Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Finals Before Winter Break? School Board Wants Feedback

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday expressed a desire to examine whether the school should hold first-semester final exams before Winter Break. The board requested that a task force be created to look at the issue, which would impact not only Stevenson’s calendar, but also those of its consortium schools. A number of other factors would have to be weighed as well. If a change were made, the earliest it could take effect would be the 2016-17 school year. Members of the Stevenson community are invited to share their opinions by taking the survey on the school’s Facebook page.

AP Credit Equity Bill Highlighted

The Chicago Tribune today has a front-page article about the Advanced Placement Credit Equity bill developed by Stevenson teachers and students. The bill passed through the state House by a 90-22 vote, and the Senate is expected to take action this week. The bill would require all public colleges and universities in the state to grant credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Currently, standards vary widely.

AP Government teacher Andy Conneen, one of the bill’s creators, told the Tribune: “One great way to increase rigor in high school is to offer more AP classes, not just for elite students, but for anyone contemplating going to a university, so they have college-level experience before they hit college.”

The article also offers the perspective of the legislation’s primary opponent, the University of Illinois. The university is concerned that the bill will promote students to higher-level classes for which they are unprepared. Colleges also are concerned the bill would have a negative impact on tuition revenue, while supporters say it would save students money.

Friday Deadline for Heritage Award Breakfast With Swan

Friday is the deadline to RSVP for the May 30 breakfast honoring 2015 Heritage Award recipient Paul Swan. The breakfast takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30, followed by the award presentation at 9:30. If you would like to attend the breakfast, please contact Ellyn Ross at elross@d125.org or 847-415-4109. The Heritage ceremony will be one of several activities taking place during the school’s 50th Birthday Bash on May 30. For details, visit www.StevensonFoundation.org.

Bass Fishing Team Members Win Honors

Four members of Stevenson’s bass fishing team won awards at Tuesday’s season-ending Prospect Bass Fishing Invitational at Ben Watts Marina on the Chain of Lakes. Andrew Austin and Peyton Russell, both juniors, finished in second place with four bass weighing 8.28 pounds. Austin won a Big Bass award for catching a 2.49-pound bass. Jonathan Mitchell and Myles Slavicek finished fourth, catching three bass with a collective weight of 5.33 pounds. Earlier this month, SHS had two student teams finish sixth and seventh at the Illinois High School Association Chain of Lakes Sectional. The team resumes competition August 22 on the Illinois River, when SHS casts lines in the Illinois BASS Nation high school series.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Glenbrook North Class 3A Regional: The seventh-seeded Patriots beat No. 12 Glenbrook North, 4-3, on penalty kicks. SHS (10-6-1) registered the only successful penalty kick after two scoreless 10-minute overtimes. Jill Steinbrink had two goals for the Pats. Savannah Kruse also scored and assisted on Steinbrink’s first goal. Caroline Dempsey added two assists. Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich made 12 saves, including three on penalty kicks. SHS will face No. 2 Lake Zurich for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. – Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Lake Forest 1, Stevenson 0: The visiting Patriots (20-11-1, 6-6) received a strong pitching performance for the second straight day, but this time came out on the short end as the Scouts (22-7, 7-4) won on a walk-off hit. Tyler Pauly pitched 6-⅓ innings, allowing only three hits and one run. He struck out six and walked one. Alex Hochman went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Pats in their North Suburban Conference finale. – Daily Herald ($), @SHS_Baseball1

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freshmen, Sophomores Pick Up Yearbooks Today

Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks today. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Summer Travel Meetings Tonight

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents tonight. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Senior Class Party Sold Out; Bus Sign Up Ends Today

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 today. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random. If you haven’t signed up for the Senior Class Party yet, it’s sold out. To be placed on the waitlist, bring your permission form and payment to the Superstore ASAP.

Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending the girls and boys water polo state quarterfinal games this week will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The girls play St. Ignatius at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the boys face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

ATHLETICS

State gymnastics championship apparel can be ordered online until 5 p.m. today. Apparel will be delivered and distributed at Stevenson. Here are ordering instructions:

  1.     Go to www.spiritproducts.net
  2.     Click Team Order Form tab on top right of page
  3.     Find Stevenson 2015 Gymnastics State Champion Apparel and enter access code 910077
  4.     Click the item, enter quantity then add to cart.
  5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

INTRAMURALS

IM Archery is cancelled for today.

CLUB NEWS

FCCLA members: Mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year celebration today 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!

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

Federal judge allows “fair share” suit to continue without Rauner

Abuse allegations swirling around UI football, women’s basketball programs

Illinois State University plans $33M renovation of student center

Indian Prairie District 204 teachers reject two-year contract proposal (DH – $)

CPS confirms data breach impacting 4,000 students; vendors destroyed information

MacMurray College names new president

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

What’s the legacy of Head Start 50 years on?

Can racism be stopped in third grade? NYC school experiment has some fuming

New Jersey school district’s takeover by outsiders rankles the grass roots

Georgia teacher arrested for allowing students to have sex in classroom closet

Education apps open next frontier for teacher professional development

Harvard, nonprofit launch largest library of exceptional K-12 student work

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