Friday, October 17, 2014

10 Math Teachers Presenting at State Conference

Ten members of the mathematics faculty will be giving presentations at the 64th annual Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference Friday and Saturday in Tinley Park. No school in the state will have more presenters at the conference. Stevenson’s presenters will be:

  • Jen Parisi and Andrea Siwik, “Motivating Struggling Students Using Formative Assessments and Other Strategies”: The pair will share how teachers can motivate students and improve instruction through the practical use of foldables, differentiation and formative assessments.
  • Melissa Dudic and Kate Hoopes, “Building CCSSM Algebra 1: Success For All Students”: The two will share how their team reset curricular expectations while building appropriate supports for learning among all Algebra 1 students.
  • Todd Sikora, Valerie Tomkiel, Julisa Ruiz, Filip Dudic and Heather Nissenberg, “Implementing CCSSM Statistics Standards Into Algebra” and “CCSSM Implementation Year 1: Experiences in Algebra”: The change in standards can be overwhelming, and one that brings unprecedented change to traditional Algebra 1 curriculums. The team will share lessons from their year-long effort to redesign the curriculum to strengthen students’ understanding algebraic relationships through context-driven problems.
  • Cassie Fenton, “Assessing and Reporting Mathematical Understanding to Promote Student Learning”: She will re-examine aspects of the traditional grading and reporting system and offer improved ways to accurately communicate mathematical understandings and promote students’ growth mindset.

Internet Safety Training for Students Today

Melissa Hemzacek, an Internet safety specialist from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office-High Tech Crimes Bureau, is giving presentations to students during their regularly scheduled math courses today. Hemzacek is discussing about self-representation online, privacy settings, dangers of connecting with anonymous users, and legal ramifications of cyber bullying and other online activity.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 7, Stevenson 0

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Providence Catholic 5, Stevenson 2


Football Team Seeks Third Straight Shutout

Stevenson’s top-ranked football team returns to home turf tonight to take on Mundelein for Homecoming. The Patriots (7-0, 4-0) feature the stiffest defense in the North Suburban Conference, allowing just a shade over 9 points per game. SHS is seeking its third consecutive shutout, and hasn’t allowed a touchdown since September 19. The Mustangs (0-7, 0-4) have struggled offensively, scoring around 11 points per game. In addition to being Homecoming, tonight’s game also is Senior Night. Senior members of the football team and Spirit Revolution will be honored. Also at halftime, there will be a performance featuring area kids who took part in the SHS cheerleading and pom clinic during the summer.

Tonight’s game is sponsored by Bridgeview Bank, and will be broadcast on WAES-FM (88.1) and on the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. B96 FM will be promoting promoting the game from 2-7 p.m.

Important Notice for SHS Cross Country Fans

SHS cross country parents and other fans heading to Saturday’s North Suburban Conference championships at Lake Forest High School are asked to carpool and come in as few cars as possible. Nearly 1,000 runners will be competing, with an even larger number of spectators expected. Unfortunately, many grass areas meant to be used for parking have been knocked out of commission by this week’s heavy rains. Once the lots at Lake Forest’s West Campus are full, traffic will be directed to off-campus parking. Shuttles will be available from off-campus parking to the course. Spectators should allow additional time in case they have to park off campus.


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.

Pumpkin Carving and Design Contest for Students

Sodexo is sponsoring a pumpkin carving and design contest! They will be providing pumpkins to the first 50 students who enter, so remember to check your school email on Tuesday for more information and to sign up.

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 next 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!

New Date for Blood Drive; Sign-Ups Continue Next Week

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive will take place Wednesday through Friday in the East and West Commons areas. Students also can sign up online through this link: Anyone 17 years or older can sign up with a parent permission slip. The sign-up information, forms, and downloadable permission slips are all located at the link. All permission slips should be returned to the Student Activities Office or turned in when entering Room 2111 on the date of the drive. Students must have a full free period to donate. Students may ask their applied health or PE teachers for special permission to donate during those classes. The blood drive will be held Friday, October 31, during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). The theme is “Starve a Vampire and Save a Life!”

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups October 21-23

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held next Tuesday through Thursday, 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


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 Illinois Regional College Fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. next Thursday at the College of Lake County (Physical Education Building). This is a great opportunity to meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities all under one roof. A list of the colleges can be obtained at

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.


SPINS Club is going to the Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove on Friday, October 24. Permission forms can be obtained from the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons.

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email

Chinese Club is looking for volunteers to help host a booth at the Country Meadows Elementary School Fall Fest next Thursday evening. Community service hours will be provided. Please email Chinese club sponsors Li Ye ( or Michelle Cheng ( for details.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Mondays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

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?

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

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

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


There will be a meeting for all girls planning on trying out for basketball at 3:35 Tuesday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Information on tryouts, open gym, clothing and shoes will be distributed. If currently out for a fall sport or unable to attend, stop by on your way to practice and pick up a packet. Contact Coach Dineen at if you have any questions.

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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