Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Senior Invited to U.S. Physics Team Training Camp
Licheng (Richard) Zhu, a senior from Vernon Hills, has been selected as one of 20 finalists to train with the United States Physics Olympiad Team at the University of Maryland from May 27 through June 7. He and other students will engage in intense studying, testing and problem solving during the 10-day training camp. They also will hear special lectures by prominent physicists and interact with other exceptional physics students from around the country. At the end of the camp, five members will be chosen to represent the U.S. at the 45th International Physics Olympiad in Astana, Kazakhstan from July 13-21.

Herren Follow-Up Breakfast Wednesday Morning
A follow-up breakfast meeting for Stevenson parents who attended “Chris Herren Unguarded: It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams” will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the District 125 Administration Center, north of the school’s Stadium. Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Cristina Cortesi will lead the meeting.

Students to Serve as Fashion Models Tonight
Stevenson students Easton Self and Kayla Guo will represent the school and serve as fashion models at the heARTist Fashion Art Show on the lower level of Northbrook Court (near Lord and Taylor) at 7 p.m. tonight. The show will benefit Saving Tiny Hearts Society, an organization committed to raising awareness and increase funding for research into congenital heart defects, the leading birth defect worldwide. The event caps a two-month art exhibit featuring works by students from Stevenson and other area high schools at Northbrook Court.

Former Board Member Offers Ideas to Help County
Former District 125 Board of Education member Dr. Les Raff was one of the participants in a roundtable community discussion led by the Daily Herald on Monday. The “On The Table” event was part of a regional program sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust. During Monday’s meeting, Raff, a pathologist, said Lake County could use more health fairs and health-screening clinics in underserved areas. He also suggested that schools with stronger volunteer programs mentor students in poorer districts.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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State Gymnastics Qualifiers Finalized
Elijah Klaber will join Zack Gilbert, Jacob Guth, Arie Feltman-Frank and Matt Krames in the individual competition at this weekend’s Illinois High School Association boys gymnastics state tournament. The IHSA announced Monday that Klaber has earned at-large berths in still rings, floor exercise, pommel horse and parallel bars based on his scores in last week’s Stevenson Sectional. Guth, who had already qualified in the all-around, parallel bars and high bar, also was selected at-large for pommel horse and vault. Krames, an automatic qualifier in vault and floor exercise, received at-large bids in high bar, still rings and parallel bars. Gilbert will compete in all six individual events plus the all-around, while Feltman-Frank qualified in three events: pommel horse, still rings and high bar. Stevenson also qualified in the team competition by winning the sectional championship. The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Hinsdale Central.

Stevenson Athletic Program Advances in Competition
Stevenson’s athletic program has advanced to the second round of the third annual Interscholastic Sports Program of Excellence competition sponsored by Coach and Athletic Director magazine. The Interscholastic Sports Program of Excellence was created to honor athletic programs not for their accomplishments on the field, but for their overall commitment to promoting a positive experience for student-athletes. Athletic programs are evaluated in eight categories: participation rate, coaches certification, community service, athletic director national certification, scholar-athlete status, level of participation, sportsmanship and parent participation. This year’s winners will be notified in August.

Boys Lacrosse on High School Cube Wednesday
Wednesday’s varsity boys lacrosse match at Lake Forest will be shown live on High School Cube beginning at 5:30 p.m. Click here to watch.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Help the SHS Choir sing with Foreigner! Vote once a day, every day between now and 10 a.m. Friday by clicking here. Also, you can hear the SHS choirs in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Come see Food Patriots, a documentary about people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. After the screening, the makers of the documentary will be on hand for questions, as will a nutritionist and others. Admission is free.

Don’t miss the PPA bake sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. All items are $1.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Senior Class Party — 51 spots are left! The cost is $40 and you must complete the form on the PPA website. Forms may be turned into the Patriot Superstore.

If you have already signed up for the Senior Class Party, please stop by the Patriot Lobby during lunch on Tuesday, May 20 or Wednesday, May 21 to sign up for your bus. If you want to sit with your friends, you will need to sign up together. Seat sign-up will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. If you don’t sign up, you will be assigned to a bus. If you need to cancel, please stop by and let the PPA know. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

How would you like to win $500? That’s the grand prize for the winner of a design contest to create a logo for Stevenson’s 50th anniversary. The contest is open to all students. You can pick up an application in Room 2426 or the Student Activities Office, or download one at http://tinyurl.com/shs50logo. The application deadline has been extended to next Monday, and the winner will be announced at Spring Fling on May 30. If you have any questions, email Kevin Cheng at kcheng5@students.d125.org or the 50th Anniversary Committee sponsor, Mrs. Dreyer, at ddreyer@d125.org.

Visual Image Photography (VIP) will visit Stevenson for senior portrait (Class of 2015) sign-up May 19-21 from 10:45-3:30 in the Patriot Lobby. You can sign up by phone at 847-499-9300 or 800-577-9570, or online at studio.il.vipis.com.  You can also scan the QR code on any sign-up poster featured on bulletin boards throughout the school.

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

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. 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.

Psychology Club will have its last meeting of the year and pizza party on Thursday. We will be celebrating and watching Brain Games. All are welcome!

ATHLETICS

Attention Athletes: Have you signed up for your summer sports camp yet? Registration for sports camps is now open! Visit the PREP website at www.d125.org/PREPfor more details or stop by Room 3040 and pick up a brochure.

The girls lacrosse team is holding a fundraiser at Roti Mediterranean Grill in Vernon Hills on Thursday. Roti will donate 20% from orders placed between 5-8 p.m. to the team. Look for special coupons on the girls lacrosse web page at www.d125.org/glacrosse.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Interested in veterinary medicine as a career? The Anti-Cruelty Society Veterinary Mentoring Program could be for you. Applications are being accepted for the 2014-15 school year. Please see Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.

If you are interested in marketing, promotions or media relations as a career, there is an available summer internship at a local non-profit. You must have strong writing skills, knowledge of social media platforms and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, as well as reliable transportation. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Illinois unions ask judge to delay new pension law
U-46 to consider school closings, boundary changes
District 59 to shorten school day at Elk Grove Village facility
Chicago principals say they operate under “gag order”
CPS chief vows she’ll get to the bottom of principal’s complaints

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Lectures aren’t just boring, they’re ineffective, too, study finds
Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance
Reading, writing, arithmetic, and lately, coding in schools
FBI: Pedophile teacher abused dozens for decades as clues missed
High school students are now trading Twitter retweets for points

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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