Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

22 Performing at All-District Music Festival

Twenty-two SHS students will perform at the Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Senior High Music Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Trier High School. They were among more than 1,800 students from schools throughout northeastern Illinois who auditioned for spots in all-district ensembles last month.

The public concert will feature band, choir and orchestra performances. Tickets are $5 at the door, with children 12 and under getting in for free.

Band students selected include: Allen Beckwith (Bb clarinet), Braeden Foreman (percussion), Reid Harman (bass trombone), Emily Kin (flute,), Jun Ha Park (Bb clarinet), Spencer Smith (trombone) and Andrew Zhuang (bassoon).

Choir students include: Caroline Baldan (soprano), Aleana Bardic (soprano), Nitya Kavuluri (alto), Samhita Madduru (alto), Saumya Malhotra (soprano) and Sarah Strezewski (soprano).

Orchestra students include: Eileen Kang (cello), Bella Kim (viola), Andrew Lee (violin), Andrew Liu (violin), Haoming Song (cello), Delbert Su (cello), Maristella Yim (cello), Katherine Yu (viola) and Erin Yuan (viola).

Help Stevenson Build a Better Website

Stevenson will be redesigning its website during the winter months, with a new look coming in early spring. The last website redesign occurred four years ago. The school is asking parents, students, faculty and staff for feedback on the current in order to improve the user experience going forward. Anyone interested is invited to take two minutes to complete a five-question, anonymous online survey. The survey window closes Wednesday. Use one of these links to complete a survey: Parents/Guardians/Community | Faculty/Staff | Student

Parents Invited to Help With Next PPA Bake Sale

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up on Wednesday. The PPA is looking for adult volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.


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All-NSC Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer Teams Announced

Three members of Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion girls volleyball team have been named to the all-league squad. Senior outside hitter Sophie Sorenson, junior setter Grace Tully and junior outside hitter Lily Cozzi were selected to the All-NSC Team. Senior middle blocker Annie Armgardt received honorable mention. In boys soccer, three Patriots earned All-North Suburban Conference honors: seniors Zach Klaber, Kai Mayahara and Hunter Tam. Senior Ethan Bende and junior Rei Kubota were honorable mention selections.

Swim Sectional at Stevenson Saturday

Stevenson plays host to an Illinois High School Association girls swimming and diving sectional on Saturday in the Patriot Natatorium. The diving competition begins at 9 a.m., and the races start at 1 p.m. Thirteen teams, including SHS, will compete for berths in the state meet, which will be held Nov. 16-17 at Evanston Township High School. The Daily Herald has a preview of the sectional. This is the first sectional at Stevenson since 2016, when the Patriots last captured a sectional crown. Click here to see results on Saturday. Fans coming to watch the sectional are encouraged to park in lot B and walk through the “circle drive” entrance to get to the Natatorium. Parking in lot D will be challenging due to the Stevenson fencing team’s annual invitational, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Celebrate Swan’s 50 Years of Coaching at SHS

Stevenson will be celebrating Paul Swan’s 50th year as a Patriot coach at the varsity boys basketball game against Prospect on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Sports Center. Alumni who played for “Swanee” in any basketball, baseball or football are encouraged to attend. Swan has coached basketball at Stevenson for all 50 years, and he coached football and baseball for 30. A reception will be held in the West Staff Dining Room after the game, and anyone who registers for the reception will receive free admission to the game. Click here for more information and to RSVP. Need more incentive to attend? The theme for the evening is ’70s Night.

Baseball Fundraiser on Tuesday

The Patriot baseball team is holding a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. Bring in this flyer, show it on your phone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting Stevenson baseball, and 33 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the team.


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Looking for a Job After School?

If you’re looking for a part-time job after school, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.


