Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

NCTE Honors Communication Arts Teacher
Communication Arts teacher Laura Brown has been selected to receive the eighth annual National Council of Teachers of English Media Literacy Award.

The award honors teachers who show persistent, innovative and imaginative application of media analysis and media composition. She will receive the award at the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston on November 24.

“We call our department ‘Communication Arts’ not just ‘English’ or ‘Language Arts.’ That’s important because it says that we value all the ways that we communicate and want to build literacies in all these areas. That includes media,” Brown said. “I am always working to make my classroom relevant to 21st Century learners and to discover new tools to teach new literacies.”

Brown has taught at Stevenson since 1987. She earned National Board Certification in 2010, and has been a leader within the Communication Arts Division in using technology for more than a decade.

“The professional affirmation for my efforts in this area feels great, but I owe a great deal of thanks to my fantastic colleagues and to a school culture that has a long history of pursuing excellence,” she said. “I’m very excited to represent our great program at NCTE in Boston in November.”

Alum Named Director of Long Grove Temple
Stevenson alumnus Deborah Sherr Mattes (Class of 1988) is the new executive director of Temple Chai, a Reform Jewish congregation in Long Grove. She previously was general manager of Westfield Malls, one of the largest mall developers in the United States.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Glenbrook South, 25-20, 25-14: Khaila Donaldson had seven kills and made nine digs, and Alex Bykowski dished out 18 assists on 50-of-51 setting as the host Patriots improved to 3-0. Jen Kapov recorded five kills, while Grace Duffy and Kara Maleski each had four. Maleski also had two solo and three assisted blocks. Jori Radtke served a pair of aces. – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 2, Schurz 0: Jimmy Wang scored in each half, and Jeremy Klaber made four saves to earn the shutout at the Glenbrook North Invitational. SHS improved to 2-0 on the season. Sam Zwirn and Cesar Navarro assisted on Wang’s first goal, while Michael Dobin and Max Klaber set up the second. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf
Carmel 177, Stevenson 178: At Countryside Golf Course, Nikki Marquardt won medalist honors with a 3-under-par 33, tying the school record for lowest 9-hole score on an opponent’s course. This was the second 33 of the year for the senior, who finished nine strokes ahead of her nearest competitor. Stephanie Namkoong carded a 44, Madeline Schaetzlein had a 50 and Surya Vijayasankar recorded a 51. – Daily Herald

Four Pats Picked Among Top 100 Football Players
Stevenson has four of the top 100 high school football players in the Chicago area, according to rankings released Thursday night by Mike Clark of the Chicago Sun-Times. The four Patriots are quarterback Willie Bourbon, wide receiver Cameron Green, offensive lineman Zach Novoselsky and defensive back Matt Morrissey.

Soccer Alum Scores Four Goals for Robert Morris
Gordy Gurson (Class of 2010), a two-time honorable mention NAIA All-American for the Robert Morris University men’s soccer team, started his senior season in spectacular fashion Wednesday. Gurson scored all four of the Eagles’ goals in a 4-2 win over Bethel College.


Juniors? Want to learn how you start your college search? Come to the PAC at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. Counselors will share a timeline of activities for your junior year that will help you launch your college search, explain how you can sign up to meet with more than 200 colleges that visit SHS every fall, and answer any questions you may have.

SNN auditions end today! The sign-up sheet and information packet are available at the Audio-Visual desk in the Link Lab. You must have eighth hour completely free to be an anchor.

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.

The Stevenson High School Foundation and SHS cross country teams are hosting the inaugural 5K Color Fun(d) Run at 9 a.m. Sunday, September 22 on the Stevenson campus. The event is a fundraiser for the Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund, which provides assistance for school-related expenses to Stevenson students whose families are in financial need. Participants are strongly encouraged to register early to ensure adequate color supply and to ensure that you will receive a color run cinch bag. Registration is through the SHS Web Store.  Please also visit: for more information.

Stevenson News Network (SNN) auditions are this week! Auditions will be held today 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.

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.

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 Patriot Superstore is currently accepting applications from sophomores and juniors for fourth and fifth hour lunch. This is a paid position.

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 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.


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:

• 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.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2014. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return forms is Tuesday, September 10. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Tuesday, October 1.


Do you like TV shows like “CSI” and “NCIS”? If so, come to the Forensic Science Club meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1313. For more information, contact Mr. Novak at

Senior Class Board: We will be meeting after school Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 2428 to start decorating for Homecoming. New members are always welcome. SCB is a great way to meet new friends, have fun and earn community service hours.

Best Buddies is having informational meetings at 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). In Best Buddies, you can be paired one-on-one with a student with intellectual disabilities, or you can assist student with intellectual disabilities by participating in fun after-school programs. Applications and interviews are required for students interested in becoming a Peer Buddy or an Associate member. If you have questions, contact Ms. Siwik (, Ms. Meyer ( or Ms. Stolzenberg (

Math/Science Peer Tutor meetings will be held during the lunch hours Friday, September 6 in the lower level of the ILC (Room 1311). You must have taken or currently be enrolled in Pre-Calculus Accelerated or Physics Accelerated to qualify.

The Guitar Club will have introductory meetings after school Monday and Tuesday, September 9-10, in the Orchestra Room. Beginning and advanced players are welcome. Guitars will be provided. Contact Mr. Beyer at if you have any questions.


IM Co-Ed Bowling will be held on seven Mondays this fall beginning September 9. The bus leaves for the Brunswick Zone after school, and will return to SHS at 6 p.m. The cost is $60, not including shoe rental. Visit the PREP Office for more information.


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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