Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CPN Welcomes New York Times Columnist Tonight

How can parents talk openly with children about money and raise financially savvy, independent adults? Come to the Performing Arts Center tonight at 7 o’clock for an entertaining and thought-provoking evening with New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. He will show how to use money to teach children key values and traits such as patience, modesty, diligence, generosity and perspective. The free event is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation’s Community Parent Network, and intended for parents with children in grades K-12. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. If you’re planning to attend and haven’t done so already, please RSVP at

Alum First Recipient of New Scholarship at U. of Michigan

Jordan Atkins, who graduated from Stevenson in June, last Friday became the first recipient of the Mary Stewart Scholarship at the University of Michigan. The scholarship is part of the Michigan Alumni Association’s LEAD Scholars Program for leadership, excellence, achievement and diversity. The scholarship is named for the university’s longtime event services coordinator at the UM student union, who is well-known as a mentor to black students for more than four decades. Atkins, who was one of the captains on last year’s state champion football team, was one of three high school players in the Chicago area chosen to receive the Chicago Bears Community Champion Award for excellence in community and volunteer work. He is studying kinesiology at Michigan.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Evanston 4, Stevenson 0

Collection Drive This Week to Help With Athletic Travel

Stevenson Athletics is partnering with B96 and Savers this week for a collection drive to help several teams offset travel expenses for their 2015-16 season. Members of the baseball, girls lacrosse, boys and girls water polo, and Patriettes teams will be collecting gently used items Thursday through Saturday, and will donate them to the Savers store in Arlington Heights. Click here to see what items are being collected. For every pound of items collected, Savers will donate money back to Stevenson Athletics.

Items will be collected between 7-8 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at “the strip” portion of Stevenson Drive, west of the baseball and softball fields and near the Port Clinton Road entrance to campus. Items also will be collected from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the same location. B96 will be broadcasting live Friday from SHS to promote the collection drive.


Catalyst Sponsoring Trip to Fright Fest

Catalyst is sponsoring a trip to Great America for Fright Fest on Saturday, October 24. This event is open to all Stevenson students. You can purchase tickets and turn in the required permission slip at the school store. Free bus transportation to and from Great America will be provided. Buses will leave at 4:30 p.m., and return around 12:30 a.m. Local police have been notified about the event, so you should be safe from curfew violations. For more details, click here.

Showcase Auditions Sign-Ups Start Today

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student variety show, will be held today and Thursday, and next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 20-22, during all lunch periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Visit for the answer to that question, the audition sign-up form, plus other important information.

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 in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2400.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Moved

The dates for yearbook re-takes have changed. They will now take place Wednesday and Friday, October 28 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must contact Visual Image Photography at or call 800-577-9570.

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? 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. The ACT will be held at Stevenson on Saturday, October 24.

Sushi Station in the West Commons on Friday

Sodexo is offering a made-to-order sushi station in the West Commons during the lunch periods on Friday. You can mix and match from 15 different sushi types, made with either traditional sushi rice or healthy brown rice. Using only the finest ingredients, the products offer diners everything from raw, exotic fish to fully-cooked, traditionally-prepared seafood to vegan and vegetarian options. The sushi station will be located near the main cashier lines.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Vikas Rao is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. He will receive a Sodexo smoothie gift certificate. Thank you to all who participated. Don’t forget to stop by the Homework Center in Room 1313. It’s a place where you can finish your homework or get peer tutoring, develop creative ideas and organizational skills, as well as motivation skills. The Homework Center also has “thinker toy” strategy games.


The following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: Northern Michigan University, University of Alabama, Pace University, Georgetown University, Whittier College, Iowa Wesleyan University, University of Michigan, DePaul University, University of Nebraska, Auburn University, California College of the Arts, Cedarville University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, St. Louis University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Bethel University, Belmont University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Knox College, Texas State University, Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington University. Please check Naviance for the dates and times. Remember to check our website for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit on Naviance.  Please remember to print your confirmation page and have it signed two days prior to the college visit and have the page signed by your teacher.

College-bound students with an IEP or 504 plan are invited to attend the annual Choices Fair on Wednesday, October 21 at Niles North High School. The evening begins with breakout sessions at 6 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., followed by a college fair from 7-9 p.m. For more information about the fair, visit


The History Bowl team will meet for the first time in Room 1508 on Thursday after school. If you’re a fan of history or just history trivia, and like to compete, please join our team on Thursday! If you have any questions, please contact Peter Anderson at

Are you interested in helping with this year’s Odyssey fine arts festival? The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club meets every Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. in Room 2616. Starting in November, meetings also will take place in Room 2616 after school on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. You can choose either time slot to fit your schedule.

Interested in meeting great people, helping out the community, and earning service hours? Join Interact Club for its annual road clean-up Saturday from 9:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Email Ms. Smith ( for details and to sign up.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students will host its first E-Board Elections at 3:30 today 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.

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


Anyone interested in trying out for boys basketball should plan on attending an informational meeting. The freshman and sophomore teams will have meetings on Wednesday, October 28. Sophomores will meet from 3:35-4 p.m. in Room 2900. Freshmen will meet in Room 8048 from 3:45-4 p.m. The varsity meeting will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. Monday, November 2 in Room 6070. If you are unable to make the meetings, contact the appropriate coach: Coach Ambrose (varsity) at; Coach Hess (sophomore) at; and Coach Gimre (freshman) at

There will be an informational meeting for boys swimming and diving after school Wednesday, November 4 in the pool balcony. Come and meet the new head coach, Mr. Lillydahl, as he shares information on signups, tryouts, athletic forms, and team practices for this year.

The softball team is holding a “Friday Frosty” sale in the Wood and Glass Commons on Friday. Buy a Frosty for $2, and all proceeds go to SHS softball.


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