Thursday, September 3, 2015

More Than 40% of Seniors Haven’t Complied With New Law

More than 40% of the senior class is in danger of being turned away from school next month because it has not met the state’s new meningitis immunization requirement.

About 420 of the 950 members of the Class of 2016 have not yet shown proof of having received two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, according to the SHS Health Services Department. One dose should have been administered after age 11, and a second after age 16, with at least 8 weeks between the two doses. If the first dose was administered when the student was 16 or older, only one dose is required. The deadline to turn in documentation is October 15. By law, students who fail to meet the deadline can be prohibited from attending school.

Parents and guardians are advised to consult with their student’s healthcare provider to determine if he or she is in compliance. For more information, contact our nurses at 847-415-4019 or 847-415-4025.

SHS Sending Grade Reports by Email

Following a successful pilot program during summer school, Stevenson has decided to continue sending grade reports to parents and students by email. When progress reports, six-week term reports, and semester grade reports are completed, parents (and guardians) and students will receive an email from “Adlai E Stevenson High School” with a link that will allow them to download a PDF of the grade report.

Parents and guardians will receive the reports at the email addresses they reported to the school during online registration this summer. Students will receive their reports at their SHS email address.

Parents and guardians should check the email addresses they have on file with the school through their Infinite Campus portal account. Here are steps to follow:

  • If you have a Portal Account
    • Log into Infinite Campus (
    • Portal–>Family Members–>Update–>check/change contact informations–>Send Update
  • If you do not have a Portal Account
    • Go to Stevenson page (
    • Parents—>Infinite Campus—>select “here” (at bottom of page)—>fill out all informations—>Submit
    • Data Processing will verify requested informations and will email them Instructions on how to set up their username and password

For questions about setting up a portal account, parents can contact our Data Processing Department at or by calling 847-415-4209. Data Processing also can help parents change their choice of whether to receive paper copies of grade reports, or to send a one-time paper copy of a report card or progress report.

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. If you haven’t signed up for Spirit Fest, here’s the link.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots edged Grayslake Central for the county championship, 44-48, and had six of the top 26 runners. This is the program’s first county title in about 10 years, and the first under head coach Scott Sommers. Leading the way for SHS was Jared Borowsky, who ran the 3.1-mile course at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda in 15:20.8, good for second place and four seconds behind the winner. Paul Udoni finished sixth in 16:06 and Brett Lucas was ninth (15:22.6). Caleb Oh (12th), Adam Butler (15th) and Nikita Smyrnov (26th) rounded out the top runners for Stevenson. – Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, the Patriots placed fifth among 15 teams with 110 points, behind Lake Forest (44), Vernon Hills (55), Libertyville (79) and Lakes (101). Isabelle Sparreo led SHS with a fourth-place finish in 18:33, while Jessica Philipp was eighth (18:51). Kendall Roberts finished 26th. – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 4, Schurz 0: Cooper Colvig scored two goals and added an assist as the Patriots moved to 3-0 on the season. Dennis Katsman and Jun Min also scored for SHS, which has won its first two games at the Glenbrook South Invitational. Ben Brandt assisted on two goals, and Dean Lim also had an assist. Goalkeepers Jeremy Klaber (2 saves) and Ethan Kalis (3 saves) combined for the shutout. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Loyola Academy 8, Stevenson 1

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson 161, Warren 169: Jake Labow and Scott James led the Patriots with a pair of 39’s at  Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee. James Dvorak had a 41, while Kamaren Sandhu, Zach Orlowsky and Kevin Chin all shot a 42.

Girls Swimming and Diving

New Trier 111, Stevenson 78: Individual event winners for the host Patriots were Iza Pelka in the 200 free (1:59.33), Rachel Song in the 100 butterfly (59.64), Irune Andres in the 500 free (5:19.82), and Casey Kirby in the 100 back (59.59). Song also finished second in the 50 free (25.53), Andres was runner-up in the 200 IM (2:14.63) and Kirby placed No. 2 in the 100 free (54.71). Other individual second-place finishes came from Jessica Lenhart in the 100 fly (1:01.08), Ashley Carollo in the 100 back (1:01.77), Danielle Fang in the 100 breast (1:09.11), and Morgan Bosse in the 500 free (5:19.82). The Pats were runners-up in the 200 medley relay (Carollo, Song, Fang, Kirby – 1:51.46), and in the 400 free relay (Song, Pelka, Andres, Kirby – 3:39.90).

