Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

East Building Addition Honored for Green Roof, Walls

Stevenson High School’s East Building addition has earned the highest level in a new ratings system recognizing the effective use of green roofs and walls. The Washington, D.C.-based Green Infrastructure Foundation has given a Platinum rating to Stevenson based on its new Living Architecture Performance Tool . The LAPT is a rating system and best-practice guide with a goal of certifying that green roofs and walls are planned to achieve certain measurable and replicable performance benefits. The school, and two other projects, will be recognized at next week’s Grey to Green Conference in Silver Spring, Md. Read more about the honor.

Need an Interpreter for Next Week’s Next-Gen Event?
Parents or guardians who need an interpreter for next week’s First Generation to United States Undergraduate Admission Night are invited to call the College Career Center at 847-415-4517 or email

This first-ever college night is designed for students (and their families) who are the first in their family to navigate the undergraduate admissions process in the United States. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Performing Arts Center. Families from all backgrounds and grade levels are welcome to attend. Read more about the event.

eSports Teams Open 2019-20 Seasons
Stevenson’s eSports Club opened its season by winning four of six contests in various online competitions. Here are the results from the opening week:

  • Varsity CS:GO: Won 16-2 against Lausanne Collegiate School in Tennessee
  • JV CS:GO: Lost 16-12 to Lake Travis High School in Arkansas
  • Varsity Rainbow6:Siege: Won 2-0 over Robert Turner College and Career High School, in Texas
  • Varsity Overwatch: Won 3-0 versus Cobden Appleknocker Esports Club in Cobden, Ill.
  • JV Overwatch: Lost 3-1 to Team Phosphate from Waterloo Career Center in Iowa
  • League of Legends: Won 2-0 over Larimore High School in North Dakota

Students Helping Soldiers Paints Veteran’s House
Several members of the Students Helping Soldiers participated in the club’s annual Paint-a-Thon last weekend. Students volunteered their time to paint the house of local Vietnam War veteran Pat Hickey, a Purple Heart recipient.

Winter Sports Start Soon; Don’t Forget to Register
The boys bowling, fencing and competitive cheerleading seasons start next week, and other winter sports get underway very soon. Use this link to register for winter sports. Questions? Contact or call 847-415-4225. Here are the starting dates for winter sports:

  • Boys bowling: Oct. 28
  • Girls and boys fencing: Oct. 28
  • Competitive cheerleading: Oct. 28
  • Allied Spirit Revolution: Nov. 4
  • Girls basketball: Nov. 4
  • Boys basketball: Nov. 11
  • Girls gymnastics: Nov. 11
  • Boys and girls wrestling: Nov. 11
  • Girls bowling: Nov. 18
  • Boys swimming and diving: Nov. 25
  • Allied basketball: Jan. 9

Quick Hits
Tonight’s IHSA Class 3A boys soccer regional game against Zion-Benton will be streamed live from the Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. The varsity girls volleyball match at Lake Forest also can be seen online at 6 o’clock. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). The winner of tonight’s soccer contest will play Fremd for the regional championship at 5 p.m. Friday.


Alumni to Help Students Prepare for Future Success
Stevenson’s Career Exploration Program is sponsoring “Focus On Your Future,” its first-ever alumni career panel event, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the West Auditorium. Only SHS students are invited. Space is limited and registration is requested. Use this link to register. A panel of Stevenson alumni will share their knowledge with current students about several career areas, including medicine and healthcare, engineering, science, law, business and marketing.


The wrestling team will hold an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Wrestling Room. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Cook at

Tryouts for the competitive cheerleading season will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Wood Commons. Athletes new and experienced are welcome to try out! Register online through this link. Contact Coach Walton at or @stevensonvarsitycheer on Instagram for any questions.


The Chicago teachers strike continues today for a seventh day. The Chicago Teachers Union is expected to shift its picket lines from in front of schools to downtown, where Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be delivering her budget address.

The Addison Teachers’ Association could go on strike as early as Thursday. If the union strikes, it would make Addison at least the third district in northern Illinois to experience a work stoppage this month. Along with Chicago teachers, educators in Mendota, about 90 miles west of Chicago, have been striking since Oct. 16.


The U.S. Department of Education has proposed several key changes to its massive survey that collects data from the nation’s public schools on a wide range of civil rights issues. Among the changes, the 2019-20 version of the Civil Rights Data Collection would remove questions that focus on preschool and school finance. The proposals would also add in more questions about sexual assault and bullying based on religion.

Sixty-two years after the world watched Little Rock struggle to desegregate its schools, history seemed to be repeating itself. After five years of state control due to underperformance, a plan is in place to return limited local control to the city’s school district. However, a newly elected school board would only be responsible for schools that had not received an “F” grade. The “failing” schools, which all have high minority populations, would still be under state control. The state’s plan would effectively divide the district by race.

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