Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CPN Hosts “The Pressured Student” Tonight

Psychologist, parenting expert and bestselling author Dr. Michael Thompson will discuss “The Pressured Student: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life,” at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. 

Thompson’s focus will be on “pressured parents” who may have forgotten the realities of school life. He 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. The free program is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, and the Deerfield Parent Network.

Tribune Highlights Teacher’s Work to Promote Food Day

The Chicago Tribune on Monday wrote about Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Christina Erickson, who is one of the local leaders of the worldwide Food Revolution movement run by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Every year on October 24, the foundation promotes Food Day, which encourages people to make healthy changes in their diets and to push for improved food policies. This year’s Food Day will have a special focus on food access and justice for food and farm workers.

Erickson and the rest of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department have partnered with Sodexo to bring live cooking demonstrations to students on Friday. During all lunch periods in the Wood Commons, students in the Gourmet Foods course will cook alongside Sodexo chefs and cooks to provide samples of vegetable stir fry with a homemade sauce. Students also will receive Food Day materials, including a cookbook link and James Beard’s new Vegetable Recipe app.

After school Friday, Erickson and her friend and fellow Food Revolution ambassador, Lindsey Shifley, are sponsoring the third annual Mundelein Food Day. They will offer meal-planning and community recipe sharing at the Fremont Township Administration Center, 2285 W. Route 60, in Mundelein from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at the Mundelein Food Revolution Facebook page.

Six Communication Arts Faculty Present at IATE Conference

Six members of the Communication Arts faculty gave presentations at the annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English conference last weekend in Crystal Lake. The conference’s chairwoman, Kimberly Musolf, also is part of the SHS Communication Arts faculty. The presenters were: 

  • Doug Lillydahl and Jacquie Cullen, “21st Century Classroom Decisions”: The presentation focused on how decision-making strategies at the department, team and teacher levels lead to to meaningful literacy instruction. The pair offered examples of decision-making tools to provide focus, manage conflicts, and promote collaboration.
  • Brian Wise and Dan Argentar, “Inquiry and Reluctant Readers: Engaging the Next Generation”: Educators attending this session discovered how students in a Tier 2 reading intervention course are able to generate individualized inquiry questions to engage in rigorous reading tasks. Argentar and Wise showed how students use focused reading strategies to develop and enhance literacy skills with a variety of texts and topics.
  • Ryan Aronoff and (Prospect High School teacher) Jason Block, “That’s Not Entertainment: A ‘Second Education’ Through Mass Media”: Teenagers today spend more time consuming media than they spend in school. In this presentation, educators explored strategies to challenge the ways students consume information through television and other entertainment media, both inside and outside of school.
  • Laura Brown and (retired SHS Technology Trainer and current District 102 Creativity and Innovation Specialist for Mobile Pedagogy) Charlene Chausis, “The Future of the Book: Connected, Adaptable, Flexible, and Customized”: The future offers myriad possibilities as print text migrates to more dynamic forms on laptops and mobile devices. In their presentation, Brown and Chausis considered how the book is being reinvented and how that changes the teaching of literacy


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Saturday’s Late Varsity Results 

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: Fremd edged the Patriots for the championship in the 11-team meet, 410-406.5. In individual races, SHS had two second-place finishes: Irune Andres in the 200 IM (2:13.10) and Ashlin Ruiz in the 100 fly (59.38). Two Pats also placed third: Casey Kirby in the 100 back (59.84) and Danielle Fang in the 100 breast (1:09.71). Stevenson had two runner-up relays: the 200 medley, with Kirby, Andres, Ruiz and Alice Jeong (1:50.66), and the 400 free, with Ruiz, Andres, Shayna Salzman and Isabelle Pelka (3:38.30). The 200 free relay unit of Kirby, Jeong, Ruiz and Rachel Song was third (1:41.88). – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer Regional Semifinal Today

