Thursday, October 16, 2014

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

One of the biggest challenges facing efforts to curb underage drinking in the Stevenson community is the fact that some parents allow or encourage parties in their homes featuring illegal alcohol use. The Stand Strong community coalition, of which Stevenson is a member, offers the following reminders about “social hosting” laws as Homecoming weekend approaches:

  • Parents or guardians who knowingly allow underage drinking in their homes can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and face fines ranging from $500-$2,500.
  • If a minor dies or is seriously injured as a result of illegally provided alcohol, the provider can be charged with a Class 4 felony and sentenced to 1-3 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. The provider also risks being sued in civil court.
  • The first two examples come from state law. However, many towns and villages in Illinois, including most in District 125, have stronger ordinances with harsher penalties and higher fines. In Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills, for example, even if the parents (or owners of the house) are not aware that underage drinking is happening, they can still be charged with social hosting. The burden of proof falls on the owners of the house to prove that they took all necessary steps to prevent underage drinking to occur, including controlling access to the house and the alcohol in the house. Buffalo Grove’s ordinance goes further: Homeowners do not have to be present to be guilty of social hosting.
  • Local ordinances also expand the scope of the state law. Police officers can charge not only homeowners with social hosting, but anyone deemed to be in “control” of the home, including a minor. The ordinances apply not only to residences, but any property controlled by an individual, including a hotel or motel room, limousine, bus or boat.

What should parents do if they find out that underage drinking is taking place without their knowledge? Call the police before they call you to avoid social host charges. No charges will be filed if parents request assistance from law enforcement after discovering the illegal activity.

For more information, contact Stand Strong at

SHS Social Media Leader to Give INSPRA Presentation

Electronic Communications Specialist Jennifer DiBella will give a presentation on social media use by schools on Friday at a meeting of the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. She will explain how schools can develop a social media marketing campaign, identify the best platforms to reach different audience types, incorporate analytics for strategic planning, and incorporate tools such as Hootsuite and Buffer to maximize the value of items shared via social media.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Mundelein, 25-21, 25-15: Jori Radtke led the visiting Patriots (19-13, 5-1) with 10 kills and also added 10 digs. Corissa Kurth distributed 18 assists and Morgan Berland made 16 digs. Jen Lichtenstein had 11 digs. Emily Brasier contributed 4 kills and Anna Drozdzewicz had 3. – Daily Herald

SHS to Host Girls Tennis Sectional This Weekend

Stevenson will host an Illinois High School Association girls tennis sectional at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex on Friday and Saturday. SHS has won three consecutive sectional titles. The Patriots have the top seeds in singles and doubles, Kendall Kirsch and the tandem of Zoe Taylor and Kaylin Dong. Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey are the No. 2 seed in doubles, and Zoe Manion is a 3-4 seed in singles. Ten schools will compete in the sectional. Click here for sectional results this weekend.

Manion to Play Tennis for Xavier

Zoe Manion announced on Twitter Wednesday that she has verbally committed to continue her tennis career at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Manion will be seeking a third trip to the IHSA girls tennis state tournament when she and her Patriot teammates compete in the Stevenson Sectional beginning Friday. Last fall, Manion won five matches in the singles bracket at state, helping SHS to a fourth-place finish. She also qualified as a freshman.

Gohde, Sandhu Prepare for State Golf Tournament

Jason Gohde and Kamaren Sandhu are traveling to Bloomington today to get ready for the IHSA Class 3A boys golf state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. Gohde will tee off at 10 a.m. Friday, with Sandhu following at 10:18. Three boys golfers in school history have earned medals at state: Reed Aren (2012), Tom Bydalek (2001) and Magnus Tedestedt (1990). Click here for state golf results. State golf tourney preview podcast from Pioneer Press

We Are Family

The football and girls tennis teams aren’t the only ones aiming for No. 1 this fall. So are the students who regularly turn out for a number of Patriot sporting events, including many athletes involved in other sports. The Journal and Topics newspaper recently talked with some of the leaders of the Patriot student section.


Room Assignments for Saturday’s PSAT Exam

Are you taking the PSAT exam Saturday morning? Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. Testing starts at 8 in the East Building. Click here to see your room assignment.

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Today

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held today and October 21-23 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Everything! Singers, dancers, bands, comedians, magicians, gymnasts, jugglers, “yo-yoers” or any other creative acts. Showcase acts must have a minimum of 3 performers unless the act is very “unique.” Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during audition sign-ups.

Fill out this audition sign-up form and bring it to one of the sign-up days. If you need help finding a group, try the Showcase Facebook page or contact Lisa Weisner at or Edie Eiseman-Axe at

Showcase variety act auditions will be held December 4-8. Band auditions are set for December 6. Emcees/anchors auditions will be held December 2. Showcase 2015 will be held March 6-7. For more information on Showcase, visit

Yearbook Re-Take Days Next Week

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 re-take 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.

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright Meeting Tuesday

Are you interested in performing at Snow Flake at Daniel Wright? If so, there will be a meeting after school in Room 2702 on Tuesday. No experience is required, and all are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley. See you there!


The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Southern California, Transylvania University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Eureka College, Landmark College, Reed College, Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California-San Diego, University of Kansas, Beloit College, University of Toronto, Loyola University Chicago, Memphis College of Art, University of Notre Dame, Arizona State University, St. Lawrence University, Drake University, Villanova University, Central College, University of New Hampshire, Kent State University, Northern Illinois University, Furman University, Ripon College, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Otterbein University, Lynn University, St. Ambrose University, Washington and Jefferson College, Wittenberg University, Baylor University, Hofstra University, Rice University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Macalester 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.


Interested in design or architecture as a career? Attend the Chicago Architecture and Design College Day, where more than 50 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions and provide information on their programs. The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harold Washington College, Lake Street and Wabash Avenue, in Chicago. Visit for registration and more information.

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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.


Do you think you know what makes people insane? If you were on a jury could you determine who was sane or insane at the time of a crime? Please attend a joint meeting  of Psychology Club and Law Club in 7096 today at 3:45. All are welcome!

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!

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.

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.

Breakfast With Books will meet Tuesday from 7:45-8:25 a.m. in Room 1313 of the Lower ILC. Breakfast will be served. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Dettling in the West ILC or email her at


The boys bowling team is having an informational meeting today 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.

An information meeting for girls gymnastics will take place Tuesday at 3:30 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Harwood at

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


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