Friday, September 19, 2014

District May Seek Enrollment Projections Elsewhere

Stevenson officials are considering cutting ties with the man who has provided its enrollment projections for nearly a quarter of a century. Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell told the Board of Education at its monthly meeting Monday that “it’s time to shop around” rather than relying on North Carolina-based Dr. John Kasarda for his biannual reports. Twadell cited the disparity in Kasarda’s projections for this school year, made two years ago, which turned out to be 70 students short of the actual enrollment of 3,887. Kasarda’s fees also are a concern, he said. In addition to providing enrollment projections to Stevenson, Kasarda and his associates have for many years made projections for some of Stevenson’s consortium districts. Enrollment projections are used by schools to determine staffing needs, among other things.

Those Who Excel Winner: Algebra 1 Team

Earlier in the week, we listed the individuals and teams receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this fall. Today we take a brief look at the Algebra 1 Team, which has earned the Meritorious Service honor in the Team category.

The Algebra 1 Team in 2013-14 consisted of Todd Sikora, Filip Dudic, Val Tomkiel, Heather Nissenberg, Julisa Ruiz, Jennifer Miller, Kate Hoopes and Melissa Dudic. The group taught 274 students last year, and did so while facing the task of changing the Algebra 1 curriculum to conform to Common Core state standards. Despite the extra work, the team saw good results: During the first semester of 2013-14, 86.4% of Algebra 1 students earned an A, B or C, up slightly from the year before.

To implement curriculum changes, the group met multiple times during the summer of 2013. During the school year, they met voluntarily from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in order to have time for students prior to the start of the school day. Director of Mathematics Darshan Jain also pointed out that the team had constant communication outside of its meetings, even into the evenings. Team members created video tutorials, extra practice activities and examples of challenging problems, and other items to share with one another for their classes.

The team will share its strategies for implementing Common Core standards into the Algebra 1 curriculum with peers at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in October.

Putting a Bow on Spirit Fest and Color Fun(d) Run

This week’s Lincolnshire Review features an article about the success of last weekend’s two big charity events, Spirit Fest and Color Fun(d) Run. The two events combined raised more than $37,000. The article is accompanied by several striking photos from the Color Fun(d) Run.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Warren 0: The Patriots now stand at 11-0 on the year after the win at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. In singles, the winners were Kendall Kirsch (6-3, 3-2 retired), Zoe Manion (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) and Bronwyn Heidkamp (6-2, 6-0). In doubles, the winners were Kaylin Dong/Zoe Taylor (6-0, 6-0), Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey (6-0, 6-0), Gwendolyn Heidkamp/Michelle Tulchinskaya (6-2, 6-1) and Caroline Kelmis/Lindsey Waxman (6-2, 6-1).

Girls Golf

Stevenson 181, Deerfield 196: Alexia Fidman earned medalist honors with a 43 at Deerfield Golf Club. Myra Peterson and Olivia Hancock each carded a 45. Surya Vijayasankar shot a 48. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Mundelein 154, Stevenson 161: Jason Gohde, Luke Feder and Jedi Jhu all shot 4-over-par 40s at Steeple Chase Golf Club. Kamaren Sandhu and Kevin Chin added 41s. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Lakes 2, Stevenson 0

Stevenson Welcomes Lake Forest in Battle of Unbeatens

Two unbeatens, Stevenson and Lake Forest, tangle tonight on the football field in a clash between the North Suburban Conference Lake Division’s top offensive and defensive teams statistically. The Scouts are scoring 43 points per game through three contests while yielding just under 16. The Patriots, meanwhile, have held their three opponents to an average of 14.7 points while scoring nearly 34. Junior Jack Sorenson has been an emerging force for the offense in his first full varsity season. Mike Helfgot of the Chicago Tribune is predicting a close contest. Tonight’s game will be the last one at home for almost a month. The Pats will go on the road for the next three games, returning to the Stadium for Homecoming October 17.

Tonight’s game is Military Appreciation Night. Spectators are asked to bring donations for care packages that will be sent to American troops serving overseas. If you can’t make the game, it will be broadcast by Stevenson’s student radio station, WAES 88.1 FM, and will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on High School Cube.

Report: NSC-CSL-MSL Merger Talks Stall

High School Cube is reporting that talks to create a football-only conference with schools from the North Suburban Conference, Central Suburban League and Mid-Suburban League have stalled. SHS Athletic Director Trish Betthauser told HSC that talks were exploratory in nature, and that no formal proposals were ever made.

Girls Volleyball Team Still Finding Its Way

Stevenson’s varsity girls volleyball team is in rebuilding mode this year, after saying goodbye to a senior-laden squad that reached the sectional finals in 2013. Sophomore Jori Radtke, who saw some playing time on varsity last year, has emerged as the team’s top attacker.


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.

Fall Play Tonight and Saturday

The fall play, “Marvin’s Room,” will be performed tonight and Saturday in the Studio Theater (Room 2204), by the Sports Center entrance. Showtimes are 7 p.m. tonight, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.


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!


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail

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 weather? Want to know how a thunderstorm becomes a severe storm? Are you interested in meeting with other Stevenson students who have a passion for Mother Nature? Then come out and join the Meteorology Club. Meetings are held every Monday at 3:45 in Room 2118. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information.

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Do you want to learn about countries you may have never heard of before? Have you taken or are you currently taking AP Human Geography? Then get Djibouti over to Geography Club! We meet every Monday after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

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.!

Have you, your family or your friends been touched by cancer? Want to be part of the fight against cancer? Join the Relay for Life Club and be part of an incredible team that helps to plan the American Cancer Society event in June. There will be an informational meeting and Event Leadership Team sign-ups during lunch hours on Tuesday in Student Activities.


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!


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

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.

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).


Seniors: Do you have questions about the Common Application, applying to the University of Illinois, transcripts, etc? The College/Career Center will be open from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Tuesday so you can get your questions answered. The CCC will also hold drop-in days at the same time on these dates (all second day of the week schedule): Tuesday, September 30; Tuesday, October 7; Wednesday, October 15; and Tuesday, October 21.


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