Thursday, October 30, 2014

Senior’s Choreography to be Highlighted at National Conference

Senior Maggie Guetzloff has been chosen to present a dance piece she choreographed at the National Dance Education Organization’s annual conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place next Wednesday. Guetzloff will perform her duet, entitled “Impermanence,” with Alex Krueger. The piece was featured at the 2014 Spring Dance Concert.

District 103 Seeks Community Input

School District 103 is seeking community members to be part of a strategic planning process that will help guide its work for the next five years and ensure the academic success of each student. District 103 invites all residents to provide input whether or not they have a child attending its schools. The community survey is open until November 10 and takes about 10 minutes to complete. To access the survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V68PM3R.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Football Playoff Preview

Stevenson will take on Lyons for the third time in the last four seasons when the two teams clash in the first round of the Class 8A football playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday in the Stadium. The Patriots (9-0) are the top seed in Class 8A while the Lions (5-4) are No. 16. Lyons beat SHS in 2011 and the Pats returned the favor in 2012. Both were regular season contests. High School Cube News has a preview of Friday’s game.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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.

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.

ATHLETICS

The varsity boys basketball team will have a very important meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2900 for anyone interested in trying out. This meeting will be short and will cover the basics of trying out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Ambrose if you plan to try out. If you are still in a fall sport, you must still come to the meeting.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 Tuesday in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting Tuesday in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org if you cannot attend.

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org if you cannot attend.

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.

INTRAMURALS

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

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

COLLEGE NEWS

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 Monday. A United States Army recruiter will visit the College/Career Center during fifth period on Wednesday. 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.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in Room 2119. Don’t miss this week’s meeting! We’re having our yearbook club photo taken!

Help Animal Welfare club and Jamie Daigler (as part of his Eagle Scout project) collect supplies for PAWS, a local animal shelter. Donations may include pet food, blankets, animal toys, towels or gift cards. Boxes are located inside the Point, Sports Center and Field House entrances.

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

Pass on the Beat meets today after school in the Band Room.

Law Club meets at 3:45 today in Room 7054.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

District 60, Waukegan teachers reach tentative contract agreement

College of Lake County to expand Vernon Hills campus

Archdiocese of Chicago will close nine schools

University of Chicago police accused of racial profiling

Financial plan: UI medical school in Urbana would require $235M

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

States backtrack on student tracking technology

Many schools lack Internet capacity to give online tests

Are online courses democratizing education or killing colleges?

Connecticut family sues over school’s Ebola fears

What makes a good Common Core math question?

KIPP charter schools making major investment in blended learning

Graduation rates for college athletes reach record high

Big sports names to participate in Buffalo schools athletics task force

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