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Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Emphasizing the Green at Stevenson

Stevenson’s efforts to promote environmental responsibility received attention in the Daily Herald today. Reporter Russell Lissau wrote about parking spaces that have been set aside for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles driven by faculty and staff. There are 46 LEV/FEV spaces, with 20 in parking lot B, 16 in lot E and 10 in lot D. In addition, the school has set aside four parking spaces in lot E for teachers and support staff members who drive electric cars. There are two charging stations adjacent to the parking spaces. Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey provided this quote to the newspaper: “Providing parking spaces for eco-friendly and electric vehicles is an acknowledgment of their increasing popularity, and also conveys a message that taking care of the environment is important. If we’re teaching our students to be good stewards of the environment, then we should be modeling that behavior.”

Jazz Faculty Recital Tonight

Five instructors involved with Stevenson’s jazz band program will perform during the Jazz Faculty Recital at 7 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The following are scheduled to perform: SHS Jazz Band Directors Maddie Vogler (saxophone) and Gustavo Cortinas (drums), Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) teachers Neil Carson (saxophone) and Sam Peters (bass), and Kenny Thompson (guitar).

Children’s Book Drive Underway

Stevenson’s Key Club is holding a children’s book drive, with donated items going to Bernie’s Book Bank. The club will accept gently used books for children from newborns through sixth grade. Textbooks, religious books, or books for teens will not be accepted. Collection bins will be available at the school’s public entrances (Forum/Point, Sports Center, Field House and Circle Drive) until Oct. 2.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 3, Lake Zurich 2: Christian Yen scored two goals, and Alem Duratovic added a goal and an assist for the Patriots (3-5-1, 1-1) on the road. Alem set up Christian’s first goal, which gave SHS a 1-0 lead, then scored off an assist from Evan Paldrmic for a 2-0 advantage at halftime. Anthony Skordilis recorded the assist on Christian’s second-half goal.

Girls Field Hockey
Stevenson 2, Deerfield 0 (OT): In a game that was scoreless through regulation, a 10-minute overtime and a 10-minute sudden death, Molly McCoy and Rebekah Jin scored during the shootout phase to lift the visiting Patriots to victory. Goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 24 saves en route to the shutout.

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: The Patriots (10-1) won their eighth consecutive match, losing only two games in seven matches at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. All three singles players — Sonia MehtaAinika Hou and Thea Surya — won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. All four doubles matches also were straight-set victories. The winning duos were Athena Kolli and Alaina Kolli (6-1, 6-0), Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma (6-1, 6-0), Alexis Lee and Angela Ran (6-0, 6-0), and Sneha Yellapantula and Abby Schueneman (6-0, 6-0).

Girls Golf
Stevenson 145, Lake Forest 190: Kelly Dong earned medalist honors with a 1-over-par 37 at The Arboretum in Buffalo Grove as SHS improved to 9-0. Allie Santos shot a 38, Emily Duan had a 39 and Julia Yoo recorded a 41 to round out the Patriots’ team score. Joyce Bai recorded a 42 and Sophia Zhuang had a 44.

Quick Hits

Chucky Sullivan (Class of 2015), a member of Stevenson’s 2014 state championship football team, is having a breakout season for Southern Illinois University. The junior defensive end recorded eight tackles and two sacks during SIU’s 45-20 over Massachusetts on Sept. 7, the Salukis’ first win against an FBS opponent since 2007 and just the fourth FBS win in school history. Sullivan said changing his eating habits has been a significant part of his emergence. … The current Patriot football team plays host to Zion-Benton in its Homecoming game tonight at 7:30 in the Stadium. Both squads are 1-2 entering the contest, which will be broadcast by SHSTV through the NFHS Network, beginning at 7 o’clock. Here is the link to watch (subscription required). The junior varsity football game also will be streamed live at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. Kickoff for the JV game is at 5 o’clock.

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SHS Starting National Art Honor Society Chapter

Stevenson is starting a chapter of the National Art Honor Society, an organization that strives to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. NAHS supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character and service, and to bring art education awareness to the school and community. If you are interested in applying to be a member of NAHS, read through the chapter bylaws to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for membership. If you qualify and are interested, please complete the application by Monday, Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please speak with the NAHS sponsors: Mr. Myers or Mrs. Hyken.

INTRAMURALS

Sign-up is underway for the newest intramural activity, cricket. The cost is $10. Students can sign up for IM Cricket at http://im-web.d125.org/.

CLUBS

The Breakfast with Books club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome! The only requirement is a love for reading.

COLLEGE

Students considering careers in visual arts and design are invited to the National Portfolio Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. More information can be found at nationalportfolioday.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Teachers in North Shore School District 112 were scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to authorize union negotiators to call a strike if they feel negotiations for a new five-year contract are coming to a standstill. The next federal mediation session is scheduled for Oct. 3.

Students at Chicago-area schools were among the tens of thousands across the country planning to participate in today’s Global Climate Strike nationwide walkout. Chicago Public Schools officials allowed students to join the march but said they would receive an unexcused absence if they didn’t return to class afterward. Students at several suburban schools also were expected to participate.

Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board members Thursday agreed that a proposed policy granting transgender students unrestricted access to locker rooms needed more time and details than would be possible for them to vote on at their next meeting Oct. 17.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Districts nationwide are tackling absenteeism with a variety of innovative tactics. From going door-to-door to talk with students and their families about the importance of going to school, to sending text messages and automated calls, many administrators are getting personal through a technique called “nudging” in particular.

Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person’s access to firearms. New York is the first state to empower schools to petition a court themselves for such an order, rather than go through local law enforcement.

New York clothing company Bstroy has introduced school shooting hoodies that have bullet holes in them and feature the names of four schools where nearly 100 students were shot to death, including Sandy Hook, Columbine, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Virginia Tech.

Cheerleaders at a North Carolina high school are on probation after posing with a Trump 2020 banner at a football game last month — a decision that has sparked criticism and debates about student rights to free speech.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

C-SPAN Bus Coming to Campus Friday

It’s Homecoming for the C-SPAN school bus on Friday. C-SPAN in the Classroom will be bringing its bus to the Stevenson campus for the third time in the last 15 years. Students are invited to explore the most hyped form of transportation on the political circuit during the lunch periods.

Mental Health Help for South Asian Families

Stevenson’s Student Services Division is recommending a free mental health resource for parents and guardians who may be more comfortable speaking to someone in their native language. Sanjeevani is a nonprofit organization that offers counseling, guidance, meditation and other services for people who are depressed, lonely, anxious, overwhelmed or abused. Sanjeevani has volunteers available who can speak Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Hindi and English. For more information, visit http://sanjeevani4u.com, call 224-424-0050 or email info@sanjeevani4u.com. The group also is sponsoring a talk on suicide prevention at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Schaumburg Public Library. Here is the Facebook event page.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-11, 25-15: Connie Song served five of the team’s 11 aces as the Patriots (9-6) moved one win away from giving head coach Tim Crow his 500th career victory. The next match is at home against Buffalo Grove at 6 p.m. Monday. Molly Bourbon distributed nine assists on 31-of-33 setting, and added a pair of aces. Lily Cozzi and Amanda Holsen recorded four kills apiece, while Olivia Barreca and Emma Potocki each had three. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Allied Bowling
Stevenson 110.6, Round Lake 98.4: The Patriots opened their season with a balanced effort at the Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills. Jenny Callen and John Falcon led SHS with 113s, Zain Mansour and Jeremy Milliman each rolled a 110, and Ryan Kieffer had a 107.

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Barrington 2: The Patriots improved to 9-1 on the season with the win at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS won five of six doubles matches, and two of three singles contests. The No. 1 team of sisters Athena Kolli and Alaina Kolli cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. At Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, the Pats’ tandems rallied for three-set victories. Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma prevailed at No. 2, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 10-3, while Alexis Lee and Angela Ran came back at No. 3, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8. Priya Rao formed half of the other two winning doubles teams. She paired with Kelly Herlihy at No. 5 (6-0), and Emily Hu at No. 6 (6-1). In singles, Ainika Hou was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 2 and Thea Surya earned a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 3.

Boys Golf
Lake Forest 151, Stevenson 155: The Patriots (5-2 overall and in the North Suburban Conference) lost a tight match at Lake Bluff Golf Club. Conan Pan led SHS with a 37. Bradley Park and McCrae Anderson each carded 39s, and Nick Udoni added a 40. Also golfing for Stevenson were Jake Schabes (41), Ethan Lee (42), Jake Surane (43) and Andrew Babbo (43).

Quick Hits

Two members of the boys cross country team are among the most improved runners in the state this season, according to Illinois Mile Splits (subscription required). Senior Corey Pacernick has the 10th biggest drop in time this season, having shaved 57 seconds off his fastest 3-mile time as a junior. His top effort so far this season is 15:13.90, compared to a best time of 16:10.90 in 2018. Sophomore Tyler Roberts ranks in the top 50 with a 32.90-second improvement. Last year, his fastest time was 16:47.80; this year, he has a top time of 16:14.90. … Last week’s varsity girls volleyball match against Libertyville stopped by bad weather will be continued at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Stevenson won the first set; the match will continue with the start of the second set. … Michael Youkhanna was named the Daily Herald Lake County High School Player of the Week on defense for his performance in last week’s 24-6 win over Libertyville. The senior linebacker intercepted two passes, broke up another, and had four tackles, including one for loss.

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PM Assembly Schedule on Friday

The school will follow the PM Assembly schedule on Friday. Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. as usual, but each class will be shortened by six minutes to allow for the Homecoming pep assembly at the end of the day. Eighth period will conclude at 2:37 p.m., followed by the assembly at 2:42 in the Sports Center.

CLUBS

Students interested in auditioning for Winter Guard are invited to an open house from 6-9 p.m. Monday in the Field House. Auditions will take place from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, Sept. 27 in the Wood Commons. No experience is necessary to audition. If you have questions, contact Ms. Gaul at kgaul@d125.org or Mr. Tseitlin at mtseitlin@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

Agility and Conditioning will not meet Friday morning.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

After months of negotiations and working under an expired contract since Aug. 15, the DeKalb Classroom Teachers’ Association has a new contract, thanks to an almost unanimous vote of approval by the DeKalb School District 428 Board. Under the new contract, union members will see a cumulative salary increase of 15% over the next four years.

Support workers at Chicago Public Schools are threatening to strike if Mayor Lori Lightfoot doesn’t meet their contract demands, setting up yet another potential mid-October work stoppage at CPS. The latest employees threatening to walk out are members of Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents more than 7,000 special education classroom assistants, bus aides, security guards and custodians.

More than 250 people wearing red attended a rally in support of the Springfield Education Association on Monday. The association, which includes teachers and support staff, has been in contract negotiations for the past four months and have been working without a contract since mid-August.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville a $100,000 environmental education grant to support efforts to increase public awareness of regulated pollutants, emerging pollutants and biological contamination.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

New Mexico is hoping to make college tuition free for all state residents. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the program would apply to all 29 of the state’s two- and four-year public colleges and universities and all New Mexico families, regardless of their income, for the fall 2020 semester.

