Monday, September 22, 2014

Can’t Argue With That: NLU Professor Talks Literacy with Teachers

Dr. Katherine McKnight from National-Louis University spoke with approximately 30 Stevenson faculty and staff, and another 60 literacy leaders from around the Chicago area, at SHS this morning. She focused on ways that teachers can help students effectively write and speak arguments to support claims with clear reason and relevant evidence. Today’s literacy professional development session was organized by the school’s literacy team of Daniel Argentar, Maureen Rubenstein and Brian Wise.

McKnight’s appearance was in line with the literacy team’s six major goals: (1) Strengthening literacy across all academic disciplines; (2) creating and enhancing literacy interventions for struggling readers and writers; (3) supporting curricular development and assessment around 21st Century literacy; (4) coaching teachers and collaborative teams to improve literacy instruction; (5) building leadership capacity in the area of literacy; and (6) nurturing a culture of lifelong readers.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at Prospect Power 8 Invitational: The Patriots won the tournament with 40 points, ahead of runner-up Glenbrook North (26). Kendall Kirsch won the No. 1 singles title, shutting out her opponent from Carmel in the final, 6-0, 6-0. Zoe Taylor and Kaylin Dong won the No. 1 doubles division with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Naperville North’s top entry. Zoe Manion won the No. 2 singles crown (6-2, 6-2) and Bronwyn Heidkamp claimed the No. 3 singles flight (6-3, 6-3). Vinaya Rao and Katherine Harvey captured the No. 2 doubles championship (6-3, 6-4), while Gwendolyn Heidkamp and Michelle Tulchinskaya earned the No. 3 doubles title (6-1, 6-2). Lindsey Waxman and Caroline Kelmis finished second at No. 4 doubles. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Maine East Invitational: The Patriots (10-10) reached the title match before falling to Chicago’s De La Salle, 25-20, 25-23. Earlier, SHS defeated Plainfield East, 29-27, 24-26, 25-18. – Chicago Tribune

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Rockford Guilford Invitational: The Patriots finished fifth at Ingersoll Golf Club, with Alexia Fidman leading the way with an 82. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Wheeling Invitational: Kamaren Sandhu shot a 3-over-par 75 at Chevy Chase Golf Club, including a 35 on the back nine, tying for 10th place overall. SHS was seventh in the team standings with a score of 315, 15 strokes behind champion Loyola. Luke Feder recorded a 78, Jason Gohde and Kevin Chin each carded an 81, and Zach Orlowsky had an 86. – Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Richard Spring Invitational: Sam Oh finished 11th out of 553 runners at Peoria’s Detweiller Park, location for the IHSA state finals in November, as SHS finished 24th among 63 schools. Oh ran the 3-mile course in 15:05.3. Jared Borowsky was 31st (15:21.8). Two other Patriots finished in the top half of runners: Paul Udoni (16:28.4, 166) and Paul Halliday (16:59.3, 242). SHS also had a group of runner compete at the Libertyville Invitational at Alder Park, finishing ninth. – Official results from Peoria, Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Richard Spring Invitational: At Peoria’s Detweiller Park, home of the IHSA state finals, the Patriots took 24th place out of 57 teams. Isabelle Sparreo placed 30th in a field of 468 runners with a time of 18:27. Other runners that scored for the team included Shea Kirby (19:59, 149) Sydney Pacernick (20:02, 156) Jessica Woodard (20:18, 180) and Amy Lin (20:25, 195). – Official results

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 34, Lake Forest 17: Quarterback Willie Bourbon completed 20 of 31 pass attempts for a career-high 315 yards and four touchdowns to lead the top-ranked Patriots (4-0, 2-0) in the Stadium. Bourbon threw for more than 200 yards in the second half as SHS pulled away from the Scouts (3-1, 0-1) after leading 14-10 at halftime. Bourbon threw two scoring strikes to Cameron Green, who caught nine passes for 101 yards. Bourbon’s first TD strike, a 28-yarder to Cameron Green (9 catches, 101 yards), came on the heels of a 38-yard interception return by Jeremy Webb. Bourbon and Green also connected on a TD pass from 9 yards out that gave SHS a 14-7 lead. More than one-third of Bourbon’s passing yards came on two long pass plays that resulted in TDs, to Jordan Atkins (63 yards) and Jack Sorenson (52). Stevenson put the game out of reach with a 12-play, 98-yard scoring drive capped by Tyler Vincent’s 1-yard run. Nischay Vallabhaneni also had an interception for the Patriot defense, which limited the Scouts to one offensive touchdown. – Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times Media, Daily Herald | SBN Video from High School Cube

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Maine East Invitational: The Patriots (9-9) won all three of their matches, defeating Addison Trail (25-22, 25-19), Maine South (25-18, 25-18) and Oak Forest (25-19, 25-16). – Chicago Tribune

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Libertyville 0: The Patriots improved to 12-0 in match play with seven straight-set victories. Kendall Kirsch (6-1, 6-0), Zoe Manion (6-0, 6-1) and Bronwyn Heidkamp (6-0, 6-0) were the winners in singles. The doubles tandems were Kaylin Dong/Zoe Taylor (6-0, 6-1), Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey (6-2, 6-2), Michelle Tulchinskaya/Gwendolyn Heidkamp (6-0, 6-0) and Caroline Kelmis/Lindsey Waxman (6-0, 6-0).


Political Candidates Forum Tuesday Night

If you’re interested in the upcoming election, come to the Performing Arts Center Tuesday night for a forum featuring several candidates running for office. If you’re interested in being a campaign volunteer, come at 6 p.m. for the Student Campaign Fair. At 6:30, several candidates will be here to answer questions from members of the Political Action Club.

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.

Freshmen and Sophomores, Submit to The Half-Wit

Do you enjoy writing poetry, essays, fiction, short stories or plays? Would you like to see your work published in Stevenson’s own literary magazine, exclusively for freshmen and sophomores? Then submit to The Half-Wit! Send your submissions to by November 7.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.


Guitar Club will be holding introductory meetings after school today 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.

Freshman Class Board: We are meeting Wednesday after school 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!


Open Field Baseball meets Monday through Thursday, weather permitting, on the sophomore baseball field from 3:45 to 6 until October 9. Click here for details.


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.


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.

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 Friday.

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.


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

Interested in a healthcare career? Apply for the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program. Applications must be postmarked by October 15.  Find out more at or message Mrs. Willock at

Available lab technician internship available at local company. 10-20 hours per week. Please stop into the CCC to see Mrs. Willock if you are interested in this opportunity.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

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!


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