Thursday, August 20, 2015

SHS Listed Among Newsweek’s Top 100 High Schools

For the fifth time in the last 13 years, Stevenson has been ranked among the top 100 public high schools in America by Newsweek. The latest rankings were released Wednesday. SHS is listed No. 82 overall and No. 7 in Illinois. Stevenson has appeared in the top 200 every year since Newsweek began its rankings in 2003 (no rankings were done in 2004). Earlier this summer, Stevenson was named the No. 3 public high school in the country by

Math Director Receives Presidential Award for Excellence

Director of Mathematics Darshan Jain was one of 108 educators selected to receive the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honor given by the United States government to K-12 math and science educators. Jain and the other recipients received their awards from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House in late July. He is the fifth person with Stevenson connections to receive the Presidential Award.

Junior, U.S. Physics Team Earn Silver Medal in India

Jason Lu and the United States Physics Team tied for second place at the 46th International Physics Olympiad held earlier this summer in Mumbai, India. The junior was one of five Americans selected for the team, which competed against top physics students from more than 80 nations. In addition to the team honor, Lu also earned a silver medal in the individual competition.

New Book Written by Four From SHS

Four Stevenson educators have authored a new book that helps teachers reach a deeper level of understanding about how well their students are learning. Proficiency-Based Assessment: Process, Not Product, which will be published in September, was written by Eric Twadell, Troy Gobble, Mark Onuscheck and Anthony Reibel. Twadell is superintendent of District 125; Gobble is the principal; Onuscheck is director of curriculum, instruction and assessment; and Reibel is director of assessment, research and evaluation. Their book pushes aside outdated ways of determining how well students are learning, in favor of a more rigorous, common-sense approach.


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Sports Boosters Helps Purchase New Stadium Fencing

Stevenson’s Stadium fencing received a long-overdue overhaul this summer, aided greatly by a $100,000 donation from the SHS Sports Boosters. Every year, the organization contributes thousands of dollars for the improvement of Patriot athletic facilities, and also to other worthy school causes. To see a list of 2014-15 Sports Boosters donation, and to find out how to become a Sports Boosters member, visit the Sports Boosters web page.

Basketball, Golf Alums Make News

Two recent Stevenson alumni made news this summer with breakout performances in their respective sports.

Jalen Brunson, who just graduated in June, earned most valuable player honors at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece in early July. He led Team USA to the gold medal, and had the fourth-highest scoring game by a U.S. player in U19 competition when he scored 30 points in 31 minutes against the home country.

Brunson has already been named the 11th-best college basketball player for the upcoming season by USA Today, even though he has yet to play a college game. And one website is already touting him for Big East Player of the Year. Check out the boys basketball blog for Brunson updates and other Patriot hoops news.

Stephanie Miller, a two-time state champion in golf during her days at Stevenson, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships that were held earlier this month in Portland, Oregon. Miller, who plays for the University of Illinois, earned the bid by finishing second at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier in July. You can read more in the girls golf blog.

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 181, Highland Park 190: Olivia Stomberg won medalist honors with a 42 at Crane’s Landing as the Patriots won their first dual meet of the season. Alexia Fidman was right behind with a 43, while Myra Peterson and Olivia Hancock each shot 48.

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Mundelein Invitational: The Patriots finished second behind Mundelein at the rain-shortened event at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. MHS posted the lowest score of 144, while SHS had 156. Niles West was third at 166. The invitational was held to nine holes because of bad weather. Alex Kim led the Patriots with a fourth-place finish, shooting a 36. Zach Orlowsky shot a 38, and Jeffry Zheng and Ethan Gunnlaugsson each had a 41. Another group of SHS golfers took part in the Hersey Invitational on Monday, but it wasn’t completed due to stormy weather. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Barrington Invitational: The Patriots tied for fifth with Highland Park at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club. Both schools posted a team score of 330. Barrington won the tournament with a 297 score. Alexia Fidman led SHS with a 4-over-par 75, good for fifth place overall. Dhruvi Mehta shot an 84, Myra Peterson had an 85 and Olivia Stomberg carded an 86. – Daily Herald


Come to the Freshman Mixer Friday Night

All freshmen are invited to the Freshman Mixer in the Wood Commons Friday night from 7-9 p.m. It’s free! All you need to get in is your school ID. This is a great event to reconnect with your old friends, while at the same time meet and make new ones. This is a lock-in for freshmen only, which means you cannot leave once you are checked in. There will be a DJ, snacks and water. Entry and exit is only at parking lot E, which is located at the back of the school by the Sports Center entrance. Enter campus from Port Clinton Road for easiest access. The Freshman Mixer is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.

Miss Saigon Vocal Clinic Today

Auditions for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. Students planning to audition are encouraged to attend the pre-audition vocal clinic at 3:30 p.m. today in the Performing Arts Center. Excerpts from Movie In My Mind, Bui-Doi, and This Is The Hour will be taught. There will also be a review of callback vocal selections. The vocal selections and audition packet are posted on the Theatre Department’s Auditions and Rehearsals page.

Dance Company Placement Auditions Thursday and Friday

Placement auditions for the Melange and Repertory dance companies will be held from 3:45-7 p.m. today and Friday in Room 2010. Students must attend both days. The placement auditions are for students who attended the general auditions last spring. If you are transfer student interested in the companies, please contact the Dance Office.

Want to Work at the Superstore?

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details.


“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.


The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6066. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.


Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Chess Club starts Tuesday, September 1. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.


Are you thinking about joining a fall sports team? The last day to join a no-cut sport is Wednesday by 3:30 p.m. (The deadline has already passed to be part of a team with limited roster sizes.) Stop by the Athletic Office to find out how to join a team.


PPA Seeks Bake Sale Volunteers

The PPA is looking for volunteers to provide homemade or purchased treats for its 15 bake sales planned for the 2015-16 school year. If you can help, please sign up at


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Barrington High custodians plan to strike

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Getting to the “why” of discipline disparities

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