Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ILC Honored for Design by School Library Journal

Stevenson’s Information and Learning Center won the Editor’s Choice award in the School Library Journal’s inaugural “Build Something Bold” design contest. The winners were announced last weekend. Three years ago, the school remade its former library into a space that combined it with the existing tutoring center, added more seating and collaborative workspace for students, and created an amphitheater-style area for casual gatherings and occasional classroom presentations. The venue also features recycled materials and skylights. The Build Something Bold contest is also sponsored by LEGO Education.

Educators From 7 States, Canada Visiting SHS Today

Educators from six states and Canada will be visiting Stevenson today for the school’s monthly site visit program. Schools and districts represented include: Summit High School from Spring Hill, Tennessee; Maplewood-Richmond Heights Schools from Maplewood, Missouri; Franklin Community High School from Franklin, Indiana; Orangeville District Secondary Schools from Orangeville, Ontario; Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Northwest Learning Community from Alpharetta, Georgia; CESA No. 3 from Fennimore, Wisconsin and CESA No. 5 from Portage, Wisconsin; and, closer to home, Lyons Township High School from LaGrange.

Two Speech and Drama Team Members Earn Honors

At the speech and drama team’s season-opening tournament at Huntley High School last weekend, two students won honors in the novice division. Sophomore Katherine Liu earned a first place tie in poetry reading, while senior Saloni Nahar was fifth in informative speaking.


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Regional Volleyball Semifinals in Sports Center Tonight

Stevenson’s volleyball team takes on Buffalo Grove at 6:30 tonight in the IHSA Class 4A SHS Regional in the Sports Center. The winner of tonight’s match will face Hersey or Glenbrook North for the regional title at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Special Events Attached to Football Playoff Game

Friday night’s football playoff game against Lyons has been designated a “Coaches vs. Cancer ‘A Crucial Catch’ Pinkout.” Pink shirts are being sold this week during the lunch periods for $10 each. Proceeds from shirt sales and at the game will be donated to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the fundraiser, there will be a special halftime ceremony honoring five people who have played key roles in SHS athletics: Assistant football coach Bob “Bubba” Smith, head groundskeeper Jeff Green, and three members of the Sports Boosters: June Daar, Jenni Vravick and Robin Borok. All five will be retiring from their posts this school year.

Alum’s Team Ranked No. 4 in Preseason Basketball Poll

Andy Stempel (Class of 2013) and his Illinois Wesleyan University men’s basketball teammates are ranked fourth in the d3hoops.com national preseason rankings. The Titans went 27-5 last year and reached the NCAA Division III Final Four. Stempel, now a sophomore, played in eight of IWU’s games last season.


Wearing a Halloween Costume to School? Check This First

Students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, however, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include:

  • No face coverings such as masks, disguising make-up, or sunglasses
  • No double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on your person
  • No inappropriate props such as things that look like weapons.

The rules are in effect not only during the school day, but also during any after-school activity or event on campus Friday.

Blood Drive Registration Ends Wednesday Night

Want to donate at Friday’s blood drive? The deadline to sign up is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Click here for information and to register. Reminder: The blood drive is open only to students and staff.

Senior Yearbook Portrait Appointment Deadline is Friday

The final deadline for seniors to make an appointment for a yearbook portrait is Friday. Seniors can call 847-499-9300 to make an appointment. This also will ensure that they will be featured in the 50th anniversary Ambassador yearbook.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Farmer’s Market in the Wood Commons Wednesday

Sodexo is sponsoring a farmer’s market in the Wood Commons during the lunch periods on Wednesday. Here’s an opportunity to have some fresh food for lunch!

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number.


Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on Wednesday, 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.


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

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

Chess Club meets today and Thursday in Room 7022 from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

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

Freshman Class Board meets Thursdays after school in Room 2119. Be sure not to miss this week’s meeting! We’re having our yearbook club photo taken!

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.


Interested in wrestling? The pre-season meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Contact Coach Cook if you have any questions.


The final Intramural Archery session is Wednesday after school on the Sports Courts.

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school on Wednesday, November 5 in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.


Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Winona State University, Truman State University, University of Illinois-Springfield, Colby College, St. John’s College, University of Kentucky, Eastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and IDC Herzliya-Raphael Recanati International School. A United States Army recruiter also will be visiting.

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.

Juniors and seniors: A United States Air Force recruiter will be visiting the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during fourth period next Monday. A United States Army recruiter will visit the College/Career Center during fifth period on Wednesday, November 5. Students who are interested in meeting with either recruiter need to sign up in Naviance and have their printed attendance confirmation signed by the classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit. If you happen to have lunch or no scheduled class during these periods, a pass is not required.


Fremd High School automotive instructor named Illinois Teacher of the Year

Both sides in Waukegan teacher strike to meet with federal mediator today

Bullying incident involving football team roils downstate high school

FBI asked to investigate East St. Louis teacher’s relationship with boy

Scandal-plagued Chicago charter school group forces out two officials

Man charged after car crashes into Hoffman Estates school

Districts decentralize from Galesburg-based special education cooperative

Self-insured Peoria District 150 to buy $1M in insurance protection


Competency-based education arrives at Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue

Los Angeles school officials order review of every senior’s transcript

Rose-Hulman adding psychological test to admissions process

Why did no one flag the University of North Carolina’s bogus classes?

Another high school football season canceled over hazing

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help


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