Friday, October 24, 2014

School Board Approves Summer 2015 Improvements

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday gave its approval to improving several of the school’s academic facilities next summer. Bids for an estimated $12.9 million in construction work and maintenance projects will be sent out, and the board will be asked to give final approval to projects in February. Planned projects include:

  • Creation of a new space for the school’s Response to Intervention (RtI) program, continued renovation of science and mathematics labs, renovation of the Special Education resource center, remodeling of the Culinary Arts room, and moving the Information Services Division offices to Room 1316.  
  • Maintenance projects including: carpet replacement, West Building roof replacement, dimmer replacement in the Performing Arts Center, a new fence around the football stadium, parking lot E reconfiguration, and and resurfacing of the fitness trail.
  • Infrastructure projects include: air handling units for the 1900 and 2900 hallways of the West Building, an air handling unit for the RtI hallway, and replacement of the East Building domestic hot water heaters.

Normally, the district spends about 5% of its operating funds on renovations and improvements. However, for the next three years, the district will increase its spending due to its issuance of $25 million in bonds earlier this year. Funds from the sale must be spent within three years of when the bonds are issued.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots stood in second place behind Hinsdale Central after the first day of action, and three of four entries went 3-0. The doubles teams of Kaylin Dong/Zoe Taylor and Vinaya Rao/Kate Harvey, the top two seeds, posted a trio of straight-set victories, as did Kendall Kirsch in singles. Dong and Taylor defeated teams from Wheaton Academy (6-2, 6-0), Lincoln-Way East (6-2, 6-0) and Prairie Ridge (7-5, 7-5), and will face a 9-16 seed from Lyons in the fourth round today. Rao and Harvey breezed past their three opponents, from Sandburg (6-0, 6-1), Lakes (6-0, 6-0) and Loyola Academy (6-2, 6-2), setting up a showdown with Highland Park’s 9-16 seed today. Kirsch also sailed through her first three matches, beating entries from St. Ignatius (6-0, 6-2), Morton (6-1, 6-1) and Rock Island (6-0, 6-2). She will face Alex Mella from Warren, a 9-16 seed, in the fourth round. Zoe Manion won her first two singles matches over players from Sycamore (6-1, 6-0) and Whitney Young (6-0, 6-2), before falling to Geneva’s top entry, 6-2, 6-4. She’ll take on a player from Neuqua Valley in the fourth round consolation bracket. – Official results | Daily Herald

Football Team Seeks Sixth Perfect Regular Season

The Patriot football team will attempt to finish the regular season undefeated for the sixth time in school history tonight at 7:30. SHS takes an 8-0 record to Libertyville, and will face a Wildcat squad that enters the game with a 6-2 mark. Stevenson went unbeaten in the regular season during head coach Bill McNamara’s first season in 2010, and also recorded 9-0 records in 2009, 2005, 1996 and 1995. Libertyville has the highest-scoring offense in the North Suburban Lake Division, averaging more than 37 points per game. Stevenson, meanwhile, has the stingiest defense, surrendering less than 9 points per contest. For those going to the game, here’s a reminder about the lean parking outlook at Libertyville High. For those who aren’t going to the game, it can be seen on High School Cube. The game also will be carried on WRLR (98.3 FM), and can be heard at WRLR.fm and through WRLR on the Tune-In app. WRLR’s pre-game show with Rusty Silber starts at 7. Daily Herald preview

Boys Soccer Team Seeks Regional Title at Barrington

The SHS boys soccer team takes on Highland Park at 6 p.m. Saturday for the championship of the IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional. Neither school was expected to be playing for the regional title; Stevenson is the No. 13 seed in the sectional, and Highland Park is No. 12.

Cross Country Teams Running in Regional Saturday

The girls and boys cross country teams will run in the IHSA Libertyville Regional at Adler Park on Saturday, trying to qualify for the Schaumburg Sectional, which takes place November 1.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Chance for Yearbook Re-Takes

Did you have a bad hair day when your yearbook photo was taken in August? Never had your yearbook photo taken? Your last chance to have another yearbook photo is today from 10:45 to 3:30 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.

Help Us Celebrate Food Day 2014

Today is Food Day 2014, and we need a very important ingredient: You! Use today 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 today 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 foodday.org.

Blood Drive Sign-Ups End Today

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive end today. You can sign up in the East and West Commons areas, and also 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!”

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders End Today

Measurements for graduation caps and gowns will take place today from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the West Building’s Patriot Lobby (by Room 2400). Visit this web page for prices 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 today. 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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: We’ve added one more Drop-In Day for you to ask questions about the Common Application, the University of Illinois’ application, transcripts, and other issues. The College/Career Center will be opened from 7:30-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday (second day of the week schedule) for you to get questions answered.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

CLUB NEWS

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, stop by.

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

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

Geography Club meets Monday after school in Room 7004.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Tentative three-year contract agreement reached in Mundelein District 75

Don’t expect swift action on school funding proposal

Waukegan teachers union president sends email with “the whole truth”

Teacher claims firing from West Dundee school was retaliatory

Former teacher’s aide guilty of child porn possession

Thornton Township board members asks federal intervention with colleagues

“Soft lockdown” at Hoffman Estates High after suspicious package found

Skokie school to reopen today after police investigate Instagram threat

University of Chicago annual fundraising reaches record $511 million

Mt. Prospect District 57 buys land near Westbrook School

Chicago board members acknowledge more planning needed in school closings

Demolition date set for old Brainerd school building in Libertyville

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Common Core revolt goes local

How colleges let sexual predators slip away to other schools

What happens when students control their own education?

Wake Forest University ending traditional MBA program

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