Thursday, March 5, 2020

Summer School “Deadline” is Friday
Friday is a “deadline” of sorts for families thinking of enrolling their students in summer school. After Friday, course sections will be determined and staff hired based on enrollment figures. Students registered for a summer school course by Friday are much less likely to face a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment than those who enroll after Friday. All registrations will be handled on a space-available basis after Friday. See our summer school web page for the 2020 course catalog and to register.

Winter Play Opens Tonight
Oscar Wilde’s classic play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” is the Patriot Theatre Company’s winter production for the 2019-20 school year. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6, and can be purchased online or at the door. Here is a PDF of the playbill, which includes a listing of cast and crew.

Former SHS Teacher is Artist of the Month
Professional artist, graphic designer and former Stevenson art teacher Donna Stewart Hickman is the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Months of March and April. An exhibition of her paintings will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery through April 24, and she will discuss her work and her career during an ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. Her website is She worked at Stevenson from 1998 to 2010.

Juniors Taking Illinois Science Assessment Next Week
All juniors will be taking the Illinois Science Assessment on Monday or Tuesday. Some students will be tested Monday and the others on Tuesday; some will take the exam in the morning and some in the afternoon. Students should check their SHS email for details. Juniors will use their Stevenson iPad for the exam, and need to do the following:

  • Update the iPad operating system (OS) to 13.3.1.
  • Remove the ISA 2019 app.
  • Install the ISA 2020 app from the Self Service app, which is already installed on the iPad.

Juniors also will need to bring these for the exam, in addition to their iPad:

  • Wired headphones that plug into the iPad if they want to use text-to-speech
  • Their school ID
  • Non-science reading materials in case they finish early
  • Calculator (following SAT guidelines)

Juniors should make sure their iPad has 100% power prior to taking the exam. Anyone needing help can visit the SMARTdesk (Room 3014 in the Link) before 4 p.m. Friday.

Capturing the Festive Atmosphere at Night Market
Pioneer Press reporter-photographer stopped by Saturday’s D125 Night Market, an event featuring foods from more than a dozen East and South Asian countries. Several students were interviewed, including seniors Sarah Zhou and Dylan Chae, who helped organize the event. Others featured in the piece include one of the school’s Chinese language teachers, Janet Wang, plus juniors Yu Min KimErica Zhang and Diane Bi, and sophomores Alice Lua and Raine McClory.


Winter ESPPA Award Nominations Due by Wednesday
Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 11. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday, March 16.

Quick Hits
Senior Avery King and sophomore Simone Sawyer were named to the all-North Suburban Conference girls basketball team, while sophomore Ava Bardic earned honorable mention. … One year ago, Aidan O’Connell was buried on the Purdue football depth chart. Now, the 2016 graduate is in the running to be the Boilermakers’ starting quarterback.

Community Service Honor Deadline Next Week
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 in May? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply. Applications are due by Friday, March 13.

Want Your Doodle Featured on Google?
Would you like to see your artwork featured at Students are invited to enter the annual Doodle for Google contest. This year’s contest theme is what kindness means to you. Click here for details. The contest closes Friday, March 13.


Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois is accepting applications from students with a parent or guardian who was seriously injured or killed on the job. The application deadline is June 30. Click here for application details, and to apply.


Two people at Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 voluntarily have quarantined themselves since they each live with a Northwest Community Hospital employee who came into contact with the patient who recently tested positive for coronavirus. The two individuals have connections to May Whitney Elementary School and Lake Zurich Middle School North.

Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 employees and students who stayed home from school earlier this week due to a possible coronavirus exposure have been cleared to return, the district’s superintendent said Wednesday.

The president and vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday that they were personally endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. The show of support is the latest in a flurry of personal endorsements from top teachers union leaders, even as the unions they run have hesitated to get behind a single candidate. A few weeks ago, a large body of Chicago teachers union members voted not to endorse Sanders and to remain neutral in the primaries.

A top administrator in the University of Illinois System on Wednesday was named the 28th president of the University of Wyoming. Edward Seidel, currently vice president for economic development and innovation, is expected to sign a three-year contract with a base annual salary of $365,000.


A nationwide debate over dyslexia is underway—what it is, what it means for children, and how schools should address it. The public struggle is between those who decry the use of the word “dyslexia” and the heavy focus on phonics instruction, and the parents and disability advocates who argue that schools and teacher preparation programs are not doing enough to help children learn to read.

The University of California at Santa Cruz has fired 54 graduate teaching assistants after they refused to submit fall-quarter grades amid a strike for increased pay. The teaching assistants, fired on Friday, had been given until Feb. 21 to submit the grades amid a months-long strike over a requested cost-of-living wage adjustment that led to some protesters’ arrests last month.

The principal of New Jersey elementary school uses her life story of being a homeless teenage mother to inspire and encourage her students. She shares with them the obstacles she had to overcome and says her mantra is “Shake it off, pat it down, and rise a little higher.”

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