Senate Bill 16

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Invitation to School District Senate Bill 16 Presentation – Oct 30
Legislative Forum on Senate Bill 16 – Oct 21

Dear Stevenson Community,

A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.

When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.

-On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.

-On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.

Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

PTA Newsletter

Posted October 16th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Click here for the latest PTA newsletter!


Principal’s message

Posted October 16th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

We would like to thank all the parents and students for joining us for Student-Led Conferences. As a staff, we were really excited to see our students take ownership in explaining their reading, math, and other goals for the year while sharing success stories. We value the partnership we have with parents in ensuring our students’ success.

PTA Family Trunk or Treat Night
The PTA is sponsoring their 2nd annual Truck or Treat Night. Come out and join us for a fun-filled evening. More information is found in the above newsletter link.

We are so proud of all the students who are making it to school on time. We are off to a great start. Our instructional day begins promptly each morning and being on time is very important. As a reminder the tardy bell rings at 8:40.

Senate Bill 16
Here is the link to Superintendent DuRoss’ article about Senate Bill 16:

Have a wonderful week!
Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

October 9 Broadcast

Posted October 13th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

View this broadcast for information regarding the PTA Reflections program!

October 6 Broadcast

Posted October 7th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Lunch Supervisors Needed

Posted October 7th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Lunch supervisors are needed for Stevenson’s second lunch period from 11:45-12:30.  Supervisors be able to work Monday through Friday. Please come in to the Stevenson school office to pick up an application if you are interested.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Posted October 7th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Parent teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10. This is a great time to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their learning goals for the year. We encourage our students to attend their conference with their parent or guardian. Please make sure to be on time for conferences! Looking forward to seeing you!

October 3rd Announcements

Posted October 6th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Newsletter from the PTA

Posted September 28th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

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Principal’s message

Posted September 28th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

What a terrific week we have had! We’ve concluded MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing today and we’re extremely proud of the effort students put forth on their tests. This information will be utilized by our students to set their academic goals in the areas of Math and Reading. These goals will be shared with you during our student led conferences which are held on Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10. If your child is in grades 4-6, you will be receiving your child’s ISAT scores in the mail this weekend.

Stevenson Book Fair: Volunteers Needed

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair on Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10. We are looking for volunteers to help us during our fair. If you are available to help, please contact our library resource teacher, Mrs. Rivera at

Superintendent’s Article on Senate Bill 16 – District 54 would lose $12.5 million

Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.

Erin’s Law Lessons

All classrooms will once again be providing a lesson in response to Erin’s law. Like last year, children’s literature and age appropriate questions will guide our teachers and staff through the presentation of this lesson. Parents will be notified of the lesson date by their child’s teacher prior to the lesson taking place.

District 54 Executive Director of Special Education Cassandra Williams will discuss the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum during a Schaumburg Parent University parents-only presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. During this presentation, parents will learn about the lessons that District 54 adopted in response to Erin’s Law, which requires child sexual abuse education in school for all children. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

School Safety

In our school environment our first priority is to ensure our students are safe when they are with us. This week our students and staff have gotten use to a new system to ensure we are as safe and secure as can be. All classroom doors are locked and remained closed throughout the school day. This measure has tightened up our building so that teachers can maintain a secure environment all day. Additionally, your child brought home a letter explaining the procedures that take place when we relocate the students and staff during an emergency. Please do not hesitate to connect with me if you have any questions.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin