Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Four Qualify for USA Physics Olympiad Exam

Four SHS students are in the running to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad this summer in Lisbon, Portugal. Sophomore Dylan Hu and juniors Rohit Mandava, Joey Rivkin and Angela Zhang are among 400 students from around the country invited to take the USA Physics Olympiad Exam, which is used to determine the 20-member U.S. Physics Team.

The four were invited to take the USA Physics Olympiad Exam based on their scores on the F=ma exam last month. Forty-six SHS students took the exam. Angela is the first female student from the school to advance to the USA Physics Olympiad Exam.

Two students have made the U.S. Physics Team in the past five years. Jason Lu (Class of 2017) was a member of the team in 2015 and 2016, and Richard Zhu (Class of 2014) was chosen in 2014.

Senior to Perform With South Carolina Orchestra

Senior David Hou will perform Chopin’s “Concerto No. 1” with the South Carolina Philharmonic Saturday night in Columbia, S.C. This will be the pianist’s second performance trip to the Southeast this year. In January, he participated in the National YoungArts Foundation classical music competition in Miami. David won first prize in the 2016 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. In addition to his musical prowess, an award-winning essay David wrote was published in The Best Teen Writing of 2017. He also was a member of the state champion math team as a freshman, won a state championship as part of the Business Professionals of America club last year, and is one of 16 seniors who are candidates in the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

Band Parents Meeting Tonight

The Band Parents Organization is scheduled to meet tonight at 7 o’clock in the Band Room.


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Tuesday, March 6 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 85, Jacobs 14, Wauconda 6: The Patriots (4-0) won 11 of 12 events in the Field House. SHS won all three relays: the 3,200 (8:50.4), the 640 (1:16.9) and the 1,600 (3:43.3). Individual race winners included freshman David Smolensky in the 55-meter dash (6.7), junior Sam Farber in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.4), sophomore Jahleel Perrin in the 160 (19.5), senior Ahmad Dinkins in the 300 (39.0), junior Alex Beckerman in the 800 (2:14.9), and senior Nikita Smyrnov in the 1,600 (4:39.8). Stevenson claimed both field events, with junior Anand Batbaatar winning the shot put (52 feet, 8.5 inches) and senior Marcus Engstrom reigning in the high jump (6 feet).

Brunson Earns National Player of the Year Honors

The end-of-season accolades are starting to pour in for Villanova University point guard Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015). On Monday, Brunson was named college basketball’s player of the year by USA Today and NBC Sports, one day after being named one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as the best in his sport. (Fans can vote for the Wooden Award from March 12-19 at He also was a unanimous selection to the all-Big East first team announced Sunday, and is one of the favorites to be named the league’s player of the year today. He’s also one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. And as this New York Post Q&A shows, Brunson would trade it all for another national championship. First, however, is the Big East Tournament. Villanova will play its first game at 6 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, against the winner of tonight’s game between Marquette and DePaul. The game will be broadcast on FS1.

Stensby, Pelka Win Age-Group State Crowns

State champion swimmer Topher Stensby added to his collection of awards by winning two events at the Illinois Swimming Senior Championships at the University of Illinois-Chicago last weekend. The junior, a member of the Patriot Aquatic Club, set a new meet record in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries with a time of 20.03 seconds on Saturday, and went on to capture the title on Sunday. He also won the 100-yard freestyle in 44.40 seconds. Also winning a state championship for the Patriot Aquatic Club was senior Iza Pelka, who captured the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.34). Iza also finished second in the 500 free and was sixth in the 200 free, and was part of two third-place relays: the 800 free and the 400 medley, which included junior Ashley Carollo. One other member of the SHS boys team also came away with multiple medals. Senior Daniel Ng was sixth in the 200 free and seventh in the 200 individual medley. He is a member of the Cats Aquatic Team in Libertyville.

Elder Bourbon Off to Hot Start for NU Baseball

Northwestern University’s baseball team is off to a slow start this season, but that’s not the case with junior third baseman Willie Bourbon (Class of 2015). After a season in which he hit .164 with two home runs, Bourbon has erupted in 2018. He hit his fourth homer of the season during last weekend’s series at Texas, and has a .784 slugging percentage in the team’s first 10 games. Bourbon, who quarterbacked Stevenson to the state football championship in 2014, welcomed younger brother Charlie (Class of 2018) to the Wildcat roster this year.


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Peer Helpers Applications Due By March 16

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are available online or in the Student Activities Office.  Applications are due no later than 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Visit the Peer Helpers in the student lounge during lunch, or see Ms. LaFrancis for questions or more information.


Do you like trivia games? If so, join Club Israel Thursday for a “Jeopardy”-style game (real working buzzers and all). The club will meet Room 1414 right after school.


State champion swimmer Topher Stensby will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. All students are welcome.


Plainfield students threatened with detention over walkout plan

Striking UI graduate employees occupy president’s office

13-year-old charged with making threat to Genoa-Kingston school

McHenry teen charged in connection with school shooting comment

Shredding of arrested substitute teacher’s class project causes stir

Ex-substitute teacher from Springfield faces more sex charges

Lawmakers seek ways to find more teachers

U46 board OKs member guidelines, including social media use

Coursera adds another online degree program through UI

Springfield school board, county partnering on employee health care

Chicago principal who helped orchestrate school merger dies

McKendree University won’t rehire coach after 52 seasons


West Virginia teachers win 5 percent pay raise as massive strike ends

ISIS-inspired teen tries to detonate bomb at Utah high school

What if America didn’t have public schools?

