Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Communication Arts Teachers Named AP Advocates

Communication Arts faculty members Melissa Mack and Stephen Heller have been selected by the College Board for its Advanced Placement Advocates Program. The goal of AP Advocates is to create a corps of teachers seeking to raise the profile of, and expand access to, the Advanced Placement program. The AP Advocates program began as a pilot effort in 2013 open to AP teachers in five states: California, Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas. The program was expanded to Illinois last year.

AP Advocates have a number of responsibilities, including: developing policy recommendations; meeting with policymakers to help them understand teacher views and to present teacher-generated solutions around access to opportunity; collaborate with other AP Advocates, program staff, and members of the College Board’s government relations team; and serving as a local spokesperson for teachers’ ideas and perspectives at events and in the media.

Freshman Fourth at National Figure Skating Championships

Freshman Lindsay Weinstein and her partner, Jacob Simon from Highland Park, finished fourth in the Junior Pairs division at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina last month.

2002 Alum Host of YouTube Program

Rob Polonsky, a 2002 Stevenson graduate, is the host of “The Creator Show!” a new YouTube series that promotes other programs on the platform. He works for Google/YouTube, and was transferred recently from its Los Angeles office to New York. His mother, Susan, is an instructional aide in the Special Education Division at SHS. Rob also was one-third of the “Chad, Matt and Rob” online show; the show was ranked No. 60 in New Media Rockstar’s list of the top 100 channels all time.



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SHS-Simeon Tickets On Sale

Tickets for Stevenson’s basketball showdown with Simeon in the 20th annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown are on sale at the Athletic Office and the Patriot Superstore. The two teams, who met in the 2013 state championship game, will square off at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at Niles West High School in Skokie. The game will be the second half of a prep doubleheader. Lake Forest will battle Highland Park in the opening game at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Athletic Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, while the Patriot Superstore is open on school days during the lunch periods and 30 minutes before the start of classes.

Patriots Hope Traveling Pays Off in Postseason

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser talked with the Pioneer Press about the strategy behind scheduling the SHS boys basketball team to play in two out-of-state basketball tournaments this season. The downside? It means only seven regular-season home games. The upside? Top-flight competition and simulating the experience of the postseason.



Mandatory SPARK Meeting for Students

Students interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period on Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

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.

Yearbook Seeks Senior Selfies

Are you a senior running out of time to leave your mark on this school, but you’re already too busy with homework, clubs, sports, family, free time, etc.? Then say no more! Ambassador Yearbook is looking for seniors to submit their selfies for the 50th anniversary edition of the yearbook. Submit your silliest, prettiest and most photogenic selfie, and leave your mark as a Stevenson student. Submit your selfie to www.replayit.com.

Patriot Nation, Got News?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories, photos, videos, and more with us. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at shareSHS@d125.org and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.


Key Club’s next general meeting is today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. Come hear about Key Club events and summer volunteering opportunities. New members are always welcome.

The new Philosophy Club will hold an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for Saturday’s Sunburst trip is due by 8 a.m. Wednesday. Questions? Visit the Ski Club website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


The boys lacrosse information meeting (for all levels) will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vignocchi at jvignocchi@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for boys gymnastics at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Liva at eliva@d125.org or Coach Farina at mfarina@d125.org.



Interested in a summer internship or career camp this summer? Visit the Summer Career Learning Opportunities page to see the long list of options.

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.



State lawmakers target “golden parachutes” after College of DuPage buyout

Emergency closure days turning into June school days for area schools (DH – $)

Panel: University of Illinois trustees should stay out of hiring below level of dean

Palatine District 15 school board divided over filling vacancy (DH – $)

New Lenox school district spent $20K on 2013 election dispute

SIU-Edwardsville says spring enrollment breaks record

Longtime superintendent of Catholic high school school in Woodstock to retire

Huntley District 158, support staff resolve salary dispute

Blue Island school teacher hopes to make it big as rockabilly singer

Chicago sixth-graders make app to help Alzheimer’s patients, families


Obama looks for 5% spending increase in education

Technology use wrecking sleep for teens, study says

Virtual schools bring real concerns about quality

White House may close loophole that sends billions to for-profit schools

Study: Early childhood programs in North Carolina reduce special ed placements

Amazon makes a push on college campuses


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