Wednesday, February 11, 2015

State Says 99.7% of SHS Students Vaccinated for Measles

Almost all of Stevenson High School’s student body has been immunized against measles, according to data compiled by the Illinois State Board of Education and published Monday by the Chicago Tribune. The state says 99.7% of students have received the measles vaccine. Of the 12 students who had not been vaccinated as of October 15, 9 refused on religious grounds, while 3 were scheduled to be vaccinated.

Four All-State Musicians Earn Additional Honors

Four of Stevenson’s all-state musicians earned special honors during last month’s Illinois Music Education Association Conference in Peoria.

Senior Monet Lee performed as assistant concertmaster for the Honors Orchestra, the second time she has received concertmaster honors at the ILMEA Conference. During her sophomore year, Lee was named concertmaster, ranking her the top violinist in the state. This year, she was ranked the No. 2 violinist.

Also honored were junior Torin Bakke, who earned second chair clarinet in the Honors Band; senior Jonathan Chang, a fourth chair selection in the All-State Orchestra; and Autumn Hoang, who was placed in sixth chair in the All-State Orchestra.

Next Healthy Patriot Session to Focus on Relationships

The next Healthy Patriot discussion session for parents continues with a look at how parents can help their child maintain healthy friendships. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the District 125 Administration Center. The event is free, and breakfast items will be provided.

The discussion will be led by guidance counselors Tim Roznowski and Dawn Timm, and social worker Sarah LaFrancis. They will share tips for parents on starting a dialogue with their children and how parents can talk to their kids about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. Participants will engage in dialogue about the subject watch clips from pop culture, take a quiz to think about their own relationship experiences and receive literature on how to help their children.

For more information on the Healthy Patriot program, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at 847-415-4128 or

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

The freshman-sophomore play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theatre. Admission is $5. The cast features Johnny Barboza, Dani Lopez, A.J. DePew, Jordan Radis, Angela Kotsonis, Sam Litwin, Mallory Weber and Emma Bloomfield. The director is Lauren Rawitz. The student directors are Sammie Landau and Becca Faber. The stage manager is Andrew Hirsch.

Speech-Language Pathologist to Give Presentation

Speech-Language Pathologist Nancy Eberhardt will be giving a presentation at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Rosemont on Friday. She will be joined by Ellen Wiczer, speech-language pathologist for Aptakisic-Tripp District 102, and Sharon Foster, past president of the ISHA and retired speech-language pathologist at Andrew High School in Tinley Park. Their topic is “Developing Soft Skills Through Transition Planning.”



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Girls Basketball Team Plays for NSC Title Tonight

Stevenson plays host to Antioch in the North Suburban Conference Championship Game for girls basketball at 7 p.m. tonight. The Patriots, champions of the NSC Lake Division, bring a 25-3 record into the game. The Sequoits, winners of the NSC Prairie Division, also are 25-3 and have the most wins in school history. SHS on Tuesday cracked the Associated Press Class 4A rankings for the first time this season, and is tied for 10th with Rockton Hononegah. Antioch is No. 14 in Class 3A.

This will be the first meeting between the teams this year, although they have played and beaten four common opponents: Cary-Grove, Warren, Lake Forest and Round Lake.

Tonight’s game has been declared a “whiteout” by the Patriot Student Section; students are encouraged to wear white to the game. For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube.


Buy a Candle for Your Valentine

The Bright Lights Candle Company, created by Stevenson students, will be selling candles in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods today and Thursday. Candles are $8 for small and $4 for votives. All the candles are scented for Valentine’s Day: red hot cinnamon, lavender, vanilla bean, rose petal, sweet pea, and apple cinnamon.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Dance Placement Auditions Thursday

Current SHS students interested in taking a curricular dance class, and who have dance experience, should come to the placement auditions on Thursday 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.

AP Exam Registration Underway

Registration for Advanced Placement exams has started. 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.

Fashion Show Information Meeting Thursday

An informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show will be held Thursday 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.

Visiting Artist to Speak With Students Friday

The Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month, Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley, will visit SHS during periods 6 and 7 on Friday to talk about his work and his career. His presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building.

Last Chance to Buy State Football Championship Clothing

The final opportunity to buy 2014 state championship football clothing ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight. To view available items and place an order, go to Click “Team Order Form” on the top right, find “Stevenson State Champ Apparel” and enter in access code 910055. Pick items and sizes, create an account and check out. Orders will be available for pick up in the Athletic Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18.

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected starting Tuesday and continuing through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

All students are invited to take part in Operation Snowball. In a school of nearly 4,000 it’s easy to get lost. Operation Snowball is a stress-free, weekend-long trip where students will have the opportunity to meet new people and it’s a great time for students to discover the community they go to school with. Operation Snowball is March 13-15. Students leave Friday after school and return on Sunday morning. Sign-up forms can be found in Rooms 7080 and 2628, Student Activities, and the Patriot Superstore. Forms are due by March 4.


Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at or The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.


Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at or in person in the College and Career Center.


The new Philosophy Club will its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at


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

Girls lacrosse is having an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 7096. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Walker at

Any interested athletes who would like to go our for boys water polo this spring are invited to attend the informational meeting at 3:45 today in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Fitzgerald at or Coach Johnson at

Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings on Wednesday, February 18. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at


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