Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Open House Nights to Start, End Earlier
This year’s parent open house nights will start and end earlier than they have in recent years. The school will have a 7 p.m. start time for the open house nights of September 11 and 19, 30 minutes earlier than the previous seven years. The evenings will end at 9:30, compared to 10 p.m. in past years.

Seven years ago, when the widening of Route 22 was underway, open house start times were pushed back to 7:30 to accommodate commuting parents. The start time stayed the same even after the roadwork was finished.

Michelini Named Chairman of Investment Fund
Assistant Superintendent for Business Mark Michelini this summer was named chairman of the Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus. The 13-member board oversees an investment pool of 494 school districts, community colleges and other educational entities with more than $7 billion of assets under management.

Michelini accepted the nomination as chairman after consulting with the district’s legal and accounting representatives to ensure there was no conflict of interest with the district’s investment practices. The chairmanship also won’t require additional time away from his SHS duties.

BG Days to Feature Marching Patriots, SHS Alumni
The annual Buffalo Grove Days are this weekend, and Stevenson’s Marching Patriots will take part in a parade through parts of the village on Sunday afternoon. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Bernard Drive and Indian Hill, will proceed east to Raupp Boulevard, and then turn north to St. Mary’s Parkway. The parade includes a food drive for local food pantries. Parade watchers are invited to bring non-perishable food items and sundries (no glass, however).

On Friday, a band featuring three SHS alumni will perform from 7:15-8 p.m. on the Main Stage. The Phil Jacobson Band is led by Phil Jacobson (Class of 2004), and includes his brother Mark (2008) and Dave Brandwein (2007). The band is coming off a successful summer that saw them win the Elbo Room Battle of the Bands contest against 120 other groups, qualifying them for the fourth annual I AM FEST at Chicago’s House of Blues last weekend. Jacobson released his second EP, “Love Right Now,” earlier this year.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Barrington, 28-26, 25-20: Khaila Donaldson led a balanced attack with six kills, and also served three aces and made nine digs, as the host Patriots improved to 2-0. Kara Maleski had five kills while Jen Kapov and Grace Duffy each recorded four. Alexa Bykowski had 21 assists and nine digs, and Nikki Zarytsky made 12 digs. – Daily Herald (stats)| Daily Herald Top 20 rankings

Field Hockey
New Trier 4, Stevenson 0: In their season-opening game, the Patriots fell at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex to the Trevians, who were third in the state last season.

Night of Champions Set for September 6
The third annual Night of Champions will be held Friday, September 6. During the event, the Athletic Department will recognize team and individual champions from the 2012-13 school year. They will be honored prior to the start of the varsity football game against Homewood-Flossmoor. Athletes to be honored are asked to arrive between 5-6:45 p.m. They will receive free admission and a food/drink voucher.


Come watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech during your lunch period today in Room 2104. We will be showing the speech in its entirety beginning 10 minutes into each lunch period, so you have the opportunity to bring your lunch up to the room. We’ll also have cookies and drinks available. Full text of the speech

A special schedule will be in effect Thursday. All freshmen, sophomores and juniors need to arrive by 7:45 a.m. for testing that starts at 8 a.m. Seniors are exempt from testing. Testing for freshmen and sophomores will last approximately two hours, and classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. We will follow the Late Arrival schedule for the day. Juniors will be taking a practice ACT, which lasts longer; they will be excused from periods 1 and 2. Here is the testing schedule:

Freshmen: EXPLORE test in West Building classrooms.
Sophomores: PLAN test in East Building classrooms.
Juniors: Practice ACT exam in the Field House and Sports Center.

Information on your test location will be posted throughout the school. If you have any questions, please stop by Room 6000.

Students who park at the Prairie View Metra station are reminded to use the east lot, not the west lot. Permits are available for 30 days, the first half of the year, the second half of the year, and an entire year. Permit information is available at

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.

Stevenson News Network (SNN) auditions are this week! Auditions will be held today, Thursday and Friday. The sign-up sheet and application packet are available at the Audio-Visual desk in the Link Lab. (Click here to download the application packet). You must have eighth hour completely free to be an anchor.

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 today in Room 8000. Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080) if you have any questions.

The Aquatic Center is looking for lifeguards to work during all lunch hours this semester. If you are a certified lifeguard, the Physical Welfare Division will pay you to be a lifeguard in the Aquatic Center during a lunch period. Please see Mr. Feigh in the East PE Office for an application and more information.

The West Information and Learning Center (ILC) is open until 6:30 p.m. on school days.

The Testing Center is now open, and will stay open until 5:30 p.m. on school days.

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.

Students Helping Soldiers and the football teams are working together to achieve one goal: 100 yards of shoes. Bring in your gently used shoes to The Point or Field House between now and September 12. Proceeds from the shoes will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Seniors: On Tuesday, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller will be meeting with parents only, addressing topics on; timelines for seniors, how to send test scores/transcripts, letters of recommendation, Common Application and other services offered to seniors by the CCC.

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or your personal statement? Mrs. Biemeret will be holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on these dates:

• Thursday, August 29, 9:30 a.m. (late arrival)

• Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 a.m. (second day of the week)

• Monday, September 9, 2:35 p.m. (eighth hour)

• Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 a.m. (second day of the week)

• Thursday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. (late arrival)

• Tuesday, September 17, 2:41 p.m. (eighth hour-second day of the week)

You only need to attend one seminar. This seminar will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All seminars will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.


Senior Class Board: We are having our first meeting after school today in Room 2428. We will be discussion Homecoming and events during the year. New members are always welcome. SCB is a great way to meet new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. We hope you will join us.

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 after school today in Room 1912. If you cannot attend, please contact Mrs. Palffy in the Math/Science office.

Want to win more arguments? Be more persuasive? Come find out more at Debate. The Stevenson Debate team will be holding its first meeting after school Thursday in Room 6050. Find out what Congressional Debate is all about. Returning members should also attend.

Interactive Gamers Club will meet Thursdays after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail


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

IM Archery Club will have an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 6012.


Are you interested in a career in medicine or healthcare? Here are two programs you can apply for to gain experience and learn more about careers in those fields:

• The Medical Explorers Program, run by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, allows students to learn more about careers in medical and healthcare fields through monthly activities.

• The Advocate Condell Penwasciz program is an educational program with hands-on experience in a hospital, including training in various clinical areas.

Application deadlines for both of these programs is coming up quickly, so please email Mrs. Willock, Business Liaison, in the CCC at or stop by the CCC for more information.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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