Monday, October 6, 2014

Pair of Programs Focuses on Pressures Students Face

Helping students navigate the pressures of daily life and find success at school are the focus of two free programs at Stevenson this month.

At 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Healthy Patriot discussion series for SHS parents will look at the question, “What is success?” For some families, getting any grade lower than an A is traumatic. Is this healthy for teens? Should they fear a B+? The discussion will take place from 7:30-8:30 in the District 125 Administration Building. For more information, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at mgrujanac@d125.org or call 847-415-4128. Click here to see the rest of the Healthy Patriot series.

On Tuesday, October 21, the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, and the Deerfield Parent Network will present a presentation by internationally acclaimed psychologist, parenting expert and bestselling author Dr. Michael Thompson.

Thompson will discuss “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life” from 7-9 p.m. in the West Auditorium. His focus will be on “pressured parents” who may have forgotten the realities of school life. Thompson will share stories and take the audience into the school day experience of children, illuminating how they manage their school careers and how educators and parents can support them along the way. The program is free and open to parents and educators of students in grades K-12. This is an adults-only event. Click here to RSVP and for more information.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Go Roma Wednesday

The Choral Guild is holding a dining benefit at the Lincolnshire Go Roma from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, the same day as the Fall Choral Concert. Have lunch or dinner before the 7 p.m. concert, and Go Roma will donate a portion of the sale to the Choral Guild. You’ll need to present this flyer when ordering.

Instructional Technology Coordinator Speaks in South Africa

SHS Instructional Technology Coordinator Caroline Haebig traveled to South Africa last month to speak about Stevenson’s use of iPads. She spoke at the International Conference on Society, Education and Technology, which provides a forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to discuss innovations, trends and challenges. In this video prepared by SHS Electronic Communications Specialist Jennifer DiBella, Haebig discusses the role of technology in education.

Stevenson Farm Becomes National Landmark Sunday

The Adlai Stevenson Farm in Mettawa will be designated as a National Historic Landmark on Sunday. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. Tours of the Stevenson house and exhibit will be offered from 1-3 p.m. by the Lake County Forest Preserve District and the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. The Stevenson Farm is located at 25200 N. St. Mary’s Road in Mettawa.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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New Boys Lacrosse Coach Named

John Vignocchi has been chosen to lead Stevenson’s boys lacrosse program. He replaces Brian Larsen, who stepped down this summer after 12 seasons at the helm. Vignocchi comes to Stevenson with coaching experience at three area high schools.  He led Warren Township’s varsity squad for three seasons, from 2009-11. He also has served as a varsity assistant at Highland Park and, most recently, Vernon Hills. Student-athletes and their parents who are interested in meeting Coach Vignocchi are invited to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 in Room 2004-2006. Official announcement

JV Boys Soccer Game Moved to GBN

Today’s junior varsity boys soccer game has been moved to Glenbrook North.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Daniel Wright Snow Flake Performers Needed

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright needs performers for the opening ceremonies in February. If you are interested, please stop by Room 2702 after school on Tuesdays. No experience is necessary! All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley. See you there!

West ILC Looking for Selfies to Promote Teen Read Week

As a way to help promote reading, and sharing students favorite books, we are looking for selfies of kids with their favorite books to create a collage in the ILC window for Teen Read Week, October 12-18. We will put a link on the photo that leads to the book in our library collection. Email your selfies to jwilson@d125.org and include “I Read” in the subject line.

Yearbook Retake Days October 22, 24

Did you have a bad hair day when your yearbook photo was taken in August? Never had your yearbook photo taken? You’ll have a second chance during yearbook retake days on Wednesday and Friday, October 22 and 24, from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570.

COLLEGE NEWS

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): Wednesday, October 15; and Tuesday, October 21.

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.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a healthcare career? Apply for the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program. Applications must be postmarked by October 15. Find out more at http://community.nm.org/medical-explorers.html or message Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org.

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 dwillock@d125.org 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!

Need some extra cash? There are lots of part-time jobs available for students. View them all on the Career Exploration webpage at www.d125.org/careerexploration.

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.

CLUB NEWS

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

Anime Club meets today in Room 2113 at 3:30.

The Ambassador, Stevenson’s yearbook, meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

Geography Club meets after school today in Room 7004.

Key Club’s next general meeting will be held Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. New members are always welcome.

Do you have the talent for surprising your friends by knowing information about sports, art, science, history or another subject? Join the Frosh/Soph Scholastic Bowl team. All freshmen and sophomores are welcome. The first meeting is after school on Wednesday in 8046. Contact Mrs. Humes or Mr. Fedewa with any questions.

Do you like music? Do you like to dance? Do you want to be active and fit? Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba Club. Informational meeting at 3:35 Thursday in Room 2626.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

No school today in Waukegan as talks resume in teacher strike

Hinsdale District 86 teachers give 10-day notice for strike

St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove named Blue Ribbon School

Defibrillator law less costly, not as difficult for schools as feared

Walter Payton Prep plans $13M expansion to add classrooms

Shorewood school district faces another civil rights complaint

Sandburg High teacher, coach dies of colon cancer at age 46

Voters near East St. Louis to decide Nov. 4 whether to close high school

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Social studies teachers take on controversial subjects

Elected officials embrace preschool, but funding is catch

Counseling organization to feds: Stop providing student information to colleges

Memphis’ ambitious effort to fix failed schools

Can focusing on workplace skills increase college completion rates?

Philadelphia schools crippled by budget crisis

For-profit giant Kaplan starts competency-based “Open College”

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