Friday, September 11, 2015

Summer Travel Meetings for Parents

Meetings will be held Wednesday night for parents whose students are considering taking part in school-sponsored educational trips next summer. There will be five separate parent meetings, one for each trip: AP European History, China, Spain, Germany and Latin. Visit for details.

AP Psychology Teacher’s Article Featured

Nancy Fenton, who has been teaching Advanced Placement Psychology at Stevenson since 2010, is the author of an article in this month’s Psychology Teacher Network newsletter. In “Using the ‘20 Principles,’” Fenton provides an overview of a recent report issued by the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, which outlines 20 principles designed to apply psychological science broadly in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms, and offers potential applications for their use in teaching high school psychology.

“Although this is not an exhaustive list of educational psychological research, it does provide an important starting point for improving teaching and learning outcomes,” Fenton wrote. “These principles are helpful for the instructor but can also be incorporated into the psychology curriculum as examples of how applied psychology can be used to solve real-world problems. At the same time, these principles will help students develop skills to learn more effectively in all of their classes.”

Fenton has been a national leader in AP Psychology, serving as an AP exam reader since 2008 and co-authoring the review book, AP Psychology All Access. In 2013, she was one of three teachers in the country selected as winners of the American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Excellence in Teaching Award. She currently serves as the TOPSS liaison to the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education.

Alum Named to Lincoln Park Zoo Auxiliary Board

Stevenson alumnus Melissa Gold (Class of 2006) has been named to the Auxiliary Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo. The board raises money each year for the zoo, which is one of only three free zoos in the United States. The Auxiliary Board is open to young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40; there are approximately 100 board members.

No Digest Monday

The Daily Digest will not be published Monday. School is not in session in observance of Rosh Hashanah.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 1, Mundelein 0: Jun Min scored the game’s only goal on an assist from Dennis Katsman in the second half at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Jeremy Klaber made 11 saves for the Patriots (5-2, 1-1). – Daily Herald

Patriot Football Welcomes Lake Zurich for NSC Opener

The Patriot football team opens its North Suburban Conference schedule at home tonight with a 7:30 contest against Lake Zurich. SHS (1-1) is looking to bounce back from last week’s 43-29 loss to top-ranked Homewood-Flossmoor, while the Bears are looking to avoid an 0-3 start for the first time in 14 years. Seniors Tyler Vincent and Jack Sorenson told Pioneer Press that facing the state’s No. 1 team was a valuable learning experience. Tonight’s game marks Students Helping Soldiers’ annual Military Appreciation Night, and also will feature performances by Consortium 125 eighth-grade band students. If you can’t make it to the Stadium tonight, the game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network and also will be carried on terrestrial radio by Stevenson’s student station, 88.1 FM.

Brunson, Villanova Play at DePaul February 9

Jalen Brunson will make his return to the Chicago area when Villanova plays DePaul at the Allstate Arena on February 9. Villanova released its 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday.


Auditions for Just the Guys, Jazz Etc., Ladyjazz

Auditions for the co-curricular vocal groups Just the Guys, Jazz Etc., and Ladyjazz will take place next week in the Choir Room. These are small, select vocal groups that specialize in singing pop/contemporary a cappella music. The Just the Guys audition will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jazz Etc. is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Ladyjazz takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday. Students should pick up important audition materials in the Choir Room or by emailing the choir director (Alice Nuteson –  There is music to prepare prior to the audition.

Spirit Fest is Coming This Saturday

Don’t miss Spirit Fest on Saturday. The National Honor Society will have several new attractions, plus there will be a chance to set a new world record. Spirit Fest starts at 5 p.m. in the Stadium, and runs until 9, when the night concludes with a fireworks show. Before the fireworks, everyone in attendance will be invited to take part in a world-record attempt at the most people taking part in a water balloon toss. There also will be games, music, food, raffles and the 5K Spirit Walk. Eighty percent of this year’s Spirit Fest funds raised will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association, while the other 20% will go to the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund. A minimum donation of $10 is requested, but any donation amount will be accepted. Click here to register for Spirit Fest, or to make an online donation.

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.

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Don’t miss the annual Color Fun(d) Run at 9 a.m. Sunday, September 20 at Stevenson. It’s a 5k run-walk for charity. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to to sign up! The next 100 students who sign up will get a free T-shirt.

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 on Saturday? 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.

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.


Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at


Animal Welfare Club is having its first meeting on Tuesday at 3:45 in Room 2500. Research says that petting a dog reduces your stress, so come meet Monty the therapy dog and de-stress. We will also start planning for future meetings, so come with ideas about events or speakers, and fundraisers that our club can run. All animal lovers are invited. Hope to see you there.

Want to be heard? Join the Speech and Drama team! Practice writing and performing your very own speech, or take acting to the next level with competitions against other schools. Come to Room 2616 at 3:30 Tuesday for general information and snacks!

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

Guitar Club will be holding its first meeting after school in the Orchestra Room on Thursday. Guitar Club is primarily a casual, drop-in group in which students practice and jam. You can either bring your own guitars, or use one of the classical acoustic guitars or basses available through the Music Department. Complete beginners and advanced players are welcome, as well as singers and songwriters.

Zumba Club will have an informational meeting at 3:35 p.m. Thursday in Room 2816.

Interested in raising cancer awareness and planning fundraisers? Join Relay for Life Club. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1508. Our club pairs with Buffalo Grove High School to organize the Relay for Life event. We also plan awareness days and fundraisers at SHS.

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!


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.

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.


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