Thursday, October 1, 2015

CPN To Host New York Times Columnist October 14

The Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, is hosting a lecture for area parents by financial columnist and author Ron Lieber on Wednesday, October 14. The event will be held in the Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Lieber will speak about his book, The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. In the book, Lieber says that good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When parents avoid these conversations, he says, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model important financial behaviors, but also to imprint lessons about what their family cares about most.

Lieber’s book shatters the taboos of talking about money with kids. He aims to help parents and children make better decisions, develop better habits, and have the tools they’ll need to grow into young adults with good values and financial habits.

Lieber is a New York Times personal finance and parenting writer and “Your Money” columnist. He also has written for The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Fast Company. An experienced speaker, Lieber has given talks to a variety of listeners, including parent groups, national radio and television programs, and large corporations like Microsoft and Amazon.

To RSVP and get more information, visit The lecture is free of charge and is intended for parents of children in grades K-12.

81 to be Inducted Into Tri-M Music Honor Society

Eighty-one student-musicians will be inducted into Stevenson’s Tri-M Music Honor Society on Sunday. To qualify for Tri-M, students must be juniors or seniors who are enrolled in Honor Band, Patriot Orchestra or Patriot Singers, and who have a 4.0 grade point average in ensemble (unweighted) and a 3.5 grade point average (weighted) in other subject areas. Students also must perform six hours of community service. Click here to see the list of inductees.

Alum Returns to Work with Theatre Students

Kevin Kantor, a 2010 Stevenson alumnus and spoken word artist, returned to his alma mater Wednesday for an in-school field trip attended by students enrolled in theatre classes. Kantor gave a presentation in the West Auditorium during periods 3-4 for students in Theatre classes, then led a writing workshop in periods 6-7 for Acting 3 and Advanced Acting students. Kantor will be returning to SHS for Odyssey 2016 in February. He graduated earlier this year from the University of Northern Colorado, where he founded and served as artistic director for the school’s student-run theatre company, SOAPbox Productions. Kantor received national attention last spring for his powerful slam poem, “People You May Know,” which recounts seeing his rapist’s Facebook profile, and reliving the assault and its aftermath.

Two Alums Contributed to School’s Blue Ribbon Honor

Wednesday’s Daily Digest pointed out that former SHS math teacher and dean Amy Read is the principal of Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook, which was one of eight Illinois schools to receive a 2015 Blue Ribbon Award on Tuesday. As it turns out, two Stevenson graduates contributed to the school’s success. Molly Romanz (Class of 2009), a science teacher, spent her first two years at Butler prior to moving to Hinsdale Central this year. Math teacher Robbie Philipp (Class of 2006), who started his career in Elmhurst District 205 with Read, is now in his second year at Butler. Both are exceptional teachers and they attribute much of their success to their teachers at Stevenson, Read said.

Photo From Soccer Game Picked Up By USA Today

A photo taken by SHS parent and Stevenson Foundation board member Eric Scott at Monday night’s varsity boys soccer game was featured on the “Sports and Spirit” section of USA Today’s “Your Take” site. Scott is a regular contributor to the Your Take site and its Twitter account.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

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Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. North Chicago, 25-8, 25-11: Emily Grimes served seven aces and recorded three kills, and Katie Collins added five aces, dished out seven assists and made three digs for the host Patriots (21-5). Zoe Graflund served four aces and notched three kills, while Corissa Kurth also had four aces. Revell Cozzi also had three digs. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots improved to 13-0 with the road victory. Dhwani Kumar was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles, followed by Vinaya Rao (6-1, 6-2) and Maria Sarabia (6-1, 6-0). In doubles, the winners were No. 1 Gwen Heidkamp/Kate Harvey (6-1, 6-0), No. 2 Alexandra Zoubareva/Paige Nierman (6-3, 6-0), No. 3 Samantha Burger/Bronwyn Heidkamp (6-1, 6-1), and No. 4 Alyssa Glaser/Shelby Liu (6-0, 6-0).


