Thursday, August 27, 2015

Spirit Fest Returns September 12

Stevenson’s annual Spirit Fest, a community event featuring fun and games for charity, will be held Saturday, September 12 in the SHS Stadium. Eighty percent of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association, while the other 20% will go to the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

The evening will feature games and activities for the entire family. New this year will be a dual-racing mobile zipline from Backyard Bounce. Other activities will include a dunk tank, a “human wrecking ball,” and a “human foosball.” There also will be raffles, entertainment (including a DJ and student musical acts), a 5K Spirit Walk, and a concluding fireworks show.

In addition, the Spirit Fest custom of seeking to break a Guinness World Record will continue. This year, the goal is to set a world record attempt for “largest group in a water balloon toss” in a single venue. According to Guinness, the world record is 902 people, achieved by Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, last September.

A minimum donation of $10 is requested, but any donation amount will be accepted. Click here to register or to make an online donation.

Senior Parent Night Set for Monday

Parents of seniors are invited to attend the College/Career Center’s annual Senior Parent Night from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Sue Biemeret and Dan Miller will walk parents through the college application timeline for senior year (which also will be shared with all seniors during the first two weeks of school in their English classes). They will provide a list of important dates for college applications, along with the procedures for sending transcripts and general application information.

Physics Teacher Honored by Former Student

Advanced Placement Physics teacher Sheila Edstrom has been honored by two national organizations representing a different wing of science. The Society of Chemical Industry and American Chemical Society recently recognized Edstrom for her role in the formation of Stevenson alumnus Radhe Patel (Class of 2011). Patel received a summer internship with Honeywell as a SCI Scholar, which is given to outstanding college sophomores and juniors studying chemistry or chemical engineering. She graduated this spring from Columbia University with a degree in chemical engineering. Scholars are asked to nominate a teacher who played a significant role in their choice of college major, and Patel selected Edstrom. She received $1,000 to use in the classroom.

Stevenson Video Wins Telly Award

Stevenson High School has been named a Bronze winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards for its video titled “Welcome to Stevenson: Video Tour.” The video was produced by Audio/Visual Specialist Eric Anderson and Electronic Communications Specialist Jennifer DiBella. More than 12,000 entries were submitted from all 50 states and numerous countries. To view the winning video, visit Adlai E. Stevenson High School on YouTube or go to

Patriot Savings Cards Still Available

If you’d like to buy a Patriot Savings Card to benefit the Band and Color Guard, they are available for $12 in Room 2400 and at the Main Office (circle drive entrance), or from any Band member. You can pay with check (payable to Stevenson Band Parents) or cash. The card features discounts at more than 100 area merchants, and a third of them are new to the card this year.

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Buffalo Grove 1: The Patriots opened their season on the road, earning a decisive victory. Zoe Taylor was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, while Bronwyn Heidkamp and Samantha Burger posted a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 1 doubles. Other singles victories came from No. 2 Dhwani Kumar (6-1, 1-0 ret.) and No. 4 Julia Pablos Sarabia (6-1, 6-0). The other three wins came in doubles from No. 2 Gwendolyn  Heidkamp/Alexandra Zoubareva (6-1, 6-0), No. 3 Elizabeth Ferdman/Paige Nierman (6-0, 6-1), and No. 4 Alyssa Glaser/Shelby Liu (6-1, 6-1).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Carmel, 25-20, 25-21: Northern Illinois commit Jori Radtke smacked 10 kills and made 11 digs, and Corissa Kurth recorded 21 assists for the host Patriots (2-0), who never trailed in either set. Morgan Berland led SHS with 12 digs. Isabella Milejczyk had 5 kills and served 2 aces. Jordyn Taborek posted two blocks. The Corsairs fell to 1-1.  – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Buffalo Grove 176, Stevenson 185: Alexia Fidman led the Pats with a 41 at the par-35 Crane’s Landing in Lincolnshire. Myra Peterson posted a 43, Maddie Schaetzlein had a 48, and Tanya Chanprung recorded a 53. – Daily Herald

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

St. Ignatius 5, Stevenson 2: Nicole Keane and Hannah Wynne scored the Patriots’ goals in their season opener.

SHS to Play in Hinsdale Central Holiday Hoops Tournament

Stevenson is one of two defending state champions that will take part in the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in December. The Patriots will be joined in the 16-team field by Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California. The Celts won the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV title earlier this year. Every school on the tournament roster had a winning season in 2014-15, and eight were conference champions, including SHS.  

Patriettes Raising Money to Attend NDA National Championship

The Patriettes are holding a fundraiser in early October in hopes of raising enough money to participate in the National Dance Alliance High School National Championship in Orlando February 26-28. “Patriot Parent Palooza,” a fun trivia night featuring a silent auction, prizes and more, will be held at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, October 3. The cost is $30 per person. You must be at least 21 years old to participate, and can bring your own beverage. Food will be provided. RSVP by September 19 to or

Youth Cheerleading, Pom Clinic at SHS in September

Stevenson’s cheerleading and Patriettes programs are sponsoring a cheer and pom youth clinic from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, September 19 in the Field House. The clinic is open to girls and boys ages 5-15. The clinic will be run by the SHS cheerleading and Patriettes coaches, and members of the varsity teams. All children who participate will perform at halftime of the sophomore football game on Friday, September 25. The cost of the clinic is $20, with all proceeds going to charity. To register through PREP, click here.


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.

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 ( and Mr. Aronoff (

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 to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table next week during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Student Art Contest for Room 8080

The Mathematics and Science Divisions are sponsoring a student artwork contest to decorate their newly renovated office in Room 8080 of the East Building. The artwork will be displayed prominently on glass panels behind the division assistant’s desk at the entrance of the room. Artwork should capture the artist’s interpretation of students’ learning experiences within Stevenson’s Mathematics and Science classes. Students can submit artwork ideas individually, or as a team. Multiple submissions are allowed.

Click here to see contest details. The deadline to submit artwork is September 30. Interested students are encouraged to visit Room 8080 to see the glass panel.

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.

Spirit Fest Fundraiser at Giordano’s on Mondays

Giordano’s of Vernon Hills is donating 15% of any order placed on any Monday during September to Spirit Fest. Proceeds will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association. Use this flyer on the Spirit Fest page when ordering.


The first meeting for the Interactive Gamers Club will be today 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 today at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

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

Best Buddies will have informational meetings before and after school (7:15-7:45 and 3:30-4:15) on Wednesday in the Recital Hall. Students will get application packets only if they attend the meeting. At that time, they also will sign up for an interview.

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 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

Video Game Club will begin next week. We have a new day (Tuesday) and a new room (Staff Dining Room, 1204). VGC will meet from 3:30-5:30.  

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 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

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


“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:

  • Tuesday 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.


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!


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