Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

Alumna Stays Alive on “The Voice”

It looked like a “Wrecking Ball” might knock Lauren Hall (Class of 2012) off “The Voice” Monday night, but she was saved by Blake Shelton. Hall went up against fellow “Team Kelly” mates Hello Sunday with a duet of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. Kelly Clarkson selected Hello Sunday as the winner of the Battle Round, putting Hall’s future on the show in jeopardy. However, Shelton exercised his option to “steal” Hall and placed her on his team for the next round, the Knockout Round. The next episode airs at 7 o’clock tonight on NBC 5 Chicago.

Dance Connection Fundraiser Ends Thursday
The Stevenson Dance Connection’s month-long Baker’s Square pie gift card fundraiser ends Thursday. Gift cards are good for any whole pie at any Baker’s Square location. Cards are $14 for one card or $25 for two cards. Contact a Stevenson dance company dancer or teacher to buy a card. All profits benefit Stevenson’s dance companies.

Don’t Be Frightened, Talk With Your Teen
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.

This Halloween, spend time talking with your teen about parties and alcohol use:

  • Let them know how to handle a situation where there is pressure to drink.
  • Establish a code they can text you to request that you pick them up anytime they feel uncomfortable.
  • Set clear rules regarding non-use at your house or outside the home regarding alcohol.

For other ideas on how to prepare your teen for Halloween, click here.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Quick Hits
The varsity girls volleyball team takes on Waukegan at 5:30 today in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Palatine Regional at Palatine High School. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the Warren Sectional, which will draw the winners of four regionals including Palatine. Waukegan is the No. 15 seed. The two schools met Oct. 9, with SHS posting a 25-14, 25-11 victory. Tonight’s winner advances to the regional championship match at 6 p.m. Thursday. The other semifinal will feature sixth-seeded Palatine and No. 11 Wheeling.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Sophomores Meet With Counselors Wednesday
All sophomores will meet with their counselor during the activity period on Wednesday, Oct. 30 to discuss course selection for the 2020-21 school year. Sophomores must attend this meeting, even if they are part of a club that is gathering during the activity period. See the activity period listing on the website calendar for meeting locations.

CLUBS

Are you interested in sewing for others? Want to earn some community service hours while sewing pillowcases for foster children? Join the fun after school today from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 1612! Sponsored by Stevenson Styler Fashion Club.

ATHLETICS

If you’re interested in trying out for the varsity boys basketball team, email Coach Ambrose at pambrose@d125.org for details.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

The Illinois State Board of Education this month has suspended the licenses of nearly 50 educators across the state charged with sex crimes, violent felonies or certain drug offenses, the agency said. ISBE began suspending the licenses of eligible educators earlier this month, about six weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new law aimed at strengthening student safety protections.

The Chicago teachers strike enters its ninth day today. The strike, which began Oct. 17, now is the longest against the Chicago Board of Education since 1987, when a 19-day strike occurred. Striking Chicago teachers will march to the site of the Lincoln Yards megadevelopment this morning, directing scorn at the $6 billion North Side project as the union continues demanding more funds for the district. The march comes hours after a marathon 16-hour bargaining session.

The 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year leads the band program at a middle school in southern Illinois. Eric Combs, who teaches at Richland County Middle School in Olney, received the honor this month at the 45th annual “Those Who Excel” banquet in Normal. Combs started a program at his school that loans instruments to students for free. He also was honored for developing a system of differentiated and individualized music instruction that allows students to progress at their own pace.

The Special Education District of Lake County has lifted enrollment limits at two schools after freezing student levels last month because of staffing shortages. The district’s executive board voted unanimously last week to remove enrollment caps at South School and Laremont School but keep the cap in place at Gages Lake School.

A former teacher at Zion-Benton and Grayslake North high schools who was charged in 2016 with sexual abuse involving a student pleaded guilty after negotiations with prosecutors and has been sentenced to four-and-a-quarter years in prison.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

As the protests in Hong Kong enter their 21st week, the conflict is spilling onto campuses across the United States and highlighting rising tensions between Hong Kong-born students and their classmates from mainland China. College officials face the challenging task of supporting free expression without alienating the largest demographic of international students on American campuses.

California’s Kincade fire — and the state power company Pacific Gas and Electric’s subsequent controversial power shutoffs — have led to some college campuses closing and others fearing damage. Poor air quality, power outages and fire danger have led to several institutions in northern California to restrict operations out of safety concerns — while institutions in southern California are facing similar closures due to another fire.

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