Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

Stevenson Ranked No. 1 School District in the U.S.

Stevenson High School District 125 has been recognized as the No.1 school district in the country, according to

Stevenson’s recognition is part of Niche’s 2021-2022 ranking of the country’s top-performing school districts. This prestigious list relies on a rigorous analysis of many factors, including data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as other data and student/parent survey responses on academic performance, teaching quality, co-curricular and athletics, diversity and inclusion, health and safety and more.

Thank you to the entire Patriot community. This recognition would not be possible without you!

Let’s Talk About Your Future on Oct. 21
Course selection for the 2021-22 school year will begin in early November for sophomores, late November for freshmen and in January for juniors.

To make course selection more meaningful, Stevenson will be holding its fifth annual Let’s Talk About Your Future Night on Wednesday, Oct. 21. This will be a no-homework night for students and is intended as a night for students to talk to their parents and guardians about future plans and courses at Stevenson they might consider to support those plans.

To prepare for this event, the 2021-22 Coursebook was recently mailed home to Patriot Families. An email will be sent from Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen on Monday, Oct. 19 explaining the night in detail.

We ask Patriot families to spend time together on Wednesday having a discussion about future plans. To facilitate the conversation, a Let’s Talk About Your Future board game has been posted on the Coursebook page.

Students are also encouraged to submit a video clip, photo or short paragraph showing how this discussion night inspired your future course choices to for a chance to win a $25 Amazon card. Please know that these submissions may be shared on social media.


Parent volunteer members of the PPA have scheduled an alternative to their traditional treat days which are usually held on campus. They are sending students an email with directions to redeem a free treat at the Mini Donut Factory (1067 E Lake Cook Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090). Students must print out the email they receive, provide the hardcopy of the email to redeem their treat and follow the redemption schedule:

Oct. 19 – Last names A – E
Oct. 20 – Last names F – K
Oct. 21 – Last names L – O
Oct. 22 – Last names P – S
Oct. 23 – Last names T – Z*

Students unable to visit the Mini Donut Factory on their designated day may obtain their treat by Oct. 23, 2020, last names T -Z have until Saturday, Oct. 24. Students are encouraged to use COVID-19 precautions.

Political Action Club’s Candidate Forum
On Monday, Oct. 19 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. the Stevenson Political Action Club along with club sponsor Andy Conneen will hold a virtual Zoom Candidate Forum for the 10th Congressional District. Rep. Brad Schneider and Ms. Val Ramirez Mukherjee will be appearing separately and addressing topics selected by students from Stevenson, Waukegan, North Chicago, and Mundelein high schools. Students and parents are welcome to attend.

Boys Golf
Senior Golfers Conan PanNick UdoniArthur Hancock, and Bradley Park capped off an impressive career in the program by leading Stevenson to a fourth-place finish in the I.H.S.A. 3A Sectional in Rockford. Pan finished with a 75, placing sixth and Udoni followed with an 80, finishing in 17th-place. If the I.H.S.A. State Tournament had been held this season, Pan would’ve qualified for the fourth time in his high school career. Hancock and Park scored 83 and 84 respectively, to contribute to the team score of 322, which was five back from third-place Hersey. Lake Forest won the event with a team score of 304, followed by second-place Barrington at 310. Juniors Tate Donica and Madhav Muralidharan shot an 85 and 88. This concludes the season for Coach John Rueth’s program, one in which the team finished second in the North Suburban Conference and second in the I.H.S.A. Regional, both times behind Lake Forest. Daily Herald.

Fall Signing Day Postponed
The Stevenson Athletic Department has made the decision to postpone its annual Fall Signing Day recognition until second semester. A new date and time will be announced when it becomes available. If you or your child has made a commitment to compete in his/her respective sport in college at any level (DI, DII, DIII, JUCO, NIAA, etc.), please email Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at to get on the contact list for future arrangements.

Cross Country Uniform Return
Junior Varsity Cross Country Uniforms should be dropped off at the Circle Drive Entrance near Lot B, starting Monday, Oct. 19 through Thursday, Oct. 22 between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. All uniforms must be cleaned, bagged and labeled with the athlete’s name and ID#. Failure to return uniforms will result in suspension of participation in any upcoming sports, registering for the next school year and/or having diplomas held for seniors. If you have any questions, please email Equipment Manager, Barri Woolston at

Initiative to Increase Access to Cybersecurity Education at Historically Black Colleges
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Additional Shake-Ups Expected in Higher Education
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Leaders in Tennessee Seek to Remove 2021 Test Score Consequences
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Relaxed Grading Policies at Some Universities
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Introverted Student Discovers New Ways to Participate During Remote Learning
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