Thursday, May 29, 2014

Elbaum Named Illinois History Teacher of the Year
Stevenson High School’s David Elbaum has been named the 2014 Illinois History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY, and Preserve America.

Elbaum, 32, is in his eighth year of teaching at Stevenson, and his 11th year overall. The Deerfield High School graduate taught at Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove for three years before joining Stevenson.

Video: David Elbaum talks about his passion for teaching history

“I see (the award) as a real affirmation of what we’ve done at a team level,” Elbaum said. “I’m happy to accept the award, but this is more about the collaboration that we do on the U.S. history team. It’s a tremendous honor, but I’m so proud to be working with, I think, the best history teachers in the state right here at Stevenson.”

As a state winner, Elbaum becomes a finalist for the National History Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced this fall. The Illinois State Board of Education and Gilder Lehrman will honor Elbaum during the Illinois Council of Social Studies annual conference at Harper College in Palatine on October 17. He also will receive a $1,000 award, and an archive of books and historical resources will be presented in his name to Stevenson’s Information and Learning Center.

Alums End Up in Practice Together, Years Later
Three members of Stevenson High School’s Class of 1992 — Jason Price, Michael Stoller and Darin Argentar — went on to have careers in psychotherapy. None of them knew then what their career paths would be, and they didn’t stay in touch after graduation. Today, all three work in the same Northbrook office co-owned by Price.

Tonight’s Band Awards Night is not a concert, just an awards ceremony.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson hosted IHSA Regional: Glenbrook South ended the Patriots’ season, 2-0, in the regional semifinals. Villanova-bound Conor McCarthy struck out eight and surrendered just two hits in shutting out SHS (13-16) for the second time this season. Mitch Goll gave up only three hits and no earned runs in a complete-game effort. – Daily Herald (linescore)

State Tennis Tournament Starts Today
Six members of the varsity boys tennis team will compete in the IHSA state tournament beginning today. The doubles team of Andrew Komarov and Colin Harvey is the No. 2 seed, while Adam Maryniuk and Matt Harvey are a 9-16 seed. In singles, Benjamin Bush is a 17-32 seed. Click here to follow today’s results.

Softball Regional Semifinal Today
The varsity softball team’s IHSA New Trier Regional semifinal game against Zion-Benton will be played at 4:30 today. The game was moved to today because Tuesday’s first regional semifinal game was postponed to Wednesday.


Today is the last chance for seniors to sign up for the Senior Party bus. Sign up during period 4, 5 or 6 in the Patriot Lobby of the West Building.

All library books are due back to the ILC by Friday. Any overdue books or fines are due immediately. As of today, anyone with outstanding fines or overdue books will not be able to check out any library equipment.

Students and their parents are invited to attend the first meeting of Stand Strong, a community coalition dedicated to helping prevent alcohol and substance abuse in the Stevenson community. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, in Lincolnshire.

Any students participating in SPARK this summer, who also would like to enter science competitions with their research, should come to Room 1904 after school today to learn how to prepare for competitions during their SPARK internship. Contact Mrs. Palffy if you have questions.

Class of 2014 iPad return will take place next Monday through Friday, June 2-6, between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the SMART desk in the Link Lab (Room 3014). When returning the iPad, make sure to include the charging block and cable. Failure to return either the charging block or cable will result in a fine of $19 for each. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Hudson at the SMART desk.

Students who preordered the WIT may pick up their copy in either Communication Arts Office.

Congratulations to the Sodexo cafeteria contest winners. Eitan Troyansky won the grand prize, a mountain bike. Ten other students won iTunes gift cards: Ross Bessinger, Jacob Cortesi, Haruya Maeda, Ethan Marx, Evencio Reyna, Michael Saeli, Sarah Sawyer, Nina Wright, Dong Yoon and Richy Zenner. Winning students can visit the West Kitchen and ask for Habib Osman or Joel Meyers to collect their prize.

As you are cleaning out your lockers and backpacks and getting ready for summer, please consider donating new or gently used school supplies to the annual Peer Helper school supply drive. Drop boxes are located throughout the school. This year, supplies are going to Stevenson’s EduFund club, which will disperse the supplies to local schools in need.

Summer reading assignments for English classes are availablefor students who will be attending SHS during the 2014-15 school year. Check them out at

Students who have enrolled to take AP Environmental Science next year need to come to the East Math and Science Office (Room 8080) to pick up their textbook and summer reading assignment before Tuesday.

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day Tuesday. Locks will be cut off on Wednesday, and any remaining items left behind will be donated to local charities.

Before leaving for the summer, please check out the Lost and Found boxes for any lost items. Stop by Room 5024 in the East Building (by the Field House) and Room 2416 in the West Building.


Today is STEM Career Day! We will have presentations from a chemical engineer, food scientist, web developer, and radiation protection specialist from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Presentations will take place during all periods in the Recital Hall.

Reminder, if you are interested in veterinary medicine as a career: The Anti-Cruelty Society in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is offering an internship program for the 2014-15 school year and applications are due by June 30. Please stop by or contact Mrs. Willock ( in the College/Career Center for an application.


Still need to sign up for summer camp? Don’t worry, it’s not too late! Register online now at For more details you can visit the website or stop by the PREP office, Room 3040.


During finals, the Testing Center hours will be:

Wednesday, June 4 — 7-3

Thursday, June 5  — 7-1

Friday, June 6  — 7-3

The Testing Center is open regular hours on Monday and Tuesday, but seniors must follow their final schedule on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up.

If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.

Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teachers or counselors.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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