Wednesday, September 17, 2014

State Honors 14 With Those Who Excel Awards

Several members of the Stevenson community have been honored by the Illinois State Board of Education with Those Who Excel awards for 2014-15. The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the state’s elementary and secondary schools.

Awards are presented in six categories: Classroom teacher (licensed); early career educator; team; educational service personnel (unlicensed); student support personnel (certificated); school board member/community volunteer; and school administrator. Three award levels are given in each category: Excellence (the highest level), Meritorious Service, and Special Recognition. This year, one of Stevenson’s recipients, Cassandra Fenton, was given the award of Outstanding in the Early Career Educator category — the highest level in that category, even above Excellence.

Stevenson’s 2014-15 Those Who Excel recipients are:

Name(s) Category Award
Cassandra Fenton Early Career Educator Outstanding
Jay Miller School Administrator Excellence
Barry Orgeron Educational Support Personnel Excellence
Lindsay Perkins Student Support Personnel Meritorious Service
Algebra I Team:

Melissa Dudic, Phil Dudic, Kate Hoopes, Jennifer Miller, Heather Nissenberg, Julisa Ruiz, Todd Sikora, Val Tomkiel

Team Meritorious Service
Tom Kelly Classroom Teacher Recognition
Erwin Borowsky Community Volunteer Recognition

Stevenson’s Those Who Excel recipients will be honored by the District 125 Board of Education prior to its November meeting. The recipients also are invited to attend the official ISBE Those Who Excel banquet in Normal on October 25. This is the 40th year of the Those Who Excel program.

Over the next few editions of the Digest, we’ll look more in-depth at this year’s winners.

Freshman Earns Second Silver Medal in Figure Skating

Freshman Taylor Morris added a second silver medal to her collection earned at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic/Novice and Junior Challenge Skate in Salt Lake City last week. She placed second in the free skate on Friday after earning runner-up honors in the short program on Thursday.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Warren 2, Stevenson 0: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the visiting Blue Devils (8-1-3; 3-0) scored both goals in the final three minutes en route to their seventh consecutive victory. Both head coaches raved about the play of goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber, who made 11 saves, including two on breakaways, for the Patriots (2-4-2; 0-2). – Daily Herald

Report: NSC in Merger Talks With CSL, Mid-Suburban

The North Suburban Conference, of which Stevenson is a member, along with the Central Suburban and Mid-Suburban Leagues, are involved in talks to merge and create a “super conference,” according to a report in today’s Chicago Tribune. Football — and the desire by schools to reach the five-win minimum to qualify for the state playoffs — is driving the talks. All three leagues are divided into two divisions, one for larger-enrollment schools and another for smaller ones. While schools mostly play the majority of conference games against peers within their division, there are “crossover” games in which smaller takes on bigger, with the larger school usually prevailing. With smaller schools increasingly frustrated over what amounts to an automatic loss each year, they have begun the process of breaking away from the larger schools and creating their own conferences. Such movement will cause the North Suburban Conference to dissolve in 2016.


Tickets On Sale for Fall Play

Tickets are on sale for the fall play, “Marvin’s Room,” which will be performed Thursday through Saturday in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with an additional performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch hours, or in the half-hour before the school day begins. Remaining tickets will be available at the door on performance days.

Winter Guard Clinics/Auditions Thursday

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 Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the Wood Commons. Email Coach Hill at with questions. More information on the website.

Charge Your Phone or iPad in the ILC

The ILC now has four 10-port USB AC chargers available for phone and iPad charging. These ports are situated on the counter tops around the staircase. All you need is your USB charging cord. Come try them out.

Pick Up Your Ceramic Pots

Attention students from Mrs. Sabbagh’s second-semester Ceramics class: Your pitchers are fired. Students that had Art and Design during the summer, your clay vessels are fired. Please pick them up in Room 1422 during periods 3, 4 or 5. Vessels that aren’t picked up by the end of September will be tossed.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC

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.

What Do You Know About the Constitution?

Today is National Constitution Day. Your Stevenson Social Studies teachers encourage you to check up your understanding about the Constitution at Constitution Day Check Up to be eligible to win your own pocket Constitution. You can also follow our Constitution conversation at #ConstitutionCheckUp.


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) tonight at 6:30 in Room 5044.

