Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020

Students Create National Education Platform
Stevenson juniors Rohita Kotyada and Nandu Pentapati launched an 8-week summer program to help students across the country advance their communication, presentation and research skills.
Their initiative called Project Efidy, had more than 30 participants last summer in grades 4-6 including students from California, Texas and Illinois. Students involved in the program chose a topic of interest such as space exploration or nutrition, received individual mentorship from Kotyada and Pentapati, and their presentations were streamed online to an audience of more than 100 viewers.
Kotyada and Pentapati credit their involvement in the Stevenson co-curricular Key Club as an activity that inspired them to give back through this initiative, and their involvement in Future Business Leaders of America and Future Health Professionals – HOSA helped them advance the skills they shared with students in the program. The Daily Herald recently published details of this program. Congratulations to these Patriots for sharing a commitment to learning with others!


Support Give-a-Thon While Dining at Culver’s
You can help raise money for Lake County families in need by mentioning Give-a-Thon when ordering at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove or Lincolnshire on Dec. 3. Twenty-five percent of group sales will benefit Stevenson’s Give-a-Thon fund which will be used to purchase food and baby items for local families.
This will be a busy week for members of the Stevenson National Honor Society who organized this year’s virtual Give-a-Thon, and student leaders who will be collecting gift, food and baby item donations from Stevenson families this week. Thank you to all who are contributing to help local families in need this season!

Hebrew National Honor Society Coat Donation Drive
Student members of the Hebrew National Honor Society want to help every child in our community have a warm coat this winter. They have set up a donation portal on the Stevenson Superstore website which will only be open until Dec. 10 and they appreciate monetary donations in any amount. Donations collected as part of a group or organization will also be accepted.

HEARD Meeting
Monthly Initiative to Foster Diversity Discussions
Helpers in Equality and Racial Diversity (HEARD) is a new monthly initiative organized by the co-curricular Diversity Council to foster discussions about diversity and to promote equality and change in our community.
Students who would like to lead a discussion at a future meeting are invited to fill out this Google form by 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 2.
The next meeting for this group is Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6-7 p.m via Zoom and all students are welcome to attend.


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


Triton College Wins Award for STEM Camps for Girls
A professor at Triton College has made it her mission to encourage girls to explore science, technology, engineering, and math courses. Two manufacturing and welding camps for girls that she developed recently won a national award. The camps, called GADgET or Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering and Technology, teach girls ages 10-14 to design and build.

Mathematics Teachers Solve the Problem of Single Answer Questions
The pandemic has changed many things and for some schools, mathematics assessments are changing too. Schools that assess conceptual understanding when administering remote assessments are finding advantages that may be relevant when in-person assessments resume.

Learning Life Skills Through Improv
In Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization is providing free virtual improv classes to students with the goal of having students learn life skills while having fun. The founders of the organization realized that not all students have the privilege of taking drama classes to learn about how to connect with people. The group is also raising funds so every public school in the city can offer drama classes.

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