Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

Parents Invited to Complete 5Essentials Survey

Stevenson parents and guardians are invited to participate in the eighth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey now through Feb. 14. The confidential online survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. Click here for more information.

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Event in Rockford
Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team won the Harvard Fall Tournament at Rockford Auburn High School last weekend, going 10-0 in the Competitive Division. Junior Arjun Nageswaran finished the day as the top scorer and classmate David Lee finished sixth overall. Other members of the winning team included senior Meehir Dixit and juniors Billy Bratton and Daniel Ding.

CSGO Teams Advance in eSports Tourney
The varsity and junior varsity Counter Strike: GO (Global Offensive) teams have advanced to the quarterfinals of the High School Esports League Fall Majors playoffs. The varsity defeated Basha High School from Chandler, Ariz., 2-0, and will face Rocky River, Ohio at 6 p.m. Thursday. The game can be viewed on the HSEL’s Varsity Network channel on Twitch at twitch.tv/varsitynetwork. Details on the JV game were unknown as this issue was being finalized. Previous Stevenson eSports matches are available on its Twitch channel.

Debate Team Takes Second at Dundee-Crown Tournament
Stevenson finished a close second to Fremd in the Large School Sweepstakes category at last weekend’s Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament at Dundee-Crown High School. SHS had 283 points and Fremd amassed 287.5.

In varsity chambers, three students earned Best Presiding Officer honors: seniors Jasmine ZhangSunny Gandhi and Dylan Hu. First-place speaker awards went to juniors Melissa Liu and Laya Reddy. Dylan and Sunny also received second-place speaker awards, as did senior Megana Adigal. Third-place speakers recognition went to this trio: sophomores Amal Naqvi and Aditi Ambravan, and junior James Xie.

In junior varsity chambers, freshman Yugank Arora earned Best Presiding Officer. Classmates Collin Fan, Rishabsh Wuppalapati and Gaun Nair received first-, second- and third-place speaker, respectively.

Last weekend’s tournament was the fourth out of five in the 2019-20 regular season. Stevenson will compete at the final ICDA event Jan. 25 at Wheeling High School, then will prepare for the state tournament Feb. 22 at Harper College.

Alumnae Helps Secure Donation for Waukegan School
Stevenson alumnae Samantha Horwitz (Class of 2015), a fifth-grade teacher at North Elementary School in Waukegan, was featured on the NBC 5 News last week during a story about a major donation for her school. Vernon Hills-based Learning Resources, a manufacturer of various educational products, brought a truckload with more than $17,000 in educational toys and winter apparel for students on Giving Tuesday. Horwitz, who is in her first year of teaching, has an acquaintance at the company, who suggested North as the beneficiary of its fundraiser.

Here’s a Tip to Stop Underage Drinking Parties
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.

Winter Break can be a challenging time for parents and teenagers, with plenty of party opportunities that can lead to poor decisions … or worse. If you know that underage drinking or drug use is going on, and are concerned about the well-being of teens who may be in attendance, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Stand Strong Coalition have partnered to create an anonymous tip line to report such activity. It’s called Tip411, and here is how it works: Send a text message to 847-411. In the body of the message, start with 123TIP, enter a space, then give as much information as possible. Messages go to the sheriff’s office, which will handle calls in unincorporated areas, or will pass along tips to the appropriate village or city police department. Your number will never be received by the police department or Stand Strong Coalition.


Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Warren 2,228, Stevenson 1,724: Senior Reilly Sullivan led the Patriots with a 390 series at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. She also had the high game of the day for SHS, a 163. Junior Kelly Radelet rolled a 382 series and senior Noa Givati had a 346. Also bowling for Stevenson were sophomore Diana Kwizera (312) and senior Jodi Katti (294).

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at Al Galatte Holiday Invitational: At Rolling Meadows, senior Emily Weinstein won the floor exercise competition with a 9.35 score, helping SHS to a sixth-place finish out of 14 teams. Four other Patriots posted top-10 efforts: freshman Ashley Schabes was sixth on balance beam (8.8), junior Jessica Maher placed seventh on floor (8.8), junior Ainslee Cutler finished ninth in uneven parallel bars (8.3), and sophomore Ashley Sprague took 10th in vault (8.35).

