Friday, September 26, 2014

State Recognizes 2014 SHS Graduate for AP Work

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday released information about the three Advanced Placement State Scholars for 2014, one of whom is 2014 SHS graduate Vivian Wan. The other two students hail from Barrington and Neuqua Valley high schools.

Those Who Excel Winner: Barry Orgeron

Last 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 Barry Orgeron, who has earned the Excellence award in the Educational Service Personnel category.

Barry Orgeron

His recent promotion to regional manager for Sodexo is a reflection of the work Barry Orgeron did at Stevenson over the past five years. He was responsible for all of the custodial, maintenance and food services at the school. It’s a big job: the Sodexo staff at SHS processes close to 1,000 work orders every month.

“Having traveled to several schools throughout Illinois, I’m thoroughly impressed at the cleanliness of our building,” said Director of Business Services Sean Carney. “However, I’m more impressed with the way Barry … assisted in establishing a culture where the students take pride in the cleanliness of our building.”

Orgeron left an impressive legacy during his tenure. He played a large role in helping the school to become the first public high school in the nation to achieve LEED-Gold certification for an existing building. He organized the replacement of carpet throughout the nearly million square-foot building, and oversaw the switch from traditional fluorescent lighting to LED lighting. Orgeron led the way in creating a master preventative maintenance list to ensure long life of the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. He also worked with waste-hauling vendors to set up a food waste-recycling program that diverted approximately 100 tons of food waste from landfills during a 16-month period in 2013 and 2014.

Even though he no longer works at Stevenson every day, Orgeron will still be involved with the school. SHS is one of approximately 10 schools in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin that he will oversee for Sodexo.

Alum Discusses Brush With Hurricane

Colleen Ferreira (Class of 2004), a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Denver, went on vacation to Cabo San Lucas two weeks ago. Unfortunately, she and her husband were accompanied by Hurricane Odile. She talked about the experience on the air last week.


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Football Team Takes On Another Undefeated Foe

For the third time this season, Stevenson’s football team will take on an undefeated opponent. The 4-0 Patriots, the top-ranked team in Class 8A travel to Lake Villa tonight for a North Suburban crossover clash with Lakes, which is ranked 10th in Class 6A. The Eagles (4-0) are the dominant team in the NSC Prairie Division, having won 17 consecutive division games. Lakes is the highest-scoring team in the conference, averaging nearly 44 points per game. The Eagles have a Division I player in lineman Ryan Mullen, who will play at Miami of Ohio. No radio, TV or online coverage of the game is scheduled. Daily Herald preview

SHS Expected to be Headliner for Proviso West Tournament

The format of the Proviso West boys basketball tournament has changed this year, but one thing remains the same: Stevenson will be considered one of the main attractions. The Patriots are one of 18 teams competing in the tournament, which welcomed 32 schools in 2013.

Feder Embraces Mentoring Role on Boys Golf Team

This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about senior boys golfer Luke Feder. He not only is aiming to make his first state tournament, but also has taken on a mentorship role with some of the younger players.


Homecoming Dance Tickets On Sale Monday

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance go on sale Monday through the Patriot Superstore. Tickets are $25 each. Click here for details.

Learn How to Continue On With Music in College

Love music? The Music in College Exploration Night for juniors and seniors is Monday! Join the music faculty on Monday from 7-8 p.m. in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200) to explore how to continue on with music in college. Learn about different areas of study as well as future careers. Parents of juniors and seniors are welcome to join as well.

Looking for Freshmen and Sophomores Who Love to Write

Are you a freshman or sophomore who loves to write? Do you want to get acknowledged for the poetry, essays, plays, or stories you write outside of school? The Half-Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine, is now accepting submissions. Send your work to through November 7.


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!


Today after school in Room 1500, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Sealed Magic tournament. The cost is $5, and each student will get six packs of the brand new Khans of Tarkir set to play with, as well as guaranteed prizes for each student!

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?

Meteorology Club meets Mondays at 3:45 in Room 2118. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information.


Have you checked out the IM Open Gyms lately? Fencing, basketball, baseball and more … check out the schedules here: Everyone is welcome! No registration necessary!


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, October 7; Wednesday, October 15; and Tuesday, October 21.


Mundelein District 75 teachers vote to authorize late October strike

Gavin District 37: Three teachers failed to report “inappropriate conduct”

Suburban school leaders oppose state funding plan

Bronzeville school evacuated after fight breaks out

Five Lake Villa-area schools placed on lockdown during manhunt

University of Chicago students protest alleged threat to personal safety

City Hall sit-in wins concessions for Chicago high school’s students

Chicago Board of Education takes on cleanliness controversy

State universities pension board facing personnel overhaul

Scholar behind University of Illinois boycotts is a longtime activist

Former Libertyville High School art teacher remembered for mentorship, humor


FBI report: One-fourth of all mass shootings are in schools

Is there too much testing in public schools?

Venture capitalists poised to “disrupt” everything about the education market

Maryland NAACP chapter argues ELL schools unconstitutional

Colleges take cues from private business to improve customer service


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