Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

Historic Year Continues for Two Students

Junior Govind Prabhakar and sophomore Arjun Nageswaran cemented their status as two of the world’s best young history students this summer.

Less than three months after helping Stevenson win the junior varsity national championship at the National History Bowl and Bee, the pair earned a slew of medals at the third International History Olympiad in Berlin, Germany.

Govind won seven medals and Arjun captured four during the nine-day competition from July 14-22, which featured various history-themed competitions. They were among 230 students representing 21 U.S. states and 22 countries.

Govind, a national champion in two events at the 2018 National History Bowl, won the gold medal in the Junior Varsity Overall Individual Championships, and Arjun was the silver medalist. The overall championship is based on combined results of the International History Bee World Championships, a 400-question battery exam, and a written exam.

Arjun won the gold medal in the International History Bee, with Govind taking silver. Govind was the gold medalist in the battery exam and written exam, and Arjun claimed silver in the latter event. The pair also led Team India to a gold medal in the JV International History Bowl and Hexathlon. They have dual citizenship in the United States and India.

Govind and Arjun captured several medals in optional competitions. Govind claimed gold in Recent History and German Military History, and earned bronze in Ancient History. Arjun won a silver medal in Classical Music History.

Off to a Positive Start?

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 beginning of any school year can be a difficult time for students and their families. A new school year, though sometimes overwhelming, can also be a great opportunity to change the way we communicate. Consider taking advantage of existing opportunities (car rides, dinner, commercial breaks, etc) for conversation. Show your teen that you are available to tune everything else out and listen only to what they have to say. Try a few of these strategies:

  • Listen rather than talk. This should be completely about them.
  • Refrain from advice giving; instead, ask non-judgmental questions that prompt them to think through the situation aloud with you. (i.e., “That sounds like a tough situation. Were you happy with how things turned out?”)
  • Show interest in what they are saying and affirm/agree with the parts of the conversation that you can. (i.e., “That’s cool” or “I love the way you did that.”)
  • If they are not open to conversation, don’t push. Rethink how you approached the situation and try a different strategy next time.

For more tips, check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health.


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Football Team Hungry for No. 30

The varsity Patriot football team begins pursuit of its 30th consecutive state playoff appearance with a season-opening home game Friday night against Palatine. (Season previews for each team: SHS – Pioneer Press | Daily Herald; PHS – Daily Herald) This is the second straight season the two schools have squared off in the season opener. Last year, Stevenson won 14-7 in Palatine and went on to finish the year with a 6-4 record. The Pirates ended 7-4. Friday’s game begins at 7:30 p.m., and will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on the NFHS Network platform. The game also can be heard on the school’s student radio station, WAES, 88.1 FM. Friday’s contest also has been selected as the Comcast Game of the Week, and will be shown live on Comcast Channel 100 and online at cn100.tv. The Comcast pregame show begins at 7:15. (The game will be replayed on Comcast Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday.) Prior to the game, Stevenson’s team and individual champions from the 2017-18 school year will be honored during the eighth annual Night of Champions ceremony. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Friday night also is Faculty Appreciation Night, with designated seating for teachers in the north end zone.


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Sophomore Class Board meets today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 8046.

Freshman Class Board is meeting after school today and Thursday in the College Career Center. New members are needed to help with Homecoming decorations!

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will hold its first meeting of the 2018-19 school year from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. We will be providing information on the events and activities planned for the year, and also will be making a DIY Yarn Wall Art. All students are welcome! Do you have any questions? Contact the faculty sponsor, Mrs. Erickson, at cerickson@d125.org.

Girls in STEAM is a club created to support young women interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, architecture and mathematics. The group meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Link Lab; its first meeting is this Wednesday.

The Interactive Gamers Club will be teaching students how to play the Pokemon card game during its meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204. Free decks of Pokemon cards will be given away to introduce students to the game. No experience is necessary to play.


