Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

School Board Approves $3 Million Tax Abatement
The District 125 Board of Education on Monday approved returning $3 million to taxpayers through an abatement of its bond and interest fund levy. An abatement is a reduction in the amount of tax levied in a fund, and is used by the school board to maintain a stable tax rate.

This is the sixth time in the last seven years the board has abated a portion of its bond and interest fund levy, with more than $16 million given back to taxpayers. A typical district household has received $928 during the past seven years.

Stevenson Formally Receives Democracy School Award
Stevenson was one of five schools in the state to be named an Illinois Democracy School in September. Monday night, the school officially received its award during the District 125 Board of Education meeting.

Shawn Healy, chairman of the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition and leader of the Democracy Schools program, praised Stevenson for its focus on civic learning. He pointed out that while the Social Studies Division leads the way in civic learning, other divisions — particularly the Student Activities Division — help to deepen the commitment. Healy told the board that every teacher in a school is a civics teacher, because equipping students to be good citizens is a fundamental mission dating back to the beginnings of the public education system.

SHS Director of Social Studies Brad Smith accepted the award on behalf of his faculty and staff. Several Social Studies teachers were on hand, including Vanessa Lal, whom Smith singled out as the impetus behind Stevenson pursuing the award. She placed the award on the division’s radar and led a three-year effort to marshal evidence as part of the application process — which included a formal defense in Chicago akin to someone seeking a doctorate.

Click here to see the video shown to the school board during the presentation.

The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition is an arm of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a charitable trust committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens.

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Stevenson 9, Lakes 0: Kaitlyn Rudy rolled a match-best 572 series and Colleen VanDerMeulen added a 557 to pace the host Patriots at the Brunswick Zone. Rudy recorded the highest game of the day, a 238, to go along with a 177 and a 157. VanDerMeulen had a 200, 182 and 175. Xanthe Coulson rolled a 203 in the first game and a 177 in the second en route to a 499 series. The Patriots outscored Lakes, 2,392-2,130.

Morrissey, Green Named to Tribune All-State Team
Matt Morrissey was named to the Chicago Tribune All-State Football Second Team on Sunday, and teammate Cameron Green earned special mention.

Cheerleaders, Patriettes Perform Well at SHS Invitational
Stevenson played host to its annual SHS Invitational for cheerleading and dance teams on Sunday. The varsity, junior varsity and freshman cheerleading squads all took first place in their divisions. The varsity Patriettes took first place in Lyrical and sixth in Jazz. The JV was third in Kick, and the freshman team took seventh among JV-level teams in Kick.

Junior High Nights Planned in January
The Athletics Division is sponsoring Junior High Nights at two upcoming varsity girls and boys basketball games. The first will be the girls basketball game against Lake Forest on Saturday, January 11, and the second will be the boys basketball game versus Libertyville on Friday, January 24. Both games begin at 7 p.m. Junior high students will receive free admission if they are accompanied by a paid adult, and wear Stevenson apparel or apparel from their junior high or middle school.

Soccer Alum Earns All-Region, All-Conference Honors
Ryan Crane (Class of 2011), a junior midfielder on the Carthage College men’s soccer team, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Central Region Second Team. Crane had six goals and three assists in 21 games for Carthage, which finished second in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and had a 13-7-1 record. Crane also was named to the All-CCIW second team and was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year. He transferred to Carthage after spending two years at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student Odyssey Course Registration ends Friday. Please complete your selections in Infinite Campus. Links to tutorials are on the Odyssey home page.

Check out artwork by your fellow students during Winter ArtFest today and Wednesday. Displays will be set up in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building. There also will be a public reception with refreshments and music tonight from 6-8 p.m.

PSAT results are available for pick up in the West Attendance/Registrar Office, Room 2416. You must have your student ID with you to pick up results.

Lost and found: Please remember to check the lost and found in both Attendance Offices — 2416 (West) and 5024 (East) — for any articles you may have lost.

Attention sophomores: P.E. Leader applications are due Monday, January 13 in the West P.E. Office (2108). Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare website at www.d125.org/pe/pe_leadership.aspx.

For any sophomores interested in a leadership opportunity working with students with special needs and disabilities, all Alternative P.E. Leader applications are due Monday, January 13 in the West P.E. Office (2108). Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare website at www.d125.org/pe/pe_leadership.aspx.

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.

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.

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

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

World’s Fair is coming. With the help of many volunteers, Chinese Club is one of the clubs raising the most funds for charity. We are going to make decorations for the coming World’s Fair. Please come and help us in Room 2812 after school today. A community service hour is provided.

The Origami Club is back! Join us for our informational meeting on Wednesday in Room 6036 from 3:30 to 4:30. Snacks will be provided. See you there!

The 50th Anniversary Club/Committee will meet at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2430. All students interested in planning events to celebrate Stevenson’s 50th anniversary next year are welcome to come.

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

Senior Class Board: We will meet today and Wednesday after school in Room 2428. We are working on Winterfest decorations. New members are always welcome. Come have fun and earn community service hours.

The Speech and Drama team meets every Tuesday, 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.

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday 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.

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 Stevenson Styler will have its first planning meeting for the Spring/Summer 2014 edition on Wednesday, January 7 at 3:30 in Room 1424. If you are interested in writing, working on layout, editing or modeling please come! Questions? See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410!

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.       

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
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Rantoul Township High teacher fired over misconduct allegations
Former Maine West coach turns down plea deal in hazing case
Barrington Hills elementary school principal placed on paid leave
Peoria-area middle school principal fired
Passionate debate over 21 proposed charter schools for CPS
Crystal Lake District 47 removes “interim” label from superintendent
“Dial-a-Carol” a holiday tradition at University of Illinois

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Many college students fail to finish their degrees, study finds
Protecting student privacy in the data age
Florida high school named for KKK leader to change its name
Poll: Kids want more fun and fewer facts to make science real
Former MIT president Vest, leader in online education, dies

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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