Monday, Nov. 30, 2020

2021-22 Course Selection for Current Freshman
Over the last two weeks, counselors visited current freshmen during Advisory classes to discuss the importance of mindful course selection and shared specific requirements for sophomore year courses along with the procedure for entering these courses in Infinite Campus.
Beginning today and continuing through Dec. 11, each freshman will meet individually with their counselor to discuss course selection during Advisory or non-academic time. Email invitations with Zoom links will be sent to each student’s Stevenson email address and Zoom links will also be posted on Advisory Canvas pages.
Parents/guardians play an important role in the course selection process and an email was sent to current freshman families recently from Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen outlining this process.
Resources for course selection have been posted to the Coursebook webpage. Students who have further questions should contact their counselor.


Gap Year Virtual Information Sessions
Students interested in exploring gap year or summer opportunities can access virtual information sessions beginning today and continuing through Dec. 4. Online registration is required.

Check-in Day on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Wednesday is a scheduled asynchronous learning day. Students will receive assignments to complete independently to give teachers an in-school-day opportunity to meet 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.


Stevenson winter sports teams have paused in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


Parents and Educators Help Students Gain Executive Function Skills
Learning how to manage class schedules without the help of hallway bells and keeping track of assignments without classroom reminders are examples of new skills many students are honing in the remote learning environment with the help of their teachers and parents.

High School Chefs Create Cooking Contest to Maintain Thanksgiving Tradition
Instead of passing international dishes during their annual in-person Thanksgiving feast for families new to the U.S., students at Brooklyn International High School hosted a virtual cooking competition with judging based on presentation and plating.

New Illinois Poet Laureate Hopes to Awaken Student Poets
Illinois has not had a Poet Laureate since 2017. The state began accepting applications for a new top poet last summer and Angela Jackson was named the new Illinois Poet Laureate last week. Jackson plans to travel the state and the country virtually at first, to “awaken the poets in young people” as part of her role.

New University Program Planned for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Post-secondary options for students with intellectual disabilities became broader after The University of Illinois Chicago announced they will be using a $2.5 million grant to develop an accredited program to help people with intellectual disabilities prepare for employment.

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