Friday, April 5, 2013

Science Faculty Discuss New National Standards
Three members of the Science Division joined other science leaders from around the state in Springfield on Wednesday to review new national science standards to be announced next week.

Sheila Edstrom, Dean Barr and Director of Science Steve Wood are part of the Illinois Adoption Committee for the Next Generation Science Standards. The committee is charged with reviewing the standards and making recommendations to the Illinois State Board of Education regarding their adoption. The committee looked at the implications of new standards on classroom practice; the potential learning benefit for students; and strategies for implementing the standards should they be adopted.

The committee’s recommendations will be made to the ISBE this spring, which will be forwarded to the state legislature, likely this summer. More details related to the development and content of the standards can be found at

Dance Moves Toward Deeper Levels of Learning
This week’s Lincolnshire Review has an article about the Dance Department’s trailblazing work within the Fine Arts Division to incorporate standards-based grading in its curriculum. Faculty member Angela Dauphin talked with the paper about how the move is meant to better assess how well students are learning, and to enhance student engagement.

Three Senior Entrepreneurs Earn Start-Up Funds
Three Stevenson seniors were among seven budding entrepreneurs from area high schools who received start-up funds last week from the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce. Tom Stawinski received funding for his “Battlefield Bandana,” a lightweight skullcap designed to keep sweat out of the eyes. He also was chosen to compete against other student entrepreneurs in the Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas Business Plan Competition at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York on May 4. Connor Lewis was awarded money for his Groupon-inspired BluZone, an app that alerts users to coupons offered within a half-mile radius of their current location. Jeffrey Epstein and his partner from Chicagoland Jewish High School were granted money to start a dance club, Infinity, in Lake Zurich. All of the students participated in the chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

WIT Pre-Order Deadline is Next Week
Friday, April 12 is the deadline to pre-order the 2013 edition of The WIT, Stevenson’s student literary arts magazine, and the WIT CD, a collection of student-created music. Both items are free and will be available this spring. Only those who pre-order will receive a complimentary copy. Click here to download the pre-order form.

PPA Bake Sale Help Needed
The next PPA bake sale is Wednesday, and parents are needed to donate either store-bought or home-baked goods. Sign up at this link. Questions? Contact chair Kelley Cole at

Alumni Gathering in Los Angeles Next Week
Plans have been finalized for next week’s first-ever Stevenson Alumni Association gathering in Los Angeles. The event will be held at Rush Street, a Chicago-influenced club in Culver City, on Friday, April 12. The RSVP deadline is Wednesday. Click here for details, and pass the link along to any alumni in SoCal that you know.

Faculty, Staff Members Visit China During Break
Ten faculty and staff members from Stevenson visited China during Spring Break, visiting two schools in addition to popular destinations. The group traveled to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Stevenson’s travel contingent included: Nancy Nortell, Nancy Eberhardt, Caroline Humes, Merle Klein, Lisa Thoss, Katie Bennett, Julisa Ruiz, Hector Vazquez, Jon Grice and Jill Lipman. Click here to see the group holding a Stevenson banner in Tiananmen Square.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer
Stevenson 6, Zion-Benton 0: Jenna Weiner scored two goals and assisted on another as the host Patriots (1-2-1, 1-1) won their first game of the season. Blake Klinsky had a goal and an assist for SHS (1-2-1, 1-1), while Sara Putwen, Rachel Blumenthal and Anne Geocaris also scored. Kya Suzuki, Megan Petrick, Emma Jaeger and Carolyn Briggs each had an assist. Goalkeepers Cori Calcaterra and Maddy Boutros combined for three saves in the shutout. – Daily Herald |linescore

Boys Tennis
Stevenson 5, Glenbrook North 2: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, Jeremy Bush earned a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 1 singles, while the top doubles tandem of Colin Harvey and Andrew Komarov was a 6-1, 6-3 winner. Other wins came from Josh Lieberman at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-0), Pawel Jaworski and Adam Maryniuk at No. 2 doubles (6-3, 6-1), and Benjamin Bush and Joshua Cheng at No. 4 doubles (6-1, 6-0). – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Antioch, 25-7, 25-16: The Patriots improved to 5-2. – Chicago Tribune

Antioch 13, Stevenson 7: The visiting Sequoits (4-1) rallied from a 7-2 deficit by scoring 11 runs in the final three innings. Abby O’Connor had two hits and drove in two runs for the Patriots (0-3). Taylor Koenigs had two hits, scored two runs and added a run batted in. Jordan Cortesi also had two hits and scored one run. – Daily Herald | linescore

