Friday, February 27, 2015

All Juniors Will Take ACT Exam on Tuesday

All Stevenson juniors will take the ACT exam (with Writing) on Tuesday. The school will follow the second-day-of-the-week schedule for the day; juniors will not attend classes.

Juniors with last names A – Leo will be in the Field House; those with last names Les – Z will be in the Sports Center. Students testing in an alternate setting (based on 504 and/or IEP accommodations) will be notified of their room assignment by their case manager.

Juniors must report to their testing locations by 8:15 a.m. Testing begins promptly at 8:35 a.m. and should conclude by 1 p.m. Juniors will not attend any classes. Buses will be available when testing concludes. Test takers should bring: Wooden No. 2 pencils, student ID card and calculator. (Questions about your calculator? Check here.)

Questions can be directed to 847-415-4200 or 847-415-4208.

School in Session Monday

School will be in session on Monday, which is Pulaski Day, to make up for the cancellation of classes on January 7.

Five Students to Compete at Illinois High School Art Exhibition

Five student-artists from Stevenson will compete with 87 others from Chicagoland high schools at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition on Sunday at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. Representing Stevenson will be seniors Jessie Wang (drawing), Jennifer Kong (painting), Rebecca Tsivin (photography), Megan DeSilva (graphic design) and Sneha Nair (three-dimensional). The opening reception is from 2-6 p.m., with the awards ceremony from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 30 colleges from across the country will be present. Last year, more than $5 million in scholarships and prizes was awarded.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Deerfield 3: The Patriots opened Blackhawk Cup state tournament play at Twin Rinks with a first-round win. SHS is the No. 12 seed in the tournament, while Deerfield was No. 21. No details were available from the game. Stevenson advances to a second-round game at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at The Edge West in Bensenville. The Pats will play the winner of Saturday night’s game between No. 5 Loyola Gold and No. 28 Hinsdale Central.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 106, Libertyville 5; Lake Zurich 63, Stevenson 59: Janine Fajardo won two events to pace the Patriots in their indoor season-opener in the Field House. Fajardo won the 55-meter high hurdles (9.3) and low hurdles (9.0). Lily Marks, Borchueh Wu and Isabelle Sparreo each won an event and ran in a winning relay. Marks captured the 55-meter dash (7.7) and Wu won the 160-meter dash (22.6). They joined Juhi Jhaveri and Julia Osuch in winning the 4-lap relay (1:32.2). Sparreo finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:36.2) and was part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team with Eliza Sullivan, Claire Sullivan and Jordan Gregg.

SHS Competing at IHSA State Swimming and Diving Meet

Five members of the boys swimming and diving team will be competing at the Illinois High School Association state meet at New Trier High School today: Diver Matt Krames and swimmers Nick Koto, Dimitriy Pelutis, Alex Kapecki and Nick Baginski. Krames was competing in the diving preliminaries as today’s Digest was being written. The swimmers won’t start preliminaries until 3:30. Koto will compete in the 200 freestyle for the third straight year, and also will swim in the 500 free, and will join Pelutis, Kapecki and Baginski in the 400 free relay. Pelutis also qualified for state in the 200 free. Click here to follow the meet results.

Cimarusti Named to Illinois Hockey Showcase Team

Junior forward Jake Cimarusti has been named to the 23-member Illinois High School Showcase Team that will compete in the 31st annual USA Hockey America’s Showcase in Pittsburgh April 9-13. All-star teams from around the country will compete in front of scouts and college coaches. This is the third straight year Stevenson will have a player on Team Illinois, which has won the last two titles. Last year, Jared Projansky and Michael Trapp were on the team in 2014, while Trapp and Vince Moschea participated in 2013.

Salazar Stout in Lake Forest Co-Op Girls Hockey Win

Corynn Salazar made 22 saves for the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team as it beat Evanston, 3-0, in a Blackhawk Cup play-in game last week. The shutout was sixth of the season for Salazar, a sophomore goalie. She has a 1.32 goals-against average in 22 games this season. Lake Forest will play its next Blackhawk Cup game on March 15.

Harrington Leaves Legacy for Wrestling Program

When Tyler Harrington moved to District 125 in March 2013, he met with head wrestling coach Shane Cook and told him he wanted to win a state championship. Harrington wasn’t able to do that, but in his two years at Stevenson he had a dramatic impact on the wrestling program, Cook told Pioneer Press.

Female Student-Athletes Invited to See Documentary

All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.


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.

NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline Today

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 and will close today. 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 — you’re somebody’s type!

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration ends Wednesday. 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

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.

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.

National Honor Society Applications Due Wednesday

Applications for the National Honor Society are due by midnight Wednesday. Eligible students received a letter earlier this month with an invitation to apply online. Click here for more information and for the application link.

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

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.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? Come to the Meteorology Club’s next meeting at 3:45 Monday in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Do you want to learn about countries you may have never heard of before? Have you taken or are you currently taking AP Human Geography? Then get Djibouti over to Geography Club! We meet every Monday after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact Ms. LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays after school in Room 2712.


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.


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.)


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Waukegan charter school advocates press on with proposal

Enrollment in McHenry County high school dual credit programs explodes

Critics say U. of Illinois chancellor should be fired over diversity shortfall

Plainfield teacher seeks no-contact order against student who posted online threats

Campaign text message likens College of DuPage president with Hitler (DH – $)

Prosecutors file felony charges in window-smashing incident at suburban school

Threat prompts increased security at Crete-Monee High School

Rauner appoints board members at three universities

Karen Lewis’ candidate made it to mayoral runoff, but illness kept her from celebration


More teachers writing their own curricula under Common Core, says new report

Financial aid for undocumented students losing its stigma

Leader of Georgia county school system named national superintendent of the year

California high school implements standing desks to increase student engagement

Stanford University discourages students from viewing their admissions files

Former University of Notre Dame president Hesburgh dies


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