Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

Hoops for Heroes/Military Appreciation Night Friday

The Students Helping Soldiers club and the SHS boys and girls basketball teams are joining forces for their annual Hoops for Heroes/Military Appreciation Night on Friday. The club will be accepting donations for care packages before the varsity girls and boys basketball games in the Sports Center. The girls play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 o’clock. The following care package donations will be accepted:

  • Powdered drink mix (Gatorade, lemonade, etc.)
  • Protein bars
  • Beef jerky snacks
  • Candy (non-chocolate preferred)
  • Chewing gum
  • Travel-size toiletries
  • Hand warmers

The club also will be selling Hoops for Heroes T-shirts during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons on Thursday and Friday. The shirts are $15, with 20% of the proceeds going to Operation Wild Horse, which seeks to prevent suicide by providing active-duty military veterans and their families with equine therapy.

Choral Concert Thursday Night to Feature 13 Soloists
Stevenson’s curricular and co-curricular choirs will sing during a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The curricular groups scheduled to perform are the Stevenson Choir, Advanced Choir and Patriot Singers. The co-curricular ensembles will include Jazz Etc., Just the Guys and Ladyjazz. Thirteen students have been selected as soloists during the concert: seniors Rachel Fischmar, Samhita Madduru, Leo Mondschain, Max Brachfeld, Brett Richardson, Natessa Kim, Vincent DeGuzman and Nya Thomas; and juniors Kaden Soonthorsima, Noah Briere, Myles Sulkin, Lucy Cunningham and Rebecca Arvold.

Big Gains for German Portfolio Night
Stevenson’s second annual German Portfolio Night was a huge success. Over the course of three evenings, 98 families came to the school to hear student presentations in German, to enjoy German Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), and to have a brief conversation about how Portfolio shapes the German program at Stevenson. Last year, 70 families attended.

Three Archers Win First Place Honors
The Scholastic 3D Archery team opened its tournament season last weekend, competing in Bristol, Wis. on Saturday and in the Select Stingers Indoor Regional on Sunday in Chatham, Ill. Three archers earned first place honors at the regional: sophomore Jackson Esposito (Olympic Recurve High School Male), junior JP Gordon (Bare Bow High School Male) and freshman Aria Shum (Bare Bow High School Female). Stevenson also received second- and third-place finishes in Bare Bow High School Female from junior Emma Mural and senior Caitlin Goldberg, respectively.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 70, Libertyville 44: Senior Matt Kaznikov scored a game-high 18 points, sinking four 3-pointers, to lead the Patriots (6-0) in their home and North Suburban Conference openers. Stevenson scored the first 12 points of the game and was never challenged. Matt scored 12 points in the first half as SHS built a 30-17 lead, which was extended to 53-30 after three quarters. Senior RJ Holmes had 14 points and six rebounds, junior Evan Ambrose tallied 11 points and older brother Matt Ambrose added nine. SHS hit 31 of 52 shots from the field, including eight of 14 from 3-point range. – Daily Herald

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,150, Lake Zurich 2,780: Junior Nicholas Sternes rolled a 684 series with a high game of 268 to pace the host Patriots (7-1, 6-1) at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Luke Snider, also a junior, shot a 664 series and had a top game of 251 for SHS, which captured all three games. Freshman Ender Starr had the other three-game set, a 572 with a high game of 223. The remaining six games were split evenly between three bowlers, all juniors: Ryan Lerman had a 232 and 190, Joey Gluck rolled a 235 and 181, and Ryan Grabiner contributed a 214 and 178.

Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Libertyville will be streamed live from the Sports Center and can be viewed at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The Sports Boosters annual Flash Sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Field House lobby. The sale will feature new Patriot apparel. The Sports Boosters also will be selling items at Friday night’s boys-girls basketball doubleheader in the Sports Center Lobby, starting at 5:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to either event, Patriot apparel is available online through the BSN Sports Sideline Store. Use the promo code SNOW19 to get 20% off.


Free Practice SAT Exam for Juniors Available
All juniors are invited to take a free, full-length SAT practice test at Stevenson in February. Enrollment is limited to the first 500 who register. Use this link to register, and for more information. The practice test is offered through Revolution Prep, a nationwide leader in tutoring and test preparation. The test does not include the essay portion, and accommodations will not be provided.


A Chicago law firm is suing the College Board, which develops and administers the SAT and Advanced Placement exams, in a federal class-action suit that accuses the company of collecting and selling millions of students’ personal information. The firm of Loevy and Loevy filed the suit Tuesday on behalf of the parent of a Chicago Public Schools student.

The Illinois State Board of Education submitted its proposed rules Tuesday for how schools can restrain students who exhibit dangerous behavior, aiming to protect children and faculty from outbursts but banning the use of prone restraints except as a last resort and the practice of locking such students in timeout rooms all by themselves.

No new charter schools are applying this year to expand or open in Chicago, a sign of the shifting environment for the independently run, publicly funded schools in Chicago and at the state level. Last summer Illinois abolished the state agency hearing appeals of charter school denials. Chicago schools, both district- and charter-run, are experiencing an ongoing drop in enrollment, leaving schools competing for fewer students.

The former principal at an Aurora elementary school was found guilty Tuesday of violating the mandated reporter law after a parent complained his stepson was abused by a social worker in spring 2018. Matt Willigman, 42, was the second school official charged in 2018 in Kane County with violating the Abuse and Neglected Child Reporting Act, a misdemeanor that carries a top sentence of 364 days in jail.


Nearly 60% of students who entered college in 2013 earned a credential within six years, raising the completion rate to an eight-year high, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. However, completion rates for Hispanic and African-American students still lag that of white and Asian students, and adult students are completing at lower rates than their peers in the traditional college-age range.

Kennesaw State University’s decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem in 2017 has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. A former KSU cheerleader settled her lawsuit and will get $93,000 of the award, with the rest going to her attorneys.

The University of Phoenix and its parent company agreed Tuesday to a $191 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission accusing the for-profit chain of misrepresenting its ties with employers. The lawsuit alleged that the university created deceptive ads featuring major employers — including Adobe, Microsoft and Twitter — that led students to believe the companies had worked with the university to create job opportunities for its graduates.

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