Friday, August 29, 2014

Enrollment Up for First Time in Nine Years

Stevenson High School’s student body has grown for the first time in nine years. The official enrollment for 2014-15 is 3,887, an increase of 101 students from 2013-14.

Stevenson’s population jump is the largest since 2002-03, but still pales in comparison to the 13-year stretch from 1990-2002 during which the enrollment increased by around 188 annually. See Stevenson’s enrollment history

The largest grade this year is the freshman class, with 1,024 students. The senior class has 1,004, followed by the juniors (937) and sophomores (922).

This year’s enrollment increase was slightly larger than projected within the past two years by Dr. John Kasarda. He is the North Carolina-based demographer who has provided District 125 and most of its consortium districts with projected enrollment data for more than two decades. In January 2012, Kasarda’s most likely scenario for this fall was 3,833 students. His most recent report in January 2013 showed a best estimate of 3,816. Three years earlier, he projected a 2014-15 enrollment of 3,932.

Kasarda foresees Stevenson having around 3,850 students annually for the remainder of the decade, then calls for a steady decline of about 200 students by 2026-27.

Meridian Teacher’s Arrest Provides Challenge for SHS Employee

Serving on a school board has its challenges, and few are tougher than dealing with the fallout from an employee’s alleged transgressions. That’s the situation Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 Board of Education President Ellyn Ross faced on Thursday. Ross, an assistant in Stevenson’s Human Resources Division, was faced with the news that a veteran teacher at Meridian Middle School was charged in a federal child pornography investigation. Ross and her colleagues convened an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss the situation, and afterward spoke with ABC7 Chicago. The teacher has been placed on an unpaid suspension by District 102.

Marching Patriots in Buffalo Grove Days Parade

The annual Buffalo Grove Days Parade is Sunday, and Stevenson’s Marching Patriots will be part of the show. The parade is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Sophomore’s Weekend DJ Gig Nothing to Smirk About

Avery Delgado, a sophomore from Vernon Hills who goes by the stage name DJ Smiirk, will perform at the North Coast Music Festival this weekend in Chicago’s Union Park. He earned a performance slot by winning the DJ competition at the fifth annual “Toast of the Coast” competition in June. Delgado talked about his accomplishment recently with Ronnie Wachter from Pioneer Press.

Event for Alum’s Late Son to Benefit Pediatric Patients

The fourth edition of “Ryan’s Run,” a 5K run/walk created in memory of a 1988 Stevenson alumnus’ child will take place Sunday, September 7 at Century Park in Vernon Hills. Ryan’s Run is named for Ryan Briere, the son of Lori (Reisin) Briere, a District 125 resident. He died in 2011, three weeks shy of his third birthday. Proceeds from the run will support children’s activities and programming for pediatric patients in the new Lake Forest Hospital. Click here for details and registration.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 3, Glenbrook South 1: Mitch Gullett and Ethan Marx each had a goal and an assist for the Patriots (1-1) at the Glenbrook South Invitational. Gullett scored on an assist from Marx, then returned the favor as SHS built a 2-0 halftime lead. Dennis Katsman added another score in the second half, assisted by Avery Delgado. Jonathan Weissman and Jeremy Klaber split time in goal. – Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 22, Buffalo Grove 38; Stevenson 25, Highland Park 32: At Half Day Forest Preserve, the Patriots placed their top five runners in the top 10 en route to the sweep. Isabelle Sparreo paced the Pats with a third-place finish in 18 minutes, 45 seconds. Jessica Philipp placed fourth (19:19), followed by Shea Kirby in sixth (19:57), Julide Ozmeral in ninth (20:38) and Gabriella Jagielo in 10th (20:40). Sydney Pacernick was 11th (20:43) and Amy Lin finished 16th (21:10).

Boys Cross Country

Buffalo Grove 22, Stevenson 40; Highland Park 26, Stevenson 33: Sam Oh finished second in 14 minutes, 46 seconds, just one second shy of the winner from Buffalo Grove, who set a Half Day Forest Preserve course record at 14:45. Jared Borowsky also finished in the top 10, placing seventh (15:56). Paul Udoni placed 12th (16:04). – Daily Herald

Are You Ready for Some Football?

It’s been 364 days since Stevenson’s football team committed seven turnovers en route to a 15-14 loss at Kenosha’s Indian Trail High School to open the 2013 season. The Patriots also lost their next game but rebounded to finish 10-3 and reached the Class 8A state semifinals. Tonight, a new season begins, and payback is on the minds of the Pats. Indian Trail comes to Lincolnshire for a rematch that kicks off at 7:30, following the fourth annual Night of Champions ceremony.

Stevenson returns 13 players who were starters or spent a lot of time on the field last year, which is one reason why the Chicago Tribune has ranked Bill McNamara’s team No. 2 in its preseason poll. SHS is ranked No.1 in the Daily Herald’s suburban rankings, No. 2 in the Associated Press’ Class 8A statewide poll, No. 3 in the Chicago Sun-Times, and No. 9 in MaxPreps.

Sun-Times football writer Mike Clark says Northwestern-bound seniors Willie Bourbon at quarterback and Cameron Green at wide receiver are two of the top 100 players in the Chicago area, and each is on the short list of potential player of the year candidates. Daily Herald preps writer Patricia Babcock McGraw, whose husband Mike covers the Bulls and is a 1981 Stevenson graduate, profiles Green and his “Megatron” peer at Warren, Caleb Reams. The prolific pass catchers reflect the dramatically different offensive landscape now found in the once run-heavy North Suburban Conference.


Color Fun(d) Run Registration Clock Winding Down

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fun(d) Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fun(d) 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 last day to register is next Thursday. For more information, go to

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.

Student Musicians Needed for Pit Orchestra

If you play an instrument, consider signing up to be part of the pit orchestra for the fall musical, “Cabaret.” Mr. Beyer is looking for about 50 musicians. String players, brass players, piano players, even banjo players; lots of different talents are needed. If you’re interested in applying for pit orchestra, click here.

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.


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).


Planning for your future means planning for a career. Find out how you can make the most of your career planning by visiting the Career Exploration website at or contacting Mrs. Willock in the CCC at View upcoming events, jobs and opportunities, and find out more about participating in a career shadow.


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 today; all are welcome!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s 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).

Club Israel is ready! Are you? We’ll have food and drink, friends and fun! Need to be Jewish? Nope, everyone is welcome! Need to know Hebrew? Nope, every language is welcome!  Need to have fun? Yup! Join us for our first meeting Thursday after school in Room 1414.  Any questions? Ask Mrs. Argentar.


Don’t forget that IM Football team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

Open Field Baseball meets today, weather permitting, on the sophomore baseball field from 3:45 to 6. Click here for details.

Intramural Archery meets Wednesdays after school on the Sports Courts.

IM Yoga is back and starting soon. Attend the informational meeting next Monday at 3:30 in Room 5044. Visit the IM Yoga website for more information.


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