Report: Illinois among top 10 “states of concern” over school violence

Mundelein High student charged after bomb threat

Priests accused of sexual abuse being moved away from Lisle school

Elmhurst voters to decide on $168.5M school construction plan

District 200 will ask voters to replace school after all

Lawsuit seeks to overturn Hinsdale district’s buffer zone decision

Arlington Heights district unveils fifth building addition since 2016

Saint Xavier University nursing school program expands

OPRF football coach will lead team six weeks after heart stopped

Bikers escort bullied teen to school in Streamwood


Should kids have homework? The great debate

EpiPen shortage concerns parents as students go back to school

Survey: One-third of teenagers don’t read books for pleasure any more

New finding: Most states don’t test new teachers on “science of reading”

Indiana voucher study shows sustained drop in math scores

University of Texas professors lose campus carry lawsuit

After district error, paper publishes hidden details on Parkland shooter

Wisconsin district creates political policy after campaign ad flap


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Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

Parent Open House Night Wednesday

Parents and guardians can meet their students’ teachers during the school’s annual Parent Open House Nights this month. The first night is set for Wednesday, with the second night scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30. Both evenings will run from 7-9:30 p.m.

For scheduling purposes, parents and guardians whose student’s last name begins with the letters A-L are asked to attend on Wednesday, and last names M-Z on Aug. 30. However, those who have scheduling conflicts can attend either night. Students do not attend the event.

Parents and guardians of freshmen and transfer students are invited to come early and meet with their student’s counselor from 6:15-6:45 p.m. each night. Counselor locations are listed on the Open House Nights web page. Parents also can refer to the Open House Night mailing sent home earlier this month.

On the days after each Open House Night, the school will operate on a late arrival schedule. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, and on Friday, Aug. 31. Bus routes will begin at 9:20 a.m. on the late arrival days.

SHS Family Struggles to Retrieve Father’s Body

A grieving Stevenson family whose patriarch died in Puerto Rico this summer has been struggling with the added burden of trying to get his body back. Rodney Vincent, the father of junior Jordan Vincent and 2016 graduate Tyler Vincent, died while on vacation in June. The circumstances of his death remain under investigation by San Juan police. According to this Pioneer Press report, Rodney Vincent was hit by a car. His body was found several days later, minus his wallet and any other identification. Vincent has been in a San Juan morgue since June 24, part of a backlog created by Hurricane Maria late last year.

Band, Color Guard Performance Tuesday Night

The annual Band and Color Guard Exhibition Night takes place Tuesday. A reception and information session for parents and guardians of students in the band and color guard will start in the Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. The Marching Patriots and Color Guard are scheduled to give a preview of their 2018 halftime show at 8 p.m. in the Stadium.

Students Create Tech Group to Help Others

Senior citizens and others who struggle with technology can get a helping hand from a group of youngsters started by two Stevenson students. Team STEM for All is a volunteer organization started last year by senior Alisa Wang and junior Emily Lu. Its purpose is to help those with limited technological knowledge become more adept at using mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices. Alisa and Emily have built a corps of student volunteers from Stevenson, as well as area high schools such as Vernon Hills, Glenbrook North and Conant. They were featured prominently in this Daily Herald article about Team STEM for All’s work with residents of a Barrington retirement community. Sophomore Brandon Lu (no relation to Emily) also was quoted. Two other SHS student volunteers mentioned at the Team STEM for All website, but not in the newspaper article, are juniors Emily Kang and Arden Chan. The group also plans to develop a mobile app for senior citizens that can provide instructions in different languages to help them solve common technical problems by themselves. The app also would provide reminders of doctor appointments, when to take medicines, and paying bills.

Parents, Guardians Must Turn In Required Health Forms

The SHS nursing staff reports that a significant percentage of freshman and transfer parents have not yet turned in their required Child Health Examination Form and Health Emergency Form. If these forms are not turned in by the state deadline of Oct. 15, their students may be excluded from school until the legal requirement is met. Visit our Medical and Health Forms web page to download the documents. Call the nurses at 847-415-4000 and ask for any of these extensions: 4019, 4025, 4028 or 4039.


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Saturday, Aug. 18 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Midlothian Challenge: The Patriots won the 14-team tournament championship at Midlothian Country Club, breaking a school record in the process. Stevenson posted a team score of 306, breaking the record for lowest 18-hole tournament score of 312 set in last week’s Prospect Knights Invitational. All five SHS golfers earned medals by finishing in the top 20. Sophomore Sophia Zhuang and junior Joyce Bai each shot a 76 to lead the Patriots. Sophomore Kelly Dong and freshman Emily Duan carded 77s, and junior Julia Yoo had an 84.

