Thursday, March 12, 2015

More Than 100 Musicians Earn Superior Ratings in Contests

More than 150 student-musicians participated in the Stevenson High School Music Solo and Ensemble Contest last Saturday. Several others participated in the Illinois High School Class AA Solo and Ensemble Contest at Lake Zurich High School on the same day. Overall, more than 100 SHS students earned Division I (Superior) ratings, the top level attainable. Click here to see the list of Division I recipients.

Anti-Bullying Presentations Set for Friday

Students will be participating in an anti-bullying presentation on Friday during their regularly scheduled science class. Presentations will take place in the Performing Arts Center throughout the day. The presentations will be led by Julie Ganey, whose bullying prevention program, “Stand Up on the Schoolyard,” has been presented to schools around the country. She is an arts educator at three Chicago-area theaters, including the Goodman, and also performs and writes for the 2nd Story company.

Science Teachers Presenting at NSTA Conference in Chicago

Science teachers will be attending the National Science Teachers Association national conference in Chicago on Friday, and several will be giving presentations throughout the weekend.

On Friday, presentations will be given by Tommy Wolfe and some of his University of Illinois colleagues (“Food for Thought: Modeling the Role of Glucose”); Dean Barr and Steve Wood (“NGSS: Developing and Implementing Vertically Aligned Curriculum, Grades 6-12”); and Jill Lisius, Christine Pfaffinger, Jin Hwang and Molly Fitzgibbons (“Having Your Chemistry Classroom Support the NGSS”).

On Saturday, presentations will be offered by Matt Edstrom and Jason Carlson (“Argumentation in the Science Classroom”), and Wood and architect Wendy Watts (“Science Lab Renovations: Working Strategically with Architects to Create 21st Century Labs”).

Three more presentations are planned for Sunday: Ryan Fedewa and Sheila Edstrom (“Formative Assessment in the Physics Classroom”); Brett Erdmann and Christina Palffy (“A Culture of Learners: Using ‘Self-Service’ Tools, Reflection, Remediation, and Collaborative Problem-Solving to Cultivate Growth Mind-Sets”); and Pfaffinger, Kellie Dean and Caroline Humes (“Engaging Students with Literacy Strategies”).

In conjunction with the national conference, NSTA is also hosting the Global Conversations in Science Education Conference. As part of the initiative, NSTA asked Stevenson and Daniel Wright Junior High School to host some visitors from around the globe on Wednesday, visiting science classes and discussing science education in the United States. Visitors came from Argentina, Sweden, Japan, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Australia and Swaziland.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

SHS-Lake Forest for Sectional Basketball Championship

As expected, Stevenson and Lake Forest will tangle a third time this season. The two teams square off for the IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. The game will be played at Waukegan’s Washington Street campus, 1011 Washington Street, in Waukegan. Lake Forest (28-2) advanced to the sectional final by beating Evanston, 54-47, Wednesday night. The Scouts’ only losses this year have come at the hands of the Patriots (26-3).

JV Hockey Team in State Quarterfinals

The junior varsity boys ice hockey team is still alive in its state playoff chase. The sixth-seeded Patriots will face No. 3 Benet Academy in the Blackhawk Cup JV state tournament quarterfinals at 8:25 tonight at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. SHS advanced to the quarters with a 2-1 win over Evanston last Friday. The winner of tonight’s game will face Niles Notre Dame or Providence in the semifinals Sunday night.


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 and Friday. All tickets are $5. Stevenson will play in the championship game at 7 p.m.

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 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.

“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 Tuesday

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are 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. There will be an informational meeting for all interested students at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Studio Theatre. Attendance is highly recommended.

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.


The College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair tonight 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:


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.


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

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

Zumba club is meeting after school today in Room 5044, the East multi-purpose room. Bring your workout shoes, ditch the workout and join the party!

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

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. today 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 today in Room 7054. #LawClub

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.


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.


Exciting news! 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. Click here to register.


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