Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Patriot Orchestra Performs at Symphony Hall
The Patriot Orchestra performed at Chicago’s Symphony Hall Wednesday night with Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts Orchestra and conductor Emanuele Andrizzi. This marked the first performance by Stevenson orchestra students at Symphony Hall, and the first collaborative performance with a university orchestra. Andrizzi talked with the Daily Herald about the new partnership.

Free Digital Learning Workshop for SHS Parents
Stevenson parents are invited to attend a free one-hour workshop on digital learning systems that will help them stay better connected to what is happening in their students’ classes. “Digital Learning – An Introduction to Haiku Learning Management System and Infinite Campus Digital Gradebook” will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 5. Tuesday’s workshop location is the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center, while the November 5 location will be the Glass Commons, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center entrance.

Digital learning systems are allowing members of the school community to collaborate and share information in new ways.  Two of these systems, Haiku Learning Management System and the Infinite Campus Student Information System will be reviewed during this workshop. Applied Arts teacher Taylor Osicek will review how her students use the Haiku learning management system as a central platform to collaborate and engage in learning. Anne Pekovitch from the Teaching and Learning Division will demonstrate how parents can use the Infinite Campus portal to access information about student attendance, grades and class assignments.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Stevenson High School website and activate their Infinite Portal account prior to attending the workshop.

The workshop is free but reservations are encouraged. To reserve your space, complete the form at the following address:

Stevenson Foundation Sponsoring Children’s Play
The Stevenson High School Foundation’s children’s play series begins Sunday with performances of “Snow White” at 1 and 3 p.m. in the West Auditorium. The cast list includes Ines Beganovic in the starring role, along with Lindsey Wetle, Victoria Landau, Sophie Cohn, Rebekah Dunn, Ari Lasko, Konnor Little, Kirsten Rehberger, Jaxine Rivera, Jessica Vanderah, Alexander Dungan, Avi Zephyra, Rebecca Krakman, Kayle Roesner, Nicole Strezewski, Lauren Emory Wilson, Arica Tamir, Alana Korol, Samantha Cutler, Emma Bloomfield, Sonya Borkhovik and Laura Cilia. Jessica Pacheco is the stage manager, and Marta Grigiel is the assistant stage manager. Tickets are $5 and can be ordered by calling 847-415-4121. They also can be purchased at the door on Sunday.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 8, St. Rita 2: Michael Trapp set a school record by scoring five goals for the host Patriots (8-2) at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. Jared Projansky scored twice and had three assists, while Greg Anast added the other goal. Ryan Wiley had a pair of assists and Timothy Fogliatti and Matt Heller each recorded one. Goalie Nathan Newmark stopped 24 shots.

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Mundelein, 26-24, 25-18: Khaila Donaldson had eight kills and Jen Kapov added seven as the host Patriots (22-6, 4-2) wrapped up NSC Lake Division play with a win. Alexa Bykowski had 16 assists on 49-of-50 setting. Peyton Bykowski led with 13 digs. Kara Maleski chipped in with four kills and Julia Osmond added three. Kapov and Grace Duffy each had two solo blocks. Mundelein fell to 12-16, 2-4. – Daily Herald (stats)

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer
Evanston 2, Stevenson 0

Sport Teams Join Get Loud For a Cure Week
Student-athletes in five sports are coming together for Get Loud For a Cure Week to raise money during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The effort is led by varsity girls volleyball players Peyton and Alexa Bykowski, working with Assistant Athletic Director Aaron Wellington. The week starts Friday with the girls volleyball match against Lake Forest, and concludes next Friday, October 25, with the football game versus Lake Zurich. Click here for more details.

Football Game at Lake Forest Will Be Online
Friday’s varsity football game at Lake Forest will be available online through High School Cube. Click on this link to watch.

JV Boys Soccer Team Completes Unbeaten Season
The junior varsity boys soccer team went undefeated this season, ending its year with a 15-0-1 record. The only blemish was a 0-0 tie. Head coach Tom Habley’s roster included: Jorge Abascal, Ethan Becker, Andrew Boutros, Rafael Brill, Rory Cannon, Filip Delija, Jacob Goldstein, Daniel Hayat, Evan Helchen, Kurt Holzer, William Holzer, Michael Kaushansky, Tyler Kim, Jordon Klein, Mark Levine, Justin Margolin, Jamison Moe, Alexander Randall, Peyton Russell, Thomas Rzepecki, Easton Self, Zachary Sherman, Colin Silverman, Brandon Spieler, Kenton Steffens, David Tolva and Alesi Vazquez Moreno. Habley also guided the JV boys soccer team to an undefeated record in 2009.


Seniors, get measured for your graduation cap and gown, and turn in your Senior Party registration form, today or Friday in the upper lobby of the West Building, by Room 2400. Cap and gown information | Senior Class Party information

Room assignment rosters for Saturday’s PSAT are posted outside Room 2400, Gold Student Services (Room 2412), and East Student Services (Room 6064). All testing will take place in the East Building. Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. with a photo ID, No. 2 pencils and a calculator. Testing will conclude by 11:30.

Showcase audition sign-ups continue today in the Wood Commons during the lunch periods. Stop by to schedule your December audition. You’ll need to complete an Audition Sign-Up Form, which will be available at the table in the Wood Commons. You can also find it online at the PPA website or the Showcase Stevenson High School Facebook page, or in the Student Activities Office. The last day for audition sign-ups is Tuesday.

It’s Ally Week! Stop by at any of the booths during all lunch periods in the East and West buildings. Learn what being an ally is, and take the pledge to stand up against bullying. Get a free pin!

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.

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.


All juniors and parents, the college search process is officially underway! Plan to attend a most informative meeting on how to choose the college that’s right for you next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller, Stevenson’s college counselors, will highlight and outline the steps students and parents should be taking this year to find the college that provides the greatest fit. Join the College/Career Center staff as they help juniors “Find the Fit.”

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 Monday 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 following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Franklin College Switzerland, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Clark University, Marietta College, Ohio Northern University, Southern Methodist University, Luther College, University of Nebraska, Ball State University, Washington and Lee University, Dominican University, Hope College, Beloit College, Champlain College, Occidental College, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Roosevelt University, Transylvania University, University of North Carolina, Babson College, Elmhurst College, Creighton University, Loras College, University of New Hampshire, North Central College, Rice University, St. Catherine University, University of Akron, Baylor University, Furman University, Kent State University, University of Dayton, University of Southern California, Northern Illinois University and Dartmouth College.

We no longer use the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors use 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.

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.


The boys bowling team will have its informational meeting today 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 in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Harwood at


Interactive Gamers Club meets today 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

SPINS ClubOur next outing is Friday. We’ll be playing laser tag at Laser Quest 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 before Friday so you can attend.

The Speech and Drama team meets today 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.

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Rockford high school decides to forfeit rest of football season

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New standardized tests boasts less risk of cheating
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Massachusetts schools dial back on obesity reports
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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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