Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tech Ed Department Receives $5,000 Grant

The Technology Education Department this morning received a $5,000 grant from the Michigan-based Dart Foundation that will be used to purchase a laser engraver. A grant check was presented in the engineering labs to teacher Frank Radostits, who applied for the grant on behalf of the Technology Education team.

The laser engraver will allow engineering students to design and manufacture working prototypes, cut with precision, and create models. The engraver also will allow students to build package designs and engrave projects with complex vector art. About 350 students would be able to make use of the engraver in these classes.

Football Team Send-off Saturday Morning

Patriot fans are invited to “Flood the Forum” at 11 a.m. Saturday, as the school gives a send-off celebration to the football team for its trip to Champaign for the state championship game. The Forum is located inside the West Building, off parking lot B, in the area commonly called “The Point” entrance.

Early Dismissal on Wednesday

Classes will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for Thanksgiving. The school will follow the PM Assembly schedule. There will be no school on Thursday or Friday.

Science Olympiad Team Wins 8 of 23 Events at Palatine

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team won eight of 23 events at the season-opening Palatine High School Invitational on Saturday. SHS also finished second in four events.

Brian Zhou and Kevin Li teamed to win two events (Astronomy and Bungee Drop), while David Cao also was a part of two winning teams. He paired with Kevin You (Dynamic Planet) and David Liu (GeoLogic Map). Other first-place teams included Carolyn Fatina and Amber Hu (Bridge Building), Borchueh Wu, Sophia Liu and Alex Hong (Protein Modeling), Katherine Liu and David Zhang (Cell Biology), and Shravya Gogula and Eric Qian (Forensics).

Second-place honors went to these teams: Gogula and Hu (Bungee Drop), Becca Nelson and Daniel Tao (Fossils), Emma Buckardt and Owen Simon (Scrambler), and Katherine Liu and Shu Zhang (Wright Stuff).

Third-place finishes were recorded by: Owen Simon and Tyler Gordon (Air Trajectory), Shravya Gogula and Alex Hong (Anatomy and Physiology), Katherine Liu and Hannah Yan (Bridge Building), Borchueh Wu and David Cao (Cell Biology), Brian Zhou and Kevin Li (Compound Machines), Hannah Yan, David Liu and Elaine Xiao (Experimental Design), Katherine Fatina and Caroline Fatina (Forensics), Katia Villevald and Teresa Mao (It’s About Time), Eric Qian (Mission Possible), Katherine Liu, David Zhang and Kevin Cao (Protein Modeling), Sophia Liu and Shu Zhang (Scrambler), Teresa Mao and Julia Kim (Wright Stuff), and Tyler Gordon and Hannah Yan (Write It Do It).

The tournament featured 42 teams from schools in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. Read descriptions of Science Olympiad events.

Chess Team Rolls Past Highland Park, Waukegan

The chess team won a pair of North Suburban Chess League matches on Friday, defeating Waukegan (68-0) and Highland Park (62-6). SHS, which improved to 4-0, had 15 wins and one draw. Friday’s participants were seniors Phillip Engstrom and Liam (William) Holzer, junior Allen Guo, sophomores Rahul Dhiman, Adit Ghosh and Sritej Vontikommu, and freshmen Alexander Bian and Conrad Oberhaus.

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Give Presentation

Family and Consumer Science Department members Michelle Backes, Christina Erickson, Sara Lohrmann, Jamie Scharfe and Sue Taylor gave a presentation on “The Implementation of Standards-Based Grading in the FCS Classroom” Thursday at the Association for Career and Technical Education Vision 2014 national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The team also presented on the topic in June at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Conference.



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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 80, Argo 36: Connor Cashaw scored 22 points and Matthew Johnson added 18 as the Patriots rolled in their season-opening game at the Hinsdale Central-Lyons Thanksgiving Tournament. SHS was never challenged, leading 24-12 after the first quarter and 38-18 at halftime. Coach Pat Ambrose pulled his starters in the fourth quarter. – Chicago Tribune

Cashaw Grows Into Leading Role for Boys Basketball Team

Connor Cashaw was surprised to find himself on the varsity boys basketball roster during his freshman year at Stevenson. Now, to no one’s surprise, Cashaw finds himself preparing to play in college at Rice University. He talked with the Daily Herald’s Patricia Babcock McGraw about his growth as a player, his relationship with his older brother Colby (Class of 2012) and teammate Jalen Brunson, and his decision to pick Rice over Harvard and Lehigh. Meanwhile, Pioneer Press takes a look at the intense preparation Cashaw and Brunson put in during the offseason as they seek to win the state championship.

Buford to Revisit Hoosier Roots at Butler

The Daily Herald’s Joe Aguilar today writes about senior Taylor Buford, who last week made a verbal commitment to continue her basketball career at Butler University in Indianapolis. In joining the Bulldogs, Buford will be reunited with former Indiana University star Damon Bailey, who is an assistant coach. Buford, the Patriot girls basketball team’s co-captain for the second straight season, also received offers from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Howard University.



State Football Championship Tickets for Sale

Tickets for Saturday’s state championship football game are on sale for $10 at the Superstore until the end of sixth hour on Wednesday. You can ride the pep bus for $25; the cost includes your game ticket. A signed permission form must be turned in when purchasing a pep bus ticket package. Click here to download the form. Pep bus ticket sales will end at the conclusion of the lunch periods Wednesday. Buses will leave parking lot B at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and return from Champaign after the game concludes. Students should dress warmly and bring money for food.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through Wednesday. Bring your iPad to complete the online survey, which will offer the Steering Committee valuable feedback as it moves forward with the hiring process.

SHS Burger Challenge Voting Ends Today

Don’t forget to vote in the SHS Burger Challenge. Today is the last day to help decide which three burgers will be on the menu at Tom and Eddie’s next month. Click here to see the five burgers in the challenge, and to place your vote.

Testing Center Closing Early Wednesday

The Testing Center will close at 2:30 on Wednesday.


Don’t forget that IM Basketball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


Juniors and seniors: Grand Canyon University, Saint Mary’s University (Minnesota) and the University of South Alabama will be visiting Stevenson the first week in December. 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.


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.

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.

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 must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.


Heard stories about pit bulls? Think all pit bulls are aggressive? Animal Welfare Club invites you to come hear a presentation from “It’s a Pittie Rescue,” an animal rescue group for pit bulls. Learn more about pit bulls and interact with a pit bull that is a certified therapy dog. We will be meeting after school today in Room 2115.

Chinese Club invites you to play Mahjong, an authentic and popular game in China. Come enjoy the game and Chinese food with us in Room 2812 today from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

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

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

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



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