Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Masonic Sectional Title

Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team edged out Barrington on the final question, 290-280, to capture the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Class 3A Sectional championship held at SHS on Saturday. The team dispatched Carmel in the first round of the 10-school tournament. Stevenson’s sectional championship roster included seniors Braden McDowell, Jay Patel, Jonathan Mishory and Zach Pease, juniors Marco Laudati and Kazuma Shimanaka; and sophomores Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed. The team will travel to Bloomington for the Masonic state championship on March 7.

On March 9, Stevenson will play host to a Illinois High School Association Class AA Regional tournament with seven other schools. The sectional tournament is March 14, followed by the state tournament on March 21.

Current, Former SHS Teachers Teaming Up for Webinar

Communication Arts teacher Stephen Heller and former SHS history teacher Jason Stacy will be leading a live webinar next week to introduce their new book, Documenting United States History. The webinar will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The webinar will highlight ways in which the book applies to the AP U.S. History course, focusing on one of the chapters from their book. Click here to register for the webinar.

Heller teaches AP English Language and Composition at Stevenson, where he has worked for the last 16 years. He has nearly three decades of teaching experience in the classroom. Heller recently completed a six-year term on the committee that develops the AP English Language and Composition exam. Stacy taught AP U.S. History for eight years at Stevenson before joining Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville as an associate professor of U.S. History and Social Science Pedagogy. Since 2007, Heller has teamed with Stacy to teach American Themes in the AP Classroom, a course that examines the skills common to both AP English Language and AP US History.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s on Thursday

Thursday is a big day for Stevenson’s Choral Department. Students from the curricular and co-curricular groups will perform in the Winter Choral Concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Also, the Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove, 450 McHenry Road, from 3-10 p.m. Culver’s will donate 20% of the group’s sales during the seven-hour fundraiser back to Choral Guild. Just mention Choral Guild when ordering.

Alum Serving as Artist in Residence at Vernon Hills High

2007 Stevenson graduate Ryan J. Blume is working with art students at Vernon Hills High School through its Artist in Residence program. He spoke with Pioneer Press recently about his career and working with students.



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Brunson, Cashaw Join Exclusive 100-Win Club

Senior boys basketball players Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw joined a select group with Friday night’s win over Lake Forest. The duo have participated in 100 varsity wins in their four years of high school, something that only 12 other boys basketball players in state history have accomplished, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Patriot seniors will go after win No. 101 in the North Suburban Conference Championship Game at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Sports Center. SHS faces Prairie Division winner Vernon Hills. This will be Stevenson’s third straight appearance in the NSC title game; the Pats won the league crown last year. SHS will look to return to its winning ways after having a 22-game in-state win streak stopped by Simeon Saturday night. Coach Pat Ambrose told Pioneer Press that he expects his team to bounce back.

For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on The Cube. Also, the contest is the CN100 Game of the Week and will be aired on Comcast channel 100 at 7 p.m. Wednesday and replayed at 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit cn100.tv for additional air dates and times. The game also will be available any time with Xfinity On Demand.


Activity Period on Wednesday

There will be an activity period from 9:40-10:25 a.m. Wednesday. The following clubs will meet:

Meteorology Club Room 2516
Print Media Club Room 1316
Orchestra Board Orchestra Room (2200)
Science REACH Room 1920
Sophomore Class Board Recital Hall
Madrigal Singers Choir Room (2202)
Business Professionals of America West Auditorium
TYMP (Junior-Senior 8-Person) Room 1506
Senior Class Board Room 6048
Jazz Etc. Room 2205 (Green Room)
Thespian Board Room 2204
TYMP Calculator Team Room 1704
HOSA Room 2610
Speech and Drama Team Room 3012
Student Congress West Faculty Dining Room
Students Helping Soldiers Room 5044
Patriot Pride Room 1102

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat is holding an iPod drive to support Music and Memory, an organization that works to help Alzheimer’s patients and people with special needs. Collection will take place in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods today through Thursday. All Apple music players in working condition will be accepted. Chargers are not required, but appreciated. Please contact Caitlin McGovern at cmcgovern@d125.org with questions.

Relay for Life Starting Sign-Ups for June Event

Relay for Life continues its kickoff event today in the Wood Commons. You can join a team, create a team, or find out more information about the Relay for Life overnight event on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join.

NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline Friday

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. The drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You must be at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more to participate. Online registration is available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com and will close Friday. 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. If you are 17 years old, you will need a parent permission form. Sign up at this Facebook event page to spread the love. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type!

Mr. SHS Applications Due By Friday

Senior boys are invited to apply for the annual Mr. SHS contest, which will be held Friday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Center. Applications are due by this Friday. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. All seniors are invited to audition to emcee the event. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Emcee Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove

The Band Parents Organization is having a month-long fundraiser at the Culver’s in Buffalo Grove on McHenry Road (Route 83), beginning today. Whenever you make a dine-in or carryout order, just mention “SHS Band Fundraiser” or show this flyer and a portion of the sale will benefit Stevenson band students.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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

300 Club Applications Due by March 6

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Register for the new college essay workshop offered this summer! The first week of each semester, you can come and get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for your college applications. Get suggestions and feedback. Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop. See your counselor and sign up!

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through Wednesday, March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions.

Coin Drive Raised $181 for Charity

A big thank you to all the students and staff who donated change to the Freshman Class Board Coin Drive that took place over the past three Fridays. The drive raised $181.53, which means that the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children, and Kay’s Animal Shelter will each be receiving a check from the Class of 2018 for $60.51! Thanks again everyone!


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 dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.


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 www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday.


Students interested in creating artwork for the fine arts events posters can attend the Poster Design Club meeting Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. or Thursday at 7:40 a.m. in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.


The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/dodgeball.html.

Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Devil’s Head trip on February 28 is due by 8 a.m. Wednesday. This is the last ski trip of the season. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at http://www2.d125.org/im/ski.html or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


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