Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Junior Qualifies for International Science Fair

Junior Blandon Su on Saturday became only the second Stevenson student to qualify for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. His original, independent experimental research project, “Assessing the Influence of Swamp Areas on Rangeland Stream Flow Rate,” was chosen for the honor during the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 6 Science Fair at Niles North High School. He also won Best in Category in the Earth Science division.

Senior Kevin Cheng won Best in Category in Botany, and was chosen as a runner-up for the International Science Fair, with his project, “A Comparison of Genetic Diversity Within Collections of Brighamia insigis.” Sophomore Shivani Dhebar won Best in Category for Electronics with her project, “The Effect of Concentration of Electrolytes on EMF Produced by a Galvanic Cell.” Junior Rebecca Nelson won the award for the best paper at the regional with her project entitled, “The Effect of Percent Canopy Thinning on the Growth of Quercus Seedlings.”

Around 30 Science Reach Club members qualified for the IJAS State Science Fair based on their research work. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s state qualifiers and award recipients.

Foundation Sponsoring Community Health Fair March 22

The Stevenson Foundation is sponsoring a free wellness event for the District 125 community on Sunday, March 22. “Well – Well – Well: Everybody’s Got Something” will run from 1-3 p.m. in the West Building (use the Forum/Point entrance). A number of health care providers, support groups and others will be on hand to offer health screenings, consultations, immunizations and more.

Scholastic Bowl Team Fourth at State Masonic Academic Bowl

The varsity Scholastic Bowl team finished fourth in Class 3A at the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl on Saturday. SHS won four of its five matches in the morning, beating Wheaton North (310-210), Dunlap (320-230), Carbondale (330-160) and Providence (350-170), and falling to eventual champion Illinois Math and Science Academy (320-240). Stevenson advanced to the semifinals, where it fell to Bloomington (330-250), then was defeated by Fremd in the third-place match (290-270). The team consisted of sophomores Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed, junior Marco Laudati, and seniors Zachary Pease, Jonathan Mishory and Braden McDowell.

Six Students Win Regional IDEA Honors

Six students earned awards at the 38th IDEA Regional Drafting-Design Competition at the College of Lake County on Friday. Three of the six qualified for the IDEA State Competition at Illinois State University on April 11 by finishing first or second in their event.

Max Papushin finished first in 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) Modeling, while Quinn Cunningham took top honors in 3D Architectural CAD. Joining them at state will be Nikita Vakhrushev, who was second in 3D Architectural CAD. Three students finished third: Aryn Harmon (3D CAD Modeling), Peter Drozdzewicz (Assembly Modeling) and Zach Taylor (3D Architectural CAD).

Sophomore Chosen to Perform in New Dance Group

Sophomore Celeste Courtney has been selected to perform in the Cocodaco Dance Project. Cocodaco, which stands for Community of Contemporary Dance Companies, features collaborations on new choreography between dance professionals and pre-professional trainees and selected youths. Cocodaco will make its debut Friday and Saturday at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago, and March 21-22 at the Josephine Louis Theater at Northwestern University. Courtney is a member of the Concert Dance class at Stevenson.

Two Students Elected to HOSA Leadership Team

Two students have been elected to the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Board. Junior Yojan Shah was elected as the Northern Regional Vice President and sophomore Ali Ladha was chosen as the HOSA State of Illinois Vice President. Both will be serving a one-year term on the 2015-16 HOSA Illinois State Leadership Team. The students were elected based on the results of an application, a candidate interview, and tabulation of votes.

Archery Team Prevails in Chicago

Stevenson defeated Chicago’s Schurz High School in archery competition on Saturday. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished first overall and among all female students with a score of 279, which included 13 bullseyes. Go Ogata finished second overall with a score of 248 (4 bullseyes), and was the top male competitor. He was followed by Cole Tyrell, who was third overall (244, 8 bullseyes). Max Papushin was third among male students at 241 (4 bullseyes). SHS returns to Chicago this weekend for the Wildcat Shootout at Clemente High School.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Basketball Team in Sectional Semifinal Tonight

Stevenson’s boys basketball team will play Niles Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Waukegan Sectional at 7 p.m. tonight. The Patriots (25-3) are the No. 1 seed in the sectional, while the Dons (26-4) are No. 4. Tickets for tonight’s game are $5, and can be purchased at the Superstore during the lunch periods, or in the Athletic Office (cash and check only) until 1:30. The winner of tonight’s game will play for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Friday against the winner of Wednesday night’s semifinal between No. 2 Lake Forest (27-2) and No. 5 Evanston (20-8). As of this morning, no television, radio or live streaming coverage of tonight’s game was planned.


Sectional Basketball Pep Bus Leaves at 5:30

For students who will be riding the pep bus to tonight’s sectional basketball game at Waukegan High School, buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game (to Lot E).  Students must ride the bus to and from the game.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday. All goodies will be $1. Come get your favorite snacks!

Children’s Play Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation spring children’s play “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theater on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in for this audition. Be ready to answer the question: What you would wish for if you found Aladdin’s lamp? We will work through improv, dance, and script reading. Come join the fun as we present this classic story on April 19. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

“The Laramie Project” Takes Stage This Weekend

The winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or by calling 847-415-4126.

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled for Friday

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school Friday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Auditions for Spring One Acts is Tuesday, March 17

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are next Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

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.

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available on the Peer Helpers website or in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 on Tuesday, April 7. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

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.


Attention sophomore families: Plan to attend our “Planning Your Future” program Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. 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 Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the Physical Education Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website: www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight.

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 Thursday. (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.)

Attention seniors from District 96: Applications for the District 96 Foundation – Mr. Mark E. Spivak Service Scholarship and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship are available in the College/Career Center. These scholarships are in addition to the original Local Scholarship Packet currently in the CCC. The scholarships are available to District 96 alumni who have demonstrated high levels of academic dedication, leadership, and community or school service. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for each of the scholarships. The deadline to turn in the packets is Thursday.


Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


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

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 in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.


Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday March 17 after school in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

Come to French Club to enjoy French snacks and a funny French movie this Thursday after school in Room 2632.

Attention all transfer students: The SPINS Club is going to the Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills on Friday, March 20. Please return your permission forms to attend.

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 2202.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesdays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.


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.


Hot off the press! A second Pasta Date Night Class has been added! The first class filled quickly and was such a hit that we decided to do it again. Reserve your spot quickly so you don’t miss out. Click here to register and for more information.

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.


Report: 1 in 10 state employees make $100K salary; many in education-related jobs

Rauner defends plan to overhaul state’s pension system

Watchdog group puts spotlight on six-figure pensions in Lake County

Calls for opt-out bill continue as Illinois starts PARCC test

Opting out not an option for Elgin-area students taking PARCC tests

Opportunity in failure: Companies see profit in Chicago dropouts

Could, should North Aurora have its own high school? (DH – $)

Maine Township District 207 prepares to adopt transgender student policies

Glen Ellyn District 41 lengthens elementary school day (DH – $)

Leyden high school students get Wi-Fi on school buses

Staunton administrators, teacher on leave due to fellow employees’ complaints

Illinois State University names former dean as new provost

Highland Park teacher uses Twitter to teach “Hamlet”


The classroom racial gap hits all-time high; most teachers still white

Colleges not ready for “college ready” Common Core

Obama to announce student loan reforms as Education Department stalls

Arizona legislature passes deep cuts to public universities

Deadliest U.S. fraternity abolishes pledging for new members

Apple overhauling iPad in Education program to simplify sharing devices, apps

Public schools grapple with influx of migrant children

U.S. News releases annual graduate school rankings


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