Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sociology Teacher in Spotlight for Special Olympics Work

Sociology teacher Chris Salituro is spotlighted in this Deerfield Patch piece for his work in getting students involved with Special Olympics. During the past three years, he has brought more than 80 students to volunteer at a benefit bocce tournament at Barrington High School. Salituro has been so successful that this year, the tournament will be held at Stevenson. In addition to the bocce tournament, Salituro also has organized a team of Sociology students to participate in the Special Olympics Area 13 annual Polar Plunge Cool School Challenge into Fox Lake. Stevenson won the Cool School Challenge in 2012, and Salituro is hoping to bring back the trophy again. The next challenge is Sunday, February 22.

Table Tennis Team Knocks Off Defending State Champs

The SHS table tennis team beat reigning four-time state champion Evanston and the combined Maine Township team in a triangular meet Wednesday night. Stevenson beat Evanston, 6-3, and Maine Township, 5-4. Coach Todd Sikora singled out these players for their performances: Michael Dickens, Al-Zahir Rahemtulla, Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla and Robert (Bobby) Xie.

World’s Fair Has Most Successful Opening Day Ever

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair has its most successful opening day ever last Saturday, club sponsor Greg Diethrich told Pioneer Press. The first day featured a performance by SoriBeat, a Chicago-based Korean drumming group. This was the first time World’s Fair has included a performance by professional musicians from outside the school. Donations collected Saturday will go to the Inspiration Corporation, a nonprofit that helps homeless and impoverished families and individuals in the Chicago area find work.

BG Police, Group Named for Alum Tackling Heroin Together

The Buffalo Grove Police Department has partnered with an organization created in honor of a Stevenson alumnus (DH – $) to build awareness about heroin abuse. The department announced Wednesday that it is working with Live4Lali Inc. to not only raise awareness, but also to provide resources for treatment, including naloxone, which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. Live4Lali is named for 2007 graduate Alex Laliberte, who died of a heroin overdose in 2008 at the age of 20. His sister, Chelsea (Class of 2003), created Live4Lali, and today serves as its executive director.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Regional: The Patriots finished second to Carmel with a season-best score of 134.425, and were led by Elizabeth Shank, who won the all-around competition with a 37.4. She won the balance beam with a score of 9.5, and also captured uneven parallel bars, posting a season-best 9.4. Shank also was second on floor (9.5) and fourth on vault (9.0). Mikaela Webb finished third in the all-around (36.825), winning the vault (9.325), finishing second on bars (9.275), tying for second on beam (9.325), and taking fifth in floor exercise (8.9). Webb and Shank automatically qualify for Monday’s Mundelein Sectional. Stevenson will know after tonight’s New Trier Regional if it qualifies as a team for the sectional. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

 

Eight Athletes Honored During Signing Ceremony

Five student-athletes signed national letters of intent during a ceremony at the school Wednesday afternoon. They were joined by three other student-athletes who will be attending non-Division I schools. Six members of Stevenson’s state champion football team took part: Nick Dillon (Eastern Michigan University), Cameron Green (Northwestern University), Kevin Pearson (Northern Michigan University), Nischay Vallabhaneni (University of Chicago), Jason Vravick (Columbia University) and Jeremy Webb (University of North Dakota). Two members of the girls soccer program also were in the ceremony: Kya Suzuki (Northwestern University) and Caroline Dempsey (Washington University).

Football Program Named One of Nation’s Best

Stevenson was honored by MaxPreps as having one of the top 50 football programs in the nation on Tuesday. Coach Bill McNamara, his assistants, and players received the honor during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Lake Zurich. The school received a banner and trophy from MaxPreps.

Patriettes Make Statement at State

The varsity Patriettes were featured in the Chicago Tribune for their innovative dance routine at this year’s Illinois High School Association state finals. While many high school dance groups use professional choreographers to map out their routines, Stevenson relies on its own students. This year’s routine revolved around cancer.

Brunson Picked to Play in Nike Hoop Summit

Jalen Brunson has been selected to play in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 11 in Portland, Oregon. The senior point guard will join 10 other players on the USA Junior National Select Team, which will play a World Select Team comprising elite international players who are 19 years old or younger. Brunson and six other players on the U.S. team helped USA Basketball win the gold medal in last summer’s FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs.

Girls Basketball Game Online Friday Night

Friday night’s varsity girls basketball game against Lake Forest will be streamed live online by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

ACT Exam Room Assignments Posted

Are you taking the ACT exam at Stevenson on Saturday? Click here to see which room you should report to in the East Building. Testing begins at 8 a.m.

AP Exam Registration Begins Monday

Registration for Advanced Placement exams begins Monday. Registration is done online. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Dance Placement Auditions Thursday, February 12

Current SHS students interested in taking a curricular dance class, and who have dance experience, should come to the placement auditions on Thursday, February 12, to be placed in the correct class for the 2015-16 school year. Please come to Room 2010 all day next Thursday during your PE class or any free period throughout the day.

Bring Your Coins for the “Misters vs. Sisters” Change Drive

Freshman Class Board continues its “Misters vs. Sisters” change drive this Friday to collect money for three worthy organizations: the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children, and Kay’s Animal Shelter. Change will be collected during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons this Friday, plus February 13. All students are invited to participate.

Winter Sports Apparel Sale Tuesday

The Athletic Department and Sports Boosters will be holding their winter apparel sale on Tuesday during lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Cash, check and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Fashion Show Information Meeting February 12

An informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show will be held Thursday, February 12 in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Anyone interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will take place Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles.

ATHLETICS

Boys tennis will have its preseason meeting after school Wednesday in Room 1634. All players trying out are expected to attend.

Baseball informational meetings will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Varsity will meet in Room 2628. (Contact Coach Mazzuca at pmazzuca@d125.org if you are unable to attend.) Sophomores will meet in the West Auditorium. (Contact Coach Hodge at mhodge@d125.org if you cannot attend.) Freshmen will meet in Room 2113. (Contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org if you can’t make it.)

Girls lacrosse is having an informational meeting at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 7096. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Walker at swalker@d125.org.

CLUB NEWS

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

The next Breakfast with Books meeting is at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Room 1313. Contact Mrs. Dettling in the ILC if you have questions.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

INTRAMURALS

Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Cascade trip on February 14 is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report disputes CPS leader’s claim of only 7 students “lost” due to school closings

Illinois spring science exam axed for three grades (Trib – $)

Warren Township District 121 supports statewide push for better teachers (DH – $)

Five teachers running for Chicago City Council seats

Lakemoor pushes forward with TIF district despite District 118 objections

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: Incoming college freshmen’s emotional health at all-time low

College education gap widens for rich and poor students

Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing federal education law

Some object to making all professors report student accounts of sexual abuse

Stanford adds healthy eating skills to its curriculum

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