Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Comfort Dogs Returning to School in November

Many research studies suggest that spending time with dogs can support students in managing some of the stressors that are part of the high school experience. To that end, Stevenson has partnered with several agencies which provide comfort dogs for a variety of schools and other organizations. Each dog is fully vaccinated, trained, certified as a therapy animal, and under the supervision of their owner at all times. SHS will arrange for several comfort dogs to be present in the College Career Center during the lunch periods (periods 4, 5 and 6) on the following dates: Nov. 7, Dec. 17, Feb. 13, April 16 and May 14. During times when they do not have classes, students may visit the CCC to spend time petting and interacting with the dogs. Parents or guardians who have questions can contact Sarah LaFrancis at

Signs of Suicide Resource for Parents
As part of its commitment to support the physical, mental and emotional wellness of students, Stevenson in recent years has had freshmen and juniors participate in a depression awareness and suicide prevention program called Signs of Suicide (SOS). The program educates students about the symptoms of depression and resources available for support, and also encourages students to seek help from adults if they are concerned about themselves or their peers. Ninth-graders have been participating in the SOS program this month during their lunchtime Freshman Mentor Program advisories. Juniors will take part in Signs of Suicide next semester. Parents and guardians who would like to learn more about the program are encouraged to visit


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 2, Zion-Benton 1: The 12th-seeded Patriots (7-8-4) upset the fifth-seeded Zee-Bees (14-5-2) in the IHSA Class 3A SHS Regional semifinals in the Stadium, earning a berth in the championship game against No. 4 seed Fremd at 5 p.m. Friday. Sophomore Daniel Saltzman scored the winning goal in the second half, off an assist from junior Alem Duratovic. Daniel’s goal came two minutes after Zion had tied the game at 1-1. The first goal of the contest also came in the second half, when senior Ben Dixon gave SHS a 1-0 lead. Senior Itay Gozalzani was the Patriots’ goalkeeper. Stevenson, which lost to Zion 3-1 on Sept. 17, will be seeking its first regional title since 2012. Fremd (12-1-4 ) is unbeaten in its last 15 matches. – Daily HeraldChicagoland Soccer | NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Girls Field Hockey
Lake Forest 6, Stevenson 0: The second-seeded Scouts knocked the Patriots out of the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association state tournament, ending their season. Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen recorded 20 saves, and finished the season with 198.

Girls Volleyball
Lake Forest d. Stevenson, 25-20, 17-25, 25-23: The host Scouts handed the Patriots their first loss of the North Suburban Conference schedule. SHS (20-14, 5-1) concludes NSC play tonight in the Sports Center with the completion of its suspended match against Libertyville, which is 5-0 in the league and has beaten Lake Forest (25-8, 4-2). The Pats won the first set on Sept. 11 before a tornado warning forced suspension of the match. Action begins at 5:30. Against Lake Forest, sophomore Amanda Holsen recorded 21 kills. Senior Lily Cozzi added 12 kills. Classmate Grace Tully was 68-of-72 setting with 32 assists. Junior Emerson Kouri contributed 22 digs while senior Abby Keevins had 16. Junior Emma Potocki had four kills to go along with three solo blocks and a block assist. Tonight’s match against Libertyville concludes the regular season. SHS will play Waukegan in the Palatine Regional semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the Warren Sectional, while Waukegan is No. 15.

2020 Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted
Now that the first Athletics Hall of Fame class has been inducted, nominations can be submitted for the Class of 2020. Visit the Hall of Fame page to see the selection criteria and to nominate an athlete, coach, or staff member or supporter. The nomination deadline is March 15. Financial donations to support the Hall also are being accepted.

Quick Hits
Tonight’s SHS-Libertyville varsity girls volleyball match will be streamed live. The action begins at 5:30 p.m. from the Sports Center. Watch it live at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). … Any adults coming to campus Friday morning for the girls golf state championship recognition ceremony should allow extra time to check in. All adults visiting the building between 7 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. must get a visitor’s pass and undergo a criminal background check.


Key Club Fundraiser at Culver’s in Lincolnshire Friday
Key Club is holding a fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Friday at Culver’s in Lincolnshire. Mention the club when ordering and 25 percent of the sale will be donated to the Thirst Project, an organization dedicated to providing sustainable and clean drinking water to countries around the world.


Teachers in Addison Elementary District 4 reached a tentative contract agreement with the school board Wednesday, a sudden turnaround that averts a strike. Bargaining teams met on and off throughout the day, at first for what began as an informal discussion, Superintendent John Langton said. But the talks apparently yielded enough progress to come to an agreement and break the stalemate.

As the Chicago teachers strike enters its eighth day, it appears the Chicago Teachers Union is preparing for an even longer stalemate. The union has scheduled a civil disobedience training session for its members at CTU headquarters this afternoon. Thousands of Chicago teachers marched downtown to protest while Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her budget address Wednesday.

The Chicago teachers strike will cause several high school sports teams to miss an opportunity to participate in IHSA postseason play. Solario Academy, the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A Fenwick boys soccer sectional, had to forfeit its regional game on Wednesday. Eight Chicago Public League football teams have already lost the chance to play in the state playoffs due to the strike. If the strike isn’t over by Tuesday, another 18 teams could be forced to forfeit state playoff games.

Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts nationwide, where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling stretched. Unions and professional groups for such employees say those jobs often are lower priority when budgets are tight, but their absence can have profound effects on student learning and teachers’ work.


One of Georgia’s largest school districts could owe hundreds of millions of dollars to employees after the state’s Supreme Court ruled it stopped making retirement contributions without proper notice. The 7-0 decision, released Monday, found that the DeKalb County district broke its bylaw requiring a two-year notice before ceasing contributions. The suit will likely become a class-action covering more than 10,000 affected employees.

Penn State University announced the interim suspension of a fraternity after a 17-year-old died last weekend at an off-campus house. The cause of the teen’s death is pending toxicology results. The off-campus house was allegedly occupied by members of the Chi Phi fraternity but was not the fraternity’s official house, the university said.

A New Jersey school district is under fire for a new policy that could bar students with unpaid charges from co-curricular activities, such as field trips or school dances, until the debt is paid. The penalty would be imposed on a case-by-case basis at a principal’s discretion. The Cherry Hill Public Schools district’s plan has drawn criticism from three presidential hopefuls.

An analysis of Indiana Department of Education data found that of the roughly 3,700 Indiana high school students in the Class of 2018 officially recorded as leaving to home-school, more than half were concentrated in 61 of the state’s 507 high schools — campuses where the ratio of students leaving to home-school to those earning diplomas was far above the state average. Those striking numbers suggest that Indiana’s lax regulation of home schooling and its method for calculating graduation rates are masking the extent of many schools’ dropout problems.

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