Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

No School Friday or Monday
Classes will not be in session Friday or Monday. Friday is an Institute Day for Stevenson faculty, while Monday is Pulaski Day, a state holiday. Classes will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Daily Digest will not be published Friday or Monday.

“Teen Stress Today” Presentation Tuesday
The next program in the SHS Parent Engagement Series, “Teen Stress Today,” will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center. Understanding and managing stress is a critical component of parenting. When parents are stressed, so are their children. This session will offer tips on keeping stress in check for the whole family. For more information, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at

D125 Night Market Celebrates Asian Culture
Stevenson’s Chinese, Japanese and Korean clubs are sponsoring the D125 Night Market on Saturday in the Glass Commons, located outside the Performing Arts Center entrance. The market, featuring 13 street food carts with cuisine from east and southeast Asia, will be open from 4-7 p.m., followed by performances from 7-8 p.m. Food offerings include Korean spicy rice cakes, Taiwanese bubble tea, and Chinese bao. Food tickets will be available for 50 cents each. Proceeds from the D125 Night Market will go to the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.

PAC Hosting Campaign Fair, Issues Forum
The SHS Political Action Club is hosting its Campaign Fair from 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby outside Room 2104. The fair is intended for first-time voters to meet with candidates and campaigns prior to the March 17 primary election.

After the Campaign Fair, the public is invited to attend the club’s Issues Forum from 7-8 p.m. in Room 2104. Students will moderate a forum featuring two experts — former state Sen. Dan Biss and Ted Dabrowski, president of Wirepoints — speaking for and against the November referendum seeking to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow a graduated tax.

Streetfest Charity Deadline Tuesday
Streetfest, the National Honor Society-led fall charity fundraiser and kickoff to Homecoming Week, is accepting applications from local charities that would like to be chosen as beneficiaries in 2020. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000, which was split among three charities. This year’s Streetfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.12. Interested charities can use this link to apply. Applications are due by Tuesday.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 46, Lake Forest 31: John Ittounas scored a career-high 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added two steals as the host Patriots (25-4, 13-1) won their eighth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship. John hit eight of 12 shots from the floor and four of five from the free throw line in recording his first-ever double-double. His driving layup and 3-pointer late in the third quarter sparked a 14-3 run for SHS, which led 20-17 at halftime. Senior Matthew Ambrose added 10 points for Stevenson, which avenged its only conference loss. Lake Forest fell to 18-10 overall and 8-6 in the league. Coach Pat Ambrose reached the 25-victory mark for the second straight year and sixth time in the last eight season. The Patriots will face Lake Zurich or Waukegan in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday. –Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

RJ Holmes Holds On in Slam Dunk Contest
Senior RJ Holmes reached the final four of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship after surviving a see-saw battle in the second round. RJ edged Zech Clemens of South Dakota, 50.11% – 49.89%, in online voting that ended Tuesday. His semifinal opponent will be Jacques Williams from Bowman Academy in Gary, Ind. Voting begins at noon today and ends at noon Thursday, March 5. Vote at

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.


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. Recipients will receive a waiver of tuition and mandatory fees if they attend their local Illinois community college or one of the state’s nine public universities. The application deadline is March 31. Visit the DCFS website and look for CFS 438 in the DCFS Features column.


Seven girls from Wheaton North High School are facing mob action charges following a premeditated brawl Tuesday at the school, authorities said. Three of the girls also are charged with unlawful use of a weapon and one is charged with aggravated battery of a teacher. One of the girls had a pocketknife, another had a sock filled with batteries and a third had a sock containing a can of green beans.

More than 100 students from Oak Park and River Forest High School walked out of class Wednesday morning and marched about a mile south to Oak Park Village Hall for a rally and sit-in. The protest occurred “in commemoration of the young black victims who are killed by police violence,” organizers said in a news release. Wednesday was the eighth anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, a black teen fatally shot while visiting Florida.

Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson said Wednesday that the parents protesting the firing of top administrators at Lincoln Park High School are painting those adults as victims while overlooking the impact on students. Jackson’s pointed and heated comments at Wednesday’s school board meeting were her first on the Lincoln Park scandal, and came just minutes before two dozen parents lined up to defend the two administrators and called their firing a “decapitation” of the school.

A 37-year-old Waukegan man has been suspended from Grayslake Area Elementary District 46 and is “no longer employed” by Antioch-Lake Villa High School District 117 after he was arrested in a Lake County prostitution sting, officials said.

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted to observe the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day rather than as Columbus Day. Until now, Chicago Public Schools had celebrated both holidays. The change marks a significant change in a city that celebrates Christopher Columbus in a variety of ways.


Officials from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights are launching a Title IX compliance review in schools across the country – a response to an alarming increase in reports of sexual assault in elementary, middle and high schools and what Secretary Betsy DeVos is calling “the tragic rise of sexual misconduct complaints in our nation’s K-12 campuses.” The Office for Civil Rights will examine how sexual assault cases are handled – including sexual incidents involving teachers and school staff – and work with school districts to identify and correct compliance concerns.

New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google last week over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit claims Google is using its education services package that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families. Google dismissed the claim as “factually wrong.”

American university programs in Italy — the second-most-popular destination for study abroad programs — are variously suspending operations and evacuating students, moving classes online, or warning students not to travel domestically as the global spread of the new coronavirus begins to affect international programs in countries outside China.

An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters’ way into school as part of a nationwide college admissions scam. Michelle Janavs admitted to paying $100,000 to have a proctor correct her two daughters’ ACT exam answers. She also agreed to pay $200,000 to have one of her daughters labeled as a fake beach volleyball recruit at the University of Southern California.

Binghamton University in New York is building a $60 million baseball stadium complex fully funded by an anonymous donor family. The donation is the largest in Binghamton’s 74-year history, and is the second-largest to a State University of New York campus. Binghamton’s baseball team is the most successful of the university’s various Division I athletics programs.

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