Purdue’s controversial deal to buy for-profit Kaplan gets final OK

New study warns of mental health “crisis” in graduate education

Survey: Teachers want more time for collaboration

Harvard professor to retire following harassment allegations

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Senior Chosen to Attend U.N. Drug Summit in Austria

Senior Ananya Pati has been selected by the federal government to participate in a United Nations-sponsored youth forum at the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria from March 12-16.

Ananya will attend workshops in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Youth Forum, which takes place during the first three days of the overall session. The forum brings together young people from around the world to discuss drug use prevention.

This is the latest honor for Ananya, who last fall was named Advocate of the Year by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. She is the youngest award-winner in the group’s history. Ananya has been a four-year member of the Catalyst club, and also has been involved with the Stand Strong Coalition. Most recently, she has been among the students working with state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield to pass legislation that would raise the minimum age for the use and purchase of tobacco and tobacco products to 21.

Incoming Freshman Families Invited to Special Event

The Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition are sponsoring a night for all incoming freshmen and their parents and guardians to learn about making the transition to Stevenson High School. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Though not required, an RSVP is appreciated. Click here to register.

During the event, students and parents will be separated into different rooms and receive different presentations. Students will hear from a panel of Catalyst students and have a casual, candid question-and-answer discussion about social life at school and on weekends for Stevenson students.

Parents and guardians will hear from a panel that includes Claudia Kasten, chief of the Juvenile Division in the Lake County State’s Attorney Office; Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Stevenson; and Lincolnshire Police Officer Rick Coakley, Stevenson’s School Resource Officer; and Stuart and Laurie Kessler, parents of a former SHS student who has struggled with addiction.

For more information on the topics to be discussed, visit this link.

Chamber Guitar Concert Tonight

The Chamber Guitar Concert will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The event is scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

CPN Presentation Tackles College Preparation Myths

The Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, will present “The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Vernon Area Public Library Meeting Room (in the main building). The presentation will be led by award-winning child psychologist, professor and author Dr. Laura Kastner. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Visit this link to register and to see more information.

Kastner’s talk is based on the book by the same name, which she co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Wyatt. During her presentation, she will tackle myths surrounding college preparation, and the pressures to produce stellar academic profiles that can negatively influence families. Kastner also will focus on the parenting qualities that best predict emotional, social and academic competence in adolescents, as well as some of the developmental dynamics that make parenting during these years particularly challenging. A book signing will follow. The Book Bin will have books for sale before and after the program.

Facebook Live to Discuss Potential Walkout

Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey will discuss a potential student walkout during the next “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. You can watch at the school’s Facebook page.


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Hockey Team in State Quarterfinals Wednesday

The varsity boys ice hockey team takes on Providence Catholic in the Blackhawk Cup Red Division state quarterfinals at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the Red Division, while the Celtics are No. 6. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams. Stevenson won two of the games, 3-1 on Sept. 24 and 6-2 on Dec. 27, and the two schools tied 3-3 on Dec. 9. The SHS junior varsity also is playing in the state quarterfinals this week. The Patriot JV will take on St. Viator in the Blackhawk Cup Junior Varsity Division quarterfinals at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at The Edge Ice Arena. Stevenson is the No. 2 seed in the JV tournament, while St. Viator is No. 7.

All Fall Sports Teams Honored for Academics

Every Illinois High School Association-sanctioned varsity fall sports team earned the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout their season. These teams earned Team Academic Achievement Awards: Boys and girls cross country, football, girls and boys golf, girls tennis, boys soccer, girls volleyball, and girls swimming and diving.

Golfer Meets, Honored by Nicklaus for Fundraising

State champion golfer Jackson Bussell was recognized recently for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the Jack and Barbara Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation. The junior raised close to $9,000 for the foundation last year as a member of the American Junior Golf Association’s Leadership Links program, which encourages junior golfers to give back through fundraising. He was one of the top fundraisers in the country. Jackson presented a check directly to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus at their home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 25. Later that day he was recognized, along with six other top fundraisers, during the trophy presentation at the conclusion of the Honda Classic golf tournament. Together, they raised $60,000 for research into childhood diseases.


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Be Part of the Community Service “Double Play Weekend”

On Friday and Saturday, you can help others without spending a dime. All you have to do is give a little of your time during the “Community Service Double Play Weekend.” On Friday, students age 17 and older are encouraged to participate in a blood drive during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Each student donor who gives can save three lives. Plus, each donated unit of blood counts toward a projected honorarium of $2,000 to $3,000 for the Stevenson to College program. Use this link to sign up for the blood drive.

On Saturday, all students are invited to participate in the school’s first-ever St. Baldrick’s event to raise money for childhood cancer research. Come between 4:30-7 p.m. to get your head shaved in the Sports Center, or come to support someone who is having their head shaved. Don’t want to have that much taken off? You can have an undershave on the neck if you have long hair, or get your hair dyed green. Sign up or donate at this link. Our goal is to raise $20,000, and we’re getting close: About $17,000 has been raised already.


The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will be meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612 to begin working on the spring/summer edition of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine. If you are interested in modeling, writing, journalism, photography, fashion styling or blogging, come and see what it is all about! New members are always welcome!

Come to Superhero Club after school Wednesday to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in Room 1414.