Friday, Aug. 17 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 158, Highland Park 164: Joyce Bai shot a 2-over-par 36 to tie for medalist honors as the host Patriots (1-0) won their 16th consecutive dual match dating back to the 2016 season. Joyce, a junior, shot even-par over the last six holes at Crane’s Landing Golf Course on the grounds of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. She birdied the par-4 fifth hole. Sophomore Kelly Dong had two birdies en route to recording a 38. She recorded a three on the par-4 opening hole, and added a two on the par-3 sixth. A trio of Pats posted 42s: junior Jackie Lee and sophomores Faith Wang and Sophia Zhuang. Junior Julia Yoo shot a 46. SHS won its final three matches of the 2016 season, then went 12-0 last year, the second perfect dual-match season in program history.

Boys Cross Country Fundraiser Thursday

The boys cross country program will hold a fundraiser at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Show this flyer, and 20 percent of the proceeds from your sale will go to the cross country team.


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Anime Club meets today after school in Room 1414. Join us for your favorite anime epics! Everyone is welcome!


Thursday is the last day to join football, boys or girls cross country, or girls swimming and diving. If you want to participate in those sports, please stop by the Athletic Office to ensure that all required paperwork is on file.


Report: CPS “failed to recognize” extent of sexual abuse problem

Rauner vetoes three education bills approved by General Assembly

Study: Most Illinois kindergarteners weren’t ready in 2017

New this year: Taxpayer dollars funding Illinois private schools

Parents concerned by accused priests living near Lisle school

UI-Springfield orders halt to feeding feral cats


The debate over tracking what students write on school devices

Judge orders amendment pulled from Florida ballot

Rural Alabama county open its first integrated public school

Virginia county approves plan to arm teachers

Students return to site of deadly Texas school shooting

Shooting at Florida high school football game leaves two injured

Decades-old sexual abuse alleged at Maryland private school

Saint Louis University installs Alexa in every student living space

Schools add laundromats to battle student absenteeism


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Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Seven Runners-Up at National FBLA Conference

Stevenson’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter had 26 students place in the top 10 at the 2018 FBLA National Leadership Conference this summer in Baltimore. Seven students were national runners-up: Junior Emily Kang (Database Design and Application), sophomores Bella Kim, Maxine Tam and Emily Hu (E-Business), and 2018 graduates Vikram Thanigaivelan (3D Animation), and Anita Fang and Pranathi Posa (Marketing). The competition included more than 10,000 competitors from the United States and abroad. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s top 10 finishers.

Alumnus Ties For Third at National Chess Tournament

2018 graduate Alex Bian tied for third at the U.S. Junior Chess Championships in St. Louis. This was the first appearance at the national championships for Bian, who helped lead Stevenson’s chess team to a third-place finish at the Illinois High School Association tournament in February. Before heading to St. Louis, Bian appeared on CLTV’s “Sports Feed” with SHS alum Josh Frydman (Class of 2007) and Jarrett Payton. Alex is a freshman at the University of California-Berkeley this fall.

A Summer of SHS “Shout Outs”

The Pioneer Press has a regular “Shout Out” feature that follows a short question-and-answer format with noteworthy area residents. Several people with Stevenson connections were part of Shout Outs during the summer. The latest example is senior Olivia Lamberti, featured Thursday for her award-winning piece on racism. Other recent Shout Outs include science teacher Kristen One (Class of 2010), who led 15 students from Stevenson’s Free the Children Club on a community service trip to Ecuador; Andrew Fensterle (Class of 2015), who works at his family’s Dairy Queen in Northbrook and is next in line to be in charge; Madeline Gutierrez (Class of 2018), who was named Miss Vernon Hills during the summer; and Andrew Starykowicz (Class of 2000), a professional triathlete who has overcome being hit by a truck and being detained in Saudi Arabia.


Alumnus Vivian Wang graduated from Stevenson in 2013, not 2012 as reported in Thursday’s Digest.


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Girls Golf Team Has Record-Setting Start

The varsity girls golf team got off to a great start last week, breaking the school record for best 18-hole tournament score (312) during a third-place finish at the Prospect Knights Invitational. With four returning regulars from last year’s team that finished 12th in the state and won the North Suburban Conference championship, head coach Emma Degen’s squad is poised for another promising season. Read the Daily Herald’s Lake County girls golf preview.

Senior Part of PAC Relay at Nationals

Senior Ashley Carollo swam one leg on the Patriot Aquatic Club girls medley relay team that finished 14th at the USA Swimming/Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., earlier this month. Ashley has earned five state medals in her first three seasons at SHS. Last year, she finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and was part of the 11th-place 400 free relay team.

