Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Daily Herald Features Teacher of the Year Finalist Fritz
The Daily Herald today has a feature article on Communication Arts teacher Bill Fritz, who was one of the finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2013. The article features comments from several of Fritz’s current and former students, as well as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Mark Onuscheck, who was a Communication Arts colleague of Fritz’s for several years. There also is a brief video in which Fritz discusses his teaching philosophy.

CPN Presents “The Big Disconnect” Author January 22
Internationally recognized clinical psychologist and author Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair from Harvard Medical School will discuss “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, in the Performing Arts Center. The event is free, but those who RSVP will be eligible to win a copy of her book, The Big Disconnect, which the Wall Street Journal selected as one of the best nonfiction books of 2013. You must be present to win. Click here to RSVP. For more information on the event, click here for the promotional flyer. Steiner-Adair’s talk is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation.

Two Juniors Earn Perfect ACT Scores
The number of juniors earning perfect ACT scores doubled in December when Jeremy Lan and Karen Whisler recorded 36’s on the exam given December 14. Lan, from Vernon Hills, and Whisler, from Long Grove, join Mariana Feingold and Andrew Min as members of the Class of 2015 reaching the top score on the ACT.

Band Alumni Remember Dave Habley
SHS band alumni Robert Robinson (Class of 1978) and Jeff Tolva (Class of 1983) recalled former band director Dave Habley as a tough grader who brought out the best in his students. Tolva’s son, David, is a junior at SHS who plays trombone in the Symphonic Band, and daughter Sara is likely to be a percussionist when she enters the school next fall. Habley died Monday. His funeral will be held Saturday morning.

Culver’s Supports Band Uniform Drive
During the month of January, Culver’s in Buffalo Grove will donate a portion of proceeds toward the Stevenson Band Uniform Drive. Just mention Stevenson Band when you order.

Buffalo Grove Trustees Honor SHS Olympian
Buffalo Grove trustees this week honored Megan Bozek (Class of 2009) on her selection to the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team. She and her teammates open their Winter Olympics schedule against Finland on February 8.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 136, Mundelein 50: Nick Koto captured two events and anchored two winning relays, and Andrew Lefebvre also won two events to pace the Patriots in Mundelein. Koto won the 200 IM (2:08.64) and 100 free (50.49). He also swam the last leg on the 200 free relay with Allen Feng, Alex Kapecki and David An (1:34.14), and the 400 free relay with Feng, Robert Cao and Brad Weinstein (3:38.00). Lefebvre won the 200 free (1:55.21) and 100 butterfly (58.68). Other individual winners included Feng in the 50 free (22.91), Blake Ripes in diving (251.00), Dmitriy Pelutis in the 500 free (4:58.31) and Alan Fang in the 100 breastroke (1:04.75). Weinstein and Feng joined Nate Wingfield and Weilly Tong to capture the 200 medley relay (1:44.95). – Daily Herald

Patriot Girls Will See Pink Saturday Night
The girls basketball teams will be going pink for their games against Lake Forest on Saturday as part of their breast cancer awareness efforts. The varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams all will wear pink uniforms. The teams also partnered with the Junior Patriots girls feeder programs to sell pink T-shirts to raise money for Susan G. Komen. Saturday is also the first of two Junior High Nights sponsored by the Athletics Division. The action starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the freshman B game, followed by freshman A at 4, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7. All games will be played in the Sports Center. The varsity reached a new level of development during the Dundee-Crown tournament over Winter Break.

Boys Basketball Team Learns to Deal With Spotlight
After finishing second in the state last year, boys basketball head coach Pat Ambrose has talked to his team about being a target this season. The Patriots found out how intense opponents can get during the Proviso West tournament. Speaking of intense, Pioneer Press wrote recently about senior Sam Panitch, whom Matt Morrissey called “the perfect teammate.” Jalen Brunson said Panitch is “probably the most hard-working teammate I’ve ever had and he holds the rest of us to a higher standard.” Morrissey, meanwhile, is enjoying his final basketball season as he prepares to play football at Michigan State. He was on hand for the Spartans’ win over Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Basketball Alum Earns Player of the Week Honor
Nate Johnson (Class of 2010), a senior on the University of West Florida men’s basketball team, was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Week. He earned the award after averaging 19.8 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 blocks during a four-game span between December 16 and January 4. He had a career-high 28 points off the bench against Midwestern State on December 21.

Hockey Team Ranked No. 9 By Sun-Times
The boys ice hockey team moved down one spot to No. 9 in the latest ranking of Chicago-area teams by the Chicago Sun-Times.


Don’t miss the Kiva Club’s S-Factor, Stevenson’s singing competition, at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. In the S-Factor, everyone in the audience is a judge. Tickets are available for $5 if purchased during lunch periods in the Wood or Glass Commons, or for $7 at the door tonight. All proceeds will benefit Kiva Club, which aids struggling entrepreneurs in Third World countries. If you can’t make it to the event, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will carry it live.

During finals, the Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can be taken only during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If you have any questions, stop by the Testing Center.

The Future Educators of America club is looking for students who are interested in tutoring kids at Ivy Hall Elementary School during second semester. If you would like more information, please contact Ms. King or Ms. Ruiz.

Nine Danish students still need Stevenson homes! Show your Patriot pride by welcoming a visiting student into your family for two school days during the first week of March. The visit will provide a rewarding cultural experience for all involved and may be the beginning of a lifelong friendship! Click here for an application. If you have any questions, contact Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen at

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

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.


There are a number of summer career courses and opportunities that are now accepting applications. Please make sure to visit the Career Exploration website for more details.

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.


Advance tickets for Stevenson’s January 25 showdown with Marian Catholic and star guard Tyler Ulis, a University of Kentucky recruit, can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore for $6, and also at the home boys basketball games on January 17 and 21. The game will be played at Glenbard East; tipoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $8 at the door.

Chicago groups welcome federal school discipline guide
At least six schools in Chicago archdiocese slated to close
Carmel Catholic High School president resigns
Class-action suit filed over St. Charles schools’ reorganization
Augustana College considers creating its own police force
Nobel Prize-winning Northwestern economics professor dies
Naperville elementary school principal loses battle with breast cancer

Which states make the grade in education?
Los Angeles library to offer high school diplomas
Professor who brought modern Chinese literature to the West dies
Connecticut school board member resigns after Newtown comment
A campus more colorful than reality: Beware that college brochure

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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