Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sherwin Selected for National Geography Education Award

Social Studies teacher Greg Sherwin has been chosen as a 2015 recipient of the K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. He is one of 16 teachers in the country selected to receive the award, and the only educator from Illinois.

The K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award is designed to recognize and support excellence in geography teaching among elementary, middle and high school teachers. Applications were reviewed by an NCGE task force and evaluated for teaching skills; leadership; professional development accomplishments; involvement in student activities; and development of innovative teaching materials and strategies.

Sherwin and other award recipients will be honored August 8 during the National Conference on Geography Education in Washington, D.C.

The Force is With Project Dance

Pioneer Press talked with Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann about this year’s Project Dance, which takes place Saturday night in the Sports Center. About 100 teams and more than 800 students are expected to participate. Eighty percent of money raised by Project Dance will go to the Riverside Foundation and 20% will go to the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. The dance will feature a DJ, an inflatable laser tag arena, and some of Darth Vader’s minions. It’s not too late to make a tax-deductible contribution to Project Dance. Click here to donate.

Two Freshmen Among CSO Youth Concert Finalists

Two freshmen were among seven finalists in the 2015 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions held last month. Derek Chung was named the first alternate for his performance of Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. David Hou was Stevenson’s other finalist. The winner of the competition, an eighth-grader from Lake Forest, will appear as a soloist in a CSO Youth Concert during the 2015-16 season. Official news release

Picture This: Senior’s Photo Could Lead to Scholarship

Alice Jeong, a senior who will be attending the University of Michigan, is one of 24 finalists in the seventh annual Frame My Future Scholarship Contest sponsored by Church Hill Classics. Jeong was chosen from among more than 5,500 entries based on a photograph she submitted that was taken for her Advanced Photography class with Maureen LeVanti. The top five winners will be chosen through online voting, which runs until April 29. Click here to vote for Jeong’s photo. The top five vote-getters will receive $1,000 scholarships. The entry receiving the most votes will have another $1,000 donated to their college or university of choice.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lake Zurich, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23: Jesse Kesner had 12 kills and Grant Maleski added 11 as the Patriots (2-1) won their North Suburban Conference Lake Division opener in the Sports Center. Eric Zalewski dished out 25 assists and served two aces, while Luke Feder made 10 digs. Alex Pieprzycki added four kills. Justin Leonard had four block assists. Kesner also had five digs. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 17, Vernon Hills 3: Lindsay Schwartz had four goals and three assists, and seven other players scored as the Patriots (3-2) rolled in their North Suburban Conference opener at Vernon Hills.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 16, Vernon Hills 0: The Patriots (1-1) rolled to their first win of the season. –


Stevenson 13, Libertyville 5: Pat Loeffler, Willie Bourbon and Christian Dutler all had two hits and drove in two runs as the visiting Patriots (6-2, 1-1) rebounded from their Tuesday loss to the Wildcats (5-3, 1-1). Tyler Pauly earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings and moving to 2-0. SHS scored 10 of its runs in the first four innings. – Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 10, Fremd 5: In a matchup between two 2014 state tournament qualifiers, the Patriots prevailed in Palatine. SHS received come-from-behind wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Margaret Chen rallied for a 14-21, 21-8, 21-12 win in singles, then fought back for a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 decision in doubles with Michelle Ling. Other winners in doubles included No. 3 Michelle Hu/May Ling (21-17, 20-22, 21-12), No. 4 Kelsey Huang/Shu Zhang (21-19, 21-19) and No. 5 Naomi Ecanow/Linsey Nowack (21-16, 21-16). Winning singles players included No. 5 Ashley Richardson (15-21, 21-16, 21-12), Zhang at No. 6 (21-19, 21-17), Michelle Ling at No. 7 (21-16, 21-8), Huang at No. 8 (21-17, 21-14) and Ecanow at No. 9 (21-13, 21-14). – Daily Herald


Grayslake North 10, Stevenson 4: Alyssa Pauly had two hits for the host Patriots (2-3), while Vera Pflugradt tripled. – Daily Herald ($)


Spring Fling Captains Meetings Today and Friday

Spring Fling is coming soon! The final captains meetings are today and Friday. Meetings will take place during all half lunch periods in the Student Activities Office.

