Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

180 Students Sign Up for Volunteer Work on MLK Jr. Day
Approximately 180 students have signed up to take part in the first-ever “Day of Service” on Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students will board buses at Stevenson and head to a number of Lake County sites to do volunteer work, including Bernie’s Book Bank, Clearbrook Retirement Center, Community Care Center, Lake County Forest Preserve, Lake County Haven, LEAD/Speak Up, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Vernon Township Pantry and Willow House. After completing their volunteer time, students will return to SHS for lunch, a wrap-up discussion, and open gym and a pool party.

Summer School Registration Begins
Online registration for 2014 summer school classes began Tuesday. More than 50 classes are being advertised. Click here for the summer school catalog. Parents are advised to register by March 14 to avoid having a class canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Walk-in registration begins February 3. Summer school is scheduled to begin June 9. In addition to summer school courses, there are dozens of summer camps available through the PREP program. Click here to view the PREP spring/summer brochure.

Best-Selling Author to Appear at SHS in February
New York Times best-selling novelist Jay Asher, whose novel about a teen suicide, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” was voted the top choice for the 2013 Illinois High School Readers Choice Award, will make a public appearance at Stevenson at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 4. The event, sponsored by the Vernon Area Public Library and the Stevenson High School Foundation, will take place in the West Auditorium. The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

“Thirteen Reasons Why” is a novel about a teen suicide, and the bullying and casual cruelty that led up to it. Since its publication in 2007, the book has gained thousands of fans worldwide, including teens connecting with its message of tolerance and compassion. The Thirteen Reasons Why Project at provides readers with an opportunity to share how the story has affected their life.

The evening event is a public complement to Stevenson’s biennial Odyssey fine arts festival, which will be held February 4-5. Asher is slated to present four student workshops during Odyssey.


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Lacrosse Alum Selected in MLL Draft
Matt Harris (Class of 2010), a senior at Syracuse University, was selected in the third round of the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft on Friday. Harris was selected No. 21 overall by the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks. The defender is one of Syracuse’s team captains for the 2014 season, and was a second-team all-Big East selection last year.

Spring Sports Tryouts Coming Soon
Tryouts and practices for girls and boys track and field, plus boys gymnastics, begin in mid-February. All other spring sports start in March. Click here to see the spring sports starting dates and to download an athletic participation form. Students are encouraged to read the Student Announcements section of the Digest to find out about spring sports informational meetings.


Click here for the final exam schedule and other important information.

All library materials are due back to the ILC by Thursday. Please return all books and pay any overdue fines. No materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Textbook return and pick-up for one-semester classes will take place in Room 1416 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and Thursday, and next Tuesday and Wednesday, January 21-22. After January 22, students will need to turn in or pick up textbooks in department offices.

The Testing Center will be open until 1 p.m. today, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. 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.

World’s Fair is just around the corner. Tickets for the Saturday, January 25 cultural performances go on sale today and can be purchased at Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. They’re also available on a first-come-first served basis, and will likely sell out, so get them while you can. Contact Mr. Monaghan or Mr. Diethrich for more information.

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

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.


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.


Boys gymnastics will hold an informational meeting next Wednesday, January 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2002. Please leave a message for Coach Liva at 847-415-4293 or email him at if unable to attend.

Anyone interested in playing sophomore football next fall should come to an informational meeting next Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theater (Room 4200). Contact Coach Jacobson at 847-415-4710 or email him at if unable to attend.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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