Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Immunization Requirement for Class of 2016

The State of Illinois is adding a new meningitis immunization requirement for students who will be seniors during the 2015-16 school year. Any student entering 12th grade will have to show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, one after age 11 and one after age 16, with at least 8 weeks between the two doses. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 or older, only one dose is required. Stevenson’s Health Services Department mailed a letter to affected families on Wednesday.

SHS Participates in Harvard-MIT Math Tournament

For the first time ever, Stevenson participated in the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament, one of the largest high school competitions in the world. The event was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus on Saturday, February 21.

Three students traveled to Boston to compete on a team comprising Chicago-area students. Juniors Jung Hwang and Emery Liu, and sophomore Jason Lu were part of the Illinois Purple Cobras, which placed fourth in the team proof event.

The tournament is held twice a year, on Harvard’s campus in November, and at MIT in February. The February contest is considered to be the more difficult of the two, featuring problems similar to the more difficult ones from November, and some comparable to various national and international olympiads.

There also was an online version of the tournament that did not have awards, and seven SHS freshmen participated: Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Justin Lee, Wilson Zhu, Deepak Moparthi, Andrew Hwang and Albert Cao.

Winter Choral Concert Tonight

The Winter Choral Concert will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 60, Vernon Hills 39: The Patriots won their third consecutive North Suburban Conference championship game, pulling away from the Cougars after a tight first quarter. Jalen Brunson led SHS (23-3) with a game-high 20 points, and added 5 steals and 5 rebounds. Connor Cashaw had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Parker Nichols and Justin Smith each had 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Nichols took two charges to increase his school single-season record to 36. Ryan Rosenbaum grabbed 9 rebounds and also had 6 points. Vernon Hills (25-4) led by a point after the first quarter, but Stevenson built a 10-point halftime advantage. After the Cougars pulled to within 30-23 early in the third quarter, the Pats went on an 18-4 run to take control. The game will be shown on Comcast channel 100 at 7 p.m. tonight, and at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday. (Visit cn100.tv for additional air dates and times.). – Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune | SBN/Cube Video

 

Singer Selected for TribLocal Athlete of the Month Honor

Sophomore boys bowler Zach Singer was named the TribLocal Athlete of the Month for Lake Forest/Libertyville for February on Wednesday. Singer rolled the first 300 game in school history, and also set a new standard for three-game series, as the Patriots clinched their second consecutive Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference championship. Singer also shot games of 234 and 233 for a 757 series, four pins better than the previous mark set by Paul Ritt. He will be featured in the print edition next week.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.

Project Dance Registration Deadline Sunday

The deadline to register for Project Dance is Sunday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. If enough students sign up by Sunday, there will be a giant laser tag inflatable battle zone at the dance. Click here to register.

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!

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s Today

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove from 3-10 p.m. today. Culver’s will donate 20% of the group’s sales; just mention Choral Guild when ordering.

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.

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.

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, or visit www.d125.org/snowball.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until March 6

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday, March 6 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

COLLEGE NEWS

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.)

CLUB NEWS

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in the College/Career Center. New members welcome!

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

The Video Game Club is back! We meet today after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at anschroeder@d125.org.

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Madigan, education groups renew push for “millionaire tax”

University of Illinois asks judge to dismiss Salaita’s federal lawsuit

School bus rolls over in Lake Villa; no injuries among four on board

Which CPS schools will be tested in two weeks still unknown

What are Chicago’s toughest high schools to get into?

Woodstock school district to open health clinic for high school students

Parents protest loss of Normal elementary school principal

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Unable to repeal Common Core, foes try sabotage

Why are so many college students turning down free money?

University of Iowa, SUNY-Buffalo law schools drop LSAT requirement; more to follow?

Five lessons education research taught us in 2014

Los Angeles teachers union leader declare impasse after six months of negotiations

College? Career tech? In Nashville, high school students do both

Two high school girls basketball teams banned for trying to throw the same game

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