Tuesday, March 18, 2014

School Board OKs SEDOL Withdrawal Agreement
The District 125 Board of Education Monday night approved Stevenson’s withdrawal from the Special Education District of Lake County at the end of the 2014-15 school year. The board voted 5-0 in favor of a joint agreement reached between SEDOL, Stevenson and Districts 96 and 103, that will allow the three school districts to withdraw and form their own special education cooperative.

The Lake County Regional Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the withdrawal agreement at its April 7 meeting. If approved, the agreement would go the Illinois State Board of Education for a final OK.

Students to Take 5Essentials Survey on Wednesday
Students will have the opportunity to complete the state’s 5Essentials Survey during the activity period on Wednesday. Students can use their iPads or phones to complete the survey. Those who don’t have an electronic device can use iPads that will be available in the commons areas.

The survey, which also is open to parents, faculty and staff, seeks to find ways to improve schools beyond test scores. The survey will be open to the public until April 25.

Co-Curricular Fair Wednesday Night
Incoming freshmen and their parents or guardians are invited to attend Stevenson’s annual Co-Curricular Fair on Wednesday. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Field House. Representatives from the school’s clubs, athletic teams and intramurals will be on hand to share information with members of the Class of 2018.

Stevenson Grad Leads Unusual Art Project at NU
Megan Hovany (Class of 2003), assistant scenic artist for the theater department at Northwestern University, helped oversee an 18-feet tall by 21-feet wide remake of Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” Here’s the catch: Students had to use 21 separate canvases, which were then pieced together to create the final product. Pioneer Press talked to Hovany about the project.

Games People Play? SHS Alums Hope It’s Theirs
Stevenson graduates and twin brothers Michael and Stephen Stagliano (Class of 2002) are the co-owners of Stesso Games, a maker of board games since 2011. Their latest effort is “Mice and Dice,” which they describe as “Candyland meets Yahtzee with cheese.“ The brothers, now based in southern California, have mounted a Kickstarter campaign to obtain funding for the project.

Q&A Series Starts With Senior
The Lincolnshire Review has begun a weekly segment of Q&A articles featuring Stevenson students. First up is senior Varun Medhal, a distinguished finalist winner in the annual Prudential Awards for Community Service.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Basketball Supersectional Tonight
Stevenson takes on Auburn High School from Rockford tonight in the IHSA Class 4A DeKalb Supersectional at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m., following the Class 3A Supersectional game between Rockford Lutheran and Peoria Notre Dame, which starts at 6. The doors to the Convocation Center will open at 5. SHS (30-1) and Auburn (29-5) feature similar styles, with guard-oriented play and up-tempo pace. The Patriots are looking for their second straight trip downstate, while the Knights are seeking a third berth in the last three years. Auburn finished third in the state in 2012, and also qualified in 2011. Preview articles: High School Cube News | Daily Herald | Rockford Register-Star

The game will be shown live online through IHSA TV and the NFHS Network. Illinois (and Georgia) XFINITY subscribers can watch the event for free with their account. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay $9.95 for access. Broadcast link

Buford, Way Named to News-Sun All-County Team
Taylor Buford and Sophia Way have been selected to the News-Sun’s All-Lake County girls basketball team. The pair led the Patriots to a 21-9 record.

Basketball Alum’s Team to Play in Division III Final Four
Stevenson basketball alumnus Andy Stempel and his Illinois Wesleyan teammates will play in the NCAA Division III Final Four against Wisconsin-Whitewater at 5 p.m. Friday (Central time) in Salem, Virginia. The Titans will be making their sixth national semifinal appearance. Stempel, a freshman, has played in eight games this year for IWU.

Baseball Alum Helps Harvard Past Michigan State
Mike Martin, a 2011 Stevenson graduate, went 2-for-3 and scored two runs as Harvard University’s baseball team beat Michigan State, 7-3, in Greenville, South Carolina on Monday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

A survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Emmanuel Habimana, will visit Stevenson today. He will give presentations to students during periods 5 and 6 in Room 2104 (students can bring their lunch), and after school at 3:45 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Habimana is a filmmaker and activist working on a documentary about the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda.

There will be a Apples Around Town meeting at 3:3o p.m. today in Room 6008 to review all design submissions and provide a calendar with upcoming painting dates. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Grice in the East Fine Arts Office (Room 6076).

Parking for 5th grading period: For those seniors that have purchased less than 5 grading periods of parking, we have opened up a few parking permits for the rest of the 5th grading period. Please come to Room 2426 if you are interested.

Before Spring Break, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. Please stop by the offices on school days until 4 p.m. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today! http://www.d125.org/prep.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Chinese Club will have a game day today, playing Majiang and having competitions (chopsticks and ring toss) in Room 2812 after school. Snacks and water will be provided.

Guitar Club meets today after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching! Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

COLLEGE

Attention Daniel Wright graduates: The District 103 Oscar T. Bedrosian Memorial Scholarship is now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. The completed application should be submitted to District 103 by Friday, April 11.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Report: CPS planned to market, sell shuttered schools
Elimination of middle school reading rankles some in U46
Waukegan teachers, district officials to continue contract talks
Women make college gains with low-profile sports
Lawmaker wants to open GED test prices to competition
Quincy high school teacher running for Congress

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
No, kids don’t have more homework than they did 30 years ago
Gates stands up for Common Core standards
What do teachers want more than new technology? Training to use it
University of Louisville pays administrators for silence
How the cost of college went from affordable to sky-high
Milwaukee’s onetime premier arts school now caught in violent spiral
Does teaching kids “grit” help them get ahead?

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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