Friday, November 7, 2014

No School Monday or Tuesday, But Campus Still Busy

There are no classes Monday and Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean things will be quiet at Stevenson. On Monday and Tuesday, the Field House entrance will be closed during the day due to the completion of chiller work, which requires the use of a crane. Because of this, most of parking lot D will be closed. Students coming for athletic practices or tryouts must enter the school from the circle drive entrance (by the principal’s office) and enter the Field House using the hallway behind the pool. The work will not affect pool use at night.

Also on Tuesday, the Lincolnshire Police will be training in the West Building during the morning in the Wood Commons south to the 2900 and 1900 hallways. Security staff will be available to help students gain access to the Sports Center and nearby rooms.

Talking SSTs at Next Healthy Patriot

The “Healthy Patriot” discussion series for parents continues Wednesday with a look at the school’s Student Support Teams and how they work with SHS families. “What is a Student Service Team? …and how can it help my student?” will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the District 125 Administration Center. The event is free, and breakfast items will be provided. For more information on the Healthy Patriot program, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at 847-415-4128 or

Marching Patriots at Deer Park Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight

The SHS Marching Patriots will lead the procession for the Deer Park Town Center’s annual tree lighting ceremony tonight at 6 o’clock. The band will clear the way for Santa Claus, who will be riding in a fire truck rather than a sleigh. After his arrival, Santa will visit with children before the event is capped off with fireworks. Deer Park Town Center is located at 20530 N. Rand Road in Deer Park.


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At Long Last, SHS Football Gets Its Rematch With Loyola

Stevenson’s football team has stewed for 351 days since losing a 15-14 heartbreaker to Loyola Academy in last year’s IHSA Class 8A state semifinals. The Ramblers scored the winning touchdown and two-point conversion with about one minute remaining in the game. On Saturday, the Patriots get their chance at revenge when they play host to Loyola in an 8A second-round game at 1:05 p.m. in the Stadium. A large crowd is expected for the game; overflow parking will be available at Quill Corporation headquarters on Schelter Road, just east of campus. A shuttle bus will be available to take fans to and from the field. Admission is $5. For those unable to attend, the game will be shown live on CSN Chicago. Previews: CSN Chicago, Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune

The Beet Goes On for Jack Joseph

Of those football players motivated by last year’s season-ending loss to Loyola, perhaps none has been as driven as Jack Joseph. The senior running back changed his diet and improved his workout regimen to get ready for 2014. The results have been significant: He lost 20 pounds, gained speed, and has 15 touchdowns this year versus six last season. Patricia Babcock McGraw of the Daily Herald (whose husband Mike, the newspaper’s Chicago Bulls beat writer, is a 1981 Stevenson alum) talked with Joseph about the changes, which includes a pre-game ritual of drinking beet juice.

Several Pats Picked for All-Area Volleyball, Soccer Teams

The Daily Herald on Thursday announced the rosters for its Lake County All-Area girls volleyball and boys soccer teams, and several Patriots were included.

In girls volleyball, junior setter Corissa Kurth and sophomore outside hitter Jori Radtke were named to the All-Area team, with juniors Morgan Berland and Isabella Milejczyk earning special mention at middle hitter (although she’s a libero) and outside hitter, respectively.

In boys soccer, senior midfielder Ethan Marx made the All-Area squad, while honorable mention went to senior midfielder Mitch Gullett, junior goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber and junior midfielder Kuzuki Niimi.


No School Monday and Tuesday

Reminder: There are no classes on Monday and Tuesday. Classes will resume at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday. The second day of the week schedule will be observed on Thursday.

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

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.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! 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 along with your name and ID number.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms to Superstore

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey. Forms are available for download at The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at


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.


Chinese Club is having a cooking event after school today. They will be making and eating “Hot Pot” in the Foods Lab — Room 1406 — from 3:30 to 5:30. The cost is five dollars per person.

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Wednesday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions:


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