Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Record Number of National Merit Semifinalists for SHS

Fifty-three Stevenson High School seniors — the most in school history — have been selected as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition, based on their scores on the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). The semifinalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. National Merit finalists will be announced in February. Click here to see Stevenson’s National Merit semifinalists.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its annual 9/11 memorial event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Garden of Peace, Hope and Remembrance on the school’s front lawn. The ceremony will salute not only those who died during the attacks of September 11, 2001, but also those serving in the military and in first-responder roles. The ceremony will last 30 minutes.

Final Open House Night Thursday

The second and final open house night for SHS parents and guardians will take place Thursday. The event officially begins at 7 p.m., but parents of freshmen and transfer students are invited to meet with their Student Support Teams from 6:15-6:45. Overflow parking (with SHS shuttle bus service to and from campus) will be available at the Quill Corporation headquarters, located at 100 Schelter Road, just south of Route 22.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Antioch 0: The Patriots (7-0) won each match in straight sets, and surrendered just 3 games. Singles victories came from No. 1 Kendall Kirsch, No. 2 Zoe Manion and No. 3 Bronwyn Heidkamp. The winning doubles teams were No. 1 Kaylin Dong/Zoe Taylor, No. 2 Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey, No. 3 Gwendolyn Heidkamp/Michelle Tulchinskaya and No. 4 Caroline Kelmis/Lindsey Waxman.

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Prospect Invitational: The Patriots placed fifth at the Bridges of Poplar Creek. Alexia Fidman led SHS with a 7-over-par 42. Surya Vijayasankar shot a 46, while Myra Peterson and Olivia Stomberg each carded 49s. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

New Trier d. Stevenson 25-23, 22-25, 25-19: Isabella Milejczyk and Jori Radtke each had 9 kills for the visiting Patriots (6-7). Milejczyk also served 4 aces, while Radtke added 2 solo and 2 assisted blocks. Corissa Kurth passed out 26 assists and also had 3 kills, while Morgan Berland had 20 digs. Jordyn Taborek contributed 5 kills. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Stevenson vs. Warren: No score/results reported.

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson vs. Glenbrook North: No score/results reported.


Color Fun(d) Run Update

It’s not too late to sign up for Sunday’s second annual Color Fun(d) Run at SHS. In fact, you can even sign up that morning! Click here to register. If you’ve already registered, pick up your packet during the lunch periods Friday in the Wood Commons, or from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Road Runner Sports in Kildeer, 20291 N. Rand Road. Road Runner will donate $1.50 to the Color Fun(d) Run for every packet picked up at the store. In addition, Run participants will receive 10% off any purchase they make in the store while stopping in to pick up their packet.

Join in the Fun at Spirit Fest This Saturday

The school’s annual Spirit Fest is Saturday, coordinated by the National Honor Society. It’s a fun event open to the community that raises money for a local charity. This year, all the money raised will go to the Lexi Kazian Foundation, which helps families with children who have developmental disabilities. The money will donated in memory of Ty Jordan Calloway, the son of science teacher Deanna Warkins and Donn Calloway, both of whom graduated from SHS in 1998. Spirit Fest features music, games, a 5K walk, fireworks, and a chance to set a world record. Register for Spirit Fest through the school’s Web Store.

Information Meeting for June 2015 Trip to China

Interested in going to China for nine days next June? There will be an information meeting for interested freshmen, sophomores and juniors — and their parents — Wednesday, September 17 in Room 5044 at 6:30 p.m.

“Cat in the Hat” Auditions Start Today

Auditions for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss, will be held in the West Auditorium from 4:45-6:30 today and Thursday. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would save the day and help the Cat clean the house. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with stage antics and dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

PPA Sponsoring Bake Sale Today

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, “Puppy Chow” and more will be available. All items are $1.

Freshman BBQ Bash Friday Night Before Football Game

All freshmen are invited to the Freshman Barbecue Bash from 6-7 p.m. Friday next to the Stadium, before the varsity football game against Warren. There will be food, face paint and music.

Next Improv Audition Workshop Monday

Interested in auditioning for the Failed Presidential Candidates – SHS Improv Troupe? We will be having an audition workshop at 7 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Come warm up and learn the games we will be using at auditions. Attendance is highly encouraged if you plan on auditioning. Auditions will be Monday, September 22 at 7p.m. in the West Auditorium. Contact Ms. Nowak with any questions.

Choir Group Auditions Next Week

Do you like to sing? Auditions for Just the Guys, Jazz Etc. and Ladyjazz are happening next week, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16-17, at 6:30 p.m. These select a cappella groups are open to all Stevenson students. Audition packets and information are posted on the choir website (, or see Mrs. Nuteson in the Choir Room if you have any questions.

Winter Guard Clinics/Auditions September 16, 18

Do you have dance experience? Looking for a competitive performance team? Did you miss auditions last spring for the fall season of Color Guard? Come to the Winter Guard Clinics/Auditions next Tuesday, September 16, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, and Thursday, September 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the Wood Commons. Email Coach Hill at with questions. More information on the website. Two days only!

