Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Musical Takes the Stage This Weekend

The Fine Arts Division will present its fall musical, Cabaret, this weekend in the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. This is the second time in Stevenson’s 50-year history that “Cabaret” has been performed as the fall musical. The first time was in 1995.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased through the SHS Web Store or in person at the Patriot Superstore. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Approximately 100 students are involved in the production as part of the cast, crew or pit orchestra. The lead roles will feature Allison Phillips, who is the central figure in a complex relationship with two men, played by Alex Knezevic and Andy Cohen. Other speaking roles will feature Sammie Landau, Matanel Roitman, Emma Harmon, Noah Chisman and Blake Zimmerman. Click here to see the entire cast, crew and pit orchestra.

Today, the cast and crew will have a dress rehearsal performance before more than 500 local eighth-grade students, plus another 60 students in Stevenson’s Creative Writing and Special Education Arts Survey courses.

Proposed Development to Have Minimal Impact on SHS

A proposed townhouse development in Lincolnshire would have a minimal impact on Stevenson, according to the company seeking its approval. The Lincolnshire Review reports that Pulte Homes is asking the Village of Lincolnshire for permission to build 102 townhouses on 20 acres of undeveloped land in the Sedgebrook retirement complex. A Pulte representative told the Village Board on Monday that the new neighborhood would provide five additional students to SHS, and six or seven to Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 and Lincolnshire-Prairie View Elementary District 103. The development area would fall equally in both elementary districts.

Baroque Ensemble Mentors to Perform in Grayslake

New Comma Baroque, a professional trio that works closely with Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble — the first period-instrument musical group among Illinois public schools — will perform Sunday afternoon at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. The concert, which kicks off the 13th annual Early Music Series, will feature music by composers favored by Frederick the Great of Prussia, including Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Click here for more information.


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Nine Patriots Sign National Letters of Intent

Nine student-athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday to continue their playing careers in college. The list included Willie Bourbon (Northwestern, baseball), Jalen Brunson (Villanova, men’s basketball), Connor Cashaw (Rice, men’s basketball), Tyler Harrington (North Dakota State, wrestling), Colin Harvey (Michigan State, men’s tennis), Kendall Kirsch (Wisconsin, women’s tennis), Zoe Manion (Xavier, women’s tennis), Matt Poetker (Mount Mercy, men’s bowling), and Shayna Salzman (Wright State, women’s swimming).

Football Team Seeks Second 12-Win Season in School History

The SHS football team has won 12 games in a season one time: 1996. This year’s edition would become the second if it can defeat New Trier in the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state quarterfinals in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday. This will be the third time the Patriots and the Trevians have clashed in the state playoffs. SHS has come out on top in the first two meetings, winning first-round matchups in 2010 (21-0) and 2009 (28-7). Pioneer Press previews Saturday’s game.

There’s good news for Patriot fans who can’t attend Saturday’s game and would like to watch it online. The game will be shown for free by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube, rather than at, which would have required a fee.

Fall Sports Awards Night Tuesday

Student-athletes who have participated in athletics this fall are invited to bring their parents to the Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The evening begins in the Sports Center, followed by individual sport recognition ceremonies held in rooms throughout the building. Read Athletic Director Trish Betthauser’s blog for more information on awards nights.


Costa Rica Trip Application Deadline Friday

Do you want to go to Costa Rica? The Stevenson Science Division is giving you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Costa Rican wilderness for nine days next June. All application materials can be found on Stevenson’s Student Travel Experiences website.  Hurry! Space is limited and applications are due Friday. Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080) or Ms. Dean in the West Science Office (Room 1514).

ILC Celebrating Diwali With Henna Painting Friday

The ILC and the Indian Student Association are celebrating Diwali on Friday. The ILC will have henna painting during the lunch periods.

Submit to the Half-Wit by Friday

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 by Friday along with your name and ID number.

Be Smart, Be Safe at Railroad Crossings

Did you know that it is illegal to cross over, under or around a railroad crossing gate when it is lowered or being raised? Someone found guilty faces a mandatory $250 fine or 25 hours of court-ordered community service for the first offense. A second offense brings a mandatory $500 fine. Many pedestrians are killed or injured each year because they misjudged the speed of an approaching train, or were fixated on a stopped train and failed to notice another coming on the opposite track.

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

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.


Psychology Club will be meeting in Room 2612 at 3:45 today for yearbook pictures and a discussion of Positive Psychology.  All are welcome.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets every Thursday after school in the Band Room.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Do you want an opportunity to earn some service hours? Do you want free food? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then come join the Sustainability Council! Last spring, Green Team and SAVE came together to participate in the green initiative of renewing SHS’s LEED Gold certification. Now they have merged to make one club that would include the work days of SAVE and the school/community green initiatives of Green Team. Green Team + SAVE= Sustainability Council! The Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. Come join us! For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at


Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at or The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.


The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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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Common Core leading to major changes in reading instruction

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Director of education think tank resigns in wake of flawed New Orleans study

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