Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Help Your Teen Live a Balanced Life
Everybody is busy these days, which creates stress for the entire family. How to manage that stress is the topic of the next Parent Engagement Series session. “Building Balanced Teens” will meet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center. The session will address how to live a balanced life, how to manage stress, and how to help teens reset after a bad day — without fixing their problems.

Incoming Freshman Orientation Tonight
The second of three orientation evenings for incoming freshmen and their families takes place tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Families can pick up enrollment information packets and take tours of the school beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an hour-long presentation in the PAC starting at 7 o’clock. Read more about tonight’s meeting.

PPA Bake Sale Volunteers Needed
The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday. Adult volunteers are needed to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.

Senior Seeks to be Convention Delegate
One current student and several alumni are among those Illinois residents seeking to become delegates to this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. Delegates will be elected during the Illinois primary on March 17.

Senior Victor Shi is on the ballot as a potential 10th Congressional District delegate for former Vice President Joe Biden. Alumni who filed nominating papers in the local congressional districts include:

  • Arun Pookote (Class of 2014), for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (10th District)
  • Daniel Didech (Class of 2005), for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (10th)
  • Ilya Sheyman (Class of 2004), for Warren (9th District)

Also, former District 125 Board of Education member Elliott Hartstein is a delegate candidate in the 10th District for Pete Buttigieg, the ex-mayor of South Bend, Ind.


Senior Gymnast Has Final Goal to Achieve
Senior girls gymnast Emily Weinstein has added more difficult maneuvers to all of her events this season, highlighted by a winning 9.775 vault score at last month’s New Trier Invitational. One factor driving this final season is the fact that, although she has reached the state meet twice, Emily has not yet advanced to the final round. “It’s definitely a goal of mine,” she told Jon Kerr of the Pioneer Press. “I could do it in the vault or floor. It’s all about my training and mentally, what’s in my head.”

Registered for an AP Art Class Next Year?
All students who registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2-D, and 3-D Design, or AP Photography and Digital Design for next school year, please submit your digital portfolio by joining the AP Art 2020/2021 Portfolio Review Google Classroom. The class code is: wfn2yq5. Directions for how to submit your portfolio are posted under the Classwork tab. The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration for these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken ( or Ms. Connolly ( You will be submitting your portfolio digitally through Google Classroom, and it needs to be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 21.


All graduating seniors are invited to apply for scholarships through the Stevenson High School Foundation. More than 40 scholarships are available. Click here for more information. The application deadline is Feb. 4.

The Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship Program will be awarding up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors who have effectively applied the help-seeking technique ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) for the benefit of themselves or a friend. Students can submit information as a narrative or as a work of art. The deadline to apply is March 20. Details and application at


The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The club will be collecting books for children from birth to sixth-grade reading level, which will be donated to Bernie’s Book Bank. Please email with any questions. All students are welcome! The only requirement is a love for reading.


Chicago’s declining population has left 145 district-run schools less than half-full. So far, leaders appear reluctant to spell out a plan for this large swath of schools that are severely underenrolled, even if campuses will soon cost the district even more to operate. A new five-year union contract introduces $1.5 billion in new costs, including the addition of a social worker and nurse at every school, and no clear plan for how to pay for them beyond Year One.

Some transgender and undocumented students have become the first to apply for college financial aid in Illinois under a new state law. The law providing a way for those students to apply for Illinois financial aid took effect Jan. 1, but Monday was the first day the program was operational. Previously, undocumented and some transgender students could not apply for state financial aid due to a technicality that prevented them from using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, program.


Louisiana’s education superintendent announced Wednesday that he is stepping down in March. John White, who helped strengthen the role of charter schools, backed a taxpayer-funded tuition voucher program for private schools and oversaw overhauls of the state’s school accountability efforts, is in his eighth year as education chief.

Most U.S. university websites have ended in “.edu” since the dawn of the internet, but in recent years the number of domain name options has exploded. However, while many institutions are buying new domain names with extensions such as “.university,” “.college,” “.degree” and “.education,” few are actively using them. Colleges are purchasing the addresses simply to protect their brands and prevent third parties from snapping them up.

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