Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stevenson Maintains Status in U.S. News Rankings

For the second straight year, Stevenson is the state’s highest-ranked open-enrollment high school in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings. The rankings, released today, place Stevenson at No. 191 in the country. SHS was No. 150 last year and No. 185 in 2013.

The top 10 Illinois public high schools, according to U.S. News, are led by four selective-enrollment schools in Chicago: Northside, Walter Payton, Jones and Whitney Young. Stevenson is next, followed by Lane Tech, Deerfield, Highland Park, Prospect and Lincoln Park. How the 2015 rankings were calculated.

Stevenson also is ranked No. 46 in U.S. News’ rankings of the best STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools in the country. U.S. News issues STEM rankings every two years. Stevenson was No. 46 in 2013 and No. 62 in 2011. STEM rankings are based on student participation and scores on Advanced Placement science and math tests. How STEM rankings are determined.

Sophomore Earns Second Perfect Score on National Latin Exam

Brandon Yang, a sophomore at Stevenson, achieved a perfect score on the annual National Latin Exam … for the second straight year. Only 1,004 students of the more than 140,000 worldwide who took the exam attained the distinction.

1996 Alum to be Honored by Brain Cancer Organization

Bob Lindell, a 1996 Stevenson graduate, is one of seven people who will receive Courage Awards on Sunday during Voices Against Brain Cancer’s third annual “Join the Voices! Chicago Run/Walk” at Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park. Lindell, 37, has had three surgeries in the past nine years to remove brain tumors. He was first diagnosed with a brain tumor before his first wedding anniversary in June 2006, then had surgery again in January 2013 when the tumor returned. The third surgery occurred last month. His wife, Lisa, also graduated from Stevenson in 1996; her maiden name is Ballantini. They have two young children.

“My trials and tribulations with my multiple brain tumors, surgeries, and treatments have been very up and down, but I ultimately feel like one of the luckiest people in the world,” Lindell said. “This disease has definitely shaped and formed my life. It has given me some real perspective and an appreciation for everything life has to offer. I try to look back often to remind me of how fortunate I have been, but not to look too far into the future. My goal each day is to live life for that day and get the very most out of it.”

Lindell is less than $300 away from reaching his $5,000 fundraising goal with Voices Against Brain Cancer. If you’re interested in making a donation, visit http://www.voicesinmotion.org/goto/teambob.

Proud of Your Students? Put Their Name on a Brick

Time is running out for the Stevenson community to purchase a brick or superbrick for summer installation. Brick pavers are $150 for three lines of 12 characters, and superbricks are $275 for five lines of 12 characters. They can be ordered online through the Patriot Superstore at https://stevenson.revtrak.net/tek9.asp. The deadline for orders is May 31. Call the Stevenson Athletic Office at 847-415-4226 with questions. Bricks will be installed near the entrance to the Stadium.

Tennessee Teachers Benefit from Visiting Stevenson

Every year, dozens of schools from around the country send representatives to Stevenson for monthly Site Visit Days. The visitors have a chance to see SHS in action, and talk with some of the school’s leaders. The site visit program has been in existence for more than a decade. Among the schools that have benefitted is Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, which has borrowed Stevenson’s second-day-of-the-week concept to improve teacher collaboration.

Students Helping With “Your Actions Matter” Campaign

Approximately 10 Stevenson students will be helping the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Stand Strong community coalition with the seventh annual Your Actions Matter! campaign today. They will join adult chaperones in helping to distribute underage drinking prevention material to liquor stores and other businesses. The materials were developed by teens for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Also helping out today will be SHS Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi and Lincolnshire Police Officer Tom Branick, who is stationed at Stevenson.

Q&A With Emery Liu

The Pioneer Press has a question-and-answer article with junior Emery Liu, who was one of nine students in the world to earn a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam last year.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Carmel 1: Traci Morgan’s goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the host Patriots (9-6-1) in the Stadium. Kya Suzuki assisted on Morgan’s goal. Emma Jaeger scored Stevenson’s first goal, with an assist from Caroline Dempsey. Goalkeeper Emma Marx made 13 saves. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Libertyville d. Stevenson, 25-23, 25-19: Grant Maleski led all attackers with 16 kills, while Jesse Kesner added nine for the visiting Patriots (17-15 overall, 5-3 NSC). Luke Feder had a team-high 13 digs. Jeffrey Wang recorded 14 assists and Eric Zalewski had 10. – Daily Herald

Softball

Lake Zurich 13, Stevenson 3 (5 inn.): Trish Porzycki had two of the team’s five hits for the host Patriots (10-13) and scored a run. Kayliegh McGovern and Vera Pflugradt each hit a double. – Daily Herald ($)

Degen Named Girls Golf Coach

Emma Degen has been named Stevenson’s new girls golf coach. She is in her fourth year at the school, and also serves as head coach of the girls track and field team. Degen was an assistant on the SHS girls golf team in 2011 and 2014, and also played the sport for four years in high school and four years at the college level. Read more.

JV Girls Track Team Breaks Three Records

Three junior varsity girls track and field records fell as the Patriots finished third at Saturday’s Prairie-Lake Invitational at Wauconda High School. Shea Kirby won the 3,200-meter run and broke the JV school record with a time of 12:26.40. Meghan Liss broke the JV school record in the 400 meters with a second-place finish of 1:05. She also was part of another JV record, with Julia Osuch, Nikki Prokos and Casey Kirby in the 1,600 relay (4:35.50). They finished fifth.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday, May 19. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday, May 20. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow for $1 and Wendy’s Frosties for $2.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up May 19-20

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby on Tuesday or Wednesday, May 19-20. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Student Volunteers Needed for Focus Group

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is looking for students to participate in a focus group during their lunch period on Monday, May 18 to review ideas for next year’s drug prevention work and provide feedback. A diverse range of students is needed. If interested, please contact Mrs. Cortesi at ccortesi@d125.org.

ABC Countdown Days for Class of 2015

Seniors: What are you wearing to school tomorrow? Student Council has an idea for you. Check your SHS email for ABC Countdown Days, or click here.

CLUB NEWS

FCCLA members: Mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year celebration on Wednesday, May 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 1406. We will make cookies, popcorn, watch a movie, and start making plans for next year!

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.

SPINS Club members going to Whirlyball and Lasertag: Please return your permission forms to the Student Activities office by Thursday. This is our last event of the 2014-15 school year!

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20 in Room 2002.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention juniors: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has a Medal award/scholarship for which Stevenson may nominate one junior. Students must be extremely strong in the math and science areas, have a A+ average and be involved in co-curriculars. The deadline for SHS to nominate a junior is this Friday. If you are interested in RPI and this Medal award, please come to the College/Career Center and complete a brief nominating form by Thursday.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Changes to GED test bring new challenges for adults in McHenry County

Champaign school board approves leasing land to United Way

Kanye West receives honorary doctorate from School of the Art Institute of Chicago

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. high school graduation rates reach all-time high

School districts embrace business model of data collection

Arizona Board of Education relocates amid dispute with state superintendent

How a cultural moment becomes a college course: The case of Deflategate

The best college commencement speeches, ever

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