8 issues Pritzker will face as governor

OPRF High students pack hate crimes forum

District 207 hires new principal for Maine West

Round Lake High lines up $7M for athletic facility upgrades

Round Lake Beach school get $20K for bilingual program

Three women attacked in past two weeks at Northwestern

Plainfield superintendent apologizes for Halloween photo

Locker room fire sends Wauconda students home early

Hiring, harassment tops UI chancellor’s list of initiatives

NIU starting research center for technology in education

SIU med school plans major additions to curriculum


One nation, divided by education

Teacher unrest failed to shake up states in midterms

Parkland activists got dose of reality on Election Day

Wisconsin voters approved 77 of 82 school referendums

Tenure appointment amid misconduct allegations

Bowie State suspends marching band for hazing

Alaska school district grows fresh food for lunch program


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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Chicago Journalists Association Honors Student

Sophomore Lily Jiang, who has been writing for Long Grove Living magazine since fourth grade, received a special award for her work at the annual Chicago Journalists Association’s annual Dorothy Storck Award Luncheon held Saturday in Chicago. The event honors the best news and feature columns written in the past year.

Lily has written a variety of pieces for Long Grove Living over the past six years, including interviews of local residents, reports on school events and township festivals, and book and movie reviews. Lily also is a staff reporter for the Statesman. She was accompanied at the luncheon by Harvey Stein, publisher of Long Grove Living.

Alumni Brothers Win Elections

Two brothers who are Stevenson alumni won their election races on Tuesday. Daniel Didech (Class of 2005) was elected to represent the 59th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Younger brother Adam (Class of 2007) was picked by voters for the District 20 seat on the Lake County Board.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, Glenbrook South 2: Senior Billy Kopka scored four goals as the Patriots tamed the Titans at Glenview Ice Center. Billy scored once in the first period and twice in the second as SHS built a 6-0 lead. He capped his night with a short-handed goal early in the third period. Seniors Justin Roseman, Jake DeMaio and Adam Offenbach also scored, and Adam added an assist. Classmates Sam Shellist, Max Slavin and Seth Cohen all registered two assists. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 19 saves for Stevenson, which outshot GBS, 33-21.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,486, Evanston 2,989: Sophomore Joey Gluck rolled a 633 three-game series and had the team’s top individual game (251) as the Patriots (2-0) defeated the Wildkits at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove. Stevenson’s other five bowlers came within 50 pins of each other: Sophomores Ryan Lerman (596, high game 225) and Nicholas Sternes (582, 224), senior Kerry Mueller (576, 215), and sophomores Ram Potham (553, 221) and Benjamin Ries (546, 212). Each school had six bowlers, and factored all of their series into the final team totals. High school matches typically use the top five scores per team. SHS takes part in the Lake Park Invitational Saturday, then opens conference play Tuesday at Libertyville.

Hart Announces College Baseball Choice

Senior outfielder Isaiah Hart announced over the weekend his commitment to play baseball at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan. Isaiah hit .306 in 28 games last spring, with a .417 on-base percentage. He’ll be joining a Tiger program that went 45-11 last year and almost reached the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I World Series for the third straight season. Four former Tigers were selected in this year’s Major League Baseball draft.

On Wisconsin, No Badgering Needed for Njongmeta

Four years ago, Maema Njongmeta barely knew the game of football. Today, he has a full-ride scholarship to play the game at the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior linebacker blossomed in his final two years of high school, attracting scholarship offers from around 20 colleges, and it’s easy to see why. He made 134 tackles in 10 games this season, 81 of them solo, including 24 for loss with 11 sacks. Maema talked about his decision to choose Wisconsin with LaMond Pope of the News-Sun and Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.

Fall Sports Awards Monday Night

Stevenson Athletics will hold its annual Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Monday in the Sports Center. All student-athletes who participated in a fall sport, and their parents and guardians, are invited.


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PE Leadership Applications for 2019-20 Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for Physical Education and Alternative Physical Education leaders. Being a PE leader is a two-year commitment; only sophomores may apply. Applications are due by Thursday, Dec. 20. To apply, and for more information, visit the PE Leadership web page.


Stop by the College Career Center next week to hear stories from soldiers, and learn about all branches of the military, during Military Awareness Week. All students are invited to show their support. Click here for more information.


