Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

Hear Second Semester Plans at Tonight’s Webinar
While we have committed to our Remote Learning+ model for the remainder of the semester, we continue to spend a considerable amount of time developing various frameworks for potential in-person teaching and learning during the second semester.
Parents, guardians and students are invited to attend a webinar tonight at 7 p.m. to hear an update on this work. Please click here to access the webinar and we look forward to connecting with you tonight.


Check-In Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11
Teacher-student connections are integral to the teaching and learning experience, and it’s important, now more than ever, that we provide these opportunities to students. We recently instituted Check-In Days to enhance these connections, with the next Check-In Day scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The objective of this day is to provide an in-school-day opportunity for teachers to conference with students about their current progress, identify areas of growth, offer opportunities for students to demonstrate learning, and make sure students are aware of supports available to help them.
All classes on Wednesday will be asynchronous, which means our teachers will provide assignments and activities for students to complete independently. ILC virtual tutoring will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for all subjects and until 9 p.m. for mathematics on Wednesday.
The last scheduled Check-in-Day for this semester is Dec. 2.


Recognizing Fall Athletic Activity
Fall sports at Stevenson was very different this year. A modified fall season occurred with some teams and student-athletes on teams that were not involved in organized competitions were approved by the IHSA to participate in Contact Days. Check out the video for a peek into fall sports and contact days at SHS!
A recognition of student-athletes involved in fall sports including girls golf, boys golf, girls tennis, girls swimming, boys cross country, girls cross country, allied bocce and student athletic training will occur during a virtual Fall Sports Awards Night beginning tomorrow, Nov. 10, 2020, at 7 p.m. A link to access that event will be posted on the calendar and on the Athletics page prior to the event.
Please see the SHS Athletics page which has been updated to reflect the current season configuration for sports teams and relevant documents.


Filling Gaps in American History Knowledge: One Teacher’s Journey
An African American history teacher in Mississippi has been surveying students on their knowledge of the Civil War for the last 26 years. He has worked to not only help fill in gaps in their understanding of history but also how to make connections between the past and the present.

Retirement Decisions by Teachers During the Pandemic
Some teachers around the country have retired early or taken a leave from work rather than teaching remotely however some veteran teachers are staying with the profession despite the challenges. In Tennessee, teacher unions say few teachers are choosing to return to classrooms in January.

School Enrollment Drops by Almost 15,000 Across Indiana
A decline in enrollment in Indiana schools mirrors declines seen across the country while enrollment has surged at a virtual charter school and several online schools. A 4% drop in enrollment was also reported in Chicago and one reason cited is parents not sending their children to kindergarten.

Universities Continue to Punish Students who Defy Safety Measures
As COVID-19 cases rise nationwide, some colleges and universities are threatening new consequences for students who don’t follow safety measures designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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