Watch the Patriots on NFHS Network

Many SHS sporting events will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network during the 2018-19 school year. Visit www.nfhsnetwork.com to see how you can become a subscriber and enjoy Patriots action on your computer or mobile device.


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Dance Company Auditions Next Week

Do you love to dance and make dances? Come out for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies! Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:45-6 p.m. each day in Room 2010. Come ready to dance and bring one minute of your own movement. Email Mrs. Rothwell at jrothwell@d125.org with any questions.

Freshman Mixer Tonight

All ninth-grade students are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, which runs from 7-9 p.m. tonight in the Wood Commons. Admission is free, but a Stevenson ID is needed to get in. Remember: This is a lock-in event. Once students arrive, they may not leave until the event ends. The Freshman Mixer is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association.


Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, will hold informational meetings next week. Meetings will be held from 3:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, and from 7:45-8:15 a.m. next Friday. Both meetings will be held in the West Faculty Dining Room. Any interested students must attend one of these sessions. Questions can be directed to the Best Buddies sponsor, Miss Aronson, at jaronson@d125.org.

The bass fishing team will have an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2918. Contact the coach, Mr. Mural, at cmural@d125.org if you have questions.

What is Catalyst? It’s all about using education to lead a healthy life. Watch this 27-second video for more information.


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.


Thousands of ninth-grade seats in CPS to remain empty

Harper College wants tax increase to stay, to fund $180M in upgrades

TRS chalks up 8.1% fiscal-year return, misses benchmark

New discipline policy in Urbana schools: No deans or suspensions

School dance team’s photos with police vehicle causes uproar

Last known witness to historic University of Chicago nuclear reaction dies


NYU medical school offering free tuition to all students

How artificial intelligence is changing teaching

School without grade levels? North Dakota district makes bold changes

Panicked universities adding thousands of majors to attract students

Georgia high school students can now earn “career-ready” diplomas

More pressure on accreditors in changing higher ed landscape

Washington district shortens school week to four days

Six strategies to help introverts thrive at school and feel understood

Colorado university offers nation’s first outdoor industry MBA

Florida school threatened after turning away child with dreadlocks


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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Five Earn Medals at FCCLA National Conference

Five current and former SHS students captured gold medals at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference this summer in Atlanta. 2018 graduate Lauren Stein placed third in the nation in the Interior Design event, designing and creating a sustainable home design to present to judges at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She also earned a $1,000 scholarship. Click here to see the other medal winners.

Bulls Tickets Among Freshman Mixer Prizes

Four tickets to a Chicago Bulls game will be among the prizes available for ninth-graders who attend the Class of 2022 Freshman Mixer from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons. The annual event, sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association, features music, games and a great chance for freshmen to meet their classmates. Any parents or guardians interested in volunteering, or who have questions about the mixer, can contact Karyn Gitler at karyntg@aol.com or Julie Walsh at cjwalsh@prodigy.net.  The Freshman Mixer is a lock-in event which means once students arrive, they will remain at the event until the end. Admission is free but all students must present their student ID. Freshman Mixer Flyer

Alum Lands on “40 Under 40” List in New York

New York Times reporter Vivian Wang (Class of 2013) has been named to the 2018 “Albany 40 Under 40” List by City & State, which covers the state of New York’s political scene. The 40 are considered leaders under age 40 in elected office, state government, labor or business, academia, government affairs and journalism. Wang, stationed in New York’s state capital since January, joined the Times after graduating from Yale University in 2017.

Campus Traffic Safety Reminders

With hundreds of vehicles coming on and off the Stevenson campus before and after school, the Lincolnshire Police Department offers these safety reminders for drivers and pedestrians.


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Varsity Sports Teams Excel in Classroom

All 13 varsity spring sports teams had a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during their season, earning Team Academic Achievement Awards from the Illinois High School Association. Overall, 30 of 31 SHS varsity teams that were eligible received Team Academic Achievement Awards during the 2017-18 school year. Since the IHSA started the award in the 2004-05 school year, 10 Stevenson sports have won it every year: girls badminton, boys and girls golf, girls soccer, softball, boys tennis, girls and boys track and field, boys volleyball and girls water polo.