Class of 2018 Can Order Class Rings Today, Friday

Sophomores can order their class ring today and Friday during the lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Can’t wait? You can also order a ring online at

Improv Troupe Auditions Monday Night

The Failed Presidential Candidates Improv troupe will be holding auditions at 7 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium. The group performs in various venues throughout the year, including SHS and the Improv Playhouse in Libertyville. Download the audition packet, and have a parent sign the permission form prior to auditions. Please email Ms. Nowak at with any questions.

Ally Week Seeks Supporters of LGBT Community

If you’re a supporter of the LGBT community at Stevenson, and of LGBT people in general, stop by the Ally Week table and show your support during your lunch period this week.

Graduation Cap and Gown, Announcement Orders

Seniors can order their graduation caps and gowns, and graduation announcements, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2400. Seniors will have their graduation meeting during the activity period on Thursday, October 8.

Operation Snowball Retreat is Coming Soon

Operation Snowball is a weekend of making new friends, having new experiences, relieving stress, taking healthy risks, understanding yourself and others, communicating with peers and adults, singing, eating, dancing, and having fun. The weekend consists of large groups, motivational speakers, presentations, small groups and workshops. The weekend retreat will take place December 4-6 and sign-ups will begin November 2 in the Student Activities Office, the school store, and online. Please email or see Mr. Mazzuca in 7080 or Mr. Hutchins in 6028 for further information.

Missing Something? Stop By Room 2416

If you’re missing a gym bag, swim bag, lunch bag or any other item, stop by the lost and found area in Room 2416, the West Attendance Office. Please consider marking your name on your items so they can be returned promptly if found. You can also look on the Lost and Found web page to see what items have been turned into Room 2400.


Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in the College/Career Center. We’ll be celebrating our hard work and accomplishments during Homecoming. New members are welcome to join in the fun!

Freshman Class Board will be meeting after school today in Room 6022.

This Friday after school in Room 2104, the Interactive Gamers Club will host a Hearthstone tournament! $5 entry, and prizes to the top players based on attendance, with a 64-player cap! Please bring three decks to play and a fully charged iPad!

The Scholastic Bowl teams will meet for the first time in Rooms 1500/1502 on Monday. If you’re a fan of Jeopardy or trivia games, please come join our nationally ranked team! If you have any questions, contact Mr. Fedewa.

Interested in earning volunteer hours by doing service projects in the local community? Want to build leadership skills? Interested in making new friends? Interact Club, the student branch of Rotary International, will have its first meeting on Monday, from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1500-1502. Pizza will be served. Come join us!

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 next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7. Hope to see you there!

The Black Association of Stevenson Students will host its first E-Board Elections at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 in Room 1414. The club is seeking students willing to participate in planning field trips, guest speakers, and other grand events for the school. Positions for election include president, vice-president, secretary, and marketing/media coordinator.


Save the date! There will be a Health Careers Night on Wednesday, November 4 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held in the Grainger Atrium and Yacktman Children’s Pavilion. Learn about health career choices; talk with people who work in various health-related careers; and obtain information about educational requirements and salary ranges. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, please call HealthAdvisor at 1-855-312-KIDS; mention class code 8P54.


If you are an outstanding senior student who is interested in the University of Notre Dame, you might want to apply for its prestigious Hesburgh-Yusko scholarship. This scholarship provides $25,000 per year towards the cost of attendance at ND, plus opportunities to engage in learning seminars and summer enrichment programs.  Stevenson can nominate one or two applicants who display outstanding leadership, academic achievement, a sincere commitment to service and solid moral character.  Applications are available in the CCC and are due October 23.


Open Field Softball is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:45 until October 27 on the JV softball field. All softball players are welcome. Click here for the fall schedule.

Open Diamond Baseball is cancelled today. The remaining dates are Monday, Tuesday and next Thursday. Workouts take place on the sophomore baseball field from 3:45-6 p.m.


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