Cornell University’s medical school announced Monday that all students who qualify for financial aid will get a full ride: All costs will be covered by scholarships, including tuition, room and board, books and other educational expenses. Cornell’s move is the latest among some prominent universities to relieve medical students of having to borrow to pay tuition.

Officials at K-12 schools say they’re struggling to turn young people away from vaping and e-cigarettes at the same time that marketing campaigns present the products as safer than regular cigarettes. The challenge occurs in the midst of an uptick in lung injuries related to e-cigarette and vaping use. School officials also are struggling with how to balance discipline for using tobacco products on school grounds with treatment and counseling.

Janet A. Napolitano, president of the 10-campus University of California system, announced on Wednesday that she will step down in August 2020. Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona and U.S. secretary of homeland security, has led the California system since 2013.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

Stevenson Hosts 17th Model United Nations Conference

Stevenson’s Model United Nations club held its 17th student-led conference on Saturday. More than 350 students from Stevenson and seven other Chicago-area high schools participated in 10 simulated committees. Committees included the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, President Richard Nixon’s cabinet during Watergate, Pakistan Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet during the Kashmir crisis, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s cabinet for Operation Unthinkable. SMUNC 2019 was organized and led by seniors Matt LiCeleste XuNitin Nadella and Govind Probhakar.

Campus Closed Briefly on Tuesday

A report of shots fired near Route 45 and Butterfield Road in Vernon Hills Tuesday morning prompted police to request that Stevenson close its campus to inbound and outbound traffic, and keep students indoors, for about 45 minutes. Classes continued as scheduled. Lincolnshire Police notified school officials of the incident around 9:05 a.m., and the closed campus order was issued a few minutes later. The order was lifted around 9:55, after police indicated that the alleged assailant had been apprehended.

Alumnus Named Deputy Police Chief in Brookfield

Lt. Michael Kuruvilla, a 2001 Stevenson graduate, has been promoted to deputy police chief of the Brookfield Police Department. Kuruvilla, a 13-year veteran of the department, was chosen following a four-month process that included each candidate running the police department for a week while the chief was away at training or on vacation.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf
Stevenson 151, Warren 167: Senior Jake Surane shot a 36 to claim medalist honors at The Arboretum. Juniors Nick Udoni and Conan Pan followed with 38s and classmate Bradley Park added a 39 to round out the team score. Also competing for SHS were seniors Ethan Lee (41), Andrew Babbo and Jake Schabes (42), and McCrae Anderson (43). Stevenson improved to 5-1 overall and in the North Suburban Conference.

Girls Golf
Stevenson 160, Warren 191: Senior Joyce Bai and sophomore Emily Duan tied for medalist honors at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, shooting 39s. Junior Faith Wang carded a 40 and freshman Alex Santos had a 42.

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Lakes, 25-15, 25-17: The visiting Patriots (8-6) gave head coach Tim Crow career victory No. 498 behind contributions from several players. Senior setter Grace Tully was 53-for-53 with 21 assists, and also served a team-high four aces, made five digs and had two kills. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led SHS with 11 kills and also made seven digs. Senior Lily Cozzi notched seven kills and added six digs, and classmate Aimee Staemmer had two solo blocks and two block assists. Junior Emerson Kouri led the squad with 12 digs. The Eagles fell to 9-7.

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 9, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots improved to 8-1 in dual play this fall, winning every set on Lake Zurich’s home courts. Freshman Sonia Mehta was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Alaina Kolli and senior Athena Kolli rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 doubles. Other singles triumphs came from freshman Ainika Hou (6-0, 6-0) and sophomore Thea Surya (6-0, 6-0). The other winning doubles tandems were seniors Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma (6-1, 6-0), senior Alexis Lee and freshman Angela Ran (6-0, 6-1), junior Abby Schueneman and senior Sneha Yellapantula (6-1, 6-0), and seniors Priya Rao and Kelly Herlihy (8-1 and 8-0 versus two different duos).

Boys Cross Country
Lake Zurich 24, Stevenson 35; Warren 27, Stevenson 29: Senior Anthony Rodriguez took second place for the Patriots at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. He covered the 3-mile course in 15:50.13. Senior Corey Pacernick was sixth (16:28.64) and sophomore Tyler Roberts finished eighth (16:31.32). Other runners in the top 30 included senior Cameron Sprague (17:26.45), junior Matthew Brueckert (17:50.15), sophomore Aidan Plautz (17:52.16) and junior Stephen Moy (18:13.29).

Girls Cross Country
Lake Zurich 21, Stevenson 35; Warren 18, Stevenson 39: Senior Caimin Xi paced the Patriots at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, finishing eighth with a time of 20:28.28. Juniors Emily Fejes (20:39.03) and Emma Finnegan (20:52.24) were ninth and 10th, respectively. Other runners in the top 30 included freshmen Alivia Alton (21:29.60), Lia Novak (21:40.83) and Alexa Collins (22:11.44) and junior Jenna McCullough (22:14.59).

Boys Soccer
Zion-Benton 3, Stevenson 1: Junior Segi Odongo scored for the Patriots (2-5-1, 0-1) in their North Suburban Conference opener at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Nick Brickman recorded an assist on the goal. The game was scoreless at halftime.

