Thursday, March 12, 2020

Help Your Student Manage Stress, Anxiety
Parents and guardians can gain insights into how to help their teens manage stress and anxiety during “Supporting Our Teens’ Mental Health” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Vernon Area Public Library. The event is sponsored by the library and Stevenson High School.

The moderated discussion will include mental health experts such as Promila Kumar of Sanjeevani, a nonprofit providing free advocacy, support, and guidance to people dealing with mental health problems; Mara Heichman, a certified professional coach; Dori Mages, a licensed clinical social worker with North Shore Family Services; a counselor from Stevenson High School; and Vrushali Thakkar, a Stevenson senior and mental health advocate.

This program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register through this link, or by calling 224-543-1485, or in person at any service desk in the Vernon Area Public Library.

Two Debaters Qualify for National Tournament
Six students represented Stevenson at the National Speech and Debate Association Northern Illinois District qualifying tournament Saturday at Huntley High School. Senior Sunny Gandhi and junior Laya Reddy earned bids to this summer’s national tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. Other SHS competitors Saturday were senior Megana Adigal, junior Maanav Agrawal, and sophomores Phil Edat and Amal Naqvi.

Encouraging Positive Risk-Taking for Teens
Stevenson‘s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, Molly Gosline, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Molly and SEL at Stevenson, follow her on Twitter @mollygosline.

Over the next few weeks, Stevenson students will have the opportunity to discuss prosocial learning with their teachers by engaging in conversations around positivity, asset-based strategies for learning, and how to use their voice to impact their social and emotional growth in leading up to the first International #SEL Day. While taking risks is a healthy part of adolescent development, how we can support their growth in healthy ways is critical to guide them during their exploration for independence. The Greater Good Center at UCBerkeley identifies meaningful ways in which we can engage with students to best support them.


IHSA to Limit Sectional Game Attendance
The Illinois High School Association announced this morning that it will limit attendance at sectional boys basketball games this weekend to 60 fans per school. What this means for Stevenson’s sectional championship game at Prospect High School on Friday was unclear as of 10 a.m. today. For now, the school has stopped selling tickets for Friday night’s game. Anyone who has purchased tickets for Friday can obtain a refund by showing their ticket at the Patriot Superstore.

Friday’s game will be broadcast by WRLR starting at 6:55 p.m. The game can be heard on WRLR 98.3 FM, WRLR.FM, or by typing in WRLR in the Tune In Radio app.

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson 37, Lake Forest 35, Mundelein 33: The Patriots edged their two North Suburban Conference counterparts in the Field House. Each team won four events. For Stevenson, the individual winners were junior Jade Cadichon in the 160-meter dash (22.5 seconds), sophomore Mia Mikolajczak in the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (9.9 seconds), and junior Camille Clay in the shot put (38 feet). SHS also won the 640-meter relay (1:31.2). Senior Karolina Rutyna was second in the 55 intermediate hurdles (10.0), junior Varsha Vinod was runner-up in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), and junior Ellie Warren placed second in the 160 dash (23.5). Stevenson also took second in the 1,600 relay (5:02.7).

Boys Gymnastics
Mundelein 135.2, Libertyville 134.0, Stevenson 105.6: At Libertyville, senior Anthony Lang tied for fourth in floor exercise (8.1) and was fifth in vault (7.4) for the Patriots in their season-opening meet. Junior Beny Verezub tied for fourth on still rings (7.9) and tied for sixth on vault (7.3). Sophomore Tyler Ehlen was sixth on pommel horse (4.5). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Quick Hits
Due to the sectional basketball game on Friday, the baseball team’s fundraiser at The Claim Company in Vernon Hills has been rescheduled to Wednesday. … The Unified State Basketball Championships scheduled for this weekend as part of the Illinois High School Association Class 1A and 2A state finals experience have been canceled. Stevenson’s Allied Basketball team had qualified to play in the event. SHS finished third last year. … Maryville University senior Tyler Harrington (Class of 2016) has reached the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships for the second straight year. The 165-pounder, who earned All-America honors after finishing fourth at that weight last year, carries a 24-11 record into this weekend’s meet in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Graduation Speaker Applications Deadline March 30
Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at the commencement ceremony in May are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for the application.

Tonight’s regional college fair at the College of Lake County and Saturday’s Suburban Chicago National College Fair has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that the state is evaluating new federal guidance on limiting large public gatherings as cases of the new coronavirus in the state continued to mount. Pritzker criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday for not offering clear guidance on what constitutes a “large gathering,” but the agency later issued guidelines suggesting organizations in communities with minimal to moderate spread of the virus consider canceling events drawing more than 250 people.

The University of Chicago has become the latest Illinois university to take steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus, announcing Thursday it is moving to remote learning for undergraduate and graduate classes for the entire spring quarter beginning March 30. The announcement came a day after Illinois, Southern Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern and Illinois State universities announced the suspension of in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns.

A labor coalition led by the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday made a number of coronavirus-related demands during a City Hall news conference. The group called for 15 paid sick days a year, instead of the five mandated for Chicago employers, with the protection extended statewide. A citywide meals-on-wheels program, internet access and electronic devices for students forced to stay home were among the other demands.


One of the few mercies of the spreading coronavirus is that it leaves young children virtually untouched — a mystery virologists say may hold vital clues as to how the virus works. Meanwhile, the new coronavirus has proved especially deadly on the other end of the age spectrum. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have also mysteriously spared the young.

Teachers in St. Paul, Minn. went on strike Tuesday, the first walkout in that district since 1946. The St. Paul Federation of Educators announced at 3 a.m. Tuesday that they couldn’t reach a deal on a new two-year contract despite 45 hours of mediation over the last four days.

For a generation, school bonds have been more or less a slam dunk in California. Locally and statewide, voters consistently have supported borrowing to build and maintain classrooms. Not this election. As the state slowly tallies the returns from Super Tuesday, the numbers are painting a decidedly unfamiliar picture. A $15 billion state bond measure looks like it will be the first rejected by voters in nearly three decades. Meanwhile, at the district level, some 70% of the 100-plus local K-12 school bond measures appeared bound for failure or too close to call.

Three former collegiate All-Americans filed a class-action complaint Wednesday against the NCAA, the NCAA board of governors and their former track and field coach for what they allege were dozens of incidents of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.The women argue the NCAA failed to protect them despite the schools being aware of the coach’s alleged abuse.

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