Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

School Board Considering Renovation Plan
The District 125 Board of Education this month will vote on a proposal calling for nearly $9.7 million in physical improvements to the school. If approved, work would take place next summer.

The list calls for about $3.5 million in upgrades to fine arts, applied arts and Project Lead the Way (architecture and engineering) classrooms in the West Building, and around $2.3 million to renovate East Building science classrooms, which would mimic a science lab overhaul done in the West Building in 2012. Another $1.4 million will be spent on repair work, including some $800,000 to fix the East Building roof, plus $1.2 million for the swimming pool heating system and $1.1 million to continue renovating federally mandated Areas of Rescue Assistance, of which there are 38 in the school.

The board will meet on Monday, December 16.

SHS Foundation Seeks Volunteers
The Stevenson High School Foundation is recruiting volunteers for a range of roles and interests. Anyone interested in helping is asked to fill out this short online survey. In particular, the group is looking for volunteers to serve on its communications committee. People with experience or aptitude in communications/public relations (strategy, marketing, writing, branding, social media, videography, etc.) are invited to contact Executive Director Greg Diethrich at gdiethrich@d125.org or 847-415-4465.

Duct (Tape) Dynasty Yields $234 for Give-A-Thon
Wednesday’s Give-A-Thon fundraiser in which students could pay to strap teachers to a wall with duct tape raised $234. Students paid $1 for a three-foot strip of duct tape for the event, which took place during the lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Principal Troy Gobble and teachers Pat Block, Shane Cook, Brett Erdmann, David Frantonius and Greg Sherwin were the willing victims.

Apothecaries By the Arch
Only two independent pharmacy schools have basketball programs, and SHS alumnus Woosik Choi (Class of 2013) plays for one of them. Choi is a freshman at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The school nickname is the Eutectics, a pharmaceutical term for two solids that when combined create a liquid. The team plays in a 350-seat gym called The Pillbox.

Students Hear From Israeli “Voice” Stars
Freshman Julie Friedman and senior Max Klaber were among the high school students who recently were treated to an exclusive concert by two contestants from Israel’s version of “The Voice” television program.

Flag Football Champions Crowned
The Stevenson Flag Football League crowned seven division champions on Sunday. The winners were: Beach Bums (senior boys), Blazers (senior/junior girls), Quakers (junior boys), Frontenacs (sophomore boys), Shamrox (sophomore girls), Lobos (freshmen boys) and Devils (freshmen girls). Watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network video.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 9, Grant 0: Richy Zenner rolled games of 243, 214 and 213 for a 670 series at Antioch Bowl, as the Patriots improved to 4-1. Ethan Rosuck rolled a 248 game with a 624 series, while Eddie Mendrala contributed a 218 game and a 602 series. Matt Poetker also added a 233 game for SHS, which outscored Grant, 2,971-2,672.

Boys Basketball Game to be Shown Online
Wednesday night’s varsity boys basketball game against Prospect will be carried live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 p.m. Click here to catch the action.

Patriot Hoops in the Headlines
The Patriots remain near the top of the prep basketball rankings. SHS is No. 3 in the Sun-Times Super 25, and No. 2 in the Tribune preseason poll. Jalen Brunson is one of five players listed as candidates for the Tribune’s Mr. Basketball award. The 6-foot-2 junior appreciates the notoriety, but isn’t getting caught up in the hype.

Wrapping Up Football’s “Amazing Journey”
CSN Chicago posted its final episode of “The Drive,” an online chronicle of Stevenson’s 2013 football season, on Saturday. The Patriots finished the year 11-3 and reached the state semifinals. Head coach Bill McNamara called the campaign an “amazing journey.” SHS finished No. 6 in the final Tribune rankings, and No. 8 in the Sun-Times.

Weisberg Listed Among Top Gymnasts
Junior Alyssa Weisberg, who won the state balance beam title last year, is listed as one of the top girls gymnasts in the Chicago area by the Sun-Times.

