Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

National Magazine Features Stevenson’s ILC
Ed Tech K-12 magazine has a feature on Stevenson’s Information and Learning Center in its October edition. Head Librarian Lisa Dettling and Associate Librarian Toni Gorman talked to the publication about how the school redesigned its former library to better meet the needs of students.

Firearm Fading From School Logo
Pioneer Press this week has an article about Stevenson’s gradual phase-out of its traditional Patriot logo featuring a Revolutionary War-era soldier holding a gun. The school has stopped using the logo on letterhead and other communications in recent years, and is gradually removing its appearance around the school.

World War II Hero Who Visited SHS Dies
Frank Perconte, who visited Stevenson 12 years ago with three other members of the famed “Band of Brothers” World War II elite rifle unit, died last week at his home in Joliet. He was 96. Perconte was a member of Easy Company, part of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, which served on the front lines of two pivotal battles in American military history: D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

The late Stephen Ambrose made Perconte and his mates famous with his best-selling book, “Band of Brothers,” which served as the basis for an HBO mini-series by the same name. Perconte, Norman Neitzke, Denver “Bull” Randleman and Paul “Buck” Rogers came to SHS for a special ceremony on October 22, 2001 to honor student winners of a heroism essay contest sponsored by HBO and the SHS Social Studies Division.

Why Are the Flags at Half-Staff Today?
The American flags around campus today are flying at half-staff by order of President Obama. He issued a proclamation Monday requiring the flag be lowered today in honor of the late U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Tom Foley, who died October 18. Foley’s memorial service is today.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Girls Volleyball Regional Match Tonight
The girls volleyball team will take on Conant at 6 p.m. today in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional semifinals. The Patriots enter the match with a 28-7 record and a No. 3 seed in the Conant Sectional, behind Lake Zurich and Carmel. The winner of tonight’s match will face Hersey or Buffalo Grove for the regional title at 6 p.m. Thursday. SHS is ranked 17th in the latest Daily Herald poll.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Patriot football team will play St. Charles East in the first round of the state playoffs at 3 p.m. Saturday. The game will be played at Stevenson. Tickets are $5; there won’t be a pre-sale of tickets. The gates will open at 2 p.m.

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 today after school in Room 1414, or contact Mr. Foley. All are welcome, and no experience is necessary. See you there!

Tickets for the school musical, In The Heights, are now on sale. Tickets are $10. You can buy them at the Patriot Superstore, or online through the Web Store at www.d125.org.

Freshmen and sophomores: Submit your poetry, short stories, essays or drama to the HALF WIT and get published in the literary magazine! Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org and don’t forget to include your ID number. See your work in print and submit!

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Want more information about careers in healthcare? Plan on attending Lutheran General Hospital’s Health Career Night on Wednesday, November 6 from 6-8 p.m. Learn about different healthcare career choices and talk with individuals in those careers. More information can be found on the Career Exploration webpage at www.d125.org/careerexploration.

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.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Excited for Halloween? SHS Meteorology Club reminds you to plan and dress-up accordingly to the weather. This year, expect a chance of showers, maybe even some rumbles of thunder. Highs are predicted to be in the low 60s and lows in the mid-40s. Keep an eye to the sky and dress in layers during trick-or-treating time.

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.

ATHLETICS

Boys wrestling will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wrestling Room. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Cook at scook@d125.org.

Girls bowling will have a meeting at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org.

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

There will be a boys swimming and diving informational meeting Monday, November 4 at 4 p.m. in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
U. of Chicago to open academic center in India next spring
Illinois State to ramp up competition for students
Des Plaines District 62 approves teacher assistant contract
McHenry County College board supports merit-based pay plan
St. Charles teacher charged with having, distributing child porn
$120M construction plan for Deerfield, Highland Park high schools
Prep soccer player punches official; IHSA to levy penalties
Bus driver, motorist hurt in Kane County school bus crash
North Central College chooses site for new science center
UI considers supplemental retirement benefit for new hires
Elgin charter school plans delayed until 2015

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Penn State to pay $59.7 million to 26 Sandusky victims
In Memphis, city schools are at the epicenter of controversial changes
New Jersey district cancels testing after exams leaked online

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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