Hundreds of parents protest ouster of Chicago principal

Hawthorn 73 group celebrates despite split referendum vote

The struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks

Voters approve merger of two high schools near DeKalb

UIC scholar honored for work serving the “public good”

Autistic child wanders away from Wheaton school

Custodian finds rusty gun near Evanston school


Gunman kills 12 in California bar filled with college students

Overview of state education ballot measures

Voting results on six key higher ed ballot measures

Educators who won election to office in midterms

How a tax regulation could cripple school vouchers

Montessori schools struggle to expand their reach

Supreme Court justices promote civic education

NYC collecting data on inequities in PTA fundraising


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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Retired Teacher is Visiting Artist of the Month

Retired Stevenson High School art teacher and painter Joan Ackerman-Zimny is the Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for November and December. Samples of her work are on display in the West Building Visiting Artist Gallery through Dec. 21.

She will return to the school to discuss her art and her career during the next ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The ARTtalk, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Click here to read more about the artist.

Late Arrival Schedule Thursday

The school will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Bus routes will start picking up students at 9:20.

Facebook Live With Athletic Director Thursday

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser joins Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey for the next Facebook Live edition of “Lunch With Jim” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday. The pair will cover a wide range of topics. Visit Stevenson’s Facebook page to watch live or on demand.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,562, Waukegan 2,115: At Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein, the Patriots (1-0) won their opening dual match against the Bulldogs (0-1), who were competing in their school’s first-ever boys bowling event. Sophomore Joey Gluck led all bowlers with a 578 series, and also had the highest individual game, a 212. Classmate Nicholas Sternes had the second-best series (523), as SHS swept all three games. Sophomore Ryan Lerman (510) was the third Pat to break the 500-pin barrier. Sophomore Benjamin Ries rolled a 494 series and senior Kerry Mueller had a 457.

Meeting for Parents of Varsity Baseball Players

All parents of potential 2019 varsity baseball players are invited to attend a Spring Break trip informational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the West Staff Dining Room near the Sports Center entrance.


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Don’t Mess Up the Art of Brain Development

Can you imagine if some of the greatest works of art had never been finished? In its weekly video, Catalyst says your brain is like a work of art. Like any work of art, your brain takes time to be completed; in fact, it’s still developing until age 25. Using alcohol during the teenage years stops development of your brain, and it will never become the great work of art it was meant to be.


Split decision on two Hawthorn District 73 tax requests

Wheeling District 21 voters: Raise taxes for upgrades

Gavin District 37 voters back funding for school repairs

Maine 207 voters OK tax hike for building improvements

Harper College borrowing plan approved

Elmhurst 205 voters support $168.5M construction plan

$166M Hinsdale 86 referendum headed for failure

Glen Ellyn District 89 voters approve tax increase

Wheaton Warrenville 220 voters approve a new Jefferson

Voters OK McHenry District 156 referendum

Second discovery of racist graffiti at Oak Park River Forest

Chicago charter school network founder stepping down

Bradley University graduate wins Kansas governor’s race


Modernizing the search for substitute teachers

How Trump is dismantling Obama’s education policies

School chief’s plan would divide L.A. district into 32 networks

Liberty University leased student email addresses to candidate

Florida district requires high schoolers to wear ID

Cornell enters new phase of investigation into star professor


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Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Art Department Prepares to Receive State Award

Stevenson’s Visual Arts faculty will travel to Normal later this week to receive the 2018 Best School Art Program Award at the Illinois Art Education Association’s annual conference. The honor was announced in September. Making the trek will be Maureen Connolly, Patrick Fairchild, Katie Hyken, Tim Myers, Cristal Sabbagh and Natalya Sturlis. They will be joined by Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice. The award is based on teaching methods, leadership, collaboration with colleagues, art advocacy, and personal qualities.

In addition to being part of the award ceremony, Hyken and Connolly will be giving a presentations on “Evidence-Based Reporting in the AP Studio Art Classroom” and “Utilizing Technology in the AP Studio Art Classroom.”

