Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Stevenson Near Top in State Performance Data
Stevenson High School was one of the top performing high schools in the state last year, based on data released today by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The ISBE released its annual state report cards, which show Stevenson near the top in all categories of the Prairie State Achievement Examination, the state’s standardized test for 11th-grade students, as well as the ACT college entrance exam. Click here to see Stevenson’s report card.

Almost 90% of Stevenson’s current senior class met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE last spring. Overall, 88.6%of the Class of 2014 met or exceeded standards, compared to the state average of 53%.

SHS students fared well in the three subject areas of the Prairie State exam: mathematics (90.4%/state average 52%), science (87.3/state 49%) and reading (86.8/state 55%).

On the ACT, Stevenson’s record score of 26.5 was one of the highest in the state.

Chicago-area newspaper reports on state report cards:

Daily Herald:

Report cards show gains at Lake County high schools
Why more schools are labeled as failing
Despite hurdles, some NW suburban high schools trend upward
Report card shows huge dips, some gains across Fox Valley
Some DuPage schools keep scores above benchmarks
How one Kane County school bucked the odds on standardized tests

Chicago Sun-Times:

Payton scores No. 1 spot statewide; Hinsdale Central tops in suburbs
Top 50 high school, middle school and elementary schools by score

Chicago Tribune:

Illinois grade school test scores plunge, especially in poor areas

Northwest Herald:

Fewer McHenry County schools meet tougher standards

Ticket Sales Brisk for “In The Heights”
Ticket sales for this weekend’s musical, “In The Heights,” have been brisk, according to Patriot Superstore manager Sally Miller. Friday night’s 7 p.m. performance has a chance to sell out, she said, and a sizeable crowd is expected Saturday night, too. Plenty of good seats remained for the 2 p.m. Sunday show as of 9 a.m. this morning. Online ticket sales will end at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Click here to buy tickets online. Any unsold tickets will be sold at the ticket booth by the Performing Arts Center on each performance date. Tickets are $10.

Illinois State Students Visit SHS Math Classrooms
About 40 Illinois State University students training to be mathematics teachers visited Stevenson on Tuesday, observing SHS teachers in action in their classrooms. At the end of their stay, the students had a question-and-answer session with faculty members Melissa Dudic, Jen Parisi and Cheryl Singley, plus Director of Mathematics Darshan Jain. The trio answered questions on a variety of topics, including engaging with students, classroom management and collaborating with colleagues. The annual visit continued a tradition between ISU and SHS that extends into last century.


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Girls Volleyball Team Seeks Fourth Straight Regional Title
Stevenson’s girls volleyball team takes on Buffalo Grove for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Regional championship at 7 o’clock tonight at BGHS. The Patriots are seeking their fourth consecutive regional championship, and ninth in head coach Tim Crow’s 12-year tenure. SHS (29-7) also is seeking to reach the 30-win mark for the fourth straight season.

SHS-LZ Win Draws Biggest SBN Audience of the Year
The varsity football team’s win over Lake Zurich was the most-watched game of the year on the Stevenson Broadcast Network. A total of 5,454 visits were made to the SBN web page to catch the live broadcast; no other game this year had more than 4,000 viewers. SBN sponsor Joe Pine also shared a breakdown showing that about 58% of viewers watched the game through a desktop computer, 23% used a tablet device, and 19% used a mobile phone.

Green and Gold Steel on Ice
The varsity boys ice hockey team beat Deerfield, 8-2, last Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. The Stevenson Broadcast Network was on hand for the game; SHS students Samuel Greenberg and Daniel Stein called the game. Catch the replay here. You can also watch SBN’s video of the JV state championship banner ceremony that took place Saturday night.

1998 Alum Has Antioch on Verge of Making History
Stevenson alumnus Marni Polakow (Class of 1998), in her sixth season as head boys soccer coach at Antioch High School, has guided her Sequoits to the sectional championship match for the first time since 1999. Antioch has never won a sectional championship in boys soccer, but Polakow’s crew can rectify that by beating Vernon Hills on Saturday.


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!

Stop by the Halloween Photo Booth in the Wood Commons during the lunch periods today. Get your picture taken or have a group shot with friends.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

Students interested in summer travel to the western United States and earning a geology science credit: There will be an information meeting for you and your parents at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday in room 2104. Meet the teacher guides and find out more about this exciting trip. Visit our Student Travel Experiences web page for more information.


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.


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.

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.


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. next Wednesday in Room 2900. If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Ambrose at

ISBE will reduce number of regional superintendents next month
Study: Dual credit benefits kids in richer schools
Childhood obesity drops in Chicago kindergarteners
EIU fraternity appeals suspension in wake of “barn party” violence
Collinsville bus driver fired for refusing to drive students home
ISU parks motorcycle safety class after 37 years

Report: Progress of students with disabilities under NCLB unclear
As interest fades in the humanities, colleges worry
Higher-education presidents in Maryland to address college drinking
School district’s “Boobies” bracelet fight heads to U.S. Supreme Court

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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