Thursday, December 11, 2014

Give-A-Thon Wraps Up Another Successful Year

The 30th edition of Stevenson’s Give-A-Thon was one of its best. The annual all-school fundraiser, which wrapped up last week, will help hundreds of people in a number of ways, Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann said. In an email to faculty and staff, he outlined this year’s Give-A-Thon success:

  • Supported 293 Lake County families with holiday gifts
  • Supplied the Vernon Township Pantry with six months of food
  • Provided enough baby supplies to support Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) for about one year.
  • An additional $300 in gift cards were provided to families, and $500 in gift cards were given to the pantry, through T-shirt sales, restaurant benefit nights and online donations through the SHS Web Store.
  • National Honor Society members made 250 fleece blankets to help low-income families stay warm this winter.
  • The inaugural Jingle Bash raised more than $750 to provide water irrigation pumps for developing countries through Heifer International.

More than 700 student leaders and 180 faculty and staff collaborated on Give-A-Thon this year, Erdmann said.

“Beyond the numbers, you helped provide a wonderful learning experience for our students,” he said in his email to faculty and staff. ‘They learned motivational and fundraising strategies, they heard stories of people in need, they made commitments, they set goals, they formulated action plans, and they had to revise their plans when things didn’t go as expected. They could not have done any of this without your guidance and supervision. Give-A-Thon is one of the major ‘grass roots’ student-led campaigns at the school. I’m so proud that our faculty/staff puts trust in our students to lead such a massive effort, supports them when they fail, and cheers them on when they succeed.”

Students Invited to Sign Up For MLK Day of Service

Students are invited to sign up for the second annual Day of Service, which will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19. The deadline to register is Monday, January 12.

On the Day of Service, students provide two hours of volunteer work at a local not-for-profit organization. They also will take part in activities at Stevenson, including hearing from motivational speaker Tyler Hughes of Free The Children, and packing food for the Vernon Township food pantry. The event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Band, Guitar Concert Videos Online

If you weren’t able to make it to the Holiday Band Concert on Monday, or Wednesday night’s Guitar Concert, you can watch videos from the Stevenson Broadcast Network on High School Cube.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 78, Libertyville 55: Matt Johnson began the game with a four-point play en route to a game-high 18 points, and he also added four steals, as the Patriots (6-0, 2-0) won their home opener in the Sports Center. Justin Smith scored 16 points, Jalen Brunson had 14 points and 11 assists, and Connor Cashaw also chipped in with 14 points for SHS, which built a 47-18 lead in the second quarter. The Wildcats (3-3, 0-2) closed the gap to 15 points midway through the third quarter, but Stevenson went on a 7-0 to squelch the rally. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald | Watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network replay

Five Earn All-Area Honorable Mention in Volleyball

Five members of the girls volleyball team earned honorable mention selection on the Pioneer Press All-Area Team: senior Dana Pflugradt, juniors Morgan Berland, Corissa Kurth and Isabella Milejczyk, and sophomore Jori Radtke.

Patriettes Dance Routine Featured in Daily Herald

The Daily Herald today includes an article about the varsity Patriettes, the school’s poms team, which this year has added a unique dance to its performance routine. The dance is a statement on cancer, courage and the value of life, performed to music and a poem.

Registration Underway for Patriot Baseball Trivia Night

SHS baseball fans are invited to get their teams together for the first-ever Patriot Baseball Trivia Night on Saturday, January 31. The fundraising event will feature trivia questions on a variety of topics, not just baseball. In addition, there will be raffle prizes, a live auction, and a cash prize for the winning team. Bring your own appetizers and beverages. Details and registration form are available at

Alum Part of Lehigh’s Best Start in 30 Years

Lehigh University is one of only 15 undefeated teams in Division I women’s basketball, and a Stevenson alum is part of the roster. Kari Moffat (Class of 2013) is a sophomore guard for the 7-0 Mountain Hawks, who are off to their best start in 30 years. Moffat has played in six of Lehigh’s first seven games.


Acting 3 Production Tonight and Friday Night

You are cordially invited to this year’s Acting 3 production: An Anthology of the Invisible. Students have written, directed and will perform their original pieces tonight and Friday night in the Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free!

Pick Up Your PSAT Scores

PSAT scores are available for pick up in the Attendance Office, Room 2416. Please be prepared to show your ID.

Applications Online for PE, Alternative PE Leaders

Applications to become a PE Leader or Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 are available online at There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the applications. All applications are due January 9.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Were You Named an Illinois State Scholar?

Attention Illinois State Scholars: Certificates are available for pick up in Room 2414.


There will be another meeting for those interested in being a part of the leadership team for the second annual Fashion Show. We will meet in Room 1612 today at 3:30. Hope to see you there!

Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting today in Room 2612 to watch Awakenings. The meeting will run from 3:45-5:30; all are welcome.

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

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.

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

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

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

Attention all animal lovers: The Animal Welfare Club will be hosting a showing of The Dolphin Tale on Tuesday at 3:45 in Room 2115. Come and relax before break. All are welcome.


If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to

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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