Schools balance calm, concern while coping with post-Parkland threats

Seventh-grader charged in threat against Woodstock middle school

Larkin High receives gun threat, keeps classes on schedule

Doctored social media photo sparks false rumors of threat to Palatine High

Federal lawsuit aims to cancel $100M donation to University of Chicago

Champaign district using federal grant to try magnet themes at 3 schools

Sisters organizing March 14 walkout at St. Charles North

Bartlett Elementary parents allege bullying problem in school

Geneva High’s “Tiekings” teachers making fun fashionable


DeVos rips state education chiefs for their K-12 vision

Can the Parkland survivors inspire a new focus on civics education?

College of Idaho hires co-presidents, breaking with higher ed tradition

Houston superintendent hired as NYC schools chancellor

Reading, writing, evicted: Portland housing crisis affecting students

Florida school removes teacher who hosted white nationalist podcast

California students designing home for teacher who lost hers in wildfire


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Monday, March 5, 2018

Nine HOSA Students Win State Championships

Nine members of Stevenson’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals chapter won championships at the HOSA State Leadership Conference held Wednesday through Friday in Decatur.

The nine state champions (and their event category) included freshman Bella Kim (Dental Technology); sophomore Shrusti Jain (Speaking Skills); juniors Poojan Palwai (Human Growth and Development), Melanie Zhang (Medical Law and Ethics), Morish Shah (Clinical Specialty) and Saaniya Farhan (Epidemiology); and the senior team of Sarah Park, Rachael Zhang and Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla (Creative Problem Solving). Shrusti also finished third in Medical Reading, while Sannidi teamed with fellow senior Karaj Singh to place third in CPR/First Aid. Karaj earned another third-place finish with classmates Gurasees Bajaj, Shalini Patel and Trisha Patel in Creative Problem Solving. Saaniya received an additional honor when she was elected to be the Northern Vice President of Illinois HOSA for the 2018-19 school year.

Stevenson’s state champions qualified for the International HOSA Competition in Dallas June 27-30, leading a group of 35 who placed in the top three in their event.

Second-place honors went to: the team of seniors Bhavana Muppavarapu and Saketh Prazad and junior Ali Rahman (Biomedical Debate), juniors Sanjana Chunduri (Medical Law and Ethics) and Vaibhav Gupta (Medical Math), sophomore Celeste Xu (Dental Science), and the sophomore team of Omkarnath Halleppanawar and Vivek Thatte (CERT Skills).

Students finishing third included: seniors Laurel Guo (Behavioral Health), Jessica Bae (Extemporaneous Health Poster) and Satvik Yagnamurthy (Job Seeking Skills), the team of juniors Jay Hatkar, Tejas Khanna, Sri Medakkar and Rutvik Mehta (Public Health), juniors Elizabeth Turchin (Nutrition) and Mitul Kothapalli (Transcultural Health Care), sophomore Advaid Deoskar (Medical Law and Ethics), and the team of sophomores Nikhila Paleati, Sathvik Perkari, Krish Shah and Pritika Vemulapalli (Medical Innovation – Original).

Overall, 110 students from the school’s HOSA group competed in more than 50 health science-related events against more than 1,700 competitors at the Decatur Convention Center from Wednesday through Friday. Click here to see all others who finished in the top 10.  Abby Peters and Jill Lipman are the club sponsors.

BPA Brings Home Three State Titles

Three students in the Business Professionals of America club won state championships at the annual BPA State Leadership Conference last week in Oak Brook. Sophomore Joie You (Fundamental Accounting), and juniors Miranda Liu (Intermediate Word Processing) and Hunter Stroming (ICD-10CM Diagnostic Coding) captured top honors in their events, which were among more than 60 at the conference.

Stevenson’s three state champions qualified automatically for the BPA National Competition in Dallas May 9-13. They will be joined by 17 other qualifiers from SHS: seniors Akanksha Chaudhari, Michael Josephson, Brad Ma, Siddharth Nair and Daniel Powers; juniors Ishaan Deshmukh, Claire Huang, Sanjana Jain, Akshay Kuduva, Rohit Mandava, Varun Putcha, Ethan Ross, Sam Shen, Chris Varghese and Hannah Zhang; and sophomores Yuyang Bian and Delbert Su.

Overall, 70 BPA club members took part in the three-day competition, which included nearly 1,000 students from more than 40 high schools. The BPA sponsors are Jason Ford, Brett Stuart and Nick Valenziano.

Sophomore Families Invited to “Planning Your Future”

Sophomore families are encouraged to attend “Planning Your Future,” a college and counseling program, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Postsecondary counselors Sara English and Daniel Miller (Class of 2001), and Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock will discuss Naviance, career options, and what families can expect during junior year as they embark on the college-and-career exploration process. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians. PearDeck will be used, so families can join in and view the presentation from electronic devices. A Gmail account is needed to login. For questions, contact College Career Center Administrative Assistant Chris McGurn at 847-415-4517.

JV Winter Guard Captures First Place

Stevenson’s Winter Guard teams traveled to Stagg High School for the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Contest on Saturday. The varsity placed fourth in the Scholastic A Division, while the junior varsity took first place in Scholastic Regional A. Next up for the varsity is the Winter Guard International Regional Competition March 17 at Francis Howell High School in St. Louis.