Hockey Coaching Staff Welcomes Back All-Stater
Brian Murtha (Class of 2008), who earned all-state hockey honors his senior year, has joined the SHS coaching staff. Murtha played at Miami University and Robert Morris University, graduating from Miami last May. He is among Stevenson’s single-season scoring and assist leaders.

Soccer Alum Named Academic All-American
Gordy Gurson (Class of 2010), a senior at Robert Morris University, was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men’s Soccer Team. Gurson, a forward who led the Eagles in scoring in each of the last three seasons, was a second-team selection.


Would you like a chance to win a free month’s membership at Title Boxing Club in Lake Zurich? Come to the varsity boys basketball game Wednesday night, and you might be picked to be part of a special halftime competition. Two students will be chosen to wear boxing gloves while trying to dribble and shoot a basketball. The first student to make a shot wins!

Auditions for Madrigal Singers will be held next Monday. All students are welcome to audition. Information packets are available in the Choir Room (2202). Contact Mrs. Snelten at ksnelten@d125.org for more information.

Sophomores and juniors interested in serving as student mentors in the FMP program next year should submit an application by December 13. Applications can be found on the FMP website (www.d125.org/fmp).

Don’t miss the SHS Burger Challenge at Tom and Eddie’s in Vernon Hills from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Students in the Introduction to Business classes have designed four burgers, and you can help decide the winner with your purchase. Plus, 10% of proceeds will go to the March of Dimes. Any student who shows their Stevenson ID will receive a free drink.

The deadline for the deposit and paperwork for the New York Fashion Industry Tour is Friday, December 13. Please see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410 with any questions or an informational packet!


IM Basketball team packets are due this week! Seniors are due today, juniors tomorrow, sophomores on Wednesday, and freshmen on Thursday. If you have any questions, stop by the PREP Office, Room 3040.

This year’s mandatory student/parent membership meeting for anyone interested in joining Ski and Snowboard Club will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). All students and parents should plan on attending this meeting. More information can be found at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or you can stop in the PREP Office, Room 3040.


A representative from the United States Marines will be visiting Stevenson on Thursday during fifth period (activity period day) in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Sgt. Brown will be talking about careers and also NROTC scholarships. Come to the College/Career Center to obtain a pass, at least two days ahead of the visit, which needs to be signed by your teacher. If you have a free period or lunch, a pass is not needed.

Sophomores are invited to a Lunch and Learn with College Counselor Mr. Miller on Tuesday, December 17 in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during all lunch periods. Come learn about the resources within Naviance for college and career exploration, and begin the creation of your online resume. Pizza will be served. You must RSVP to Mr. Miller at dmiller@d125.org by Tuesday, December 10 in order to attend. See you in the CCC!


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.


Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday after school from 3:30 to 4:30 in Room 7036. Come sign up for new December events and learn about second semester happenings. New members are always welcome.

SPINS Club – Our next outing is Friday. We’ll be going to Nickel City in Northbrook for arcade games, and then going out for a dinner or snack. We’ll be back at SHS by 7 p.m. Get your permission form signed and turned in by the end of the day Thursday so you can attend.

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.

The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club will begin meeting before and after school on Thursdays in Room 2808 starting this week. All interested students are welcome to attend.

Illinois lawmakers to vote today on long-awaited pension reform
Pension proposal highlights
Quinn, legislators gear up for today’s “World War III” pension vote
Lt. Gov Simon breaks with Quinn, opposes pension deal
Pension vote tears at political allegiances
Some lawmakers feel pension reform plan being rushed
Forum tonight for possible Round Lake High School expansion
Northwestern University to start program for CPS students
UIC faculty union begins strike-authorization vote
Belleville schools eliminate recess for instructional time
Illinois State wins $700K grant to train computer science teachers
Home-schooled student fights to wrestle at Maine West High School
Edwardsville High receives $4M donation to build pool

Both sides of Common Core argument agree: It will reshape schools
U.S. 15-year-olds lag, mainly in math, on international tests
Seeing the toll, schools revise zero tolerance policies
Black colleges face uphill battle to survive

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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