Fremd 14, Stevenson 6: The visiting Vikings, coached by SHS alum Chris Piggott (Class of 1992), scored seven runs in the first inning en route to the nonconference victory. Sean Wilson doubled for the Patriots (2-2). – Daily Herald | linescore

Girls Lacrosse
Neuqua Valley 12, Stevenson 8 –

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson at Fenwick Varsity Tournament: St. Ignatius thumped the Patriots, 24-11, snapping a four-game winning streak and dropping SHS to 9-3. –

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson 13, Warren 6 – Daily Herald

Three Seniors in All-Star Basketball Games Tonight
You can watch senior basketball players Alex Elzinga, Kari Moffat and Andy Stempel play one more time tonight during the 2013 Lake County Senior Shootout All-Star Games at the College of Lake County. The girls game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys game at 8 p.m. If you can’t make it to the games, they will be broadcast live on HighSchoolCube.

SHS Picked to Host IHSA Boys Tennis Sectional
Stevenson has been chosen to host an IHSA boys tennis sectional May 17-18 at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. This will be the sixth time in the last seven years SHS has hosted a boys tennis sectional.


Don’t miss “An Evening of Jazz” tonight at 7:30 in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert will feature members of the jazz bands and vocal jazz ensembles.

The ninth annual Pat-Triathlon is just around the corner — Sunday, April 28. It’s free for Stevenson students, faculty and staff. The Pat-Triathlon consists of a 3-mile bike ride around campus, a 1-mile run on the Stadium track, and a 200-yard swim in the Patriot Aquatic Center. You can do all three events, or pair up with two others for a relay (one event per person). Click here to download the registration form. Turn in your completed form to Mr. Feigh or Ms. Mullins in the West Physical Welfare Office (Room 2108).

Get ready, because Mr. SHS is coming on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Tickets are $5, and they’re available at the Superstore.

Registration for the May 4 SAT exam closes today. The exam will be held at Stevenson. Click here to register. Late registration ends April 19.

Come see Anida Yoeu Ali and her “Art and Justice Tour” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Studio Theater by the Sports Center. Ali was born in Cambodia, grew up in the United States, and has now moved back to her native country. Admission is free.

Review sessions for AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics will be held Saturday in Room 7096. AP Micro will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and AP Macro will run from 1:30 to 3:30.

AP Government packets are available in Room 7080. AP Government review sessions will be every Wednesday at 7 a.m. and during 8th period on the ILC steps.

Here is the Driving Fact of the Week, presented by Operation Click and the Driver Education Department: The driving curfew for people under 18 is 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends!


Freshman parents: Wondering what the next three years have in store for your student? Join College Counselors Mr. Foltin, Mrs. Biemeret and Counselor Mrs. Scanio at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center for “Looking Ahead: Getting From Here to There!” The evening will take a look at how your freshman can maximize SHS resources and experiences to prepare for the next step after SHS: college!

Attention graduates of Daniel Wright Jr. High! The District 103 Oscar T. Bedrosian Memorial Scholarship electronic submission application is now available. Click here to apply. The deadline is today.


Peer Tutor executive board applications are available in the Learning Centers. They are due to Mrs. Butcher by Monday.

Are you a sophomore or junior who is open-minded, creative, compassionate, a good listener, and a leader? If so, pick up a Peer Helper application in Student Activities or online! Peer Helpers is a group that staffs the student lounge, runs school-wide awareness weeks, and helps peers deal with important issues. Applications are due Monday.


Which career is right for you? Register for an upcoming Career Exploration summer school course and explore careers in healthcare and medicine, business, law, STEM and visual arts. Students will be exposed to many different careers through a combination of field trips, classroom instruction and presentations from professionals.

Haven’t made plans for the summer yet? There are an abundance of career-related summer camps and courses available for high school students. Explore careers in architecture, healthcare, technology, business, forensics, science, engineering and more! Pick up information in the College/Career Center, visit the Career Exploration Website, or contact Diane Willock, Business Liaison, at for more details.

If you are interested in participating in a career shadow, applications are available in the CCC or through the Career Exploration web page ( Please contact Diane Willock at for more information.

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Acclaimed UIC history professor Robert Remini dies
Glen Ellyn district scolded for plans to take Wheaton College land
Emanuel defends Byrd-Bennett on school closings
Alumni get one last look at century-old school in Calumet Park

U.S. middle-class students fall short in global study
“Occupy DOE 2.0” protests outside Department of Education
Schools hungry to improve taste, nutrition of lunches
Catholic schools failing to keep up enrollment
University of Connecticut becomes, simply, UConn

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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