Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

per pupil spending rev 11-21-19

SHS Continues to Offer Good Value

Stevenson High School is known for its academic excellence, but it also stands out for its financial stewardship.

For 13 straight years, District 125 has earned the Illinois State Board of Education’s highest rating for its financial management practices. Stevenson has received a perfect score from the state in each of the last 11 years. In addition, the district has only sought voter approval for an education tax rate adjustment once in the past 50 years.

“It‘s important for our community that we offer the highest quality education for students at a reasonable cost,” said District 125 Board of Education President Steve Frost. “We take very seriously the investment that residents have made in choosing to live here.”

The chart above compares per-pupil spending at Stevenson and nearby high schools, and is based on the latest Illinois Report Card data supplied by the Illinois State Board of Education. As you can see, Stevenson’s per-pupil spending is well below that of many other area high schools.

Six Student Writers Win Awards at UW-Whitewater
Six students won awards at the annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on Wednesday.

Two students earned first place honors. Senior Cheryl Chen was awarded first place in the Personal Essay competition with her essay, “Harvest Plums.” Her classmate, Helen Han, received first place in Poetry for her poems, “Roadkill” and “Last Night I Dreamt I Melted.” Helen’s poetry also was chosen for the Judge’s Choice Award, the highest award at the festival, representing the strongest work among all attendees and schools.

Junior Eshaan Agarwal was awarded second place in Short Fiction with his story, “Caged Beast,”

while senior Lia LaSpisa earned second place with her poem “Jamie.” In Prose Poem/Flash Fiction, junior Katie Advani garnered third place for her flash fiction, “Moon.” Junior Laya Reddy received honorable mention for her poems, “Hands” and “An Ode to Living // Metamorphosis.”

During the festival, students from schools in Illinois and Wisconsin share their writing and receive feedback from professional writers and instructors. A group of students from Creative Writing classes, The Wit, and Write Club attended.

Getting Ready
Stevenson’s table tennis team hosted friendly matches with squads from Evanston and Maine Township on Thursday. More than 40 players attended the practice session, a warmup for the competition season that begins in December.

eSports Teams Post Clean Sweep of Competition
Week 6 of the eSports season featured a clean sweep by Stevenson squads. The varsity and junior varsity Counter Strike: GO (Global Offensive) posted wins over Addison Trail (16-11) and Walter Payton Prep (16-5), respectively. The varsity Rainbow 6: Siege team defeated Vandegrift from Austin, Texas (2-0); the varsity Overwatch unit posted a 3-2 victory over Francis Howell Central in St. Charles, Mo.; the JV Overwatch group beat Anderson, Ind. (3-0); and the League of Legends team earned a pair of 2-0 wins over Verona (Wis.) and Northern Cass (N.D.)

SEL: Building Positive Relationships
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.

Teachers at Stevenson are engaged in social emotional learning in a myriad of ways, to reach our district goal of building students’ skillsets around SEL competencies. One of those competencies is building positive relationships.

The Developmental Relationships Framework from the SEARCH Institute is a tool adults can use, at school and at home, to identify strengths that each student brings into our learning communities. Using the five tenets of supportive relationship practices — expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power, and expanding possibilities — our students can learn foundational elements of creating and sustaining trusting relationships that can support their healthy development.

This week, I met with one of our Physical Welfare teachers, Jane Caballero, and Director of Physical Welfare Eric Ramos, to discuss strategies to integrate this framework into explicit and purposeful instructional practices to both engage and empower our students around making meaningful connections.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,135, Warren 2,869: Junior Luke Snider rolled a team-best 613 series to lead the Patriots past the Blue Devils at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. SHS won all three games and improved to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference with the victory. Luke’s high game was a 235. Top score honors went to junior Nicholas Sternes, who rolled a match-best 279 and added a 190 in his two-game series. Juniors Joey Gluck and Ryan Lerman each shot 587 series, and each had a high game of 210. Two other Patriots bowled two games: freshman Ender Starr (437) and junior Ryan Grabiner (427). Each had a high game of 225. Next up for the Patriots is the Guilford Survivor Invite at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford on Saturday.

Girls Basketball
Montini 59, Stevenson 41: Sophomore Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 21 points for the Patriots (1-1) in their opening game at the 24th annual Lady Warrior Thanksgiving Invitational at Willowbrook High School. Simone sank five 3-pointers, including a trio in the first quarter. Ava Bardic, also a sophomore, scored 10 points for SHS, which will play Lockport at 6 o’clock tonight and East Aurora at 6 p.m. Saturday. Senior Avery King added six points. The Broncos improved to 2-0. – Daily Herald

Connolly Steps Down as Girls Cross Country Coach
Maureen Connolly, who led the girls cross country team to three IHSA state finals appearances in seven seasons, announced her resignation as head coach this week. Connolly guided the Patriots to the state meet in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Her team also won regional and North Suburban Conference championships in 2016 and 2017.