How to Make a Give-A-Thon Donation

The school’s 34th annual Give-A-Thon campaign to spread holiday cheer to those in need is underway. The three goals for this year’s campaign are to: provide holiday gifts for nearly 300 Lake County families; donate enough food to stock the Vernon Township food pantry for six months; and donate enough diapers, baby formula, and young motherhood items to Lake County PADS to meet its needs for six months.

Students, faculty and staff will bring items to school on Tuesday, Nov. 27, which will be placed in trucks the next day. In addition to these donations, an online option has been set up for those who would like to make a monetary donation to Give-A-Thon. Visit this link at the SHS Online Store to make a donation. Note: Donations made online are considered general donations, and will not go toward any individual classroom or specific families. Give-A-Thon is sponsored by the National Honor Society.

Teen Brains Aren’t as Developed as Teen Bodies

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.

The human brain goes through three critical periods of development. The first is in utero. The second is during the toddler years. The last time a human brain changes significantly is during the teen years. Adding alcohol or other drugs, such as alcohol or marijuana, to this critical period can impact the function and structure of the brain, possibly forever. This is why it is so important to keep our teens alcohol- and drug-free, and to teach them healthy habits that they can use throughout life. We want to make sure we protect our teens’ brains, just as we protected them at other critical developmental periods. For more information on the developing teen brain, click here.


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JV Girls Swim Team Wins Conference Crown

The junior varsity girls swimming and diving team won the North Suburban Conference championship at Lake Forest on Saturday, just as the varsity did. Like the varsity, the JV won in dominating fashion, outscoring the host school 430-262, and winning 11 of 12 events. Freshman Katherine Makarska won two events, the 50-yard freestyle (25.42) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.90), and swam on two victorious relays. She was part of the 200 medley relay (1:54.64) with seniors Victoria Kim and Eleanor Michaud, and junior Hanna Cloeter, and the 200 free relay (1:44.26) with Eleanor, Hanna and senior Natalie Nyborg. Victoria won the 100 backstroke (1:02.77), Eleanor claimed the 100 butterfly (1:02.42), and Natalie touched first in the 100 free (56.81). Sophomore Anna Gates won the 200 individual medley (2:23.79), and swam a leg in the victorious 400 free relay (3:56.66) with freshmen Elizabeth White, Sana Arvind and Norah Polonsky. Junior Ellen Maloney won the 1-meter diving (324.95), and sophomore Maria Mossakowski captured the 500 free (5:34.55). Click here for the official results.


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SHS iPads Can Be Updated to iOS 12.1

Students may update their SHS iPad to iOS 12.1. However, anyone who has an iOS less than 11.4.1 must stop at the SMARTdesk before updating. Visit the SMARTdesk web page for updating information, or look for the email that was sent to your Stevenson Gmail address.

Show Your Gratitude Friday … and Get a Free Cookie

The Student Services Division’s Mental Health Wellness Series event for November is focused on showing gratitude! In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness overall. According to Harvard Health, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Please come to Room 2104 during your lunch period Friday to write a note of gratitude or sign our gratitude wall while enjoying a free cookie!


Seniors who are graduating in December and will be attending the College of Lake County for the spring 2019 term are invited to apply for a $2,000 scholarship. Click here for more information. The application deadline is Nov. 30.


East Aurora teachers, support workers agree on contract

Man guilty in overdose death of exchange student

CPS principal leading controversial school merger removed

Student-led rally pushes for equity at Oak Park River Forest

Intercom failure during Deerfield High lockdown drill draws ire

CLC dedicates two new statues honoring military veterans


Teachers running for office in record numbers

Legacy admissions offer advantage, and not just at Harvard

California earmarks $75M for teacher residency programs

Nation’s fifth-largest district to start random student searches

When adolescents give up pot, cognition improves quickly

Donations pour in for California teacher who punched student

Georgia high school marching band spells out racial slur

Video games no time waster to those with eSports scholarships


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Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

Mindfulness Talk Set for Wednesday

The Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson Foundation, is sponsoring a presentation on mindfulness by Dr. Ilene Berns-Zare at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. The psychologist, educator, and life and career coach will explore mindfulness, its benefits, and show how it offers a foundation for strengths-based parenting. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. Click here to register, and for more information.

