Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

SHS Student Services Named Model Counseling Program
Stevenson is one of 39 schools in 15 states designated as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP), for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs. SHS and the other schools will be honored during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in Seattle this summer.

RAMP designation is awarded for schools that align with ASCA National Model criteria, and that deliver a comprehensive, data-informed counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Stevenson is one of five schools in Illinois to designated as RAMP recipients this year. The RAMP designation is good for five years, after which time schools must reapply to maintain their RAMP status.

Debaters Excel in Atlanta, Wheeling
Stevenson’s congressional debate team competed in two meets last weekend, one near and one far away. The distant event was the Barkley Forum national competition at Emory University in Atlanta. Senior Sunny Gandhi advanced to the semifinal round. Also competing from SHS were seniors Dylan HuJasmine Zhang and Budnyam Galbadrakh, juniors Pooja JainMahum Sheikh and Melissa Liu, sophomore Anthony Makhovik, and freshmen Natalie Garayeva and Hannah Yu.

At the fifth and final Illinois Congressional Debate Association regular-season meet at Wheeling, Stevenson won a number of individual and team trophies. In the Tournament of Champions chambers, junior Alex Zhou was named Best Presiding Officer in the preliminaries. He also was one of three Patriots named TOC finalists, joining junior Laya Reddy and sophomore Aditi Ambravan. Junior Aditi Singh placed third in the TOC consolation round. SHS finished second behind Fremd in the Sweepstakes competition, 150-149.

In the non-Tournament of Champions chambers, sophomore Srusti Donapati earned a first-place award. Seven Patriots received second-place honors: junior Ojasvi Saxena, sophomores Ryan Harper, Nandhini Nair, Prachi Gyanmote and Evelyn Jiang; and freshmen Lindsey Wang and Ajay Raut. Three students claimed third-place: junior Jeanette Han, sophomore Mia Korsunsky, and freshman Maddie Wang.

Nurses’ Tips for Navigating Flu Season
As flu season intensifies in District 125 and elsewhere, the SHS nursing staff offers these reminders for parents and guardians:

  • Follow the 24-hour rule: Students should stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of any fever reducers such as Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, etc. Students also should remain home for 24 hours after the last time they had an episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Remember our medication policy: A doctor and parent authorization is required in order to administer medication during the school day. (Use this Medication Permission Form.) This includes all over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen. The medication must be brought in by a parent or guardian in the original package or prescription bottle.

For more flu prevention tips, visit the nurses’ web page.

Senior Earns Top Award From Girl Scouts
Senior Nikhila Paleati recently earned the highest honor in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. Approximately 5,500 girls nationwide received the award last year, which is about 5.4% of eligible registered Girl Scouts in grades 10-12. For her award, Nikhila planned, organized and led presentations and workshops for the In Her Shoes Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering teenage girls. The project included workshops to raise awareness about mental health, how to talk about mental health issues, and ways to seek help. In addition, she also gave a presentation at the In Her Shoes annual gala in October and helped raise funds for the program. Nikhila is a member of Troop 41560.


Wood Shares SHL Coach of the Year Honor
Head boys ice hockey coach Tom Wood (Class of 1998) has earned Scholastic Hockey League Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in the past three seasons. Wood, who also won the award in 2018, shared the honor with Bob Melton of New Trier Green. Stevenson is 13-10 in the SHL with two league games remaining, tonight and Thursday. Two Patriots were named to the All-SHL Second Team Defense: senior Brett Stokes and junior Liam Jones. This is the first all-league honor for both. Brett is the leading scorer for Stevenson this season, with 37 points in 42 games. He has 14 goals and a team-high 23 assists. Liam is No. 4 in scoring, with 30 points (10 goals and 20 assists) in 42 games.

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Libertyville 53, Stevenson 40: Sophomore Simone Sawyer (pictured) scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Patriots (20-7, 6-4). She tallied 10 points in the third quarter as SHS cut a 10-point halftime deficit to three, before the host Wildcats (19-4, 9-1) pulled away for their 15th straight victory. Senior Avery King had 14 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots for Stevenson, which travels to Zion-Benton on Saturday. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Quick Hits
Michigan State men’s ice hockey player Sam Saliba (Class of 2014) has caught fire of late for the No. 19 Spartans. The senior wing/center has scored five goals in his last eight games, and has 14 points in MSU’s last 26 contests. Michigan State split a two-game series with No. 9 Penn State last weekend; both teams are at the top of the Big Ten standings. … The varsity boys basketball team looks to strengthen its grip on first place in the North Suburban Conference tonight at Lake Forest. The Patriots (16-3 overall and 7-0 in the NSC) face the Scouts (12-9, 3-3) in a 7 o’clock contest that will be streamed live on the NFHS Network.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon
The Patriot Parent Association will hold a bake sale this afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey
The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey, which runs Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 4-5.

Looking for a Job?
If you’re looking for a job, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.


Sunset Ridge School District 29 officials relied on outside vendors to oversee background checks on a maintenance and lunchroom worker who is accused of planting a cellphone camera in a Northfield school restroom, a decision that was in apparent violation of state law. The worker, whose previous criminal history was not uncovered on those background checks, is suspected of recording a number of students and staff members in a faculty bathroom at the school.

Eight months after approving revisions to its school rating system, the Chicago school board is reopening the conversation. About 60 principals, parents, and community members took part in a school ratings discussion Monday night. Critics, including Chicago’s teachers union, have had sharp words about the city’s current five-tiered system, which rolled out in 2014, for being too reliant on test scores and attendance.

More than 100 University of Chicago professors wrote to administrators last month expressing “grave concern” about the university’s recent move to shrink the size of doctoral programs without consulting faculty. The letter is the latest unified expression by faculty members of a growing concern that they are being denied input in critical decisions that affect their teaching.

Northwestern University is one step closer to gaining approval for a request to sell alcohol at basketball and other sporting events at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The proposal was introduced to the Evanston City Council Monday and moved forward on a 5-4 vote. The item must return to the council for final approval before the permit is issued.

A former Aurora School District 131 elementary school principal on Tuesday was sentenced to a month of court supervision for violating the state’s mandated reporter law by failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a student.


Florida will release new academic standards this week that include changes to English language arts and math instruction, a greater emphasis on civics education and streamlined testing. Florida is one of a growing number of states repealing or pushing to repeal Common Core State Standards. Last year, the state announced plans to eliminate the Common Core. The changes come after a year of gathering input from parents, students and teachers.

A wave of new laws banning discrimination based on hair styles or textures that are commonly associated with a person’s race or nationality is expected to keep growing. In the last year, California, New York and New Jersey have passed such laws, while New York City, Cincinnati, and Montgomery County, Md. have issued their own bans. Thirteen additional states and the city of Baltimore are considering similar laws. Meanwhile, the nation’s largest teachers union has also called on educators to push for more inclusive school hair policies in their districts, even if a law hasn’t yet passed in their state.

A Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China.

The school district in Michigan’s state capital has begun an experimental program that allows a handful of students to attend high school from 3-8 p.m. They start off with English and math classes, break for dinner and then finish their remaining courses online. Eastern Flex Academy was designed to accommodate part-time job schedules, internships and even family responsibilities. The program is already planning to grow.

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