Tuesday, September 1, 2015

11 Selected for Those Who Excel Awards

Eleven members of the Stevenson community have been selected to receive Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Leading the way is the Academic Literacy Team of Maureen Rubenstein, Daniel Argentar, Brian Wise, James Barnabee and Nicole Fuller. They earned the Award of Excellence, which is the highest level of recognition, in the Team category.

Two individuals were chosen for the Award of Merit: Communication Arts teacher Stephen Heller (Classroom Teacher) and Special Education instructional aide Yolanda Pilch (Educational Service Personnel).

The Award of Recognition will be bestowed upon four others: Business teacher Taylor Osicek (Early Career Educator), school psychologist Mandi Croft (Student Support Personnel), SHS parent Jenni Vravick (Community Volunteer), and Assistant Superintendent for Business Mark Michelini (School Administrator).

They will be honored with other recipients from around the state during the 41st annual Those Who Excel awards banquet in Normal on Saturday, October 17.

Our Those Who Excel winners will receive more extensive coverage in upcoming editions of the Daily Digest.

Parent Open House Night on Wednesday

Stevenson will host the first of two parent Open House nights on Wednesday. The second Open House night is Thursday, September 10. Wednesday’s Open House is intended for parents whose student’s last name begins with the letter A-L, but those unable to attend on September 10 are welcome to come. Open House details were mailed home, and can also be found on our Open House page. In keeping with school tradition, SHS will follow a late arrival schedule on the morning after each Open House night. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m. on the late arrival days.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 176, Antioch 268, Lakes 276: Alexia Fidman was medalist at Antioch Golf Club, shooting a 2-over-par 38. Olivia Stomberg carded a 45, Myra Peterson had a 46 and Olivia Hancock recorded a 47.

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson 24, Buffalo Grove 33: Despite a course record set by BG’s top runner at Half Day Forest Preserve, the Patriots prevailed by posting nine of the top 15 times. Jared Borowsky was second in 14:57, behind Kevin Salvano, who covered the course in a record 14:34. Paul Udoni was third (15:47), Brett Lucas fifth (15:53), Nikita Smyrnov sixth (15:57), Caleb Oh eighth (16:01) and Adam Butler 10th (16:13). Other top-15 showings came from Jacob Sparreo (11th, 16:27), Mattaeus Klonowski (12th, 16:30) and Jakob Bloomfield (15th, 17:26).

Boys Golf

Stevenson 148, Antioch 196: Ethan Gunnlaugsson and Jackson Bussell shared medalist honors with 36’s on their home course at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove.

State Title Rematch in Football Home Opener

Stevenson’s football team will play host to Homewood-Flossmoor in its home opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Stadium. Both teams are 1-0 on the season. The game will be a rematch of last season’s Class 8A state championship game, in which the Patriots prevailed, 31-25. The game also marks the fourth time the two schools have met in the past three seasons. The Vikings won in Lincolnshire in 2013, 28-21, while SHS won at H-F 33-24 in the 2014 regular season in addition to the title game in Champaign. The game will be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network and also will be available over the air on WAES 88.1 FM. The game will be showed on a delayed basis on Comcast Cable Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, and at 7 p.m. Monday.

Don’t Fence Me In

For years, Stevenson has had one of the deepest softball outfields in the area, but that’s going to change in 2016. The outfield fences were replaced this summer, and moved in closer to home plate. The left and right field corners were brought in 20 feet, from 225 to 205. Center field was moved to 215 feet, compared to its previous depth of 255. The revamped outfield dimensions are expected to help improve Stevenson’s chances of hosting conference, regional and sectional championship games. Meanwhile, conference rival Lake Zurich is looking to move its fences out.


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 this week during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

SNN Auditions Continue This Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News continue this 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).

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.

Did You Lose Something? Look in Room 2416

If you’ve lost a gym bag, lunch bag, sports bag, T-shirt, shoes or something else, chances are it might be in Room 2416. That’s where the lost-and-found area is for the West Building.


Juniors and seniors: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will be visiting Stevenson this week. Here the procedures to sign up through Naviance and meet with the representative: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page; 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance; 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page; 4) Put your ID number on the page; and 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit, and bring it the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. If the college visits occur during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.  

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding one workshop on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week). The workshop will give tips and suggestions of successfully completing your Common App; it will take place in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. See you there!

Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world. 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 the Wells Scholarship application by Thursday, October 1.

“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)
  • 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.


Do you have a passion for fashion? The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine will have their first meeting Wednesday in Room 1612 from 3:30-4:30. 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.

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

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 today. 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 cpalffy@d125.org.

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

Do you want to help change the world? Stevenson’s very own Gay-Straight Alliance meets today. Come on down for support, friends and fun. We meet in Room 6012 right after school.

The Stevenson Bass Fishing Team invites students interested in joining to an informational meeting today in Room 2918. The meeting will start at 3:45 p.m. and last around 15 minutes, followed by practice out at the pond. This fall, the team will be competing in six tournaments, including Streamwood High School’s three-tournament Fall Series. Last year, the team concluded the season with a second- and fourth-place finish in Prospect High School’s Spring Tournament. If you have questions, contact Mr. Mural at cmural@d125.org.

Best Buddies will have informational meetings before and after school (7:15-7:45 and 3:30-4:15) on Wednesday and Friday in the Recital Hall. You only have to attend one of the meetings to get an application packet and sign up for an interview.

Ambition in men is a positive quality, whereas ambition in women is a negative quality.  Women are expected to downplay success, whereas men can proudly proclaim their success. Women earn approximately 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. Are these the sort of issues and questions that interest you? Then come join Stevenson’s first-ever Lean In Club! Our first meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 7062. All genders are welcome!

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.


The softball team will have preseason informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 8 and at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, September 10 to discuss fundraising for a Spring Break training trip. Athletes only need to attend one of the meetings. If you have any questions, contact Coach Vikartofsky in the Quiet Learning Center (Room 2115-G) or email her at avikartofsky@d125.org.


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


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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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

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