Etienne, Vincent Earn All-Area Honors
Seniors Jean-Marc Etienne and Jordan Vincent were named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Football Team on Sunday. Jean-Marc, a three-year varsity starter at running back, ran for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the eighth game of the year. In his career, Jean-Marc earned two all-area selections from the Herald, and was a three-time All-North Suburban Conference pick. He finished his career with 2,695 rush yards on 413 carries (a 6.5-yards-per-carry average) with 31 TDs, and also had 51 receptions with three scores. Jordan, meanwhile, was among a small number of Patriots who played both ways during the season, at wide receiver and defensive back. He led the team with 28 receptions (for 402 yards and five TDs), and was second in tackles with 84. The Eastern Illinois-bound Jordan earned the Patriots’ Big Gun Award, the team’s highest honor. Seven players earned honorable mention: seniors Ean Norenberg (offensive tackle), Jahleel Perrin (defensive back) and Mike Youkhanna (linebacker); juniors Jayden McFadden (wide receiver), Jaden Mojica (defensive back) and Danny Orgler (defensive line); and sophomore Jason Gleyzer (linebacker).

Graham Helps Plan Female-Centric Tourney
Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball team will play Hersey during the inaugural Grow the Game Classic and Shoot-Out at Glenbard West High School in January. The three-day event, which runs from Jan. 2-4, will feature 13 girls basketball programs, all led by female head coaches. The majority of games will be officiated by female referees as well. The event was established to celebrate and empower girls and women in basketball. SHS head coach Ashley Graham was part of the planning committee. Stevenson faces Hersey at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.

Quick Hits
The varsity boys basketball team will face Glenbrook North in the first round of the fifth annual Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 23. … The baseball team is holding a fundraiser at City Barbecue in Vernon Hills on Thursday. Visit the team’s web page for the required image needed when placing an order. … SHS alumnus Jack Sorenson caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, earning offensive MVP honors, as Miami University beat Central Michigan, 26-21, for the Mid-American Conference football championship Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit. The Redhawks will face Louisiana in the LendingTree Bowl on Monday, Jan. 6. … Athletic Director Trish Betthauser will discuss Stevenson’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the inaugural induction ceremony during a Women Leaders in College Sports conference call today. The call is open to future and current female high school athletic administrators, and is part of an effort to support female athletic directors at the high school level. … Today’s sophomore and freshman A2 boys basketball games against Libertyville will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The sophomore game starts at 5:30 in the Sports Center, while the freshman A2 contest tips off at 7 o’clock in the Field House.


Testing Center Final Exam, Winter Break Hours
The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day of final exams. Also, the center will have the following hours during Winter Break:

  • Thursday, Jan. 2: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Jan. 3: noon to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 6 (Institute Day): 7-11 a.m.

For more information, visit the Testing Center web page.

State Scholar Certificates Available for Pick-Up
Students who earned Illinois State Scholar status may pick up their certificates in Green Student Services, Room 2414.


The deadline to register online for IM Basketball and IM Volleyball is Friday. Team packets must also be turned in to the Student Activities Office by the end of the lunch periods on Friday.


HIAS Immigration and Citizenship, a program of JCFS Chicago, is offering scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year. To see eligibility criteria and to apply, visit http://hiaschicago.org/apply-now/. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1.


A Zion elementary school principal was charged this month with three felony counts of sexually assaulting a student a decade ago while a dean at a Kenosha high school, Wisconsin court records show. In the complaint, filed Friday by the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors allege Curtiss W. Tolefree Jr., now the principal at Beulah Park Elementary School, had sex with the student many times over the course of her junior and senior years, including at the school, his home and two hotels.

Naperville School District 203 is working to rebuild trust with students, parents and staff after a racial incident at Naperville Central High School in October. Some families and faculty members say the incident was a public example of behavior that’s been common for years. The district is made up of 22 schools and serves just over 16,500 students. While the community is becoming more diverse, the black student population hasn’t changed much in 20 years, at just 5% of the total student body.

Chicago Public Schools plans to close two charter schools for poor performance. The two schools, the Chicago Virtual Charter School and Frazier Preparatory Academy, were opposed by the Chicago Teachers Union prior to their opening more than a decade ago. If the Board of Education agrees to revoke the charters, more than 700 current students would have to find new schools next year.


University faculty members’ academic conflicts of interest elude scrutiny because transparency varies from one university and one state to the next. Most public and private universities require faculty to file reports on outside income and employment. However, many public institutions have codified faculty disclosures as private information, making it almost impossible for the public to access the records.

The University of Wisconsin at Madison will shift the way it reports Wisconsin resident enrollment by incorporating students who transfer to the university and Minnesota residents into its commitment to the state, which will allow the university to continue to increase its share of out-of-state students.

The Broad Center, which has attracted praise and suspicion for its training of school district leaders, will move from Los Angeles to Yale University, along with a $100-million gift provided by founder Eli Broad, the center announced last week. The donation is the largest ever for the Yale School of Management and will help fund a master’s program for public education leaders and advanced leadership training for top school system executives.

Tufts University last week announced plans to sever ties with the family that owns OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma. The university said it would remove the Sackler name from buildings and medical programs due to concerns over the company’s reported role in the opioid crisis.

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