Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Give-A-Thon to Help Record Number of Families
Stevenson will be helping a record number of families during the 29th annual Give-A-Thon this year. A total of 280 Lake County families in need will receive holiday gifts from SHS students, faculty and staff, far exceeding the goal of 200.

Give-A-Thon is the largest school-wide community service project Stevenson sponsors each year. In addition to providing gifts to families, Give-A-Thon has two other goals: collecting enough food to stock the Vernon Township pantry for six months, and gathering enough diapers, baby formula and young motherhood items for Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) to meet its needs for half a year.

The school’s commitment to help a record number of families is extraordinary in the face of two factors: Student enrollment has fallen to its lowest point in almost 15 years; and freshman advisories no longer sponsor families, focusing instead on the food drive.

So, how did the surge in support come about? Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann credits SHS students, who have responded to a “grassroots movement” that allows students to take leadership with Give-A-Thon registration in their classes. Students ask teachers to sign up the class to take on the family commitment (or the food or baby item commitment), and the students run the campaign in the classroom from beginning to end.

“Many years ago, everything was teacher-initiated and teacher-directed,” Erdmann said. “A teacher would sign up the class and then direct students to collect money and meet commitments. By flipping the model, Give-A-Thon gets more student involvement and a greater capacity to meet the needs of Lake County families.”

Stevenson’s National Honor Society chapter directs the Give-A-Thon campaign each year. About 80 to 100 students are involved in eight different subcommittees that cover areas such as marketing and promotion to coordinating Give-A-Thon Collection Day on December 3.

Among the committee leaders are these students: Madeline Pike, Diane Jiang, Lily Barghi, Katelyn Noronha, Karen Whisler, Tina Abraham, Nick Motta, Anvesh Jalasutram, Katherine Xie, Dessie Stamatova, Brian Zhou, Cindy Luan, Brady Mathieson, Corey Weil, Kevin Cheng, Renee Jhu, Michelle McInerney, Keya Amin, Niki Patel, Chirag Patel, Shahreen Chowdhury, Nuha Hamid, Nicole Xia and Andrew Min.

The National Honor Society Executive Board this year includes Sonia Thosar, Rahul Kosgi, Lily Zhang, Brian Lin, Weilly Tong, Stephanie Li, Faith Teodoro and Varun Medhal.

This year’s Give-A-Thon theme is “Charitable Me: Plotting to Spread Holiday Joy” (based on the “Despicable Me” movie series).

Final Parent Technology Workshop Set For Tuesday
The final parent technology workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Glass Commons, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center entrance. The workshop, which is free, will help parents better understand the Infinite Campus student information system and the Haiku learning management system. Although the workshop is free, parents are asked to reserve a space online in advance. Click here for more information, and to make a reservation.

SHS Opens the Arts Door to Chicago School
The cast and crew of “In The Heights,” this year’s school musical, will do their customary performance for eighth-grade students from Stevenson’s consortium schools today. There also will be a special group of eighth-graders in attendance: Students from Volta Elementary School, in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, will be on hand. Their school doesn’t have any fine arts programming, and were invited to SHS.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional: The third-seeded Patriots beat No. 14 seed Conant, 25-21, 25-16, advancing to the regional championship match against Buffalo Grove at 7 p.m. Thursday. Khaila Donaldson led SHS (29-7) with 13 kills, made nine digs, and served a pair of aces. Grace Duffy had six kills, and Julia Osmond and Kara Maleski added four apiece. Alexa Bykowski dished out 24 assists and sister Peyton had nine digs. Jori Radtke served three of Stevenson’s seven aces. The Cougars (18-19) proved pesky in the first game, and the Pats clung to a 22-21 lead before kills from Osmond, Maleski and Donaldson sealed the decision. The second game was tied 9-9 before Stevenson went on a 7-2 run and never led by less than four points the remainder of the way. The match was the last for Conant head coach Peggy Scholten, who is retiring after leading the Cougar program for the past 37 years. – Daily Herald (statistics)


Students and staff can wear Halloween costumes to school on Thursday. However, you may not have face coverings such as masks, disguising make-up, or sunglasses; no double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on the person; and no inappropriate props such as look-alike weapons. The rules are in effect not only during the school day but also during any after-school activity or event on campus Thursday.

Enter the SHS Halloween Photo Contest.  Submit your Halloween photos to or download the App to your SmartPhone. The top three entries will win a prize and be published in the yearbook. All entries must be submitted by Saturday. The contest is open only to Stevenson students. Questions? Contact Ms. Fletcher at Happy Halloween!

Juniors and seniors, do you want to win a free car? Thursday is the last day to sign up for Operation Click! Click here to sign up. Good luck!

Auditions for the freshman-sophomore play, The Arkansaw Bear by Aurand Harris, will take place at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 in the Little Theater. Click here to download the audition packet.

October Visiting Artist of the Month Steven Carrelli will be here Friday during periods 7 and 8 in the Rotunda Gallery to discuss his graphic drawings and his career as an artist.

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 and don’t forget to include your ID number. See your work in print and submit!

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

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.


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

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

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

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

The sophomore boys basketball student-athlete information meeting is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. next Tuesday in Room 2900. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Hess at

The varsity boys basketball student-athlete information meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 in Room 2900. If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Ambrose at


The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Mount Union, University of Alabama, College of Wooster, Cornell College, Eastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Reed College, Hofstra University, Otis College of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI), College of Lake County and Indiana State University.

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.


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

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 Speech and Drama team meets today 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.

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.

Interactive Gamers Club meets Thursday 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

Operation Click will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. next Tuesday in Room 1428 with our very own Officer Tom Branick. Please come join the fun, meet new friends and receive community service hours for attending.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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