Five Win Awards at National Journalism Conference

Five Statesman staff members won awards in the “Write Off” contest held Friday and Saturday at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association national conference in Chicago.

Senior Olivia Lamberti earned a Superior rating, the highest possible, in the Newswriting category. She and other participants listened to a 30-minute presentation, took part in a 15-minute question-and-answer period, then had to write a news story of no more than 350 words. Also receiving a Superior rating was junior Dylan Hu in Commentary Writing. He and other contestants wrote 350-word pieces based solely on source materials they received about a contemporary topic.

Stevenson’s other award winners were senior Ani Nuthalapati, who received an Excellent rating in Newspaper Editing; and seniors Ashley Mandel and Adele Lee, who earned Honorable Mention ratings in Review Writing and Sports Writing, respectively.

More than 6,000 students attended the conference. In addition to the competition, Stevenson’s contingent attended learning sessions taught by high school newspaper advisers and journalism professors from across the country.

Stevenson’s newspaper adviser and journalism teacher, Dean Bradshaw, presented three sessions during the conference: “Newspaper and the Principal: Making Each Other Nervous”; “If You Can Review a Movie, You Can Review the World”; and “UnCommon Journalism: Common Core and Standards-Based Grading in Journalism Education.”

Senior Among Chicago Rally Leaders

Senior Arad Boxenbaum was one of several high school students who led a rally Saturday in Chicago’s Federal Plaza, calling on elected officials to do more to prevent school shootings and gun violence.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots dominated at Lake Forest, winning nine of 12 events en route to capturing their third consecutive conference title. SHS, which plays host to an IHSA sectional on Saturday, amassed a final team score of 401.50, well ahead of runner-up Libertyville, which had 246. Senior Ashley Carollo won two events, and also swam on two first-place relays. She captured the 50-yard freestyle for the second straight year (24.27), and claimed the 100-yard freestyle (53.19) for the first time. She also was part of the winning 400 free relay for the third straight season, this time teaming with fellow senior Jennifer Xiong, junior Abigail Li and freshman Claudia Rzeznik (3:37.11). Ashley won her first conference title in the 200 free relay, joining forces with juniors Madeleine O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens, and sophomore Jessica Nyborg (1:38.90). Jessica, who transferred from Maryland during the summer, won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.03), and also was part of the first-place 200 medley relay with Madeleine, sophomore Elizabeth Cao and senior Natalie Wess (1:48.84). This is the third straight season SHS has won the 200 medley relay, and the second consecutive year for Natalie and Elizabeth, who captured the 200 individual medley (2:12.08). Jennifer, who was part of the champion 400 free relay last year, won her first individual conference crown, touching first in the 500 free (5:19.44). Also winning her first NSC championship was freshman Shreeya Sinha in 1-meter diving (356.95). Stevenson also won the JV conference meet; a results summary will appear in Tuesday’s Digest. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Spartan Eliminator Tournament: At the Brunswick Zone in Mount Prospect, the Patriots opened their season by qualifying for the afternoon Gold Division, which featured the top eight teams from morning action. SHS finished eighth in the Gold Division, and its six-game pin total of 5,332 was ninth out of 24 teams overall. Sophomore Joey Gluck led the Pats with a 15th-place finish out of 139 bowlers. His six-game pin total of 1,189 included a high game of 234. Stevenson had two others in the top 50: sophomore Nicholas Sternes (1,096 series, 209 high game) and classmate Benjamin Ries (1,052 series, 242 high game). The rest of the Patriot roster split time for the six games. Sophomore Ryan Lerman scored 708 over four games, with a high game of 211. Sophomores Ryan Grabiner (497) and Josh Lerner (461) bowled three games, and senior Kerry Mueller (329) was in two games.

