Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Seniors Qualify for National Debate Tournament
Stevenson Congressional Debaters competed in the National Speech and Debate Association regional qualifying tournament which was held virtually on March 6-7. Three members of the debate team earned alternative spots to participate in the national tournament which will be held virtually this summer. Seniors Michelle Velyunskiy and Arun Sivarajah earned alternate spots in the National Tournament Senate and classmate Ojasvi Saxena earned an alternate spot to participate in the National Tournament House.

Sharing the EBR Experience
Stevenson Chinese teacher Dr. Li Ye was recently invited by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) to share her experience using Evidenced Based Reporting with more than 130 U.S. and international viewers during a virtual presentation last week. Evidence-based reporting challenges traditional grading systems by building a framework that aims to instill in our students the ability to grow their own learning and ultimately sustain themselves while pursuing their academic and personal goals.
Thank you to Dr. Ye for sharing Stevenson’s thought leadership on this important topic. Information about EBR can be viewed on the Grading at Stevenson webpage.


Senior Service Recognition Applications Due
Last year, 82 students were honored during the 2020 Stevenson commencement ceremony for their extraordinary commitments to community service. Current seniors who would like to be considered for this year’s Senior Service Recognition award are reminded that the deadline to submit the award application is Friday, March 12.

Apply to be a Stevenson Peer Helper
Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors interested in getting involved in a service-oriented co-curricular program are encouraged to apply to be a Peer Helper for the 2021-2022 school year.
Peer Helpers are sophomore, junior and senior student leaders who show great character, empathy, and openness to learning from others. They staff the Student Lounge which is a safe place for students go to talk, relax, obtain resources or eat their lunch. The program also offers support for students and the SHS community by organizing multiple school-wide awareness campaigns every year. The application deadline is April 2.


Spectator Information for Spring Sports
Beginning March 8, the Illinois Department of Public Health increased the number of spectators from 50 people to 20% venue capacity for outdoor sports only.
This update impacts all IHSA schools in regions that are in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, including Stevenson. For attendance at Stevenson home games, tickets will be required to attend the following sports: JV Football, Varsity Football, Volleyball, Boys Gymnastics, Water Polo, and Wrestling.
Our Athletics Division will be directly in touch with athletes on these team rosters to provide tickets. IDPH currently recommends that spectator attendance be limited to immediate household members, so tickets will be provided to athletes to share with their families. All other events are open for spectators to attend without a ticket. As a reminder, spectators will be expected to follow all safety precautions, including masking and social distancing from any person not in their household.
Please note: Attendance at away competitions is not permitted. No opposing schools, to our knowledge, are allowing visiting spectators.

Athletic Results for Monday, March 8
Girls Bowling
The girls bowling team came up short against Zion-Benton 0-9, yesterday bringing their overall season record to 2-6. The Patriots had a total pinfall of 2149 while Zion had a three-game series score of 2246. Junior Diana Kwizera had the highest score night, with a 540 overall score, and a high game of 186. Next up, the team will hit the lanes tomorrow, March 10 at 4:45 p.m. at Fairhaven Lanes against Mundelein.

Girls Basketball
The Patriots dominated on the court, beating New Trier by over 10 points to win the game 67-55 to bring their overall season record to 15-1. Junior Simone Sawyer led all scorers for the night by contributing 19 points. Senior Lydia Lueck closely followed, scoring 14 points to help lead the Patriots to their victory. The team is gearing up to take on Lake Zurich tomorrow, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Suburban Conference semifinals.


Change to Spectator Limits Announced by IHSA
On Monday, the IHSA announced that schools can host spectators up to 20% capacity for outdoor sports only. This is in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health raising the spectator limit for schools in Regions that are in Phase 4.

Illinois Education and Workforce Equity Act Signed into Law
Gov. Pritzker signed the Education and Workforce Equity Act on March 8 which includes expanding access to the state’s early intervention program and adds some graduation requirements in computer literacy, a foreign language or laboratory science. Also, this new law will expand the required Black history coursework to include the pre-enslavement of Black people and establishes a 22-person Inclusive American History Commission.

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