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Saturday, March 3 Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 62, Libertyville 43, Waukegan 0: Junior Emily Ossentjuk won two events, and senior Kesina Daley captured an event and was part of a winning relay for the Patriots in the Field House. Emily won the 55-meter dash in 7.8 seconds, and crossed first in the one-lap dash in 22.2 seconds. Kesina, meanwhile, leapt to top honors in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), and ran in the first-place four-lap relay with junior Raeden Mays and seniors Haleigh Fobbe and Nicole Youkhanna (1:33.3). Other individual winners for SHS (4-0) were sophomore Denisa Voshtina in the 400-meter dash (1:06.4) and freshman Camille Clay in the shot put (33 feet, one-fourth inches)

Friday, March 2 Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Fremd 55, Stevenson 41: The 10th-seeded Vikings (18-12) captured the IHSA Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional championship, its fourth in the last five seasons. Senior Jackson Qualley scored a game-high 23 points in his final game for third-seeded SHS (18-10), and also pulled down four rebounds. Sophomore Matthew Ambrose had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Fremd, which led 22-16 at halftime, hit 16 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. – Daily Herald


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Summer Job Fair Set for March 20

Are you looking for a summer job? Would you like to have a chance to practice your interview skills? Stevenson will be hosting its annual Summer Job Fair for students from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Room 2104. Employers from the community will be in the building conducting on-site interviews and handing out information on available positions for the summer. Please contact Mrs. Willock at if you have any questions.


Anime Club will meet today after school in Room 1414. Everyone is welcome!

The Animal Welfare Club is meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2500 to make blankets to donate to area animal shelters. All are welcome. Snacks will be provided!


CLC trustees vote to restart $47.9M Lakeshore Campus expansion

UI graduate students’ strike enters second week

Police arrest Plainfield teen accused of killing his parents at CMU

Professor, two sons shot to death in apparent double-murder, suicide

Senn High students latest to push for gun control measures

Naperville North students plan March 14 walkout

Wording of Gavin District 37 referendum question raises concerns

Campaign email sent to Evanston-Skokie District 65 staff causes stir

Warren Township High laying off three teachers, librarian

Antioch District 34 reaches agreement with suspended bus driver

Park Ridge-Niles district plans to hire extra special ed coordinator

Bertrand to direct state’s association of school boards

Community colleges combat hunger through campus food pantries

Why U-46’s approach to bullying doesn’t focus on punishment


No fix in sight as West Virginia teacher strike enters third week

Oklahoma teachers consider statewide walkout over education cuts

University of Pittsburgh mulls going private due to dwindling state aid

Puerto Rican government considering changes for public schools

Miami schools chief turns down NYC chancellor post

Researcher who laid groundwork for Title IX being honored this month


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Friday, March 2, 2018

Winter Play Tackles Sensitive Subjects

A panel discussion is planned after each performance of next week’s winter play, Luna Gale, to address the subjects raised in the show. The play contains adult themes, frank discussions regarding violent, domestic abuse, and adult language.

Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi will be part of the post-performance panel, which also will include representatives from the Lake County State’s Attorney Office, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Zacharias Center, and the Stand Strong Coalition. The organizations also will have information tables in the lobby area outside the West Auditorium before and after the show.

Here is a synopsis of Rebecca Gilman’s 2014 play, provided by director Cynthia Burrows: A veteran social worker named Caroline (played by senior Hannah Lichtenstein) thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter (junior Ethan Murphy) and Karlie (junior Ananya Shah), two teenage drug addicts, accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother (senior Courtney Shub), Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past — and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences.” The cast also includes seniors Chinmayee Sakhare, Sam Litwin and Jeremy Tracz.

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6, and may be purchased through the Online Superstore. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Woodlawn Wins 2018 DuFour Award

Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove last week became the first middle school in the United States to win the DuFour Award, established in honor of Stevenson’s former superintendent and principal, Dr. Richard DuFour. Woodlawn was announced as the third recipient of the award during the Summit on PLC at Work conference in Phoenix Feb. 22. The annual DuFour Award, established in 2016, honors one model professional learning community that demonstrates exceptional levels of student achievement. The other finalists for this year’s award were Pioneer Middle School in Tustin, Calif., and Thermopolis Middle School in Thermopolis, Wyo.

Buffalo Grove Alters Turning Restriction Time Near Campus

Buffalo Grove village trustees have changed the afternoon turning restriction time from Prairie Road onto Brockman Avenue from 4-7 p.m. to 3-6 p.m. because of Stevenson’s 3:25 dismissal time.

Club Sponsoring German Fun Night March 9

The German Club is holding its first-ever German Fun Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 9 in Room 2926. The evening will consist of games, crafts, food, treats and a movie. The free event is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is asked to fill out this form.

Barnabee Mentioned in eSports Article

Communication Arts teacher James Barnabee (Class of 1987), who is sponsor of the school’s eSports team, gets a mention in this Chicago Tribune article on the growth of the activity in high schools and colleges.

A-V Manager’s Movie Now on Amazon

“Boot the Pigeon,” a romantic comedy directed by Audio-Visual Manager Todd Slotten that features appearances by many current and retired teachers, is available for rental and purchase on Amazon. Among those making on-screen appearances are retired teachers Jeremiah Enright and Bob Taylor, and current faculty and staff members Don Carmichael, Patrick Fairchild, Joe Pine and Cynthia Burrows. Stevenson High School and Chicago also receive plenty of screen time. Check out the film’s trailer.


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Thursday, March 1 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, St. Rita 1: Senior Jackson Leptich scored a goal and assisted on three others as the third-seeded Patriots advanced to the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament. SHS (52-17-2) will play the winner of tonight’s contest between No. 6 Providence Catholic and No. 22 Hinsdale Central at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson never trailed against No. 14 seed St. Rita, with senior Frank Wiest-Puchala scoring the eventual game-winning goal that broke a 1-1 late in the first period. Frank added two assists. Senior Michael Dowd opened the scoring for the Patriots and also had two assists. Other goals came from seniors Trevor Hilt and Jake Camp, and junior Adam Offenbach. Jake, Trevor and junior Sam Shellist also recorded assists. SHS outshot St. Rita, 31-15, and senior goaltender Elias Sandholm made 14 saves.