The Spain 2015 travel experience will have an information meeting at 6:30 tonight in Room 7096 for interested students and their parents. Contact Mr. Martinez at if you have questions.

The AP Euro and Art History courses are combining for a summer 2015 trip to London, Paris, southern France and Florence, Italy. The trip is open to all current AP Euro and Art History students, or juniors who took the courses last year. Students earn summer school credit. Come to the informational meeting at 6:30 tonight in Room 7096 for more information. Or, contact Ms. Gerber ( or Mr. Hannigan (

Students in orchestra, guitar or dance are invited to attend an information meeting at 7 p.m. Friday in the Little Theatre to learn more about the strings and dance programs’ combined performance trip to Spain and Portugal next March.

Have you ever hiked up a live volcano? Have you ever swum with sea turtles or been awakened by howler monkeys in the forest? Well, here’s your chance! The Stevenson Science Division is sponsoring another trip to beautiful Costa Rica next summer. For nine days in June, you will have the chance to conduct real scientific research while exploring the Costa Rican wilderness. There will be an informational meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7096 for all interested students and their parents.  Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080).

The Stevenson Science Division is sponsoring a summer geology tour of Yellowstone, one of the United States’ two super-volcanoes and the Grand Tetons next summer. For 10 days in July, you will discover the formation of the Snake River Canyon, explore cinder cones and geysers, swim in pristine waters, and hike to the top of a mountain. Students gain a geology science credit while learning about the stunning features of the Western United States. There will be an informational meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7096 for all interested students and their parents. Questions? Contact Mr. Carmichael in Room 1618 or Mrs. Knauf in Room 8080.


Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Maryland, University of California-Davis, Willamette University, Ithaca College, University of Redlands, Clemson University, Chapman University, Ohio State University, Bates College, University of Texas, Boston University, Monmouth College, Manhattanville College, University of Wisconsin, Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts, Saint Mary’s College, Emory University, University of Denver, Hope College, University of Arizona, Barnard College, University of Utah, University of Connecticut, Florida State University, Miami University and McGill University.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; 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. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.


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!


Do you love food, fashion or working with children? Have you or are you taking a course in Family and Consumer Sciences? Would you love to add the title of “FCCLA state champion” to your experience at Stevenson? Come learn about FCCLA at 3:30 today in Room 1406. Can’t make it to the meeting? Contact Mrs. Backes or Mrs. Lohrmann.

Freshman Class Board: We are meeting after school today in Room 2119. We will be building our Stevenson Horror Story entranceway and window designs. Class Board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. New members are always welcome!

The Stevenson Styler will have a meeting today in Room 1612 at 3:30. Didn’t come to the first meeting? It’s not too late to get involved for the Fall/Winter edition. We are looking for students interested in photography, writing, editing, layout, modeling and more! See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410 if you have any questions.

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!

Video Game Club will have its first meeting of the year Thursday in Room 6072 from 3:45 to 5:30. If you love to play video games, then this is the place for you! New members are always welcome.

Attention all students interested in joining Psychology Club: Our first meeting of the year will be held in Room 2612 on Thursday at 3:45. All are welcome; we will be trying to plan our agenda for the year, hope to see you there!

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

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 on Thursday in Room 7054. #LawClub

SPINS Club: Transfer students, our next outing is at Dave and Buster’s on Friday, September 26. If you want to attend, permission forms must be signed and returned to Student Activities along with $10 by this Friday.

Guitar Club will be holding introductory meetings after school Monday and Tuesday in the Orchestra Room. It is not necessary to attend both, but feel free. Guitar Club is primarily a casual, drop-in group in which students practice and jam. You can either bring your own guitars or use one of the classical acoustic guitars or basses available through the music department. Complete beginners and advanced players are welcome as well as singers and songwriters.

Are you interested in exploring, discussing, and competing against others in the field of biology? Then join Biology Olympiad, a club dedicated to the most lively branch of science. We meet Mondays in Room 1904 from 3:30-5 p.m.!


Intramural Archery meets today after school on the Sports Courts.

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

Have you registered for IM Yoga yet? If not, now’s the time! IM Yoga meets on Mondays and we hope to see you there. Register online or in the PREP office (Room 3040). More information can be found on the IM Yoga website: Register soon and start this Monday!


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