Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019

Philadelphia Schools Among Today’s Visitors

Nearly 70 representatives from 10 educational institutions in seven states are on campus today for the latest Site Visit for Educators program. The city of Philadelphia’s school district is sending eight ambassadors. Other schools and districts represented today include:

Site visit registration fees go to the Stevenson Foundation, to support its programs.

Guitar Concert Thursday Night
The Fine Arts Division will hold its first-semester guitar concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be livestreamed on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Recent Alumni Invited Back to SHS
All members of Stevenson’s Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are invited to attend the Alumni Lounge anytime between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Enjoy a bite to eat with SHS teachers and reconnect with former classmates. Food and beverages will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

New Stage for Retired Teacher
Retired theater teacher Cynthia Burrows is embarking on a new career: Helping people improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Burrows is enrolled in the personal training program at Harper College, and talked about her new passion in this Q&A.

1970s Marijuana vs. Today’s Version
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.

Did you know that today’s marijuana has more than 40 times the concentration of THC levels compared to what was used in the 1970s? Because of this, we need to understand that this is a completely different drug. Discuss the following facts with your teen:

  • Published research on young people ages 10-25 shows differences in the brain’s reward system between users and non-users. Teens who smoked had significant abnormalities in the areas of the brain linked to emotion, motivation, and decision making.
  • There may be long-term memory loss in adulthood due to teen smoking. Heavy use of marijuana as a teen can result in a 6-point IQ loss in adulthood. This is the same amount of loss that lead poisoning causes.
  • Teens who frequently smoked pot, especially young men, were less likely to hold full-time jobs as adults, get married, or finish their education.

For more information on the impact of today’s marijuana on the teen brain, click here.


Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 58, Barrington 47: Sophomore Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Patriots past the host Fillies in the season-opening game for both teams. Simone scored 16 points in the first half as SHS built a 37-29 halftime lead. Eva Bardic, also a sophomore, added 16 points and junior Nikki Ware chipped in with 10. Senior Avery King scored the team’s other seven points. Stevenson used a 13-1 run late in the first half, and a 14-0 run near the end of the third quarter to blunt Barrington’s comeback efforts. The Patriots sank 16 of 22 free throw attempts in the game, and went 7-of-12 in the fourth quarter. – Daily Herald | News-Sun: Top 5 Teams, 15 Players in the Area



A statewide program helping female high school students learn about cybersecurity and potential jobs in the field begins accepting registration next month. Registration for the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology’s free Girls Go CyberStart program opens Dec. 2. The online program begins Jan. 13, and students can access it from home or school. No previous experience with cybersecurity or IT is required. The program includes lessons about cryptography, password cracking and digital forensics. For more information, visit girlsgocyberstart.org.


The Intramural Basketball League meeting will take place from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Monday in the Student Activities Office. Team packets will be distributed at the meeting. If you have questions, contact Mr. Wellington at awellington@d125.org.


Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire would get more classrooms, safety improvements and other upgrades as part of a proposed $8 million expansion and renovation. The plan calls for a one-story, 1,800-square-foot addition near the front of the existing building on Riverwoods Road.

East St. Louis, one of the country’s poorest cities, has been labeled the worst-performing school district in the nation. Only 73% of students graduate high school — compared to 89% in Illinois and 93% just across the river in Missouri. Community leaders hope that improving early childhood education will reverse the city’s fortunes.

A children’s author whose scheduled appearance at a Wheaton elementary school was abruptly canceled last month has accepted an invitation to speak about her book Wednesday at Glenbard West High School.

A Naperville Central student’s racist Craigslist post has raised concerns within the school community. The post featured a picture of an African American student in class with the heading “Slave for Sale (NAPERVILLE).” School administrators said they took swift and appropriate steps to address the situation as soon as they were made aware of the post.

Zion-Benton Township High School is looking into what it would cost to build a new pool after bids for renovating the existing pool came in higher than expected. The construction bids came in around $7.3 million, higher than the $5.9 million originally estimated. A decision on whether to build a new pool will take at least two to three months.


The most-regretted college majors are English, communications, biological sciences and law, according to ZipRecruiter’s survey of more than 5,000 college graduates who were looking for a job. The least-regretted majors focused on computer science, business, engineering and health administration.

Teachers in three states have sued their former school after being disciplined for refusing to use the preferred names or pronouns of transgender students. The lawsuits also raise the question of whose rights take precedence when transgender students’ demands for recognition and respect clash with teachers’ personal beliefs. All of the teachers say they were forced to choose between keeping their jobs or acting in a way that conflicted with their religious views.

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