Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Survey Says SHS Students Like Their Counselors
Stevenson students overwhelmingly approve of the counseling services provided by the school’s Student Services Division, according to the annual survey of current and former students.

More than 90 percent of students who attended SHS in 2012-13 said they agreed or strongly agreed when asked if they felt their counselor was easy to talk to, knows who they are, and was helpful in selecting courses that meet their needs, interests and future goals. Well over 80 percent of students also said they felt comfortable talking with their counselor about personal or non-academic concerns.

Nearly 3,300 students took part in the survey, which was conducted last spring. The survey also included responses from 100 members of the Class of 2012 and 100 from the Class of 2008. Among the findings in the 75-page report:

• Graduating seniors identified 465 faculty and staff members who had a positive impact on their time at Stevenson due to inspirational teaching, encouragement and personal interest.

• 70 percent of those surveyed in the Class of 2012 said they were better prepared than most of their college classmates. Only 1 percent said they were not as well prepared as others.

• 87 percent of surveyed students who had been away from Stevenson for five years said the school prepared them well for college. Only 1 percent considered their college preparation inadequate.

• Most students said that on a typical school day, they spent at least one hour studying or doing homework. Nearly 40 percent said they spent one or two hours a day, about 30 percent said two to three hours, and roughly 20 percent said three or more hours. Junior year appeared to be the most challenging, with almost six in 10 11th-graders saying they spent two or more hours a day studying or doing homework.

• 96 percent of graduating seniors said they participated in at least one club, activity, sport or intramural program while at Stevenson, and 90 percent did some type of service work, either at the school or in the community.

Click here to view the 2013 report and student survey results from previous years.

Business is Heating Up for These Two Alums
Two Stevenson grads are part of a Buffalo Grove business that is doing so well that it has outgrown its current location. Dmitry Fishkin (Class of 2002) is director of information systems, and Josh Richman (Class of 2004) is marketing specialist for The company helps people looking to buy heating, air conditioning and ventilation products.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 77, Libertyville 48: Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 29 points as the visiting Patriots (7-0, 2-0) won the matchup of unbeaten teams. Brunson nailed four 3-pointers, including a pair during 21-6 run that closed out the first quarter. SHS led by 14 after one quarter but the Wildcats (5-1, 1-1) closed to within nine, 40-31, at halftime. The Pats blew things open in the third quarter, extending their lead to 60-43 at its close. Matthew Johnson had 16 points and six rebounds, Connor Cashaw added 14 points, and Matt Morrissey had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. SHS frustrated the Wildcats’ leading scorer, holding him 17 points under his season average before he was forced to leave after receiving his second technical foul. – Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 6, Prairie Ridge 3: Sam Spector and Matt Heller scored two goals apiece for the Patriots at Twin Rinks Ice Arena, and Jared Projansky tied the school record for career goals. Projansky lit the lamp in the first period, the 85th goal in his 84-game career, tying the SHS record for career goals set by Greg Rachke in 171 games from 2007-10. Projansky also dished out three assists, giving him 75 for his career and leaving him one point shy of tying Rachke as the school’s all-time points leader with 161. Projansky currently is second in career assists behind Grady Suerth, who had 83. Also scoring against Prairie Ridge was Richard Chen, who also had an assist. Trevor Patten also registered three assists, Ryan Rothstein had two, and Jake Cimarusti and Spector each had one. Goalie Nathan Newmark stopped 37 shots.

Girls Bowling
Stevenson 9, Round Lake 0: The Patriots breezed past the Panthers at the Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove. SHS outscored Round Lake, 2,548-1,895.

SBN to Show Girls Basketball Game Friday Night
Friday night’s varsity girls basketball game against Lake Zurich will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 p.m. SBN also will carry the boys basketball game against Urban Prep West at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament on December 23.


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 tonight and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. Admission is free!

The Winter Guitar Concert will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Admission is free.

Calling all freshmen! Come get your Spirit on and join your classmates for some fun on a Friday night! What’s better than a movie, hot dogs, and girls basketball on a cold December night? Especially when the movie is Ferris Bueller and the basketball is against Lake Zurich! So come to the West Auditorium this Friday at 3:30 and join in the fun! All freshmen are welcome.

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 (

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!

Did you know that Wright-Way Rescue was hit by a school bus? Let’s help them rebuild so they can continue to save animals. Animal Welfare Club will be selling T-shirts to raise money, and accepting donations, in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods until Winter Break. They need canned cat and dog food, animal toys, newspapers, cleaning supplies, blankets, cash and more.

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, and at the door.

Auditions for the winter play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, won’t take place until January, but the audition packet is available on the Fine Arts/Theatre Department website. Additionally, scripts are available for overnight check out in the ILC. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Lynch in Room 2204.

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.

Freshmen who are in Band during first semester need to pick up their PE uniform at the Superstore before the start of second semester.

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

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.


Psychology Club will be meeting today in Room 7044 at 3:45 to share fun Psychology demos. All are welcome!

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

The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club will meet after school today in Room 2808. All interested students are welcome to attend.

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.


IM Volleyball packets are due this week! Freshmen are due today. 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 to set up an appointment.

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