Want to Look Good? Come to the Fashion Show Friday

Coming this Friday to the PAC will be the second annual Fashion Show! The pre-party will start at 6:30 p.m., with refreshments and red carpet photo ops! The Fashion Show will begin at 7 p.m. and admission will be $5. All proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. Dress your best and come check out the latest looks from Bevello, Enaz, Banana Republic and Alice B., not to mention the amazing looks made by Stevenson students from the Clothing and Design classes! See you in the PAC on Friday at 7 p.m.!

AP Exam Pre-Administration Sessions

All students registered for Advanced Placement exams are required to attend one pre-administration session this week to complete demographic information. Click here for times and locations. Students should allow approximately 15 minutes for each exam they are taking to complete the information.

Help Special Olympics and Earn Up to 10 Service Hours

Students can earn up to 10 service hours by volunteering to help with Special Olympics on Sunday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at Stevenson on the Port Clinton fields. There will be a training session on Tuesday during eighth and ninth periods (choose one). Space is limited. If you are interested, fill out this google form or email Mr. Salituro at Or, visit

AP Macroeconomics Review on Saturday

A review session for the AP Macroeconomics exam will take place from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Room 8036-8038. Other review sessions will be held at the same time and in the same room on these dates: Sunday, April 19, Saturday, April 25, Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board and the Special Education Division are selling T-shirts, wristbands and votive candles 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 through Sunday. 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. Wristbands are $2 and votive candles are $5; they are available during lunch periods in the East Commons.

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.

Mr. SHS Tickets on Sale at the Superstore

Pick up your tickets at the Superstore for Mr. SHS. They’re only $5 and will be sold until Friday, April 17. You can even buy tickets at the door the night of the show! Support your fellow seniors and come on out and have a great night.

Order Your Free WIT By April 27

Complimentary copies of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine run, written and produced by students, are available to anyone who is interested. Orders must be turned in by Monday, April 27. Click here to download an order form.

Calling All Student Poets

The ILC has turned its front glass wall into a Poetry Wall for the month of April. Stop by and create your own poem!


Attention Juniors: All junior families are invited to participate in our Narrowing Your Options program, which consists of individual 30-minute appointments with a college counselor (one appointment per family) through the end of June. Scheduling a Narrowing Your Options appointment will greatly assist you in the college planning process. Please fill out this form and turn it in by April 20.

Freshman families: Wondering what the next three years has in store for your student? Join Counselor Ms. Jones and College Counselors Mr. Miller and Mrs. Biemeret at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center for “Looking Ahead: Getting From Here to There.” This evening will take a look at how you can maximize SHS resources and experiences to prepare for the next step after SHS: college!


Spring IM Archery starts next Wednesday. Join today so you can attend. New and old members are always welcome. For more information or to register, visit the IM Archery website at


Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting after school today in Room 2612 to run demonstrations on improving your memory, perceptual trickery, and implicit associations. All are welcome!

SPINS Club members going to the Climbing Mountain at Libertyville Sports Complex on Friday, April 17: Please return your permission forms to Student Activities.

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!

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

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


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.


The PREP Cheer and Dance Junior High Clinic will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 20-21. This two-day clinic will focus on dance/cheer technique and choreography. Participants will learn a variety of dance or cheer skills, plus a routine. Skills include: turns, leaps, jumps, motions, cheer and dance choreography. The clinic is for grades 6-8. Register today at

Have you checked out any of PREP’s amazing gardening classes this session? If not, don’t miss out on the last one for this Spring! Perennial Gardening from the Ground Up meets on Wednesday, April 22. In this two-hour presentation we will address selecting, planting and caring for perennial plants that are suitable for northern Illinois. Visit for more information and to register!


Grayslake North requests police presence after Zion shooting

New College of DuPage board trustees: President should step aside (DH – $)

How school board challengers won in Palatine District 15 (DH – $)

Chicago Teachers Union contract talks could pick up with mayoral race settled

Emanuel likely to stay the course on education during second term


The state of blended learning in American classrooms

Senators announce agreement to update No Child Left Behind law

California teachers unions face new legal challenge over use of dues

The new safe: How an elementary school moves on after a shooting

Teaching yoga in schools doesn’t violate religious freedom, court rules

U.S. Department of Education issues new ed tech guidance


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