Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020

Tickets are now available for ‘Newsies’, the next online performance of the Patriot Theatre Company.
A team of more than 120 students in the cast, crew, and orchestra pit, along with 15 staff have been working since July to bring this production to life. Rehearsed on Zoom and in person, and filmed in a socially distanced manner on an outdoor stage, this performance promises to be like none you’ve ever seen before as you can see from this preview.
‘Newsies’ is set in turn-of-the-century New York City which tells the tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged newsies. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right.
Streaming performances will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are free and must be reserved in advance.


Tutoring Hours Adjusted for Late Arrival Schedule on Nov. 5
Tomorrow is a scheduled Late Arrival Day with classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Online tutoring hours have been adjusted and tutoring will be available from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Several winter sports information meetings are scheduled today including:
Boys Bowling at 3:30 p.m.
Girls Bowling at 4 p.m.
Boys Fencing and Girls Fencing at 5 p.m.
Tryout information for girls gymnasticsboys swimming and divingcompetitive cheerleading and competitive dance are listed on the webpages for those sports.
All of these sports are now classified as low-risk by the Illinois Department of Public Health and are scheduled to begin on Nov. 16. Wrestling, which was originally designated as a winter sport has been moved to the new summer season which will begin on April 19. There is still ongoing uncertainty for when the girls and boys basketball season will begin.


McHenry County and Other Suburban School Districts Facing Personnel Shortages
Schools in McHenry County and other Chicago suburbs are facing a shortage of substitute bus drivers and teachers. There is a concern the shortage of bus driver substitutes will be an even greater issue when school districts resume in-person learning.

Spike in Advanced Placement Exams Taken by Illinois High School Students
As reported in the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Report Card covering the 2019-20 school year, the Class of 2020 took 14,500 more AP exams than 2019 graduates.

Too Young to Vote but Old Enough to be an Advocate for Voting
A New York high school senior was too young to vote but found a way to be involved in this year’s election by developing a workshop for her peers to inform them about the power of voting. She is one of many high school students making a difference on Election Day.

Teaching Social Studies Without Bias in a Contentious Year
Advancements in state standards and a greater emphasis on inquiry enable teachers to teach social studies without bias even during a controversial year according to a Bradley University professor.

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