Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Give-A-Thon to Help Record Number of Families

Today is one of the highlights on the Stevenson calendar, as items are collected as part of the 30th annual Give-A-Thon. The all-school charity drive gathers gifts, non-perishable food items, and baby items to help those in need around Lake County.

This year, 293 families will receive gifts during the holiday season, a Give-A-Thon record, surpassing the goal of 270. This year’s Give-A-Thon goals also include collecting enough nonperishable food items to stock the Vernon Township food pantry for six months, and donating enough diapers, baby formula and young motherhood items to Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) to meet its needs for six months.

All of the donated items will be loaded onto trucks Wednesday morning and taken to their respective distribution points. The gifts will be taken to Catholic Charities of Lake County, which will handle getting them into the hands of the intended recipients.

State Championship Apparel, DVD for Sale

State football championship apparel will go on sale to the public at 8 a.m. Wednesday, and will end at 5 p.m. Friday. Apparel will only be sold online. Here are ordering instructions: Go to www.spiritproducts.net. Click “Team Order Form” on the top right. Find “Stevenson State Champ Apparel” and enter in access code “910055.” Picks items and sizes, create an account, and check out.

DVDs of the championship game are available for $24.95 each from the National Federation of High Schools Network. To order a DVD, visit www.nfhsnetwork.com/dvds.

At the top of the page, select Illinois and Football in the state and sport dropdown menus. The Class 8A title game will be the first listing; click “Get the DVD” under the game listing to order.

Football Team Celebration Friday Morning

A celebration for the state champion football team will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Forum, which is the main entrance to the West Building.

Dine In Wednesday, Dine Out Thursday

What are you doing for dinner on Wednesday and Thursday? The Family and Consumer Sciences Department wants you to eat at home Wednesday, and the Business Education Department invites you to eat out on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Family and Consumer Science team is joining with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences to support national “Dine In” night.

The event was created with the intention of encouraging families to prepare simple, healthy meals and eating together. Take a photo of your family preparing a healthy meal and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #FCSday and #healthyfamselfie. Click here for more information.

Thursday is the seventh SHS Burger Challenge at Tom and Eddie’s restaurant in Vernon Hills. Three burgers created by students in the Introduction to Business classes will be on the menu from 4-9 p.m. The burger that is ordered the most will win the challenge and stay on the restaurant’s menu for a month. Ten percent of proceeds from the challenge will be donated to the March of Dimes.

The three options in the Burger Challenge are: The Fryyy, 5 More Minutes, and the Chipotle Buffalo Chicken Burger. The Fryyy features a beef patty, bacon, cheddar cheese and french fries on a sesame seed bun. 5 More Minutes has a beef patty, bacon, American cheese and hash browns on a sesame seed bun. The Chipotle Buffalo Chicken Burger includes a fried chicken breast with bacon, onions, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and chipotle buffalo sauce on a pretzel bun.

Freshman to Give Piano Recital in Skokie

Freshman Antony Simonoff will have a piano recital at the Skokie Public Library at 3 p.m. Sunday. His performance is part of the Young Steinway Concert Series. Simonoff will perform “Scherzo No. 2” by Chopin and “Variations sérieuses” by Mendelssohn.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Grant 0: Zach Singer rolled a 656 series at Raymond’s Bowl in Johnsburg, and the visiting Patriots improved to 5-0 on the season. Singer racked up games of 230, 226 and 200. Matt Poetker was close behind with a 651 series that included a match-best game of 266, plus 202 and 183. Richy Zenner rolled games of 243, 216 and 181 for a 640 series. Michael Aranyi and Eddie Mendrala added games of 235 and 224,  respectively. SHS outscored Grant, 3,052-2,676, over the three games.

 

Eight Named to All-Conference Football Roster

Eight members of Stevenson’s state champion football team have been selected to the All-North Suburban Conference Team. The all-conference picks included seniors Nick Dillon (defensive end), Jason Vravick (linebacker), Willie Bourbon (quarterback), Cameron Green (wide receiver), Patrick O’Connell (defensive end), Jack Joseph (running back), Jimmy Marchese (linebacker), and junior Jack Sorenson (wide receiver). Two seniors received honorable mention: defensive back Kevin Pearson and nose tackle Blake Drazner.

Sports Boosters Family Memberships Available

Sports Boosters will be selling family memberships at the first home games for the undefeated varsity girls and boys basketball teams. The girls will play host to Libertyville at 7 p.m. tonight, while the boys take on Libertyville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 10. Family memberships are $75 and provide free admission for a family of four into every athletic event that charges an admission, excluding the SHS Challenge cheerleading/dance invitational on December 14.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fashion Show Planning Meeting Wednesday

There will be a meeting from 3:30-4:15 Wednesday in Room 1612 for students interested in holding a leadership position and help in planning the second annual SHS Fashion Show. The Fashion Show will be held Friday, April 10. If you are interested in modeling, helping backstage or with make-up, there will be additional meetings after winter break. This meeting is only for those interested in the leadership and planning of the show. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Celebrate Give-A-Thon Success at the Jingle Bash

Come celebrate another successful Give-A-Thon campaign by stopping by the Jingle Bash on Friday. The casual dance and mixer for all SHS students will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Forum. A minimum $5 donation is required for admission. Guests also are asked to bring a nonperishable, canned food item.

Improv Troupe Performing in Libertyville Saturday Night

The Failed Presidential Candidates Improv Troupe will be performing at Improv Playhouse in Libertyville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and members of the military, and $8 for students.

Senior Yearbook Ad Deadline Extended to December 12

Due to popular demand, the deadline to order a Senior Ad in the 50th anniversary yearbook has been extended to Friday, December 12. Visit www.jostensadservice.com to create a recognition ad. Questions? Call Jostens at 800-358-0800.

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.

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 www.d125.org/parents/ppa/senior-class-party. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

INTRAMURALS

The Ski and Snowboard Club informational meeting for parents and students will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2206. For more information on Ski and Snowboard Club, go to http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or visit the PREP office in Room 3040.

IM Basketball packets are due this week! Seniors are due today, juniors are due tomorrow, sophomores are due on Wednesday and freshmen are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, stop by Room 3040.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: All scholarships that come to our attention will be listed in Naviance under “Scholarship List.” Scholarships will be posted throughout the school year, so check the site often. If you have any questions, please stop by the College/Career Center in Room 1123.

CLUB NEWS

Key Club’s next general meeting is today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. New members are always welcome.

Interact Club will be meeting Thursday from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. in Room 2115. Come for free bagels, stay to learn how you can earn volunteer hours, and make new friends at the same time! We will also be having a craft day; you can earn volunteer hours by joining us at our meeting! Questions? Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org.

Sophomore Class Board will meet Thursday, and the yearbook picture will be taken.

Interact Club will be meeting Thursday from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. in Room 2115. Come for free bagels, stay to learn how you can earn volunteer hours, and make new friends at the same time! We will also be having a craft day; you can earn volunteer hours by joining us at our meeting! Questions? Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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California students take a stand to topple teacher tenure; New York up next

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Old tactic gets new use: Public schools separate girls and boys

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