Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Seven Schools Sending Representatives to SHS Tuesday
Fifty-five educators representing seven schools will come to Stevenson on Tuesday for the first Site Visit Day of the 2013-14 academic year. Visitors will be coming from Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee; Greenfield-Central High School in Greenfield, Indiana; Provo High School in Provo, Utah; South Kingstown High School in Wakefield, Rhode Island; Mishicot High School in Mishicot, Wisconsin; and two schools in Missouri: Kirkwood High School and Palmyra High School.

Alum Finds Her Calling: Teaching in Africa
Dori Hauser, a 2011 Stevenson graduate majoring in elementary education at Drake University, has found her calling: Teaching in Africa. The sophomore went to Ghana earlier this year, after going to Uganda as a freshman. While in Ghana, she taught classes at four schools in a rural village. “We instructed in classrooms with dirt floors and, if we were lucky, a chalkboard,” she said in a “Do Something Drake” article on the university’s website. “One of my ‘classrooms’ was under a tree.” She will return to Ghana in January.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson at Crystal Lake Showcase: The Patriots opened their season with a 3-1 win over New Trier Green, followed by a 3-0 loss against Loyola Gold. In the win over New Trier, Jared Projansky scored one goal and assisted on another. Stevenson’s other goals were scored by Michael Trapp and Blake Johnson scored goals. Other assists were registered by Ryan Wiley, Matt Heller and Evan Baker. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 20 shots against New Trier, while Nathan Newmark turned away 30 shots versus Loyola.

English Beat Plays Well With Junior Soccer Player
Spending a few years in England rubbed off on Cobi Illian. The junior boys soccer player has a European-fueled aggressiveness that came from playing for a club team north of London.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday’s Spirit Fest will feature a wall honoring people affected by cancer: survivors, victims, plus those currently battling cancer. If you know someone who should be recognized on the wall, email the name of the person and a message to be posted on the wall, and attach a photo (JPG) of the person. Send your email to Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org.

How do you tell the story of a life? How do you explain someone important? How do you begin again? Join us Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre to discover how Lily Blue, a 17-year-old photographer, learns to live without her father while learning to live with her mother, in the first theatre production of the year, Waving Goodbye, by Jamie Pachino. Tickets are only $5, and are available in the Superstore during all lunch periods.

Homecoming Dance tickets are on sale online and at the Superstore for $25 per person. The last day to buy tickets without paying a late fee is Monday, September 23. Late ticket purchase will be Tuesday, September 24 with a $10 late fee per ticket. The last day for refunds will be Wednesday, September 25. Click here for more details and to order tickets online.

Auditions for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play, “Snow White,” will be held in the West Auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would save Snow White if you were the mirror. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with stage fighting and dramatic movements for the show on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy! See you there!

Color Fun(d) Run is coming on Sunday: The Color Fun(d) Run is a 5K charity run/walk where your time doesn’t matter. All that matters is how messy you get! Visit tinyurl.com/shscolorfundrun for details.

Summer travel opportunities are available for Advanced Placement European History and AP Human Geography students. Both courses are combining for a summer 2014 trip from Paris to Copenhagen. The trip is open to current AP Euro and AP Geo students, or juniors who took the courses last year. Students earn summer school credit for unique experience-based learning abroad. To learn more, come to the informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26 in Room 7096, or contact Ms. Gerber (jgerber@d125.org) or Mr. Springer (vspringer@d125.org).

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: There will be a University of Illinois workshop during eight hour today in Room 2104. This workshop will walk you through the UIUC application process.

Seniors working on the Common Application: There will be a workshop on Tuesday in the College/Career Center, Room 1123, at 7:30 a.m. (second day of the week schedule) and another one on Friday at 9:30 a.m. (late arrival). Mrs. Biemeret will go through the workings of the Common App with you and answer questions.

The final “Write Stuff” workshop for seniors will be held during eighth period Tuesday in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. This workshop will help you develop essays or a personal statement as part of the college admission process.

Juniors and seniors, college visits have begun. Many colleges and universities have already scheduled a date to visit with Stevenson students. The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Clemson University, Swarthmore College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Florida, Tulane University, Creighton University, Vanderbilt University, Brandeis University, Temple University, University of Wisconsin, Bates College, University of Chicago, St. Louis University, Drake University, Marian University, McGill University, Villanova University, Illinois State University and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

New This Year! We no longer will be using the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors will use your NAVIANCE to sign up for the college you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up and print a confirmation page. Take this confirmation page to your teacher for his/her signature; and then bring this signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are on the CCC webpage. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Interested in Indiana University? SHS can nominate two candidates for the Wells Scholars Program, which pays full tuition, academic fees and an annual living expenses stipend. In the past, winners have been in the top 5% of the class with an ACT composite over 30. Applicants must not be applying to any other college restrictive early action or early decision plan. Interested students should pick up an application packet from the College/Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the internal application to the College/Career Center is September 24.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

SPINS Club: Our next outing is Friday. We’ll be bowling at Arlington Lanes and then going out for a dinner or snack. We’ll be back at SHS by 7 p.m. Get your permission forms signed and turned in so you can attend.

Video Game Club will be having its first meeting of the year on Thursday from 3:45 to 5:30 in Room 1920. If you are into video games, this is where you want to be! New members are always welcome!

If you like biology and are interested in doing competitions, come check out Biology Olympiad in Room 1904 every Monday after school. Snacks will be provided.

Students interested in participating in Latino College Bowl Club should contact Ms. Bowen or Ms. Kellogg as soon as possible. This club allows you to participate in trivia competitions that can earn you scholarship money. Our first meeting will be today after school in Room 2432. Come help us celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Let us know you are coming so we can plan to feed you yummy Mexican food and beverages.

Chinese Club will have its first meeting Tuesday after school in Room 2812. We are going to have a taste of moon cakes, dumplings and Chinese games. You’re welcome to join us!

Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. Representatives from the Wealshire, Tutoring, and SRACLC will be on hand to talk about community service opportunities. New members are always welcome!

SCB: We are meeting after school Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 2428. We are working on Homecoming decorations and could use your help. New members are always welcome. SCB is a great way to meet new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rikje in Information Services or Mrs. Smith in Green Student Services.

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at jkramer@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Student Job Opportunities: Need some extra cash? jcc Chicago is hiring lifeguards and swim instructors for its youth swim programs. Afternoon and evening shifts are available. Apply online at www.gojcc.org.

Play Hard Hoops is looking for an interested youth coach for its basketball program. Programming will begin the week of September 30. Please visit the Career Exploration webpage (http://www.d125.org/careerexploration/default.aspx) for all the information and how to apply.

Are you interested in a career in medicine or healthcare?  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 application deadline to apply for this program is September 27, so please email Mrs. Willock, Business Liaison, in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org 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 dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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