Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

District Approves New Contracts With Major Vendors
The District 125 Board of Education on Monday approved new five-year contracts with two of the school’s major partners, Sodexo and Siemens. Sodexo provides cafeteria, custodial and maintenance services to Stevenson, along with grounds management of the campus and Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Siemens, meanwhile, maintains the school’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation system.

Sodexo’s relationship with Stevenson dates back to 1987, when it was hired to provide food services. Siemens is a more recent partner, coming aboard in 2010 in place of Johnson Controls.

Restaurant, Supermarket Gift Cards Rule Online Auction
A weekend stay at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells is the most popular listing thus far in the Stevenson Online Auction, but restaurant and supermarket gift cards are far and away the most popular items. The auction ends at 9 p.m. Monday. Click here to see what’s available, and to place a bid. Proceeds will benefit the following Stevenson groups: the SHS Foundation, Band and Color Guard Parents Organization, Choral Guild, National Honor Society, Special Education Community Board, String Parents Association and Sports Boosters.

Stevenson Included in Village of Buffalo Grove App
An app for Buffalo Grove residents was unveiled by the village last week. The app is a joint venture between the village, Buffalo Grove and Stevenson high schools, Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102, Kildeer-Countryside Elementary District 96, the Indian Trails and Vernon Area libraries, Vernon Township and the Buffalo Grove Park District. The app includes links to selected Stevenson information pulled from the school’s website. The school is working on its own app.

Christopher Steele Foundation Thanks SHS
Ellen Steele, executive director of the Christopher Steele Foundation, wrote a letter of thanks to the SHS community for its support of the organization during September’s Spirit Fest. The event raised more than $21,000 for the foundation, which is named for the Class of 2000 member who died from a rare form of brain cancer.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey
Stevenson hosted IHSFHA Playoffs: The Patriots beat Homewood-Flossmoor, 7-6, in a first-round contest in the Stadium, improving to 5-13 overall. The Vikings finished the year at 4-15-1. The two schools split their two meetings during the regular season. Stevenson will travel to Lake Forest for the next round at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Scouts have a 17-1 record. This will be the first meeting of the season between SHS and LFHS. –

Girls Tennis Begins State Tournament Action
Stevenson is off to a good start in the IHSA girls tennis tournament, which opened this morning. Stevenson has six players in the tournament: the doubles teams of Alexxis Kiven/Kendall Kirsch and Michelle Tulchinskaya/Kaylin Dong, and singles players Zoe Manion and Vinaya Rao. Kiven and Kirsch are the No. 1 seed in doubles, and have already recorded a 6-1, 6-0 decision over a duo from Chicago’s Whitney Young this morning. Tulchinskaya and Dong, a 9-16 seed, posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over East Richland. Manion is a 9-16 seed in singles, and won her first match by a 6-0, 6-2 score. Rao lost in the first round, 6-1, 6-1, to a 9-16 seed from Barrington. Click here to follow results throughout the day. For a preview article by the Daily Herald, click here.

Football Playoff Pairings Show Saturday Night
The IHSA football playoffs don’t begin until next week, but Lake Zurich is looking at its showdown with Stevenson Friday night as a de facto playoff game. The undefeated Bears are aiming for their third Class 7A state final appearance in the last seven years. The Patriots are hoping to maintain the roll they’ve been on for the last six games, which has propelled them into the state playoffs for the 25th straight season. The annual IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago from 8-10 p.m. Saturday. The show also can be seen online at and


Room assignments for Saturday’s ACT exam 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 be in your classroom by 7:45 a.m. with a photo ID, No. 2 pencils and a calculator. Testing will conclude by 11:30 a.m. for No Writing and approximately noon for Plus Writing.

The Foods classes and Sodexo will be celebrating Food Day in the Wood Commons today! Come watch a live chef demonstration featuring stir fry made with fresh, local produce, get a free cookbook, and sign a pledge to “Eat Real” for 24 hours on Food Day 2013!

Freshmen! Come to the Pink Out at the Freshman A football game at 4:30 today in the Stadium. The first 200 freshmen wearing the PINK Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt will get a free pair of Thundersticks and a ticket for food. Come and watch the Pats beat the Bears!

A state championship banner will be unveiled Saturday night in honor of Stevenson’s 2013 junior varsity boys ice hockey state champions. Come out to Twin Rinks for the ceremony, which will take place between the varsity and JV games. The varsity game starts at 5:50 p.m., followed by the JV at 7:40. There will be giveaways during the JV game, so come out and support the squad.

Attention all students: Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake is looking for performers who will also facilitate small groups. This is also a great community service opportunity. If you are interested, please come to an informational meeting Tuesday after school in Room 1414, or contact Mr. Foley. All are welcome, and no experience is necessary. See you there!


Club Israel: We’re back and we’re debating. Do you agree or disagree? Come share your opinion and listen to others after school today in Room 1414. As always, pizza and pop will be served.

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

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.


Freshman boys basketball will hold a student-athlete information meeting next Wednesday from 3:35-4:15 p.m. in Room 1508/1510.

Girls bowling will have a meeting at 3:45 p.m. next Wednesday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Johnson at

Reminder for all boys and girls fencers: The first day of practice is Monday at 3:45 in the East Glass Commons (the cafeteria area in the East Building that looks out on parking lot C).


The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: College of Creative Studies, Truman State University, Taylor University, Lynn University, Knox College, University of California-Irvine, Valparaiso University, University of Montana-Missoula, Bowling Green State University, Loyola University Chicago and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

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.

District 211 is holding a Spanish Speaking College Fair at Palatine High School on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A presentation in Spanish will be given on preparing for college, financial aid, and two-year versus four-year colleges and universities.


Job Openings: Chick-fil-A in Vernon Hills is hiring. Please visit their Facebook page,, to download an application, or see the Career Exploration webpage for more info.

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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