Friday, March 13, 2015

Seniors Earn Honorable Mention in C-SPAN Video Contest

Seniors Saloni Nahar and Linsey Nowack earned honorable mention honors in the 2015 StudentCam video contest sponsored by C-SPAN. The pair, who took Advanced Placement Government with Richard Pierce during first semester, created a video called “Small Beetle, Big Problem.” The video describes the effect that Emerald Ash Borer beetles have had on Buffalo Grove, and what the government has done to combat them.

Auction Items Sought for Foundation Golf Outing

The Stevenson Foundation is seeking select auction item donations for its 2015 golf outing and dinner reception on June 29. Items of interest include sports tickets, music/theater tickets, use of vacation properties, and golf foursomes. If you can help please contact Greg Diethrich at gdiethrich@d125.org or 847-415-4465. For more information on the outing or to register or sponsor, visit StevensonFoundation.org.

Students Helping Soldiers Holding Candy Fundraiser

Students Helping Soldiers is selling See’s Candies to raise money. Candy can be purchased at this link through Wednesday. Orders placed by community members can be picked up between 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Basketball Team Seeks Third Straight Sectional Title

Stevenson‘s boys basketball team will attempt to win its third consecutive sectional championship and fifth in program history tonight when it faces Lake Forest at 7 o’clock at Waukegan High School’s historic gymnasium on the Washington Street campus. The Patriots and Scouts have faced twice already this season in North Suburban Conference action, with SHS prevailing 76-69 on January 15 and 65-48 on February 20 (SBN/Cube video). Conventional wisdom says it’s hard for one team to beat another three times in a season, but this News-Sun reports suggests otherwise. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Waukegan Sectional, and Lake Forest is the No. 2 seed. The game will be shown on the National Federation of High Schools Network. XFINITY subscribers can watch for free by signing in with their account. All others will have to pay $9.95 for a 24-hour pass. Gamecast link

Brunson Nominated for TribLocal Athlete of the Month

Jalen Brunson is Stevenson’s nominee for TribLocal Athlete of the Month for March. Voting is available at triblocal.com/vote-libertyville. You can vote every 12 hours until noon Tuesday, March 24.

Boys Tennis Team Features Depth, Experience

Pioneer Press has a preview of the upcoming boys tennis season. Stevenson, which finished fifth in the state last year, returns a deep team, including half of the 2014 state doubles champion in senior Colin Harvey. Also back are Harvey’s sophomore brother, Matt, and senior Adam Maryniuk, who qualified for state in doubles last year, along with state singles qualifier Ben Bush, a junior.

Girls Soccer Looks to Build on Strong 2014 Finish

The girls soccer team got off to a slow start last year, but wound up winning a Class 3A regional title. Nine players return from last year’s team, led by Northwestern-bound Kya Suzuki. Pioneer Press has a season preview.

Boys Water Polo Team Reloads for Another Run at State

The boys water polo team placed fourth in the state last year after taking second in 2013. Despite the loss of three of their five leading scorers, the Patriots return a lot of firepower. Leading the way are Andrew Shashin and Alex Kapecki, who finished second and third in goals in 2014. Daily Herald preview ($)

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anti-Bullying Presentations Today

Students will be participating in an anti-bullying presentation today 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.

Sectional Basketball Tickets Available Until 1:30 Today

Stevenson will play Lake Forest for the Waukegan Sectional championship tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased the Patriot Superstore or the Athletic Office until 1:30. If you turned in a permission form to ride a student pep bus, buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 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. tonight and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or at the door. “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 After School Today

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school today 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.

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 Sunday; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

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 next Thursday, 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 sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

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! Less than 75 spaces are left.

INTRAMURALS

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.

CLUB NEWS

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500.

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.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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 dwillock@d125.org.

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.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

PARCC testing signals new era of assessment for Illinois students

Illinois bill threatens professors’ cherished perk: Tuition breaks for their children

Ex-Diamond Lake teacher gets probation for molesting teen

Former bilingual coordinator sues Round Lake District 116 over dismissal (DH – $)

University of Illinois president to step down one month early

Gavin District 37 school board member quits to take different government post (DH – $)

Waukegan Park District looks to school district to help fund $7.5M pool expansion

New public relations firm triggers latest dispute at College of DuPage (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Institutions experimenting with targeted MOOCs, eschewing global approach

The days of giant lecture hall courses may be numbered

For education majors, a new graduate degree is better than years of experience

Federal agents raid suspected fake schools in California

Arizona high school invites students into the budgeting process

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