Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Class of 2015 Matches School-Record ACT Score

Stevenson’s Class of 2015 had an average score of 26.5, tying the school record set two years ago and soaring well above the state and national averages. The national average, or composite, score was 21.0, while the average score in Illinois was 20.7.

SHS did well in the four subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The reading score of 26.3 was the best in school history, while the 25.8 mark in science matched the previous best set in 2013. The mathematics score was 26.8, near the all-time record of 27.2, and the English average was 26.5, near the 26.7 set last year. Stevenson’s scores in mathematics, reading and science improved from 2014.

Sampling of national/local media coverage:

Sophomore Selected as Soloist for Area Orchestra

Sophomore Haddon Kay has been selected as the featured soloist for the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra’s concert on November 15. He has studied cello for 11 years, and has won numerous honors as a soloist and with the groups Prometheus Trio and Piano Trio Royale. He was a featured soloist in the Young Steinway Concert Series earlier this year, and last year was a winner in the DePaul Concerto Festival. Kay also plays in a trio named HA-HA-HA with older siblings Harrison (Class of 2008) and Hannah (Class of 2012).

Special Ed Case Manager Goes the Distance for Science

Erik Campbell, a case manager in the Special Education Division, was part of a group that swam across Lake Michigan in 24 hours last weekend, raising more than $50,000 for cancer research. Campbell was among 11 swimmers who took hour-long turns in the water, starting at the 31st Street beach and ending 43 miles later in New Buffalo, Michigan. Campbell, a veteran of several Ironman Triathlons, overcame an early bout with mild hypothermia in the 49-degree lake water to swim between 6-7 miles of the route. Originally, plans called for 20 swimmers to take part, but the number dwindled to 11 after the event was rescheduled two times. In all, the group of 20 raised $50,350 for cancer research at Rush University Medical Center through the Swim Across America program.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Football Team Reloads, Prepares to Defend State Title

Stevenson’s defending state champion football team lost several key players to graduation, but there’s plenty of talent returning — enough for the Chicago Tribune to put the Patriots sixth in its preseason rankings. (SHS is ranked No. 10 by the Sun-Times.) One big change is at quarterback, where senior Jack Sorenson will take over after playing wide receiver last year. Quarterback is Sorenson’s natural position, but he moved to the edge with all-stater Willie Bourbon entrenched under center. Sorenson verbally committed to Miami University this summer, and head coach Bill McNamara says he’s looking forward to having the athletic senior touch the ball on every offensive play. Stevenson opens its season at Palatine Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Directions

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a special schedule on Thursday. 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.

Have You Updated Your iPad to iOS 8 Yet?

Students, have you updated your iPad to iOS 8? Not having iOS 8 will impact the use of our Self Service App and other apps needed for classes. Please stop by the SMARTDesk for details.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Today

The SHS Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Potbelly, 1520 W. Lake Cook Road, in Wheeling from 5-8 p.m. today. Potbelly will donate 25% of sales during the three-hour fundraiser to the BPO.

SNN Auditions Begin Friday

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Friday and continue next week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild (pfairchild@d125.org) and Mr. Aronoff (raronoff@d125.org).

Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Registration is now available online for the 2015 Color Fun(d) Run! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table the week of August 31-September 4 during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Want to Be Part of Snow Flake at Daniel Wright?

If you are interested in being part of this year’s Snow Flake at Daniel Wright, please attend our first meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1708. No experience is necessary! All are welcome. See you there! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

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.

CLUB NEWS

The first meeting for the Interactive Gamers Club will be Thursday in Room 1204. The club will meet from 3:30-6 p.m. to discuss the year’s upcoming tournaments, board games, and RPGs. There will also be a free Magic: the Gathering Pack Wars tournament. New players are always welcome to join!

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.

Club Israel starts Thursday in Room 1414 right after school. Everyone is welcome!  Hope to see you there. Any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar in Room 3024.

Sophomore Class Board’s first meeting is after school Thursday in the College/Career Center. New members are welcome to help in our Homecoming preparations. SCB has a lot to offer — friends, fun, snacks, leadership opportunities, and community service hours. Don’t be shy, come on by!

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. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Do you have a passion for fashion? The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 2 in Room 1612 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students are responsible for the production of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine.  Photography, writing, editing, layout, and other opportunities are available when joining. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you are unable to make it, there will be an alternative meeting on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 a.m. in 1904. If you plan to come to the alternative meeting or for more information, e-mail Mrs. Palffy at cpalffy@d125.org.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning September 21 in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

“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.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Thursday, October 15.

INTRAMURALS

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

All ballplayers are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball starting at 3:45 p.m. Monday on the sophomore baseball field. Open Field Baseball dates are listed on the baseball web page and the Intramurals page.

The start of IM Ultimate Frisbee is just around the corner! Ultimate Frisbee will be meeting this fall on Mondays and Wednesdays. Our first day will be Monday at 3:30 p.m. on Practice Field 12. Before you attend, be sure to register online or in the PREP Office (Room 3040). For more information visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website. See you Monday!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Little-noticed pension perk for teachers widespread in Illinois

University of Illinois ranked among “best bang for the buck” colleges in U.S.

District 103 may move fifth-graders to Half Day as part of expansion plan

Civic Federation tells Chicago Board of Education to reject CPS budget

Mumps outbreak at University of Illinois continues to grow

Talks stall in Barrington High janitor strike

Former Maine West social sciences director dies

Busing woes mar start of school year in Orland Park

Star scholar resigns from Northwestern in dispute over academic freedom

East St. Louis teachers could strike if settlement not reached soon

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Authorities: Teacher calmed teen who held classmates hostage in W. Va.

Houston, largest school district in Texas, phasing out physical textbooks

How New Orleans proved that urban-education reform can work

Nearly 100 Los Angeles school district emails tied to Ashley Madison hack

Study: Foreign universities show little interest in U.S. expansion

Finding purpose for 3D printers in schools

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