Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

“British Schindler” Documentary Coming to SHS
An award-winning documentary about Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the “British Schindler,” will be shown at Stevenson next month. Nicky’s Family, winner of 14 U.S. film festival audience awards, will be screened in the Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 10. Admission will be $5, and is free for students.

Winton organized the rescue of 669 children from Prague just before the outbreak of World War II. A post-film discussion and Q&A will be led by one of those rescued, Renata Laxova.

The screening is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation and the Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary Club. All proceeds will be donated to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and the Rotarian Peace Hall of Fame.

Ten Teachers Featured in Journal for Illinois Educators
Ten Stevenson teachers have works featured in the 2013 edition of the New Scriptor, released today. The New Scriptor provides a forum for Illinois educators of all kinds, at all levels, to exhibit their fiction, poetry, drama, art and expository writing. The journal is published annually by Stevenson High School.

Featured in this year’s edition are Denise Foster, Joan Ackerman-Zimny, Dan Argentar, Tom Blasius, Keith Hannigan, Steve Heller, Maureen Levanti, Tim Myers, Scott Williams and Bob Zagorski. The editors of the New Scriptor are all from Stevenson: Jim Barnabee, Clayton Duba and Chris Heckel-Oliver. Click here to read this year’s edition.


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Brunson Named One of Top Junior Hoops Prospects
Jalen Brunson made the list of the top 12 junior prospects in Illinois high school boys basketball compiled by Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Brunson is ranked third.

Wrestling Alums Featured in Wisconsin Magazine
The University of Wisconsin’s wrestling roster features five siblings, including two from Stevenson: Brandon and Justin Weber. Brandon is a 2011 Stevenson alum, while Justin graduated in June. They’re featured in the latest edition of Varsity, Wisconsin’s athletics magazine.

Morrissey Finally Gets His Turn to Take Over
It’s no surprise that senior Matt Morrissey has developed into a leader on the football and boys basketball teams. After all, as Patricia Babcock McGraw of the Daily Herald writes, he comes from one of the most competitive families around.


Juniors and seniors could win a free car by signing up in the Operation Click contest by October 31. Go to to take the pledge. If you take the Operation Click pledge, your name also will be entered into a drawing for special parking spots on campus. This month’s winners are Daniel Stillman and Sara Putwen.

Graduation cap and gown measurements and orders will be done on Thursday and Friday, October 17-18. Measurements will take place in the upper lobby of the West Building (by Room 2400) from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $27 (including tax) and must be paid at the time of measurement. Fees can be paid in cash or by check made out to Jostens. Click here for more information.

Seniors can turn in their Senior Class Party form and payment when ordering a cap and gown next Thursday or Friday. The party will take place on the Odyssey cruise ship, docked at Navy Pier, on Wednesday, June 4. The $35 fee includes a two-hour cruise, full lunch buffet, dessert station, unlimited soda and juice, and a DJ. Click here to download the registration form. Return this form with a check payable to Stevenson PPA.

The Music Department will present “College Musician Night” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchestra Room. The evening is designed to help parents and students understand the unique aspects of applying to college as a music major/minor. Topics include careers in music, types of degrees and programs, how to prepare for and schedule auditions, and suggestions for the application process. All students and their parents are invited. For more information, contact Mrs. Nuteson at

The Green Team is collecting old and unused costumes to be given to less fortunate children this Halloween. If you have any, please drop them off in one of the bins at the Point, Sports Center or Field House between now and October 25.


Calling all talented Stevenson students to participate in the 25th anniversary of Showcase to be held on March 7-8! We’re looking for Stevenson seniors hoping to emcee or star in a Weekend Update video or any SHS students wishing to sing, dance, rock a band, or creatively entertain us during this year’s performances. These acts must have a minimum of three people to participate. Gather up your friends and create a new fan favorite act!

Think you can’t be a part of Showcase because you don’t sing, dance or play an instrument? Well, have we got a surprise for you! This year we are looking for unique acts (other than vocal, dance or instrumental) such as jugglers, magicians and comics to perform as solo or duo acts in the show. The possibilities are endless!

Come to the Wood Commons during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, or Tuesday, October 22, to schedule your December audition. An Audition Sign-Up Form must be completed at this time. Forms can be picked up on Wednesday, Thursday and the 22nd, or can be found on the PPA website, the Showcase Stevenson High School Facebook page or the Student Activities Office.


Attention members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting Tuesday to hear a speaker discuss mental health and treatment. We will meet in the Little Theatre at 3:45; please be on time, as we will begin with a laughter activity. All are welcome.

Chinese Club will watch the movie Rush Hour after school Tuesday in Room 2812. All are welcome to join us, watch the movie and have dumplings!

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

The Speech and Drama team meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3:45 in the East ILC. New members are always welcome! Come be a part of a friendly team where you can star in your own performance — there are 14 events to choose from — and learn valuable life-long communication skills.


Seniors: Back by popular demand! We have the answers! Are upcoming college deadlines leaving you a bit overwhelmed? Do you have a quick question about the Common App? Do you want to run an essay idea by a college counselor? If so, plan to attend our Drop-In Day on Monday, October 21 from 3:30-5:00 in the CCC. Stop in and get your questions answered; Mrs. Sullivan, Mr. Miller and Mrs. Biemeret will be available to offer assistance. You will still be able to meet that important November 1 deadline. See you there!

The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 15.


Introducing CareerExcursions! Ever want to know what it is really like to work for an internationally known advertising, marketing and public relations giant? The Career Exploration Program is sponsoring a field trip to Ogilvy and Mather in Chicago on November 6 (which is an official SHS Field Trip Day) during school hours. Get a sneak peak into what goes on in advertising and the many careers available to you. Spots for this trip are limited. Please email Mrs. Willock in the CCC at if you are interested and available to attend.

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.


A girls basketball informational meeting will be held at 3:30 Wednesday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Dineen at

The boys and girls fencing informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Delgado at

The boys bowling team will have its informational meeting Thursday from 3:30-4:15 in Room 2113 (upstairs, near the point). Contact Coach Lapping downstairs in the West ILC (Room 1300) if you have questions.

Girls gymnastics will have an informational meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, October 18 in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Harwood at

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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