ILC Hiring Student Aides For Periods 1, 4, 6 and 7

The ILC is looking to hire student aides for periods 1, 4, 6 and 7. 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. Cornille in the upper West ILC.


Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Alabama-Birmingham, Northwestern University, School of the Art Institute, Indiana University, Ohio Northern University, Butler University, Hamilton College, University of Missouri, Colgate University, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Dickinson College, Ball State University, St. Louis University, Kendall College, University of Puget Sound, Western Michigan University, College of William and Mary, Vanderbilt University, Calvin College, College of Charleston, Syracuse University and Tufts University.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per wee. Students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. Instructions are on the CCC web page. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Attention all prospective college athletes: You are encouraged to attend the North Suburban Conference’s NCAA Eligibility Night at 7 p.m. tonight at Warren Township High School’s O’Plaine Campus. Speakers representing the college side of athletics will discuss recruitment, eligibility and participation. No matter what your grade level, if you have ever considered participating in college athletics, this is a “must-see” program for you!

“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:


2:45 (Eighth Period/Activity Day)


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 a workshop during eighth period on Thursday in the College/Career Center (Room 1123).

Interested in a career in aviation? Southern Illinois University and American Airlines will present the 2014 American Airlines Career Day on Saturday, October 25. Students will fly from O’Hare to Southern Illinois Airport, tour the aviation facilities, tour the main campus and see a presentation from AA employees and the university staff, and then return to Chicago. Applications are available at Event is space limited, so apply as early as possible.

Seniors: The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 7.

Applying to the University of Notre Dame? If so, the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program applications are available in the College/Career Center. Applicants should demonstrate a high degree of leadership, academic accomplishment, exemplary moral character and sincere commitment to service. Stevenson can nominate one student.  New this year: A student applying Early Action to ND may not apply to any other college/university in their binding Early Decision process. Come to the College/Career Center to obtain an application. Our internal deadline is September 26.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the College/Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up the nomination form. The form is due back to the CCC by November 22.

Seniors: All scholarships that come to our attention will be listed in Naviance under “Scholarship List.” Scholarships will be posted throughout the school year, so check the site often. If you have any questions, please stop by the College/Career Center in Room 1123.


Need some extra cash? There are lots of part-time jobs available for students. View them all on the Career Exploration webpage at

Start planning for your future early. Find out how you can make the most of your career planning by visiting the Career Exploration web page or contacting Mrs. Willock in the College/Career Center at View upcoming events and opportunities and find out more about participating in a career shadow.

Mark your calendars! The biennial Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to talk to professionals representing a variety of different careers in healthcare, engineering, technology, law, business, the arts and more!


Have you always wanted to be a radio superstar? Stevenson’s very own radio station, WAES 88.1 FM, will be holding an informational meeting for all new and existing members at 3:45 today in Room 8000. Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (8080).

Attention Origamists: The Origami Club will have its first meeting of the year today in Room 6036 from 3:30-4:30. No experience is necessary and great snacks are provided.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today and Thursday 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!

Interact Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:20 a.m. Thursday in Room 2115, which is one of the rooms located behind the lecture halls. We’ve got a great year planned and we hope you can make it to our first meeting (plus, there will be free bagels!) If you have any questions, please contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, at

Chess Club meets Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

The first International Thespian Society meeting will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Black Box Theater, Room 2204. We would like to welcome inducted members and prospective members to this informational welcome breakfast! Our thespian troupe is part of an international honor society that honors excellence in both theater arts and service. Come join Troupe 1583! Contact Ms. Nowak with any questions.

The Student Ambassador general meeting will be held next Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in Room 2113. If you are interested in being an ambassador for Stevenson guests, please make sure you attend this required meeting. We will plan for the school year and discuss the first tour at the end of September!

The first meeting of the Breakfast with Books Club will be next Tuesday in Room 1313. The meeting begins at 7:45 a.m. and will end at 8:25.


IM Football packets are due this week! Sophomores are due today, and freshmen are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, stop by Room 3040.

IM Archery is cancelled today.


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Officials say Friday storm caused $5 million in damage to Wheeling High School

Teachers in southwestern Illinois will go on strike Thursday

Hinsdale teachers union takes first step toward possible strike

Rauner, Quinn spar over proposed overhauls to teacher tenure, state ed funding

Professor who lost U. of I. job offer over Tweets threatens legal action if not hired

Woman sues former chemistry teacher, District 218 over demonstration gone wrong

Mother sues CPS, says teacher inappropriately touched her daughter


Harvard-MIT venture to offer organized online high school curriculum

Built in better times, university labs now lack research funding

Foundation sends kin of 9/11 victims to college

So Bill Gates has this idea for a history class …

Wisconsin teachers cut loose in back-to-school video


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