Friday, August 23, 2013

Record Number of Grads Enrolled at UI
A record number of new Stevenson graduates are attending the University of Illinois this fall, according to the SHS College/Career Center’s annual report. There are 153 Patriots in Champaign; the group represents 18% of all Class of 2013 graduates bound for four-year institutions. They are among more than 7,000 freshmen that moved in at UI on Thursday.

Overall, 96% of the Class of 2013 is college-bound, with 88% attending four-year schools and 8% attending two-year schools. The percentage of college-bound students in 2012 was 97%. A total of 967 members of the Class of 2013 participated in the College/Career Center survey. Twenty-three students, or 2.4% of the graduating class, did not report their post-secondary plans.

Click here to read more from the College/Career Center report

Summer School Attendance Down, As Expected
The number of students attending summer school this year fell to its lowest level since 2000, an unsurprising fact in light of the school’s continued enrollment decline. A total of 1,298 students enrolled in summer school, taking a course during one or both semesters. Last year, there were 1,533 students in summer school.

Roughly two-thirds of all incoming freshmen enrolled in summer school. Six hundred and thirty-nine incoming freshmen attended summer school, or 68% of the Class of 2017. Last year, 72% of incoming freshmen (672) were in summer school.

Click here to read the entire 2013 summer school report

Mementos From Freshman Mentors
It’s hard to tell who was more excited about Freshman Orientation Day on Wednesday, the incoming Class of 2017 or their upperclassmen mentors. Based on these photos on our Facebook page, we’re leaning toward the mentors.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf
Fremd 158, Stevenson 191: At Highland Woods, Nikki Marquardt shot a 3-over-par 39 to lead the Patriots. She finished one stroke out of medalist honors. Stephanie Namkoong and Alexia Fidman each carded a 50, and Surya Vijayasankar had a 52. – Daily Herald

Football Team Entering New Territory
The varsity football team’s pursuit of an Illinois state championship begins next week in Wisconsin. The Patriots will travel 35 miles north to Kenosha on Friday, August 30 to take on Indian Trail High School. The Hawks, entering their second varsity season, open the 2013 campaign tonight. (Click here for directions and other information)

Stevenson enters this season with high hopes after finishing last year with an 8-3 record and 24th straight state playoff appearance that ended with a second-round loss to eventual IHSA runner-up Glenbard North. Coach Bill McNamara’s ballclub is ranked No. 25 in USA Today’s Illinois state rankings, and checks in at No. 8 with “Edgy Tim” from CSN Chicago.

Speaking of CSN Chicago, the Pats will be a regular feature on the network this season. Stevenson has been selected to be one of the schools featured on CSN Chicago’s “Drive” program. The first “webisode” is scheduled to run Friday, August 30.

The Patriots many key players from last year’s squad, including two who made verbal commitments to college programs this summer. Matt Morrissey, a safety and wide receiver who earned all-state honors in 2012, will play for Michigan State University, where his father, former Chicago Bear Jim Morrissey, was a linebacker. Matt’s older sister, Anna (Class of 2011), is a member of the MSU women’s basketball team. Also making a verbal commitment was offensive lineman Zach Novoselsky, who will play for Western Michigan University, which also has offered a scholarship to junior defensive lineman Nick Dillon. Zovoselsky’s father, Brent, also played in the NFL. He was a tight end who spent one year with the Bears before spending the rest of his seven-year career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Girls Swimming and Diving Season Preview
Led by Julia Wawer, who was fifth in the state in the 200 freestyle, Stevenson’s varsity girls swimming and diving team will look to repeat as sectional champions this fall. Also returning are Rebecca Hannon, who was part of the 10th-place 200 medley relay, and fellow state qualifiers Cheryl Xiang, Riley Kirby and Leah Bloodgood.

Boys Soccer Season Preview
The varsity boys soccer team reached the IHSA state finals for the first time last fall, finishing fourth. Success led to a spike in student interest this year; Coach Mark Schartner saw almost 60 players show up on the first day of tryouts. The Patriots will have a new look this year following the graduation of 13 starters. Senior defender Michael Dobin, the team captain, leads the returning roster.

Girls Tennis Season Preview
Stevenson tied for 10th at the IHSA state girls tennis tournament in 2012, their second consecutive top-10 finish. The Patriots welcome back the tandem of senior Alexxis Kiven and junior Kaylin Dong, who finished fourth in doubles.

Girls Volleyball Season Preview
Coach Tim Crow’s program has been steadily strong during his 11-year tenure, averaging more than 30 wins a year. Last year’s team went 34-4 and won its third straight regional title. Two big contributors who have already made college commitments return: outside hitters Khaila Donaldson (Howard) and Kara Maleski (Wichita State).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

The West ILC is hiring library aides throughout the school day. If you have a study hall or a free period and you would like to apply for the job, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. This is a paid position.

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

Do you love music? Do you like to talk about sports? Do you want your own radio show? Here is your chance. WAES 88.1 FM, Stevenson’s very own radio station, will be holding an informational meeting for all new and returning members after school on Wednesday, August 28 in Room 8000. Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080) if you have any questions.

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.

IM Archery Club will have an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28 in Room 6012.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Gender gap persists in STEM education participation
CPS to get $89M from state for capital improvements
Groups call for one-day boycott over alleged CPS minority bias
Grayslake District 46 says YouTube clip misrepresents administrator
Former UI band director resigns amid investigation
City commission to decide fate of shuttered Chicago public schools
Hillcrest High fires coach/dean for DUI, pot possession
Online lessons aid teacher tech development in Decatur

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
“Perfect storm” threatens Philadelphia schools
As charter schools come of age, measuring their success is tricky
Obama plan to tie student aid to college ratings draws mixed reviews
L.A. schools charged with violating union contract in evaluations

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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