Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charities Invited to Apply for Spirit Fest

Stevenson High School’s National Honor Society chapter invites charities to apply to become the beneficiary of its annual Spirit Fest in September. Spirit Fest is a community event at SHS that raises money and gives visibility to charities that often are overlooked. Last year’s Spirit Fest raised more than $25,000, and in the last six years, the event has raised more than $20,000 for charity annually.

To be eligible, charities must meet four criteria:

  1. The charity must be a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
  2. The charity must demonstrate a local connection.
  3. The charity must demonstrate a connection to Stevenson High School.
  4. There must be an educational component to the charity’s mission.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 13. Click here to download an application. For more information, contact Brett Erdmann at 847-415-4418 or

Child Development Students Advocate for Kids

Child Development courses at Stevenson completed a class project recently to advocate for children. While students were asked to research and present ideas as to how to combat these world issues to their classmates, many students took it upon themselves to go above and beyond the assignment to spread awareness in the community. The students donated money, clothes, toys and time to make a difference in children’s lives. Click here to see what the students did.

Digest Friday, But Not Monday

Although there is no school on Friday, there will be a Daily Digest. However, the Digest will not be published on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


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Brunson Nominated for McDonald’s All American Game

Jalen Brunson on Wednesday was nominated to play in the 2015 McDonald’s All American Game. He is one of 20 Illinois boys prep basketball stars nominated for the game, which will be played April 1 at Chicago’s United Center. More than 800 male and female players from 47 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for their respective game. The final teams will be announced during the McDonald’s

All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU at 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 28. Also nominated is Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux, whom Brunson and his Patriot teammates will face tonight on the road.

Patriot Boys Basketball Faces Huge Games Tonight, Saturday

Tonight’s Stevenson-Lake Forest boys basketball game is getting attention at the national level, in addition to being viewed as one of the top contests of the season in Illinois. USA Today offers this brief preview of the game, and includes some impressive highlights of Jalen Brunson playing during the recent Proviso West tournament. High School Cube News, meanwhile, has the Patriots-Scouts tilt as the lead item in its weekly “Beyond the Arc” videocast. The last time the two teams met was last February 21, with SHS earning a thrilling 95-93 double-overtime decision in Lake Forest. Brunson set the school record with 56 points that night, became Stevenson’s all-time leading scorer, and scored the game-winning basket. Tonight’s game will be available on High School Cube.

After tonight’s game, the Patriots will fly to Massachusetts for a Saturday matchup against the nation’s top-ranked team, Findlay College Prep from Henderson, Nevada. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Central Time; at this point, no television or online coverage is planned. The game is part of the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Findley is 16-0 and has three players who have signed with Division I programs for next year: Allonzo Trier (Arizona), Horace Spencer (Auburn) and Justin Jackson (UNLV). The HoopHall Classic will feature the top four teams in USA Today’s Super 25.

Wrestling Team Looks for First-Ever Win over Libertyville

The boys basketball team isn’t the only Patriot squad that has this weekend circled on its schedule. Stevenson’s wrestling team will play host to Libertyville at 6 p.m. Friday in the Sports Center in a battle for top honors in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. Both teams are 4-0. More significantly, the Patriots have never defeated Libertyville since the school opened 50 years ago. For those who can’t attend, the match will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on High School Cube.

SHS enters the match ranked No. 18 in Class 3A by Illinois Best Weekly and Illinois, its highest-ranking ever. Individually, Tyler Harrington (22-1) is ranked No. 5 at 182 pounds and Zach Horwitz (19-3)  is No. 11 at 195. Three wrestlers earned honorable mention: Eric Carter (120), Ben Ponto (126) and Juwon Anderson (170).

Dineen Looks for Career Win No. 800 on Saturday

Head girls basketball coach Tom Dineen looks to win his 800th game on Saturday when the Patriots travel to DeKalb. Dineen is in his sixth year at Stevenson and in his 35th season as a varsity girls basketball coach. He has won 122 games at SHS. Prior to joining Stevenson, Dineen led Buffalo Grove’s program for 29 years, winning 677 games. The Bison captured the IHSA state championship in 2000. Dineen made the state tournament nine times, earning third-and fourth-place trophies to the state championship. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001.


Important MLK Day of Service Update

The school received an overwhelming response from students who wanted to participate in Monday’s MLK Day of Service volunteer program. Unfortunately, there were only 200 slots available, and more than 400 students signed up. To see if you made the list, click here.

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, 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 until 1 p.m. today.

Board Games in ILC Before, After School

The ILC is lending board games to students before and after school. At the moment, students can play chess, Apples to Apples, dominoes and Scrabble. Board games stay in the ILC.

Testing Center Hours, Policies During Finals

The Testing Center will be open until 3 p.m. today. 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.

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 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

Audition Sign-Ups for Winter Play Underway

Auditions for the winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday 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

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.

Village of Lincolnshire Seeks Your Feedback

The Village of Lincolnshire wants to hear from Stevenson High School students regarding their impression of Lincolnshire. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey at The village will use the results of the survey to make further improvements. Student responses will be kept anonymous. The survey closes on Friday, January 30.


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


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.


University of Illinois trustees expected to approve in-state tuition freeze

McHenry County school districts juggle unfunded state mandates

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Northern Illinois University selects new finance leader

District 128 might sell bricks from Brainerd building ($)

District 200 boundary might split Carol Stream apartments ($)

Algonquin District 300 unveils new administration building


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American Federation of Teachers backs testing, but only for informational purposes

North Carolina rethinks the Common Core

Iowa teacher licensing program focuses on veterans

Nanodegrees, short courses offer hope to for-profit colleges

Open records and academic freedom come to a head in Kansas

Attendance becomes driver’s license requirement in Nevada

Indiana bill would forward student-teacher messages to parents, school

Study: Unhappy teachers miss more school days

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