Thursday, August 28, 2014

Color Fun(d) Run Will Give Helping Hand to Students

Stevenson is an affluent school, but there are a significant number of students walking its halls whose families are in financial distress. They can’t afford a healthy breakfast or a winter coat, can’t pay for class expenses, and sometimes can’t afford urgent medical care. To help these students, the Stevenson Foundation established the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund. Since its establishment in 2001, the KIN Fund has provided more than $100,000 in assistance to nearly 1,000 students in order to help them achieve academic success and personal well-being.

The KIN Fund operates solely on private donations. With these funds, the KIN Fund provides:

  • Free breakfast program for any student who qualifies for free/reduced lunch
  • Summer school tuition (if a class is needed to graduate)
  • Tech Campus expenses for vocational career-bound students
  • Co-curricular expenses
  • Emergency fund (for medical/catastrophe relief), winter clothes, and holiday gifts

From 2011 to 2013, the number of students taking advantage of KIN’s free breakfast program rose 71%. The Foundation’s overall KIN Fund budget went up 60% during the same period. Still, the Foundation is unable to answer all requests for help.

To help the KIN Fund, the Foundation and the SHS cross country team are sponsoring the second annual Color Fun(d) Run on Sunday, September 14. The 5K run/walk will be held on the north side of campus beginning at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Although the event is still two weeks away, registration will close Thursday, September 4. The cost is $30 per person, or $25 per person for those who are in teams of five or more. The price includes a free Color Fun(d) Run T-shirt and one colorful packet to throw at the end of the race. Click here to register … and for tips on making sure the memories last forever, but not the mess on your skin and hair.

Students have a special opportunity to sign up during their lunch periods today and Friday in the Wood and Glass commons areas.

Fall Play Cast List Announced

The cast list has been announced for the fall play, Marvin’s Room, which is about two feuding sisters brought together by illness. Claire Katz-Mariani was tapped for the role of Bessie, a woman with leukemia who also is the faithful caretaker for her dying father. Abby Conlon will play Lee, Bessie’s sister, who would rather put their father in a nursing home. She also has the bone marrow Bessie needs to be cured. Other members of the cast include Kyle Ringham, Ray Weisz, Logan Tobler, Dani Lopez, Scott Weinberg, Brandon Sak and Jianna Lubotsky. The play will be performed September 18-20 in the Studio Theater. Tickets will go on sale the week of the show.

5K Run/Walk Planned to Remember 2008 Alum

The Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation will hold its annual 5K run/walk on Sunday, September 14 at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Stom was a member of Stevenson’s Class of 2008 who died the following year from a drug addiction. The foundation was created in his name to aid in the personal growth of adolescents with limited resources by sponsoring their participation in recreational activities at outdoor camps. Click here for event details and to register.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 172, Mundelein 209: Myra Peterson and Stephanie Namkoong tied for medalist honors at Crane’s Landing by carding 5-over-par 40s in the Patriots’ North Suburban Conference opener. Olivia Hancock shot a 45 and Olivia Stomberg had a 47. – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer

Schurz 2, Stevenson 1: In their season-opening match at the Glenbrook South Invitational, Dennis Katsman gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the first half off an assist from Sam Zwirn. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

St. Charles North d. Stevenson, 25-21, 25-20: Isabella Milejczyk had five kills and Jori Radtke added four for the host Patriots in their season opener. Corissa Kurth distributed 14 assists. Morgan Berland made eight digs, while Dana Pflugradt and Kurth each had six. – Sun-Times Media, Daily Herald

Basketball Team to Play in Two National Tournaments

Stevenson’s boys basketball team will step onto the national stage during the 2014-15 season, traveling to Massachusetts and West Virginia to play in prestigious tournaments against regional powerhouses. The Patriots will travel to Wheeling, West Virginia to participate in the Cancer Research Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University January 2-3, then will fly to Springfield, Mass., for the Hoophall Classic at the National Basketball Hall of Fame on January 17.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding three workshops, and you only need to attend one! On Wednesday (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

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

Freshman Class Board: Our first meeting of the school year is today 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 today 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 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 Wednesday 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 after school in Room 1708. For more information contact Mrs. Palffy.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will have its first meeting at 10 a.m. next Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room (near the Sports Center entrance).

INTRAMURALS

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Galesburg teacher strike ends; tentative agreement reached

State employee unions want expedited ruling in pensions suit

Hinsdale District 86 will ask voters what they think about pension bumps for teachers

Illinois giving Chicago schools $10 million to expand Safe Passage program

Chicago Board of Education changes how it ranks schools

Gurnee-based Woodland District 50 to offer full-day kindergarten

Darien woman charged with selling heroin outside Hinsdale Central High School

Ex-Wheaton North booster president skips sentencing; arrest warrant issued

Days after appointment, interim Kaneland superintendent resigns

Sales tax brings air conditioning to all Taylorville schools

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Americans’ satisfaction with education system increases

This fall, minorities will outnumber white students in U.S. schools

Duncan: Testing issues are taking “oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools”

Generations later, poor are still rare at elite colleges

What it really takes for schools to go digital

North Dakota universities crumble as oil cash pours in

Magazine’s college ratings challenge U.S. News

 

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