Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Foundation Receives $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge
A local family whose three children are recent graduates of Stevenson has pledged a $10,000 donation to the Stevenson Foundation in the form of a Matching Challenge. All donations received by the Foundation by December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total matching gift of $10,000.

The family’s generous gift was inspired by the dedication and hard work of the entire Stevenson faculty and staff, and is being made with a special thank you to Ryan Fedewa (Science), Melissa Mack (Communication Arts), Caroline Shupe (Social Studies), and former Stevenson teachers Jeff Mayer (Communication Arts, deceased), and Jason Stacy (Social Studies/Philosophy) for the impact they had on these three Stevenson graduates.

Click here to find out how to make a donation to the Stevenson Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible.

Schools From Four States Visiting SHS Today
Thirty-five representatives from four schools will be visiting Stevenson today as part of the Site Visit for Educators program: Loyola Academy in Wilmette; New Albany High School in New Albany, Indiana; Warren County High School in McMinnville, Tennessee; and YesPrep Public Schools in Houston, Texas.

Alum Uses Dance to Open Doors for Chicago Youth
Sophia Horwich (Class of 2011) is the creator of Everybody Dance Now! Chicago, a non-profit organization that provides free weekly dance classes to underserved youth in Chicago. Classes are augmented with nutrition education, service learning, and cultural programming. She started the program after moving to Chicago to become a full-time student at DePaul University. In the two years EDN!C has been in existence, it has grown to teach nearly 10 classes per week serving more than 290 youth.

“Stevenson always gave me so many fantastic resources, opportunities, and venues for me to become who I am. When I came to Chicago, I realized it isn’t like that for everyone,” she said. “Starting EDN!C felt like a natural extension of what I’ve gained and learned in my own life, it felt like my responsibility to make these things possible for other youth.”

Art Faculty Works on Display in Rotunda Gallery
Members of the Stevenson Art Department faculty have works on display until Winter Break in the Rotunda Gallery of the West Building. Click here to see samples of their work.


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Proviso West Tournament Pairings Announced
Stevenson’s boys basketball team will open its Proviso West Holiday Tournament schedule against Urban Prep West at 8 p.m. Monday, December 23. Tournament pairings were announced Monday night. The winner of the SHS-Urban Prep game will face New Trier or Wheaton Academy on Friday, December 27. Season tickets for the tournament can be purchased online through Friday. A season ticket costs $75 and provides access to all 61 games of the tournament. Click here for ticket information.

Rank and File
Stevenson is ranked No. 2 in the Chicago Sun-Times Super 25 boys basketball poll and No. 2 in the Chicago Tribune. Meanwhile, the final football rankings have SHS at No. 6 in the Chicago Tribune and No. 8 in the Sun-Times.


Class ring delivery: Jostens will be here today to deliver class rings during lunch hours in the Wood Commons. Also, anyone still needing to turn in a class ring order may place an order on Tuesday as well.

FCCLA will be having a bake sale today during eighth period and after school in the Wood and Glass Commons areas.

Do you like to dance? Do you have an ugly sweater? The SHS DJ Club and Student Council are hosting the first Holiday Dance from 8-10:30 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons. The theme is “Ugly Sweaters.” Tickets are $5 and will be sold in the Superstore during all lunch periods this week, and at the door.

Seniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Wednesday. You must attend this meeting even if you belong to a club. Counselor locations will be posted throughout the school.

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

Come one, come all to the Acting 3 Workshop Production, At This Moment in Time. This year’s show includes three student-written, student-directed, and student-acted performance pieces: “Party of One,” “The Hour Glass” and “Masterpiece.” The shows are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. Admission is free!

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

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

Student Odyssey Course Registration has begun! Students have until Friday, December 20 to complete selections in Infinite Campus. Links to tutorials are on the Odyssey home page.

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.

Seniors who were named Illinois State Scholars can pick up their certificate in Room 2400.


IM Volleyball packets are due this week! Juniors are due today, sophomores tomorrow, and freshman on Thursday. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.


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


Senior Class Board will meet today and Wednesday after school in 2428 to work on decorations for the Winterfest Dance. New members are always welcome. SCB is a great way to meet new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours.

2014-15 is the 50th anniversary of Stevenson High School. The 50th Anniversary Club plans to celebrate this special year in Stevenson history in many ways, so the planning must start now! Please come to the very first meeting today at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2430. Bring your ideas, join the fun, and help plan some amazing events.

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 meet before and after school on Thursday in Room 2808. All interested students are welcome to attend.

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.

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