Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Two Musicians Picked for ILMEA Honors Band
All-state musicians Yoon Doh and Eric Hamilton, both clarinetists, were selected to the Illinois Music Education Association Honors Band last weekend. Doh was selected for second chair while Hamilton finished 14th. The seniors auditioned for the band upon arrival Thursday for the ILMEA All-State Conference, competing against many other clarinetists from around Illinois.

Best-Selling YA Author Coming to Stevenson
Jay Asher, author of the best-selling young adult novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, will visit Stevenson for a public presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation and the Vernon Area Public Library, is free. However, registration is required. Click here to register online. You also can register by phone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk at the Vernon Area Public Library. Thirteen Reasons Why is the story about a teen suicide, the circumstances surrounding it, and how we treat each other. Asher also will give presentations during the day Tuesday to students as part of the Odyssey fine arts festival.

Spanish Dance Theater Group to Perform Feb. 5
Ensemble Espanol, a Spanish dance theater company in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 5 in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling 847-415-4121. The concert is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. Ensemble Espanol also will give presentations to students during the day at Odyssey.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Patriettes Perform at State Finals Friday
The varsity Patriettes are scheduled to perform at 3:27 p.m. Friday at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A competitive dance state finals at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Last year, in the first year of IHSA-sponsored competition, Stevenson finished second in Class 3A.

Stevenson Fencing Marks 25 Years, Hosts Conference Meet
Stevenson will play host to the Great Lakes Conference boys and girls fencing championships at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Field House. This is the first time Stevenson has hosted the event since 2002. The event also marks the 25th anniversary of the Stevenson fencing program. Assistant Coach Marla Wolf has been a part of the program since its inception.

Upcoming Flood of Games to Test Boys Basketball Roster
Starting Saturday, the varsity boys basketball team will play six games in 14 days. A year ago, only a handful of players would have been counted upon to carry the load. This season, Coach Pat Ambrose has a deeper roster at his disposal.

Freshman Takes the Point for Girls Basketball Team
Freshman Ashley Richardson has taken the reins at point guard for the Patriot girls basketball team. Coach Tom Dineen says Richardson has the combination of intelligence, poise and shooting skill that he looks for in a point guard.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tickets for the freshman-sophomore play, The Arkansaw Bear (yes, that’s the correct spelling), are available for $5 at the Patriot Superstore. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater (Room 4200).

Don’t miss the PPA bake sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cake, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

A big thank you to all the families who volunteered to host our Danish visitors in March! If you submitted an application, you will be be mailed an itinerary and information about your student within the next two weeks.

ATHLETICS

There will be a boys volleyball informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1508/1510. Please contact Coach Goolish at 847-415-4584 or egoolish@d125.org if you are unable to attend.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Attention all Origamists: Our next meeting is today from 3:30 to 4:30 in Room 6036. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Junior Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 6022. New members are always welcome.

The Speech and Drama team meets at 3:45 Wednesday and Thursday 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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Calling all seniors! Now is the time to request 7th semester (or mid-year) transcripts from Parchment. If you filed the Common Application, you do not need to do anything to have your mid-year transcript sent to your college(s). Your counselor will send a transcript to Common Application on your behalf.

In the fall, if you sent your transcript using Parchment (non-Common Application), you need to now request a mid-year transcript be sent to any college that has requested one. To request your 7th semester transcript, go to www.parchment.com and order a “current transcript.” All requests received will contain 7th semester grades; SHS will begin processing these requests Friday.

We urge you to request your mid-year transcript as soon as possible in order to meet many schools’ February 1 deadlines. If you have any questions, please see your counselor, a college counselor in the College/Career Center, or Mrs. Micheli in Room 2414.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

There will be a new CareerExcursions! trip on the next Field Trip Day, February 12. We will be visiting Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. If you have an interest in veterinarian medicine and especially want to explore different specialties in vet medicine (such as cardiology or dermatology), please plan on attending. See Mrs. Willock in the CCC to sign up and pick up a permission form.

Don’t have plans for Spring Break? Why not participate in a Career Shadow and learn about a specific profession as well as get some hands on experience? Current career areas to explore include: culinary arts, physical therapy, advertising, veterinary medicine, business, engineering, health care and more! Contact Ms. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment and find out more.

Immediate internship opportunity: Local non-profit needs a highly motivated, self-starter to do marketing work with a growing, Chicago-area film festival. You must be excellent at writing, public speaking and social media marketing. Hebrew-speaking skills are a plus, but not necessary. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment and apply.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Coalition of unions sues to block state pension reform
Northwestern football players seek to join labor union
Quinn to unveil pre-K program in State of State address
Schools irk some parents after canceling for fourth time in 2014
Standards-based grading slammed by U46 parents, students
District 181 looks at options if Hinsdale Middle School can’t reopen
Redistricting plan approved for Lake Villa students
Barrington schools move closer to adding laptop program
UIC continues its own Obama library effort
Suburban school bus picked up kids despite having no heat
Could Gordon Tech become DePaul College Prep?
District 300 swaps Oak Ridge School property
Suburban teachers picked for NASA program

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Hundreds of students stranded as storms sock South
Cheating scandal hits Columbus, Ohio school system
Obama restates old education goals in State of the Union address
Remains of 55 people unearthed at former Florida reform school
Students at Wisconsin college have cozy walk to class via tunnels

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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