Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

For These Senior Twins, It’s Strictly Ballroom This Weekend

Seniors Mark Lozovnoy and Nina Lozovnoy will perform a ballroom dance routine at this weekend’s ninth annual Chicago International Dance Forum. The twins, who have been competitive international ballroom dancers and performers since age 6, have been part of the festival since its beginning. The Chicago International Dance Forum features a variety of performances including ethnic dances from 10 countries, as well as classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and ballroom. The event begins at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. Click here for ticket information.

Two WIT Poems Selected for Anthology
Two poems published in the 2018-19 edition of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts magazine, have been selected to appear in DePaul University’s “Blue Book: Best of Illinois High School Writing 2018-2019.” The poems are “The Pattern of Sound” by Cassie Wang and “Grub” by Winston Wang. Both graduated from SHS in May.

DePaul Prof. Chris Green and his graduate students in the Masters in Writing and Publishing program received more than 70 literary magazines from high schools across Illinois, and read hundreds of literary selections, to make their choices. The selected pieces will be published in a digital anthology on DePaul’s English Department website in December; students also will be invited to a reading and reception at DePaul in January.

Seniors Interviewed for Upcoming Segment on “The Jam”
Chicago TV station WCIU (The CW) interviewed Crescendo for a Cause founders Allen BeckwithKiran Mohan and Jon Raymond recently for an upcoming “Real Chicagoans” segment on “The Jam” morning show. The episode is set to air in December. “Real Chicagoans” highlights Chicagoland residents who give back and make an impact in the community. The three seniors’ Crescendo for a Cause seeks to improve music education in underserved areas and to utilize music performance as a vehicle for advocacy and community service. The CW also interviewed Band Director Dr. Sonny Petway.

Junior Selected to Participate in German Film Festival
Junior Lily Jiang, a student in Stevenson’s Advanced Placement German program, is one of only two U.S. winners selected as jurors for the 2019-20 season of Youth 4 German Cinema by the Goethe Institut. She will be joined by three students from Mexico and one from Canada in attending February’s Berlin and Beyond Film Festival at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. The festival is North America’s largest festival of contemporary German movies.

Youth 4 German Cinema, now in its seventh year, is designed to give high school-age students behind-the-scenes access to an international film festival. They will meet industry professionals; participate in artistic workshops; learn about film criticism and the filmmaking process; and will be involved in the selection of two films that will be shown at the festival for hundreds of visiting students from schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California.

eSports Teams Register Clean Sweep in Week 4
All of Stevenson’s eSports teams swept their opponents during the fourth week of league play this week. The varsity League of Legends squad earned a 2-0 win over St. John High School from St. John, N.D. The varsity Overwatch team improved to 4-0 with a 3-0 win over Jefferson City, Mo., while the JV Overwatch group celebrated its first non-forfeit victory, 3-0, over New Diana High School in Diana, Texas. The varsity and JV Rainbow SIx Siege teams also prevailed. The varsity moved to 4-0 with a 2-0 win over Vandegrift High School near Austin, Texas, while the JV defeated Team Phosphate from the Waterloo Career Center in Waterloo, Iowa, 2-1. The varsity Counter-Strike: GO (Global Offensive) team also remained unbeaten, dispatching Walter Payton Prep, 16-1, while the JV CS:GO squad knocked off Klein Cain High School from the Houston area, 16-2.

The Importance of Student Voice
Stevenson‘s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, Molly Gosline, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Molly and SEL at Stevenson, follow her on Twitter @mollygosline.

Stevenson teachers are engaged in the critical work around developing social and emotional learning strategies that will help us reach our district goal of helping students engage in developing their SEL skillsets as they grow from ninth-graders into graduates.

Adult knowledge and behavior is critical to SEL implementation, and this past month our teacher teams are learning how to include student voice to build classroom strategies that can best meet the needs of our students. Our Student Voice Survey asks students to share their perceptions about classroom experiences such as peer relationships, valuing of subject, and sense of belonging.

If students feel their voices are valued, they are more inclined to develop safe and supportive connections at school including both peer and adult relationships. And these relationships can be both foundational and transformational in helping students develop into their best academic, social and emotional selves.


Quick Hits
Student-athletes who competed in fall sports, along with their parents and guardians, are invited to attend the Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Sports Center. Awards for on-field and off-the-field achievements will be given. … Three Patriots earned honorable mention on the Daily Herald Boys Soccer All-Area Team: junior forwards Alem Duratovic and Anthony Skordilis, and senior midfielder Camron Mahdavian. … Stevenson alumnus Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) made ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Night on Wednesday with a nifty 21-yard touchdown reception during Miami University’s 24-21 win over Ohio. Watch his catch, which was No. 2 in the top 10.


All Juniors Invited to “Friendsgiving” on Nov. 26
The Junior Class Board invites all juniors to attend “Friendsgiving” from 3:25-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 in Room 6110. All juniors are welcome to come and there will be food, activities, and other fun things for them to enjoy and relax before Thanksgiving break.


Coach Hake is holding a meeting for boys lacrosse players from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. He will be discussing the team’s pre-season meeting schedule, which will start the week of Nov. 18.


The Illinois Appellate Court will not bar Chicago Public Schools cross-country runners from competing at the state championship meet Saturday, according to an order issued Thursday. The Illinois High School Association was seeking to overturn a lower court order that allowed the runners to compete in the postseason.

Lake Park High School District 108 announced Thursday that it removed its head football coach following an internal investigation of how a convicted sex offender was permitted to serve as a volunteer football coach earlier this year. The Roselle-based district determined that head varsity football coach Chris Roll failed to follow district-required criminal background check procedures and “directed an assistant coach to remove the volunteer coach” from a list of names submitted for a background check, according to a statement.

One week after Chicago’s teachers union agreed on a tentative contract and suspended an 11-day strike, a threat to finalizing that agreement has cropped up: disagreement over how to parcel out raises for veteran teachers.

The Chicago-based U.S. Seventh Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that a teacher in Eureka School District 140 isn’t entitled to a refund for wages that went to the Illinois Education Association prior to the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that compulsory fair-share fees are unconstitutional.


Multiple years of destructive wildfires and planned power outages have closed California schools for an unprecedented number of days, leaving school districts and the state struggling to adjust to what many call the “new normal.” In the last month more than 1,000 schools were closed for multiple days, robbing students of education hours and leaving school districts worried about losing state funds, which are based on student attendance.

Is the party over for fancy student housing? Falling university enrollments, excess supply and an uptick in defaults may foretell the end of a years-long spate of building amenity-rich housing on and off campus.

Five years after Michigan switched Flint’s water supply to the contaminated Flint River from Lake Huron, the city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.

The U.S. Department of Education this week rejected Grand Canyon University’s bid to convert from a for-profit to nonprofit institution, raising questions about ongoing efforts by other for-profit colleges to change their tax status.

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