Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins IHSA Regional Title

The Scholastic Bowl team won the Illinois High School Association Class AA Regional held at Stevenson on Monday. The team defeated Highland Park (370-110) in the first round, Deerfield (400-150) in the semifinals, and Hersey (390-15) in the regional championship match. The regional title is Stevenson’s ninth in a row and 13th in the last 15 years.

The team roster consisted of sophomores Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed, juniors Kazuma Shimanaka and Marco Laudati, and seniors Jonathan Mishory, Braden McDowell and Zachary Pease.

Stevenson will face Fremd, Barrington and Carmel at the Fremd Sectional Saturday morning. The winner of the sectional will advance to the IHSA state finals in Peoria on Friday, March 20.

Nordhem Named District PE Teacher of the Year

Longtime Stevenson educator Vicky Nordhem was selected on Wednesday as the 2015 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the Northeastern District of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD). She will be presented with the award at the district’s banquet in October. Nordhem also becomes a candidate for High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in the Midwest District of SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators). Nordhem has taught physical education at Stevenson for 35 years.

Students to Sing at Sondheim Celebration

Two SHS students will be singing a duet later this month in a Chicago celebration of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday. Seniors Emily Wynn and Alex Knezevic will perform their duet during “Finishing the Birthday Hat” at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at The Pro Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, in Chicago. The event is a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Chicago, and is being sponsored by the Improvised Sondheim Project. Tickets are $15 and are available through Vendini.

Have You Taken the State’s 5Essentials Survey Yet?

Stevenson parents are encouraged to take part in the state’s third annual online 5Essentials Survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides an opportunity for teachers, students and parents to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The survey window closes Friday. Click here to take the survey.

Glass Slipper Project Collects 293 Dresses

Last week’s Glass Slipper Project collection drive led by Student Council brought in 293 dresses, as well as jewelry, shoes and other accessories.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 78, Niles Notre Dame 77: The Patriots survived a late push from the Dons and advanced to Friday night’s IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional championship game. SHS (26-3) will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal between No. 2 Lake Forest (27-2) and No. 5 Evanston (20-8). Against Notre Dame, the Patriots appeared to have the game under control after a 24-9 third-quarter surge resulted in a 62-52 lead. Jalen Brunson scored 15 of his season-high 41 points in the period. However, the Dons (26-5) made a furious rally and pulled within 77-75 with 15 seconds left. After Brunson hit a free throw to make it 78-75, Notre Dame – which had no timeouts remaining — stunned the gymnasium by settling for a layup with 4.8 seconds left. SHS let the clock run out after the basket. Justin Smith was the only other Patriot in double figures, with 16 points. – Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune | The Cube Video

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 44, Jacobs 38: Jared Borowsky and Aaron Lund each won two events to lead the Patriots in the Field House. Borowsky captured the 1,600-meter run (4:41.1) and the 800-meter run (2:01), while Lund claimed both hurdles events, the 55-meter high (8.3) and 55-meter intermediate (8.1). Henry Sise won the shot put (49-10.5) and Matt Poetker finished second to give SHS a 36-32 lead, and Borowsky and Sammy Oh sealed the outcome by following their 1-2 finish in the 1,600. Oh also was third in the 800. Other second-place finishes came from Jake Calamari (55 high hurdles), Tim Vestuto (55 dash) and Daniel Rong (55 intermediate hurdles). Rong also was third in the 55 high hurdles. Other third-place finishers were John Worwa (high jump) and David Goncharov (160 dash).

Sectional Championship Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Tickets for Friday’s Waukegan Sectional championship basketball game are available in the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office today, Thursday and Friday. All tickets are $5. Stevenson will play in the championship game at 7 p.m. against Lake Forest or Evanston.

The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods, and can accept cash, credit card, check or Patriot Dollars. The Athletic Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, and can only take cash and check.

For an additional $5, students can purchase a seat on pep buses provided by Stevenson. Students must turn in a completed permission form, and purchase a game ticket and pep bus ticket. Permission form link:

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.

Lacrosse Alum Helping Holy Cross Reach New Heights

Brendan Sheehan (Class of 2012) and his Holy Cross men’s lacrosse teammates are in the midst of an historic season. The Crusaders earned the first national ranking in program history last month, and had the school’s first-ever wins over ranked teams with victories over No. 8 Loyola (Maryland) and No. 9 Army. Following a loss to No. 10 Harvard on Monday, Holy Cross’ record stood at 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League. Sheehan has played in five of the six games.

Walton, UI Baseball Team Earn Highest Ranking Since 1990

Adam Walton (Class of 2012) and the University of Illinois baseball team are ranked No. 19 in the D1 Baseball Top 25, its highest ranking in 25 years. The Illini moved into the top 20 after taking two of three games last weekend from then-No. 10 Oklahoma State. Walton, a redshirt sophomore shortstop, went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and triple in a 6-2 UI win that opened the series.


PPA Bake Sale Today

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

Children’s Play Auditions Today 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 today 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. “The Laramie Project” is a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the Tectonic Theatre Company members with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. Also, we have partnered with Susan Burk at The Matthew Shepard Foundation, who will be giving an introduction to each show. During intermission we will be selling “Erase Hate” T-shirts and bracelets, with proceeds going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, whose mission is to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance.”

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 Next Tuesday

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 tonight 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:

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.


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. tonight in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.


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

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

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday 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.

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.


Mrs. Willock currently has a great opportunity for a student who is interested in a business career with an emphasis on science/biology research, to participate in a shadow at a large pharmaceutical firm over Spring Break on Wednesday, April 1. If you are available and interested, please contact her ASAP via email at

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.


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.


Illinois Supreme Court to hear arguments today on pension law

New engineering-focused medical school in Urbana could get green light today

University of Chicago, Northwestern retain top U.S. News graduate school rankings

College of DuPage misses deadline to pay for audit (DH – $)

Higher one-year tax cap could pay for air conditioning at Woodland School (DH – $)

Catholic high school expands into vacant Waukegan Kmart


Common Core opt-out movement about more than tests, advocates say

White House floats bankruptcy process for some student debt

Most Teach for America instructors plan to flee teaching

How to spot a college about to go out of business

Why Las Vegas is desperate to hire thousands of teachers

Yale University plans to offer first online degree

The Oklahoma teacher who believes math equals love


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