Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

MLK Student Service Day to Benefit Local Charities
The Student Activities Division is looking for local charities willing to host Stevenson student-volunteers for a “Day of Service” on Monday, January 20, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The school will send students to charities between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that day. Groups of students in increments of 14 will be available to charities.

The Day of Service will begin at the school with a breakfast and keynote speaker, followed by the two-hour volunteer work period. Students will then be sent by bus back to SHS for a celebration lunch and pool party.

Any interested charities can contact Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann at 847-415-4418 or berdmann@d125.org.

Give-A-Thon Adds Amazon Donation Option
The 29th annual Give-A-Thon’s collection day is two weeks away, but the opportunity to help the all-school charity fundraiser will continue through the upcoming holiday season.

Direct financial donations can be made through the school’s Web Store. Another option, launched this week, allows you to have a portion of your order placed on Amazon.com donated to Give-A-Thon. You can visit http://tinyurl.com/shsgiveathon2013 to shop on Amazon through a special link designed to benefit Give-A-Thon. The link is also available on the Clubs and Activities web page.

Give-A-Thon, which is led by Stevenson’s National Honor Society chapter, has three main goals: provide holiday gifts for Lake County families in need; donate enough food to stock the Vernon Township food pantry for one year; and donate a six months’ worth of diapers, baby formula and youth motherhood items to Society for Preservation of Human Dignity in Palatine.

This year, the school will be buying gifts for a record 280 families. The 2013 goal was 230 families.

Health Teachers to Present at Conference
Health teachers Chad Dauphin and Tom Loew will be giving a presentation at the annual Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference in St. Charles on Thursday. The pair will discuss “New Projects and Ideas for Health Education.” Among the topics they will cover are Google Sites, personal fitness and nutrition planning, optimizing mental performance, and communication skills.

SHS Junior Talks About Summer Trip to Iceland
Buffalo Grove Patch columnist Lauren Margolin talked with SHS junior Rachel Cole about her experience traveling to Iceland last summer with seven other students and AP Human Geography teachers Greg Sherwin and Vincent Springer.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 9, Libertyville 0: At Lakeside Lanes, Matt Poetker led the Patriots (2-0) with a 662 series that featured games of 258 and 226. Ethan Rosuck rolled a 212 game, Richy Zenner had a 207 and Eddie Mendrala added a 202.

Morrissey Returning to Starting Lineup Saturday
Stevenson’s football team will welcome back Michigan State-bound Matt Morrissey to its starting lineup for Saturday’s state semifinal game against Loyola. Morrissey has missed the last two playoff games due to a hamstring injury. However, he was available if needed for last week’s contest at Barrington. The Patriots’ 10-game winning streak has been extraordinary because it has been accomplished amid a rash of injuries. Head coach Bill McNamara told the Chicago Tribune: “We have what I call a lot of grinders on this team. A lot of guys who don’t get a lot of (publicity) but are great high school football players. They put it all on the line when they play, and as a result, good things are happening.”

Measuring Stevenson, Loyola Football Teams
The Chicago Sun-Times/High School Cube News predicts Loyola will win Saturday’s game, 21-17, based on this positional breakdown of the two teams.

Girls Basketball Preview
This year’s edition of varsity girls basketball team will be a smaller team that looks to push the ball offensively. Head coach Tom Dineen says this is the best shooting team he has had at SHS since taking over five years ago. Juniors Sophia Way and Taylor Buford will be looked to for leadership this season.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

All sophomores will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period today. 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.

Anyone interested in getting in shape for their spring season should come out and join the first Ladies Polar Bear meeting of the season today! 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 today in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

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.

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.

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.

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 upper and lower ILC will close at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27.

INTRAMURALS

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

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

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 RFedewa@d125.org.

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.

SPINS Club: Our next outing is Friday. We’ll be going to Xtreme Trampoline in Buffalo Grove and then going out for dinner or a snack. We’ll be back at SHS by 7 p.m. Get your permission form and online waiver signed so you can attend. Wear or bring clothes for jumping.

COLLEGE NEWS

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.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

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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