Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019

Winter Dance Concert Tickets On Sale

Tickets are on sale for the Winter Dance Concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 and can be ordered online.

Retired Teacher Co-Authors Bard Book
Retired Communication Arts teacher Mary Christel is the co-author of “Bring on the Bard: Active Drama Approaches for Shakespeare’s Diverse Student Readers,” published recently by the National Council of Teachers of English. The book, co-written with Kevin Long of Harper College, introduces the “Folio” technique to secondary level teachers who want to help students understand and play with Shakespeare’s language.

Folio technique refers to the individual “cue scripts” Shakespeare wrote for actors who hadn’t read the entire play but had to perform on the fly with almost no rehearsal. The authors contend that the Folio technique helps students to discover the clues the Bard built into his works that shed light on the characters’ text, context and subtext.

The book is suffused with the experiences of current and former Stevenson teachers and students. Communication Arts teachers Jen Arias, Laura Brown, Jacquie Cullen, Stephen Heller and Noel Johnston shared their experiences teaching Shakespeare, as did former teacher and current Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Mark Onuscheck. Retired SHS teachers Cynthia Burrows and Chris Heckel-Oliver also discussed their experiences, as did 1994 graduate and current English Language Arts teacher Rita Göndöcs. Two current students, seniors Dziyana Balakir and Abby Sokol, and 2019 graduates Hailey Keenan and Laura Thornburg shared their experiences of reading and performing Shakespeare’s work.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,029, Mundelein 2,712: The Patriots swept all three games at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein, improving to 3-0 on the season in conference and regular-season matches. Juniors Ryan Lerman and Nicholas Sternes led SHS with series scores of 645 and 641, respectively. Ryan rolled a high game of 236, while Nicholas’ top game was 222. Classmate Luke Snider added a 565 series, which included a 221 game. Ryan Grabiner, also a junior, had the high game of the day for Stevenson, a 237, and posted a two-game score of 429. Freshman Ender Starr bowled two games, 206 and 199, and junior Joey Gluck had a 192 and 152.


Senior Yearbook Portrait Deadline Next Week
Seniors (and any other student graduating in 2020) must have their yearbook portrait taken by Visual Image Photography by Wednesday, Nov. 27 if they want it to appear in the Ambassador yearbook. Schedule an appointment online at


In Illinois, it’s legal for school employees to seclude students in a separate space — to put them in “isolated timeout” — if the students pose a safety threat to themselves or others. Yet every school day, workers isolate children for reasons that violate the law, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois has found.

Antioch Elementary District 34 and its superintendent, Jay Marino, are parting ways. The school board Tuesday night was expected to approve a “mutual separation agreement” with Marino, who is serving in his sixth school year in that role. Marino has been on leave for an undisclosed reason since Nov. 1.

Classes are canceled at Marion High School today so that the facility can be professionally inspected for bedbugs. The infestation is thought to be contained to two adjacent classrooms. Prior to official notification from the district, speculation on Facebook led parents to pull “several hundred” students out of school on Tuesday, according to the superintendent.

Parents of students at a northern Illinois elementary school are angry after an older student led an experiment that asked their children to open child-proof medicine bottles. A junior high school student worked with some kindergarteners and first-graders at Leland Elementary School in LaSalle County as part of a science fair project. Parents believe they should have been notified in advance.


At least 147 Indiana school districts canceled classes Tuesday as thousands of teachers traveled to the state capital for “Red for Ed Action Day,” demanding better pay and more funding for public schools.

A series of racist incidents at Syracuse University has roiled the private school, with officials confronted by student sit-ins and harsh critiques from faculty members and federal agents crawling the campus. The incidents, which began less than two weeks ago, have included racist graffiti, swastikas and hate speech hurled at black and Asian students.

Education advocates in Texas are challenging a plan to replace the elected Houston school board with a state-appointed one. The decision follows the release of a report detailing Wheatley High School’s poor performance and the board’s alleged wrongdoing. The Houston Independent School District is suing the state, arguing that the takeover would disenfranchise black and Hispanic voters.

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