Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Parents, Teachers Invited to Take State’s 5Essentials Survey

Stevenson parents are encouraged to take part in the state’s third annual online 5Essentials Survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides an opportunity for teachers, students and parents to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The survey window opened Monday and will close March 13. SHS students will be taking the survey during their regularly scheduled classes between January 20 and March 13. Parents and teachers can click here to take the survey.

Social Studies Teacher Sherwin Featured in Daily Herald

The Daily Herald on Monday continued its series of profiles of outstanding teachers around the Chicago area, focusing on Stevenson’s Greg Sherwin. He has been a teacher for 20 years, the past 17 at SHS. Sherwin first set foot at DePaul University as an undergraduate with the intention of getting a business degree, but an epiphany during an accounting class changed his thinking. Here is a link to the article, which may have restricted access for some Digest readers.

Long Grove Photographer is Visiting Artist of the Month

Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley is the Stevenson High School Art Department‘s Visiting Artist of the Month for January. Samples of Fraley’s work are on display in the Lower Rotunda Gallery in the West Building through February 13. The artist will visit the school to meet with students at a yet-undetermined date. Click here to read more about Fraley.


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SHS Alum Member of Ohio State’s National Champion Team

Logan Gaskey, a 2013 alumnus, is a member of Ohio State University’s national championship football team. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound sophomore is a walk-on member of the Buckeyes’ squad. The offensive lineman saw action in two games for OSU: the 55-14 win over Illinois on November 1, and a 56-17 victory over Rutgers on October 18.

Patriettes Win Lyrical Competition at Rolling Meadows

The varsity Patriettes won the Lyrical competition among 39 routines in Division 3A at the Rolling Meadows Invitational on Saturday. SHS was 12th in Jazz. The junior varsity took first place in Lyrical and the freshman squad finished second in Lyrical among 17 teams in JV 3A.

Vote for Stevenson in USA Today’s Basketball Contest

USA Today’s sports department is conducting an online fan poll to determine the best high school boys basketball program in the country, and Stevenson is listed among the 255 entries in the first round. You can vote an unlimited number of times at http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ between now and next Tuesday.

Coming to Watch SHS Sports This Week? Share a Ride

The Athletics Division is recommending Patriot fans carpool to SHS contests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, because parking will be tight. On Thursday, the boys basketball and boys swimming and diving teams will be competing at Lake Forest, which has limited parking. On Friday, SHS will be host to the Patriot Aquatic Club Swim Invitational starting at 5 p.m., followed by a wrestling match against Libertyville and girls gymnastics junior varsity invitational at 6. On Saturday, the PAC Swim Invitational continues all day, there will be a wrestling invitational in the morning and afternoon, and the North Suburban Dance Competition starts at 6:30 p.m.


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Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to the ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC before the end of the semester. Beginning next Tuesday, January 20, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

ILC Hours During Finals Week

The ILC will be open during these hours this week: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Testing Center Hours, Policies During Finals

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can be taken only during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that it has been rescheduled.

Audition Sign-Ups for Winter Play Start Today

Auditions for the winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 in the West Auditorium (2206). Sign up for an audition on the callboard by the Performing Arts Center. Click here to download the audition packet.

Families Needed to Host Visiting German Students

If you’re interested in hosting a student visiting from Germany from April 12-24, applications are still being accepted. Applications are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or spaloian@d125.org.

Pick Up Your PSAT Results in Room 2416

Students who took the PSAT exam last fall can pick up their results in the West Attendance Office (Room 2416). Students will be required to show their ID.

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Student Design Meeting

Students are invited to attend the 50th anniversary commemorative stained glass window design meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 20 in Room 7096. During this time, Colorsmith Studio will present its initial design and seek input and feedback. There will be two student design meetings prior to the 50th anniversary window’s creation. SHS and Colorsmith Studio will host field trips, artist talks, and a gallery exhibit during the upcoming months to share this experience with the student body. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.


Athletes wanting to be on the sophomore football team next fall will have a meeting from 7:30-8 a.m. Wednesday, January 21 in the Little Theatre (Room 4200). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Jacobson at djacobson@d125.org.


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 jobs@zingitmobile.com.

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.


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