Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How Would State Funding Changes Affect District 125?

The Illinois State Board of Education this week released details on how school districts would be impacted by the passage of Senate Bill 1, which changes the way state funds are distributed for elementary and secondary school education. District 125 will receive less funding under the proposed legislation, but it won’t have a major impact on Stevenson’s educational efforts. According to an ISBE analysis of the bill, state funding to District 125 would be cut by 70%. However, only about 2% of Stevenson’s annual operating budget comes from state money. In actual dollars, funding would be cut by about $1.7 million, down to about $700,000. The Daily Herald today published an article ($) showing how the bill would impact various districts in the suburbs.

Senior’s Tutoring Business for Younger Students Takes Off

Senior Matthew Zalewski is featured in the Daily Herald today ($) for starting his own tutoring business for elementary and middle school students. His company, Epiphamatics, specializes in math support. The name reflects the “epiphany moments” Zalewski hopes his clients have in math and other subjects.

Zalewski first thought of starting a tutoring business during his junior year, but on the advice of his parents, went to work for a local tutoring company to gain some practical experience. He launched Epiphamatics last fall, and Zalewski says he now spends up to 20 hours a week helping students. Business is going so well that he has added six other SHS students to his tutoring staff: Jaymo Kang, Ashley Kang, Nicole Chen, Sam Zaritsky, Shravya Gogula and Jesse Kesner. For more information on Epiphamatics, visit


Tuesday’s Digest misnamed one of the Chicago Bears players who came to the Best Buddies gathering on Monday. Cornelius Washington joined teammate David Bass.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 14, Fenwick 5: Allison Travetto scored nine goals and goalie Lauren Burns made 14 saves as the host Patriots (6-0) knocked off the defending state champions for the first time in program history. Melissa Gartenberg scored three goals, assisted on seven others, and made eight steals. Annika Hotchkiss and Claire Haas had one goal apiece. SHS jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter, took an 8-2 advantage into halftime, and extended the lead to 12-4 after three quarters. SHS is ranked No. 2 in the latest poll, while the Friars are No. 4. – (Daily Herald boxscore – $)

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Glenbrook South, 23-25, 25-22, 27-25: Grant Maleski had 13 kills and Eric Zalewski dished out 19 assists as the Patriots rallied in each of the final two games to win their season opener in the Sports Center. Zalewski, whom coach Eric Goolish said had only practiced with the team for 90 minutes this season because of basketball commitments, added five kills, including the match-concluding point. Jesse Kessner added six kills and an ace for SHS. Justin Leonard had four blocks, and Mark Kanaris had three. Luke Feder served a pair of aces. – Daily Herald ($) (boxscore)

Brunson Named Mr. Basketball of Illinois

As expected, Jalen Brunson on Tuesday was named Mr. Basketball for Illinois by the Chicago Tribune and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. He won the award by a wide margin, finishing with 552 points in statewide voting by coaches and media, and was named first on 99 of 132 ballots. Charles Matthews of St. Rita was second with 157 points, and Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux was third with 128. Brunson averaged 23.3 points, 5.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game this season.

Brunson also was the top vote-getter on the Illinois Class 4A state boys basketball team announced by media around the state on Tuesday. Classmate Connor Cashaw was an honorable mention selection.

Also on Tuesday, Brunson made the rounds on Chicago media to promote next Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center, in which he will play. Brunson appeared on the WGN and Fox News Chicago morning shows, and also had radio appearances on WGCI and ESPN 1000.


State Basketball Championship Celebration

Come to the Forum at 7:30 Thursday morning as we celebrate the boys basketball team’s state championship.

Spring Fling Captains Meetings Thursday and Friday

Spring Fling is coming soon! Captains’ meetings are this Thursday and Friday, and on April 9 and 10 after Spring Break. Meetings will take place during all half lunch periods in the Student Activities Office.

We Day Application Deadline is Friday

NHS Service Outreach’s We Day applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. There are at least 75 spots left, so make sure to get your applications in! Click here to apply. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email

Testing Center, ILC Closing Early Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 on Friday. The ILC will close at 3:30.

Don’t Wait to Sign Up for Summer School

Are you thinking about registering for summer school classes? Don’t wait and miss out on the class you want. You can sign up online at

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Information Meeting

Would you like to take a field trip to experience the 50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window being created and visit a Frank Lloyd Wright Home in person? Please attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6008. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Mark Your Calendar: Fashion Show April 10

Don’t make any plans for the Friday after Spring Break, because that is the night of the second annual Fashion Show! It will be on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC, admission will be $5 and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. There will be a red carpet photo op, refreshments and the chance to see all the amazing fashions your friends are making in Clothing and Design. Hope to see you there!

Where Are You Going on Spring Break? Share With Geography Club

What are your plans for Spring Break? Are you staying local, traveling within the United States or visiting abroad? The Stevenson Geography Club wants to know. Show off your school spirit and email your Spring Break photos to or tweet with the hashtag #shsgeoclub. You just may see your photo shared on the morning announcements.

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

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.

Register by April 6 to Take SAT Exam at Stevenson

Each year, the SAT and SAT subject tests are offered at SHS in May. This year, the tests will be administered on Saturday, May 2. The registration deadline is Monday, April 6. Students and parents can register or learn more about the tests at

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.


Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: The deadline to apply is April 3.

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.


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

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

This Friday after school in Room 1500, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Sealed tournament. The cost is $5, and each student will receive six packs.

Do you want to help direct Peer Tutors? The Peer Helpers Executive Board is open to any active Peer Tutor. Online applications for Executive Board are due on Sunday, March 29. Find the link on Facebook SHS Peer Tutors! or in your email.

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

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

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


Spring IM Archery starts Wednesday, April 15. New and old members are always welcome. For more information, attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6012. You can also visit the IM Archery website at


PREP will not be running any classes during Spring Break, but we have plenty starting the week of April 6! Check out the calendar at this link and see what we have in store for the month of April!


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