Qualley, Steffens Named to All-Area Teams

Senior forwards Jackson Qualley and Klaire Steffens have been selected to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys and Girls Basketball Teams, respectively. Klaire earned her third straight All-Area selection, leading the Patriots with 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Jackson led the boys in scoring (12.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.1 rebounds per game). Sophomore Matthew Ambrose and senior Samvit Ram were honorable mention picks on the boys’ side, while senior Kiana Cencula and sophomore Avery King received the same on the girls’ team.

Stensby Nominated for Athlete of the Month

Junior Topher Stensby, who won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle championships at last weekend’s IHSA state meet, is one of three nominees for the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Area Athlete of the Month for March. You can vote for Topher at this link.

Alum Makes First Start for UCLA Volleyball

With its leading scorer out, UCLA’s men’s volleyball coach called on Grant Maleski (Class of 2018) to make his first collegiate start against top-ranked Long Beach State last week. The freshman delivered in a losing effort, leading the second-ranked Bruins with 13 kills after having only one coming into the match. Here are some highlights from the Pac-12 Network.

Get 20 Percent Off on Sideline Store Orders

BSN Sports is offering 20 percent off any order of $100 or more at Stevenson’s Sideline Store now through March 25. Use the promo code Mar18 when ordering.


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Donate Your “Gently Used” Dresses

Do you have a dress from Prom or another school dance and won’t be using it again? The Lake County YMCA is looking for “gently used” formal dresses for its annual “A Dress to Remember” event on Friday, March 9 in Gurnee. Dresses will be sold to local teens for affordable prices. If you have a dress to donate, or are interested in attending the event, contact Program Director Rhonda Hoekenga at


Schools seek to balance safety with civic engagement in walkouts

Rauner vetoes bill to curb power of state charter school commission

UI graduate students announce demands as strike enters fourth day

Cary-Grove student charged in connection with social media threat

North Mac High School alerts parents about “hit list”

Norridge District 80 parents launch effort to save band program

DePaul law professor subject of complaints for use of “N-word” in class

Fate of Antioch District 34 bus driver remains up in the air

McLean County Unit 5 board president resigns to move out of state

SIU-Edwardsville bucks trend of colleges cutting childcare for students


Students are walking out over shootings. Can schools punish them?

At least 13 “copycat” school threats in Iowa since Florida shooting

Education Department gives $1M to Florida schools for recovery

How much is too much to pay for college?

SAT or ACT may replace state test in California

Little-known ESSA provision next educational equity battlefield

New York City offers top schools job to Miami-Dade superintendent

Alabama town will cease efforts to create new school system

Secret probe points to enrollment fraud at acclaimed DC school

DeVos softens message on school choice

“Personalized learning” for teachers: Big ambitions, big questions

Some colleges cracking down on student-teacher romances


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Stevenson Earns Project Lead the Way Honor

Stevenson is one of only 10 high schools in the state, and among 340 in the country, to receive a Distinguished School Award from the national Project Lead the Way program.

The Distinguished School recognition is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW, and student success in their PLTW coursework, all from the 2016-17 school year.

The other Illinois high schools honored were Fremd, Glenbrook South, Hononegah, Huntley, Neuqua Valley, Normal, Pleasant Plains, Prairie Ridge and Yorkville.

No School Friday, But Classes in Session Monday

There is no school for students on Friday due to the annual Institute Day for SHS faculty and staff. However, there will be school on Monday, which is Pulaski Day. Monday was one of two dates selected prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year as emergency snow days. The Daily Digest will be published on Friday.

Child Development Classes Help the Less Fortunate

Stevenson’s Child Development classes celebrated a baby shower last week to mark the beginning of its “virtual child” simulation project. Rather than bringing presents, students collected donations for Share Our Spare, a nonprofit organization that provides essentials for low-income families. The two Child Development classes, taught by Michelle Backes and Courtney Croak, collected diapers, wipes, gently used and new clothing, children’s books, pacifiers, toiletries and monetary donations. Ms. Croak delivered the items to Share Our Spare’s Chicago location.

Former SHS Dean’s Shooting Response Highlighted

Former SHS teacher and dean Amy Read, who is now principal at Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook, wanted to do something to reassure her students in the wake of the shooting in Florida two weeks ago. So she brought her “comfort” dog, Buster, to school. Read and her dog have been part of a therapy and crisis response team for the past two years. Although she has led multiple schools to win Blue Ribbon awards, Read says she is most proud of her work with the response team.


Wednesday’s item on the success of the Winterfest Dance should have stated that the event ended at 10 p.m., and students were expected to be gone by 10:30. However, due to the failure of parents to pick up their students in a timely fashion, some remained at the school until 11:30.


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Wednesday, Feb. 28 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 80, Elgin Larkin 18, St. Viator 16: The Patriots won 11 of 13 events in the Field House to capture their season-opener and give head coach Andy Farrissey (Class of 1977) his 200th career victory as a head track coach at SHS. Farrissey, now in his 21st season leading the boys program, has a 177-54-1 record. He also went 24-8 as head girls track coach from 1997-99. Sophomore Jahleel Perrin won two events. He captured the 160-meter dash in 19.3 seconds, and tied senior Ahmad Dinkins for first in the 55-meter dash (6.7). Other individual winners for Stevenson included senior Marcus Engstrom in the high jump (5 feet, 7 inches), junior Anand Batbaatar in the shot put (48-1), senior Raven Jo in the 3,200 (10:59.8), senior Nikita Smyrnov in the 800 (2:07.4), sophomore Jordan Vincent in the 300 (39.8), junior Sam Farber in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.4) and senior Brett Lucas in the 1,600 (4:44.5). The Patriots also won the 640 relay (1:17.8) and the 1,600 relay (3:45.1).