Girls and Boys Fencing

Stevenson at Lowell (Ind.) Red Vikings Invitational: Senior Geeta Jhangiani won first place in women’s epee, and junior Sanya Bawa was second in women’s saber, for the Patriots in their season-opening tournament. A trio of Pats placed third: sophomore Nikita Vasilyev in men’s saber, junior Aya Taira in women’s foil, and junior Rachel Roh in women’s saber. – Official Results

Njongmeta Commits to Wisconsin Football

Senior linebacker Maema Njongmeta announced Saturday his oral commitment to play football at the University of Wisconsin. The Cameroon native, who didn’t start playing the game until his freshman year, will join Mike Maskalunas (Class of 2016) on the Badgers’ roster. This 2017 Daily Herald article traces Maema’s rise to prominence. He was selected to the Daily Herald and News-Sun all-area teams last fall, and also earned all-North Suburban Conference honors.


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S-Factor Auditions Next Week; Sign Up Today

Auditions for Kiva’s annual S-Factor singing competition will be held before and after school Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 12-14. Morning auditions will take place in the Recital Hall, and afternoon sessions will be in the West Auditorium. Sign up for an audition at Students who want to sing or serve as emcees must sign up for an audition.


The Political Action Club is holding an Election Watch Party from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Quiet Learning Center (QLC). Come watch and discuss the election returns. All students are invited.

Does your Give-A-Thon family have a baby? Learn to knit a baby hat you can include with your family gifts. In the Loop is meeting after school today in Room 7064. All are welcome. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, they’ll teach you!

Are black cats really bad luck? If not, then why are they the last ones to be adopted from shelters? Learn the truth at Animal Welfare Club after school Tuesday in Room 7064. All are welcome.


Polar Bear Winter Conditioning Club starts Monday, Nov. 12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meet outside of the Cardio Room (5042). Bundle up and dress to run/workout outside. The group will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays until mid-February. Anyone looking to get in shape for their spring sport is welcome!


Second Bradley professor resigns over misconduct allegations

UI police officer’s behavior went unchecked for years

State offering $16M to help schools improve internet access

McHenry West High staff honored for saving student

Leyden schools battle vaping with locked and guarded bathrooms

East, West Aurora districts look to lower suspension rates

Waukegan District 60 adds new teaching approach to bilingual ed

Founder of Chicago’s Black Star Project dies

Illinois teacher writes book on “Biggest Loser” experience


Nine takeaways about education and Tuesday’s elections

As humanities majors decline, colleges try to hype their programs

Vermont orders two school districts to merge

A high school education and college degree all in one

Florida State teacher, student killed during yoga studio attack

Teachers who dressed as border wall for Halloween put on leave

Arizona State will give Uber drivers in eight cities free online tuition


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Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

New Book Features Four Communication Arts Teachers

Four members of the Communication Arts faculty are contributors to a new book that aims to help English teachers engage their students in lively classroom discussions. Andrew Bouque and Dawn Forde joined three members of the Northern Illinois University faculty as editors of “Raise Your Voices: Inquiry, Discussion, and Literacy Learning.” The book, a collection of writings from high school teachers and university researchers, will be published Dec. 16. Its goal is to guide teachers in sustaining and assessing classroom discussions, especially those about issues of interest to adolescents.

“Raise Your Voices” includes individual chapters from Forde and Bouque, as well as one they co-wrote. Forde’s chapter is entitled “Seeing and Hearing What Actually Happens,” while Bouque’s contribution is “Inviting Student Reflection on Participation.” Their joint chapter is “Planning, Managing, and Troubleshooting for Rich Discussions.” Another chapter, “Digital discussions,” was co-written by colleagues Nicole Boudreau Smith and Mark Patton.

To pre-order the book through the publisher, Rowman and Littlefield, click here. To pre-order through Amazon, click here.


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Brunson Faces Bulls on SHS Night Nov. 12

The Chicago Bulls are holding Stevenson High School Night to coincide with alumnus Jalen Brunson’s return with the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The Bulls are offering deep discounts on tickets in the 100, 200 and 300 levels of the United Center when using the special offer code SHS. To see detailed ticket pricing and to order, visit the boys basketball web page.

Girls Basketball Team Photo Day Orders

The girls basketball team is having its photo day on Friday, Nov. 9. Parents can prepay online through Stevenson’s page at the Visual Image Photography website.