Girls Field Hockey
St. Ignatius Prep 2, Stevenson 1: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 14 saves for the Patriots in Chicago. SHS earned nine corners and 12 shots on goal. Senior Molly McCoy scored Stevenson’s goal off an assist from junior Rebekah Jin.

Quick Hits

Three sporting events will be streamed live today at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The varsity girls volleyball match against Zion-Benton in the Sports Center will be shown beginning at 6 p.m., and follows the sophomore match that starts at 5 o’clock. Also, the junior varsity boys soccer game against Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Stadium starting at 4:45.

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Want to Become an Exchange Student?

Have you always dreamed of living in another country, making lifelong friends around the world, being fluent in another language or becoming a global citizen? Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove sponsors exchanges for students who are between 15½ and 18½ years old. Room, board, tuition and a monthly stipend are provided by Rotary for a high school year abroad. Take advantage of this great opportunity as you seek personal growth and better understanding of our world. Rotary is taking applications now for 2020 outbound exchanges. Please direct questions to Jing O’Brien, Youth Exchange Officer of Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, at jingjob3@yahoo.com or 847-902-1888.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

The Special Education District of Lake County is freezing enrollment as it grapples with a staffing shortage. As of Sept. 10, the district had 108 job openings, prompting teachers to file grievances against the administration through their union. Superintendent Valerie Donnan said the openings were due to retirements in recent years.

A Northwestern University trustee and his wife are giving the Evanston institution a large donation for the specific purpose of student financial aid. Jeff and Laurie Ubben bequeathed $50 million to Northwestern to fund scholarships that will be available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The College of DuPage Faculty Association voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike Tuesday, the same day the union bargaining team met in federal mediation with college administration. The strike vote was the union’s first in nearly 25 years.

The Rich Township District 227 school board faced a contentious crowd Tuesday night as it discussed the possibility of closing one or more of its three high schools. The board said earlier this year that due to funding, declining enrollment and aging facilities, school closures are possible.

A 40-year-old Chicago Public Schools theater teacher is charged with sexually assaulting a student, beginning when she was 15 years old. Joel Ewing allegedly assaulted the now 21-year-old woman at Senn High School, where he taught, and at a hotel while they were on an overnight school trip. He was removed from his teaching position in July.

Enrollment at Elgin Community College has increased for the first time since 2010. ECC’s headcount was 9,918 students, up from 9,598 students last fall. The more than 3% jump followed nine consecutive years of declines.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

State officials say 82% of Georgia seniors graduated on time from high school in 2018-2019, the highest share on record. Georgia’s graduation rate has historically lagged both national and regional graduation rates. State officials say Georgia’s graduation rate has risen from 70% in 2012.

A 2018 Blue Ribbon-winning high school in New York City has been accused of rampant academic dishonesty by four of its teachers. Maspeth High School in Queens has an unwritten “Maspeth Minimum,” meaning everyone gets at least the minimum grade or score needed to pass or graduate, no matter what, according to the whistleblowers.

Sandy Hook Promise, the nonprofit formed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has released a “Back to School Essentials” public service announcement that is a chilling battle cry against school shootings. Warning: Video may be disturbing.

An Arizona high school football coach has resigned after it was revealed that he provided game plan details to the team’s opponents over the past three years. Justin Hager, an assistant coach at Mountain Pointe High School, sent “hundreds” of emails to opposing coaches, including during the Pride’s 2018 run to the 6A state final.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Stevenson No. 4 in Latest Niche Rankings

Niche’s 2020 Best Public High Schools rankings are out, and Stevenson is listed fourth in Illinois. The only schools ahead of SHS are selective-admission institutions: The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, and Walter Payton Prep and Northside College Prep in Chicago. The remainder of the state’s top 10, according to Niche, are Whitney Young, Hinsdale Central, Jones College Prep, Glenbrook South, University High in Urbana, and Glenbrook North.

Niche rankings are based on a variety of factors, with 60% of a school’s grade based on SAT and ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents. Other factors include graduation rates, teacher quality, and school culture and diversity. Click here to see Stevenson’s Niche report.

Tips for a Safe Homecoming

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

During this time of year, excitement around Homecoming and Spirit Week fills the air. Unfortunately, these social occasions can also be a time when some teens decide to experiment. In order to promote a safe, drug-free Homecoming weekend, consider the following:

  • Talk consequences
  • Be just a call or text away
  • Communicate with other parents
  • Lock up your alcohol
  • Be present

Click here to download the Homecoming Party Parent toolkit. Visit this site for more information on the tips above.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Field Hockey
Stevenson 5, Homewood-Flossmoor 0: Senior Molly McCoy and freshman Teagan Hendricks each scored two goals, and senior goaltender Olivia Holsen earned the shutout, as the Patriots won their first game of the season. The victory also marked the first career win for head coach Isabella Licciardello. Junior Rebekah Jin also scored. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required)

Waiting Worthwhile for Amanda Holsen

The biggest story for the SHS girls volleyball team this season has been the emergence of sophomore Amanda Holsen (shown above from 2018, wearing No. 10). After spending most of her freshman year on the varsity bench, Amanda has been the leading attacker for the Patriots this fall. She had 77 kills and 43 digs through the team’s first 16 sets. Coach Tim Crow said he wanted Amanda on the varsity roster last year, so that she could practice against the team’s best players every day, including 2019 graduate Sophie Sorenson. “We wanted to put her in a good mental position of just working hard,” he told Bob Narang of the Pioneer Press. “She could’ve been on the junior varsity and been the show and dominated, but in the long run, we wanted her to adjust to the speed of the (varsity) game.”

