Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Senior to Take Part in Women’s Conference at United Nations

Senior Lindsay Schwartz has been selected to represent Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Girls Scouts of the USA at the Commission on the Status of Women beginning Monday at United Nations headquarters in New York City. She will be among more than 5,000 women and girls participating in the event. The Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to gender equality and advancement of girls and women worldwide. This year’s commission focus is on advancing the work begun 20 years on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Senior Selected for President’s Volunteer Service Award

Senior Avni Patel has been chosen to receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Patel is being honored for the number of volunteer hours she has put in while a student at Stevenson. She will receive a certificate and a signed letter from President Barack Obama. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes middle-level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 79, Maine East 38: Connor Cashaw scored a game-high 27 points to lead the top-seeded Patriots past the No. 17 Blue Demons in the first round of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Stevenson Regional. SHS (24-3) will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal between No. 8 Niles North and No. 9 Zion-Benton for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sports Center. Cashaw was 11-for-15 from the floor, and also had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Jalen Brunson scored 17 points and dished out 11 assists. Ryuji Aoki (12 points) and Matt Johnson (10), returning from an injury, also scored in double figures. Aoki nailed four of his five 3-point attempts. The Patriots turned up the pressure early, forcing Maine East (12-16) into eight first-quarter turnovers while taking a 24-10 lead. The Blue Demons closed within nine points during the second quarter, but Stevenson went on a 14-3 run to close out the first half and take a 44-24 lead. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($) | SBN/The Cube Video

Brunson One of Six Finalists for McDonald’s Player of the Year

Jalen Brunson is one of six finalists for the 2015 McDonald’s All American Games Male Player of the Year Award. The finalists were announced Tuesday. The award recognizes the nation’s top high school senior who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in both his/her schoolwork and community affairs.


300 Club Applications Due by Friday

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. Click here for application information.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until Friday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday 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 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!

Project Dance Registration Deadline Thursday

The deadline to register for Project Dance has been extended to Thursday. 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. Click here to register.

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 Friday. 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

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through March 19, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through adolescents) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration has been extended to Tuesday. The Snowball weekend is 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

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.


Attention sophomores: Plan to attend our “Planning Your Future” program next Wednesday, March 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. College Counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will give a formal introduction to our online career and college program, Naviance, help you begin your college search, and give insight to college questions that need answering. This program should leave you much better prepared for your junior and senior years. Hope to see you there!

The College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair on Thursday, March 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the P.E. Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website:


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.

There will be an informational meeting for Allied Soccer at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6058.


Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

Sophomore Class Board will meet Thursday in Room 2004 from 3:30-5 p.m.

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

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

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

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


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.


Stress! We all have it, none of us wants it, but what can we do about it? Join Dr. Gregg Stern to discuss factors involved in your perception of stress, what stress can do to your body, and healthy natural methods you can use to best manage your stress. Dr. Stern’s class meets next Monday at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Did you know that your breath is an essential connection between your own mind and body? PREP instructor Vidya Nahar will discuss and demonstrate several breathing techniques during the Yogic Breathing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Click here to register.

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Premium and Flavored Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Join us and learn how to add premium and flavored balsamic vinegar into your favorite recipes. Students will have the opportunity to sample taste several premium and flavored balsamic vinegar of Modena. Click here to register or for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, PREP will be holding its iPad Basics 101 class. If you’re not sure what to do with your iPad, then this class is for you! Participants will learn the basics of the iPad, from using its default applications to installing new ones, plus backing up your data, and general maintenance and troubleshooting. The class is $29 for adults and $19 for seniors. Reserve your space today at this link.


State superintendent warns of “perfect storm” for school districts

New critical-thinking state tests cause angst (DH – $)

Full-day kindergarten becoming the norm in most Illinois school districts

Emanuel says CPS had no choice but to back down in testing dispute

Northeastern Illinois University to build dorms on campus

U46 plan would call for ethnically diverse teachers, flexible methods

Parents who didn’t complete CPS elite school applications scrambling for resolution

More Naperville schools on alert for viral illness


U.S. Supreme Court weighs teachers’ role in reporting child abuse

New study suggests Teach for America teachers as effective as peers

Why principals matter

Teacher ratings highlight debate over NYC school fixes

529 plans may soon cover more college expenses

Some owners of private colleges turn a tidy profit by going nonprofit

3D printing heats up on college campuses

Dissecting a frog: A middle school rite of passage


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