Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Nearly 100 Educators Visiting Stevenson Today
Ninety-five people from eight U.S. school districts, plus an American school in Singapore, are visiting Stevenson today as part of the site visit program for educators. The eight-person Singapore American School contingent is on a nine-day visit to several schools in the United States. Also on hand today are representatives from Red Bluff High School in Red Bluff, California; Pine View High School in St. George, Utah and Weber High School in Pleasant View, Utah; the Northwest Learning Community region of the Fulton County Schools in Alpharetta, Georgia; Greenfield-Central High School in Greenfield, Indiana; the Pewaukee School District in Pewaukee, Wisconsin; and two Illinois institutions: Trinity High School in River Forest, and Brookwood District 167 in Glenwood.

Chess Team Sweeps NSCL Foes
Stevenson’s chess team defeated Waukegan (42-26) and Waukegan (63-5) last Friday in North Suburban Chess League action. Philip Engstrom, Rahul Dhiman, Adit Ghosh and Sritej Vontikommu won both of their games. Also participating were Prithvi Velpuri, Arjun Bose and Sammi Drizner.

Alum Gains Scholarship Through Mayflower Connection
Adele Padgett (Class of 2013), a descendant of Plymouth colony founder William Bradford, recently received a scholarship from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Scholarship applicants had to complete a three-part essay on the Mayflower Compact, which was weighted equally with academic record and recommendations. The essay prompt was to explore why the Mayflower Compact was written, its relevance today, and its impact on the life of the applicant.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson at Schaumburg Tournament: The Patriots opened their season with a 56-18 loss to Trinity (1-0), ranked No. 5 in the Chicago Sun-Times preseason poll. Ashley Richardson had four points while Taylor Buford grabbed 10 rebounds. – High School Cube News


All sophomores will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Wednesday. They must attend this meeting even if they are in a club that has a meeting scheduled during the activity period. Click here to see counselor locations.

Tickets for Saturday’s state semifinal football game between Stevenson and Loyola Academy are available for $6 at the Patriot Superstore. Kickoff is at 1 o’clock Saturday in the Stadium. The gates open at 11:30.

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 in Room 1414. Flyers are available in Room 1410 for more information. If you have questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Attention fall sports athletes: The Fall Sports Awards Night is tonight at 7 o’clock in the Sports Center. You and their parents will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Athletics Division through online surveys beginning at 6:30. The survey can be filled out through smartphone. iPads will be available for checkout with an ID or driver’s license.

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2014-15 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) in the Recital Hall on Tuesday, November 26.

The December trip of Operation Snowball (http://www.d125.org/operation_snowball) is looking for more participants as well as future leaders in the program. During a fun weekend away at a Wisconsin sleep-away camp, students build communication and teamwork skills, which can benefit group work in classes as well as relationships with friends and family. The trip takes place December 6-8 and registration needs to be completed by this Friday. Students who participate will have future opportunities to take leadership roles and earn community service hours. Please see the website for details or email shssnowball@gmail.com.

Anyone interested in getting in shape for their spring season should come out and join the first Ladies Polar Bear meeting of the season on Wednesday! Come bundled up and ready to run. We meet at 3:40 outside of the Cardio Room. If you have any questions, see Coach LeVanti.

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

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.

There are new procedures for Testing Center sign-up. You may now use iPads and smartphones to sign up for a test; Firefox, Safari and Chrome browsers all may be used. If you are taking a test during a study hall period, you will now report directly to the Testing Center at the start of the period. After completing the test, you will be given a pass to return to the study hall. If the test requires the entire period to complete, you will be excused from your study hall by the Testing Center Supervisor. Additional information is available on the Testing Center website. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Miller in the Testing Center.

Congratulations to our top three Halloween Photo Contest winners and thanks to all who participated. The winning photos will be published in the 2013-14 yearbook! First place was by Victoria Selezneva (Morticia Addams of the Addams Family). Second place was Cindy Wu (Clark Kent/Superman), and third place was Carly Newman (three versions of singer Katy Perry in “Last Friday Night”).


The Stevenson Intramural Volleyball League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2206. For more information visit the IM Volleyball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/volleyball.html.


Chinese Club will have its cooking event today in the Kitchen Lab (Room 1406). Come, cook and enjoy eating hotpot with us.

Guitar Club meets today after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at jkramer@d125.org.

The Speech and Drama team meets today, 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.


Seniors: The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the CCC (Room 1123) to pick up our nomination form. The deadline to return the form to the CCC is Monday.

Juniors and seniors: Representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy will be vising Stevenson. Go to Naviance to sign up to visit with the representatives. Your pass needs to be signed by your teacher at least two days ahead of the visit. If it is your free period or lunch, you are welcome to join us without a pass.

Seniors: Remember that all scholarships coming to our attention will be listed on Naviance under “Scholarship List.” Scholarships will be posted throughout the school year; so check the site often. If you have any questions, please stop by the College/Career Center in Room 1123.


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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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