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Homecoming Dance Ticket Deadline Friday

Time is running out to buy Homecoming Dance tickets for $25. Ticket sales end at 3:25 p.m. Friday. Tickets are only available online. (Use this link to order.) Tickets will be sold at the door, but the cost will be $40. Whether you are buying tickets in advance or at the door, students must have their Stevenson ID to be admitted.

Register for Seal of Biliteracy Exams

Stevenson offers students the opportunity for recognition through the state’s Seal of Biliteracy program by demonstrating a high level of proficiency in English and a second language. Testing in various languages will take place from 7:30-10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, which is a late arrival day. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. The deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 17. Read this article for more details.

CLUBS

Animal Welfare Club will meet today from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons. The focus will be preparing for the collection of donations for local shelters. Contact Ms. Sassan with any questions at ksassan@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

About 200 Matteson middle school students — approximately one-third of the student body — staged a walkout Monday to demand the return of their former principal, who was reassigned over the summer and replaced by a man accused of sexual misconduct.

A 31-year-old Geneva woman who worked as a Carpentersville middle school teacher and Dundee Crown High School coach has admitted she sexually assaulted two minors who had previously been her students, Kane County officials said.

Full-time faculty members at the College of DuPage are poised to take a strike authorization vote as contract negotiations continue. The Glen Ellyn-based school’s faculty members have been working without a contract since a multiyear pact expired Aug. 14.

A proposal to move sixth-graders out of a Lake Villa elementary school is drawing some opposition from parents. The Lake Villa District 41 school board is set to decide whether to move students from Hooper Elementary School to Palombi Middle School.

Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to deliver a testimony to a House committee about the district’s struggle against forces like poverty and gun violence that affect how students learn and behave in the classroom. Jackson was one of four public officials who spoke before the U.S. House Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Students learn better in active learning classrooms, even though they think traditional lectures are superior. That’s the takeaway from a new Harvard study published Sept. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Elections for the Utah Board of Education can be partisan, the state’s Supreme Court ruled last week, overturning a lower court’s decision and reinstating a 2016 law that will see education candidates vying for the nominations of political parties beginning next year.

Universities and colleges are sponsoring retirement communities on their grounds, hoping that young and old can enrich each other’s lives while filling the school’s coffers. Many students have mixed feelings about sharing their college years with people who remind them of the parents and grandparents whose orbit they have just escaped.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week turned down The Ohio State University’s request to trademark “the” in conjunction with the university’s name on items marketed for sale such as T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.

David Swensen is a legend at Yale, and its highest-paid employee. But he’s neither the university president nor the football coach. He’s the money manager who for 34 years has been in charge of the university’s endowment.

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

Honor a Senior With a Yearbook Ad

Parents, family and friends of graduating seniors are invited to commemorate the student’s achievements and milestones at Stevenson through a recognition ad in the Ambassador yearbook. Ad orders must be placed by Dec. 6.

Sports Team Fundraisers Tuesday

Two sports teams will hold fundraisers Tuesday. The boys cross country squad has a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills. (Show this flyer when ordering.) The baseball team has a fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire.

Homecoming Toolkit for Parents

Parents and guardians have a chance to win free gift cards from Sunset Foods when they download the Stand Strong Coalition’s new Homecoming Party Parent Toolkit. The toolkit includes advice on throwing safe Homecoming parties and more. Download at standstrongcoalition.org.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson at Viking Invitational: The Patriots won the team title at Fremd High School, capturing four of seven brackets and finishing second in the other three. The Kolli sisters, senior Athena and sophomore Alaina, won the No. 1 doubles crown with a trio of straight-set victories, including a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Fremd in the final. Seniors Ellen Ma and Maggie Gong went 3-0 in winning the No. 2 doubles flight. Stevenson also won the Nos. 2 and 3 singles brackets behind freshman Ainika Hou and sophomore Thea Surya, respectively. Freshman Sonia Mehta was second at No. 1 singles, senior Alexis Lee and freshman Angela Ran were runners-up at No. 3 doubles, and seniors Priya Rao and Sneha Yellapantula were second at No. 4 doubles.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 6, Glenbrook South 5 (OT): Freshman Davis Jaegers scored his third goal of the game at the 1:10 mark in overtime to lift the host Patriots (4-2) past the Titans in the Scholastic Hockey League opener for both teams. Trailing 5-2 in the third period, SHS rallied for three goals to send the contest into OT. Junior Brett Stokes and sophomore Rafael Biedron scored to cut the deficit to one goal, and junior Liam Jones tied the contest with 1:47 remaining in regulation. Freshman Dylan Jette tallied three assists, while Davis, Brett and senior Josh Wright recorded two apiece. Senior Jeremy Riback earned the victory between the pipes, making 22 saves. – Boxscore

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson at Royal Cadet Invitational: At Marmion Academy in Aurora, the Patriots placed fifth out of 11 teams. Leading the way for SHS were sophomore Alivia Alton (19:53.90) and junior Emily Fejes (19:54.53), who finished 21st and 22nd, respectively, in the 124-runner field. Senior Caimin Xi was 29th (20:21.12) and junior Emma Finnegan was 32nd (20:39.68). Stevenson’s other competitors included freshman Lia Nowak (39th, 21:09.96), senior Michelle Yu (41st, 21:17.33) and junior Helena Ebeling (47th, 21:39.58). – Official Results