Alum Named to Preseason All-America Team

Wheaton College defensive lineman Patrick O’Connell (Class of 2015) has been named to the preseason NCAA Division III All-America first team by D3football.com. O’Connell plays for Wheaton College, which went 8-2 last year and is ranked 18th in this year’s preseason poll. The sophomore, who transferred to Wheaton from Ball State, started all 10 games for the Thunder last fall, recording 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.


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Student iPads Only Connect to One Network

Your SHS-issued iPad is configured to connect to the Student network, which is available campus-wide and exclusively in classrooms. Do not connect your SHS iPad to any other network on campus, in particular Public or Visitor. Trying to connect your SHS iPad to the Public or Visitor network will lock the iPad out of connecting to any network on campus, and will require a visit to the SMARTdesk to resolve the issue. If the iPad must be reset, all data may be lost.


College representatives are coming to the College Career Center this fall to meet with interested students. Indiana University will have a representative here on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and the University of California at Berkeley has someone coming on Monday, Sept. 10. To see the list of all colleges coming to visit, and to sign up to meet with a representative, visit the College Rep Visits web page.


Sophomore Class Board will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday in Room 8046-48 to work on Homecoming decorations. New members are always welcome! Email Mrs. Caballero at jcaballero@d125.org or Ms. Croak at ccroak@125.org if you have questions.

Are you interested in social and political issues surrounding women? If so, please join the SHS Lean In Feminism Club at its first meeting of the year after school today in Room 2702! Meetings are on the first and third Thursday of every month. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mrs. Maxwell-Carlson at emaxwell@d125.org.


Want to Play Intramural Golf?

The information meeting for Intramural Golf will be held at 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday in Room 6014. Visit the Student Activities Office for more information.


Hawthorn District 73 referendum seeks $48M for renovations, expansions

Elmhurst district postpones referendum vote after superintendent revelation

Lawsuit leads District 200 to reverse course on building without voter OK

Demand high for half of Chicago high schools; 10 get almost no interest

Students return to flood-ravaged school in Round Lake Park

College of Lake County board member receives national award

How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys

How you’re supposed to drive around school buses

Night football proposal draws concern on Champaign City Council

Longtime Lexington coach, teacher dies

Starz documentary about Oak Park and River Forest High set to air


Juul use becomes “rampant” in schools

California cut student suspensions 46%, but “discipline gap” remains

Indianapolis high school copes after enrollment doubles in one year

New website helps teachers talk about 9/11 with new generation

Anonymous donor gives $100 to every teacher in Kentucky district

Three Virginia schools cancel football season, citing lack of interest


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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Guo Named Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois

Senior Dora Guo won the Distinguished Young Women of Illinois contest on July 31. By winning the state competition, she earned a place in the DYW national finals next June in Mobile, Ala. Dora qualified for the state competition by winning the DYW of Vernon Hills title earlier in the summer. She was one of 11 state finalists, who were evaluated in the areas of scholastics, personal interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.

Dora is president of the Catalyst substance abuse prevention club, and also is a member of the Freshman Mentor Program, and Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment (FIRE). She also is a dancer, and performed a traditional Mongolian dance during the talent portion of the DYW competition.

Lamberti Honored in IATE Prose Contest

Senior Olivia Lamberti was named a winner in the 2018 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Prose and Poetry Contest. She was honored for her piece, “All for One, One for All: Reparations Must Acknowledge Racism’s Reach.”

Trio From Catalyst Give Talk at EIU

Three students from Stevenson’s Catalyst club gave a presentation to more than 100 of their peers at the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute mid-year conference on July 25. Juniors Vrushali Thakkar and Victor Shi, and sophomore Rebekah Jin, led a session entitled “Cannibust: Busting the Myths of Teen Marijuana Use.” More than 500 students attend the conference, held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Alum Earns Two Research Grants

University of Michigan student Gillian Rubenstein (Class of 2017) received two awards to help fund her ovarian research project this summer. She received the Histochemical Society’s Capstone Research Grant, and also earned the Marcia L. Storch, MD Scholarship Fund for Undergraduate Women from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her project, “Optimization of fixation conditions to detect hyaluronan in a tissue-specific manner,” focuses on the ovary and reproductive aging. Rubenstein is a research assistant in Michigan’s Shikanov Lab, and this summer served as an undergraduate research assistant at Feinberg.