Quick Hits
The Athletics Division honored numerous student-athletes at the Fall Sports Awards Night on Monday. See who the major award-winners were. … Saturday’s junior varsity girls basketball game against East Aurora at the Willowbrook JV Invitational will be streamed live by the NFHS Network. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. A subscription is required to view NFHS Network events; click here for more information. … Former Patriot football players Aidan O’Connell and Mike Maskalunas square off Saturday when Purdue travels to No. 14 Wisconsin for a 3 p.m. contest that will be televised on FOX. … Another SHS alumnus on the Wisconsin roster is 2019 graduate Maema Njongmeta, who is part of the Badger linebacking corps with Maskalunas. Njongmeta hasn’t played this season, and told the Badger Blitz blog last week that he likely will be redshirted. However, the former all-stater has been on the UW travel squad most of the season, and UW defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard has hinted that Njongmeta might see the field in 2019. … Another Big Ten football game on Saturday features two brothers competing against each other, when Illinois takes on No. 19 IowaMichael Marchese plays for the Illini, while his twin brother Henry Marchese is a Hawkeye. Their father, John, played at Iowa from 1982-86. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.


All Juniors Invited to “Friendsgiving” on Tuesday
The Junior Class Board invites all juniors to attend “Friendsgiving” from 3:25-6 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Testing Center, ILC Closing Early Wednesday
The Testing Center and Information and Learning Center will close at 2:37 p.m. Wednesday, which is an early dismissal day.


2019 graduate Morish Shah was one of three area high school students to receive Rebecca’s Dream scholarships last spring. The annual scholarships honor students who share in Rebecca’s Dream’s mission to reduce the stigma of mental illness, particularly surrounding depression and bipolar disorder. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2020. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. For more information, visit the Rebecca’s Dream website.


The varsity girls soccer team captains are holding a meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2002 to discuss voluntary off-season opportunities. All interested girls soccer athletes are invited to attend. Athletes who cannot make it should reach out to Coach Chavez at


Hundreds of new claims of sexual misconduct and gender-based harassment involving Chicago Public Schools students have been made since September, when the U.S. Department of Education announced it would oversee the district’s handling of investigations to protect students from sexual violence.

Suburban school officials will vote on a pair of controversial security-related proposals being considered during Saturday’s Illinois Association of School Boards’ annual convention in Chicago. Elected school board members from across the state, selected by colleagues as delegates, will vote on a proposal calling for legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and other employees. Last year, convention delegates rejected a similar resolution to arm school employees by a 203-179 vote. Another resolution on the agenda calls for state grants to fund school resource officers.

Weeks after a labor strike shut down Grayslake Elementary District 46 for one day, the school board has approved pay raises for teachers and support personnel. The affected employees will receive 4% salary increases for this school year and 3.6% increases for the 2020-21 year.

John Knoepfle, a professor emeritus of literature at the University of Illinois Springfield and a prolific writer and poet, died Saturday at the age of 96. The Cincinnati native was considered to be an instrumental figure in revivifying Midwest poetry in the 1960s.


Frustration with the government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid — the form students fill out to get financial aid — has led to calls for its end or overhaul. In addition to the form’s length, another issue is the amount parents are expected to pay toward a students’ college expenses. That figure, known as the “expected family contribution,” has led to various types of financial maneuvering to make it lower.

Despite the specter of school shootings, three out of four U.S. children and teenagers killed in mass shootings over the past decade were victims of domestic violence and generally died in their homes, according to a study released on Thursday by the gun control group Everytown. Meanwhile, police in California say the teen who shot five classmates last week used an unregistered “ghost gun” assembled from gun parts and without a serial number.

An Alabama school board has suspended multiple teachers accused of sharing inappropriate and offensive text messages in a group chat. News outlets report that as many as six teachers from Ashford High School in southeast Alabama are on paid leave after a student found messages on one of their phones and posted them online.

A professor at Indiana University who defended “racist, sexist, and homophobic” comments that he posted on his social media accounts will keep his job because his views are protected under the Constitution, university officials announced after they were bombarded with demands to fire him.

The Montana Board of Regents said Thursday they’re ready to offer a $150,000 pay increase to Montana State University President Waded Cruzado to keep her from leaving for a job offer at another university that would pay even more. Combined with the regular 2% raise awarded to all state employees starting in January, the increase would raise her pay next year 48.8% to $476,524.

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