Wednesday, May 27, 2015

317 Students Entering National Honor Society Tonight

Three hundred and seventeen students will be inducted into Stevenson’s National Honor Society chapter tonight. Each spring, eligible sophomores and juniors are invited to apply to the National Honor Society if they have maintained a 3.9000 weighted cumulative grade-point average or higher. To be admitted, students also must submit evidence of completing 20 leadership hours and 20 service hours. They also must pass an evaluation of character through a survey of SHS faculty. Click here to view the list of students to be inducted.

Daily Herald Highlights Stevenson’s 50 Years Today

The Daily Herald today has a front-page article ($) about Stevenson’s celebration of its 50th year. The article includes interviews with original faculty member Tom Baumann, who also was the school’s first football coach (and was an assistant on this year’s state championship team), and Greg Mercier, the first Student Council president. The article also features Stevenson Foundation President Greg Diethrich, who has led the organizing effort for Saturday’s Birthday Bash.

Stained Glass Window Installation Begins

Installation work was scheduled to begin this morning for the stained glass window that will be placed above the Sports Center entrance. The four-panel work, based on a conceptual design by sophomore Sabrina Zhang, was created by Colorsmith Studio in Riverside, which is also the school’s Visiting Artist of the Month. The public is invited to see the new stained glass window on Saturday during the 50th Birthday Bash. The window will be formally dedicated at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. For more details on the Birthday Bash, visit

Former SHS Teacher Named Administrator in District 76

Former SHS Spanish teacher Laura Vladika has been named the new director of language programs for Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 in Mundelein. She currently serves as director of evaluation, development and early language learning in Skokie District 69. Vladika is one of four new administrators for District 76, the Daily Herald reports ($), who will be part of the leadership team with a new superintendent.

Also in District 76 news, Stevenson alumnus Tanya Fergus, who was principal of Fairhaven School for six years, is leaving to take the same post at Mechanics Grove School in Mundelein Elementary District 75.

Proud of Your Student? 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. Click here to order online. The deadline for orders is Sunday. Call the Stevenson Athletic Office at 847-415-4226 with questions. Bricks will be installed near the entrance to the Stadium.

Concert Dance Class Performing Friday

The Concert Dance class will perform during sixth hour (12:05-12:50) on Friday in the West Auditorium. The student choreographers for the concert are seniors Amy Shin and Christina Wilde, junior Danielle Affrunti and sophomore Celeste Courtney.

Spring Fling, Film Fest Set for Friday

One of the highlights of the year for Stevenson students is Spring Fling, which takes place Friday after school. Student teams will participate in softball, volleyball, kickball, and an ultimate frisbee tournament. This year, students will have free food thanks to a generous donation from Weiner Take All, which came to the aid of the SHS Student Council when its food fun ran low.

In addition to Spring Fling, the 13th annual Film Fest will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Fifteen student-made films ranging from comedies to music videos to dramas will be shown. Admission is $2.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Warren Regional: The ninth-seeded Patriots saw their season come to an end with a 28-26, 27-25 semifinal loss to eighth-seed Deerfield, which followed a 25-10, 25-9 win over No. 24 Chicagoland Jewish in the quarterfinals. SHS finished the year with a 21-15 record. Grant Maleski had 18 kills in the two matches, including 10 against Deerfield. Jesse Kesner had nine kills on the night, while Justin Leonard and Hudson Haverhill each had five. Eric Zalewski dished out 24 assists, while Jeffrey Wang had 14. Luke Feder made 12 digs, including 10 versus Deerfield.

Football Players Collect 3,635 Items for Lake County PADS

Patriot football players collected a record 3,635 items to donate to Lake County PADS on Tuesday, more than twice as many as the previous record of 1,379 items collected last year. The donation effort springs from the football team’s leadership training program, in which huddle group leaders train to meet and achieve goals.

Water Polo Ceremony Thursday; Apparel Deadline Today

The state champion girls water polo team will be honored during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall. Also, state championship apparel is available for purchase online until 5 p.m. today. Here are ordering instructions:

  1.     Go to
  2.     Click Team Order Form tab on top right of page
  3.     Find Stevenson 2015 Water Polo State Champion Apparel and enter Access Code 910078
  4.     Click the item, Enter Quantity then Add to cart.
  5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

The apparel will be delivered to and distributed at the high school.

Allied Soccer Program Featured in News-Sun

Stevenson’s Allied Soccer program for students with disabilities, as well as the two other Allied Soccer programs in the county, are featured in this article from the News-Sun. Between student-athletes and their student “buddies,” there are nearly 50 students involved in Stevenson’s team. Mark Schartner, who runs the team with Shannon Mauro, says in his 71 total seasons of coaching soccer at the high school and collegiate levels, “This is the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Oh Selected for State Track Meet Honor

Not only will senior Sammy Oh run in this weekend’s IHSA state track meet. He’s also been selected to read aloud the competition rules for all those taking part. Oh was selected to the IHSA All-State Academic Team in February.


Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Choral Guild Benefit Night at Malnati’s Today

The Choral Guild is having a benefit night at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove today. Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales for all dine-in, delivery and carryout orders. Bring in this flyer or show it on a mobile device when ordering.

Spring Fling Captains: Pick Up Information Today

All Spring Fling captains must report to the table outside of Student Activities during lunch periods on Wednesday to pick up important information for their teams.

Last-Chance Senior Party Bus Sign-Up on Friday

Last-minute Senior Class Party bus sign-ups for the Senior Class Party will take place Friday during lunch and eight period in the Patriot Lobby. This late sign-up is for the 65 seniors who paid for the party, but did not sign up for a bus last week. Those 65 will receive an email asking them to confirm by midnight Friday that they are attending the Senior Class Party. If they do not respond by then, their seat will be filled with a senior on the waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be contacted this weekend.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until June 5. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

Seniors: Monday, June 1 – Recital Hall – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All grades: Tuesday-Thursday, June 2-4 – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Tuesday, June 2, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, June 3, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, June 4, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours on Monday, but seniors must follow their final schedule on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.


The girls cross country team will have a preseason meeting on Thursday in the West Faculty Dining Room from 3:40-4:30 p.m. If you plan on running cross country this fall, you need to attend this meeting. Coach LeVanti will be handing out information about summer running. If you have any questions, please contact her at


No plans for the summer yet? Interested in a career in healthcare or medicine? We still have spots open in the second session of our Careers in Healthcare and Medicine course that will take place June 22-July 2 at Stevenson. There will be a variety of professionals presenting, as well as interesting field trips to help you decide what career might be a good fit. Register online by visiting


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