Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Emmy Award Winner Meets With Choral Students
Emmy Award-winning composer Gary Fry visited Stevenson on Wednesday to work with choral students that will perform one of his newest works next month. Fry has been commissioned by the Choral Guild and the Fine Arts Division to write “The Things That Are To Be,” inspired by the words of Adlai E. Stevenson. The song will have its premiere at the December 19 choral concert.

The Chicago-based Fry has written music for recordings, films, commercials, publication and live performance. He has served as the arranger/composer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Welcome, Yule!” holiday concerts since 1996, and also is artistic consultant to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for its annual Christmas concerts. Fry also has written more than 2,500 radio and television commercials. He won an Emmy in 2006 for his original commercial music for WBBM-TV in Chicago.

Communication Arts Teacher Writes for National Journal
Dr. Stephen Heller, a teacher in the Communication Arts Division, has written an article for the November edition of English Journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of English. Heller’s article, entitled “In Search of Gravitas,” argues for a more rhetorical approach toward literary study that places an emphasis on using texts that “demand multiple perspectives.” Click here to read the article.

Science Teachers Work With National Expert
Science teachers from Stevenson and its sender schools have been working together this fall to examine the Next Generation Science Standards and plan for their implementation in classrooms.

Their latest meetings have taken place over the last two days at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. On Wednesday they were joined by Jay McTighe, a national leader in curriculum development. The teachers will gather one more time in December.


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Girls Volleyball Squad Seeks Conant Sectional Title
Stevenson is one of 16 schools still alive in the IHSA Class 4A girls volleyball playoffs. The Patriots will take on Lake Zurich at 7 p.m. tonight in the Conant Sectional championship match. SHS, which is the No. 3 seed in the sectional, carries a 31-7 record into tonight’s match. Lake Zurich, the top seed, is 34-4. The two teams met September 25 (SBN video), with the Bears rallying for a 25-27, 25-13, 25-22 win in the Sports Center. Stevenson is seeking its third sectional title in the last four seasons, and 11th in program history. Click here to watch the game live on High School Cube.

Fall Sports Awards Night November 19
The annual Fall Sports Awards Night will be held Tuesday, November 19 in the Sports Center. Student-athletes and their parents will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Athletics Division through online surveys beginning at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. The survey can be filled out through smartphone. iPads will be available for checkout with an ID or driver’s license.


It’s almost time for the annual Fast-a-Thon! Pledge to fast Friday to show respect for those who suffer from hunger every day and for those who fast for religious reasons. Then join Diversity Council for a Breaking-fast feast after school in the upper point! Enjoy food from Kona, Go Roma, Noodles & Co., Wildfire, and more! Fasting is optional, but all are invited to the Break-fast party. Tickets and shirts will be sold in the Wood Commons during lunch periods. All proceeds go to Heifer International.

A pep bus will be available for students who want to go to Saturday’s football game at Glenbard North. The cost is $10 per student, which includes a bus and game ticket. Tickets will be sold in the Patriot Superstore before school and during lunch periods. The deadline to purchase tickets is 1:30 p.m. Friday. Students need to fill out the Football Pep Bus Permission Form and return it to the Superstore before they can purchase tickets. Click here to download the permission form. Students are asked to wear white to the game.

Students Helping Soldiers will be collecting items for care packages to send to troops overseas during the holidays. Travel Kleenex, baby wipes, hand warmers, toothbrushes, and packaged ankle socks and white T-shirts will be collected in bins at the Point and Field House entrances.

Attention all students: Would you like to host an exchange student from Denmark or Colombia in your home next spring? Applications and information are available in Room 2400 or by opening this link.

Congratulations to Hannah Guidry and Aidan Murphy! Thank you for taking the Operation Click pledge and following through with your promise to be a safe driver and good student. Both of your names were selected for Student of the Month parking for the entire month of November. Your parking spots will be waiting for you in the front rows of parking lot D and parking lot E.

Teresa Padod from Oakton Community College will be leading a presentation on art history at 7:30 a.m. next Wednesday in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is open to all students, free of charge.

Travel opportunity to NYC: The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City from June 9-12.  If you have taken any of the following courses, you are eligible to go: Intro to Clothing and Design, Clothing, Interior Design, or Fashion Merchandising and Design. There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21 in Room 1414. Flyers are available in Room 1410 for more information. If you have any questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410. Hope to see you on the 21st.

Have you ever noticed the music playing between classes on Fridays? The Council of 100 invites you to submit song requests to If you’ve recorded your own song or mix, send it along. Who knows? That might be your voice echoing in the halls one Friday!


The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Virginia Commonwealth University, Robert Morris University, Lake Forest College, Saint Mary’s University-Minnesota and University of Detroit Mercy.

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.


The Stevenson Intramural Basketball League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. next Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Basketball page at

All girls interested in participating in Stevenson Strength and Conditioning are encouraged to attend an informational meeting next Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 a.m. in Room 7096. For more information, contact Coach Walker at


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.

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

Come to the Indian Student Association’s Diwali festival on Friday, November 15 at 4:30 p.m. Watch ethnic performances, eat good food, and wear Indian clothes to school!


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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