Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

School to Ask State for Driver Ed Waiver

School officials are seeking a waiver from the state of Illinois to alter its driver education program. For many years, students have used simulators as part of the curriculum to supplement the state-required six hours of behind-the-wheel time. The waiver would allow SHS to replace two of those hours with eight hours of simulator driving beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

The waiver would allow teachers to put students through more than 200 situations that can’t effectively be mimicked behind the wheel, including:

  • Driving in adverse conditions
  • Consequences of driving and texting
  • Driving different types of vehicles
  • Various risk scenarios involving wildlife, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.

The proposed waiver modification also would allow the school to make more efficient use of time for students enrolled in Driver Education. Currently, on days where all three teachers are driving with students — 33 days per semester — up to 16 students have free periods because there is nothing for them to do.

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday held a public hearing regarding the proposed waiver, the first step toward its approval by the state.

Sherwin Co-Authors New AP Textbook
Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin is co-author of a new textbook designed to help students succeed in the course and on the end-of-year exam. Human Geography for the AP Course, which will be available from Wiley Publishing in March, seeks to empower students to think critically about issues at the global, regional, national and local levels. Among Sherwin’s contributions to the book are test-preparation resources integrated throughout, including end-of-chapter questions and a full-length practice AP exam. This is the third textbook that Sherwin has written during his 20 years at Stevenson. He has served on the College Board’s Test Development Committee, spends his summers training AP teachers, and has served in many other leadership positions in the College Board. Sherwin also is a co-founder of the iScore5 app, which offers test-preparation in five AP subjects. The app launched in 2015.

Math Team Reaches Final Four of National Contest
Stevenson’s math team reached the final four round of the national Math Madness tournament. SHS defeated teams from five states in head-to-head contests before being eliminated last week by Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md. More than 250 high schools across the country competed in the event, which began in October. Students who participated in the tournament included:

Seniors: Andrew Zhuang, Akash Kumar, Emily Lu, Eric Gan, Josh Tsai, Richard Liu, Philena Liu

Juniors: Billy Bratton, Brandon Lu, Jared Machtinger, James Kim, James Xie, Praneet Rathi, Ram Potham, Sai Merneedi

Sophomores: Andrew Liu, Greycen Ren, Lillian You, Spandan Goel

Freshmen: Aadit Juneja, Ben Chen, Benjamin Prins, Brian Shen, Collin Fan, Jack Chen, Katherine Li, Matthew Zhu, Nathan Ma

Student Works Selected in Poster Contest
Six students are among the winning entries in the “Rise Above Bullying” poster contest sponsored by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and its Young Ambassadors Board. One poster \was designed by the team of senior Zander Rich, sophomores Jake FersteinMatthew Garcia and Camille Sainte-Rose, and freshman Diego Biel. The other poster was done by freshman Sam Garmash.

The students received a certificate and a prize basket for their efforts. Their artwork will be turned into posters, bookmarks, safety cards and journals used to raise awareness throughout the community.

How Students Can Find Stress Relief
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.

A study by the American Psychological Association found that teens experience significant levels of chronic stress. Common sources of student stress include school, homework, co-curricular activities, social changes, and transitions. With finals this week, encourage your teen to try these stress relievers: sleep, visualization, exercise, breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, music, healthy eating, positive thinking and affirmations. Click here for a description of each.


Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 58, Lake Zurich 42: The Patriots (8-4, 2-3) held the host Bears (6-3, 3-1) to 12 points in the first half. Sophomore Simone Sawyer lead all scorers with 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. She and junior Nikki Ware (13 points) each scored eight points in the first half as SHS built a 23-12 halftime lead. Nikki also sank three from long range. Sophomore Ava Bardic and senior Avery King added 11 points apiece for Stevenson, which went 10-for-10 from the free throw line, all in the fourth quarter. The Patriots play Buffalo Grove on Saturday before heading to Carpentersville for the 37th annual Dundee-Crown Komaromy Classic on Dec. 26.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,169, Waukegan 2,991: Junior Nicholas Sternes led the Patriots (10-1, 8-1) with a 714 series and high game of 256 at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. Three bowlers broke the 600 barrier: junior Ryan Grabiner (645, high game 235), freshman Ender Starr (612, 235) and junior Joey Gluck (606, 219). Luke Snider and Ryan Lerman, both juniors, split the other three games. Ryan rolled a 214 in his only game, while Luke had a 196 and 182. Stevenson caps its regular-season match schedule today against Warren at Bertrand Lanes.

More All-Area Honors for Football Players
Senior Jordan Vincent was named to the Pioneer Press All-Area Football Defensive Second Team last week. The defensive back, who has committed to Eastern Illinois University, made 84 tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles, and had three pack break-ups and an interception in his final season. Classmate Jean-Marc Etienne earned honorable mention on the Pioneer Press All-Area Offense. Jordan and fellow senior Ean Norenberg will sign national letters of intent during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wood Commons. Ean, an offensive lineman, will play for Harvard University.

Quick Hits
The junior varsity cheerleading team won the Stevenson Invitational over the weekend, matching the varsity in finishing first. SHS edged Grant, 77.84-76.30, for top honors among 11 schools. … The JV boys bowling team finished second at the Warren Invitational on Saturday, with junior Maxwell Goldstein finishing fourth overall. He had a six-game pin total of 1,062. Sophomore Jake Sroka had the highest game in the JV tournament with a 233. … Tonight’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games at Lake Zurich will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The sophomores play at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock.


Seniors Can Apply for Community Service Honor
At the 2019 commencement ceremony, 60 students were honored for their extraordinary commitment to community service throughout their four years at Stevenson. Will you join them? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply.

PSAT Results Available for Juniors
Juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT exam in October can now see their scores. The College Board will send an email to students with an access code to be used with their College Board account to view score information. Students with accommodations or testing irregularities may see delayed results. For more information, see the email that was sent by Stevenson to your SHS email address on Dec. 9.


All prospective boys soccer players are invited to a meeting with the new head coach, Coach Chavez, at 3:30 today in Room 2002.

The boys volleyball team will have information meetings on Friday, Jan. 10 in Room 1912. Meeting times are 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and athletes only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at egoolish@d125.org.


Governor J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced plans for greater state investment in child care programs across Illinois beginning Jan. 1. He also announced the creation of a new, 29-member commission of experts to chart a new course for early childhood funding.

The Chicago Teachers Union’s complaints about tax-increment financing during its recent strike is a signal that educators are moving beyond bread-and-butter issues like salaries and pensions to protest what they perceive as systemic injustices in the way schools are funded. Chicago teachers criticized $2.4 billion in subsidies the city plans to give to developers of “The 78” and Lincoln Yards projects.


This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday. And this year isn’t the first time this has happened. Over the past eight years, college enrollment nationwide has fallen about 11%. Every sector — public state schools, community colleges, for-profits and private liberal arts schools — has felt the decline, though it has been especially painful for small private colleges, where, in some cases, institutions have been forced to close.

The University of Iowa has entered into a 50-year agreement with two French companies to operate and maintain its utility systems. Under the plan, the university will receive an upfront payment of $1.165 billion from the partners and pay them an annual fee starting at $35 million that increases 1.5% each year after the first five years. It is expected to generate $15 million a year, and is similar to a utility management arrangement struck by Ohio State University in 2017.

The mother of a New Jersey student with Down syndrome who was forced to the leave the senior prom early last spring has filed suit against the school district, claiming her daughter was the victim of discrimination because of her disability. Eleven students, nine of whom had special needs, were forced to leave early.

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