Hockey Team Takes Aim at State Quarterfinals

The varsity boys ice hockey team takes on St. Rita at 8:45 tonight at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the 32-team field, while St. Rita is No. 14. The winner of tonight’s game advances to the quarterfinals next Wednesday at the Edge. The opponent will be the winner of Friday’s contest between No. 6 Providence Catholic and No. 22 Hinsdale Central.

Pair Picked for All-NSC Girls Basketball Team

Seniors Klaire Steffens and Kiana Cencula have been named to the All-North Suburban Conference Girls Basketball Team. Sophomore Avery King was received honorable mention. This is Klaire’s third straight season making all-conference. Kiana earned all-NSC selection after receiving honorable mention last year.


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WIT Submission Deadline is March 8

Thursday, March 8 is the deadline for WIT submissions. All students are invited to submit their fiction, poetry, drama, essays, music lyrics, raps, rants and other writing to Mr. Barnabee at to be a part of the award-winning publication.

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of March by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


Monday is the last day for seniors to submit applications for scholarships sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. Seniors can find a list of scholarships and the online application at this link.


CPS board votes to close four high schools, one elementary school

Study raps spending gap between wealthy, poor school district

Student charged after making threat at downstate high school

Second signup for private school scholarships attracts 45K

Dashed Hope: How a once proud Chicago high school hollowed out

The cause and effect of Chicago school closures

DePaul administration defends free speech after denying speaker

Group saying University of Chicago owes reparations holds teach-in

Panel highlights racial discrimination in Evanston-Skokie district

Western Illinois University president outlines future goals

Death of Northwestern University student under investigation

Woodstock District 200 officials say elementary school will stay open

Truancy rate in Quincy schools improving

Community college signs off on land deal with Dixon schools


Statewide teachers strike in West Virginia continues despite deal

Georgia teacher arrested after firing gun in classroom

Education Department wants to protect student loan debt collectors

Pediatricians call for universal depression screening for teens

With hundreds of students, school counselors just try to “stay afloat”

Study: Behavior in high school predicts success later in life

A 50-state comparison: Academic credit for military experience

Transferring in high school basketball a consistent trend

Using yoga as a disciplinary tool

She left Harvard. He got to stay. A story of harassment


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Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Stevenson Wins Second Straight State Robotics Title

Stevenson won its second straight Illinois VEX Robotics state championship on Saturday at Niles North High School, and also qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship in April.

SHS had four teams in the state competition, and two of them became part of the championship-winning three-team alliance with a robot from Oak Park River Forest. One of Stevenson’s teams, PID PID Moose, included a student from last year’s state champion squad, senior Abby Starr. She was joined by juniors Ethan Gordon, Erik Rademacher and Beulah Lee, and sophomores Rahul Subramanian and Pranav Putta. The other pack of Patriots, forming the Chimera team, were seniors Elliot Segal and Ryan Mitchell, and juniors Alan Tokarsky, Jacob Shupak, Joshua Kulick, Jonathan Distel and James Lim. Both teams will head to Louisville for the world championship April 25-28.

Joining the two state championship teams will be Stevenson’s freshman team, Fresher Than Subway, which captured the Design Award. Team members included William Rademacher, Kendrick Boardman, Ansh Parekh, Krethikram Gowrisankar, Sofia Kolobaev, Rushil Vora, Brandon Lu and Jeremiah Lee. They were selected based on demonstrating an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management, and team organization.

Also competing at state was the Warm Refrigerators team of sophomores Piper Starr, Wynne Chen, Husain Badri, Jaap Singh, Michael Levin, Max Kulick and Duncan Paul.

The robotics team’s sponsors are Frank Radostits and Mike Anderson.

Winterfest Dance Sees Second-Largest Turnout

At a time when some schools are canceling their winter dances due to lack of interest, Stevenson’s Winterfest Dance is thriving. Saturday’s dance had its second-highest attendance ever, with approximately 1,700 students turning out. Nearly 500 of them (484) bought their tickets at the door. Director of Student Activities Ted Goergen attributed the high turnout to a conscious decision on his team’s part to make the event less like a dance and more like a festival. “We want Winterfest to be something for all students, and not just those who like to dance,” he said. In addition to dancing, students could participate in a number of activities ranging from arcade games to an “art room” in which students were encouraged to write positive and uplifting messages for others. Another piece of evidence that the Winterfest Dance was a success: The lock-in event ended at 10 p.m., but many students stayed longer, with the last one leaving at 11:30. “At some dances, there will be a mass of kids huddled at the door waiting for their chance to get out,” Goergen said. “When 10 o’clock rolled around on Saturday night, we didn’t see that at all.”

Debaters Compete at State Competition

Freshman Aditi Singh won third place in her debate chamber at Saturday’s Illinois Congressional Debate Association State Competition at Harper College. Also competing from Stevenson were juniors Thivya Sivarajah, Aarim Khan and Rahul Ramkumar, sophomores Sunny Gandhi, Sanya Nema, Advait Deoskar and Megana Adigal, and freshmen Jeanette Han, Ethan Holub and Daniel Ro.

