Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Report: SHS Spends Less Per Student Than Many Local Districts

Stevenson spends significantly less per student than many high school districts in the area, according to Illinois State Board of Education data shared at Monday’s school board meeting. During the 2013-14 school year, Stevenson’s total per-pupil expenditure was $18,286, less than Libertyville and Vernon Hills ($20,271), Glenbrook North and South ($21,577), Lake Forest ($22,917), and Deerfield and Highland Park ($23,184), among others.

22 Students Earn All-District Music Honors

Twenty-two Stevenson students have earned selection to the Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Festival on November 8 at New Trier High School in Winnetka. They were chosen based on performances at auditions held in early October. More than 1,500 students auditioned. The following SHS students were selected:

Band: Eowyn Bakke (french horn), Torin Bakke (clarinet), Ben Cheng (trumpet), Eric Kang (Bassoon), Kevin Li (clarinet), Mandy Weaver (clarinet) and Timothy Klem (percussion).

Choir: Kaitlin Feely (soprano), Koyomi Funahashi (soprano), Monique Hsu (soprano), Alex Knezevic (tenor), Cynthia Liu (alto) and Jamie Sergay (soprano).

Orchestra: Jonathan Chang (viola), Jean Choi (violin), Junwon Choi (cello), Autumn Hoang (cello), Monet Lee (violin), David Luo (violin) and Nicole Zukowski (violin).

In addition, four choir students were selected for the ILMEA All-District Jazz Choir and will perform at the Jazz Festival on November 22 at Barrington High School: Knezevic (tenor), Sergay (soprano), Johnny Barboza (tenor) and Annamarie Wellems (soprano).

At the All-District Festivals, students will be further evaluated to determine which ones should participate in the ILMEA All-State Conference, which will be held in Peoria January 28-31. All-State selections will be announced in early December.

Charities Invited to Participate in Stevenson’s Day of Service

Area charities are invited to be part of Stevenson’s second annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 19. On that day, Stevenson students will volunteer at charity sites for two hours, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Last school year, 190 students participated; the number is expected to be much higher this year.

Stevenson will provide transportation to and from charity sites. A minimum of 14 and maximum of 47 students can work at a site. For more information, contact Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann at

Band Parents Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Today

The SHS Band Parents Organization will hold a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Make a dine-in, carryout or delivery order, and a portion of the sale will go to the band program. Make sure you show this flyer when ordering.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional: The Patriots (7-6-6) stunned Barrington, 1-0, in two overtimes thanks to Max Warren’s goal and an extraordinary effort by goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber. He made 26 saves against the Broncos, who were the No. 4 seed in the sectional. SHS, the No. 13 seed, will face No. 12 Highland Park for the regional title at 6 p.m. Saturday. Highland Park was an upset winner over No. 5 Hersey, 1-0. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Stevenson hosted IHSFHA Playoff: The Patriots beat Elgin Academy, 2-1, in a play-in game in the Stadium, advancing to a first-round matchup at second-seeded New Trier tonight at 6 o’clock. SHS is the No. 15 seed in the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association playoffs; Elgin Academy was the No. 18 seed. SHS and Elgin met in the second game of the regular season, with the Patriots earning a 3-0 win. Tonight’s contest will be the first of the year between Stevenson and New Trier. –

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Grant, 25-20, 25-12: Isabella Milejczyk and Jori Radtke each had 6 kills in the home crossover victory, while Anna Drozdewicz added 4 kills and 2 blocks. Radtke and Jackie Green also had 2 blocks apiece. Corissa Kurth had 16 assists, 3 kills and 2 aces. Morgan Berland made a team-high 7 digs.


Girls Tennis Team Prepares for State Tournament

The IHSA girls tennis state tournament begins Thursday at several area high school courts. Stevenson is seeking to break through the championship monopoly held by Hinsdale Central and Lake Forest, which are the only teams to win state over the past eight seasons. SHS finished fourth in Illinois last year and was third in 2011.

This year, the Patriots will have six players at state: singles players Kendall Kirsch and Zoe Manion, and the doubles teams of Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor, and Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey. Dong and Taylor won the sectional championship over Rao and Harvey, and have yet to lose a match this season. Dong and Taylor are the No. 1 seed in the state doubles bracket, while Rao and Harvey are No. 2. Their only loss came to Dong and Taylor.

Kirsch only has one loss as well, coming in last weekend’s sectional semifinal. She is a 5-8 seed in singles, while Manion is a 9-16 seed. Kirsch, Manion, Dong and Rao all have previous state experience, while Taylor and Harvey are freshmen. Kirsch won the state doubles championship last fall with Alexxis Kiven, who now plays for Dartmouth. It was the first doubles title won by Stevenson in girls tennis.

Stevenson’s players will be scattered for their opening-round matchups. Taylor and Dong will play at Prospect, while Harvey and Rao will open at Rolling Meadows. Kirsch travels to Barrington and Manion will take the court at Palatine. State tournament seeds and all first-round matches

Miller Helping Illini Women’s Golf Get in the Swing

Two-time state champion golfer Stephanie Miller (Class of 2013), who now plays for the University of Illinois, helped lead the Illini to back-to-back invitational victories, the Daily Herald reports.


Reminder: Late Arrival on Thursday

Thursday is a late arrival day. Classes start at 10:30. Buses begin their routes at 9:20.

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 and 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 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 Today 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 today 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 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: 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 along with your name and ID number, and you, yes you, could have the chance to get your writing published in the Half-Wit.

Help Us Celebrate Food Day 2014 on Friday

Friday is Food Day 2014, and we need a very important ingredient: You! Use Friday to start — or celebrate —eating a healthier diet and putting your family’s diet on track. Food Day is not just a day; it’s a year-long catalyst for healthier diets and a better food system. Let’s use this energy to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference! Help us celebrate Food Day on Friday by stopping by the Wood Commons during your lunch period for a cooking demonstration and free food samples. Students from Gourmet Foods, along with the chefs and cooks from Sodexo, will be making vegetable stir fry. Find out more about Food Day, and how you can “eat real” and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path, at


Intramural Archery meets today after school on the Sports Courts.


The Stevenson Styler will meet today 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!

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC.

Sophomore Class Board will have a meeting after school Thursday in Room 1500.

Would you like to help create designs for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting by Room 6008 on Friday at 7:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

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

Have you heard of GAGA? No, not Lady GAGA, but GAGA the game? It’s an Israeli game that’s all the rage! If you know it and want to play it, or if you want to learn more about it, join Club Israel this Thursday in Room 1508-1510. Any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar.

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 ( or Michelle Cheng ( for details.


Students and parents: The College of Lake County in Grayslake is hosting the Lake County Area College Night (ICE Fair) on Thursday 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 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 to set up an appointment.


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