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Skala Named New Baseball Coach

Stevenson High School has named Nick Skala as its new head baseball coach. Skala replaces Patrick Block, who stepped down in June after three seasons at the helm. Skala has been a member on the varsity coaching staff the past four seasons, serving as lead pitching coach. Prior to joining the SHS staff, Skala coached for one year at his college alma mater, Concordia University Chicago in River Forest. Skala was one of the top players in Concordia history, winning conference player of the year honors in 2011. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles the same year. Read more about the new baseball coach.

Football Team No. 11 in NBC Sports Chicago Poll

Stevenson’s football team is ranked No. 11 in the NBC Sports Chicago Preps Top 25 preseason power rankings. Second-year head coach Josh Hjorth returns 15 starters from last year’s 6-4 squad, which extended the school’s state playoff-qualifying streak to 29 consecutive seasons, longest in Illinois. Nine starters return on offense, including junior running back JM Etienne and senior quarterback Cole Okmin. Defensively, senior outside linebacker Maema Njongmeta is considered the leader. He has received multiple offers from Division I schools. The Patriots open their season at home Friday, Aug. 24 against Palatine, which also marks the Stevenson Athletics’ eighth annual Night of Champions.

Boys Cross Country Fundraiser at Portillo’s

The boys cross country team is holding a fundraiser at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Bring in this flyer or show it on your phone, and 20 percent of the sale will go to the team.

Basketball Alum Breaks Record at Indiana

Indiana University sophomore basketball player Justin Smith (Class of 2017) broke the program record for maximum vertical leap in July. Smith leaped 48 inches off the ground, breaking the old record of 42 inches. His vertical also tied the NBA combine record.


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Update Your Student iPad

All students should update their SHS iPads to iOS 11.4.1. Need help? Stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link Lab.

Transfer Student Resource Fair on Monday

All transfer students in grades 10-12 are invited to the Transfer Student Resource Fair on Monday, Aug. 20. The fair starts at 7:45 a.m. and will run through first period in Room 2104. During the fair, transfer students will have the opportunity to interact with one another, and be introduced (or reintroduced) to their counselor. They’ll also learn about SPINS, the Transfer Student Group, co-curricular activities and athletics, and other important resources and supports available at SHS. Breakfast will be served!

Student Aides Needed for School Library

The West ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper ILC for an application. This is a paid position.


The SHS Flag Football League informational meeting will take place at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 in Room 2104. Team packets will be distributed at this meeting. Questions? Stop by the Student Activities Office.


The Patriot eSports competitive online gaming club is gearing up for this year. The group’s first meeting of the year is after school Wednesday, Aug. 22 in Room 7026. This meeting is only for students who believe they can be a team captain, and who already have at least a partial roster in a competitive online game (PC only). So, if you feel like you can lead a team, please stop by. General club meeting dates will be announced later.

Anyone interested in working crew for the fall play and musical, or interested joining Stagecrafters, should stop by the Recital Hall after school Friday for a short meeting. Crew will begin Monday in the Performing Arts Center scene shop. Please contact Ms. Evans at aevans@d125.org with any questions.


Libertyville High might turn swimming pool into new athletic space

Highland Park High dealing with mold issue days before school opens

Voters rejected new school twice, but district building it anyway

McHenry County College ready to open state-of-the-art science facility

SIU board of trustees discusses “road map” to pick new president

IHSA punishes 17 schools for summer basketball violations

Public radio station may be leaving Bradley University campus


It’s back to school in Parkland, but hardly back to normal

Government wants to teach students “mass casualty survival techniques”

Oklahoma school shuts down after parents threaten transgender student

“Airbnb for preschool” gets $20M in seed funding

University of Iowa non-tenure faculty claim win with new benefits

Move to cloud-based materials saves Ohio University $1M annually

Lunch lady sisters accused of stealing nearly $500K from cafeterias


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Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

16 From HOSA Earn National Awards

Sixteen members of the HOSA (Future Health Professionals) club earned awards at the 41st annual International Leadership Conference held June 27-30 in Dallas. Ten students finished in the top 10 in their health science events, led by sophomore Seohyun (Bella) Kim, who was second in Dental Terminology. Click here to see all the other award winners.

