds will benefit the SHS strings program. Thursday is a late arrival day for Stevenson students.
Teens Sue Juul, Other Vape Makers
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.
Students, along with others across the country, are suing vape manufacturers like Juul for causing teen addiction to vaping. One student says because of vaping, he “became ‘heavily addicted to nicotine,” making him “anxious, highly irritable and prone to angry outbursts,” and poor performance in school. Another student is a former cross-country athlete who now has trouble breathing while performing simple tasks, according to his attorneys. To read more about these and other students standing up to the industry, click here or here.
Monday’s Varsity Results
Palatine d. Stevenson, 25-21, 14-25, 25-12: Sophomore Amanda Holsen recorded 13 kills and also had 12 digs for the visiting Patriots (20-13). Junior Makayla Uremovich and seniors Lily Cozzi and Grace Tully had three kills apiece. Grace distributed 20 assists on 66-of-66 setting. She, Amanda and Lily all had two service aces, and Lily made a team-high 13 digs. SHS now sets its sights on the North Suburban Conference title. Stevenson, which is 5-0 in the league, travels to Lake Forest (4-2) on Wednesday, then completes its suspended match against Libertyville in the Sports Center on Thursday. The Wildcats also are 5-0, including a win over Lake Forest. – Daily Herald
More than 80 runners from the SHS girls and boys cross country teams served as volunteers at the recent Chicago Marathon. The Patriots were placed at Aide Station 4 (Mile 6), distributing water and gatorade to all of the participants. … The SHS boys ice hockey team is holding Fan Appreciation Night during its varsity and junior varsity games against Glenbrook South on Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. The varsity contest starts at 5:40 p.m., followed by the JV at 7:40. Free fan giveaways are planned, along with performances by the Skatriettes.
Odyssey Shirts, Hoodies for Sale
Students (and faculty and staff) can purchase Odyssey 2020 apparel to get ready for February’s festival. Three types of apparel are available: short-sleeve T-shirts ($10), long-sleeve T-shirts ($15) and hoodies ($20). Click here to order. The sale ends Nov. 3. Apparel orders can be picked up in the Wood Commons (pre-orders only) starting Nov. 20.
Students Can Update iPads to iOS 13.1.3
Students can update their SHS iPad to iOS 13.1.3. However, anyone who has an iOS less than 12.4.2 must stop at the SMARTdesk before updating. Visit the SMARTdesk web page for details.
The IM Climbing Club is coming back! There will be an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Climbing dates scheduled are Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 11 (all Wednesdays), at Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills. Register at this link. The cost is $10 for each trip. Students also need to fill out a waiver to join; the waiver is available in the Student Activities Office. Visit the Climbing Club tab on the IM web page for more details.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
The Illinois State Board of Education is proposing a rule change to allow school districts more flexibility in how they code or count their expenses so they can accurately distinguish risk management or liability costs and keep them separate from the administrative expense column. The proposed change would move away from an accounting protocol implemented in 2009 that placed anything related to risk management or liability into a single line item. Instead, districts could report different expenses related to that category into different lines.
While all the focus has been on teachers and their fight for a new contract with Chicago Public Schools, their purple-clad friends — school support staff who are members of SEIU Local 73 — are in a similar battle. But their negotiations are proceeding on a less-frequent schedule than the daily meetings between CTU and CPS that continued over the weekend. On Monday, for the first time since the strike began, the union representing the school district’s 7,500 custodians, bus aides, security officers and special education classroom assistants went back to the bargaining table to try to hammer out a deal with the district.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign released a much-anticipated report last week with recommendations to improve the handling of sexual harassment cases involving faculty. But whether the university’s Board of Trustees will embrace change remains to be seen. Even a professor of law and philosophy who headed up the committee was uncertain how the ideas would be received.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
Four parents who initially fought charges in the college admissions scam have agreed to plead guilty over the past few days, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts. The plea changes come as federal prosecutors are expected to file additional charges against some defendants who pleaded not guilty in the case.
Hampshire College is eliminating majors and academic departments as part of a radical restructuring. The Amherst, Mass. college plans to move to an academic model that may address topics such as climate change, social and economic inequality, artificial intelligence, and reinvigorating arts relevancy.
One of Missouri’s storied high school football programs pressed the self destruct button after it was found to have illegally played an ineligible player in Week 1, attempted to cover it up by having him wear a different jersey number, and then denied it happened. Cardinal Ritter College Prep, a St. Louis Catholic school, forfeited all its games for use of an ineligible player, then chose to cancel the entire season rather than continue playing under a coaching staff that was also “permanently released” from its duties in the aftermath of the scandal.