Thursday, August 22, 2013

Class of 2013 Records Highest ACT Score in School History
Stevenson High School’s Class of 2013 earned the highest composite ACT score in school history, and set new records in three of the four sections of the college entrance examination. Click here to see ACT results for the past 20 years.

Stevenson’s composite score for the Class of 2013 was 26.5, topping the old mark of 26.2 reached in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The state average was 20.6 and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national average scores declined. The ACT scoring scale is 1 to 36.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment that reflects well on the excellent work our teaching staff does in the classroom every day,” said District 125 Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell. “We’re very pleased with our results, but at the same time, we realize that there is a lot of work to do because not all of our students are performing at the level we want them to reach.”

The Class of 2013 received all-time high scores on the mathematics, reading and science sections of the exam. The mathematics score was 27.2, topping the previous best of 27.0 set in 2010 and equaled last year. Students posted record scores of 25.8 in reading and science. The reading score surpassed the old mark of 25.7 set in 2010, while the science score broke the previous record of 25.3 from each of the last two years.

Stevenson’s Class of 2013 narrowly missed tying the school record in English, posting a 26.5. The high mark of 26.6 was set in 2011 and matched last year.

Stevenson Starts 49th Year
Stevenson High School began its 49th year of service to the community this morning. The school’s official enrollment won’t be determined until the sixth day of classes, which is Friday, August 30. Last year’s official enrollment was 3,881, and this year’s is expected to be less. This fall, the district will receive updated enrollment projections from Dr. John Karsarda, the North Carolina-based demographer who has worked with SHS and some of its consortium districts for more than 20 years. Kasarda’s most recent projections, released in January 2012, showed a “most likely” enrollment of 3,811 for this year.

SHS Mentioned in Article on Tablet Devices
Stevenson is mentioned in a Daily Herald article today about the rise of iPads and other tablet devices in suburban schools.  This year, all freshmen and sophomores, plus juniors and seniors enrolled in qualifying courses, were issued iPads as part of the school’s SMART program. Last year, about 750 students enrolled in three courses — Spanish 2, Anatomy and Physiology, and Advanced Placement Music Theory — received iPads on a trial basis. This year, approximately 3,000 iPads have been issued to students.

New Band Director Featured
The Lincolnshire Review last week published a feature article on the school’s new Band Director, Dr. Sonny Petway. Dr. Petway isn’t new to Stevenson, however. He served as assistant band director last year under Jeff Slepak, who retired in June. Petway taught for 22 years in Georgia before taking the Stevenson position. Also new to the band program this year is Caitlin McGovern, who worked for Westmont Consolidated School District 201 last year. Petway and McGovern are joined by veteran SHS Associate Band Director Debbie Durham. The trio wrapped up the annual Band and Color Guard Camp with a public performance in the Stadium Monday night.

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SHS-Simeon Rematch Set for City-Suburban Showdown
Stevenson’s varsity boys basketball team will face Simeon in a rematch of last winter’s IHSA Class 4A state championship game during the 19th annual McDonald’s City-Suburban showdown next February. The Patriots, who finished 29-5 and reached the title game for the first time, return most of their roster, including juniors Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw. Simeon lost all five starters, but adds a new crop of standouts from its 31-0 sophomore squad. The game will be played February 22 at Niles West High School, and will be the nightcap of a doubleheader that features Lake Forest against Marian Catholic in the first contest. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Boys Golf Team Wins Season-Opening Tournament
The varsity boys golf team won the season-opening Hersey Invitational by 10 strokes over Glenbrook North at Rolling Glen on Monday. Three Patriots finished in the top 10: Jerry Pan and Luke Feder each shot a 1-under-par 71, and took sixth and seventh, respectively. Kamaren Sandhu recorded a 74, good for eighth place. Jason Gohde added a 76 for head coach John Rueth’s squad.

Marquardt Commits to Eastern Michigan Golf Team
Nikki Marquardt, a senior on the varsity girls golf team, opened her final prep season with an exclamation point on Monday. The four-year varsity player earned medalist honors in a match with Highland Park by carding a 2-under-par 33 at Crane’s Landing. Later in the day, she made an oral commitment to continue her playing career at Eastern Michigan University.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Information and Learning Center (ILC) will stay open until 6:30 p.m. on school days starting Monday, August 26.

The Testing Center opens Monday, August 26. The Testing Center will stay open until 5:30 p.m.

Are you interested in learning more about leadership, effective communication, goal setting and relationship building? Sign up for the Student Leadership Academy. Meetings are held Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m. An application can be picked up in Student Activities or click here to download one. The application deadline is September 11.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Would you like to do your own science experiments?  Are you interested in competing in Science research competitions? Science REACH (formerly known as Science Club) will have its first meeting on Wednesday, August 28 after school in Room 1912. If you cannot attend, please contact Mrs. Palffy in the Math/Science office.

Boys Badminton Club informational meetings will be held Tuesday, August 27 from 3:30-4:00, and on Wednesday, August 28 from 7:15-7:45 a.m. Both meetings are in Room 2113. Please attend one of the two meetings if interested or contact Coach Johnson.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League information meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28 in Room 2113.

The Co-Ed Golf Club introductory meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 in Room 6012.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Illinois ACT scores post biggest drop in a decade
DeKalb teachers, school board face August 28 contract deadline
Civic Federation analysis: CPS finances are a mess
CPS removes Olympic hero’s name from school
U46 chief of equity and social justice aims to close achievement gaps
No device found at Illinois State after bomb threat
Southern Illinois adds first all-inclusive changing room
U. of Illinois aims for salsa serving record

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Obama proposes college financial aid rating system
Poll: Most Americans have never heard of Common Core standards
College Board enters expanding common assessment market
21 Detroit schools to stay open 7 days a week

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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