Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

Mindfulness Talk for Parents Next Week
Ramaa Krishnan, executive director of Grow Through Mindfulness, will discuss how parents and guardians can bring a sense of calm into their lives during the next Community Parent Network event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 2104 of the West Building. Topics addressed will include:

  • How mindfulness can help reduce stress despite the demands of a busy world full of distractions.
  • Creating a sense of inner calm and carrying it through all parts of life.
  • What is means to parent mindfully.
  • How mindfulness can help parents navigate their children’s moods and be truly present in their lives.
  • Fostering positive behavior in children by modeling mindfulness.

The event is free, but registration is requested. Use this link to register.

It’s Magic: Freshman-Sophomore Play Opens Tonight
The cast and crew for the freshman-sophomore play conducted a dress rehearsal Wednesday evening to prepare for their three-day run that starts tonight. “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the Little Theatre portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $6. Tickets are available online.

eSports Teams Open Winter Season 4-3
The eSports club played its first week of matches in the Winter Open 2020, winning four of seven contests. The varsity Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad beat Ridgewood High School from Ridgewood, N.J., 16-1, and the varsity Overwatch team beat Hobart High School from Hobart, Ind., 3-0. The varsity and junior varsity Rainbow Six Siege units won by forfeit. The JV CS:G0, JV Overwatch and varsity Rocket League lost their matches.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Lake Forest 38, Stevenson 33: Seniors RJ Holmes and Matt Kaznikov each scored 10 points for the visiting Patriots (16-4, 7-1), who dropped into a first-place tie with Mundelein for first place in the North Suburban Conference. Lake Forest improved to 13-9 overall and 4-3 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling
Mundelein 2,444, Stevenson 2,079: Junior Kelly Radelet led the Patriots with a 481 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Her three games — 153, 168 and 160 — were the three highest of the day for SHS. Two other Pats participated in all three games: Senior Noa Givati rolled a 433 series and junior Yumin Kim contributed a 395. Three others shot a pair of games: freshman Anna Reyes (261), junior Reilly Sullivan (259) and junior Esther Lee (250).

Boys Ice Hockey
Glenbrook North 3, Stevenson 1: Sophomore Rafael Biedron scored the Patriot goal at the Northbrook Sports Center, assisted by senior Josh Wright. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 25 saves for Stevenson, which closes out the regular-season Scholastic Hockey League schedule at home tonight against Glenbrook South.

Quick Hits
The varsity Patriettes will be making their eighth consecutive IHSA Class 3A state finals appearance on Friday in Bloomington. Stevenson has qualified for state in each of the eight years competitive dance has been an IHSA-sanctioned sport. SHS has finished no lower than fourth in Class 3A, placing second last year, third in 2018 and winning the championship in 2017. This year, the Patriettes head downstate having earned the second-highest sectional score (96.65) of all state qualifiers, behind only Minooka (97.67). Stevenson performs in the preliminary round at 5:37 p.m. Friday. The top 12 teams in Class 3A advance to the finals on Saturday. Visit the Patriettes web page for pep bus and ticket information. … Also heading to the IHSA state finals is the varsity boys bowling team, which has qualified for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Stevenson is one of 24 teams that will compete in O’Fallon, near St. Louis, and is the only squad without a senior on its roster. The Patriots’ sectional pinfall count of 6,184 was 12th among all state qualifiers. The first round begins at 9 a.m. Friday, with the top 12 teams advancing to Saturday’s finals. … Stevenson will host the North Suburban Conference girls gymnastics championships tonight in the Field House. The action starts at 6:30. … The varsity and junior varsity girls bowling teams will compete in the North Suburban Conference tournament Friday at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan.

Seal of Biliteracy Exam Registration Deadline Feb. 13
Stevenson offers students the opportunity for recognition through the state’s Seal of Biliteracy program by demonstrating a high level of proficiency in English and a second language. Testing in various languages will take place from 8-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, which is a late arrival day, in Room 6110. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 13. Students testing in Polish or Hebrew must register online via this link. All other languages must register in the World Languages Office, Room 2434. The cost of the AAPPL exam is $20, payable by cash or check to Stevenson High School.

Students Can Update Their iPads
Apple released an update on Tuesday for iPads. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors should update to 13.3.1, while seniors should update to 12.4.5. If you have questions, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link Lab.


The girls track and field team will have an informational meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Degen at

The boys tennis team will have an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at


Northern Illinois University announced Wednesday it will eliminate the use of standardized tests in undergraduate admissions and merit scholarship decisions next year. Any high school graduate who applies to NIU with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above will be guaranteed admission to the university in DeKalb.

Thirty Catholic schools in Chicago are set to receive $92.4 million under a 10-year agreement that will ensure the schools’ survival, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Wednesday. The money — coming both from the charitable organization Big Shoulders Fund and the archdiocese — will be be shared among the 30 schools, which have about 5,600 students, the archdiocese said.

Students’ high school grade point averages are five times stronger than ACT scores at predicting college graduation, according to a new study by University of Chicago researchers. The study examined 55,083 students who graduated from the Chicago Public Schools between 2006 and 2009 and immediately enrolled in a four-year college.

Highland Park-Deerfield High School District 113 officials have abruptly halted a policy that allowed students to fulfill its health education requirement during the summer rather than taking it during the school year. Officials halted the popular exemption after recently discovering the district’s policy was at odds with state law, which requires that students participate in a physical education course a minimum of three days per five-day school week.

With three schools closing over the next two years, Galesburg District 205 leaders are trying to determine how many administrators are needed. Superintendent John Asplund said the decision is complicated because of the teacher evaluation load administrators carry, and the district has no plans to reduce the size of its teaching staff.

The superintendent of a downstate school district died last weekend, according to a statement from the district. Midland Community Unit School District 7 Superintendent Bill Wrenn had been the superintendent for four years. The cause of death was not released.


A Maine native is donating $100 million to Northeastern University to establish a graduate school and research center in Portland in hopes of transforming the city into a technology hub and sparking economic growth, officials said Monday. The Roux Institute, opening in the spring, will be narrowly focused on artificial intelligence for life sciences and digital industries.

California’s experiment of allowing community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees shows promise of benefiting students but partnering with universities may be a better alternative. That’s the conclusion of a state agency report that says there may be other more effective options to meeting students’ needs and improving California’s workforce than the colleges awarding bachelor’s degrees.

The University of Missouri is expanding a program to track students, including athletes, using their phones to monitor when students are in class and when they are not. The ACLU says the Spotter app is invasive. Mizzou is among dozens of schools across the nation using similar technology to monitor students’ academic performance along with their comings and goings.

The principal of a school in Arlington, Texas donated one of her kidneys to the ailing father of three students. The man’s wife mentioned the diagnosis to the kids’ teachers and casually told Sarah Schecter about it in case any of the three seemed distracted in class. For months, the man’s condition tugged at Schecter’s heart. She approached the family about becoming a donor, and the transplant took place earlier this month.

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