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at First to the Finish Invitational: The Patriots finished 15th out of 47 teams at Peoria’s Detweiler Park, site of the IHSA state meet. Seniors Anthony Rodriguez (15:13.9) and Corey Pacernick (15:13.9) placed 12th and 13th, respectively, among 426 runners. Also running for SHS were sophomore Tyler Roberts (16:14.9), senior Cameron Sprague (16:31.9), junior Tarun Kalyana Sundaram (16:34.3), junior Wesley Park (16:55.6), senior Cameron Coffey (17:00.3), sophomore Aidan Plautz (17:57.6) and junior Matthew Brueckert (17:58.4). – Official Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson at Niles West Invitational: The Patriots (7-5) split a pair of matches in Skokie to finish sixth in the two-day tournament, moving head coach Tim Crow within three victories of 500 in his career. SHS breezed by Evanston in its first match, 25-5, 25-20, before falling to Glenbrook South, 25-16, 25-16. Senior Abby Keevins served seven aces in the Evanston match. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led the Patriots with seven kills in each match, while junior Emma Potocki had nine on the day. Senior setter Grace Tully was perfect on all 71 attempts, dishing out 27 assists. Junior Emerson Kouri posted a team-high 14 digs.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson 24, Libertyville 6: The host Patriots (1-2) won their first game under head coach Brent Becker behind a stalwart defensive effort and offensive contributions from familiar and unfamiliar faces. The SHS defense held the Wildcats (1-2) to 47 yards rushing and had three interceptions. Senior linebacker Michael Youkhanna picked off two passes, and junior defensive back Jaden Mojica had the third. Senior running back Jean-Marc Etienne had 23 carries for 157 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring. Classmate Jordan Vincent scored two TDs. He caught an 18-yard pass from junior backup quarterback Liam Crawley to make the score 13-0 in the second quarter, then added a 32-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Liam, playing in his first varsity game, came off the bench when senior Justin Hiller was injured, and completed 13-of-17 passes for 122 yards. Jordan had seven receptions for 82 yards, while Jean-Marc added six catches for 36 yards. Junior Tristan Moskovic caught three passes for 33 yards. Junior Matthew Spilotro kicked a 26-yard field goal and added three point-after kicks for the Patriots in their North Suburban Conference opener. – Daily HeraldPioneer Press | SHSTV replay (subscription required)

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Niles West Invitational: The Patriots (5-4) rebounded from an opening loss to Prospect (21-25, 25-23, 15-9) to defeat Resurrection (25-18, 25-14) and Maine West (25-21, 25-12) in pool play. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led SHS with 36 kills, while senior Grace Tully recorded 64 assists on 163-of-165 setting. Senior Lily Cozzi served 14 aces, including eight against Resurrection. Junior Emerson Kouri made 15 digs against Prospect, while senior Abby Keevins had 10 to go along with three aces.

Quick Hits

Tonight’s varsity girls field hockey game against Homewood-Flossmoor is scheduled to be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page beginning at 6:15. Click here to watch (subscription required).

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Student Volunteers Needed for Odyssey

Odyssey is just around the corner, and lots of student volunteers are needed. If you are creative, have organizational skills, work well in teams or leading them, and are responsible, reliable and respectful, Odyssey could use your help. Check out this link for details and to sign up.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

An Illinois State University graduate from South Korea who now is an internationally-known artist, and her husband, have donated $12 million to the school’s College of Fine Arts.

A Barrington Area Unit District 220 survey shows positive trends such as more sleep for students and reduced unscheduled nurse visits since later start times were enacted for its high school and middle schools in 2017-18.

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is launching a search for a new chancellor, even while the Board of Trustees is searching for a new president of the SIU system. The board hopes to complete the presidential search by the end of this year.

The Maine West and Highland Park boys golf teams played under the lights Friday, a first in Illinois High School Association history. The two schools played at the Des Plaines Golf Center, a par-3 course.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Actress Felicity Huffman received a 14-day jail sentence on Friday for paying thousands of dollars to have one of her daughter’s SAT scores inflated. She is the first parent to be sentenced in the massive “Varsity Blues” college cheating scandal that has rocked the U.S. higher education system.

Should students be allowed “mental health days” during the school year? A new Oregon law in allows students to take up to five mental health days in a three-month period. State lawmakers in New York are considering a similar measure.

Las Vegas-area teachers have a new two-year contract. The contract includes a 3% pay increase, 2% step increase for each of the two years and a 4% increase in monthly health care contributions. Educators also can receive a $5,400 salary increase for completing three years of professional development activities.

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

Bus Tracking App Available Monday

Stevenson High School and its transportation provider, First Student, will officially make a bus tracking and parent communications app available beginning Monday. The FirstView app, available for iOS and Android, shows the live location and direction of a student’s bus, its stop schedule for the current day, and timestamps for school arrivals and departures. Read this to download the app and for the special school code required.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson 165, Waukegan 204: Junior Nick Udoni and senior McCrae Anderson tied for medalist honors with 39s at Bonnie Brook Golf Club in Waukegan. Senior Ethan Lee shot a 43 and sophomore Madhav Muralidharan carded a 44 to round out the team score. Juniors Arthur Hancock and Aidan Truong also competed, each recording 45s.

