Friday, August 21, 2015

Inselberger Named State’s Top Biology Teacher

Amy Inselberger has been named the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Illinois from the National Association of Biology Teachers. She has spent her entire 20-year teaching career at Stevenson.

Every year, the NABT recognizes outstanding biology educators in grades 7-12 in each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Canada, Puerto Rico, and overseas territories. Teachers are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and relationships with students.

She and the other recipients will be honored at a special luncheon Saturday, November 14 at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

Summer School Enrollment Highest Since 2009

Summer school enrollment reached its highest level since 2009, with 70% of the incoming freshman class attending, the District 125 Board of Education learned at its monthly meeting Monday night. The summer school enrollment was 1,632, the most since 1,762 attended in 2009. Almost half of the summer school enrollment, 750, was incoming freshmen.

FCCLA Trio Wins National Awards

Three members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club won awards at the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in July. The event was held in Washington, D.C.

Juniors Robin Cheifetz and Jordan Zatz earned gold medals in the Advocacy event, for their development of healthy lesson plans to promote healthy eating with children and reduce childhood obesity. The lesson plans were made available online and taught in classrooms across the county.

Madison Randol, also a junior, earned a silver medal in the Focus on Children event for her study finding that the color orange produced increase number recognition in preschool children. More studies are needed support the finding, but a simple change from black print to orange could increase attention and memorization in children.

FBLA Members Earn Honors at National Conference

Two members of the Future Business Leaders of America club finished in the top 10 in their events, and two others placed in the top 15, at the 2015 National FBLA Leadership Conference in Chicago earlier this summer. Kevin You, a junior, took fourth place in the Accounting 1, while June graduate Allen Wang secured seventh place in Securities and Investments. The tandem of junior Ali Ladha and senior Varun Malhotra advanced to the finals in Global Business, meaning they finished in the top 15. Nine other FBLA members competed at the conference.


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Athletic Teams Excel in the Classroom

Stevenson athletic teams had an extraordinary year in 2014-15 — four Illinois High School Association team state championships, plus the doubles crown in girls tennis — and they did very well in the classroom, too. For the third straight year, every varsity team playing a sport sanctioned by the IHSA maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, earning the organization’s Team Academic Achievement Award.

Feeding the Football Herd

Everyone knows the effect that teenage boys and their ravenous appetites can wreak on a household food budget. Now, imagine trying to feed about 60 varsity football players every Wednesday night. Stevenson’s football parents have been doing just that for years during the season, and Pioneer Press talked with their leader and “head chef,” Julie Marchese.


Come to the Freshman Mixer Tonight

All freshmen are invited to the Freshman Mixer in the Wood Commons tonight 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 Auditions Monday

Auditions for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. The audition packet is posted on the Theatre Department’s Auditions and Rehearsals page.

Who’s Hiring? The West ILC and 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. Also, the West ILC is hiring student aides to work throughout the school day. Come have fun and get paid! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.


“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 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.


Anime Club starts Monday! We will have a short informational meeting. Join us in Room 1414 at 3:30. Everyone is welcome!

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

Junior Class Board is getting geared up for Homecoming and will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

Table Tennis starts Thursday. The club meets almost every Thursday in the lower East Commons. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 p.m.

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.


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.

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.


Special Schedule on Thursday, August 27

Stevenson will follow a special schedule on Thursday, August 27. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking EXPLORE, PLAN and practice ACT tests at 8 a.m. After the testing is finished, the school will operate on a late arrival day schedule, with classes starting at 10:30. Seniors do not need to report to school until their first class. Regular bus service will be provided for grades 9-11, while two bus runs will cover all routes for seniors starting at 9:20. Click here for more details.

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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