Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer School Enrollment Returns to Typical Levels

Stevenson’s summer school enrollment jumped 19 percent this year, according to a report submitted to the Board of Education at its August meeting. A total of 1,550 students enrolled in one or both semesters of summer school, an increase of 252 students from 2013.

Of the 1,550 students in summer school, almost half (746) were freshmen. The freshman figure accounts for about 73% of the incoming ninth-grade class, the highest level since 2011. Overall, about 40% of the SHS student body took summer school,

Director of Curriculum and Development Mark Onuscheck told the board that this year’s numbers represent a return to typical summer school enrollment levels, and that 2013 should be considered an anomaly. Other items from his report:

  • 72 of the 101 summer school teachers were Stevenson faculty members, the highest number since 2009.
  • World History continued to be the most popular summer school course. A graduation requirement taken primarily by incoming freshmen, World History had an enrollment of more than 400 students. The course extends through both semesters.
  • 72 students participated in summer travel enrichment classes. Students traveled to New York City to see and meet with leaders in the fashion industry (19 students); to major European cities as a follow-up to having taken Advanced Placement European History or AP Human Geography (15 students); and to Spain as part of a language and cultural immersion program (38 students).

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Patriot Football Aims to Clip Hawks in Season Opener

Stevenson opens its football season Friday at home against Indian Trail from Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Hawks beat the Patriots, 15-14, in the season opener last year in Wisconsin, and will bring a 1-0 record into Friday night’s game. Indian Trail beat Plymouth, Wisconsin, 27-19, last Thursday. SHS is expected to field one of Illinois’ top teams again, one season after advancing to the Class 8A state semifinals. The Patriots are ranked No. 3 by CSN Chicago, and likely will inhabit similar territory when the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald release their preseason rankings. Going to the game? Here’s a spectator guide to parking and more.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday

On Thursday, there will be a special schedule for all students. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking tests from 8 a.m. to 10:30. Seniors don’t have any tests, and can come to school at 10:30. Classes will start for all students at 10:30 on Thursday, and we will be on the late arrival schedule. The tests being taken by juniors, sophomores and freshmen are all connected to future performance on the ACT college entrance exam. Freshmen will take the EXPLORE test in the West Building, sophomores will take the PLAN test in the East Building, and juniors will take a practice ACT test in the Sports Center and Field House. Juniors with last names A-Lee will test in the Field House, and Lef-Z will test in the Sports Center. Room assignments for freshmen and sophomores will be posted around the school.

Special Bus Schedule for Seniors on Thursday

For seniors taking the bus to school Thursday morning, there will be a modified pick-up schedule in effect. Click here to see the stops scheduled by route (PDF).

NHS Hosting Spirit Fest Benefit Car Wash Saturday

National Honor Society is hosting a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Culver’s, 450 McHenry Road, in Buffalo Grove. Donations from the car wash and a percentage of food sales will go directly to the 2014 Spirit Fest charity, the Lexi Kazian Foundation.

Register for the Color Fun(d) Run at Lunch This Week

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fund Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fund Run work? It’s simple: Run, walk, crawl or make some type of forward motion while people dump different colors on you. And it’s all for a good cause, the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. The cross country team and the Foundation will be signing up students for the Color Fun(d) Run during lunch periods today, Thursday and Friday in the Wood and Glass Commons. The last day to register is Thursday, September 4. For more information, go to stevensonfoundation.org.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC, West Student Services

The ILC and West Student Services are looking to hire student aides for most periods of the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. To apply for a West Student Services position, see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2412 or Mrs. Moffat in Room 2414.

Interested in Learning How to Dive?

Any Patriot girl interested in learning how to dive is invited to contact Coach Carmichael in Room 1618 or at the Patriot Aquatic Center. No experience is necessary.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

Thursday, August 28 9:30 (Late Arrival for Seniors)
Thursday, September 4 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 8 2:35 (Eighth Period)
Tuesday, September 9 7:30 (Second Day of the Week)
Wednesday, September 10 2:45 (Eighth Period/Activity Day)
Friday, September 12 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 15 2:35 (Eighth Period)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding three workshops, and you only need to attend one! On Wednesday, September 3 (second day of the week schedule), workshops are at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The last workshop is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. (eighth period) on Thursday, September 11. All workshops are in the College/Career Center (Room 1123).

Interested in Indiana University? SHS is able to nominate two seniors for the Wells Scholars Program, which pays full tuition, academic fees and an annual living expenses stipend. In the past, winners have been in the top 5% of the class with an ACT composite score above 30. SHS cannot nominate students who have applied or who definitely intend to apply for admission by early binding decision at another university. Interested students should pick up an application packet from the College/Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the completed internal application to the College/Career Center is September 10.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2015. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 10. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Wednesday, October 1.

CLUB NEWS

Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”? Do you want to be a part of this historic athletic year at Stevenson? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be meeting after school today in Room 8000. New members are welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office.

The Sophomore Class Board will meet at 3:35 Thursday in Room 1500. New members are always welcome.

Freshman Class Board: Our first meeting of the school year is Thursday after school in Room 2119. We will be working on Homecoming decorations and our first class unity project. Class board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. Refreshments will be served. See you there!

THE WIT and HALF WIT— the club that produces the school’s literary magazines — will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 in Room 2516. If you like writing, poetry, fiction, drama, art and editing a magazine, come join us. All are welcome.

StageCrafters will hold its official beginning of the year meeting Tuesday in the Little Theatre (4200) from 3:30-5 p.m. We will welcome new members, discuss the upcoming performance season, have some snacks and take a tour of the Performing Arts Center facilities.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday, September 2 in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills! The informational meeting is Tuesday; all are welcome!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 3 from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Are you interested in science? Would you like to do your own research and experiments and enter science fairs and competitions? If so, come to the first Science REACH Club meeting on Wednesday, September 3 after school in Room 1708. For more information contact Mrs. Palffy.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:30  today in Room 2113. For more information, visit the SFFL page.

Intramural Archery begins September 5 and we hope you’ll be joining. We meet on Wednesdays at Stevenson on the Sports Courts. Attend the informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 6012. More information can be found on the IM Archery website.

You should join Ultimate Frisbee! Come to the informational meeting for more details. The meeting is at 3:30 Thursday in Room 1420. We hope to see you there. For more information, visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website.

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Are the lazy days of summer killing our nation’s academic progress?

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Public school support staff growth explodes nationally

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The fading art of diagramming sentences

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