Stevenson’s boys soccer team travels to Barrington for a 5 o’clock matchup with the host school in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Barrington Regional. The Patriots are the No. 13 seed in the Palatine Sectional, of which the Barrington Regional is one quadrant. The Broncos are the No. 4 seed. The winner of today’s contest will face Hersey or Highland Park for the regional title at 6 p.m. Saturday. | Daily Herald sectional previews

Limited Parking Available for Football Game at Libertyville

Convenient parking might be hard to find for Patriot football fans when they head to Libertyville for the regular-season finale Friday night. Limited parking will be available at LHS; Patriot fans can park at the Libertyville Metra station and take a shuttle bus to the school. Stevenson, champions of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division, will look to go 9-0 in a tune up for its first-round Class 8A playoff game the following week. The Wildcats are 6-2 and also are playoff bound in Class 7A. 

Dynamic Dowd Duo Gives Hockey Team Winning Identity

The Daily Herald last week included a feature story on brothers Daniel and Michael Dowd, who play for the SHS varsity boys ice hockey team. Daniel, a junior, is in his third varsity season, while Michael is a freshman. They are considered two of the reasons why Stevenson has the makings of a top-10 team this year.


Snow Flake at Daniel Wright Meeting Today

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

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Today Through Thursday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held today through Thursday 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 lweisner@aol.com or Edie Eiseman-Axe at edie0609@aol.com.

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 d125.org/ppa/showcase.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Wednesday and Friday

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 Wednesday and Friday 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. 

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders Thursday and Friday

Measurements for graduation caps and gowns will take place Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the West Building’s Patriot Lobby (by Room 2400). Visit this link for pricing and details.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey this week. The PPA will be in the Patriot Lobby with Jostens as you complete your order for graduation cap and gowns. Don’t forget — space on the cruise is limited and it will sell out! Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. After this week, permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore. 

New Date for Blood Drive; Sign-Ups Continue This 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: http://stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com/. 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!”

Want to be Known for Your Writing? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Do you love to write? Is it frustrating when you spend hours on an essay only to receive a letter grade? Do you want to be published? Do you want to be famous within the hallways of Stevenson? Now you can! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number, and you, yes you, could have the chance to get your writing published in the Half-Wit.


Seniors with disabilities who are heading to college are invited to attend the Choices regional college fair at Vernon Hills High School tonight. The event begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 9. Students and their parents can attend information sessions and also meet with representatives of various colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.postsecondarychoices.org. 

Students and parents: The College of Lake County in Grayslake is hosting the Lake County Area College Night (ICE Fair) on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. This is a great way for you to network with many colleges (more than 150), all under one roof.  Attending colleges can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight. See you at the fair.

The following colleges and universities will be visiting Stevenson next week: Washington and Lee University, Monmouth College, Michigan Technological University, Coe College, Saint Mary of the Woods College, Ferris State University, Bowling Green State University,Whitman College, College of Lake County, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, University of Tennessee, College of the Holy Cross, University of Tulsa, Valparaiso University, University of Nebraska, North Central College and the United States Air Force recruiter.

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.

Seniors: The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 7.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the College/Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up the nomination form. The form is due back to the CCC by November 22. 


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 dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.


Chinese Club is looking for volunteers to help host a booth at the Country Meadows Elementary School Fall Fest Thursday evening. Community service hours will be provided. Please email Chinese club sponsors Li Ye (li.ye1@d125.org) or Michelle Cheng (mcheng@d125.org) for details.

The Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. Rough drafts will be due for the editors to look over and make changes. Contact Mrs. Erickson if you can’t make it, so you can update her on your progress. See you then! 

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712. 

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012. 

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the East ILC.

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


There will be a meeting for all girls planning on trying out for basketball at 3:35 today 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 tdineen@d125.org if you have any questions.

An information meeting for girls gymnastics will take place today at 3:30 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Harwood at jharwood@d125.org.

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, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Cardio Room. Open gym sessions TBA. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org or visit d125.org/softball.


Intramural Archery meets Wednesday after school on the Sports Courts.


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