Fall Play Cast List Announced

The 10-member cast of the fall play, Distracted, was selected after auditions earlier this month. The cast will feature seniors Amira Hady, Nikolette Olson and Ananya Shah; juniors Riley Clark, Emily Feldman, Omer Israel and Becca Malkin; sophomores Marina Halama and Rachel Weisberg; and freshman Hailee Zuber. Distracted will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 13-15. Curtain time will be 7 p.m. each night in the Black Box Theater.

Special Night for Parents of Transfer Students

Parents and guardians of transfer students in grades 10-12 are invited to attend Transfer Parent Night from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. They’ll have the opportunity to learn more about SHS and its resources, ask questions, and meet fellow transfer parents.

Alumni Partnership Tackles Mental Illness, Suicide  

Chicagoans who need mental health information and support are getting an assist from two members of Stevenson’s Class of 2003. Carl Evans is the co-founder of Sip of Hope Coffee Bar, which opened last spring in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The coffee shop donates 100 percent of its proceeds to Hope For The Day, founded in 2011 by Jonathan Boucher. Hope For The Day is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health education.

Activity Period Wednesday for Safety Drills

The school will follow the activity period schedule on Wednesday. Lockdown, tornado and fire drills will take place during the activity period.


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Monday, Aug. 13 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Rolling Green Invitational: The Patriots placed fifth among 13 teams at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. Senior Mark Noonan led SHS with a 75, and finished 10th overall. Seniors Jackson Bussell, Alex Kim and sophomore Conan Pan all recorded 80s. Sophomore Billy Fishbein shot an 82 and junior Andrew Babbo recorded an 85. Stevenson’s top four golfers recorded a team score of 315, 22 strokes behind first-place St. Viator. Loyola Academy was second (303), Glenbrook North took third (308) and Glenbrook South finished fourth (309). Hersey hosted the tournament. – Daily Herald

Stanhope Earns National Tennis Coaching Honor

Tom Stanhope, who guided the girls tennis team to the Class 2A state championship last fall, was named National High School Girls Tennis Coach of the Year in June. The honor came from the National High School Coaches Association. He is the first Illinois girls tennis coach to win the national award. Stanhope led Stevenson to its first girls tennis state title in his eighth and final season as head coach. He stepped down after capturing the crown, but continues to lead the boys tennis program.

Sophomore Wrestler Earns National Honor

Sophomore Sara Sulejmani was the national runner-up in the 138-pound category at the 2018 USA Wrestling U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Women’s Nationals wrestling tournament in July. Her second-place finish at North Dakota State University is the latest honor for Sara, who placed third at 146 pounds at the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Association girls state tournament in March.

Baseball Alum Honored in Minnesota

SHS baseball alumnus Joey Bonadonna (Class of 2004) was honored by the Duluth Huskies with Joey Bonadonna Bobblehead Night last month. Bonadonna played four seasons with the collegiate summer league team, and holds several franchise records, including most games played, runs scored and stolen bases.


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Don’t Be an Ogre, Be Part of “Shrek the Musical”

Auditions for the fall musical, Shrek the Musical, begin Monday — but students should attend a special workshop after school Thursday to get ready. For students who prefer to work behind the scenes, help is needed with set design, lighting, sound and other technical tasks. Students can find all the information for auditions and tech crew sign-up on the auditions and rehearsals page.

Want to Help Your Sender School?

Are you interested in being part of Red Ribbon Week and Snow Flake at our sender schools? If you are interested, please consider joining Stevenson Peer Theater. The group meets on Wednesdays after school in Room 2516. The first meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 22. All are welcome! No experience is necessary. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley at tfoley@d125.org.

Want to Audition for a Jazz Group?

Students who aren’t in the band program, but play piano, guitar or bass, are invited to audition for one of the school’s jazz ensembles. Visit this link for audition information, including music samples. The deadline to submit an audition video is Friday, Aug. 24.


If you would like to be one of the faces on the morning announcements, sign up today for an audition with the Stevenson Network News. Visit this link for more information about SNN, and a link to the online application. Questions? Contact Mr. Fairchild at pfairchild@d125.org or Mr. Aronoff at raronoff@d125.org.

Do you like to paint, photograph, draw or design? The Poster Design Club will hold its first meeting after school Wednesday in Room 6016. Contact Ms. Sturlis at nsturlis@d125.org if you have questions.


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Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Niche National Rankings List SHS at No. 9

For those who might have missed this earlier in the month, Stevenson is ranked No. 9 in Niche’s fifth annual rankings of the top public high schools in America. SHS is the fourth-highest Illinois school in the rankings, behind only three selective-enrollment institutions: the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Walter Payton College Prep and Northside College Prep. Read this article for details.

