Thursday, October 9, 2014

SHS to Add Stained Glass Window to Sports Center Entrance

As part of Stevenson High School’s 50th anniversary celebration during the 2014-15 school year, several parent and student organizations are commissioning an artist or studio to help design and create a four-panel stained glass window that will be placed above the Sports Center entrance. The request for proposals is open to interested artists and companies until Friday, November 7, when all proposals are due.

Click here for the proposal document (PDF)

The selected artist or studio will be asked to capture the ideas presented by SHS student Sabrina Zhang’s design that was submitted for the 50th anniversary logo contest. Although the window design doesn’t have to be an exact representation, artists are asked to honor the spirit of Zhang’s image, which reflects the school’s mission of “Success For Every Student,” plus its history and diversity.

Artists are invited to Stevenson at 5 p.m. Monday, October 20 to view the stained glass window’s location and ask questions of Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice. Anyone planning to attend the site visit is asked to RSVP with Julie Hill at

Band’s Annual Citrus Fruit Sale Starts Next Week

The SHS band program’s annual Citrus Fruit Sale begins Wednesday, October 15 and ends Tuesday, October 28. Fruit orders will be available Saturday, December 6. Proceeds from the sale will go toward band students’ trip accounts.

Products available include

  • Florida oranges in 18-pound boxes ($27)
  • Florida red navel oranges in 18-pound boxes ($27)
  • Florida red grapefruit in 18-pound boxes ($19.50)
  • The “Citrus Sampler” featuring 24 red navel oranges and 12 red grapefruit in 25-pound boxes ($39.50)
  • The “Junior Citrus Sampler” with 12 red navel oranges and 6 red grapefruit in 13-pound boxes ($24.50)
  • The “2-Ti-Fruit,” a mix of 10 red navel oranges and 12 sunburst tangerines in 11-pound boxes ($21)
  • “Simply Citrus,” a collection of 6 red navel oranges, 6 grapefruit and 6 tangelos in 13-pound boxes ($22.50)

To place an order, contact any band member or fruit sale co-chairs Michelle and Mitch Cohn at There also is an option to make a purchase and have the fruit donated to a local homeless shelter.

Fundraiser Scheduled for Senior with Muscular Disorder

A fundraiser will be held next month for senior Nate Halterman, who was diagnosed at age 6 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive neuromuscular disorder without a cure that has relegated him to a wheelchair.

Despite the disorder, Halterman does well in the classroom. He is enrolled in Advanced Placement Calculus AB Honors and Advanced Spanish Conversation/Culture, among other courses. He also serves as manager of the varsity boys basketball team and also participates in intramural bowling.

The fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 8 at The Cotillion in Palatine. The evening will include raffles and a silent auction. For more information, to buy tickets, or to donate a raffle or silent auction item, visit

Former Board Member to Lead B.G. Arts Commission

Former District 125 Board of Education member Elliott Hartstein was appointed this week as chairman of the Buffalo Grove Arts Commission. Hartstein was president of the Village of Buffalo Grove for 12 years after serving eight years on the School Board.

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class AA Lake Forest Regional: At Deerpath Golf Course, the Patriots tied Buffalo Grove for fourth place and had two players advance to Monday’s Warren Sectional: Alexia Fidman (84) and Stephanie Namkoong (93). SHS had a team score of 372, 13 strokes behind regional champion Barrington. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 19-25, 28-26, 25-22: On Senior Night, the Patriots rallied to improve to 16-11 overall and 4-1 in the North Suburban Conference. Kendall Frisch and Emily Braiser each had 10 kills, while Jen Lichtenstein added 6. Abby Trebilco dished out 27 assists. Dana Pflugradt and Lichtenstein had 24 and 20 digs, respectively. All are seniors. – Daily Herald

Koenig Earns Daily Herald Player of the Week Honor

Senior linebacker Rory Koenig has been named Lake County Defensive Player of the Week by the Daily Herald for his performance in last week’s 21-0 shutout of Lake Zurich. Koenig had 8 tackles, including 4 for loss, as SHS did not allow a touchdown for the second straight game.

Football Fans Going to Zion Invited to Help Coat Drive

Patriot football fans heading to Zion-Benton for Friday night’s game are invited to donate coats that will go to the Veterans Assistance Commission and will be provided to military veterans in need. The coat drive is being led by Z-B’s National Honor Society.


All Juniors Meet With Counselors Today

Juniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period today. You must attend this meeting even if you have a club meeting scheduled. Counselors will be located in these rooms:

Franklin 7044-7046 Perkins 2114 Lecture Hall
Grove Studio Theater (2204) Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Jones 2104 Scanio 8046-8048
Kellogg 2113 Lecture Hall Seeger 6048-6050
Kulla Chorus Room (2202) Sullivan Recital Hall (4100)
Martin 7014 Timm Little Theater (4200)
Moran West Auditorium (2206) Vazquez 2104

Blood Drive Sign-Ups During Homecoming Week

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive will take place next week during lunch periods in both commons areas. The “Save a Life, Starve a Vampire” drive will be held Friday, October 24. To see what it takes to be a blood donor, click here.

Senior Portrait Reminder

Seniors: Have you had your yearbook portrait taken yet? The deadline is fast approaching! You can make your appointment by calling VIP at 847-499-9300 or by going online at:


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 today in Room 2626.

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets today after school in the Band Room, aka the Bat Cave.

Video Game Club meets today from 3:45-5:30 in Room 6072.

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

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today 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!

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

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

Calling all seniors! Senior Class Board invites all seniors to help decorate for their last Homecoming. We will be decorating our West Hallway on Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Patriot Lobby, and our East Hallway by Room 6000 on Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Service hours provided. Any questions? Contact Mrs. Jensen at or Mrs. Peterson at

FCCLA will meet on Wednesday in Room 1406 from 3:30-5:30 to meet with Mrs. Lohrmann and Mrs. Backes about your FCCLA project to get started! If you are not able to meet please contact the sponsors ASAP to discuss.


The boys bowling team is having an informational meeting Thursday, October 16 after school in Room 2113 from 3:30-4:15. If you can’t make the meeting, contact Coach Lapping in the West ILC in the math section.

Preseason softball is here! Join last year’s freshman, JV and varsity players for optional morning workouts and weekend open gym sessions. Improve your softball skills, learn an appreciation for the game, make lifelong friends, and develop a sense of Stevenson pride as a member of the Patriot softball program. Workouts are from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays (Weight Room), Wednesdays (Cardio Room) and Fridays (Weight Room). Open gym sessions TBA. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Coach Vikartofsky at or visit


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. Wednesday so you can get your questions answered. The CCC will also hold a drop-in day at the same time on Tuesday, October 21.

Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson: University of California-Los Angeles, Augustana College, DePaul University, University of Delaware, Pennsylvania State University, Brandeis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Mount Union, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Roosevelt University, Xavier University, DePauw University, Carthage College, University of Chicago, California Institute of the Arts and Carthage College.

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.

All juniors and parents, the college search process is officially underway! Plan to attend a most informative meeting on how to choose the college that’s right for you at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller, Stevenson’s college counselors, will highlight and outline the steps students and parents should be taking this year to find the college that provides the greatest fit. Join the College/Career Center staff as they help juniors “Find the Fit.”


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

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!

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


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