Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

Stevenson Students Create Awareness Campaign
A campaign to promote awareness of mental health risks for people with developmental disabilities was founded in 2019 by Caroline Mazur-Sarocka and Rishika Chikoti who are currently seniors at Stevenson.
Their campaign, “The Ripple Initiative” was formed following their participation in SHS co-curricular clubs including HOSA Future Health Professionals and Future Doctors of America as well as local volunteer experiences. Their efforts were recently showcased in this Daily Herald article.


Video Recordings of Virtual Career Exploration Nights
On Oct. 26-28, the Stevenson Career Exploration Program held a virtual event to help students learn about careers in STEM for women, careers in medicine, and careers in business and leadership.
Recordings of these presentations are available for viewing on the Event Tab of the Career Exploration webpage.


Stevenson student-athletes were not involved in competitive events Wednesday. Please see the Athletics webpage for information on the winter sports season which begins on Nov. 16.


New Science and Tech School Planned for Chicago Neighborhood
A recommendation to build The North Lawndale STEAM Partnership Academy on an infrequently used area of the Lawndale Community Academy campus s part of a proposal submitted to Chicago Public Schools. The Lawndale Community Academy is one of three neighborhood schools slated to close to form the new high-tech STEAM school.

Impact of State Ballot Measures on K-12 Schools
A policy analyst at the Education Commission of the States shared a variety of state ballot measures to raise money for education including the legalization of recreational marijuana and taxes on sports betting. The taxation of high-earners to benefit education was also a ballot consideration in several states.

Teaching Culinary Arts During a Pandemic
Culinary Arts students at one New York school are impacted not only by trying to advance their skills virtually and are also concerned about their educational path to enter a field negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The assistance from a nonprofit organization and creativity from their teachers has enabled students to continue to advance their skills by obtaining ingredients to cook from home.

New Proposed State Standards Sparking Controversy
The Illinois State Board of Education is considering a new set of standards aimed at increasing the sensitivity of teachers and administrators to students of different cultures and backgrounds. The “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading” standards have run into opposition from a lobbying group which is arguing that the standards are unconstitutionally vague.

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