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 142, Libertyville 44: Junior Alex Eastmond, a transfer from Libertyville, and classmate Jessica Nyborg won two individual events for the Patriots (2-0) in home water. Alex, a two-time state qualifier during her two years at LHS, captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.23) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:15.31). Jessica, who moved to the district from Maryland two years ago, captured the 50 free (24.80) and 100 butterfly (58.30). She also swam one leg of the winning 200 free relay (1:41.14) with seniors Maddy O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens, and freshman Isabelle Gattone. Overall, Stevenson won 11 of the 12 events. Other individual winners for the Pats included sophomore Shreeya Sinha in 1-meter diving (229.15), sophomore Claudia Rzeznik in the 200 IM (2:18.18), senior Hanna Cloeter in the 100 back (1:07.04), and sophomore Katherine Makarska in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.34). Katherine also swam in the 200 medley relay (1:52.53) with junior Elizabeth Cao, freshman Milena Busma and senior Lucy Stevens. Isabelle and Claudia made up half of the 400 free relay (3:44.40) with freshman Abigail Collins and sophomore Elizabeth White. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: The Patriots won every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex while improving to 7-1 on the season. The winning singles players were freshmen Sonia Mehta and Ainika Hou, and sophomore Thea Surya. The victorious doubles tandems were senior Athena Kolli and sophomore Alaina Kolliseniors Ellen Ma and Maggie Gong, senior Alexis Lee and freshman Angela Ran, and seniors Sneha Yellapantula and Priya Rao.

Girls Field Hockey

Antioch 2, Stevenson 0: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made six saves for the Patriots, and senior Sami Simon had a baseline save. SHS recorded five shots on goal.

Girls Volleyball

Carmel d. Stevenson, 25-11, 22-25, 25-13: Sophomore Amanda Holsen led SHS (4-4) with 16 kills in Mundelein, and senior Lily Cozzi added six. Senior Grace Tully was 68-of-72 setting with 24 assists, and also tied junior Emerson Kouri for the team lead with nine digs. Emerson also was 6-of-6 setting with two assists. Senior Aimee Staemmer and junior Emma Potocki each had two solo blocks.

Quick Hits

The Patriot football team plays host to Libertyville at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Stadium. Stevenson is 0-2 while the Wildcats are 1-1. SHS-TV will broadcast the varsity contest, and it can be seen live through Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). The junior varsity contest at 5 o’clock also will be streamed live via NFHS Network. In addition to tonight game theme of Touchdown for Troops/Military Appreciation Night, it’s also Eighth Grade Band Night.

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Homecoming Week Starts Monday

Homecoming Week begins Monday. Wear your pajamas to school! To see the other dress-up days, buy Homecoming Dance tickets and more, visit www.d125.org/UP.

COLLEGE

Seniors can win scholarship prizes through the annual Voice of Democracy audio essay competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Libertyville Post 8741 awards cash prizes to the first-, second- and third-place local winners. Local winners have the opportunity to earn scholarship prizes at the district, state and national level up to $30,000. This year’s theme is “What Makes America Great.” Interested students must complete the application and send it, along with a voice file of them reading their essay and a Word file of the essay, to Sue Fujiu at SFUJIU@aol.com. Questions can be directed to the same email address. The entry deadline is Oct. 25.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

In the midst of plummeting college enrollment throughout Illinois, the state’s flagship university is reporting record numbers. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign marked its ninth consecutive year of record enrollment, breaking the 50,000 mark for the first time. This year’s figure was boosted by an 11% growth in graduate students. The UI system also has reached a record high enrollment of 88,861 students. Enrollment at the Illinois-Chicago campus rose 5.4 percent to 33,390 students, a record for the fifth consecutive year. Enrollment also went up at Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University.

In what federal officials called a historic enforcement action to protect students from sexual violence, Chicago Public Schools has entered into a legally binding agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and pledged extensive reforms in its handling of abuse and assault cases.

SIU Carbondale officials say the state’s two-year budget standoff will keep them in debt until 2025. Left $73 million short by the state, the university kept its bills and employees paid by borrowing internally. The university’s enrollment struggles have heightened the financial strain.

The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education next week will consider ending the district’s policy requiring transgender students to use privacy stalls in locker rooms at the district’s five schools.

The Chicago Archdiocese has requested help from parents and supporters after losing federal and state funds to operate preschools in 24 of its Catholic schools. School Superintendent Jim Rigg said more than 600 children ages 3 and 4 will be impacted by the funding cuts to take place Dec. 1.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

As the numbers of middle and high school students who vape continue to rise, school districts around the country are starting to fight back with vape detectors. The sensor devices, which resemble smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, can detect vaping in places such as bathrooms or closets. Some are even equipped to detect THC oil, a compound found in marijuana, and pick up sound abnormalities like shouting, which could be helpful in preventing bullying.

Amid today’s advanced technologies, the humble text message is offering new promise for closing gaps in achievement among students — by targeting the behavior of their parents. Informed by science, several new texting programs have helped parents and caregivers develop habits at home that best help kids succeed.

Controversial tweets by a teacher in Texas have raised a complicated question: When do teachers cross the free-speech line? Teachers don’t lose their First Amendment rights because they are government workers, but they do have to be cautious when they speak up and about what they say, according to legal experts.

Turnover is a major issue among administrators who are in charge of dealing with campus sexual assault and harassment are turning over fast. Many colleges have had three, four, or even five different Title IX coordinators in the recent era of heightened enforcement, which began eight years ago.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

Remembering 9/11

A crowd of between 150-200 faculty, staff and students gathered for Student Helping Soldiers’ annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony before school Wednesday. They were joined by approximately 35 first responders and military personnel.

After senior Samhita Madduru opened the ceremony by singing the national anthem, Students Helping Soldiers co-sponsor Dino Moran, who served four years in the Marine Corps, gave a brief reflection. The ceremony closed with the playing of “Taps” by seniors Vivek Dhande and Jon Raymond.

