Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

Teachers’ Second Book Published

Communication Arts teachers Dawn Forde and Andrew Bouque have published a new book, their second in the past two years. “Inquiry Paths to Literacy Learning: A Guide for Elementary and Secondary School Educators,” which they co-edited with three faculty members from Northern Illinois University, was published recently by Rowman and Littlefield. “Inquiry Paths” offers English language arts teachers several models and considerations for how to design and implement inquiry-based teaching and learning. Forde and Bouque also are featured writers for the book in addition to being co-editors. Bouque contributed one chapter, while Forde and SHS Social Studies teacher Peter Anderson collaborated on another. Forde and Anderson co-teach the American Studies class at Stevenson. The book also is available on Amazon, as is their first book, “Raise Your Voices: Inquiry, Discussion, and Literacy Learning.”

Serving A Net Gain for Down Syndrome
Two Stevenson students are featured in this Daily Herald article about the Buddy Up Tennis program, which gives young people with Down syndrome an opportunity to play the game. Junior Raj Sachar, who plays on the SHS boys tennis team, is a regular volunteer in the program. “It’s a way for me to give back in tennis,” he told the paper. “Plus, my uncle has Down syndrome. It makes me feel good to be here.” One of the program participants is sophomore Gile Pomponi. “I want to hit some balls,” he said. “I like to play tennis.” Another Patriot tennis player, senior Kiran Mohan, also volunteers in the program.

“Eating to Succeed” Canceled
Tonight’s Parent Engagement Series presentation, “Eating to Succeed,” has been canceled due to the presenter’s illness.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, New Trier Green 3: The Patriots scored three goals in the third period to rally past the top-ranked Trevians at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. SHS (11-9-1) won its third consecutive game while handing New Trier (21-3-1) its first loss of the season at the hands of an Illinois team. Junior Liam Jones scored the game-winning goal during a power play with 1:43 remaining, off an assist from senior Brett Stokes. Liam’s goal came about two minutes after senior Emmett Baker tied the game at 3-3. Brett assisted on the tying goal. Freshman Davis Jegers started the third-period push with a goal at the 14-minute mark, helped by senior Andrew Slivka. The Patriots dominated the third period, outshooting New Trier, 21-7. The first SHS goal came in the second period, from sophomore Rafael Biedron off an assist from freshman Dylan Jette, which cut a two-goal deficit in half. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 24 saves. With the victory, Stevenson improved to 7-3 in the Scholastic Hockey League. The Trevians are 10-1 in the SHL. – Boxscore

Athletes Announce College Plans During Signing Ceremony
Seven senior student-athletes announced their college choices during a National Letter of Intent Day ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Wood Commons. The honored athletes were:

  • Matthew Ambrose (boys basketball) – University of Indianapolis
  • A.J. Carollo (boys swimming) – St. Thomas University (Minn.)
  • Gina Kondos (girls tennis) – University of Iowa
  • Ben Niesman (boys lacrosse) – Hofstra University
  • Justin Ross (boys volleyball) – Loyola University Chicago
  • Kilian Weber (girls lacrosse) – Central Michigan University
  • Grace Wingfield (girls soccer) – Northern Illinois University

Also, three SHS students who participate in club sports but not on Stevenson teams signed letters of intent on Wednesday:

  • Allie Kirby (girls soccer) – Fairfield University
  • Mikey Kogan (boys gymnastics) – University of Iowa
  • Tyler Selvaggi (boys gymnastics) – University of Oklahoma


Audition Workshops for Two Plays Coming Soon
Audition workshops for the freshman-sophomore play, and for the winter play, take place this month. Attending these workshops is strongly recommended prior to participating in auditions. The audition workshop for the freshman-sophomore play, “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” will be held after school Thursday, Nov. 21. Click here for more information and to sign up for auditions. The audition workshop for the winter play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” will be held Monday, Nov. 25. Click here for more information and to sign up for auditions.


Facing pressure from critics for canceling an author’s visit, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are confirming they called off the event based on both the book’s LGBTQ content and a breakdown in procedures over notifying parents. Superintendent Jeff Schuler acknowledged for the first time that stories about gender identity in “Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change,” caused concern.

A University of Illinois policy requiring National Public Radio-member station reporters to disclose information about sources who say they were sexually harassed or assaulted is coming under fire from media organizations and free-speech advocates, who say the rule will have a chilling effect on reporting about sexual misconduct. An investigation published in August by NPR Illinois and the nonprofit outlet ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network found that the UI had repeatedly protected the reputations of professors who had been accused of sexual misconduct.

The student journalists at Northwestern University’s student newspaper have come under fire twice in the past week. First the Daily Northwestern was roundly criticized by fellow students angered by how the paper covered last week’s appearance by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an event that spurred tense protests at the Evanston campus. Then, in an attempt to mend fences, the student editorial staff published a mea culpa on Sunday that has drawn the ire of journalists appalled that the students would apologize for what seemed to be basic journalistic practices.


Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that’s one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday. Receiving $260 million apiece will be Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and the Cleveland Clinic. The institutions are free to use the money as they see fit. The gifts come from this year’s sale of the Lord Corp. to Parker-Hannifin Corp for $3.68 billion.

Teachers in Little Rock, Ark., are striking for the first time in more than three decades over the state’s control of the local school system and a panel’s decision to strip their union’s collective bargaining rights. Arkansas has run the school district since 2015, when it was taken over because of low scores at several schools.

Two private school administrators and a teacher are facing criminal charges in the death of a 13-year-old autistic student who was restrained for nearly two hours, prosecutors in northern California said.

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