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Flag Football Championship Games Sunday

The Stevenson Flag Football League will play its championship games Sunday in the Stadium. Six games are scheduled, with the first starting at 10 a.m. Check our the game schedule at


Indian Student Association is celebrating Diwali today! Join the festivities in the West Auditorium after school for performances, food and dance. Admission is $4.


Ex-CPS employee arrested for stealing personal data on 80K people

Former administrator charged with stealing $11K from Addison district

DePaul student robbed at gunpoint on campus

District 211 board asks for about $800K in cuts to go with levy hike

Evanston principal sends letter to parents about “hate-filled language”

Carmel Catholic High student to appear on “Jeopardy!” next week


Report: NEA has lost 17K members, 87K fee payers since Janus

Six higher ed ballot measures to watch on Election Day

Dark consensus about screens, kids emerges in Silicon Valley

“Hamilton,” cultural relevance and personalized learning

Minnesota continues to grapple with reading instruction

How a false statistic on sexual harassment spreads

Teachers take to the campaign trail in Oklahoma

Is K-12 education ready for 5G?


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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

Latin Club Makes History

The Latin Club participated Tuesday in its first Certamen competition, a quiz bowl connected to the study of classical civilization and its peoples, languages and cultures.

The club fielded three teams for the event at New Trier High School. The Advanced and Intermediate teams placed fourth in their divisions, while the Novice team was second in its category. The Novice roster included freshmen Brady Rivkin (Pluto) and Johnny Burrer (Justinius), and sophomore Daichi Kobayashi. The Intermediate team featured sophomores Will Rademacher (Septimus), Aniket Dixit (Octavius), Shail Patel (Narcissus) and Allen Guo (Augustus). The Advanced team included seniors Jacob Minin (Tullius) and Josiah Matthews (Aeolus), and sophomore Jeremiah Lee (Aquila). The club’s next competition will be held Dec. 4 at Loyola Academy.

Recent Grads Invited to Alumni Lounge

All members of the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 who will be home for Thanksgiving Break are invited to visit the Alumni Lounge on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Alumni Lounge will be held in the East Glass Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP. For additional details, visit the alumni website.


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Stensby Swims at USA National Select Camp

Three-time state champion Topher Stensby was one of 48 swimmers chosen to participate in last week’s USA Swimming Boys National Select Camp at the OIympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Notre Dame-bound senior was selected based on his time of 23.30 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle for the Patriot Aquatic Club, the third-fastest in the country for boys ages 14-17. Topher has won the 50 freestyle at the last two IHSA state meets, and added the 100 freestyle title last winter. Kevin Zakrzewski, head coach of the Patriot Aquatic Club and an assistant on the SHS boys swimming and diving team, was selected to be one of the camp coaches. During the three-day camp, Topher experienced the day-to-day routine of a U.S. National Team athlete, and learned from top professionals about post-race recovery, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy.


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Seal of Biliteracy Tests for Hebrew, Polish in November

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 Hebrew will be given before school on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Nov. 29, both of which are late arrival days. Testing in Polish will be given before school on Thursday, Nov. 8 only. The deadline to register is Wednesday. Read this article for details.

Mandatory Meetings for All Student-Athletes

All student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2018-19 school year. There are eight possible dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs. The other dates this year are Nov. 29, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 14 and April 25.

Peer Helpers #SHShareTheLove

Peer Helpers thanks everyone for participating in the #SHShareTheLove event and spreading kindness throughout the community! The student winners of the Sodexo gift cards for posting and “sharing the love” are Mindy Huang, Amanda Jimenez and Noah Chiou. The faculty winner is Tina Nocella.


The eSports team needs more players for its Rainbow Six: Siege squad. Any experience level is welcome. Help the team continue to grow and continue competing. Interested students should email Mr. Barnabee at


May graduate Rebecca Waples was one of three area high school students to receive Rebecca’s Dream scholarships last spring. The annual scholarships honor students who share in Rebecca’s Dream’s mission to reduce the stigma of mental illness, particularly surrounding depression and bipolar disorder. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2019. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. For more information, visit the Rebecca’s Dream website.


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