Friday, May 7, 2021

Helping the World Through STEM
TEAMS/ACES (Academic Challenge) is an exam-based cooperative competition on high-level STEM content that tests students’ approach to real-world problems utilizing STEM principles. Both our TEAMS and ACES student competed and did an excellent job at the state level:
TEAMS state competition:

  • 9/10 Division: Joseph Zhu, Vedant Rathi, Aaron Gan, and Angela Guo placed second in this division.
  • 11/12 Division: Trisha Gannu and Linda Wang placed first in this division.
  • 11/12 Division: Anmol Dash, Richie Zachariah, and Andrey Vlasov placed seventh in this division.

ACES state competition:

  • The varsity team — comprised of students Edward Kang, Justin Chen, Sophia Li, Praneet Rathi, Vedant Rathi, Anmol Dash, Brandon Lu, Andrey Vlasov, Linda Wang, Daniel Thomas, Trisha Gannu, Jared Machtinger, Andrew Liu and Nicholas Xing — won state!

See individual winners by subject.

Kudos to Our Amazing Stevenson Teachers
Our amazing teachers go above and beyond for our students every day, but this week, we want to celebrate a few teachers who are being recognized by our community for their dedication and passion for student learning.
First, we are proud to announce that Ms. Sydney Hendricks is this year’s recipient of the 2021 Promising New Mathematics Teacher Award! This prestigious award recognizes teachers who have “started his or her teaching career with tremendous success.” The division’s leadership and faculty attest to Ms. Hendricks’ remarkable teaching ability, and students and families have weighed in too:
“As a parent of a freshman student, I was very anxious and nervous about his transition from middle school to high school, especially during this pandemic, when kids are learning remotely. But everything went very smoothly because of teachers like Ms. Hendricks,” wrote one parent. “She impressed me with her enthusiasm and her genuine desire to determine the best way to meet every child’s unique learning needs in her classroom. She consistently displays the burning desire to successfully inspire each of her students to learn the subject. I feel blessed to have Ms. Hendricks as my son’s Mathematics teacher.”
Separately, four Stevenson teachers — Ms. Raquel Antillera, Ms. Christy Koulouris, Ms. Jill Lipman and Ms. Maria Yung — were recognized by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) in Buffalo Grove. As part of their tradition of honoring teachers, HSS celebrates Guru Vandana or Teacher’s Appreciation Day as a way for students to honor their teachers. Students seek blessings from their teachers and honor them in a true Indian tradition. Each student honored their respective teachers, followed by cultural performances and fun activities.
Kudos are in order for these teachers! Thank you for everything you do for our students!


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Business
Under the guidance of Dr. LeViis Haney, our director of equity, diversity & inclusion, the Future Business Leaders of America club is hosting a discussion panel with a Q&A session this Tuesday, May 11 from 6-7 p.m.
The guest speakers are a group of diverse business professionals who will share their experiences regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in the business world. All students are welcome to sign up to attend this event, which will count as a service experience! We hope to see you all there!


Athletic Results for May 6
Girls Soccer
The team (6-1-1, 1-0) won their NSC debut 1-0 over Lake Zurich yesterday night. The lone goal came in the first half by senior Abby Kalou. Seven Patriots had shots on goal with Bella Chavez leading the way in that category with 5. Mandy Meliker also racked up four saves in the goal. Their next match is against New Trier, tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m. at the SHS Stadium.

Girls Water Polo
Our athletes (16-1, 6-0) defeated Lake Forest 15 – 6 behind the scoring of Anna Gates and Elizabeth White, who each had three goals apiece. Maggie Bauwens had three blocked shots and four assists from the goal while Catherine Delaney had seven blocked shots. The next game will be tonight against New Trier at 7 p.m. in the Aquatic Center.

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson defeated Lake Forest 22-1. Dimitriy Kobets and Jacob Whiting both notched 4 goals and 1 assists to lead the team. Jeffrey Mao had 3 goals and Olin Kusevskis also added 3 goals and 2 assists, while Sully Swanson contributed 2 goals and an assist. Sammy Maya had 3 assists and 2 steals. The team now improves to 23-0 on the season. Their last regular season game will be against Libertyville at home on Tuesday, May 11.


What Proms and Graduations Might Look Like This Year with COVID-19 Still Looming
After prom and graduation were canceled or held virtually last year during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the high school rites of passage will likely look different this spring — if they happen at all. Here at Stevenson, both prom and graduation will be in-person events.

Rural Schools Have a Teacher Shortage. Why Don’t People Who Live There, Teach There?
Rural – and especially tribal – schools have long had trouble finding and keeping qualified teachers. Principals in small towns across the West regularly hire teachers from afar, even from abroad. Elementary, fine arts and special education teachers are especially hard to find, according to an analysis of state education data.

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