Monday’s Varsity Results
Cary-Grove d. Stevenson, 25-18, 25-16: The second-seeded Trojans (31-9) claimed the IHSA Class 4A Warren Sectional semifinal over the third-seeded Patriots (23-15), advancing to the sectional championship match against top-seeded Libertyville on Wednesday. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led SHS with 15 kills and two service aces, and tied for the team lead with five digs. Junior Makayla Uremovich added five kills. Senior Grace Tully concluded her prep career with 23 assists on 51-of-51 setting. – Daily Herald
Fall ESPPA Award Nominations Open
Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this fall? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out this form by Wednesday, Nov. 13. Winners will be recognized at the Fall Sports Awards Night on Monday, Nov. 18.
Two more senior athletes have announced their college plans. Avery King will join the women’s basketball program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, while Jake Freed will continue his baseball career at Oberlin College.
PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon
The next Patriot Parent Association bake sale is Wednesday during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
The Illinois High School Association filed an appeal Monday hoping to reverse a judge’s decision to let Chicago Public Schools athletes run in the state cross country meet. Cook County Judge Neil H. Cohen ruled Friday that all CPS cross-country teams should be allowed to run in the state sectionals, even though they missed the regional round due to the Chicago teachers strike. The teams competed and 13 runners and Mather’s cross-country team advanced to the state finals. Meanwhile, the IHSA said eight boys and five girls competing as individuals and the team from St. Viator in Arlington Heights will be in the state finals. They were bumped after the results of last week’s sectionals.
A new law ensuring all full-time teachers in Illinois will make at least $40,000 a year by 2023 will only affect a small portion of the state’s workforce. Fewer than 8,000 of the state’s 130,000 teachers make less than $40,000. But the law will make a significant impact in many small, rural southern Illinois districts, where schools receive less property tax money per student and pay out lower wages than in wealthier areas of the state.
Fenwick High School has fired its head football coach for violating school policy three years ago. The Oak Park school said Greg Nudo in 2016 allowed an assistant at practices and games who had not undergone a mandatory background check.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
The Texas teen accused of killing 10 people at Santa Fe High School last year will be declared not competent to stand trial, his defense attorney said Monday. The teen was evaluated by three experts: one hired by the defense, an independent expert and one chosen by state prosecutors. All three agreed that the teen is not competent to stand trial.
Findings of a national survey reveal how far schools have come in making digital learning available to every student — and how far they still have to go to realize the full value of their investment. The Speak Up survey of more than 343,500 K-12 students, parents, teachers and administrators found that while students in a majority of schools are now given a mobile device to use in class, there are mixed signals about the value this adds to their learning.
The poor quality of student writing is a common lament among college professors. But how are elementary, middle and high school teachers supposed to teach it better? Unfortunately, this is an area where education research doesn’t offer educators clear advice. Compared to subjects such as math and reading, the amount of research on how to teach writing is tiny.
A widely used principal professional development program focusing on teacher and classroom observations, did not boost student achievement, improve school climate or increase the amount of time principals spend on instructional issues, according to an evaluation from the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.