Two local media organizations, the Daily Herald and Pioneer Press, had reporters and photographers on hand for the event. See coverage and photos at these links: Daily Herald | Pioneer Press. Several Students Helping Soldiers student leaders were interviewed, including club president and senior Mark Lozovnoy, classmate Gabi Siegel, and junior Cameron Hirschhaut.

Fans coming to Friday night’s Touchdowns for Troops/Military Appreciation Night are asked to donate the following items for Halloween care packages that will be sent to troops serving abroad: Personal hygiene items, jerky, tuna, gum and other treats. Donation bins will be available at both entrances to the Stadium.

Mind Your Mind Students Give Presentation at UIC

The executive board of the Mind Your Mind mental health awareness club gave a presentation at last weekend’s Conversations Summit at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Seniors Sarah Zhou, Michelle Yu, Lucas Botten and Kelly Herlily, and junior Jennifer Gurtovaya, led a session entitled “ Stress, Pressure, and Anxiety: The Realities Faced by High Achieving Students.” Club co-sponsors Kristy Wrona and Paige Lehman, both members of the SHS science faculty, facilitated a follow-up session at which participants discussed solutions to help students deal with the challenges raised by the Mind Your Mind group.

Choral Guild Corn Roast Sunday

The Choral Guild is holding a corn roast fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Foods, 4190 Rt. 83, in Long Grove.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 157, Waukegan 234: In a match shortened to eight holes by bad weather, the Patriots (7-0) rolled at Crane’s Landing Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Junior Briana Fidman led all golfers with a 34, followed by senior Jackie Lee (37), sophomore Amrita Johar (42) and freshman Jessica Velent (44).

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Fremd 0: The Patriots (6-1) won all their matches in straight sets in Arlington Heights. Freshman Sonia Mehta was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, followed by classmate Ainika Hou at No. 2 (6-0, 6-1) and sophomore Thea Surya at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0). In doubles, sophomore Alaina Kolli and senior Athena Kolli rolled at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0). Other doubles victories came from seniors Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma at No. 2 (6-2, 6-2), freshman Angela Ran and senior Alexis Lee at No. 3 (6-2, 6-4), and junior Abby Schueneman and senior Sneha Yellapantula at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1).

Quick Hits

Wednesday’s varsity girls volleyball match against Libertyville was suspended when a tornado warning forced the evacuation of the Sports Center. Stevenson won the first set, 25-22, prior to the evacuation. A date for the match’s completion has not been announced. … Northern Illinois University women’s soccer coach Julie Colhoff (Class of 2006) is in her second season at the helm in DeKalb. She talked recently with the NIU student newspaper about her playing and coaching career. Colhoff said the person who most influenced her decision to become a coach was her basketball coach at Stevenson, Frank Mattucci.

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SHS Has Lots of Support Groups for Students

Student Services offers a variety of support and affinity groups as a way to provide students with ongoing confidential support. Group sessions are held during the school day, and rotate different periods. The groups allow students to meet other students who may also be facing the same struggles and help each other find healthy ways to cope. Students often tell SHS that their participation in group has been instrumental to their success in high school. Here is the list of groups available for the 2019-20 school year.

Costa Rica Summer Trip Meeting Tonight

Interested in a science-themed trip to Costa Rica this summer? There will be an informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 for all interested students and their parents. Questions? Email Mr. Carlson at jcarlson@d125.org.

Nothing Bundt Cake Sale Friday Afternoon

If you want a sweet treat Friday afternoon, Nothing Bundt Cakes will be selling mini-bundt cakes during eighth period and after school for $5. Only cash will be accepted. Mini-cakes also will be sold at the Touchdowns for Troops game Friday night.

COLLEGE

SHS students are invited to a college fair at Lake Forest Academy from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Specific information about where to park, and student registration with StriveScan, can be found at www.lfanet.org/college-counseling/college-night.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Across Illinois and other states, debates over whether students should be allowed to bring smartphones to school — and whether they should be able to use them during the day — have heated up recently as more and younger kids have phones. Studies show that more than half of fifth- and sixth-graders, more than two-thirds of middle schoolers, and more than 80 percent of high schoolers now have phones.

Waukegan District 60 will spend $700,000 to purchase a downtown Waukegan office building to house its administrative offices. The purchase of the former First Midwest Bank building was approved by a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the same night the proposal was publicly discussed for the first time.

Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has begun discussions about potentially changing its four junior high schools into middle schools for grades six through eight, as well as moving to all-day kindergarten.

An Urbana elementary school principal has been placed on leave while an issue of “student safety” at her school is being investigated by the Department of Children and Family Services and Urbana police. The principal of Thomas Paine Elementary School has been there since 2017.

A suburban Chicago elementary school teacher has been found guilty of failing to report suspected child abuse. The 43-year-old, who was fired from Bardwell Elementary School in Aurora this month, faces up to 364 days in jail when sentenced Nov. 13.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

The number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has nearly doubled over the past quarter century, a little-noticed surge that reflects the nation’s shifting demographics. At the same time, children in most big cities and many suburbs remain locked in deeply segregated districts, with black students more likely to be enrolled in segregated districts than Hispanics or whites.

California lawmakers have approved legislation that overhauls the way the state approves charter schools. The measure would no longer let the state authorize charter schools, leaving that responsibility to school districts and county governments. The legislation also would require that all charter school teachers be credentialed, while giving existing teachers five years to meet that requirement.

An Alaska high school swimmer’s controversial disqualification last week has been overturned. The swimmer was disqualified after a meet official decided too much skin showed from her school-issued, one-piece suit.