Monday’s Varsity Results
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.