Football Game Features Clash of No. 1 vs. No. 3

When Stevenson and Homewood-Flossmoor met in the second week of the 2014 football season, the two teams were ranked 1-2 in the state. This year will be a very similar story. The Vikings are No. 1 this year, while the Patriots are No. 3 in the Associated Press Class 8A poll. The game will feature some of the Chicago area’s top players, including SHS quarterback Jack Sorenson, who has been cleared to play after being sidelined by a big hit during last week’s season opener.

Baseball Team Holding Parent Meeting September 15

If you’re the parent of a player interested in trying out for the Stevenson baseball team in 2016, there will be a parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15 in the Faculty Dining Room by the Sports Center entrance. If you have questions, contact head coach Patrick Block at


Auditions for Fall Children’s Play September 9-10

Come audition for the fall children’s play “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Auditions will be held in the Auditorium (Room 2206) on Wednesday and Thursday, September 9-10 from 4:30-6 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help Dorothy defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.  If you know ballet, jazz, or modern dance, show a piece of your work and bring your dance shoes.  Even if you cannot dance, be sure to wear working clothes and shoes; we will be working with movements for the show on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed, starting with the first test date of September 12? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

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 this 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.

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.


Don’t forget that IM Football team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


The softball team will have preseason informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday 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


Juniors and seniors: Please check Naviance daily to see an updated list of colleges that have scheduled a visit to Stevenson. Here is a list of colleges that will be visiting soon: University of Illinois at Chicago, Syracuse University, Tulane University, American University, Butler University, DePauw University, Saint Mary’s College, Kenyon College, University of Notre Dame, University of Redlands and University of Rochester. Use Naviance to sign up for the college that you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up, and print a confirmation page. Put your ID number on this page and have your teacher sign it at least 2 days prior to the visit. Bring the signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are posted on the College/Career Center webpage. If the college visit occurs 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 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.

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.


Interactive Gamers Club will meet today in Room 1204. We’ll have open play on RPGs, CCGs like Magic and Hearthstone, and board games. New players are always welcome to join!

The Peer Tutor Club will have a meeting today after school in Room 7096.

Best Buddies will have informational meetings before and after school (7:15-7:45 and 3:30-4:15) 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.

Are you interested in a future in a medical or health care field? HOSA is a nationally chartered club that allows students to compete in health science related events, including biomedical debate, medical math and health career display. The club is perfect for anyone interested in the medical field, as it offers valuable insight to how a career in medicine works. Club meetings consist of event preparation, presentations, and guest speakers. We meet once every two weeks on Wednesday after school in Room 6048/6050. Our first meeting will be next Wednesday, hope to see you there!

Future Educators of America: Think you might want to become a teacher? Attend our first meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 a.m. in Room 1516. We will discuss signing up for a weekly tutoring program and other volunteer opportunities.

Do you enjoy attending school events, have a passion for photography, writing or page layout/graphic design? Then the Ambassador Yearbook is the right club for you! Join us for our next staff meeting Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 2712. Any questions? Email us at

Student Ambassadors’ first general meeting will be Wednesday. Please join us at 7:45 a.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) if you are interested in joining the club this year!

Archery Club starts Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. on the Sport Courts. Anyone interested in archery is more than welcome to join. No experience required!

The Magicians Club meets for the first time on Monday, September 21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 6066! Veteran and aspiring magicians are both welcome. Learn the craft, help aspiring magicians, and prepare for performances outside of school! For more information feel free to contact Nathan Ji at See you soon!

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

Ted-Ed Club: Have you ever been inspired by a TED talk before? If so, why not create your own? Join the Ted-Ed club! Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30 a.m. in Room 1414.


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