Scholastic Bowl Team Sixth at National Tournament

One of Stevenson’s two Scholastic Bowl teams finished sixth at the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence’s annual National Scholastic Championship held June 2-3 in Reston, Va.

Stevenson’s “A” team with May graduates Deepak Moparthi and Chris Muth, senior Olivia Lamberti and junior Govind Prabhakar won 14 of its 20 games during the tournament, and was the only Illinois squad to finish in the top 30. The quartet won all seven of its preliminary games, and went 4-1 in the first playoff round to reach the super playoffs before finishing sixth.

The “B” team of seniors Emily Luo and Melanie Wang, and sophomores Daniel Ding, Healey Kogan, David Lee and Arjun Nageswaran also competed.

Stevenson finished second at the National Scholastic Championship in 2016 and was 10th last year.

Two New School Board Members Appointed

The new school year brings with it two new members of the District 125 Board of Education. Heena Agrawal and Amy Neault, who were appointed in June, are parents of current SHS students. Read this article to learn more about them. Agrawal and Neault replaced Merv Roberts and Bruce Lubin. Roberts resigned in June, citing his declining eyesight for the decision to step down after serving for 37 years. Lubin resigned in May after accepting chairmanship of the board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Senior’s Play to be Performed in Skokie

A play written by senior Elliott Koriath has been selected to be staged at the Skokie Theatre’s fourth annual Short Play Festival this weekend. “Murphy’s Law,” which made its debut at the school’s One Acts last spring, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. The Skokie Theater is located at 7924 Lincoln Ave. in Skokie, near the Skokie Public Library and just south of Oakton Street.


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Friday, Aug. 10 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Illinois Junior Golf Association Prep Tour High School Showcase: At Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle, the Patriots posted the second-best round in the “North vs. South” tournament. SHS, which finished third in Class 3A last year, had a score of 296, five strokes behind defending 3A champion Hinsdale Central. The two teams led an eight-school “North” team to a 15-stroke victory over eight schools from the southern part of the state. Defending 3A state champion Jackson Bussell, now a senior, led Stevenson with an even-par 72, good for 10th place overall and only three strokes away from first. Classmates Mark Noonan and Alex Kim were close behind with 73s. Sophomores Conan Pan and Bill Fishbein each shot a 78 and junior Andrew Babbo had a 79. – Hillsboro Journal-News | Mattoon Journal Gazette and Times Courier

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Prospect Knights Invitational: The Patriots opened their season with a third-place finish at Mt. Prospect Golf Course. SHS finished with a team score of 312, behind St. Charles North (300) and New Trier (307). Sophomores Kelly Dong and Sophia Zhuang were part of a three-way tie for fourth place overall. Each recorded a 4-over-par 74. Junior Joyce Bai carded an 80, and freshman Emily Duan shot an 82. Other Patriot competitors included junior Julia Yoo (85) and sophomore Faith Wang (93).

Stensby Breaks State Records at National Swim Meet

State champion swimmer Topher Stensby finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle with a record-breaking effort at the USA Swimming/Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., this month. The senior, representing the Patriot Aquatic Club, broke two 30-year-old Illinois Swimming records in the 50 free. His time of 22.99 seconds broke the 18-and-under and 17-18 record times of 23.11 set in 1988. Topher also finished eighth in the 100-meter freestyle. Topher won his second straight Illinois High School Association state championship in the 50-yard freestyle in February, and also captured the 100 freestyle title.


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Request a Hallway Locker Starting Thursday

Would you like a hallway locker? Check your SHS email on Thursday for the hallway locker survey. You’ll have the chance to request a locker in a hallway that’s convenient for your schedule. The locker survey deadline is Sunday, and lockers will start to be assigned on Monday.


The Boys Badminton Club will hold its informational meeting from 3:30-3:45 p.m.  Thursday in Room 8026 or 8030. At the meeting, club information and meeting dates/times will be distributed. Feel free to email Mr. Johnson with any questions at grjohnson@d125.org.

The Interactive Gamers Club will hold its first meeting of the year from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204. There will be a free giveaway of Magic: the Gathering cards (plus a tutorial on how to play the game), and RPG groups will be formed. Contact Mr. Fedewa with questions at rfedewa@d125.org


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