Seven Earn Awards at Lyons Model UN Conference

Three students earned Outstanding Delegate awards and four others received honorable mention at the Lyons Township High School Model United Nations conference on Saturday. Sophomores Drew Scott, Janice Lee and Nitin Nadella garnered Outstanding Delegate honors. Sophomores Anand Vadlamani and Matt Li, and juniors Dexter Darmali and Neal Patel were chosen for honorable mention.

Alum Chosen for Internship to Help Foster Children

Stevenson alumna Leyda Garcia Greenawalt (Class of 2016), who spent seven years in foster care before being adopted at age 19, has been selected to serve in the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Foster Youth Internship Program. She will spend the summer in Washington D.C., working on behalf of children and youth involved in the child welfare system who have been or are in need of adoption or foster care services. Garcia Greenawalt is working toward a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Illinois.

Madrigal Dinner Reservations Due by Thursday

Thursday is the deadline to turn in reservations for the Madrigal Dinner, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Tickets, which include a three-course meal, are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 14. To order tickets, fill out this reservation form.


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Tuesday, Feb. 27 Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional: The third-seeded Patriots allowed their fewest points of the season to hold off No. 19 Schaumburg, 35-27, and advance to the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. SHS (18-9) will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal between No. 6 Buffalo Grove and No. 10 Fremd. Stevenson held the Saxons (11-18) to 11-of-39 shooting on the night, including 18 straight misses to finish the game. The drought occurred after Schaumburg cut a 28-17 deficit to 28-24 with 2:17 remaining in the third quarter. Senior Samvit Ram led all scorers with 12 points, including a pair of free throws with 43 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Senior Nick Bonk added 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Matthew Ambrose scored seven points, and senior Jackson Qualley contributed six points (and six rebounds) to round out the scoring. – Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 52, Vernon Hills 51, Buffalo Grove 31: At the Buffalo Grove triangular, the Patriots captured four events and finished second in six. Junior Emily Ossentjuk won the 210-yard run (28.18), and also ran in the winning four-lap relay with senior Haley Tokars and juniors Raeden Mays and Michelle Cai (1:17.4). Stevenson’s other winners were freshman Camille Clay in the shot put (34 feet, 2 inches) and senior Kesina Daley in the high jump (5 feet). Runners-up included Michelle in the long jump (15-1.5), junior Miffy Tani in the 55-meter hurdles (10.3), senior Gabriela Jagielo in the 440-yard dash (1:08.1), senior Jessica Wang in the triple jump (29-11), sophomore Alyssa Smith and freshman Emma Potocki in the high jump (4-10), and the mile relay team of Raeden, Gabriela, Haley and sophomore Denisa Voshtina (4:43.6).

State Swim Champion to be Honored March 8

Junior Topher Stensby, who won IHSA championships in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle at last weekend’s state meet, will be honored during a special ceremony before school on Thursday, March 8. The recognition ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. in the Aquatic Center.

Three Named to All-NSC Cheerleading Squad

Seniors Julia Los, Allie Johnson and Brooke Rosenthal were selected to the All-North Suburban Conference Cheerleading Team. Juniors Lauren Mass, Anna Harlow and Sarah Grinde received honorable mention. The cheerleading team finished third at the Illinois High School Association state finals in February.

Trio of Seniors Make All-Conference Dance Team

Three seniors have been chosen for the All-North Suburban Conference Dance Team. Maya Gold, Sophia Connolly and Hannah Cohen were selected to the 21-member team. Sophomore Jorie Knysz and seniors Nikki Morris and Amanda Weil were honorable mention selections. Stevenson finished third in the state in January.


Senior Jackson Leptich will be making his second appearance in the America’s Showcase high school hockey showcase. He also was selected for the Team Illinois roster last year.


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Give a Little of Yourself to Help Others in Blood Drive

All students age 17 and older are invited to participate in the SHS blood drive on Friday, March 9 during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room. Donating blood not only helps those who need it, but also benefits other Stevenson students. LifeSource Blood Services provides Stevenson with an honorarium based on the number of donors. The money will be used to support the Stevenson to College program, which mentors students at risk of not attending college and provides the necessary tools and scholarship support to empower them to succeed in their college and career quests. Visit this link for blood drive details, and to download required forms.

Cigarettes and Marijuana: What’s the Difference?

There are a lot of similarities between cigarettes and marijuana, but one big difference. Check out the latest video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition for the scoop.


Public sector unions case from Illinois reaches Supreme Court

Southern Illinois district considers arming teachers

Lake Park student charged with making threat against school

Williamsville student removed from school after threatening video found

Ex-student sues Lake Forest Montessori school over ex-teacher

Glenbrook parents demand “two-way conversation” on transgender policy

Residents, students call for OPRF to add more minority teachers

Benedictine University to sell its Springfield campus

Villa Grove district settles lawsuit with fired superintendent

Elgin student-organized science webinars draw thousands of viewers


Study: Schools safer today than in 1990s

How the survivors of Parkland began the Never Again movement

Kentucky district votes to let teachers carry concealed guns

What schools have done since Columbine to improve safety

What’s the right amount of homework?

Hundreds at New Jersey school walk out to protest teacher‘s suspension

Despite profits, textbook publisher Pearson selling its U.S. K-12 business

Denver students dismayed after district ignores their choice for principal


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Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

FCCLA Claims Four Regional Titles; 25 to State

Stevenson’s chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America won four events at the Illinois Section 5 FCCLA regional competition at Harper College in Palatine on Friday. The four winners are among 25 club members who qualified for the state competition April 12-14 in Springfield. Twenty-one schools took part in the regional.

Capturing regional gold medals were sophomores Mariam Reichert (Fashion Construction – Senior Category) and Katherine Yu (Interior Design Presentation – Senior Category), and seniors Nora Berryhill (Fashion Design – Senior Category) and Lauren Stein (Interior Design – Senior Category).

Click here to see all the club members who qualified for state. They will be accompanied by sponsors Michelle Backes and Jamie Rieman.

Alum’s Shift to Public Service Featured

Stevenson alumnus Christine McCall (Class of 2003) was featured in a recent blog post by the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. McCall is in her first year at the school after spending several years as a journalist in New England. Before heading to Arkansas, McCall spent one year in AmeriCorps before a two-year stint in Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer. She also worked for two years as a grant writer at Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago. At Stevenson, McCall was a member of the Statesman and Ambassador editorial staffs, and also competed with the girls gymnastics team.

Parent Survey Deadline is Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day for SHS parents and guardians to participate in this online survey from the Stand Strong Coalition, which is being administered in parallel with the Illinois Youth Survey that students will be taking during today’s activity period. For more information on the Illinois Youth Survey, visit this web page to see the letter emailed to families on Jan. 19.

Former Dean Named Superintendent in Hinsdale

Former SHS dean Hector Garcia, currently superintendent of Plano Unit District 88, has been selected to lead Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 beginning this summer. Garcia served as a dean of students at Stevenson in the late 1990s.

Alum Leaving Channel 2 for PR Position

Veteran CBS 2 Chicago reporter Susanna Song (Class of 2000) has chosen not to renew her contract with the station, according to Robert Feder. Song is leaving the station to become director of communications and marketing for a Batavia-based tech company. She has been with Channel 2 since 2010.


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Boys Basketball Regional Tonight

Stevenson takes on Schaumburg tonight in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A regional tournament at Buffalo Grove High. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Patriots (17-8) are the No. 3 seed in the Lake Zurich Sectional, behind Lake Zurich and Barrington. Schaumburg (11-17), the No. 19 seed, upset No. 13 Mundelein, 47-43, on Monday.

Hockey Trio Selected for America’s Showcase

Three members of the varsity boys ice hockey team have been selected to the Team Illinois roster for the 34th annual America’s Showcase tournament April 19-23 outside of St. Louis. Senior forwards Trevor Hilt and Jackson Leptich, and senior goaltender Elias Sandholm are part of the 20-player roster for the showcase, which is considered the top high school hockey event in North America. Teams from across the United States will compete and showcase their talents to junior, college and professional scouts from the U.S. and Canada. The senior trio joins Stevenson alumni Jake Cimarusti (2015), Jared Projansky (2014), Michael Trapp (2014 and 2013) and Vince Moschea (2013) in making Team Illinois.

Fencer Takes Part in National Competition

Junior Geeta Jhangiani, a captain of Stevenson’s fencing team, tied for 37th place out of 206 competitors in cadet women’s epee at the USA Fencing Junior Olympics held Feb. 16-19 in Memphis. She won five of her six bouts and was seeded 24th before the elimination rounds. Geeta qualified for nationals by winning the qualifying competition at New Trier in October.


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Senior Party Price Increases Thursday

Wednesday is the last day to buy tickets to the Senior Party for $45. Starting Thursday, the cost will be $50. The Senior Party will take place on board the Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier on May 24, the day before graduation. To sign up, visit the SHS Online Store.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the next PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Apple pie, cheesecake, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

Club Meetings During Wednesday’s Activity Period

The following clubs will meet during Wednesday’s activity period: VEX Robotics (Room 1420), Mega Math Challenge (Room 8048), Patriot Pride (Student Activities Office), Business Professionals of America (West Auditorium), AP Spanish with WE (Black Box Theater), Jazz Etc. (Choir Room), Student Congress (West Staff Dining Room), Free the Children (Little Theater), Madrigal Singers (Band Room) and Baroque Ensemble (Orchestra Room).


The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will be meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612 to begin working on the spring/summer edition of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine! If you are interested in modeling, writing, journalism, photography, fashion styling or blogging, come and see what it is all about. New members are always welcome!

The next meeting for Girls in STEAM will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1506. The group will be organizing workshops for middle school girls, learning about female leaders who are experts in their respective scientific fields, and participating in other science- and technology-related activities. For more information on the club, contact the sponsor, Ms. Zietlow, at


Discipline for peaceful protest won’t hurt ISU, IWU admissions

Poll suggests widespread disapproval for SIU restructuring

Arrest made in alleged social media threat to community college

Increased police presence after Cary-Grove social media threat

Student accused of leaving bullet at Kaneland High

Protesters call on CPS to cancel vote on Englewood school closings

Round Lake District 116 might alter elementary school start times

U46 board member upset over proposed social media guidelines

UI Senate resolution seeks action to stop Chief appearances

Knoxville High pursues plan for in-house alternative school

Illinois State grad students formally request union

DeKalb, Sycamore, NIU bus consolidation could leverage millions


All West Virginia schools closed for fourth straight day due to strike

Education Department launches investigation of Michigan State

States’ strong education systems often cost students

DeVos delays Obama-era rule on minority special-education students

New research offers hope to first-generation college graduates

States add restrictions to tuition-free college plans

Abolish middle school? Not so fast, new study says

Six must-have elements for high-quality, project-based learning


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